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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
Word from the Pastor: Called by Name
Sunday: Billy Kim Brings Korean Children's Choir to FPC
New Members Class Begins Sunday
Please Provide Grad Information by May 10
Financial Report for First Quarter 2019
Brazil Team Collecting Mission Supplies
Student Ministries Volunteer Spotlight
Graceful Lakeside Confirmation Retreat
VBS Roars Back in July
Twice the Egg Hunt Fun
Sweet Season of Celebration
Story of a Southern Bell
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
April 28
2nd Sunday of Easter
Revelation 1:4-8, 17-18
John 20:19-31
Life in His Name
Sam Weddington
O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
How Firm a Foundation
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Maundy Thursday: 72
Good Friday: 110
Easter Sunday: 9:00: 229 ; 11:00: 216
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April 25, 2019
Word from the Pastor: Called by Name
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!"
(which means Teacher).
--John 20:15-16
I can't take credit for what I'm going to write, as it comes from the insight of our Adult Bible Study class on Sunday morning, and more specifically from my brother Matt. So to him, and the presence of the Spirit that inspired our discussion and understanding, all credit is due.
This past Sunday, we came to church and declared alongside each other that "Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!" This central declaration of the Christian faith is, in my estimation, something that is nonnegotiable. However, the question we all face is, "How does this declaration become a reality in our lives?" Do we come to believe this after a long line of argumentation and the weighing of pros and cons about whether Jesus was raised from the dead? Is faith a choice we make, boldly and courageously determining that we will believe contrary to what the critics and our own doubt suggest?
I think John 20 gives us an excellent guide to understanding this dynamic of coming to believe that Jesus is risen and, thus, Lord. Peter and the beloved disciple ran to the tomb and saw that it was empty after Mary had already reported this fact. John 20:8 tells us that the beloved disciple entered the empty tomb and believed. But what did he believe? In verse 9, we are told that they did not yet understand that it was necessary for him to rise from the dead, according to Scripture. Mary not only believes, but she knows the tomb is empty. Yet knowing the tomb is empty is never, ever enough. If the story ended here, we wouldn't have much to say.
Yes, messengers, or angels, ask her why she is weeping. This ought to be a sign. Surely she gets it by now. However, she doesn't. Jesus, standing behind her, unrecognized, asks her the same thing. The reality-shattering truth that Jesus has been raised hasn't dawned on her yet. In fact, the full dimension of this core article of our faith doesn't come home to her until Jesus calls her by name: "Mary!"
At the end of the day, we can marshal all the evidence we like about the historicity of the resurrection. We can talk about our subjective experiences of the spiritual reality of belonging to God through Christ Jesus. In the end, however, what it takes is Jesus speaking our name, calling us in the power of the Spirit to see and to know that he is risen, and that we are his. The initiative always belongs to God in Christ Jesus.
I give thanks that God works in this way, calling us each by name. I give thanks because that means that the God who created the universe, the God who is greater than the sum of cosmological parts, the God who became one of us in order to save us is the same Lord who, in the glory of the resurrected Jesus, calls us by name, changes us, and makes us His own.
Happy Easter!
In Christ,
Pastor Sam
Sunday: Billy Kim Brings Korean Children's Choir to FPC
We have an extraordinary treat in store for our church and community this Sunday. At 6:30 on April 28 "the Billy Graham of South Korea," Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kim, will present the celebrated Korean Children's Choir in our sanctuary. Fifty colorfully costumed professionals between the ages of seven and thirteen will sing American folk arrangements, patriotic songs, sacred and popular music, contemporary Christian songs, and traditional Korean songs, and all in English. There will be no admission fee, but we will collect a love offering. Plan to be there!
New Members Class Begins Sunday
If you've recently joined our congregation and want to know more about the Presbyterian Church in general and FPC in particular, then our new short-term adult class is for you! On six to eight Sunday mornings, we'll talk about church history, worship traditions, service and fellowship opportunities, what and why we believe, and even where you fit in. The class begins this  Sunday, April 28, in room 125 (off the Fellowship Hallway). It will be taught by Dave Welch, so we confidently advertise it as engaging, informative, and entertaining. Don't miss it!
Please Provide Grad Information by May 10
We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our church family by publishing news about upcoming graduations. We ask you for your graduate's name; school or program being completed; degree, certificate, or rank achieved; and future plans, if applicable. Please email this information by May 10 to or call the church office at 423-764-7176. We look forward to sharing this news with the congregation.
When we present someone with a true gift, it is totally theirs; no strings attached. They own it. They decide how to use it, when to use it, where to use it, and with whom to use it. If they need to learn how to use it, that lesson must come before the gifting. Otherwise, the presence of the gift gets in the way of learning how to use it, or the gift gets misused and may no longer be of value.
The value and effectiveness of the lesson is reflected in how the gift is used. This is the test, the assessment. The lesson is for both the gifted and the giver. The giver will observe and take note of how the gift is used, then decide whether the lesson was effective. As the giver, we hope that the gift will benefit the receiver and others. The receiver will evaluate how they use the gift, if they care to do so. We hope that they will continue to learn how to use this and other gifts.
For example, God has blessed each of us with sacred gifts. Romans 12:6-8 lists the seven spiritual gifts of prophesy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy. The gifts are ours. What do we do with them? Did we learn how to use them before we got them? Probably not. Did we send Him a thank-you card? Do we use the gifts in a manner that glorifies Him? Have we talked with Him about His plans for our gifts? H'm...
Many of us may wonder what spiritual gifts we have received. That's normal; we may take them for granted. (It's a human thing.) We need to be aware of the gifts before we figure out what to do with them. This Sunday morning, right after the 9:00 worship service, we will all be able to identify our spiritual gifts and learn of ways we can use them in service to God and others. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall.
The beauty in this, in God's spiritual gifting, is that these gifts don't diminish with use. They grow and multiply more as they are used more.
And that's pretty special. / Jerry Poteat
Financial Report for First Quarter 2019
The Finance Committee meets monthly to review the church's financial reports, budget vs. actual, and to address any issues pertaining to financial matters that need attention. We can report that 2019 is off to a smooth start, thanks to the congregation's contributions and the staff's careful management of budgets.
  • Total pledges, offerings, other income, and reimbursements received through March were on budget at $227,000 (vs. $206,000 for the same period in 2018).
  • Expenses in first quarter 2019 were $11,000 under budget at $189,000 (vs. $152,000 for the same period in 2018).
If you have any questions, financial reports are available for your review in the church office. Feel free to contact any member of the committee: Jack Butterworth, Mary Connor, Nancy Cook, Barb Duncan, Ron Fox, Betsy Galliher, Dottie Havlik, Peggy Hill, and John Vann. / John Vann
Brazil Team Collecting Mission Supplies
During the month of May the Brazil mission team will collect supplies to take to Bethel School in Felipe CamarĂ£o. Place your donated Items in the Brazil box in the Fellowship Hallway and join the team in their mission!
Student Ministries Volunteer Spotlight
Betsy and her son, Pearce
This week's Student Ministries volunteer spotlight shines on Betsy Galliher. After not being involved in student ministry since her children were young, she felt called back from retirement. Although unsure at first about how to serve, she is now passionate about her work with our students. Betsy has become essential to Student Fellowship by caring for fine details behind the scenes. Faithfully coming every Sunday evening, she helps set up activities and dinner, gauges attendance and makes sure we are well prepared, organizes money collection, and jumps in wherever she sees a need. With a loving smile she welcomes our teens and reaches out to quieter students on the periphery. At times Betsy has even jumped in as a last-minute substitute for a small-group leader. She is a gift to our Student Ministries, and we are so thankful for her love and commitment to sharing truth with students! Thank you, Betsy, for loving our students so BIG!
If you feel called to serve in Student Ministries, please contact Katie Arnold at She would love to have you on the team.
Graceful Lakeside Confirmation Retreat
No, that isn't a real estate promo! On April 13 FPC's eighth grade confirmands made a daylong retreat to a beautiful cabin on South Holston Lake. They reflected on their confirmation journey over the past two years and talked about their personal faith. The discussion prepared them to write the statements of faith they will share on Confirmation Sunday, May 12. Everyone unplugged and enjoyed the quiet, slow, relaxing day of just being present and allowing the Holy Spirit to rejuvenate them. Part of the afternoon was spent painting murals to express an area of their faith journey. A big thank-you to Lauren Rutherford and her assistant, Kathryn Welch, for hosting us and leading the painting activity. Be on the lookout for our confirmands' faith statements in the coming weeks! / Katie Arnold

VBS Roars Back in July
Parents will want to mark the evenings of Sunday through Wednesday, July 14 - 17, on their calendars. That's the time to take a midsummer break with a safari theme, when FPC's Vacation Bible School comes back with a roar! Roar is an African adventure for kids, right here on Florida Avenue. Students will learn that God is good and will stay with them forever. They will take a safari through learning stations that emphasize the daily Bible point. On the way, they will sing, play, have Bible adventures, do fun science experiments, play sports, and enjoy snacks and drama. Sign up with Lilly Osborne (, and ask her whether she needs any help!
Twice the Egg Hunt Fun
We had a fantastic Easter egg hunt with our fifth- and sixth-grade Fusion group on the night of Friday, April 12, and another wonderful hunt with younger children and their parents on the afternoon of Saturday, April 13. Check out these photos!

Sweet Season of Celebration
Easter has raised joy out of the earth and celebrations are springing up all over! We are counting on Roger Sikorski (April 24-27) to spiff up certain things of this world, to wit, the church lawn, for Sunday's visit by Dr. Billy Kim and his troupe of earthly angels, the Korean Children's Choir. Larry Connolly (May 1 -4) will have us duded up for Senior Night May 5. Ah, Spring!
Story of a Southern Bell
Photo Credit: Larry Connolly
Today we begin an occasional series on the tangible history of our church.
With Bill Wade's help, I have been delving into several material elements of our church history. We have learned that the bell hanging in our church tower was purchased when the original downtown church was built around 1882. We hope to find information about where it was cast; meanwhile, our search goes on. Larry Connolly recently installed lights in the tower, and now it is lovely even at night. A couple of months ago, we started ringing the bell prior to the 11:00 service. We hope its beautiful peals remind the neighborhood of our presence and sound an invitation to worship with us. / Beth Flannagan
Music Notes
Sunday's Early Worship
You can hear the songs we'll sing in the 9:00 service here.
Sunday's Late Worship
Participants: Pat Flannagan, Alice Sanders, Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Handbell Choir.
Dale Wood
Music: Sunday's anthem, "Beneath the Cross of Jesus," is an arrangement of the familiar hymn by Dale Wood (1934 -2003). Wood was an award-winning composer and hymn writer (he won his first award for hymn writing at the age of 13) most associated with the Lutheran Church in California. Although he attended Occidental College, Wood never received a college degree. He collaborated with jazz pianist George Shearing to create a volume of organ settings of American hymns and folk tunes: "The printed music is just a blueprint, and it is the performer's job to complete the project." The text of this hymn/anthem was written in 1868 by Elizabeth Clephane (1830 -1869).
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Rebecca Campbell
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Nicole Crockett
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
FPC Search Committees
Ben & Patsy Frizzell
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Dianne Glymph (Mary Ellis Rice's mother)
Elizabeth Graham
Martha Graham
Erika Greene's family
Ron Grubbs
Greg Hand
Kevin Harkness
Marty Keys & family
Nancy King
Mable & Bob Kitchen
Dot Mattison
Bob Millard
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley family
Karen Pennington
Sharon Potter
Don Preston
Ron Rackley
Reeves family
Larry Roberts (Greg Roberts's brother)
Gary Robertz
Earl Rose Sr.
Louise Rutherford's family
Virginia Rutherford
Rita Sheffey & mother
Sikorski family
Marynan Smith
Stigers family
Ashley Thomasson
Chuck Thompson
Joseph Trasito
Bill Wade
To the Church Triumphant
Erika Greene
April 21, 2019
(You can find the obituary for Bob Greene's mother here.)
Louise Rutherford
April 17, 2019
Isaac Nolan Fey was born at 1:23 a.m. April 23 to Alan and Janet Fey. Vicki and Steve Fey are his ecstatic grandparents and Billie Peterson his joyful great-grandma. We rejoice with them!
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
April 28       Zora Gross, Cora Lee Raccioppo, Bob Rhea
April 29       Han Ong, Chuck Preston
April 30       Aiden Kite
May 1          Debbie Garritson, Jane Keeter, Maxwell Mumpower
May 2          Martin Dotterweich, Susan Zeiler
May 3          John Vann
May 4          Dan Gross, David Johnson, Mary Caroline Mumpower, Dave Welch
Church Calendar
Sunday, April 28
9:00 a.m.        Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
12:30 p.m.     Music Search Comm. Luncheon, Chapel
2:00 p.m.       E&O Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship
6:30 p.m.       Korean Children's Choir, Sanctuary
Tuesday, April 30
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
7:00 p.m.       Scouts Court of Honor, Chapel
Wednesday, May 1
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, May 2
7:00 a.m.        Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Saturday, May 4
11:00 p.m.     After Prom, Just Jump
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Ann Abel
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Randy Cook
Pete Holler
David Hyde
John Graham
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Katie McInnis
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
John Vann
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Fred Harkleroad
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
Matt Kingsley
Greg Roberts
Ron Fox
Lisa McClain
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Drew Rice
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Joyce Samuel
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill
Jack Butterworth