June 5 Newsletter of

 Avondale Baptist Church

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

Need Prayer?


Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar

Current Sermon

Upcoming Events


June 15

6:00 pm Saturday Worship

June 16

Father's Day!

Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am.

Bible Study at 9:45 am. 

June 23-28

Zona Youth Camp


Sunday Fundays!



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

Vacation Bible School Recap!



Vacation Bible School requires literally thousands of hours of staff time, preparation, planning, decorating, setting up,  coordinating, teaching, working, cleaning up, and following up.  It is undoubtedly the biggest single event of the year in terms of hours required.


And, since we keep it free for the participants, it is relatively expensive. Teacher books, snacks, materials, advertising, and the cost of air conditioning used in the summer means that VBS is one of the more costly events we sponsor.


So why do we do it?  (Other than the fact that judging by my costume, I obviously enjoy it!)


We do it for one reason.  It is the single biggest spiritual harvest of the year.  Each year, we see many children and teens make real decisions for Jesus.  Not all of them will join or even continue to come to our church (that's more of a parenting decision), but the child has made a very real decision for Jesus and their walk with Christ has begun.


It's old-fashioned, expensive, and time-consuming.  But it works!


Pastor (Congo) Jack

Drinking The Water



I don't like to preach a series in the summer months since many people are in-and-out due to vacations.  What I do like to do is to preach a few stand-alone messages.  This year, from late June (when I finish my family series) and into August, I will use my preaching time to answer questions (submitted ahead of time) from the congregation. 


What does the Bible say about .  . . ?  I was talking to a friend about Jesus, and they asked me . . .  and I didn't know how to answer.  I've never understood what the Bibe says about . . . and it puzzles me.


I don't have all the answers, but I will do my best!  So if you have a question that would like answered, pass it on to me.  I will answer it in a sermon, a blog, or in a personal email.  Contact me at jack@abcaz.net.  


In July, we like to take our minds off of the heat and just do something a little fun and different on Sunday mornings.  Join us each Sunday in July for Sunday Fun Days!


On July 7 we will wear our red, white, and blue to celebrate our Independence Day and freedom. On July 14 we invite you to wear your favorite sports team gear: basketball, football, baseball, or hockey.  July 21 is Hawaiian Day, find a lei and a cool Hawaiian shirt and imagine being on the beach!  Lastly, on July 28 is Superhero Day. Wear a cape, costume, or favorite superhero T-shirt.


Join the fun!



For those who find it hard to hear Pastor Jack's message during worship, we have a new hearing assist device.  It fits on your ear and gets a feed directly from our sound system.  We tested it this last week and it worked well.  If you want to use one, simply check in at the sound booth at the back of the worship center and you can check one out prior to the worship service!

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  Daily Bible Readings

Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!


June 9 - Make Up Day

June 10 - 1 Corinthians 6

June 11 - 1 Corinthians 7

June 12 - 1 Corinthians 8

June 13 - 1 Corinthians 9

June 14 - 1 Corinthians 10

June 15 - Make Up Day


June 16 - Make Up Day

June 17 - 1 Corinthians 11

June 18 - 1 Corinthians 12

June 19 - 1 Corinthians 13

June 20 - 1 Corinthians 14

June 21 - 1 Corinthians 15

June 22 - 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.