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The Christian Messenger

Fifth Avenue Church of Christ

115 W. Fifth Ave. Lancaster, OH 43130
740-654-0626 e-mail

October 28, 2012

Brad Seevers Senior Minister (740-550-9882) David Tingler Associate Minister Scott Brown Worship & Outreach Minister Hannah Martin Director of Childrens Ministries Sunday Services 1st Worship 8:00 a.m. 2nd Worship 10:30 a.m. Bible School 9:15 a.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Be sure to turn your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 3rd. Putting Feet to Our Faith
James 2: 14-26 tells us that faith is of no benefit unless it prompts us into action. We have a great opportunity coming up November 10th to demonstrate our faith in service to others. We all have gifts and abilities that are intended to be used to share Gods love and the good news about Jesus with the world around us. Maybe you are not comfortable speaking in front of others or teaching a class, but God can use you to make a difference in someones life. Saturday, November 10th from 9am to noon will be our Go Forth Weekend There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board with different areas of service. We will have teams cutting firewood, raking leaves, doing some oil changes, cleaning the building and doing some neighborhood evangelism. If you are willing to help with any of these areas, please sign up and be a part of putting feet to our faith.


David Platt in his book, Radical writes: The gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart; new desires; new longings. For the first time, we want God. We see our need for Him, and we love Him. We seek after Him, and we find Him, and we discover that He is indeed the great reward of our salvation. We realize that we are saved not just to be forgiven of our sins or to be assured of our eternity in Heaven, but we are saved to know God. So we yearn for Him. We want Him so much that we abandon everything else to experience Him. This is the only proper response to the revelation of God in the Gospel. In our last sermon series, we asked you to consider where you stand with Jesus. Are you a fan or a follower? Ask yourself today, are you seeking Him with reckless abandon? Are you yearning, not to know more about Him but simply to know Him? Paul wrote: I want to know Christ and to know Him more. Make that your prayer this week! In His Service, Brad



(Before you worry about my mental balance, let me assure you I know what I am doing. I am repeating this article, from last week, because I want to make sure you hear me.) I want to encourage all of you to help make our new Director of Childrens Ministries welcome. Hannah is now with us each weekend (Friday evening through Sunday). Would you consider inviting Hannah for a meal (your home or a restaurant)? She will, also, require housing on the weekends until May. Would that be a possibility? Do get to know this fine young lady who is now working with our children. (There is a signup sheet posted on our main bulletin board.)

Worship is not about what we like. It is about who we love. We often describe our gatherings as a worship service, but who is being served? Whether you prefer things to be more traditional or more modern, the challenge is to not see the worship service as defined by our preferences. I find it interesting that worship is described in scripture as a sacrifice and an offering and yet in our flesh we often judge a service based on what was offered to us. Our worship is directed toward God. He is the audience and we are coming to bring ourselves as a sacrifice, an offering and the primary criteria of what is acceptable is found in John 4:23-24 where Jesus says true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. In the old testament, God was often displeased with worship that was done according to the letter of the law but not coming from the heart. Father, help us to surrender self, see you and give ourselves to you in worship, because we love you and you have captured our hearts.

This week (10/28), the theme is Out Of The Fear And Dread Of The Tomb (II Corinthians 5:1-10). Next Sunday evening (11/4) the title of the message is, Helping Others Find Christ (II Corinthians 5:11-6:2). If you are not involved in a small group, on Sunday evenings, I encourage you to join us. Communion is available for those who desire. Also, remember that we now have activities for children each Sunday evening. I regret that it became necessary to cancel classes this past week. However, this week (10/31) we will continue our study of The Church Through The Ages. Why not join us for the 10:00 am or 6:30 pm session.

that our activity, in November, be giving our support to the special Thanksgiving fellowship on Sunday evening, November 18. Do plan to attend!
FINAL THOUGHT: The average mans idea

of a good sermon is one that goes over his head and hits his neighbor.


Sunday School 1st Morning Worship 2nd Morning Worship Total Morning Worship Evening Worship Wednesday (10/24) Weekly Budget Budget Received Projector Keenagers Building Fund Van Fund Bessie Shumaker Memorial (Van Fund) Dorothy Herman Memorial (Van Fund) 69 93 62 155 52 7 4,633.00 4,540.52 60.00 67.00 40.00 180.00 135.00 25.00

New address: Nancy Speakman 11080 State Route 180 Laurelville, OH 43135 740-655-3004 Lookout and Christian Standard The current copies of the Lookout and Christian Standard magazines are available in the parlor. Remaining copies are then displayed at the 5th Avenue entrance and both entrances of the Auditorium. No matter the date on the magazines, God's Word and the studies contained are relevant to our lives. Enjoy!

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SERVING SCHEDULE October 28, 2012

At the Table 1st Serving 1st Serving 2nd Pastor of the week PM Deacon Dave Tingler and Ralph Conrad Patrick Wersell, Carmel Marsh, Dick Shumaker, Don Taylor Patrick Wersell, Josh Czich, Nick Hinson, Jacob Neff Dave Tingler Patrick Wersell Jeanne Noble Julie Stuck

Mens Fraternity
Tuesday, November 6th, 6:30pm Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30pm

COMMUNION PREPARATION 1st Worship 2nd Worship GREETERS 1st Worship 2nd Worship NURSERY Sunday School 2nd Worship VISITOR CENTER 1st Worship 2nd Worship SECURITY 1st Worship Bible School 2nd Worship Evening Worship
Ron Ogden Wib Sparks Our Troops Irene Shelt Sharon Britch Charlie May Stacy Byers Don Taylor

Don and Judy Gardner Linda Daubenmire and Norma Holtom Shirley Marsh and Margie Ayers Courtney Beiter and Cindy Cox Becky Wellman Julie Stuck Paul Alexander Ray Coats Jim Puckett George Lambert
Ed and Norma George Sharon Swartz Wendy Garbrandt Marissa Wagner

Foundation Dinners
Fifth Avenue serves dinner at the Foundation on the first Thursday of the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November. We need 3-4 more people to help with this outreach. If you could help serve dinner on Thursday, November 1, please contact Lowell Trimmer at 740-415-2395.
Jeane Goldfarb Barbara Kerr Naressa Allen David Will Jane King Barbara Benadum Wanda Dickson Clifford Shelt

SERVING SCHEDULE November 4, 2012

At the Table 1st Serving 1st Serving 2nd Pastor of the week PM Deacon Wib Sparks and Dick Shumaker Larry King, Hank Wellman, Ray Ayers, Jerry Baker Larry King, Tom Puckett, Neal Rudolph, Dale Thornton Mike Cooper Larry King

COMMUNION PREPARATION 1st Worship 2nd Worship GREETERS 1st Worship 2nd Worship Last week in Childrens Church we learned about giving up our fears to the Lord. Some fears the children gave to the Lord were spiders, snakes and clowns. However, we know that as the years go on, our fears become much more serious issues whether it be finances, health or death. It seems that as our fears become bigger, it sometimes becomes harder to give them up to the Lord. This holiday season, let us remember to give all of our fears up to the Lord and know that he can take care of them no matter how big or small. Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. *Thank you to everyone that helped out with the Fall Festival!!! And have a fun and safe Halloween!! Hannah NURSERY Sunday School 2nd Worship

Lori Highfield Kim Seevers

Carmel and Shirley Marsh Neal Rudolph

Hannah Ross and Thea Kallenberg Samantha Hendricks and Jean Azbell

VISITOR CENTER 1st Worship 2nd Worship SECURITY 1st Worship Bible School 2nd Worship Evening Worship

Sue Tingler Kelly Maffit

David Will Carmel Marsh George Lambert Jim Puckett

The hero of the month for October is Austin Spangler. He is the son of Valerie Francisco and the grandson of Dale Thornton. Austins address is: SPC SPANGLER, AUSTIN CCO3-187 IN COP BOWRI TANA FOB SALERNO APO AE 09314

WELCOME TO FIFTH AVENUE! At FACC, we focus on loving God, loving people, and turning the world upside down. We are happy you chose to worship with us today. We hope you return next week and bring your friends with you. If you would please take a few minutes to fill out a Silent Roll Call Card, located on the back of the pew, you can then place it in the offering plate as it is passed. Thank you. For more information about our great church, contact our minister, Brad Seevers at or call him at 740.550.9882. Have a great week and may God bless your life.

Sunday School Classes for All Ages Classes at 9:15 unless noted
Nursery (Birth through 3 years old) Jesus Loves Me Room 102 Courtney Beiter, Coordinator Preschool (Ages 3-6) God the Creator Room 105 Marie Huffman, Teacher Early Elementary (Kindergarten through 2nd Grade) Shaping Hearts With Gods Word Room 101 Deborah Will, Teacher Middle Elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades) Be Wise and Trust God in His Power Room 106 Becky Hoagland, Teacher Junior and Senior High Acts of the Apostles Room 301 Nick Hinson, Teacher Young Ladies Class (8:00 a.m.) The Lies Women/Young Women Believe Room 306 Cassie Bull, Teacher Ladies Class The Faces of Our Lives Room 209 Beverly Puckett, Teacher Mens Class Hearing Gods Word Room 205 Adult Class 1st Peter Room 214 Brad Seevers, Teacher Harmony Adult Class God Establishes a Faithful People Room 204 Dave Tingler, Teacher Philothean Adult Class Parables Room 108 Jim Love, Teacher

Book Nook News

The next meeting of the Book Nook is Monday, November 19th, at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt. There are copies of this book in the church library. Come and join our group for a great time of fellowship. All are welcome at the Book Nook.

Why Doesnt Everybody Like Me?

Matthew 7; John 15; Acts 9

Core Values...
Values central to the life, mission and vision of Fifth Avenue Church of Christ are:

Brad Seevers preaching

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Christ-Centered Worship
We make it a priority every Sunday to celebrate Jesus through our music. (Romans 11:36-12:1-2). We focus on Jesus through grace-based preaching and teaching & understand the Bible is our authority (2 Timothy 3:16).

Church Health and Biblical Balance

Church health becomes reality when God's people seek harmony & live consistently. We expect every member to protect the unity of Christ's Church. (Romans 12:16; 1 Peter 3:8)

Global Evangelism
We are constant to our founding call to worldwide evangelism, proclaiming to all that Jesus Christ is the Savior, Healer, and Soon-Coming King (Acts 20:27).

Fellowship and Ministry

After people begin their journey with Jesus, we will equip them to find a ministry based upon their strengths. We want everyone to serve in some capacity. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) We also want His church to be the living evidence of His love and power to the world.

How Can I Respond Today?

At FACC we look to the Bible for guidance on all issues. We believe that Gods Word is clear concerning what a person must do to become a Christian. Trust that Jesus can bring you to salvation. Turn (repent) from the sin in your life. Confess your desire to make Jesus the Lord of your life. Be baptized (immersed) in water for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit into your life. To make this life decision for Christ, we ask that you come forward during our commitment song at the conclusion of the Sunday message. Baptized believers are welcome to become members at FACC by coming forward on Sunday morning or by seeing our Senior Minister to discuss this further. We ask that you complete a series of Curious classes to help you better understand what you are committing to as a member.

We do not want you to "get religion" here at Fifth Avenue Church of Christ in Lancaster. We are all about teaching you that Jesus seeks a daily relationship with Him through a life of obedience. In other words, we want to see the things you are taught actually change your lifestyle & your daily decisions.

Social Conscience
We place high value on the sanctity of human life, of Biblical marriage and morality, and we welcome ethnic diversity (Isaiah 56:7; Philippians 2:15-16).


Exalt Gods Greatness; Evangelize Gods Work Equip Gods People Express Gods Love through Jesus Christ


To Love God and Love People!

November 2012



Mens Fraternity trip to Cabelas

4 Blood Pressure Checks Unquenchable Faith, 6pm (at the Browns) Daylight Savings Time Ends 11 Carriage Court Service, 2pm Unquenchable Faith, 6pm (at the Browns) 18 Thanksgiving Banquet

6 Mens Fraternity, 6:30pm

7 Seniors Bible Study, 10am and 6:30pm Not a Fan, 6:30pm Elders Meeting, 7:30pm

10 Go Forth Weekend



14 Seniors Bible Study, 10am and 6:30pm Not a Fan, 6:30pm

15 Missions Meeting, 5pm


17 Lancaster Christmas Parade Black Light Show, 6pm

19 Book Nook, 6:30pm

20 Dorcas, noon Mens Fraternity, 6:30pm

21 Seniors Bible Study, 10am and 6:30pm Not a Fan, 6:30pm 28 Seniors Bible Study, 10am and 6:30pm Not a Fan, 6:30pm




25 Food Pantry Sunday Unquenchable Faith, 6pm (at the Browns)

26 Facility Management, 7pm




The birthday list for November is posted on the bulletin board in the coat room.