First Christian Church held an installation service on Jan. 5, for its officers, deacons and elders elected at the beginning of each calendar year. Board officers who agreed to serve in leadership capacities as the church seeks to fulfill its ministry and build up the church in every way included members Byron Cole, president; John Holcombe, vice-president; Shannon Beattie, secretary; Lisa Wilkes, assistant secretary; Betty Jolly, treasurer; and Rick Cutsinger, assistant treasurer.
Deacons assist with baptism, the Lord’s supper, pastoral care, and spiritual discipline in addition to fulfilling administrative responsibilities in the conduct of the church’s work. Deacons include Sherry Baldwin, Shannon Beattie, Peggy Brannen, Tina Chadwick, Debby Demos, Gail Dobbs, Kathie Fulgham, Jim Grant, Gayle Mingledorff, Scrappy Moore, Diana Morris, Kent Smithson, Scottie Summerlin, Ardian Totten, and Barbara Voss.
Elders hold a grasp of the gospel exemplified in word and deed. They provide a true expression of faith in teaching and praying at the Lord’s Table. They have a vision of the church and its mission and are dedicated to expressing it in wise counsel. The class of 2014 elders includes Alan Cates, Rona Gary, Lorraine Hipp, John Holcombe, Sally D. Hunt, Dewayne Renfro, Bob Sauser, and Lonna Williams.
Harrison Gill, Bill Hobbs, and the late Homer Aldrich were recognized and honored as Elders Emeritus.
To commemorate the service given by the previous year’s president, a monetary gift is presented to his or her favorite charity. This year’s donation was made to Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in honor of Bea Lyons.
First Christian Church is at 650 McCallie Avenue. Our unique motto is a “Church of Service, Not Lip Service.” Visit www.firstchristian-chat.com, like us on Facebook, or call the church office at 423-267-4506 for more information. Services are held every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.