A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

January 17, 2019

Love God.    Love People.    Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar

Jan 13 Sermon

Upcoming Events


January 19

8:00 am Basketball Games Begin

January 19

6:00 pm Saturday Worship

January 20

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

January 20

9:45  Art of Parenting Class Begins 

January 22

6:30 pm Men's Study Begins 

January 30

6:30 pm Business Meeting

January 19

6:00 pm Saturday Worship

February 14

Valentine's Day Dinner 

February 24

5:00 pm Dinner and Dessert Auction 



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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

My (Nine) Biggest Challenge(s)


I love being a pastor, but being a pastor is a tough job.  It's a huge responsibility.  It keeps me on my knees.  It's given me many sleepless nights.  I've often had to tell God, "I don't know what to do next." 


But being a pastor is a piece of cake compared to being a parent.


I'm not exaggerating.


And it doesn't take a parenting expert to look around and see that many people struggle with it.  Some are obviously failing at it.  But even the best ones often feel overwhelmed.


That's why we're offering this "Art of Parenting" class beginning this Sunday at 9:45 in the worship center.  We all need help.  This 8-week class will teach us some principles, give us some of the tools we need, and open up avenues of discussion with our children and with other parents.


Who should come?


Grandparents.  Parents.  And future parents. 


That's nearly all of us, so I invite you to join us!


So I hope to see you this weekend for worship (on Saturday at 6:00 pm, or Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 am) and for class.


It's going to be a great weekend!


Pastor Jack

Sanctity of Life Sunday


The third Sunday of January is usually celebrated as Sanctity of Life Sunday in churches all across America, a day in which we recognize that human life has been created in the image of God and is therefore to be protected.  This year, Sanctity of Life Sunday is this coming Sunday, January 20. 


Last year, I wrote a blog entitled, Pro-Life From the Womb to the Tomb.


I've reposted it again this year on my blog.  I am pro-life because that is what I believe the Bible teaches.  I also believe that being pro-life is much more than being against abortion.  It's a recognition that all human life is to be loved, protected, celebrated, and honored.  And it's living out that truth in the way you treat all human beings.  It begins at the moment of conception and continues to the end of life. 


And then, of course, it is celebrated throughout eternity. 


You can read this blog (and many others on a variety of topics) at www.fsbca.org/blog.  (And if you have a Biblical topic you'd like me to write on, let me know!) 

Women's Bible Study


Our Tuesday Women's Bible Study is beginning again!  Join us on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am or Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm. Both classes are identical and both are held in the lower level of our Main Building.  Our Tuesday Morning Class also offers childcare.


We are continuing the EXCELLENT study, "Adorned...Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together."   Everyone is welcome!  Even if you were not able to join us in the Fall, you will not be behind.  We are beginning a new theme and focus in this great book and I promise, you will LOVE IT! 


One of the things I love most about this terrific in-depth Study is the great discussions around our round tables.  Women are given the opportunity to share and hear from one another and therefore learn from each other.  The subtitle of the book is "Living out the Beauty of the Gospel TOGETHER."  We are learning more and more just how much we need people in our lives to help us grow and hold us accountable.  


Just this past semester alone, we learned about "abstaining from gossip and slander" and "developing self control" and "pursuing Holiness in an nnholy world."  These lessons alone have been life-changing for so many! Another excellent feature is the DVD.  It not only has a 20 minute teaching by various renowned speakers and authors; but it also includes a great drama at the beginning of each segment that eaither has us laughing our heads off, or wiping tears from our cheeks as we sit in stunned silence by the profound truth expressed through live drama.  It has been so much fun and such a nice surprise.


Join us this next Tuesday as we begin yet another adventure in studying God's Word together.   


This class will meet in the lower level.  (Enter via the west side.)  For more information, contact Willy at 623-258-8809 or by email at memin_1@cox.net.  

Mark Your Calendars!


Hey Kids and Parents mark your calendars for two exciting upcoming events: Kids Hike and Kids Camp!


Kids and families are invited to join us on February 16 for a fun hike at Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye. We will meet in the church parking lot at 8:30 am and travel together out to the park or you can meet us at the park at about 9:00 am. A permission slip is required for those that will travel from the church to the park! Please plan on bringing water and a light snack for the trip. We anticipate being able to take many of our basketball players with us that Saturday, so we are in need of vehicles, drivers, and approved workers to ride along with us. If you can help please contact amy@fsbca.org or text 623.261.7824. Thanks!


Kids Camp is March 14-17, and will take place once again at UCYC in Prescott, AZ. Kids Camp is for kids in 1-6 grade. The cost of camp is $170 per camper and includes all transportation, meals, and lodging! More details will be coming soon but you will want to mark your calendar and start saving up for this fun and Christ transforming experience for your kids. Please contact amy@fsbca.org if you are in need of financial assistance or have questions about our kids camp.


Mark your calendar each week on Saturdays at 6:00 pm or Sundays at 9:45 for Bible Study for Kids and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm for Kids classes that will help your kids learn more about Jesus, the Bible, Worship, and serving others!

In addition to Sunday School classes at 9:45 on Sunday, we have small groups that meet on other dates and times.  Our Tuesday night group will be reforming in January and has room for some new members.  Crave friendship?  Want someone to study the Bible with?  Desire a prayer group?  This groups meets in the area of 107th and Indian School.  Contact Pastor Jack for times and addresses of this group or to form a group at another time!

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 answers to some common questions and some general explanations to the process which were shared at business meeting.

  Daily Bible Readings

Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!


Jan 12 - Make Up Day

Jan 13- Matthew 10

Jan 14 - Matthew 11

Jan 15 - Matthew 12

Jan 16 - Matthew 13

Jan 17 - Matthew 14

Jan 18 - Make Up Day


Jan 19 - Make Up Day

Jan 21 - Matthew 15

Jan 22 - Matthew 16

Jan 23 - Matthew 17

Jan 24 - Matthew 18

Jan 25 - Make Up Day


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