August 15 Newsletter of

 Avondale Baptist Church

Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus.


Prayer Sheet

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Pastor's Blog

Church Calendar

Current Sermon

Upcoming Events


Aug 17

ABC's Continue

6:00 pm Saturday Worship

Aug 18

ABC's Continue

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

August 17-18

Lord's Supper in all Services 

August 25

5:00 Movie - "Overcomer"

Sep 7

9:00 Basketball Signup Day



See our webpage, like us on Facebook, 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!

The ABC's



We began our 40 week survey of the Bible last weekend with a look at Genesis 1the Creation.  (If you missed it, you can listen to it by following the "current sermon" link on the left.)  We continue our survey this week with a look at the original sin of Adam and Eve, an event popularly known as "the fall of man."


And that won't be the only thing happening this weekend!  We will also participiate in the Lord's Supper in all of our services.


Join us for week two of the ABC's!

Pastor Jack


Dylan Ray Baptism, August 11

Honor The Emperor

1 Peter 2:17


1 Peter 2:17 is an often quoted verse in today's Christian world, especially the "honor the emperor (or king)" part.  It is usually applied (correctly) in our day and time to honoring and respecting the office of the President.


But Pastor Jack thinks we are doing it wrong--or at least we are applying it inadequately.  There is much more to it than we often think.


Read his blog at for a further discussion of the proper application of this verse today.  And feel free to browse through his previous blogs as well.  You can email him with your comments.

A few good men...


Our Kid's basketball program is looking for a few good men to coach in our basketball league. Dads, grandpa's, uncle's, and young men looking for an opportunity to serve God's kingdom in a meaningful and transformative way should consider serving in our basketball league.


Coaches are the most valuable part of this ministry team. They teach basketball skills, life skills, and present the gospel to boys and girls that may never hear the message of Jesus in any other setting. Men are a valuable part of the spiritual development of children, but especially of young boys, who by age five are distinguishing themselves as persons apart from their mothers and looking for the leadership and direction of men in their families and social circles.


So, we are asking for a few good men to commit to our Fall Basketball league. You can attend an informational meeting on August 25, at 12:15 in building D. We will have pizza and drinks for those that attend. 


If you are already coaching or refereeing or serving in our Basketball ministry, we thank you! Your service has and will continue to impact the lives of kids and teens for Christ's Kingdom.

Ordination Service


ABC will be ordaining Hector Rivas to the gospel ministry in a worship service on Sunday evening, September 8, at 6:00 pm.  Pastoral ordinations are relatively rare in church life.  In addition, this will be a rare chance for our English and Spanish speaking congregations to worship together and join together to celebrate the ordination of a pastor. 


Both the music and the preaching will be bilingual and all members and guests are invited.  We encourage you to put it on your calendar now!

Helping Hands Ministry

Thursday, August 22

6:30 pm, Building A


Helping Hands is a ministry that thrives on love, care, and service to church members and staff.  Our goal is to show this love to everyone both inside and outside the church in many behind-the-scenes ways.


All ladies are invited to join this team at the next meeting on Thursday, August 22, at 6:30 pm in Building A.  The practice of love and sharing God's love makes us better Christians in our every day lives! 

The Heart of Overcomer

Listen to the Kendricks Brothers--and others--talk about the movie.



Sunday, August 25, 5:00 pm

Harkins Theater Gateway Pavilions (10250 W. McDowell Road, Avondale)


We've watched some great movies as a congregation:  Courageous, Fireproof, War Room, and others.  We invite you to join us once again and bring a friend!  We have reserved a theater for our congregation and friends. Tickets are on sale now at the east entry of the church or you can reserve your tickets at  The cost per ticket is $8.  See the teaser trailer above or the full trailer online on our movie page!  


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  Daily Bible Readings

Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!


August 11 - Make Up Day

August 12 - John 10

August 13 - John 11

August 14 - John 12

August 15 - John 13

August 16 - John 14

August 17 - Make Up Day


August 18 - Make Up Day

August 19 - John 15

August 20 - John 16

August 21 - John 17

August 22 - John 18

August 23 - John 19

August 24 - 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.