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– CAN WE BE FRIENDS? - Monte Vista Church

2013 January

Newsletter of Monte Vista Baptist church / Maryville, Tennessee



Sunday evenings at Monte Vista come with an invitation to “EXPLORE:”

The idea is that we provide a safe place to think, wrestle, ask

questions, and be informed about our faith and beliefs. We use

this time to EXPLORE: things like the Bible, opportunities for community

involvement, developing authentic relationships, and the relationship

between faith and daily life.

It has been a dream to annually offer an in-depth conversation on life

issues that we often have difficulty reconciling with the Bible. These

sessions would be open to the community, led by experts in their field,

designed to stretch our thinking, and help us form and better articulate

our own convictions.

The first of these conversations begins on Sunday, January 13, at 5:30. It

grew out of a small group study about the relationship between faith and

science. Some people use science to undergird and guarantee their beliefs

while others ignore all scientific inquiry as an opposition to God. It is as if

one has to choose one over the other. When given that choice, the majority

of students and young adults today are choosing science over faith.

Dr. Brian Austin, Professor of Philosophy at Carson-

Newman College, will present three sessions

about the relationship between faith and science.

He draws upon his background in philosophy,

biblical Hebrew, and theology to help people find

answers to difficult questions. Brian wrote The

End of Certainty and the Beginning of Faith, and

has published many articles on religion/science

themes as well as church curriculum literature.

Brian is an exceptional and engaging speaker who masterfully uses stories

to connect and communicate with his audience.

Dr. Brian Austin

Our EXPLORE: sessions are:

Faith and Science:

Can We Be Friends?

Session One: January 13

An Awkward Dance - Stories of Faith and Reason

Session Two: January 20

The Dance in Modern Times—Stories of Telescopes, Galileo,

Math, the Pope, and the Politics

Session Three: January 27

A Dangerous Dance – Stories of Darwin, Doctrine, and the

Complicated Response to Evolution by Christians

1735 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN 37803

Phone: 865-982-6070 Fax: 865-982-6086

Letter FROM


How to Do Life with God!

Quick Peek January Calendar

January 1: New Year’s In-Home Outreach

January 3 - 5: MVS Ski Trip

January 17: The Gift of Grief Seminar

January 13, 20, 27: EXPLORE – “Faith and Science”

A few years ago singer John Mayer lamented the powerlessness his generation

felt in making a difference in the world. It wasn’t that they didn’t care about

what was happening around them, they just felt helpless to do anything

about it. So, until that day came when they were included in the decisionmaking

process, they were looking to the older generation and “waiting for

the world to change.”

We have been trying to change the world for a long time and we have worked

hard at it. We have celebrated when we felt like we made an impact and

have been frustrated with failed attempts and overwhelming situations. We

keep trying. The truth is that the world will change when enough people

begin to live life with God in it.

This year we will be focusing on how to do life with God. Through worship,

the expansion of personal spiritual practices, intentional Bible studies, the

development of spiritual friendships and planned opportunities to serve, we

will come to know the life God intended us to live. It starts with looking at

what it means to enter into a truly transformational relationship with God

through Jesus Christ and how that connection with him is sustained and

fueled. If we hope to experience any change in our lives, for life to be different

than it is now, this is the point where it starts to become a reality. Filled

with his power, we then move toward becoming an authentic community.

This means experiencing relationships that have depth, dropping our masks,

being honest, and walking with one another through triumphs, tragedies,

and the routines of life. We will not just learn how to do this, but will provide

opportunities to put it into practice. It is easy to stop there because true

friendships are comfortable. Yet this is not for our own sake, but so that we

might be equipped for the love and power of Jesus to flow out of us into our

community and beyond. When we begin to live this kind of life with God we

will stop waiting for the world to change and begin to see it really happen.

You are invited to become a part of this movement.

Jerry Mantooth, Sr. Pastor

JANUARY Bible Reading Plan

Three-Year Plan

Read through the entire Bible in three years

January readings:


1.................................. Psalm 25-30; Proverb 16-17; 2 Sam. 1-3

2.................................. 2 Sam. 4 – 10

3.................................. 2 Sam. 11- 17

4.................................. 2 Sam. 18 – 24; Psalm 31 – 32

Staff Contacts

Jerry Mantooth, Senior Pastor

Bob Dalton, Associate Pastor - Senior Adults and Pastoral Care

Cliff Kosier, Associate Pastor - Minister of Music and Worship

Eric Minton, Associate Pastor - Students and Young Adults

Holly Phillips, Director of Preschool Ministries

Carlene Talley, Director of Children’s Ministries


If you have information you would like to see in the next edition of The

Monte Vistan, please email the MVBC office at

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Children / PreTeen


AIM and Sonrise


The voices and sounds of children in our AIM

program will be heard again beginning on

Wednesday, January 9. In addition, our Sonrise

Preschool will return from Christmas Break.





(Preschoolers, Elementary, & J12 Preteens)

Walk through the Old Testament

For the month of January - 5:30 – 7:00

Begins Sunday - January 13


The New Year is a time that we like to begin making New Year’s resolutions that will enrich our

lives. As we think about these resolutions, let’s consider blessing our children with God’s Word.

In Ephesians 3: 17 – 19, the Bible says “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is

the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge...that you may be filled to the

measure of the fullness of God.” Other blessings that you might want to use are found in Numbers

6:24-26; Matthew 5:14, 16; Galatians 2:20 and 2Thessalonians 2:16-17.

If you do not have Family Devotions, the New Year is a good time to begin. The main point of

having a devotional with children is to build a time with God into the rhythm of their lives. As you

begin devotions with your family, determine

how many days you will commit: only on

weekdays, every day, every other day? Do

what works best for your family. Here are a

few tips for success: Be consistent. Keep it

short. Keep it simple. Have fun. Don’t give

up and above all, involve the kids.

Faith begins at home. The church is here to

help equip and offer resources to help with

the spiritual growth of your family.

– Carlene and Holly

Those who went to volunteer at Operation

Christmas Child in Atlanta

Student / Young Adult


MVS Schedule

January 3-5:

MVS Youth + College Ski Trip-

Sugar Mountain, NC

January 9:

Club MVS begins! 6:30-8:00 PM

January 13, 20, and 27:

Faith and Science at




(Aryn Faughnan) on

January 6

Monte Vista Baptist is now serving as the storehouse for the bras being

collected before they are shipped out for the Free the Girls Mission. On

Sunday Morning, January 6, we will host Aryn Faughnan who will give us

an update on this mission that benefits these young girls.

Aryn Faughnan is an employee of Marriott Business Services by day and devotes the majority of her

personal time as a volunteer for Free the Girls--collecting and counting bras and educating audiences

about human trafficking.

Though Aryn has been involved in the fight against human trafficking for several years now, she was first

exposed to human trafficking during a trip to SE Asia when she was a teenager. Walking through the red

light district with the missions team from her church, she noticed children who looked out of place in the

area. They say hindsight is always 20/20, and Aryn now believes those children were likely being sold for sex.

Her journey as an abolitionist began in 2006. While living in Stockholm, Sweden she attended the Global

Leadership Summit and saw an interview between Bono and Bill Hybels. Though most of the interview

focused on poverty in Africa, Aryn couldn’t stop thinking that there was more to learn and soon immersed

herself in researching the issue of slavery in the 21st Century. She began volunteering with Free the Girls in

2010, and has since had the opportunity to share the Free The Girls story and the cause of human trafficking

with church and community groups throughout Tennessee and North Carolina.

Aryn studied Organizational Management with an emphasis in Christian Leadership at Colorado Christian

University. A native of Colorado, she transplanted to Maryville, Tennessee, in October 2010. She is a proud

pet parent of Piper and Wicket. In her spare time she enjoys travel, movies, reading, baking, gardening,

cultural events and the local farmers market.

Summer Mission

Work Project

at the Bachman Academy

(Near Cleveland,TN)

June 9-14, 2013

For more information, contact Dick Denson

or call the front office

January Activity Calendar

Sundays in January

9:15 AM Bible Study

10:30 AM Morning Worship

Wednesdays in January

10:00 AM Bible Study and Prayer

5:00 PM Prayer Meeting

5:15 PM Fellowship Meal

hand Bell Rehersal

5:45 PM Arts Infusion & Missions (AIM) Preschool to Preteens

6:30 PM MV Students

Sanctuary Choir

Wednesday Fellowship Meal Menus for January

RSVP church office by Monday noon

9 Spaghetti, garden salad, garlic toast, brownies

16 Chicken fingers, home fries, veggie tray, magic cookie bars

23 Breakfast with eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, jellies,

fruit, hashbrowns

30 Pot pie, cranberry salad, rolls, apple cobbler


1 church Office Closed

3,4,5 MV Students Ski Trip

8 10:00 AM Baptist Women meet in the Library

5:00 PM Prime Time Senior Adults covered dish

supper and program (The Sullivan Family)

9 scheduled Wednesday Activities Resume

13 6:00 PM EXPLORE: Creation and Science

14 5:30 PM Leadership Council

17 7:00 PM The Gift of Grief support group Rm 210

20 4:45 PM Financial Peace Preview Class Rm 350

6:00 PM EXPLORE: Creation and Science

23 6:00 PM Financial Peace Preview Class Rm 350

27 6:00 PM EXPLORE: Creation and Science


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