Cowan First Baptist Church
Sunday, November 29, 2020
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Eggstravaganza, November 2020

Pastor LZ, perhaps the only Southern Baptist minister in the universe who doesn’t like chicken, managed to choke down a few bites of his least favorite food during Eggstravaganza.  The pastor was making good on a promise to the New Vision Sunday School class: If they would refurbish their threadbare classroom, he would eat a small amount of fried fowl.  They did, he did.

A swig of honey helps.

And the head of a rooster cake for dessert.

A lot of boxes, November 2020

Pastor LZ Johnson (left) joined Susan and Judd Clements in admiring the 158 Operation Christmas Child boxes donated by CFBC members.  The Clements, retired missionaries to Tanzania, spearhead the Christmas box drive every year.  The church exceeded its ambitious goal of 150 boxes. 

Off to Carnton, November 2020

Members of the women’s book club (joined by Pastor LZ Johnson for the photo) visited Carnton and Carter House, historic sites from the 1864 Battle of Franklin.  Their October 2020 reading selection, With This Pledge, was set during the battle.

Trunk or Treat 2020

The yellow brick road led to Cowan FBC.

Faithful Celebrators

The Faithful Encouragers had a great time at the Celebrators Conference in Pigeon Forge, October 2020.

 

Blindfolds Required

Faithful Encouragers Mystery Trip, September 17, 2020

 

 

 

 

The top-secret destination: Eating and touristing in Granville, TN

 

 

Ann Glover retirement reception, August 30, 2020

Wishing the best to one of Cowan FBC's favorite people

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Who are those masked people?

Faithful Encouragers dutifully put on their eyeglass-fogging masks for an August 2020 outing to Old Greenbrier Restaurant.

 

 


After lunch, it was time for unveiling.

 

  

Now look at those smiling faces!

 

 

Linda Bradford is either waving or directing traffic.  Either way, she does it well.

 

 

Back on the bus and back to Cowan.

 

Chapel remodel, July 2020

Fresh paint and hard work made a big difference in the appearance of the chapel.

 

 

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Day at the Cookie Jar Café

Johnny Bradford had to sprint to make it into the group shot, but overall the Faithful Encouragers had a great time during their July 2020 outing to Cookie Jar Café. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Day in Bell Buckle

Faithful Encouragers had their usual good time during a June 2020 outing to Bell Buckle Café. 

 

 

 

 

Getting everyone lined up for the group photo usually is a challenge.

 

 

 

 

Loading up for the trip back to Cowan.

 

 

Moving Up

Cowan FBC recognized its young scholars advancing from elementary to middle school June 7, 2020.  Shown with co-youth director Erik Cole and Pastor LZ Johnson are (from left): Jasper Henley, Andrew Merrett and (bottom) Nathan Merrett.

 

  

Return of the steeple

After months of planning and hard work by Larry Timbs, Tom Mooney and church trustees, CFBC's can-see-it-from-anywhere-in-Cowan roofline was restored June 4, 2020.  The steeple had been blown off the roof by Winter Storm Isaiah the previous January.

 

Doors and Drawers

Women on Mission renovate the church kitchen, May-July 2020.

 

 

 

Men's Ministry work day, May 16, 2020

A busy morning of sawing, raking, mowing and trimming at the home of Carter and Judy Smith.

 

 

Sometimes a tree needs a little encouragement.

 

 Graduate recognition 2020

CFBC's graduates were honored during the morning service May 17, 2020.  They're shown receiving their scholarships from Pastor LZ Johnson and Youth Director Eric Bradford.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Honor for moms

Mildred Hatchett was recognized as Cowan FBC's most seasoned mother on Mother's Day 2020.  The service recognized all moms with a gift.

 

 

Church in the year of COVID-19
E-church continued March 29, 2020, with week 2 of Facebook live worship.  The services (videos and audios) were made available on Facebook, the church web site and the CFBC YouTube channel.

 

Going to Church, Virtually

 “Going to church” was replaced by “Going to Facebook” March 22, 2020, as Pastor LZ Johnson and Worship Leader Kyle Hatchett led a live service online.

 

Predator-proofing
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller (R) visited Cowan FBC in March 2020 to present tips on how to keep kids safe from child predators.  The event, which outgrew the chapel and was moved into the main sanctuary, was sponsored by the Single Parent Family Ministry.  Sheriff Fuller is shown with Pastor LZ Johnson.
 
Inventive Minds
A trio of Cowan FBC students took top honors at the 2020 Invention Convention held at Middle Tennessee State University.  The team of Elizabeth Johnson (L) and Payton Dearing (M) earned a spot at the National Invention Convention with their innovative “Party Pourer,” while Zoe Cole (R) merited an individual champion award for her “Chicken Feeder 5000.”
 

Gideon Sunday
Terry Nunley did a fine job representing the Gideons Sunday morning, March 1.
 
 
He even brought along enough visitors to fill several pews.  Photos by his proud aunt, Pam Peck.
 
 
Sunday soloist
Vicky Sue Gass singing a Sunday morning solo
 
In the mountains
2020 Winter Youth Retreat in Pigeon Forge
 
Fun on the Farm, Feb. 2020
Lunch and fun at Foster Farm, sponsored by the Single Parent Family Ministry.
 
It's a Baptist event, so food is involved.
Celebration of Love 2020
Good eating and good times at the annual youth-sponsored dinner.
 
Last WWII Vet Passes
 
Early Sunday morning, February 2, 2020, Joe Yokely went home to be with the Lord.  He was one of four World War II veterans who attended CFBC at one time.  This photograph honors all four of these wonderful men who are special to all of us.  They all now have gone on to their final reward.  We miss them and we love them!—Pastor LZ Johnson
Super speaker
 
 
 
Zoe Cole, top fourth-grade finisher in the 4-H speech contest at Cowan Elementary School.  Her parents are chair of deacons Erik Cole and children’s director Scarlett Cole.
Isaiah Brings Down the Steeple
Winter storm Isaiah rolled through Cowan the afternoon of Jan. 11, 2020, bringing rain, high winds and just enough of a push to topple the church steeple.  The steeple was a loss, but happily there were no injuries and damage to the main structure was not extensive.  (First photo courtesy Franklin County EMA and Rescue.)
 
The new visitor parking signs survived Isaiah (above).  A small tree (below) was another casualty of the storm.
 
 
UPDATES
 
Two weeks after the storm: Church volunteers have hauled away the old steeple and workers have repaired the bald spot on the roof.  Meanwhile, church trustees are working with insurers to acquire a new steeple.
 
Almost six months later: Thank the Lord, the new steeple arrived and went up without incident, June 4, 2020.
Faithful Encouragers breakfast in Estill Springs, January 2020
 
 
Sometimes lining up the Faithfuls for a group shot is like herding kittens.
 
But the results are pretty good.
 
 
Soccer star
CFBC member Katherine Clark was named to the All-District 6A women’s soccer team during her senior year at Huntland High School.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Working hard, but having a good time preparing Christmas benevolence food boxes for the community.
 
 
Worship leader Kyle Hatchett was named the 2019 Young Professional of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
Eric Bradford was the 2019 A.F. Bridges Award winner for Athletic District 6 of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).  The Bridges Award recognizes Eric as the top secondary school football official for the year in District 6.  He and his wife, Lisa, are the youth directors at Cowan FBC.
 
 
The Flintstones and Rubbles dropped by for Trunk or Treat 2019.
Work day installing shelving at the church library.
From left: Erik Cole, David Willingham, Doyle Coulson and Larry Timbs.
 
 
Santa's red suit has nothing on head deacon Erik Cole's Christmas finery.
Having a great time with the Faithful Encouragers.
 
 
 
 
Child dedication for the Lee family (L) and the Rinkes family.