May 20 Newsletter of

 Avondale Baptist Church

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May 24

ABC's Continue Online at abcaz.net AND

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

June 28

Blood Drive

Blood Drive 


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

NOTE:  Zoom prayer meeting is on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm.  Follow this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82550579565

The meeting ID is 825 5057 9565.


The Big News . . .

 

The big news at ABC is that we are open for worship beginning this Sunday, May 24, AND we will continue our video worship series.  If you feel comfortable joining with us in worship, you can do so Sunday at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 am.  And if you feel more comfortable staying at home and worshiping online, you can do that as well.  We know that everyone has a different comfort level right now, so we will put no pressure on you either way.  Do what God leads you to do!

 

Here are some guidelines from this coming Sunday's worship bulletin.  (The bulletin is now online and will be available from the link at the top left of this page and our home page!)

 

What We Are Doing:

We are disinfecting pew sides and back, door handles, and all other touchable surfaces before and after each service.

 We are limiting worship to 45 minutes to give a team time to clean between services.

 We have eliminated the need to “touch” doors.  Doors will be opened for you so you can go safely from your car to your pew.

 We’ve removed frequently touched items such as Bibles, hymnals, bulletins, offering plates, etc., from the service.

 We’re using only every-other-pew and we’ve added a third service.

 

 What We Ask From You

 Please stay home if you are sick.  You can worship with us online.

 Please sit only in designated areas and put 6’ between you and other family units.

 Please refrain from hugs, handshakes, or any other physical form of sharing love.

 Please exit after the service so we have time to clean for the next service.

 Please drop your offerings and/or Connection Cards in the boxes by the exits.

 Please be understanding.  With no nursery, please offer families extra grace and love!

If we can help you in any way, or answer any questions, please let us know.  In the meantime, I'll see you online or in person this Sunday!

 

Pastor Jack


Wednesday Devotional on Fruit Trees and the Christian

 


ABC Graduates!

This has been an unprecedented year in so many ways and has greatly impacted our graduating seniors. Most of these courageous young men and women will not have the opportunity to walk across the stage, shake hands with a school official and receive their diploma. They completed their last weeks in high school or at the university in online classes, away from their teachers and friends. It's crtainly not what they had expected.

Avondale Baptist Church wishes to honor these men and women as they move into the next chapter in their lives. We pray that they continue to walk with God on His path as they move forward. Please join us in honoring and praying for them.

Rowdy Sanchez is graduating from Buckeye High School. He will seek a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Grand Canyon University. He will study physical therapy and exercise science. He will also study criminal justice and hopes to be a police officer in the future.

Ellie Ruppart is graduating from Desert Edge High School. Ellie is in the top 10% of her class. She plans to attend Estrella Community College and then on to Grand Canyon University. She will possibly seek a degree in Environmental Science.

Connor Spire is graduating from Agua Fria High School. Connor will attend Estrella Mountain Community College where he received a scholarship to play golf. He plans to study Fire Science.

Jaime Ramales Pérez II is graduating from Agua Fria High School. He will attend Northern Arizona University, where he received the President's Scholarship. He will major in Mechanical Engineering.

Caitlin Frank is graduating and was the top student in her class from Millenium High School.  She will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York to study biological and chemical engineering.

Anna Chapman will be graduating from Cross Roads Online High School. She will be attending Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC). She plans to study Automotive Technology.

Anna Miller has completed Grad School at Arizona State University.  She has received a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the W.P. Carey School for Business.

Rebecca Milakovich has graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Masters of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Care Informatics.

Please join the ABC Student Ministry in congratulating our graduating seniors!


Do We Even Want Truth Anymore?

 

All of the half-truths, partial-truths, their-side-of-the-truth-only, altered-truth, misquoted-truth, made-up truth, and outright deception makes it much harder to find the truth about science, medicine, history, coronavirus, or almost anything else.  So how do you go about searching for the truth--assuming that you really want to know it?

  

Maybe I'm overly critical, but I encourage you to read how I filter through all of the lies and untruths on the internet and even on news stations.

 

 Read my thoughts at www.abcaz.net/blog.


Be a hero.

 

We have partnered with Vitalant to hold a blood drive at our church on Sunday, June 28, 2020.  When we scheduled this event we had no way of knowing just how important this blood drive would be in 2020. We have decided not to reschedule this event and are instead going to ask you to very seriously consider giving blood on this day.

  

The blood drive will be held in the lower level of our church. We are looking for 30 people to sign up now for this event in June. It is a quick and easy sign up online. If you are not sure if you can donate blood I encourage you to check out Vitalant's website and schedule an appointment to find out. Donating blood saves lives. Many of us know someone who has benefitted from receiving donated blood, including several of our own church members.

 

If you are looking for a way to serve others and save lives there is no better way than to donate your blood. If you need help scheduling an appointment or have questions please contact amy@abcaz.net.

 

If you are not able to donate blood you can help by letting others know about our blood drive. Donors do not have to attend or be members of our church, but I do encourage our membership to be a part of this act of love and service. Summer is a difficult time for blood donations and in a pandemic and the need is even greater. To schedule your own appointment you can go to bloodhero.com and choose "Locate a Blood Drive" and use our sponsor code FSBCA. You can then create a donor account and schedule to give blood on a regular basis at other blood drives. 


When We Open . . .

Questions and Answers About Re-Opening our Campus

 

When will we re-open?  We will open on May 24!

How will we re-open?  We will phase in church life a bit at a time, starting with worship.  We will keep worship to 45 minutes in length so we have time to sanitize the worship center before the next group arrives.  We will use every other pew with six feet between family units.  We will not have a greeting time, an invitation, or a passing of the plates.  (There will be collection boxes in the back.)  Social distancing will reduce our capacity, so we will offer 3 services, at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 am.)

What else will be different?  We will do all we can to reduce "touching" of surfaces.  Greeters (with gloves) will open doors for us and there will be additional sanitizing stations.  Essentially, you will not need to touch anything from your car to your pew!

What about a nursery?  We will not open the nursery for about two weeks.  We will let you know!

What Then?  Over a 6-8 week period, we will add other ministries such as Sunday School classes, evening classes and groups, choirs, and ministries. 

Will we still offer online worship?  Yes!  We will offer an online worship alternative.  We believe that some people (especially those who are in high-risk categories) will want to remain home for a time even after we open.

Do you have a question?  Please submit them to Pastor Jack and we will answer them in future editions!

 

Pastor Jack


Zoom Prayer Meeting!

 

EVERYONE is welcome to participate in our online prayer meeting, and you will not be called upon to lead in prayer unless you volunteer.  Join us on Wednesday evening, May 13, from 7:00 to 7:45 pm.  We've had all ages participate, from senior adults to children.  It's a great way to pray and to connect with other members!

 

Here's this week's link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82550579565.

Meeting ID: 825 5057 9565.