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Sunday's Worship Focus

The Reformation at 500
Solus Christus (Christ Alone)

Christ alone is the Way to God, the Truth incarnate, and Life eternal.
"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
(Acts 4:12)
We’ll be singing songs we have done before; however, you might want to refamiliarize yourself with "All I Have is Christ."


Solus ChristusSunday Worship, October 22, Morning Service, 10:45 a.m., Sanctuary: Senior Pastor Cole Huffman will continue the series entitled The Reformation at 500: The Five Solas. The title of the message this week is "Solus Christus (Christ Alone)" from Colossians 2:6-10. God At Work: Operation Christmas Child, The Walker Family. Evening Service, 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall:  Join us for worship and preaching. Pastor Seth Stevens will continue an exegetical series entitled Philippians: Progress and Joy in the Faith.


Operation Christmas ChildOperation Christmas Child
Shoeboxes available for pick up beginning THIS Sunday, October 22
First Evan will be a local drop-off site again this year. Drop off week is November 13–19. Volunteers are needed to help during drop-off week. To volunteer, please contact Kim Bouck. For more information or to fill a shoebox online, click here.


SHAPESHAPE Class, Sundays, October 22 and 29, 9:00–10:15 a.m., Moody Room (E143)
If you have not attended a SHAPE class, come join us to find your FIT at First Evan. We'll help you determine your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and how to use your life Experiences in ministry.


Lessons and CarolsLessons & Carols Rehearsals, Begin THIS Sunday, October 22, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Singers who are not regular choir members are invited to join us for the holiday services on Sunday, December 10 at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday afternoon rehearsals will begin on October 22 at 4:00 p.m. A catered dinner will follow. RSVP to Jan Spurlin, 682-8452.


CaregiversCaregivers, Monday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., Chapel
The speakers will be Laura McGill, M.D. and Brandi Gruber, CNS Health Care. They will discuss current research being done in Memphis in Alzheimer’s Disease. Contact Jerry Johnston at 674-1525.


Midweek DinnerMidweek, Wednesday, October 25
Fellowship Dinner, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
$6 per person; $3 per child (up to 10)—Family maximum: $30; $7 Take-home meals. Menu:
Chicken Tenders, Macaroni and Cheese, Steamed Green Beans, Garden Salad, and Hot Rolls on Ridge Lake OR Chicken Noodle Soup and Salad Bar. Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Click here for Midweek offerings for the entire family!


Kids KarnivalKids Karnival, Wednesday, October 25, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Gym
Come for dinner at 5:00 in the Fellowship Hall followed by games, prizes, inflatables, and fun in the Gym! Admission is one bag of candy. Please, no scary costumes. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Upcoming Events

  • First-Time Parent Dinner, Thursday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Clay and Sarah Scott
    Join us for a special dinner celebrating new and soon-to-be parents. We will discuss the following topics: Grace in Parenthood; Finding Balance; and The Importance of Community and Marriage. If you are interested in attending, please email Kelsey Berry.

  • Operation Broken Silence: Eden's Run 5K, Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m., Shelby Farms Park
    Crossroads is fundraising through Eden's Run 5K again! This annual family-friendly run and walk event directly benefits OBS's primary-level school in Yida Refugee Camp, where they support 12 Sudanese teachers and nearly 1,000 children every day. Many of the students at the school in Yida have lost or been seperated from their parents due to the war they fled in Sudan. Funds raised through Eden's Run 5K pay Sudanese teachers' salaries and provide school supplies throughout the year. Your support ensures that these teachers and children continue getting support in the months ahead. Register or donate today here. When you register, click "Join a team" and join "First Evan Memphis."

  • He Cares, Thursday, October 26, 9:30 a.m., Soltau Center
    The day consists of fellowship, prayer time, arts and crafts, a special chapel service with communion, lunch, and special music. Every “Dear One” is assigned at least one caregiver that stays with them throughout the day. This is also a ministry for the caregivers of the “Dear Ones” who can have a day to run errands, shop, or just take a nap. For more information about this ministry please contact Rhonda Finfrock at 683-0757.

  • Memphis Ministries Lunch: STREETS Ministries, Sunday, October 29, 12:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
    STREETS Ministries was founded in 1987 to engage urban students with the gospel through education and athletics. We invite each of you to come hear how God is at work in and through their ministry.

  • Community Reformation Service, Sunday, October 29, 6:00 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church
    A festival of music for congregation, choir, brass, and organ. Sean Lucas, Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church, will be preaching. A reception will follow.

  • Jr. Grizzlies Basketball, Register now–Sunday, October 29; Cost: $65 (U8, U10, U12)
    Season: December 9February 17. Register here for the upcoming ESCRA basketball season with the Junior Grizzlies today.

  • Tippett Basketball Clinic, Thursday, November 9, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Cost: $10 (Ages 6–12)
    Learn basketball skills, drills, and sportsmanship from ECS Head Coach Terry Tippett. Potential coaches are welcome. Register here by Sunday, October 29.

  • LLL Senior Luncheon, Saturday, November 4, 11:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall
    “ThanksFORgivng,” We are a grateful people, and we are blessed to have each other. RSVP by Tuesday, October 31 to Susanna Winter at 487-2819.

  • Annual Congregational Meeting and Dessert Fellowship, Sunday, November 12, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary
    We will have a time of worship together with special performances by our Children's CRASH! Trash Can Band and our Awana kids. The Congregational Meeting will include the Session report, Mission Board report, financial report, and the election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Congregation. Maker Fun Factory Celebration will be provided for children preschool through 5th grade during the meeting. Nursery will be provided for children birth through age 2. Please make plans to attend this time of fellowship, worship, and updates on what God is doing in the life of First Evan.

  • "Look Beyond" STREETS Ministries 30th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, November 16, 6:00 p.m., Crosstown Concourse  The evening will include a limited edition auction of experiences, drinks, appetizers and special entertainment provided by STREETS performers. Join us as we honor the past while looking to the future of STREETS in Memphis!

  • Women's Christmas Dinner, Tuesday, December 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Memphis Hilton
    A night of worship with Christy Nockels. Ticket sales begin Sunday, November 12 at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. Cost: $20.

    • Men Needed to serve at Women’s Christmas Dinner
      Our men will be covering all the serving/waiting responsibilities. We’ll need you around 5:00 p.m.; dress is black pants, white shirt and a “Christmas(y)” tie.  To volunteer please contact Jacki Stieferman at 682-8452.

  • 360 Weekend "Be Here" (An overnight retreat for students 6th–12th grade), January 26–28, 2018
    Students will meet at the church on Friday evening and join us for an exciting weekend where we’ll hear from a great speaker, worship together, and have lots of fun! All meals and transportation will be provided. Students will be spending the night at either a host home or the church. Cost: $75/student by December 31; $85/student by January 19. Sign up online beginning November 1 at www.firstevan.org/crossroads or www.firstevan.org/impact.

Ongoing Events


  • Walking for the Ages Walking Class, 7:15 a.m., Meet in Gym Lobby (ON HOLD)
    Join us for a high-intensity walking class for seasoned athletes, novice exercisers, young, and old, that incorporates dynamic movements as you walk.

  • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:30 a.m., Gathering Place (does not meet when the church is closed)

  • Mighty Mommas Circuit Class*, 9:45–10:45 a.m., Multi-purpose Room (ON HOLD)
    Get fit in this beginner-friendly circuit class, focusing on cardio, strength, total body fitness, and fat loss. Young mothers striving to rediscover their strength and confidence will find a community of friends having fun while focusing on their overall fitness. No heavy lifting. Register here. *Must have 3 people to form a class.

  • Pickleball, 7:30 a.m., Gym
    All are welcome, so come have some laughs and work up a sweat.

  • Multi-National Ministries (Crossroads and Impact Service Opportunity), 4:45-7:30 p.m., Meet in Gym Lobby
    A Christian organization that reaches out to the world that has come to Memphis—the refugees and immigrants who need help finding their way, understanding the culture, achieving academic success, and feeling the love of God. Just about every Monday night during the school year, we load up a van full of students and head to MNM for a night of tutoring and evangelism. Bring some money for dinner and we will go eat, serve, and be back around 7:30 p.m. For more information on the work of Multi-National Ministries, click here.

  • Zumba, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Multi-purpose Room
    An aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and music. You don't even know you're exercising! $5/class.

  • Men's Bible Study “The Gospel According to Luke" with Buddy Jones, Mondays, September 11–November 27, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall  Join us on Monday nights as we put ourselves in the place of Theophilus and study volume one, the Gospel of Luke, and grow in our certainty regarding Jesus. Details and registration here.

  • Heart to Heart Bible Study, September 12–November 14 (No Meeting October 10), 9:30–11:30 a.m.,  Fellowship Hall
    "Looking Upward: A Study of Hebrews 11:1-22" written by Crickett Keeth; Cost: $7

    Join us as we study these men and women who walked by faith. Register here.

  • Play 735, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Gym
    Open gym available to kids through 5th grade for play and fellowship time. Balls and other equipment will be provided. Parents or caregivers must remain with children at all times. No child care provided. 

  • Pilates, beginning September 12, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Multi-purpose Room (E125/126)
    Helping improve core strengthening and function taught by certified Pilates instructor Susan Gray. Bring your own mat. $10/class.

  • Boy Scout Troop 276, 6:30–8:15 p.m., Impact and Crossroads Rooms
    We are a Christ-centered Boy Scout Troop helping boys grow into authentic Godly men. For more information contact Richard Marsh at 482-4429.

  • Walking for the Ages Walking Class, 7:15 a.m., Meet in Gym Lobby (ON HOLD)
    Join us for a high-intensity walking class for seasoned athletes, novice exercisers, young, and old, that incorporates dynamic movements as you walk.

  • Pickleball, 7:30 a.m., Gym
    All are welcome, so come have some laughs and work up a sweat.

  • Worship Choir, Dinners: 5:00–6:15 p.m., Chapel; Rehearsals: 6:15–8:00 p.m., Sanctuary
    If you like to sing, please help the Worship Choir lead the Classic Service. Let us know if you'll be joining us. For more information, call the Worship Office at 682-8452 or email April Fichthorn.

  • Student Ministries' Wednesday Nights, Now–December 6  (No Meeting Oct 11 or Nov 22), 6:15–7:45 p.m.Impact (Middle School), Room E226 and Crossroads (High School), Room E202  Provides an opportunity for students to grow in their relationships with Jesus, their friends, and their adult small group leaders. Each week we meet for games, worship, teaching, and small group time. Small groups are divided by grade and gender to discuss the message from the evening, build friendships, and pray together. Afterwards, we eat great snacks and hang out. For more information, email students@firstevan.org.

  • Heart to Heart Bible Study, September 13–November 15 (No Meeting October 11), 6:15–8:00 p.m., Chapel
    "Looking Upward: A Study of Hebrews 11:1-22" written by Crickett Keeth; Cost: $7

    Join us as we study these men and women who walked by faith. Register here.

  • "Why Things Catch On" Equipping Elective with Andrew Beach and Jim Pendleton
    Wednesdays, September 13–November 8  (No Meeting October 11), 6:15–7:30 p.m., Room A211 
    During this 8-week elective, we will first analyze the mission of God, so that we can align ourselves more faithfully to it. Second, we will analyze the most recent research on why things catch on and “go viral,” so that we are “as wise as serpents and harmless as doves” as we share the gospel in our contemporary culture. We hope by the end of this course you will have a greater desire to be on mission for God and be better equipped and confident to engage your neighbors with the gospel. For registration and more information, click here.

  • Men’s Ministry Spiritual Growth Groups with Seth Stevens, Wednesdays, September 13–November 15 (No Meeting October 11), 6:15–7:30 p.m., Room A211 Spiritual Growth Groups are communities of men intentionally training their spiritual disciplines so they might look more like Christ in their everyday lives (Ephesians 4:12-13) and be better equipped for ministry. This process involves dependence upon God’s guidance through His Word and Spirit, as well as commitment, prayer, and honesty within the church body. Register here. If interested in  facilitating a group, contact Seth Stevens.

  • Awana, Wednesdays, September 13–November 15 (No Meeting October 11), 6:00–7:30 p.m.
    Cost: $35 per child (additional fees for shirts, vests, CD’s, & extra books)
    Age 3 (by September 13) through 5th grade. Register here.

  • CRASH!, Wednesdays, September 13–November 15 (No Meeting October 11), 6:00–7:30 p.m., Room A111; Cost: $40 per child. Announcing CRASH! A First Evan Trash Can Band for 3rd–5th graders. Under the direction of Doris Shifflette, this unique percussion ensemble will learn, perform, and transform God's Word into energetic and engaging rhythms. Children will actively participate in playing on silver/rubber trash cans and various "crashing" genres. The repertoire will model the Orff Schulwerk method of utilizing creative rondos to form organized rhythmical compositions. The curriculum will focus on God's Word. Register here.

  • Financial Peace University, Wednesdays, September 13–November 15, 2017 (No Meeting October 11), 6:15 p.m., A221  More than 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Thirty-three percent of Christian marriages end in divorce, and money problems are the number one cause. More than 1.5 million families have attended Financial Peace University (FPU) with amazing results. On average, these families paid off $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 in just the first 90 days! FPU consists of a 9-week video curriculum, taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey, that incorporates small-group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. FPU is highly entertaining for everyone, with a unique combination of humor, informative financial advice and biblical messages. Register here.

  • Pickleball, 7:30 a.m., Gym
    All are welcome, so come have some laughs and work up a sweat.

  • Pilates, beginning September 14, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Multi-purpose Room (E125/126)
    Helping improve core strengthening and function taught by certified Pilates instructor Susan Gray. Bring your own mat. $10/class.

  • Walking for the Ages Walking Class, 7:15 a.m., Meet in Gym Lobby (ON HOLD)
    Join us for a high-intensity walking class for seasoned athletes, novice exercisers, young, and old, that incorporates dynamic movements as you walk.

  • Worship Service Intercessors
    Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer…” Each Sunday there is someone in the Prayer Room praying for our pastors, worship leaders, and congregation during both Sunday morning worship services. Will you consider committing to pray as our church gathers? You only need to commit once or twice a year. Please contact Kate Patrick at 685-0171.

  • Impact Sunday Evening Community (SEC), October 29, November 12, and December 10, 6:15–8:00 p.m., Boys: Philip Vickery’s House (2086 Knoll Lane) Girls: Campbell Kizer’s House (9617 Colthurst Cove) SEC is a time for Impact students to gather on Sunday evenings, for snacks, fun activities, and Bible Study. Grab your Bible and friend and come hang out with us as we study God’s Word together! 

  • Crossroads Light Nights, October 29, November 12, and December 10, 6:30–8:15 p.m., The Berr Den (4969 Flamingo Road) Light Nights is a time for Crossroads students to gather together on Sunday nights for dinner, fellowship, and Bible Study. Grab your Bible and a friend and come hang out with us as we study God’s Word together!


  • Audio/Visual Assistance Needed
    If you like working with gadgets and other technical things, our A/V ministry might be able to use your skills and interests. For more information on volunteering in this area contact Nick Toebbe.

  • Guardians Needed, Sundays and Wednesdays
    Men are needed to help keep our church members and property safe during church services and activities. Contact Charlie Mazzone at 494-0431.

  • Mother's Day Out Teachers Needed, Mondays and Thursdays
    Contact MDO at mdo@firstevan.org or call Susan Guffin at 685-7561.

  • Kroger Community Rewards
    Kroger allows you to link your card to one charity. You can have extended family members and friends register as well. To register, simply activate your card at Kroger.com, click log-in, click on the “community” tab. Register your card to “First Evangelical Church” organizational number “23883.” It only takes five minutes to register.

  • Lessons and Carols 2016 “Gift of Gifts” and Palm Sunday 2017 “Awesome Wonder, the Majesty and Glory” CDsAvailable from the Audio Ministry. Request forms are located at the Information Desks. Cost $5.

  • The Worship Service is now available in its’ entirety on CD. Cost $4. You may fill out an audio form at the Information Desk in the Foyer.