A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

November 22, 2017

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

Nov 19 Sermon

Upcoming Events


November 22

No evening prayer meetings, classes, or choirs 

November 23


November 24

Wildlife World Zoo Trip

November 26

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

December 6, 8, & 10

Christmas Musical Celebrations 

Sunday Bible Readings


November 26

Luke 2:8-20

December 3

Matthew 2;2-12

December 10

Matthew 28:1-10

December 17

Matthew 1:19-25

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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale


A national day to give thanks to God is a healthy habit.  But remember that it is not just a day to be thankful, it is a day to thank God, recognizing that the blessings we have received are blessings from God.  So don't be passive and just feel thankful.  Take some time as a family to actively thank God for the many blessings you have received.


I am thankful for many things this year.  I share my thanksgiving list with you as an encouragement for you to write your own, for we all have much to be thankful for!  I thank God for . . .


My wife Dawn, the best and most beautiful woman, wife, mother, and grandmother I have ever known.

My nine children (Tina, Rebecca, Kimberly, Melinda, Angela, Maria, Kenny, Kevin, Lorissa), my five son-in-laws (Noah, David, Tim, Jason, Gilbert), and my seven grandchildren (Wyatt, Everet, Emilie, Dylan, Olivia, Charlotte, Aiden.)

Our church staff (Naomi, Phil, Mary Kaye, Holly, Matt, Paul, and Kenny) who work hard for our church and for God's work in general.

The leaders of our many ministries who work just as hard for God and for our church as does our staff.

All of our FSBCA members.

A house with a roof, electricity, air conditioners, and plumbing.  (The disasters of 2017 reminded me that many people don't have these luxuries!)

The four vehicles in our household, all of which are working.  (Most are old and have lots of miles, but they all start when you turn the key!)

My parents in Tucson and my mother-in-law in North Carolina.

An extended family, too numerous to mention.

A God who is very real and who loves me more than I can comprehend.

God's Son, Jesus, who came to earth in a miraculous way to become my Savior, my Lord, my Model, and my Mentor.

The near-constant words of encouragement I receive and the prayers I know are offered on my behalf.

Those who faithfully attend our prayer meetings and pray for us.

A nation which, despite our issues and challenges, is still the greatest and most God-blessed land in the world.

The many opportunities I was given in 2017 to do God's work and speak on His behalf.


I have personally thanked God for these things (and more) as I wrote, and I will personally thank God for these things on Thanksgiving.  I encourage you to write your own list!


Thank you, and I will see you Sunday!



We don't have a final "start-up" date yet for our Saturday night worship services, but we're working on it.  If you would like to be on the team (sound, music, greeters/ushers, preschool/nursery/children) we would love to hear from you!  Contact Pastor Jack to let him know you want to help! 

Angel Tree!


We have dozens of ways of loving people in need.  On December 16, we have the opportunity to love on the families of the incarcerated at our 10th annual Angel Tree Party!  For over 50 years, as a ministry of Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree has been giving Christmas gifts to the children of inmates all over the country.  We've been blessed to participate in this ministry for a decade under the leadership of Rex Porter.  All the gifts given at our party come from church members and local businesses.  We look forward to giving gifts to over 300 children this year.  They all receive both a fun gift and a gift of clothing.


The positive effects of this ministry cannot be overstated. It serves to help connect families with their incarcerated parents; it offers a fun and free Christmas celebration to many families who are struggling financially; it offers us a chance to present the gospel to people in need. Every year, there are people who come to our church through Angel Tree and decide to surrender their lives to Christ.


Just like all of our ministries, this is only accomplished through the generosity of our members. If you would like to help, you can serve as a sponsor of a child, help wrap gifts on December 14, or help at the party on December 16. We will have a Christmas Tree with angels this Sunday, November 26, at which you can choose to be a child's 'Angel' and provide a gift for them. We look forward to the impact this will have on the community!


If you would like to serve, or if you have any questions, please contact Kenny Marslender.

Wildlife World Zoo


Join us on Friday, November 24, for our annual Family Zoo Trip! We will meet in the parking lot at the Wildlife World Zoo at 8:30 am and go in as a group. The reduced cost tickets are $8 for students (Preschool through High School) and $20 for adults; children 2 and under are free.


If you didn't sign up, don't worry!  All you have to do is to show up at 8:30 at the zoo and bring your paymenr (cash or check) with you!


This is a great opportunity to have some fun with family and friends -- and walk off some Thanksgiving calories! We hope you can join us. It's always a treat! 

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