Nashville First Loving God. Loving People Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:24:26 +0000 en hourly 1 Nashville First 32 32 Supporting Austin and Jeanne Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:25:38 +0000 Austin and Jeanne Thompson (members of Nashville First since 2003 and 2011 respectively) have been missionaries with Cru, serving overseas in East Asia since 2008. As they shared during the Sunday services on October 18, Austin and Jeanne have transitioned their ministry back to the U.S. after facing visa troubles and COVID travel restrictions. Now, they and their two children (plus one due in December!) will move to the Dallas–Fort Worth area to minister to international students, continuing their work of winning to Christ students from East Asia.
Austin and Jeanne invite others to partner with them.

Cru, like many other mission organizations, depends upon the consistent financial support of concerned individuals. Your partnership can make a difference in reaching people for Christ! Go to to set up a monthly or one-gift financial gift. Email them at to receive their regular prayer updates.

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October 4, a group from Nashville First joined with other local congregations to construct a Habitat for Humanity home in the Park Preserve in North Nashville for the Abiangama family. Thank you to all who participated!

Meet the future homeowner Franco Abiangama

Franco left the Republic of Congo and lived in Uganda for 12 years before arriving in the United States in 2016. He left Africa because of war and “the difficulties that my children faced finishing school and because I needed a better job,” he says. Franco has four children ranging in ages from 14 to 21 years. His carpentry skills landed him a job with Solomon Builders where he has worked since 2017. Franco was a pastor in Africa and speaks four languages, including Swahili, which enabled him to help establish a Swahili church service at Woodmont Hills Church. In 2019, he volunteered with his church on the annual Unity Build and that day told Unity Build Coordinator Gladys Wolfe that he planned to apply for a Habitat home himself. His perseverance to create a better life for his family never wavered. After several applications, he qualified for Habitat’s homeownership program and is the 2020 Unity Build future homeowner.

Franco’s family lives in a four-bedroom rental with one bathroom that costs more than half of his income. One of the bedrooms is a converted garage and lacks a vent for heating and cooling. The oldest children work to help with the household expenses while also attending college. Despite all of those challenges, Franco still sends money to family members in Africa. With the aid of his eldest daughter translating, Franco attends Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership classes to learn how to budget for a mortgage, with his daughter also gaining valuable financial management knowledge.

Franco says, “Owning a home will enable me to save money and plan a better future for my children. Habitat is life changing.”


Trunk or Treat Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:47:37 +0000 Saturday, October 31
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Lot C

What is Trunk or Treat? Children (and adults) get to wear their costumes and walk through our parking lot, stopping at cars that have decorated trunks, to receive candy
and small treasures.

What about lunch? Food trucks will be available to purchase lunch. The trucks will be “Nashville Chicken & Waffles” and “That’s My Dawg”serving up yummy kid-friendly menus.

Is it safe? We will practice precautions and do our best to provide a safe and secure outdoor environment with masks, markings, and sanitizing stations.

Can you help? If you would like to donate candy, please drop it off at the front desk of the church. If you would like to volunteer to decorate your trunk and help hand out candy, please email

For more info contact:

First Students: Fall Fest 2020 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 18:42:43 +0000 October 24 | from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
1305 Ashby Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027

FALL IS HERE! We can’t wait to see you on October 24th for a pumpkin carving contest, outdoor games, chili, hot dogs, s’mores, hot cocoa, and more. Bring your own masks, pumpkins, and friends!

Wonderful Wednesdays Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:21:51 +0000 Children will have rotations of musical and Biblical activities and learning games. Children will have rotations of musical and Biblical activities with learning games.

Nursery Care will be provided for birth – age 3 in the Nursery Suite. Children’s Activities available for PreK4 – grade 6 in Room 440. Begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

Please register below:

10/14 sign-ups:

10/21 sign-ups:

10/28 sign-ups:

Covid Caroling spreads cheer and fellowship in the midst of pandemic Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:46:29 +0000 By Kim Hester

Caroling in August? Why, yes! The Sanctuary Choir embraced a unique outreach opportunity this summer to address the isolation imposed on us by COVID-19. Each Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon since mid-July, members of the choir have gone “Covid Caroling.” The caravan typically makes two to three stops per outing. What began as a way to spread cheer and offer fellowship to choir members who were quarantining and missing contact with their church family has extended to include many others.

I was first a recipient of the Covid Caroling ministry. Eight choir members came to our home and, with appropriate social distancing in the front yard, led us in singing great hymns of faith and familiar praise songs. Jimmy and I were provided a folder with music and sang along with joy and a few tears. The carolers asked for prayer requests and prayed specifically for our concerns. It was such a delight to see familiar faces, and their visit lifted my spirits in a way I was not anticipating.

The next week I signed up to be a caroler. We were privileged to sing for Harold and Julia Smith and the neighbors in their cul-de-sac; Tommy Dixon, Bob and Joyce Byrd, and dozens of residents at Harmony of Brentwood; and choir member Johnny Haines. It was equally as touching to watch these friends join us in singing favorite hymn texts. We even took a few requests! Of course, it wouldn’t be “caroling” without a Christmas carol, so every outing concludes with the singing of “Joy to the World!”

Since the ministry began two months ago, visits have been made to 260 individuals at 57 homes and retirement facilities. Twenty-six choir members have been part of the caroling team, usually 6-8 per outing. The caravan has traveled to Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Green Hills, West Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, and College Grove. Many thanks to Marilu White and Catherine Williams for coordinating this ministry and to all who brought tidings of comfort, joy, and hope to those who have felt isolated while we have been unable to gather in person for worship.


200th Speaker Series: Dr. Ronnie Floyd Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:40:15 +0000 Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. | Sanctuary

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be our guest speaker. He will preach as well as present information about the upcoming 2021 SBC and Crossover events in Nashville.

Tennessee Baptist Christmas Backpack Collection Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:43:50 +0000 September 20 – October 25

Tennessee Baptists are working together to gift backpacks full of love to kids in our state this Christmas. The goal is for these backpacks to be child-focused, Christ centered, and church connected. As backpacks are gifted to kids at Christmas events across Tennessee, every effort will be made to connect each child and their family to the gospel and a local church.

How can you help?

  1. Decide on the age and gender of the child you would like to receive your backpack and begin praying for that child.
  2. Purchase a brand-new backpack and fill it up with new toys, hygiene items, treats, clothing, and school supplies.
  3. Bring the backpack to the church library on or before Sunday, October 25.

If you have questions, would like to volunteer on October 25, or would prefer to make a monetary gift, please contact Shannon Meadors at, 615.594.6775

Christmas Backpack Gift Suggestions:

  • TOYS (at least one): Small cars, balls, blocks, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries)
  • HYGIENE ITEMS (at least two): toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (wrapped and in a zip-lock), shampoo (sealed and in a ziplock), hairbrush, comb, ponytail holders, hair clips, washcloth, etc.
  •  FOOD (at least two): granola bars, hard candy (original box or bag and in a zip-lock), mints, gum. Please do not gift chocolate or anything with peanuts.
  •  CLOTHING (at least two): brand new t-shirts, underwear, socks, hat, gloves, scarf, etc.
  •  ART & SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pencils, pens, crayons, markers, paper, coloring books, etc.
  • IDEAS FOR TEEN GIRLS: lip gloss, costume jewelry, craft kits, journals, cozy socks, feminine hygiene supplies, sports equipment, sunglasses
  • IDEAS FOR TEEN BOYS: card games, hand-held electronic games, flashlights with extra batteries, sports equipment, slippers, sunglasses, ball caps

Additional Notes:
Do not include knives or toy weapons.
Do not include items that could easily break or shatter.
Items that are liquid must be sealed in their original packaging and placed in a zip-lock bag.
Items that have a scent must be in their original packing and placed in a zip-lock bag



JESUS Among Secular Gods Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:18:13 +0000 A Bible study by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
Six-Week Studies: October 14 through November 18
Fellowship Hall | 6 – 7 p.m.
Led by Pastor Frank Lewis
Bible Study Book: $14.00 – Available fo purchase in class


Learn how to confront the empty promises of cultural philosophies and develop confidence sharing the claims of Christ.

As belief in the secular gods of atheism, hedonism, relativism, and humanism continues to grow, it is more important than ever for each of us to be able to defend and share the claims of Christ. Of course, this clash of worldviews is nothing new. Throughout Paul’s writing in the New Testament are references to elemental forces that seek to separate believers from the love and truth of Jesus.

Not only has the Christian worldview been devalued and dismissed by modern culture, but its believers are also openly ridiculed as irrelevant. This Bible study challenges the popular and trending philosophies of 2020, skillfully pointing out the fallacies in their claims and presenting compelling evidence for absolute truth as found in Jesus and revealed in Scripture.

This study will provide you with the knowledge to articulate your faith that Jesus stands tall above all other gods.

Anxious for Nothing – Finding Calm in a Chaotic World (Max Lucado) Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:08:45 +0000 Six-Week Women’s Study
October 15 through November 19
Thursdays at 1 p.m. via Zoom
Led by Sandy Fields


Study Guide: Participants can purchase the Study Guide on their own: Anxious for Nothing – Study Guide (Amazon)Anxious for Nothing – Study Guide (LifeWay) 

The Zoom ID for the study is 892 9293 1446 and the password is no worries

Studies have shown that Americans are the most anxious people in the world. We take the most medication for it, see doctors to treat it, and spend fortunes trying to relieve it. How have we let our fears get the better of us? In Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado leads readers to reflect on the promises of Philippians 4:4-8. This passage from Paul’s epistle contains an antidote to anxiety that will help you develop a mindset of resilience. Rediscover the power of prayer and take control of your thoughts. You can rest in “the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”