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
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
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
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.
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,
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
(And if you have a Biblical topic you'd like me to write on,
let me know!)
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
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
Mark Your Calendars!
Hey Kids and Parents mark your
calendars for two exciting upcoming events: Kids Hike and
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
email@example.com or text
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
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
some common questions and some general explanations to
the process which were shared at business meeting.
Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!