Will You Invite?
There are many ways to advertise a church in an effort to
get people to attend. Bulk mailers fall in-and-out of
favor for churches. Social media advertising is the
latest way to promote a church, and it has helped us promote
some events and ministries. Signs and banners (we're
working on a plan for a new sign!) draw some
attention--especially when they are new.
But the best way to promote a church is old-fashioned.
It's been around since the days of Jesus, when Andrew went
to his brother Peter and said, "We have found the messiah."
Then, according to John 1:42, "He brought him to Jesus."
It hasn't changed snce that day. The best way to
introduce someone either to Jesus or to a church is by a
personal invitation after praying for them.
So I want to encourage you to think and pray now about who
you will invite to Easter Services on Saturday night, April
20, or Sunday morning, April 21. We will do our best
to be friendly, honest, celebrative, and encouraging.
We will present a gospel message that will introduce our
guests to who Jesus is, what He has to offer us, and what He
wants from us. We can't guarantee, of course, that
your friends will accept Jesus or join our church, but we
can guarantee that we will "go all out" to love them and
present them with the gospel of Jesus.
So who will you invite?
And, of course, if you get the chance, don't wait for
Easter. Invite them this weekend!
We received official word this week
from the Secretary of State's office that our new
"tradename" is Avondale Baptist Church. Our legal name
(First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale) will remain the
same, but you will begin to see our new name and initials
(ABC) replace our old one over the next few months.
It will take some time, but we will end
up with a new sign, a new webpage, new email addresses for
the staff, new invite cards, and more. Thanks for
being patient and understanding as we make this change!
We are taking 40 people to Kids Camp this year! For
many, this is their first time away from home for an
extended period of time. Most of them are on Spring Break.
All of them will have the chance to learn more about Jesus.
I pray some of them will accept Jesus as their Savior, and
that the rest of them would grow in their faith. Kids Camp
is always a great time for making friends, learning about
Jesus, taking a break, eating good food, enjoying God's
creation and the great outdoors, and growing in our faith.
Our theme verse is from Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the
Lord, with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will
make your paths straight" (NIV).
Join me in praying for all of the kids as we study and learn
more about trusting and relying on God and understanding His
faithfulness to lead us and guide us, each day.
Women's Luncheon/Conference 2019
"Hidden In My Heart"
April 6 at 11:00 am, $15
"Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not
sin against God."
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God is calling us to something VERY DIFFERENT this
year for our luncheon, and it is both exciting and a tad
scary for those of us on the Women's Ministry Team. It's
always a bit scary to step out in faith . . . knowing that He is
leading, but not exactly sure where and of all the details.
We know details. We have done this for over 15 years now,
and God has blessed each and every luncheon by the power of
His Holy Spirit. We are grateful and thankful for the many
ways He has moved and transformed lives.
But He is leading us to do something different. We live in
a different world today. 2019 is much different than even
2018 in my mind as I have watched our nation make decisions
in regard to LIFE that frankly have my soul "vexed" and
burdened. BUT GOD! I know GOD IS SOVEREIGN, so I am not
afraid. I am not even "worried." I don't watch the news
and rant and fear. I simply TRUST that God is in control.
But I also see evidence all throughout God's Word where His
people were called to a season of PRAYER & FASTING & CRYING
OUT TO GOD! So I am ever-sensivite to the leading of the
Holy Spirit and these are some of the things He is leading
us to do. DON'T MISS IT!
This one thing I know: He is calling us to PRAYER, HIS
WORD, and more WORSHIP. He is calling us to REPENTANCE &
REVIVAL an AWAKENING of HIS PRESENCE.
Think of this year's luncheon as more of a conference
with great worship and God's Word and testimonies and prayer
and tools to help us throughout the rest of 2019 as we
continue to grow in Christ. We will still have a delicious
meal provided by our wonderful and godly caterer, Tuby! She
is even adding a few more things to delight our taste buds
as well as make the lines go even faster. :)
We have dropped the cost to $15 dollars this year because we
will not be having Gift Baskets or the Raffle. We need more
time in God's Presence and these activities take up more
time than we have for what God is leading us to do.
We are looking for those of you who would be mentors at each
table. So many of you who were Hostesses will be perfect.
We need women who will focus on PRAYING for each woman
seated at their table before they come as well as leading
the women in group discussions and prayer around each table
the day of the Conference.
While the room will be decorated for God's glory, we will
NOT be having hostesses/mentors decorate individual tables.
We want ALL of our energies and focus to be on SPIRITUAL
PREPARATION. We are planning another luncheon in September
where we can enjoy a sweet time of fellowship with a potluck
and an opportunity for all those beautifully and uniquely
adorned tables. So don't worry if you've already been
planning. You will have that privilege!
Can I ask you to do something? Will you PLEASE PRAY for
me? Will you please PRAY FOR OUR TEAM? We are seeking God
with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength in all of
this, and we don't want to miss anything He has for us! GOD
IS AT WORK! DON'T MISS IT!
Can I ask you something else? Will you INVITE LIKE NEVER
BEFORE? Please pray and ask God who you could invite to
this years Luncheon/Conference. Invite your neighbor.
Invite the lady at Circle K where you stop to get your
coffee. Invite a colleague at your work. Invite a church
member who has never gone before. Tell them how "different"
it is going to be. Invite a family member you've never
invited before. Yes, please invite those you've always
invited; but please don't stop there!
We are expecting an OUTPOURING of God's Presence and Truth
from His Word! WE NEED THIS IN OUR LIVES! We NEED REVIVAL
& we are praying for it like never before!
You can begin signing up THIS WEEK for the next two weeks!
APRIL 6 is a month away! We look forward to gathering
together with you and hearing from God like never before!
Mary Kaye Wonner
We are raising money for new signs!
We would like to replace the main sign on Central Avenue
(which is yellowed and dated.) We would also like to
remove the one on La Canada (which is deteriorating rapidly)
and replace it with a sign closer to the MAC.
Donations in the offering plate or online can be
designated "Sign Fund" and we will use your gifts for the
purchase of that sign.
We are considering several options from simple monument
signs to signs with a reader board. The final design
is still to be determined and will likely depend upon the
amount of money we are able to raise.
As always, all
gifts to our church are completely tax-deductible and will
only be used in the way you designate.
We thank you ahead of time for your generosity!
We are in the planning stages for a mission trip to the
Island of Dominica in January of 2020. If you are
interested (no commitment is necessary yet),
email Pastor Jack and
we will give you more information!
Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!
Mar 10 - Make Up Day
Mar 12 -
Mar 13 -
Mar 14 -
Mar 15 -
Mar 16 - Make Up Day
Mar 17 - Make Up Day
Mar 18 -
Mar 19 -
Mar 20 -
1 Peter 1
Mar 21 -
1 Peter 2
Mar 22 -
1 Peter 3
Mar 23 - Make Up Day
NOTE: Several have asked why we're
"skipping around" the New Testament rather than reading it
straight through. Our reasoning is simple. There
are four gospels telling the story of Jesus, and we wanted
us to read one of those gospels each quarter! If you'd
like to see the full plan, you can downolad your
full year copy.