A Weekly Newsletter of

 First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

November 15, 2018

Love God.    Love People.    Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog


Church Calendar

Nov 11 Sermon

Upcoming Events


November 17

6:00 pm Worship

November 18

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

November 22


November 23

Wildlife World Zoo Trip

December 5, 7, and 9

Christmas Musical Celebrations

December 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service


Pastor Jack's latest blog is "An Open Letter to President Trump on Respect."  You can read it on his blog



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First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

We've Missed The Point


On the seventh day, God rested.


And ever since, Jews and Christians have debated every aspect of the Sabbath Day.  Does it start at dusk, midnight, or dawn?  Is it Saturday or Sunday?  Can you cook?  Travel?  Heal?  Run a race?  Go to a store?  Watch football?  Buy Chick-Fil-A? Do you have to go to church (or synagogue) twice? 


In between the lines of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, you can feel the tension and read the debates between the hard-liners and the more-liberal minded.


But in all of our debating, we've missed the whole point.  Jesus had to remind us that "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."  God set the example and then later gave us the commands to honor the Sabbath Day as a day of rest.  And He did it not so much to honor Himself, but because we need it.


We need rest.  We need days off.  We need to "shut-down" from our seven-day-per-week ambition-driven culture and sleep, rest, think, and re-energize.


So this Sunday, my sermon title is "take-a-break," and I will give you both the Biblical instruction and the practical helps to live as God did and "rest."


You don't hear many sermons on this topic, so join us Saturday evening (6:00 pm) or Sunday morning (8:30 or 11:00 am) to learn the most important way to destress your life!


Pastor Jack

PS.  On the weekend of November 24-25, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper in all three services!

What is the Angel Tree Ministry?


This weekend you will find our Angel Tree Christmas tree up at the east entrance. There will be angels decorating the tree that represent a child that has one or both of their parents incarcerated this Christmas season. Our church is asking you to pick up one of these Angels and purchase the item listed on the tag. This gift that you purchase helps inmates participate in their child's Christmas.


Inmates sign up their families for this program. Inmates and the child's caregiver provide gift ideas for each child. Each child receives one toy gift and one clothing gift from their incarcerated parent. We are asking you to spend no more than $25 on a gift for each child. Then on December 22 we will have the children and their caregivers come to our church for lunch and a little Christmas party where they will have the opportunity to write a letter and have their picture taken and sent to their parent. Pastor Jack will also share the gospel with the nearly 300 people who will attend our party.


Our Angel Tree ministry allows incarcerated parents to maintain a good relationship with their children so when they are released they can continue building on that relationship. It also let's the incarcerated parent know that there is a church in the community that loves them and their family. This is one of those Love People ministries that directly reaches our community. 


In addition to purchasing gifts for these children we will need many volunteers to wrap gifts, and serve at the Angel Tree Party. You can sign up to help by contacting amy@fsbca.org.


By the way our K-6 graders have been collecting pennies and other loose change in Bible Study in order to purchase gifts for at least 2 Angels and right now it looks like we may be able to purchase gifts for four children!

Thank You!


We offer a big THANK YOU to all those who attended the Youth Service Project last Saturday! We were low in numbers, but I believe we had an eternal impact. Special thanks to Mary Kaye Wonner and Kenny Marslender for leading worship, Rex Porter for the clothing donations, parents - Jody and Shane Sweeten, leaders - Ralph Castaneda, Phil Lehmkuhl, Becky Pohto, Amanda van Hofwegen, and Tom Kilfoyle for getting up very early and serving the Lord with your Saturday morning, and teens - Yazzmine Long, Liana and Jacinda Sweeten, and Elijah and Isaiah Porter!


The team worshiped with the people, helping those around them to find Scripture references in the Bible as the pastor gave the message, carried food plates, handed out water, manned the clothing and canned food station, helped people find sizes and needed items, prayed over a sick baby, gave a Bible to a lady who asked for one, and helped with set up and clean up of the facility.


Our next trip will be May 18, 2019. Make plans to join us then!

Hall of Honor


Our north and south hallways are full this week with the pictures of many veterans who are members of or related to members of our  congregation. 


We honored them in worship this last Sunday, but we are going to keep the pictures up for another week.  If you missed the display last weekend, be sure to roam the halls this coming weekend.  You will be able to see the pictures, and thank God for the many who have served God by serving our country.


And if you have someone to add, go ahead now while you're thinking about it and email us a copy of a picture.  Give us their name, their dates and branch of service, and their relationship to our church or to you.  We will put them in next year's display.


We thank God for the many veterans who call FSBCA their church home!


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.

Helping The Homeless During The Holidays


We've learned a lot about working with the homeless since we started our IHELP ministry.  We never give cash or even gift cards directly to the homeless.  Too much cash goes to those who aggressively pursue it on street corners or parking lots or who can tell the best stories--and they may not be the ones who need the help the most.  Often, giving directly to the homeless just encourages the same kind of lifestlye that led to homelessness in the first place.  And giving gift cards may not be much better, since they are easily exchangeable for cash.


Instead, we help the homeless in several ways and always through an organization that is truly helping the homeless and not just perpetuating the problem.


If you want to give a cash gift at Christmas to help the homeless, we recommend that you give it to a reputable organization with a plan to help people overcome homelessness.    (That could be our own IHELP ministry or ministries like the Agua Fria Food Bank or the Phoenix Rescue Mission.


If you want to volunteer, do it over the long haul and not just during the holidays.  We have multiple openings for 4-hour shifts in our own shelter.  Contact Ross Clemens at rcleme@cox.net if you would like more information about signing up.


And if you want to give gift cards to help the homeless, do it correctly.  Purchase them in small amounts ($15 to $25 increments) to a general merchandise store like Fry's, Albertson's or Wal-Mart where a person can get food, clothing, medicines, personal hygiene supplies, and even gasoline.  DON'T give them directly to the homeless.  Instead, give them to an organization (like our own IHELP program) that gives them out as needed and teaches people how to budget rather than splurge. 


All believers have a heart for the homeless.  But if we are going to help them--and we are--let's do it with a plan and with a great deal of the wisdom that comes from practical experience!


Pick up a few of our business-card sized Invite Cards this weekend, and use them to invite others to worship.  They have basic church information on the front, and a very simple A-B-C-D format that you can use to talk to people about Jesus.  (And even if you only have time to give them a card, they now have it in writing!)  NEW . . . our Invite Cards now include our Saturday worship service!



Nov 11 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

Nov 12 - Romans 1-4

Nov 13 - Romans 5-8

Nov 14 - Rom 9-12

Nov 15 - Romans 13-16

Nov 16 - 1 Corinthians 1-4

Nov 17 - 1 Corinthians 5-8


Nov 18 - Sunday (Make Up Day)

Nov 19 - 1 Corinthians 9-12

Nov 20 - 1 Corinthians 13-16

Nov 21 - 2 Corinthians 1-4

Nov 22 - 2 Corinthians 5-8

Nov 23 - 2 Corinthians 9-13

Nov 24 - Galatians 1-3