A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

May 25, 2017

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

May 21 Sermon

Upcoming Events


May 27

Youth Car Wash at Del Taco, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

May 28

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

June 12-17

Centrifuge Youth Camp 

June 19-23

Bible Adventure Week

June 26-30

Music Camp 

 More Info?

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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

Let's Get Specific . . .

Over the last few weeks, I've talked about love.  God's love for us.  Our love for God.  Loving others.  That special love between a man and a woman.  Our love for our families.  And friendship.  (If you missed any of those messages, you can find them on our sermons page.)


And though I have talked a lot about love, I  haven't yet taken a look at the greatest description of love ever written.  It is in 1 Corinthians 13.  In the midst of a somewhat scholarly description of spiritual gifts and church life, Paul stopped.


And he said, "Now I will show you the most excellent way."


And  what follows is what I believe to be the best statement on the importance of love and the best description of love ever written.


You don't really know love unless you know 1 Corinthians.


So join us for the next three weeks as we take a look at "Love:  The Most Excellent Way."


See you Sunday!


Pastor Jack

Gilgal Baptist Church

You may not know that we help sponsor Gilgal Baptist Church.  They meet on our property on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 and worship in the Akan language.  Their worship style is different, their culture is part-American part-Ghanan, and their language is very different.  However,  they worship the same Lord--Jesus--that we do!  Here is a clip from their worship last Sunday during a special women's day:


Staff Changes


As most of you know, Amy Zimmerle, our Children's Ministries Director is in the process of moving to New York City, where her husband Justin has accepted a promotion.  They will be missed!


And that, of course, means that we need to make some staff changes


We don't want our ministries to be hindered even temporarily, so we have what we believe is a good temporary plan so we can move forward with confidence.  Kenny Marslender (who had been serving as an unpaid intern) is now our Interim Children's Ministries Director.  He will oversee our K-6 ministries and some of our special events.  You can contact him in the church office at 623.932.2723 or via email at kenny@fsbca.org.


Naomi Hutchison will continue to serve as our Office Manager, and she has also accepted an Interim Preschool Director position.  You can reach her in the church office at 623.932.2723 or at office@fsbca.org.


Both of these positions are temporary until we present a more permanent staff plan to the church.  Our Administration Team is working and praying about a plan for the future that will ultimately be submitted to the church in business meeting.


In the meantime, pray for Kenny and Naomi as they take on these new responsibilities. 

Bible Adventure Week
June 19-23
6:00-8:30 pm
“Searching the Visible, Discovering the Invisible”

Our Bible Adventure Week is approaching at Warp Speed! Join us and the Galactic Starveyors as we seek to discover the truth behind creation. As always, there will be lots of fun music, skits, and games. We will also feature a Missions Showcase highlighting a couple of specific ways our church fulfills the mission of loving God and loving people. Our theme scripture for the week is Colossians 1:15-16:


“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.”


It will be a thrilling week of excitement, silliness, and Bible study for Starveyors of all ages; we hope to see you there! Register at www.fsbca.org/vbs. If you’d like to volunteer in any way, please contact Kenny Marslender at Kenny@fsbca.org.

JOIN US in a great adventure of Praise and Worship!


Our choir is singing at the Harvest America Crusade with MercyMe, Phil Wickham, and NEEDTOBREATHE, with evangelist and pastor, Greg Laurie, preaching. It is going to be an incredible night of Worship and hearing from God's Word where the Gospel will be declared boldly and clearly. It will be held at Cardinal Stadium on June 11 at 5:00 pm.


If you have sung with us in the past or if you simply LOVE TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE our LORD with song, then join us!  To sign up, go to www.HarvestAmerica.com and sign up. Follow the Serve in Arizona link and click on Sign Up for Choir at the bottom of the page.  Put my name (Mary Kaye Wonner) as the Worship Leader and then put the part you sing and what size t-shirt you wear. You will then receive emails with all the songs and you can practice on your own or join us on Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm as we prepare for this event as well as for the Southern Baptist Convention that will be in town that week as well! We are hoping to have over a thousand in the choir.  JOIN US!


Worship Leader Mary Kaye Wonner

Harvest America

June 11, 2017

5:00 to 7:00 pm

University of Phoenix Stadium


Speaker:  Evangelist and Pastor, Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California


Musical Artists:  NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, Phil Wickham, and more!



What is Harvest America?  Harvest America is an annual live nationwide FREE event, streamed to thousands of host locations including churches, theaters, and living rooms.  The goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation desperately in need of hope.  The event features top Christian artists and a CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE by Greg Laurie.

Harvest America is designed to be an opportunity for Christians to invite family members, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel in an environment that is entertaining and non-threatening.  More than 7.6 million people have attended Harvest events in person or online since 1990, with 489,345 of them making professions of faith.


The June 11, 2017 event will be broadcast live from The University of Phoenix (Cardinal) Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. 

We will pass out prayer cards this Sunday for you to pray about who to invite. Write their names on this card and begin praying daily for them.  The next step will be for you to invite them and bring them with you.  Don't just invite or tell them about it.  Pray for and then BRING whomever God lays on your heart.  It will be life-changing for them and for you!


This is what Greg Laurie, has to say:


"The Good News of Jesus Christ is the most important message there is. That's why we're declaring 2017 the Year of Good News and proclaiming the gospel to a world in need through Harvest America—a live nationwide free event on June 11, broadcast live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, to thousands of host locations across the country—including churches, theaters, and living rooms.


With music from NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, and Trip Lee, along with worship from Phil Wickham, I will present a clear gospel message and together we will deliver the Good News to a nation desperately in need of hope."

Victory In Our IHELP Ministry


Working with the homeless can be challenging, but we love it when we get to thank God for a victory!  This week, one of our guests was able to get a decent job that will help him get his own place.  This is Russell, who was living out of his truck until he found our shelter.  The IHELP program gave him a  chance to sleep in a decent situation, get regular showers and meals, and make a contact that led to a decent job.  ($30k per year plus benefits is not bad for someone who has gone an extended time without a job!)  Not everyone in our ministry has progressed this far, but we have seen multiple victories and we have made real progress in helping people!




Want to get involved in a minsitry designed to share God's love with others?  Find out full details at www.fsbca.org/lovepeople.