Cowan First Baptist Church
Friday, April 03, 2020
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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.

 

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.”
 

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.
 
 
Vicky Sue Gass singing a Sunday morning solo
 
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
 
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.
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.
Senior picnic at Tim's Ford State Park, summer 2019.
 
  
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.