December 11 Newsletter of

 Avondale Baptist Church

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Dec 11, 13, 15

Christmas Musical Celebrations

December 15

ABC's Continue

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

Dec 18

Angel Tree Wrapping Party 

Dec 21

Angel Tree Party

Dec 24

Christmas Eve Celebration

Jan 4

9:00 - 11:00 am Basketball Sign-Up Day

Jan 26

Missions Tailgate Party


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It Starts Tonight!


  

If there is one service of the year you will not want to miss, it's our annual Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday night, December 24, at 6:00 pm!  It's a traditional service focusing on Jesus.  We sing Christmas Carols, read the Christmas story, and worship Him as a family.  One service only and we meet in the gym so we can all worship together!


Missions Tailgate Party

 

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 ministry!

 

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?  Cowboys?  Seahawks? 

 

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 table!

 

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!


New Update On Pregnancy Center!

 

As we have shared with the church, Arizona Baptist Children's Services will no longer be able to support and run our Pregnancy Center.  After an initial meeting and some prayer, we do believe that we will be able to take over the operation of the center, beginning at some still-to-be-determined date in January.  Keep our new leadership team in prayer as they make preparations to keep this important ministry going!


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 Mission of Mercy, go to www.HealingAZ.org.

To give to Lutheran Social Services, go to www.lss-sw.org/donate. (In the "Another Question or Comment" box, put "Southwest Valley IHELP.")


Great 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!


Angel Tree Christmas

 

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!

 

For more information about the Wrapping Party or Angel Tree Party, please contact amy@abcaz.net or rex@adamsrefrig.com.


  Daily Bible Readings

Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!

 

December 8 - Make Up Day

December 9 - Luke 9

December 10 - Luke 10

December 11 - Luke 11

December 12 - Luke 12

December 13- Luke 13

December 14 - Make Up Day

 

December 15 - Make Up Day

December 16 - Luke 14

December 17 - Luke 15

December 18 - Luke 16

December 19 - Luke 17

December 20 - Luke 18

December 21 - 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.