Someone said to me this week, "I hope you're getting some
good rest this summer. I know church life slows down a
lot in summer."
Attendance goes down due to many people traveling, but
church life never really slows down in our church. We
are a force for good and for love in our community, and we
share that love 52 weeks per year. In the summer, we
also host special events and ministries we've told you about
such as Bible Adventure Week and Students on Mission.
So, in some ways, church life is even busier in the summer.
And many fall-and-spring events are heavily planned during
the summer months.
So here are some of the behind-the-scenes happenings at
FSBCA this summer:
Children's Ministry: Our interim
Children's Ministries Director has accepted a full-time job
at Grand Canyon University and his last official day is July
12. The good news is that Amy Zimmerle and her familly
(right) are returning to
the valley. She will resume leadership of our children's
ministry on August 7.
Dominica: We're working with our
partner church in Dominica to plan a mission trip early in
2019. And if that doesn't pan out, we still plan on
sending them more supplies.
Pinon, Arizona. Our love for others
is often challenged in new ways, and we are considering a
partnership with a church on the Navajo reservation.
Our mission team will take a day trip to a church who could
use our help and prayers.
Prison Ministry: We are working on
details to offer more concrete help to those coming out of
prison. Those who want to change their lives after a
stay in prison face many challenges. They need jobs,
housing, good friends, mentorship, and a loving and
accepting fellowship. I'm meeting with representatives from
several prison ministries this week to get guidance and
Basketball: Our basketball ministry
(for grades 1-12) is gearing up for another successful
season. See details at
A New Church in 2020: One of our
ministries is that we start new churches. Our Mission
Team is in the preliminary stages of planning Tres Rios
Baptist Church in southwest Phoenix sometime in the next
couple of years.
Summer doesn't really slow down, but for me, I am taking a
week off next week. I will be here Sunday (so I hope
to see you) and then will head for the mountains for a week
with my family. Dr. David Johnson of the Arizona
Southern Baptist Convention will preach for me on July 22.
PS Sunday is "Sports Day," the next of our Summer Sunday
Fundays! Pull out your Raiders Shirt (or whatever) and
By The Book
Families. Churches. Businesses. Ministries. Cities.
Nations. None of them fluorish without good
And the best book ever writtin on leadership is the Bible.
So I want to encourage you to join us for our next Sunday
morning worship series, Leadership By The Book,
beginning on Sunday, July 29. During this study, we
will be reading a book of the Bible (1 Timothy)
written by an older pastor (the Apostle Paul) to a
younger pastor (Timothy), teaching him what it
takes to be good leader.
One of my favorite styles of preaching is to take a book of
the Bible and preach through it from verse one to the last
verse. This book is relatively short and will take us
about 7 weeks.
Find out what it takes to lead, what to look for in a
leader, and how to be a good leader and a good follower!
The teens are cooling down this summer with three Sunday
afternoon Swim and Studies. The dates are this
Sunday, July15 and then July 29 and August 12. All will be
held at the Raynerís home. Swim and Studies are from
4:00-7:00 pm. Students swim for 2 hours and then eat dinner
and have an awesome Bible study. Teens are asked to bring
side dishes, chips or desserts. The main dish and beverages
are provided. All teens are welcome (including the upcoming
7th graders)! It's a great time to bring a friend!
Mission 2018 surpassed all expectations! Why? Because our
God is a BIG GOD and His plans are awesome! The VBS at The
Edge Church, put on by our teens, averaged 47 children
each day! Those are amazing numbers for a very first VBS.
were able to pray with 6 children leading them to Christ and
many more seeds were planted. The Edge Church was encouraged
and they now have many prospective families to pursue that
they did not have before.
each day, our teens studied about truth in our Bible study
and worship services, listened to three excellent church
plant speakers, swam at church member's homes, played hard
at The Main Event, and attended a Diamondbacks baseball game
(even though they didn't win) making SOM3 the best "home"
To see pics
and videos from the week, please visit our
Facebook page and follow
Church. Continue to
pray for The Edge Church as they reach out to the Verrado
area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Join us for a Diamondbacks game on Friday evening, August
24, at 6:40 pm. After the game, you will enjoy
fireworks, a Christian testimony by a Diamondbacks Player,
and a concert by musical guest MercyMe--the group behind the
song, I Can Only Imagine. Get your tickets at
The Fall Basketball Season is right around the corner!
Children and teens in grades 1-12 can pick-up a registration
form in our church office or register online.
Players, please plan to attend our registration/evaluation
event on Saturday, September 1, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The
cost is $25 for 9 weeks of practice and 8 games, which is a
great value for a competitive, co-recreational league.
Everyone that signs up online prior to September 1 or at the
event will be guaranteed to be placed on a team. Donít miss
another exciting season!
Games begin September 15, children at 8:00 am and teens at
11:00 am. Questions? Contact Student Ministries Director
Summer can be long and hot . . . so relieve some of the
monotony with our Summer Sunday Fundays. Dress the
part on each Sunday in July, and have fun!