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					Larry Riley, Senior Pastor |931-645-2431| October 7, 2012 | Vol. XXXV, No. 21

First Baptist Church of Clarksville has called Larry Riley as Senior Pastor in our business
session Sunday, September 30, after a combined morning service. Approximately 1,500
members participated in the vote.
Pastor Riley will become the 21st Pastor of our 181-year-old church when he assumes the role
on October 16.
He comes to Clarksville from Sarasota Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, where he has served
as executive pastor and campus pastor at the church’s Lakewood Ranch Campus, a growing
satellite congregation from the main church.
Pastor Riley is not a stranger to First Baptist Church having served here twice previously. He
was Senior Associate Pastor from 1998 to 2002. He had served as Minister of Education from
1994 to 1997.
Pastor Riley was recommended as Pastor by our 15-member search committee following a year
-long search. The committee reviewed approximately 400 resumes and identified a short list of
candidates before singling him out to recommend to the Deacon body and the congregation
for consideration.
The committee was drawn to Pastor Riley because of his proven leadership, strong preaching,
education experience and administrative skill, Doug Weiland, committee chair told the
“For such a time as this, God has risen up, prepared, and led Larry Riley to provide the vision
and leadership for the great days that are ahead of us,” Doug said in making the
recommendation to the congregation.
Doug reported that committee members representing the congregation and selected from
among the congregation were unanimous in their decision to recommend Pastor Riley.
“God has prepared Larry Riley to lead this church to be on mission in this community and
around the world,” Doug said.
In meetings with Deacons, Sunday School leaders and church members during the weekend
prior to the vote, Pastor Riley said that he was attracted to the church because of what he
identified as “the tremendous potential in the church and this community.”
Pastor Riley said the facilities of the church are a significant asset that the church can use to
communicate the gospel and draw people.
During his tenure as senior associate pastor, Pastor Riley oversaw construction of the 1,850-
seat worship building and preschool area.
“As much as 80 to 85 percent of this community is not attending church anywhere,” Pastor
Riley told deacons in a Friday evening meeting. “We have a tremendous opportunity to
connect with them and show them the love of Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Riley said he would lead the church to focus on college students and military as well as
others as he pointed out the relatively young demographic of Clarksville.
“There is much work to be done as we build bridges to reach out to the community,” Pastor
Riley said.
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                                   Continued from Page 1                                                 FIRST REPORTS
In a meeting with Sunday school leaders on Saturday, Pastor Riley discussed possibilities of                   ATTENDANCE
additional services and ministries that would be focused on reaching out to the community.          September 23, 2012
In addition to Sarasota Baptist Church, Pastor Riley has served at Hyde Park Baptist Church         Sunday School                        1280
in Austin, Texas, as Associate Pastor of Spiritual Growth, First Baptist Church in Social           Midweek Bible Study                   315
Circle, Georgia, as Senior Pastor; Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee,           Korean Church                          28
as Minister of Education and Administration; Far Hills Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, as           Hispanic Church                        17
Minister of Education and Administration; and First Baptist Church in Pickerington, Ohio,           Missions                                9
as Pastor. He also was with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist                 Total Worship                        1658
Convention in Richmond, Virginia, as Managing Director of the church services group,
churches and partner services.
Pastor Riley is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth,              September 30, 2012
Texas, a Southern Baptist Convention seminary. He is a 1978 graduate of Cumberland                  Sunday School                        1303
College, in Williamsburg, Ky.                                                                       Midweek Bible Study                   275
He is married to Elizabeth Riley and they have four children, Paul, 25, Katherine Riley             Korean Church                          27
Wilson, 23, Bethany, 19 and Benjamin, 15.                                                           Hispanic Church                        30
                                                                                                    Missions                                1
                                                                                                    Total Worship                        1729
          OPERATION                                    SINGLES CONFERENCE
        CHRISTMAS CHILD                            Join us for the Passion Conference in              WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
                                                   Atlanta on January 1–4, 2013! If you are a
Operation Christmas Child begins October           college student or single adult 18-25 years      September 23, 2012
21 and box drop-off ends November 18.              old, then you need to go to Passion with us!     Baptism:
                                                   Email Greg Moore at greg.moore@fbct or           Hannah Jo Caufield
                                                   call 572-1521 for more information.
                                                       COMMON GROUNDS                               Ethan Kyler Warrington

                                                   Visit our Coffee Shoppe located in the           September 30, 2012
                                                   Hope (Activities) Building on Sunday             Statement/Letter:
                                                   morning. Now offering Fruit Smoothies for        Daniel Harris
                                                   those who want a healthier alternative to
                                                   Coffee. Relax with your family or meet           Baptized:
                                                   friends before Sunday School in the              Chance Coffman        Alexis Matthews
                                                   Breakfast area. Serving from 7:30 – 11:00
                                                   each week it’s a great place to gather. Don’t
                                                   forget we offer a Buffet Breakfast from         FULL-LENGTH PLAY OCT. 19-20
                                                   7:30-10:00 as well.                              First Baptist Of Ivy Gap is a comical story
                                                                                                    about the lives of six church ladies during
                                                                                                    the time of WWII. Twenty-five years later,
                              PREACHING SCHEDULE                                                    our “First Baptist Six” reunite. You will be
October 7—Randy Davis                            October 14—John Laida                              laughing from beginning to end. The cost is
                                                                                                    $20 for the Friday, October 19, 6pm dinner
                                                                                                    performance or the Saturday, October 20,
                                  VOICE OF THE PAST                                                 10am brunch performance in the Laida
 OUR INVITATION: To all who mourn and need comfort—to all who are weary and                         Fellowship Hall. Tickets may be purchased
 need rest—to all who are friendless and wish friendship—to all who are homeless and wish           in the Main Office in the Faith Building,
 sheltering love—to all who pray and to all who do not, but ought—to all who sin and need           Music Ministry Office, or from any Legacy
 a Savior, and to whosoever will—this Church opens wide the door and makes free a place,            Lead Team member. Tickets will also be on
 and in the name of Jesus, the Lord, says: WELCOME.                                                 sale in the Grace foyer after worship
                                                                                                    services. The deadline is October 14. For
                 Originally printed on the front page of the First Volume of                        more information, contact Brenda
                           The Voice of Appeal, January 3, 1937.                                    Spurgeon at 572-1527.

                                                       STEWARDSHIP RECEIPTS
                                   September 2        September 9         September 16        September 23     September 30      Year To Date
Operating Receipts                  $82,557.03         $77,869.27          $63,348.78          $41,315.39       $58,598.12       $2,777,795.17
Operating Budget                    $69,588.53         $69,588.53          $69,588.53          $69,588.53       $69,588.53       $2,956,172.00
World Missions Receipts              $5,071.50          $4,874.00           $2,129.00           $2,465.00        $4,171.60        $173,979.43
World Missions Budget                $5,294.66          $5,294.66           $5,294.66           $5,294.66        $5,294.66        $220,580.10
Find Us Faithful Still Receipts     $12,434.16          $6,138.50           $6,676.50           $5,074.16        $4,774.21        $294,970.14
Find Us Faithful Still Budget        $8,911.70          $8,911.70           $8,911.70           $8,911.70        $8,911.70        $339,953.96
    CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY                             MEN’S BBALL LEAGUE                                      LIKE TO SEW?
   THE CONGREGATION GIVES                                        Sign up now for the Three      Do you like to sew either casually or
   CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY TO…                                        -on-Three            Men's     professionally? The Preschool Ministry
                                                                 Basketball League! The         needs your help! The Preschool Ministry
…Scott (Sharon) & Roy (Vickie)                                   league will play on Tuesday    needs seamstresses who can help to sew
Duncan on the passing of their brother,                          nights, beginning on           Biblical costumes in preschooler sizes.
Michael Wayne Duncan. Mr. Duncan                                 November 13. Three to          Fabric and patterns (if needed) will be
passed away on September 18.                                     five players will be on each   provided. Please contact Cheryl McCrary at
                                                                 team and play will be          931-572-1509 or if
…Jamie (Cheryl) McCrary on the passing                           designed for fun - no          you can help.
of his grandmother, Sarah Shaw. Mrs. Shaw                        league standings, all skill
passed away on September 20.                                     levels are welcome, and
                                               everyone will get the same amount of                   PULPIT FLOWERS
…Bill Gass on the passing of his wife, Joy     playing time. Sign up as a part of a team
Gass. Mrs. Gass passed away on September                                                                       The pulpit flowers each
                                               or we can place you on a team. Registration
21.                                                                                                            Sunday are a reminder of
                                               forms are available in the Activities
                                                                                                               God’s great work in creation
                                               Building. The deadline to register is
…Lillian Bradley on the passing of her                                                                         that points us to Him. You
                                               Saturday, November 3, but don't wait. The
brother, Warren Hammett. Mr. Hammett                                                                           can gift the pulpit flowers to
                                               number of teams will be limited. Members
passed away on September 22.                                                                                   our church in memory or in
                                               of First Baptist have priority until October
                                                                                                honor of a loved one. The cost is $35. After
                                               15. After that, members of other churches
...Jane Byard on the passing of her                                                             the evening worship, you can take these
                                               may sign up if positions are still
husband, John Byard. Also to Lori Byard                                                         flowers home or to a loved one. If you
                                               available. For additional information or to
on the passing of her father. Mr. Byard                                                         choose to leave the flowers here, they will
                                               request a registration form via email, please
passed away on September 25.                                                                    be distributed throughout the church. To
                                               contact        Preston         Howle        at
                                                                                                check for an available date, please contact
                                      or 368-1253.
...Melinda (Jeff) Geary on the passing of                                                       our Music Ministry Office at 503-3280 or
her mother, Mary Evelyn Batts Young. Mrs.                                                       email Thank you
Young passed away on September 28.                   CERAMICS MINSITRY                          for your consideration of this.

                                               If you have a love for ceramics and would
    Let Us Pray for You                        like to spend an hour or 2 a week assisting        UPWARD BBALL & CHEER
  As for me, far be it from me that I          in our Ceramics Ministry, please give us a
should sin against the LORD by failing         call at 647-8877. We would love for you to
   to pray for you. 1 Samuel 12:23             join us!

        NEW ADDITIONS                            SINGLES POTLUCK/STUDY
     CONGRATULATIONS TO...                     The Experiencing God Singles Potluck and
                                               Bible Study will be on Friday evenings
...Carol and David Frey on the birth of        through the end of the year from 6:30-
their grandson, Case Braxton Delong, born      9:30pm in The Gathering Coffee House.            Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is here
on August 30.                                                                                   and we need a few more basketball coaches.
                                                    SUNDAY SCHOOL SUBS                          We are happy to announce that our
...Lindsay and Aaron Marlow on the birth                                                        cheerleaders will all practice together,
of their daughter, Gracie Bell, born on        Do you love helping our preschoolers, but        however we will need a team mom/dad for
September 9.                                   are unable to be on the 200 Smiles Team?         each age group. If you love cheerleading
                                               The Preschool Ministry is currently in need      but don’t have a desire to teach the cheers
...Scott and Donna Turpen on the birth         of a few adults who would be available to        then become a team mom/dad! It is easy
of their daughter, Caroline René Turpen,       substitute during our Sunday school hour         and a lot of fun. Call the Recreation Office
born on September 23. Also to Charles and      of 9:45-10:45am. If you would enjoy              today. We will need several coaches to
Sue Turpen on the birth of their               serving occasionally during Sunday School,       make this season a great experience for
granddaughter.                                 please call Cheryl at 572-1509 or email          your child. Please give us a call and sign up
                                                                   today! We will have a coaches meeting/
   LEGACY FRANKLIN TRIP                                                                         clinic in October. Player evaluations and
                                                                                                uniform selections will be on October 1
We have a great trip planned to tour two
historical homes in Franklin, the Carter
                                                How good and pleasant                           and 4 from 4pm to 7pm. Practices will
                                                                                                begin the week of November 5 and games
House and the Carnton Plantation, on            it is when God’s people                         begin December 1. The cost will be $55 per
Tuesday, November 13. For lunch, we will
eat at Lillie Belle’s tearoom. There will be
                                                  live together in unity!                       child. Children of deployed parents are free!
                                                                                                After October 5, cost will be $65.
time for shopping in beautiful downtown
Franklin. Sign-up by November 2! Cost:
$50 (includes bus and tours); Lunch: $9-$12
                                                                          Psalm 133:1           For more information, visit
                                                                                                recreation, call 647-8877, or email
(at your expense)                                                                     
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                                       TRUNK OR TREAT                                                REGULAR WEEKLY
                                                                                                    CHURCH SCHEDULE
                                                                                                  7:30 am      Deacon Prayer Time
                                                                                                               (Laida Fellowship Hall 2230)
                                                                                                  8:30 am     Grace Worship Center
                                                                                                  & 11:00 am
                                                                                                  Bible Study/Sunday School
                                                                                                  9:45 am     Bible Study Classes for all ages
                                                                                                  Sunday Evening
                                                                                                  5:00 pm     Youth Choir
                                                                                                  6:00 pm     Worship (Grace Building)
                                                                                                  6:00 pm     Preschool Mission Friends
                                                                                                              (Grace Preschool Area)
                                                                                                  4:30 – 7:30 Wednesday2Wednesday
                                                                                                  4:30 – 6:00 Fellowship Meal
                                                                                                  6:00 – 7:15 Prayer Meeting/Bible
Trunk Or Treat is coming on October 28, 2012 from 5-7pm at FBC. This will be our biggest                      Study in the Fellowship Hall
year yet! We have many new, exciting additions to Trunk Or Treat this year. Illusionist David     6:00 – 7:15 Discipleship Training
Garrard will be wowing our children with tricks and illusions including pulling a rabbit out of               Institute Classes
his hat. The Preschool parking lot will be transformed into a wonderland of new and unique        6:00 – 7:15 Adult Choir and Orchestra
carnival-style games, 10 different jumpies and obstacle courses, the return of the trackless                  Rehearsal
train as well as yummy food. Invite your friends and neighbors to join in the FUN! All            6:00 – 7:15 Children’s Backyard
children birth thru 6th grade are invited to attend. No scary costumes, please!                   6:00 – 7:15 Preschool TeamKid
                                                                                                  6:00 – 7:15 Middle School and
Due to the overwhelming attendance and popularity we need LOTS of Candy for Trunk Or                          High School Worship
Treat! Last year we used 200+ bags of candy and we actually ran out! This year we believe we      7:00        The Gathering
will need over 300 of the large bags of candy. Please donate bags of wrapped candy in the
                                                                                                  Lillian Bradley Library Hours
large tubs in the Sanctuary, Preschool and Children’s areas.
                                                                                                  Sundays 9:30am-12pm & 5:00-6:00pm
                                                                                                  Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm
October 28, 2012 from 5-7pm is our largest outreach night of the year! It’s time to decorate
                                                                                                  The Library is located in Room 2326 on the
your trunk and sign-up for your favorite carnival style game. Sign ups are beginning, so watch
                                                                                                  third floor of the Hope Building.
your Sunday School Class announcements, come by the Preschool Desk or call 572-1508 to
sign up. A list of game suggestions is available by request. Sign-up early because there are      Television Ministry
only a certain number of trunks for each type of game allowed to ensure variety.                  Charter Ch. 9 | CDE Ch. 12 | Broadcast 49
                                                                                                  Sundays at 9:00am
Volunteers can register online at                                                 Mondays at 8:00pm
                                                                                                  Wednesdays at 8:30am

                                SERMON SERIES ON CD
Dr. Randy Davis has just completed his Ten Commandments sermon series. We are making
that entire series available on 5 CD’s. You can purchase these in the Music Ministry Office
                                                                                                      STAY IN TOUCH...
for $15 for the set.                                                                                      By PHONE
                                                                                                          (931) 645-2431

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