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‘Answer to prayer’

Faith Promise Church finds new home, welcomes citizens to West End Center

After meeting for three years in Farragut High School, Faith Promise Church members are ready to move into their more permanent location at 144 West End Ave. in Farragut’s West End Center, adjacent to the Goodwill store.

It will kick off that opening, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, with a ribbon cutting hosted by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30.

Finding the West End Center location was “just a miracle of God,” campus pastor Daniel Warren said. “We’ve been praying and searching and seeking a facility and (One Life Church) that we partner with said, ‘Hey, we are looking to give this lease up’ and it was an answer to prayer.

“We took over their lease; we’re remodeling and getting ready to open Nov. 1,” he added. On that day, “We’re going to have our Tricks and Treats event.

“We will have inflatables, candy for the kids and some fun elements in our worship center, as well. Just an amazing time for all ages and every part of the families,” Warren said.

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Lynch’s letters of love way to boost seniors in isolation

With her own grandparents in mind, Pinnacle at Turkey Creek’s director of security Ashley Lynch started a program that invites the community to participate in Send Senior Citizens Love.

People can send in letters that go to seniors in nursing homes, offering encouragement and affection to those struggling from the isolation created by the pandemic.

That project, which started April 10 at the onset of COVID-19, has now gone nationwide.

“It’s a great thing and I love it,” Lynch said.

National media also has taken notice. Two weeks ago, she not only was recently invited on Returning the Favor podcast series of Mike Rowe, a TV host and narrator, she also received $10,000 from Rowe to continue the project.

“It was a crazy experience, but I’d do it over again. It was great,” Lynch said. “I loved it. I learned so much.

“This whole thing has taught me so much,” she added. “A lot of people have reached out and they relate — they’ve lost their grandmother, grandfather and they want to take care of the elderly also.

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FWKCC New Member Orientation

New members of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce were welcomed by existing members, including FWKCC’s board and staff, to the Chamber’s Fall New Member Orientation, which took place in Farragut Community Center Tuesday, Oct. 13.

FWKCC, which was formed in 1987, currently has 640 members, said Julie Blaylock, its president/CEO.

After enjoying lunch from Jet’s Pizza, new members learned about the benefits of joining FWKCC, such as advertising, warm introductions to media contacts, ribbon cuttings and networking opportunities among others.

“We had 30 attend our orientation, which worked out perfectly for the distanced spacing and seating we planned on,” Blaylock said. “Everyone was able to make what we know were new connections for themselves, but also have enough space to feel comfortable during the program.

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