Come Be a Part of Our 65th Annual Homecoming!

Dear Church Family,

This year's Annual Meeting/Homecoming will be held on Sunday night October 19th at Philippi Baptist Church. We will have two sessions similar to last year: a business session starting at 4:30PM and a worship/celebration service at 6:30PM. After the business session, there will be a break and light refreshments will be served.

The 6:30PM session will be a special worship/homecoming celebration. You certainly will not want to miss this special celebration. Among other testimonies of what God is doing in our churches, you will hear several good reports about how God moved during our recent Love Cleveland initiative this past September. Pastors, please consider moving your Sunday night service on the 19th so you and your church can celebrate with us.

In addition to the annual meeting/homecoming celebration, I would like to also invite you to several upcoming events. The first is a special conference taking place October 16-18 in Pigeon Forge. There is Hope is a free conference for those who are thirsty for God and desiring a fresh touch from the Father. It is a time for you to come apart from the distractions and chaos of life and seek the face of God. For more info, call 423-562-3420 or visit

The Summit, also known as the Tennessee Baptist Convention, will be held November 10-12 at Brentwood Baptist in Brentwood, TN. The Summit includes the Pastors Conference and the annual meeting. For more info and to register, please visit

Starting this past September 28, the following six churches will hear the same challenge during seven consecutive Sunday morning services: Big Spring, Clingan Ridge, Mt. Carmel, New Friendship, Thompson Springs and West Cleveland. They are participating in the Every Believer a Witness emphasis that is designed to motivate and train these participating congregations to actively share with their families, friends and others what Jesus has done for them. Pray that this will help these congregations create and maintain a culture of witnessing and evangelism.

Project Helping Hands will start to take applications on Monday October 6th. This ministry seeks to identify families and individuals in our community who struggle to make ends meet and connect them with a church, civic group, family, individual or company to provide assistance during the holiday season. Project Helping Hands is one of our key witnessing tools during the holiday season. In the last three years, we have assisted more than 850 families and more than 2200 individuals. Each and everyone of these individuals receive a Gospel presentation during the interview process and many have resulted in first-time salvations as well as rededications to Christ. If you know of someone in need or you wish to help this holiday season, please call our Project Helping Hands hotline at 423-529-0744.

If you are interested in joining our Romanian mission trip next year, please be aware that the initial deposit is due by November 2nd. We will return to continue the work we started in reaching out to the Roma people (often referred to as Gypsies) last year. For more information on the trip and a suggested fee schedule, please visit our webpage at

Finally, thank you for your partnership. Our ministry to reach the lost would not be possible without faithful churches and their members. Thank you for doing your part.

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