the angel of the church at FSBCA, write . . ."
We have just finished
studying the letters to the churches of Revelation.
Each one began in the above fashion. I honestly found
myself wishing I could find in the ancient manuscripts a
letter written to us, "To the angel of the church at FSBCA,
write these things."
I would love to hear
direct words like that from Jesus. I would love to
hear, "You're doing these things well." I would even
willingly hear, "But you really need to work on these
I'd love to hear these
things because I really do want to be the church that Jesus
wants us to be. And a direct word to us would be
incredible, even if it were in the form of a correction or a
But Jesus didn't write
us a letter. So we must do the hard work. Pray. Read
the Bible. Look at the commands and follow them.
Look at the principles and find the best ways to implement
them. Pray some more and ask Jesus what He's saying. Use
discernment. Seek godly counsel. Learn from
others. Evaluate the times and today's culture to understand
the issues and the needs of people.
and work through the process all over again. And then
pray some more.
Over the next two
weeks, I want to share with the church some of the things
that I believe that Jesus is saying to us. We're doing
these things well. We need to improve in certain
areas. We face these challenges in the future and we
need to deal with them honestly.
I'm not infallible,
and I certainly don't have all the answers. But I honestly want
to share from my heart the things I believe that God wants
to say to us.
Join us for the next
two weeks as we study these things. And then join us
on the third week (October 8) for the Lord's Supper.
event of the year is right around the corner! Our Fall
Festival is Sunday, October 29, from 2-5 pm. If you’ve been
involved in the Fall Festival before, you know two things:
it’s a ton of work, but it’s all worth it. We expect to have
anywhere between 1,000-1,500 people from our community in
our parking lot on that day. We’ll have bounce houses,
carnival games, great prizes, and tons of candy – literally!
Plus, you’ll have the chance to dunk a staff member or two
in the dunk tank. This is one of the best opportunities on
our calendar to show our city who we are and why we’re here.
The event is
totally free to attend, thanks to members who volunteer and
donate candy. If you’d like to do either of those things,
please contact Kenny
Marslender. We are hoping to have over 100 volunteers
Also, we will be participating in the Billy
Moore Days parade on Saturday, October 28. We will be
promoting the Fall Festival with a carnival-themed float and
volunteers handing out candy and flyers. If you’d like to
join us and walk alongside the float, let us know! This is a
unique way for us to promote the event and our ministries in
general, and thanks to the generosity of the city of
Avondale, our entry into the parade is free!
We are very excited about the Fall Festival
and the people we will meet and show love to on that day.
Please pray about serving in the event. Most volunteers will
be supervising games and handing out candy. We will
also need volunteers to set up and tear down, to handle
food, and to run candy and water to other
volunteers. It’s a fun, high-paced day that we look forward
to every year!
contact Kenny or sign
up at our ministry table this Sunday.
Last Sunday's Video
I loved the movie War Room, and this was a particularly
memorable scene tha illustrated Pastor Jack's message well!
Jesus was a master storyteller. He had the ability to
tell incredible short stories—the kind that could be
shared in a minute or two. These stories still
resonate with people today, and they speak to human hearts
about the most important of issues.
Beginning on Sunday, October 15 and continuing through
November 19, we will look at six of these incredible
stories. And since these stories speak to us about
issues at the heart of the gospel, it will be an excellent
to invite others!
Want To Honor The Veteran's In Your Family!
November 5 & 12
Our church does an awesome job of honoring Veterans every
year on our "Hall of Honor," and we would like to honor the
veterans in your family! Whether they are alive or
they have gone home to be with the Lord, we would like to
hang their picture on our wall.
Please send us no later than October 31 a picture
and appropriate information (name, branch of service, rank,
and who the person is related to.) The pictures should
be 8" x 10, but we can scan and enlarge or print from
digital photos and return your originals. You can
bring in this information to the office during office hours
(M-Th from 8:00 to 4:00) or you can email the information
and the scanned photo to
If you gave us the information last year, you don't need to
send it again. We still have last year's pictures!
The pictures will be on display in our church on
November 5 and 12. All Veterans will be honored and
given a gift on Sunday, November 12, so plan now to invite a
Want to get
involved in a minsitry designed to share God's love with
others? Find out full details at