Missed The Point
On the seventh day, God rested.
And ever since, Jews and Christians have debated every
aspect of the Sabbath Day. Does it start at dusk,
midnight, or dawn? Is it Saturday or Sunday? Can
you cook? Travel? Heal? Run a race?
Go to a store? Watch football? Buy Chick-Fil-A?
Do you have to go to church (or synagogue) twice?
In between the lines of both the Old Testament and the New
Testament, you can feel the tension and read the debates
between the hard-liners and the more-liberal minded.
But in all of our debating, we've missed the whole point.
Jesus had to remind us that "The Sabbath was made for
man, not man for the Sabbath." God set the
example and then later gave us the commands to honor the
Sabbath Day as a day of rest. And He did it
not so much to honor Himself, but because we need it.
We need rest. We need days off. We need to
"shut-down" from our seven-day-per-week ambition-driven
culture and sleep, rest, think, and re-energize.
So this Sunday, my sermon title is "take-a-break," and I
will give you both the Biblical instruction and the
practical helps to live as God did and "rest."
You don't hear many sermons on this topic, so join us
Saturday evening (6:00 pm) or Sunday morning (8:30 or 11:00
am) to learn the most important way to destress your life!
PS. On the weekend of November 24-25, we will
celebrate the Lord's Supper in all three services!
is the Angel Tree Ministry?
This weekend you will find our Angel Tree Christmas tree up
at the east entrance. There will be angels decorating the
tree that represent a child that has one or both of their
parents incarcerated this Christmas season. Our church is
asking you to pick up one of these Angels and purchase the
item listed on the tag. This gift that you purchase helps
inmates participate in their child's Christmas.
Inmates sign up their families for this program. Inmates and
the child's caregiver provide gift ideas for each child.
Each child receives one toy gift and one clothing gift from
their incarcerated parent. We are asking you to spend no
more than $25 on a gift for each child. Then on December 22
we will have the children and their caregivers come to our
church for lunch and a little Christmas party where they
will have the opportunity to write a letter and have their
picture taken and sent to their parent. Pastor Jack will
also share the gospel with the nearly 300 people who will
attend our party.
Our Angel Tree ministry allows incarcerated parents to
maintain a good relationship with their children so when
they are released they can continue building on that
relationship. It also let's the incarcerated parent know
that there is a church in the community that loves them and
their family. This is one of those
ministries that directly reaches our community.
In addition to purchasing gifts for these children we will
need many volunteers to wrap gifts, and serve at the Angel
Tree Party. You can sign up to help by contacting
By the way our K-6 graders have been collecting pennies and
other loose change in Bible Study in order to purchase gifts
for at least 2 Angels and right now it looks like we may be
able to purchase gifts for four children!
We offer a big THANK YOU to all those
who attended the Youth Service Project last Saturday! We
were low in numbers, but I believe we had an eternal impact.
Special thanks to Mary Kaye Wonner and Kenny Marslender for
leading worship, Rex Porter for the clothing donations,
parents - Jody and Shane Sweeten, leaders - Ralph Castaneda,
Phil Lehmkuhl, Becky Pohto, Amanda van Hofwegen, and Tom
Kilfoyle for getting up very early and serving the Lord with
your Saturday morning, and teens - Yazzmine Long, Liana and
Jacinda Sweeten, and Elijah and Isaiah Porter!
The team worshiped with the people,
helping those around them to find Scripture references in
the Bible as the pastor gave the message, carried food
plates, handed out water, manned the clothing and canned
food station, helped people find sizes and needed items,
prayed over a sick baby, gave a Bible to a lady who asked
for one, and helped with set up and clean up of the
Our next trip will be May 18, 2019.
Make plans to join us then!
Our north and south hallways are full this week with the
pictures of many veterans who are members of or related to
members of our congregation.
We honored them in worship this last Sunday, but we are going to keep
the pictures up for another week. If you missed the
display last weekend, be
sure to roam the halls this coming weekend. You will
be able to see the pictures, and thank God for the many who
have served God by serving our country.
And if you have someone to add, go ahead now while you're
thinking about it and email us a copy of a picture.
Give us their name, their dates and branch of service, and
their relationship to our church or to you. We will
put them in next year's display.
We thank God for the many veterans who call FSBCA their
Pastor Jack explained the reasons and the process to change
our name to Avondale Baptist Church at our October business
meeting. We anticipate making the motion in our
January Business Meeting. Here are some
some common questions and some general explanations to
the process which were shared at business meeting.
The Homeless During The
We've learned a lot about working with the homeless since we
started our IHELP ministry. We never give
cash or even gift cards directly to the homeless. Too
much cash goes to those who aggressively pursue it on street
corners or parking lots or who can tell the best
stories--and they may not be the ones who need the help the
most. Often, giving directly to the homeless just
encourages the same kind of lifestlye that led to
homelessness in the first place. And giving gift cards
may not be much better, since they are easily exchangeable
Instead, we help the homeless in several ways and always
through an organization that is truly helping the homeless
and not just perpetuating the problem.
If you want to give a cash gift at Christmas to help the
homeless, we recommend that you give it to a reputable
organization with a plan to help people overcome
homelessness. (That could be our own
IHELP ministry or ministries like the Agua Fria
Food Bank or the Phoenix Rescue Mission.)
If you want to volunteer, do it over the long haul and not
just during the holidays. We have multiple openings
for 4-hour shifts in our own shelter. Contact Ross
Clemens at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like more information about signing up.
And if you want to give gift cards to help the homeless, do
it correctly. Purchase them in small amounts ($15 to
$25 increments) to a general merchandise store like Fry's,
Albertson's or Wal-Mart where a person can get food,
clothing, medicines, personal hygiene supplies, and even
gasoline. DON'T give them directly to the homeless.
Instead, give them to an organization (like our own IHELP
program) that gives them out as needed and teaches people
how to budget rather than splurge.
All believers have a heart for the homeless. But if we
are going to help them--and we are--let's do it with a plan
and with a great deal of the wisdom that comes from
Pick up a few of our business-card
sized Invite Cards this weekend, and use them to
invite others to worship. They have basic church
information on the front, and a very simple A-B-C-D format
that you can use to talk to people about Jesus. (And
even if you only have time to give them a card, they now
have it in writing!) NEW . . . our Invite Cards now
include our Saturday worship service!
Nov 11 - Sunday (Make Up Day)
Nov 12 -
Nov 13 -
Nov 14 -
Nov 15 -
Nov 16 -
1 Corinthians 1-4
Nov 17 -
1 Corinthians 5-8
Nov 18 - Sunday (Make Up Day)
Nov 19 -
1 Corinthians 9-12
Nov 20 -
1 Corinthians 13-16
Nov 21 -
2 Corinthians 1-4
Nov 22 -
2 Corinthians 5-8
Nov 23 -
2 Corinthians 9-13
Nov 24 -