A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

July 20, 2017

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

July 16 Sermon

Upcoming Events


July 23

Back-In-The-Day Day

Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Bible Study at 9:45 am. 

July Sundays

Sunday Fundays

July 30

Youth Swim & Study

September 2

Basketball Evaluation & Sign-Up 

September 10

Tell Someone Begins 

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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

It's Getting Tougher
So We Have To Be Smarter!


My father was always a hard worker.  He worked hard and advanced rapidly in the Air Force.  When he got out, he worked hard in a hardware store and it wasn't too long before he became the manager and then the owner.


But even though he worked hard, he also taught me to work smarter and not just harder.  Think about the job and the best way to do it.  Get the right tools and make sure you know how to use them. Take the time to adjust or sharpen your tools.  Watch how others do things and learn from them.


Work smarter and not just harder.


We are now in an era in which church work is harder than it used to be.  Americans don't have that built-in expectation or desire to go to church.  They don't know even the basics about God or Jesus or salvation.  They've never read a Bible and may not even have one.  They never learned these things, so inviting people to church and sharing our faith is harder than ever.


So we have to work smarter and not just harder.


This fall (see the next article), we want to teach our members how to share their faith.  We have an abundance of incredible ministries in which we show God's love to all kinds of people.  But we struggle sometimes in explaining to them why we do these things.


I want to continue to show God's love to people.  I want to house the homeless, feed the hungry, take care of the sick, train young mothers, build homes oversees, play basketball with teenagers, give gifts to the children of inmates, visit those in hospitals, encourage grieving children, and minister to church attenders.  And I want all of our members to know how to explain why we do these things and what it means to follow Jesus.


So I want to ask you to join us for a six week training series this fall as we all learn how to work smarter!


In the meantime, join us for church this Sunday!


Pastor Jack


We invite you to a six session study on evangelism from Greg Laurie, one of the nation's most prominent pastors and evangelists.  Pastor Greg recently led the Harvest America event at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  2,904 people made decisions for Jesus at the evangelistic event.  It will be a blessing for us to learn how to share our stories of our faith journey.


This study will help us identify people we already know and share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. Evangelism isn't an artificial religious sales pitch.  We need not be afraid of burning bridges with people we know and love.  Instead, we will learn to build bridges with our stories to connect people to the heart of the savior.


This refreshing look at evangelism from Greg Laurie will help Christians, new and old alike,  discover the joy of evangelism as the good news of Jesus naturally overflows into their daily lives.


The study will be on six consecutive Sunday nights, September 10, 17, 24 and  October 1, 8, and 15; from 6:00 - 7:15 pm in the Worship Center.  It will be led by Pastor Jack and staff.  The class is for all adults and teens.  A special class for children will meet in the lower level and there will be excellent child care for your younger preschoolers as well.  If you have questions, contact Phil Johnson.


Join Children’s Choir, beginning August 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm, for fun music and great Bible study! We will prepare to sing in the Christmas music presentation, and we may have some opportunities to sing in a worship service on Sunday morning as well. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn something new and use it for the glory of God! The choir will be led by Gail Quackenbush and Dana Johnson. Children’s Choir is always a highlight of our Children’s Ministry; we hope to see your child there!


Kenny Marslender

 Interim Children's Ministry Directo

Don't miss the last two Sunday Fundays!


July 23 is “Back-in-My-Day” Day; this is the day to be vintage! Bell bottoms, poodle skirts, and parachute pants are all encouraged.


Finally, July 30 will be college day; wear gear from ASU, GCU, UA, NAU or your favorite college.


You are cordially invited to attend our annual “Christmas in August” choir party on Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm.  Join us for a great night of fellowship and festivities as we “unwrap and unveil” this year's Christmas musical!  


You are welcome to join us “just for the season!”   Bring your favorite Christmas goodies or treat to share as we listen, sing, and celebrate the coming of the Season!   This is a GREAT TIME to join our Worship-Leading Choir! If you have been thinking about it, considering it, contemplating it, or praying about it, then I can almost guarantee that those aren't just random thoughts. God may be prompting you, by His Holy Spirit, to use those God-given gifts to encourage the Body of Christ by joining our choir and using those gifts for His Glory!


 We will unveil this year's musical on Wednesday Night, August 9.  It is a wonderful time of celebration, sweet fellowship, great music, and yummy treats. (It began with just Christmas-type-dessert treats; but it has grown to include an "all-out/full-fledged” Pot-Luck with delicious foods of all kinds.) 

One Becomes Two!


When a class grows to the point that the space is too small to handle them, we use this equation to solve the problem.  We divide the class.  During our 11:00 service  our 3 year old to Pre-K class has grown so that we need two classes.  In order to do that, we need additional teachers.  If you would be interested in teaching with this age group and during this hour please contact Naomi at office@fsbca.org or call 623-932-2723.

Love God, Love People, Coach Basketball!


Fall Basketball needs you!  We are in need of coaches, assistant coaches, referees, scorekeepers, snack bar workers and laundry help. Join us as we seek to impact the lives of children, teens and their families! There is an interest meeting August 20 at 12:15 pm in Building D. You can have your questions answered and sign up to serve. Then, player evaluations are Saturday, September 2. Please pray about how God would have you serve this season!


Let’s RKC (Reach Kids and Teens for Christ)! Please contact Children’s Ministries Director Kenny Marslender at kenny@fsbca.org or Student Ministries Director Holly Kilfoyle at students@fsbca.org if you can help. Online sign up for players is now available on our web site at fsbca.org/basketball.html. Thank you!

Bible Readers Needed


Recently, we have been using children and teens as our Bible readers during worship on Sunday mornings, and we plan to continue.  We are looking for good readers from age 7 to 17 who are active in our church and who would feel comfortable reading in church.  If you would like for your child to be a Bible reader on a Sunday morning, contact Pastor Jack.


Want to get involved in a minsitry designed to share God's love with others?  Find out full details at www.fsbca.org/lovepeople.