A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

August 16, 2018

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Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar


Aug 12 Sermon

Upcoming Events


August 19

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

September 1

9:00 Basketball Sign-Up Day

September 15

6:00 Saturday Worship Begins! 

October 13

Priscilla Shirer Live 


New Church Directory Pictures! 

Sunday Bible Readings


August 19

1 Timothy 3:1-16

August 26

1 Timothy 4:1-16

September 2

1 Timothy 5:1-25

September 9

1 Timothy 6:1-21

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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

Fall At FSBCA . . .

It's Not The Same


I see a lot of church newsletters from friends with leadership positions in other states, and they are all talking about typical autumn topics and using typical fall visuals.  I've seen children in jackets waiting for school busses, an abundance of leaves turning color, grass turning brown and growing dormant, and even frost on pumpkins and football helmets.


I think they're rushing the season a bit, but for those of us in the desert, they might as well be in a fantasy land.  Temperatures are still in the 100's, football players have to worry more about heatstroke than frostbite, gravel stays the same color year round, and a cactus never loses its leaves.


Still, though, church life changes in August and September, and we have several exciting things to announce:


On September 1, our next basketball season begins with a signup and tryout day!  If you are interested in being a coach, an assistant, a referee, a timekeeper, or a helper in any way, we invite you to a meeting this Sunday, August 19, at 12:15 in Building D.  Children and teens in grades 1-12 can sign up to play at www.fsbca.org/basketball


On September 9, we are offering our next Financial Peace University at 6:00 pm.  The class lasts for 9 weeks and teaches you how to better manage your money, how to get out of debt, how to write and live by a budget, and how to save for emergencies and for the future.  Jon Bearup will teach this class.


On September 15, we begin Saturday evening worship services at 6:00 pm. We're praying that this will help us reach more people in our community for Christ!  If you want to serve as a greeter/usher, on our music team, in the nursery, or on our tech team, email me at pastor@fsbca.org.


On September 23, during the Sunday School hour, we're offering a short-term (6 week) video series on The Art of Marriage.  It is a video-based and discussion based series open to anyone from any class!  (We will follow it up in the spring with an 8 week series on The Art of Parenting.)  No sign-ups are necessary.  Just come and meet in the worship center!


It may not be cold or even cool.  Shorts and sandals are more common than jackets.  The leaves aren't turning.  Frost is still a fantasy.


But we have some excellent ministries beginning in the next month. 


See you Sunday!


Pastor Jack

Amy Zimmerle Returns


It's good to be home! I wanted to first take and moment to thank God for the many blessings and details he worked out for that statement to be a reality. God's hand was everywhere in the details of moving back to Arizona, right down to allowing me the privilege to return to the staff of FSBCA as the part time interim Children's Director! I also want to thank Kenny Marslender for taking such good care of our ministry to kids! Lastly, I want to thank our members for such a warm welcome back "home."


A few things about my job have changed. First, I will be working part time. I will be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, and working from home on Monday mornings. Second,  I will be working with the Kindergarten - 6th graders in my new role. We have a fantastic Preschool Director: Rebecca Black to care for the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers! My office has changed- I'm just next door to my old office.  


A few things have not changed! You can still email me anytime at amy@fsbca.org to volunteer, ask a question, share a ministry idea, share a prayer request, set up a meeting, or leave some constructive criticism. You can call or text me at 623.261.7824. And of course, our purpose to REACH and TEACH children about the love of Jesus never changes!


I am excited to be back and to get to work. Which is good because there is always a lot of work to do! First thing on the agenda is to kick off another fun and exciting year of basketball to reach out to our community! We also will start working with the Children's Choir for the Christmas Musical Celebration. We will continue to offer Bible study on Sunday mornings and of course Fall Festival will be here before we know it. If any of that sounds like something you would like to do call, text, or email me about how you can get involved!

A Difficult Passage


Sunday, I preached on 1 Timothy 2, and the second chapter of that book ends with a discussion of women.  The first part deals with modesty in clothing and Paul reminding women not to flaunt their wealth.  That part of the chapter is relatively easy to understand.


The next part of the chapter is more counter-cultural and politically incorrect.  It calls for women to allow men to lead.  And though many would disagree with Paul's teaching (which, of course, comes from God), his meaning is clear.


The final two verses are puzzling and much harder to understand.  Here is how they read:


14For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.  15But women will be saved through childbearing--if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.


Let's try to make some sense of this.  First, let me explain what these verses do not mean.  Verse 14 does not mean that women are more guilty than men because Eve sinned first.  The Bible is extremely clear that we are all sinners, and equally so.  And verse 15 does not mean that women achieve their salvation by having babies.  The Bible is clear that salvation is an act of God's grace and is given to those who have faith in Jesus as God's Son.  We can't allow one or two difficult verses to destroy the clear teaching of the Bible.


So what do these verses mean?  Let me make some tentative conclusions about an admittedly tough-to-interpret passage.


Verse 14 appears to reinforce the teaching that God intended from the first for men to lead.  ("Adam was formed first . . . .")  Then Paul points out that Eve sinned first.  At the same time, though, Adam abdicated his leadership and allowed the sin to occur without a word.  We will never know what would have happened if Adam had taken leadership and said, "Eve, remember, God said don't eat the fruit.  Let's not trust the serpent and go ask God what this means."  Instead, Adam was passive and refused to lead.  Eve sinned and Adam followed.  Both were guilty.  Paul's overall point to Timothy is that God still intends for Adam to lead. 


I'm not as sure that I can give you a confident interpretation of verse 15, except to say that it is not talking about the salvation of an individual woman and that it clearly does not mean that a woman has to have a child to receive salvation.  My best guess is that the verse is a reference to Genesis 3:15, in which God promised Eve that it is through her offspring that Jesus would come and bring salvation. (This is not as farfetched as it seems. Verse 14 clearly refers to Genesis 2 and 3, the stories of the Creation and the Fall. Verse 15 could easily be part of that same reference.  Paul already (in verses 2:5-6) spoke of Jesus as the one and only mediator between God and man.


Others see this as a general statement about women--your unique contribution to life on Earth is that you give life and nurture children.  Others point out that the Greek word here is best translated as "preserved" or "protected" rather than "saved," so Paul is saying, "Women are protected from the stigma of being the first to sin because of their role in bringing children and the Savior through the birth process."


Students of the Bible understand that some verses are challenging and difficult.  We do our best, but we don't always understand.  As Mark Twain once said, "It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."


After much prayer and planning, we are ready to start Saturday night worship services on Saturday evening, September 15, at 6:00 pm!  We will need greeters, security team members, musicians, ushers, and nursery workers to make this work.  Ultimately, we believe this will help us reach more people.  Let me know if you want to serve!  You can email me at pastor@fsbca.org or call me at 623.932.2723.  And help us spread the word!

Small Groups for Teens!


This fall the teens are beginning some new small groups:   


The Guys Small Group will meet at Ralph Castanedaís home on Sunday afternoons beginning September 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Ralph will teach, "How To Be a Man."


Our Girls Small Group will meet at Becky Pohto's home on Sunday afternoons from 3:15-4:45 pm beginning September 9.  Dawn Marslender will teach "Faithful One: A Study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians."


The times for these two groups are offset so that parents with both girls and guys can get them to the groups on time.  Each group begins with a snack and fellowship time followed by the Bible study.


There are also opportunities to join our Youth Praise Team and our Youth Choir.  Meeting days and times for these groups will be determined soon.


This is where discipleship happens. All teens are welcome!




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 Holly Kilfoyle. 


August 12 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

Aug 13 - Jeremiah 5-8

Aug 14 - Jeremiah 9-12

Aug 15 - Jeremiah 13-16

Aug 16 - Jeremiah 17-20

Aug 17 - Jeremiah 21-24

Aug 18 - Jeremiah 25-28


August 19 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

Aug 20 - Jeremiah 29-32

Aug 21 - Jeremiah 33-36

Aug 22 - Jeremiah 37-40

Aug 23 - Jeremiah 41-44

Aug 24 - Jeremiah 45-48

Aug 25 - Jeremiah 49-52


Aug 26 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

Aug 27 - Lamentations 1-5

Aug 28 - Ezekiel 1-4

Aug 29 - Ezekiel 5-8

Aug 30 - Ezekiel 9-12

Aug 31 - Ezekiel 13-16

Sep 1 - Ezekiel 17-20