First Baptist Church Announces 110th Anniversary Event for October while Renovating Church Spaces

Mrs. Joanne Whaley, event chairperson, and Dr. Terry Kirby, Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge (FBCPF), announced recently that the congregation will celebrate their 110th anniversary on Sunday, October 20, 2024. The event will take place at the church on the Parkway.
First Baptist Church’s 110 Anniversary event is still in the planning stages. The committee has invited current and past members, pastors, and staff to attend the celebration. The tentative schedule will include a special worship celebration and a catered luncheon on the grounds.
           In preparation for the event, the FBCPF Campus Enhancement Committee has been working hard to update the sanctuary and fellowship hall this year. They expect to complete most of, if not all, of the changes in time for the Anniversary Event in October. The fellowship hall was redecorated entirely in February with new flooring, paint, and window treatments. Later, during the sanctuary renovation, the fellowship hall will serve as a worship space for the congregation. In March, Southern Glass Company of Maryville, TN, replaced the sanctuary’s stained-glass windows with new thermal-insulated tinted windows. The muntins were installed in May.
Additional plans include installing new entry doors and bathrooms at the front of the building. The church’s pews will be refurbished and reinstalled to accommodate a center aisle, and updated flooring, lighting, and paint will complete the project.
First Baptist Church wants to ensure its legacy continues in the community for the next 100-plus years. Founded in 1914, First Baptist Church was the first established church in Pigeon Forge, TN. Many of the church’s 442 members were raised there, and they count among their worshipers some “regular” visitors who come to worship whenever they are in town for vacation or work. The original building was located on Dollywood Lane near the golf course, and the church’s cemetery is still situated there.
More details will be posted here as they come available.
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TN Baptist Foundation Presentation

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, Dr. Tod Tanner of the TN Baptist Foundation presented information to help you plan your estate. The Foundation hopes that “through faith-based estate planning and planned giving, church members acknowledge the needs of their families, as well as their church, association and other Baptist institutions by placing a portion of their estates in trust to meet these needs.”

The TN Baptist Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee and directed by a 15-member Board of Trustees elected by The Tennessee Baptist Convention. They aim to “advance the Church by investing in its people and helping them fulfill the Great Commission. Through faith-based estate planning and planned-giving guidance, the TBF helps today’s generation bless the next generation.” The TBF helps our Baptist churches, associations, and institutions build strong bridges to the future through investment and financing services.

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