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Fifth Avenue Church of Christ 115 W. Fifth Ave. Lancaster, OH 43130 740-654-0626 www.myfacc.com e-mail info@myfacc.


The Christian Messenger

December 15, 2013
Brad Seevers Senior Minister (740-550-9882) David Tingler Associate Minister

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.

Christmas Eve Service

Tuesday, December 24th 7:00 p.m.


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. As a child, each year my family had the tradition of getting up about 4:30-5:00 a.m. to see what new gifts we might find. There was such excitement in the air. I can honestly say I was always appreciative of any gift received except for clothes. Hey I was a kid. Anyway, with each Christmas there was always surprise. I look back on that now and realize that for us to have received anything was a surprise. My parents were not affluent, yet somehow we were always fed and had clothes on our back. We were poor, but I never knew it. Can you imagine leading up to the first Christmas the surprise for Mary as she was told, by an angel I might add, You shall conceive and bear a son? After all, she was a virgin. Surprise, surprise! You see, there has always been a surprise element to Christmas. Or how about the fact that Joseph stuck with Mary even though the whole experience seemed far-fetched? Isnt that a surprise? Isnt surprising a king was born in humble surroundings which included the stench of farm animals all around the stable? Yes these are just a few of the surprising elements to this story. But to God, this was no surprise. This was His plan all along. God became flesh and dwelt among us. He could have had the Jesus story unfold in a completely different manner, but He didnt. Maybe thats the biggest surprise of all. It is my hope as we celebrate Christmas that we worship this baby for who He is: the son of God. It has been said, Christmas is based on an


REPORT & THANKS: Sue and I continue to be so grateful for all of your prayers and personal expressions of concern and support. Our daughter, Stephanie, continues making progress following her stroke. God has, already, blessed us beyond measure. However, full recovery is probably months away. We hope to be back in Lancaster for the holidays but our status, thereafter, remains uncertain. I cannot, at this point predict when I will be able to return to my former routine. As parents, most of you will understand when I beg your patience and understanding. May God continue to bless you and us. If you need to contact either one of us you may use the following cell phone numbers: Sue 1-740-503-8321 Dave 1-740-503-7061

exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God when we present our bodies a living sacrifice. ~Vance Havner
Keeping Christ in Christmas, Brad

SPIRITUAL STATISTICS December 8, 2013 Sunday School 1st Morning Worship 2nd Morning Worship Total Morning Worship Evening Worship Weekly Budget Budget Received Van Fund Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Meal Flowers 69 82 40 122 18 4,790.00 3,533.00 50.00 30.00 211.00 212.00

Greeter and Visitor Center Schedules

2014 schedules for 1st Worship Greeters and Visitor Center volunteers will be sent out soon. If you would like to assist in one of these ministries, or if you would like to have your name removed from the list, please make a note on your Silent Roll Call Card, or call the church office at 654-0626.

$ $ $ $ $ $

SERVING SCHEDULE December 15, 2013

At the Table 1st Serving 1st Serving 2nd Pastor of the week PM Deacon Mike Cooper and Dick Shumaker Tim Huffman, Ralph Conrad, Don Gardner, Bill Kelly Tim Huffman Mike Cooper Tim Huffman

COMMUNION PREPARATION 1st Worship Dan and Janet Brown nd 2 Worship Fred Griffith 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 Thea Kallenberg and Judy Smith Mitch and Tamatha Shell Hannah Ross and Thea Kallenberg Michelle Czich Janet Brown Michelle Czich

Dorcas Christmas Party

The Dorcas Christmas party will be at Cindy Bradens house in Baltimore on Tuesday, December 17th. Anyone wishing to go should call Linda Daubenmire at 653-0149 so she can let Cindy know how many will be attending, and so that plans can be made for transportation. All ladies are invited!

Dan Brown Ray Coats Mike Bussey Mike Cooper

Prayer Requests
Jane King Millie Hoy Mark Seevers George Ellis Gloria Stuck Linda Flesher Naressa Allen Jeane Goldfarb Sam Dinsmore Anna Lockhart Alberta Ellis Wib Sparks Bill Foss Gladys McCoy Emily Olney Ron Ogden Our Troops Jim Puckett Preston Henderson Maranda Hendricks Stephanie Tingler

SERVING SCHEDULE December 22, 2013

Dave Tingler & David Riggenbach Dale Rose, George Lambert, Serving 1st Carmel Marsh, Dick Shumaker Dale Rose Serving 2nd Dave Tingler Pastor of the week Dale Rose PM Deacon At the Table 1 COMMUNION PREPARATION 1st Worship Dan and Janet Brown 2nd Worship Fred Griffith 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 Ray and Margie Ayers Dick and Marg Shumaker Shirley Marsh Nick and Tracy Hinson Shirley Marsh Kim Seevers

Upcoming Events
Monday, December 16th Book Nook, 6:30pm Tuesday, December 17th Dorcas Christmas party Wednesday, December 18th Elders/Deacons Meeting, 7:30pm (all newly-elected Elders, Deacons, and Trustees are invited to this meeting) Sunday, December 22nd Prayer Team, 5pm Tuesday, December 24th Christmas Eve Service, 7pm Sunday, December 29th Food Pantry Sunday Prayer Team, 5pm

David Will Carmel Marsh Jeff Crook Dick Shumaker


Maywood Mission provides a food pantry for community members in need. Donations can be left at the nursery door entrance on Sunday, December 29th. Items needed for the pantry:
Rice Navy beans Noodles Cereal Canned Fruit Beef Stew Tuna helper Spaghetti Sauce Brownie Mix Canned Vegetables Tuna Cake mix Spaghetti Cornbread Mix Canned Soup

Book Nook
Monday, December 16th, 6:30pm Bring a small appetizer or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided.

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 Brad@new-churches.org 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 Preschool (Ages 3-6) Jesus Early Life Room 105 Marie Huffman, Teacher Early Elementary (Kindergarten through 2nd Grade) Jesus, Our Example Room 101 Deborah Will, Teacher Middle Elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades) Jesus, Our Example Room 106 Becky Hoagland, Teacher Junior High Jesus and Self-Esteem Room 306 Nick Hinson, Teacher Senior High Jesus and My Life Room 308 Nick Barrell, Teacher Young Ladies Class (8:00 a.m.) Multiplied Room 306 Cassie Bull, Teacher Ladies Class "Sharing Jesus Without Fear" Room 209 Beverly Puckett, Teacher Mens Class Hearing Gods Word Room 205 Adult Class The Book of Titus Room 214 Brad Seevers, Teacher Harmony Adult Class Jesus and the Just Reign of God Room 204 Dave Tingler, Teacher Philothean Adult Class Parables Room 108 Jim Love, Teacher

Coats for Kids Drive

In an effort to provide warm coats for needy children during the cold winter months, Fashion and Vanity Cleaners has initiated their 9th Annual Coats for Kids drive. Good quality, gently worn coats (no tears, stains or broken zippers, please) may be dropped off at the following locations, Fashion Cleaners, located at the Plaza Shopping Center on Memorial Drive, and Vanity Cleaners, located on East Main Street next to the Kroger Shopping Center. All coats will be cleaned at no charge and then distributed to Job and Family Services. The coat drive will run through January 2014.

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

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.

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.

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!