First Baptist Church has been serving with Appalachian Outreach (AO) for over 25 years both on the mission site and feeding groups in the church's fellowship hall. A group of volunteers dedicated another week of serving June 19-23, 2017. AO is a year-round ministry that seeks to minister to families in four counties including Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke, and Hamblen. During the summer, AO's Home Repair ministry connects churches with local families that need assistance with home repairs. During FBC's AO Work Week our volunteers worked on a home in need of a new deck and ramp. The deck was 5 feet by 7 feet and the ramp was 37 feet long. The team also relocated a smaller deck and the stairs, as well as cleaned and braced the steps at the other entrance. It is our church's custom to present the homeowner with a Bible signed by the volunteers at the end of the project. In total, our FBC volunteers put in 176 hours. The volunteers were Frank Brown, Carey Herring, Leon Shoemaker, Lou Mogavero, Jim Wilson, Mike Dockery led by Ken Morton.