Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Bible Study at 9:45 am.
Dec 11, 13, 15
Christmas Musical Celebrations
Angel Tree Wrapping Party
Angel Tree Party
Christmas Eve Celebration
9:00 - 11:00 am Basketball Sign-Up Day
Missions Tailgate Party
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Don't let it sneak up on you. It's nearly time for our
Christmas Musical Celebrations!
You can read more details further down
in the Christmas section, but we encourage you to plan now
to attend (with friends and family members) one of our three
Join us on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 13 at 7:00 pm;
or Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 pm.
Our Christmas Musical Celebration is a
great time to introduce new people to our church and to our
faith in Jesus!
It is traditional to focus on the birth of Jesus during
December, and so the typical church member knows much about
the Shepherds, the Wise Men, Mary, Joseph, Bethlehem, the
virgin birth, gold, frankincense, and myrhh.
This is healthy and important.
But there's so much more about Jesus that we need to know!
He's more than a baby in a manger, so in addition to looking
at the birth of Jesus this December, we are going to focus
on His life and ministry as an adult as well.
This Sunday, we focus (part of our ABC's of the Bible) on
His baptism and temptation.
Why was He baptized? (In our way of thinking, it was
unnecessary. But He saw it as important.) How
and why was He tempted? What does it show us about
Him? And what does this teach us about following Him?
Join us on Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 am as we continue our
ABC's of the Bible!
We invite you to our missions party this year, with a sports
"tailgate party" theme. We will serve tailgate party
food, present our 2020 missions plan, enjoy some friendly
competition, and raise funds for our missions ministry.
The party will be on Sunday evening, January 26, at 6:00 pm.
And you can help us! Sign up to decorate a table with
your favorite team colors, pennants, memorabilia, and
decorations. We will have 25 tables available to
decorate--for a $100 dollar donation to our missions
We can't tell you who has already signed up, but you might
be able to guess. UA will have a table . . . The
Oakland Raiders will have a table . . .
How about it Cardinals Fans? Any ASU fans out there?
'Lopes? Lumberjacks? Agua Fria Owls? Suns?
Westview Knights? Diamondbacks? Packers?
Tickets to the party (only $5 each) will go on sale in
January. And if you want to make a donation to
decorate a table, contact Pastor Jack while tables are still
available. There will be a prize to the best decorated
That's the fun part; but the real goal of the evening is to
learn about and support our many missions ministries.
Put it on your calendar now!
Support Mission of Mercy / Lutheran Social Services
And Receive A Full Tax Credit!
Two of our partner ministries qualify for the Arizona Tax
Credit, which means that a married couple can give them up
to $800 per year and receive the full $800 back on their
Arizona taxes. Mission of Mercy (see the video) runs
our Monday Medical clinic. (Watch for clips from our
church!) And Lutheran Social Services (see the link
below) provides support to our IHELP homeless ministry.
You can split your gift between the two. (Pastor Jack
and Dawn give $400 to each ministry. Then they get it
back when they file their taxes.) It's a great way to
help ministries who partner with Avondale Baptist Church!
To give to Lutheran Social Services, go to
www.lss-sw.org/donate. (In the "Another Question or
Comment" box, put "Southwest Valley IHELP.")
Way to Help People!
Buying gift cards and donating them to the church office is
a great way to help people. The staff uses them as
needed to help people in our IHELP ministries, Mission of
Mercy, basketball ministry, as a supplement to our brown bag
ministry, and for others we meet who need help.
The most needed gift cards are for general/grocery/pharmacy
stores like Fry's or Wal-Mart and for fast-food places.
Small amounts (from $10 to $50) are best and they allow us
to meet immediate needs.
Bring the cards to the church office and give them to Pastor
Jack or Naomi or simply put them in the offering plate!
We are excited to host our annual Angel Tree Party
on December 21. We invite children and caregivers in our
program to enjoy a meal, prizes, card making, photos, and a
gospel presentation along with giving them their gifts from
their incarcerated parents. We need volunteers to serve at
the party with set-up, preparing meals, greeting families,
taking photos, registering families, handing out prizes,
altar counseling, cleaning up and then contacting families
that were not able to attend to arrange pick-up and delivery
of gifts before Christmas. We are also in need of people to
deliver the gifts.
We will wrap gifts for the party on Wednesday, December 18
starting at 9:30 am in the gymnasium. It's a party so there
will be Christmas music playing, and goodies to share (you
can bring your favorite snack) as we enjoy wrapping each
gift. We are in need of clothing boxes and gift bags if you
come across a good deal at the Dollar store. It is a fun
time, so bring a friend and get ready to wrap, we will have
a little over 300 gifts to wrap!
Join us for an informational meeting on Monday, December 9,
at 9:00 am
Arizona Baptist Children's Services let us know that they are unable to keep all of their New Life Pregnancy
Centers open, and ours will close on December 16.
We would like to keep it open, but we will need a director,
volunteers, and some financial help. The initial
response shows that we may have enough interest to keep it
open. Accordingly, we invite anyone interested in
helping us to a meeting on Monday, December 9, at 9:00 am.
(We will meet in Building D.)
The New Life Pregnancy Center
(which we will probably rename to Avondale Pregnancy Center)
is an incredible ministry to the many low-income mothers in
our community and we would love to keep it open. It
provides material helps like diapers and clothes, parenting
classes, Bible Studies, and spiritual counseling and prayer.
Pray about the center, and join us at the meeting if you are
We invite you to our Christmas Musicals, to help us love
families through our Angel Tree Ministry, and to worship
with us on Christmas Eve. See details below:
3 Worship Times
We invite you to join us as we celebrate our Savior's birth
through music on December 11 (Wednesday) and
13 (Friday) at 7:00 pm and on December 15 (Sunday) at 6:00 pm.
All three nights feature our adult, youth, and children's
choirs, plus many of our amazing soloists and musicians.
They have all been preparing for months!
Be sure to pick up some of our invitations to use when you
invite others. They are available in the church
This is a highlight of the Christmas season for our members
and guests, and you will not want to miss it!
Tuesday Night, December 24, 6:00 pm
One Service Only -- In the MAC!
Our Christmas Eve candlelight service is, for many of us,
our favorite service of the year!
It's simple, meaningful, family-oriented, traditional,
low-tech, and it focuses exclusively on Jesus. We read
the Christmas story. Enjoy some incredible music.
Sing Christmas carols. Light candles. It sets
the stage for a beautiful celebration of Christmas with your
It's a beautiful service!
Join us on December 24th at 6:00 pm in the MAC!
If you're looking to share the gospel (and we hope you are)
then inviting a friend to the Christmas Musical Celebration
and/or the Christmas Eve Service may be your best
opportunity of the year!
Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!
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.