A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

July 12, 2018

Love God.    Love People.    Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar


Jul 8 Sermon

Upcoming Events


July 15

Sports Day!

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

September 1

9:00 Basketball Sign-Up Day

October 13

Priscilla Shirer Live 


New Church Directory Pictures! 

Sunday Bible Readings


July 15

Psalm 128:1-4

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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

Midsummer Musings . . .


Someone said to me this week, "I hope you're getting some good rest this summer.  I know church life slows down a lot in summer."




Attendance goes down due to many people traveling, but church life never really slows down in our church.  We are a force for good and for love in our community, and we share that love 52 weeks per year.  In the summer, we also host special events and ministries we've told you about such as Bible Adventure Week and Students on Mission.  So, in some ways, church life is even busier in the summer.  And many fall-and-spring events are heavily planned during the summer months.


So here are some of the behind-the-scenes happenings at FSBCA this summer:


Children's Ministry:  Our interim Children's Ministries Director has accepted a full-time job at Grand Canyon University and his last official day is July 12.  The good news is that Amy Zimmerle and her familly (right) are returning to the valley.  She will resume leadership of our children's ministry on August 7.


Dominica:  We're working with our partner church in Dominica to plan a mission trip early in 2019.  And if that doesn't pan out, we still plan on sending them more supplies.


Pinon, Arizona.  Our love for others is often challenged in new ways, and we are considering a partnership with a church on the Navajo reservation.  Our mission team will take a day trip to a church who could use our help and prayers.


Prison Ministry:  We are working on details to offer more concrete help to those coming out of prison.  Those who want to change their lives after a stay in prison face many challenges.  They need jobs, housing, good friends, mentorship, and a loving and accepting fellowship. I'm meeting with representatives from several prison ministries this week to get guidance and help.


Basketball:  Our basketball ministry (for grades 1-12) is gearing up for another successful season.  See details at www.fsbca.org/basketball


A New Church in 2020:  One of our ministries is that we start new churches.  Our Mission Team is in the preliminary stages of planning Tres Rios Baptist Church in southwest Phoenix sometime in the next couple of years.


Summer doesn't really slow down, but for me, I am taking a week off next week.  I will be here Sunday (so I hope to see you) and then will head for the mountains for a week with my family.  Dr. David Johnson of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention will preach for me on July 22.


See you Sunday!

Pastor Jack


PS  Sunday is "Sports Day," the next of our Summer Sunday Fundays!  Pull out your Raiders Shirt (or whatever) and join us!


By The Book


Families. Churches. Businesses.  Ministries. Cities. Nations.  None of them fluorish without good leadership.


And the best book ever writtin on leadership is the Bible.


So I want to encourage you to join us for our next Sunday morning worship series, Leadership By The Book, beginning on Sunday, July 29.  During this study, we will be reading a book of the Bible (1 Timothy) written by an older pastor (the Apostle Paul) to a younger pastor (Timothy), teaching him what it takes to be good leader.


One of my favorite styles of preaching is to take a book of the Bible and preach through it from verse one to the last verse.  This book is relatively short and will take us about 7 weeks.


Find out what it takes to lead, what to look for in a leader, and how to be a good leader and a good follower!


The teens are cooling down this summer with three Sunday afternoon Swim and Studies. The dates are this Sunday, July15 and then July 29 and August 12. All will be held at the Raynerís home. Swim and Studies are from 4:00-7:00 pm. Students swim for 2 hours and then eat dinner and have an awesome Bible study. Teens are asked to bring side dishes, chips or desserts. The main dish and beverages are provided. All teens are welcome (including the upcoming 7th graders)! It's a great time to bring a friend!


 Questions? Email Holly Kilfoyle.

Students On Mission Recap

Student Ministries Director Holly Kilfoyle

The Edge Pastor Matt Jacobsen




Students On Mission 2018 surpassed all expectations! Why? Because our God is a BIG GOD and His plans are awesome! The VBS at The Edge Church, put on by our teens,  averaged 47 children each day! Those are amazing numbers for a very first VBS.


Our teens were able to pray with 6 children leading them to Christ and many more seeds were planted. The Edge Church was encouraged and they now have many prospective families to pursue that they did not have before.


After VBS each day, our teens studied about truth in our Bible study and worship services, listened to three excellent church plant speakers, swam at church member's homes, played hard at The Main Event, and attended a Diamondbacks baseball game (even though they didn't win) making SOM3 the best "home" camp yet!


To see pics and videos from the week, please visit our Student Facebook page and follow The Edge Church Continue to pray for The Edge Church as they reach out to the Verrado area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Join us for a Diamondbacks game on Friday evening, August 24, at 6:40 pm.  After the game, you will enjoy fireworks, a Christian testimony by a Diamondbacks Player, and a concert by musical guest MercyMe--the group behind the song, I Can Only Imagine.  Get your tickets at www.fsbca.org/dbacks.   




The Fall Basketball Season is right around the corner! Children and teens in grades 1-12 can pick-up a registration form in our church office or register online. 


Players, please plan to attend our registration/evaluation event on Saturday, September 1, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The cost is $25 for 9 weeks of practice and 8 games, which is a great value for a competitive, co-recreational league.


Everyone that signs up online prior to September 1 or at the event will be guaranteed to be placed on a team. Donít miss another exciting season!


Games begin September 15, children at 8:00 am and teens at 11:00 am. Questions? Contact Student Ministries Director Holly Kilfoyle. 


Summer can be long and hot . . . so relieve some of the monotony with our Summer Sunday Fundays.  Dress the part on each Sunday in July, and have fun!


July 8 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

July 9 - Proverbs 5-8

July 10 - Proverbs 9-12

July 11 - Proverbs 13-16

July 12 - Proverbs 17-20

July 13 - Proverbs 21-24

July 14 - Proverbs 25-28


July 15 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

July 16 - Proverbs 29-31

July 17 - Ecclesiastes 1-4

July 18 - Ecclesiastes 5-8

July 19 - Ecclesiastes 9-12

July 20 - Song of Songs 1-4

July 21 - Song of Songs 5-8


July 22 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

July 23 - Isaiah 1-4

July 24 - Isaiah 5-8

July 25 - Isaiah 9-12

July 26 - Isaiah 13-16

July 27 - Isaiah 17-20

July 28 - Isaiah 21-24