March 14 Newsletter of

 Avondale Baptist Church

(Formerly First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale)

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar

Mar 10 Sermon

Upcoming Events


March 14-17

Kid's Camp in Prescott

March 15-17

Youth DNOW Weekend 


March 16

6:00 pm Saturday Worship

March 17

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

April 6

11:00 Women's Luncheon 

April 14

Church Picnic 

April 21




See our webpage, become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter (@fsbca) or on instagram (@fsbca), or read Pastor Jack's blog for more info.  Or feel free to give us a call or stop by the church office!

First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale

Who Will You Invite?


There are many ways to advertise a church in an effort to get people to attend.  Bulk mailers fall in-and-out of favor for churches.  Social media advertising is the latest way to promote a church, and it has helped us promote some events and ministries.  Signs and banners (we're working on a plan for a new sign!) draw some attention--especially when they are new. 


But the best way to promote a church is old-fashioned.  It's been around since the days of Jesus, when Andrew went to his brother Peter and said, "We have found the messiah."  Then, according to John 1:42, "He brought him to Jesus."


It hasn't changed snce that day.  The best way to introduce someone either to Jesus or to a church is by a personal invitation after praying for them. 


So I want to encourage you to think and pray now about who you will invite to Easter Services on Saturday night, April 20, or Sunday morning, April 21.  We will do our best to be friendly, honest, celebrative, and encouraging.  We will present a gospel message that will introduce our guests to who Jesus is, what He has to offer us, and what He wants from us.  We can't guarantee, of course, that your friends will accept Jesus or join our church, but we can guarantee that we will "go all out" to love them and present them with the gospel of Jesus.


So who will you invite?


And, of course, if you get the chance, don't wait for Easter.  Invite them this weekend!


Pastor Jack

It's Official!


We received official word this week from the Secretary of State's office that our new "tradename" is Avondale Baptist Church.  Our legal name (First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale) will remain the same, but you will begin to see our new name and initials (ABC) replace our old one over the next few months. 


It will take some time, but we will end up with a new sign, a new webpage, new email addresses for the staff, new invite cards, and more.  Thanks for being patient and understanding as we make this change!

Kid's Camp!


We are taking 40 people to Kids Camp this year!  For many, this is their first time away from home for an extended period of time. Most of them are on Spring Break. All of them will have the chance to learn more about Jesus. I pray some of them will accept Jesus as their Savior, and that the rest of them would grow in their faith. Kids Camp is always a great time for making friends, learning about Jesus, taking a break, eating good food, enjoying God's creation and the great outdoors, and growing in our faith. 


Our theme verse is from Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord, with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight" (NIV).


Join me in praying for all of the kids as we study and learn more about trusting and relying on God and understanding His faithfulness to lead us and guide us, each day.

Women's Luncheon/Conference 2019

"Hidden In My Heart"

April 6 at 11:00 am, $15

"Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against God." 

Psalm 119:11


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God is calling us to something VERY DIFFERENT this year for our luncheon, and it is both exciting and a tad scary for those of us on the Women's Ministry Team.   It's always a bit scary to step out in faith . . . knowing that He is leading, but not exactly sure where and of all the details.  We know details.  We have done this for over 15 years now, and God has blessed each and every luncheon by the power of His Holy Spirit.  We are grateful and thankful for the many ways He has moved and transformed lives.  


But He is leading us to do something different.  We live in a different world today.  2019 is much different than even 2018 in my mind as I have watched our nation make decisions in regard to LIFE that frankly have my soul "vexed" and burdened.  BUT GOD!  I know GOD IS SOVEREIGN, so I am not afraid.  I am not even "worried."  I don't watch the news and rant and fear.  I simply TRUST that God is in control.  But I also see evidence all throughout God's Word where His people were called to a season of PRAYER & FASTING & CRYING OUT TO GOD!  So I am ever-sensivite to the leading of the Holy Spirit and these are some of the things He is leading us to do.  DON'T MISS IT!  


This one thing I know:  He is calling us to PRAYER, HIS WORD, and more WORSHIP.  He is calling us to REPENTANCE & REVIVAL an AWAKENING of HIS PRESENCE.


Think of this year's luncheon as more of a conference with great worship and God's Word and testimonies and prayer and tools to help us throughout the rest of 2019 as we continue to grow in Christ.   We will still have a delicious meal provided by our wonderful and godly caterer, Tuby!  She is even adding a few more things to delight our taste buds as well as make the lines go even faster. :)  


We have dropped the cost to $15 dollars this year because we will not be having Gift Baskets or the Raffle.  We need more time in God's Presence and these activities take up more time than we have for what God is leading us to do.  


We are looking for those of you who would be mentors at each table.  So many of you who were Hostesses will be perfect.  We need women who will focus on PRAYING for each woman seated at their table before they come as well as leading the women in group discussions and prayer around each table the day of the Conference. 


While the room will be decorated for God's glory, we will NOT be having hostesses/mentors decorate individual tables. We want ALL of our energies and focus to be on SPIRITUAL PREPARATION.  We are planning another luncheon in September where we can enjoy a sweet time of fellowship with a potluck and an opportunity for all those beautifully and uniquely adorned tables.  So don't worry if you've already been planning.  You will have that privilege!


Can I ask you to do something?  Will you PLEASE PRAY for me?  Will you please PRAY FOR OUR TEAM?  We are seeking God with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength in all of this, and we don't want to miss anything He has for us!  GOD IS AT WORK!  DON'T MISS IT!


Can I ask you something else?  Will you INVITE LIKE NEVER BEFORE?  Please pray and ask God who you could invite to this years Luncheon/Conference.  Invite your neighbor.  Invite the lady at Circle K where you stop to get your coffee.  Invite a colleague at your work.  Invite a church member who has never gone before.  Tell them how "different" it is going to be.  Invite a family member you've never invited before.  Yes, please invite those you've always invited; but please don't stop there!  


We are expecting an OUTPOURING of God's Presence and Truth from His Word!  WE NEED THIS IN OUR LIVES!  We NEED REVIVAL & we are praying for it like never before!


You can begin signing up THIS WEEK for the next two weeks! APRIL 6 is a month away!  We look forward to gathering together with you and hearing from God like never before!


Mary Kaye Wonner

New Sign Fund!


We are raising money for new signs! 


We would like to replace the main sign on Central Avenue (which is yellowed and dated.)  We would also like to remove the one on La Canada (which is deteriorating rapidly) and replace it with a sign closer to the MAC. 


Donations in the offering plate or online can be designated "Sign Fund" and we will use your gifts for the purchase of that sign. 


We are considering several options from simple monument signs to signs with a reader board.  The final design is still to be determined and will likely depend upon the amount of money we are able to raise.

As always, all gifts to our church are completely tax-deductible and will only be used in the way you designate.


We thank you ahead of time for your generosity!

Dominica 2020

   We are in the planning stages for a mission trip to the Island of Dominica in January of 2020.  If you are interested (no commitment is necessary yet), email Pastor Jack and we will give you more information!

  Daily Bible Readings

Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!


Mar 10 - Make Up Day

Mar 11- Galatians 6

Mar 12 - Ephesians 1

Mar 13 - Ephesians 2

Mar 14 - Ephesians 3

Mar 15 - Ephesians 4

Mar 16 - Make Up Day


Mar 17 - Make Up Day

Mar 18 - Ephesians 5

Mar 19 - Ephesians 6

Mar 20 - 1 Peter 1

Mar 21 - 1 Peter 2

Mar 22 - 1 Peter 3

Mar 23 - Make Up Day


NOTE:  Several have asked why we're "skipping around" the New Testament rather than reading it straight through.  Our reasoning is simple.  There are four gospels telling the story of Jesus, and we wanted us to read one of those gospels each quarter!  If you'd like to see the full plan, you can downolad your full year copy.