A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

March 22, 2018

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar


Mar 18 Sermon

Upcoming Events


March 25

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

March 25

Church Picnic 

March 28-April 1

Holy Week 

March 28

6:30 pm "I Can Only Imagine" (Movie) 

March 29

7:00 pm Lord's Supper Service

March 30

7:00 pm  Good Friday Service

April 1

8:30 and 11:00 am.  Easter Celebration Service 

April 21

Women's Luncheon

June 11-15

Bible Adventure Week 

Sunday Bible Readings


March 25

Acts 2:22-25

 More Info?

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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale


The cross is not just a symbol.  It's much more than a logo.  It's not a beautiful graphic, a simple shape for wall decorations, or a jewelry design.


What happened on The Cross is at the very heart of our faith.  And I personally invite you to join us this Sunday as we continue with The Essentials by focusing on what Jesus did on the Cross. 


I hope to see you Sunday!


Pastor Jack

Holy Week

March 28 - April 1


Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm:  We have reserved a theater at Harkins on McDowell and 103rd Avenue to watch the movie, "I Can Only Imagine."  You probably know the song, this movie tells the amazing story behind the song.  Tickets will be available beginning this Sunday for only $7 per person or you can email Naomi at office@fsbca.org.  Watch the trailer here, and then get your tickets!  And since it is a powerful movie, you may want to invite others to attend with you!



Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 pm:  We will meet in the MAC for a simple but powerful Lord's Supper around tables.  The music will be simple, the Bible reading and preaching very basic, so that we can participate much like Jesus did with His disciples.


Friday, March 30, at 7:00 pm:  We will meet in the worship center for a Good Friday Service. The music, preaching, and worship will focus on what Jesus did for us on the Cross.


Sunday, April 1:  We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus during our Easter Sunday morning Celebration at both 8:30 and 11:00 am!  


Join us on April 21 for our 15th Annual Women's Luncheon! Our theme this year is "Vessels: Filled by God...Poured out for His Purposes."  The cost is $16 per adult and $10 per child.


God continues to bless this luncheon year after year.  It has grown to as many as 300 women with as many as 40 tables and hostesses.  We enjoy sweet fellowship, a delicious catered meal, wonderful and moving entertainment, personal testimonies, a powerful time in God's Word, and always a sharing of the Gospel.  We also have a pretty phenomenal raffle with amazing items and 10 beautiful themed gift-baskets graciously filled and given by our various Sunday School classes that always add to the joy!


We will sell tickets for the next three Sundays— March 25, April 1, and April 8. Purchase your tickets this week!  You may pay with cash, check, online, or with your debit card with the ladies. You can also reserve and pay on our website!  (Please include the correct spelling of those you want to be seated with you if you already have that information.  We enjoy creating name placards for each of our guests; so this is very important.) 


Invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members!  Remember, the cost includes a delicious catered meal, a lovely gift, great entertainment, the gospel message, an opportunity to have your picture taken in a formal setting with free 4x6 prints given to you the week following the event, and a chance to win a raffle and incredible gift baskets.  Now THAT, my friend, is a bargain!   


It is always exciting to watch God at work!  We have been enjoying Priscilla Shirer's newest Bible Study, "Discerning the Voice of God."  One of the truths we have learned is something that is also taught in Henry Blackaby's Experiencing God:  "FIND OUT WHERE GOD IS WORKING and JOIN HIM THERE!"  Well, it has been quite evident that God is working and we are seeking to join Him!  He is in the PEOPLE business.  He wants us to LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE!    If we desire this sweet privilege of loving others and POURING INTO their lives, we must first be FILLED BY GOD.  Hence, our theme: "Filled by God...Poured out for His Purposes."  God is at work and we are thrilled!   Come join the adventure of watching GOD AT WORK!

There's More To Being Pro-Life Than Being Against Abortion


I am often asked for my stance on abortion and other moral issues.  And I am more than willing to share my opinions when my opinions are based on Biblical values rather than merely a political stance.  But I tend to avoid short slogans (like "pro-life" or "choose life") unless I can explain what I mean more thoroughly.


So, yes, in answer to a question I received, I am "pro-life," but I mean far more by that than "I am opposed to abortion."  I invite you to read and prayerfully and Biblically understand what I mean.  My stance on human life will help you to understand much of what I believe and what we do in our church.


You can find my latest blog, "Pro-Life From The Womb to the Tomb" at www.fsbca.org/blog.  

Yard Sale

   March 24, (Saturday) 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Benefits Brown Bag Ministry, which passes out free lunches to the hungry.

Donations will be accepted Monday – Thursday, March 19-23 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.


 What to donate?   Kitchen items, books, games, knickknacks, furniture, tools, luggage, jewelry, purses, garden items, glass & plate ware, seasonal items, kids toys, sheets and pillows. The things you can live without might be the thing someone else can’t live without. Please no clothes, shoes, guns, knives or perishables.


We need people to help price and tag items, help to set up and take down tables, people to collect money, keep an eye on the tables. Help people find what they may be looking for or can use. Help will definitely be appreciated! Please contact Mark or Keli Blankenship or the church office if you can help.

Church Picnic!

Join us for a picnic at Friendship Park (on McDowell Road in Avondale.)  The Picnic is on Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday) beginning at 4:00 pm--with dinner at 5:00 pm. There will be no other classes or meetings at church on that day.  We have reserved ramadas right next to some beautiful children's playgrounds,  and since we have them reserved all day, you can come early or stay as long as you would like.


The church will provide grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, condiments, paper products, and bottled water.  We're asking each family to bring a side dish or chips to share and any additional drinks you might like.


No reservations are necessary.  Everyone is welcome!


Join us Friday Night, April 6, as we celebrate FAITH & FAMILY NIGHT with the PHOENIX SUNS!  Our Worship-Leading Choir has been invited to sing "The National Anthem" for that night's game!  The cost is only $20 per ticket, and we will all be seated all together which will make it that much more fun!  The post-game speaker will be Phoenix Suns' player, Alan Williams.  A dynamic post-game message will be brought by Pastor Chris Brown. Chris is the Teaching Pastor at North Coast Church in California since 2004.  Prior to that, he developed a natioanlly recognized student ministry at Azusa Pacific College, where he served as the Campus Pastor.  His mid-week Bible Study known as "911" started with 80 and grew to over 1500 students!  Musical guests for the evening will be Kings Kaleidoscope. 


It is going to be an incredible evening and I love that JESUS CHRIST WILL BE EXALTED in that arena that night!  "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself!"  (John 12:32)  Contact Mary Kaye or Naomi Hutchison for tickets.  You may pay online, in the offering plate, or on the foyer kiosks as well.  (Make checks payable to FSBCA.)



Book Recommendations


Maybe it's a children's book.  But it is also a book that I enjoyed reading again last week!  The Prnicess and the Goblin (by George MacDonald) tella a great story and deals with themes such as holiness, obedience, and faith.  If you read books to your children or grandchildren, this one should be on your list.  And book two in the series (The Princess and Curdie) is just as good!


It is recommended for children with a grade 5 of higher reading level.  And Pastor Jack recommends it for adults as well who want to read an interesting story that deals with deep things worth contemplating!


March 18 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

March 19 - 1 Samuel 25-28

March 20 - 1 Samuel 29-31

March 21 - 2 Samuel 1-4

March 22 - 2 Samuel 5-8

March 23 - 2 Samuel 9-12

March 24 - 2 Samuel 13-16


March 25 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

March 26 - 2 Samuel 17-20

March 27 - 2 Samuel 21-24

March 28 - 1 King 1-4

March 29 - 1 King 5-8

March 30 - 1 King 9-12

March 31 - 1 King 13-16