SOARing at First Baptist Concord

College ‘Dunk team’ has Eaves, FBC youth flying high

Marcus Eaves, First Baptist Concord student pastor, goes airborne for a slam-dunk, one of about 12 FBC youth volunteers who tried their hand at bouncing off a SOAR trampoline to dunk or
The gym was roaring at First Baptist Concord.

Athletes from Liberty University bounced off trampolines to hang from the net, somersaulted 15 feet up in the air and wowed a crowd of about 300 in the church’s student gym Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The SOAR [Soul’d Out And Ready] Dunk team uses trampolines to do acrobatic maneuvers as part of a traveling Christian youth ministry, dazzling crowds of all ages — and the crowd of children and teens at FBC obviously were amazed.

After the team performed for about 30 minutes, they asked for volunteers.

“It was electrifying,” said Marcus Eaves, FBC student pastor. “I was amazed that a human being can get that high in the air. To see people dunk and do incredible tricks is pretty amazing, especially when you see it in person. It makes you want to try it.”

“I thought it was a fantastic thing that the church was able to bring them here. It was awesone,” said John Scavone, a home-schooled freshman.

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Holy Cross Anglican Church Pig Out

Holy Cross Anglican Church members welcomed the community to a fall “Pig Out” Saturday, Oct. 7, at the church, 515 Herron Road, Farragut. The event featured both beef brisket and pulled pork as its entrée, as well as desserts by Nothing Bunt Cakes and church members.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

Clover Fork croquet crew compete ‘365’

A few members of Clover Fork Croquet Club stop strategizing and politicking long enough to pose for an official club picture. Kneeling are Jack Williams, left, and John Kinney. Standing, from left, are Guy Davis, Greg Brooks and Robbie Pryor.
“We’ve got a serious problem,” Greg Brooks, commissioner of Clover Fork Croquet Club, said recently. “Absolutely.”

Almost every weekend during good weather he and his buddies are out “strategizing and politicking” on the course, also referred to as “the Old Lady.” Every year they spread two tons of sand over it. Club members buy special clothes for play. Cracked balls aren’t tossed out: they’re buried in the “Garden of Champions.”

Basically, he said, they’re addicts. But luckily for Brooks, the course is convenient. It’s located just outside his door — in his front yard.

The club even has a Facebook page and a bunch of loyal fans.

“We have followers from Indonesia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Italy, you name it,” Brooks said. “It’s amazing how many people play croquet — even over in the Middle East they play it and they follow us on Facebook.”

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Concord United Methodist introduces new grief recovery program


Most of us don’t like it, but we roll with it.

Some changes, however, are bigger than others. If they’re dramatic enough, and involve significant loss, they can result in sadness, depression and grief.

“Anything we treasure and love that we lose can bring us grief,” local expert Joy Gaertner said. “There are all different kinds of losses — death of a spouse, a pet, divorce, retirement, etc.”

Other traumatic changes include personal injury or illness, dismissal from work, change in health of family member, pregnancy, change in financial statis and death of a close friend.

“Grief recovery gives us an action plan that allows us to move beyond our losses,” Gaertner said. “We all know life turns on a dime. What do we do with the pain that’s caused by our loss?”

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Humble yourself: you must come like a child to Christ

Larry Paden, a Hardin Valley resident and an Elder at Oak Ridge Church of Christ, has submitted the first of his Christian-based columns to be periodically published in farragutpress

In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 19 and verses 13 and 14, the scriptures give us a picture of Jesus interacting with children.

The verses say, “Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciple rebuked them.

But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”

We all can learn a valuable lesson from little children.

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