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The Christian Messenger

Fifth Avenue Church of Christ

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

March 31, 2013

We welcome Paul Scott to the church family! Paul was baptized at the close of 2nd Worship on Sunday, March 24th!


Michelangelo once turned to a fellow artist and said with frustration in his voice, Why do you keep filling gallery after gallery with endless pictures on the one theme of Christ in weakness, Christ on the cross, and most of all, Christ hanging dead? he asked. Why do you concentrate on the passing episode as if it were the last work, as if the curtain dropped down there on disaster and defeat? That dreadful scene lasted only a few hours. But to the unending eternity Christ is alive; Christ rules and reigns and triumphs. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11). What Im about to say may come as a surprise to you. That is, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is all about power. When I say this, I dont just mean the divine power that raised Jesus from the dead. Of course, that kind of power is absolutely miraculous, and it could come only from God himself. Christs resurrection speaks of another power in addition to that supernatural event. And this power could only come from God as well. Im talking about a power that causes us to live holy livesto be free from sins dominionto overcome every habit and lust known to manto walk in a righteousness that comes from God alone, by faith. To obtain this power is to know Christ in the power of his resurrection. Hes given us the power to live and be holy. Now lets do it. In His Service, Brad


CHANGE OF SCHEDULE: Just a reminder that my flexible schedule is now just 16 hours per week. I am available, generally, on Monday and Wednesday of each week. I will continue teaching the Harmony Class and preaching on Sunday evenings. Of course, I will remain available for emergencies or other special needs.

Our current series on the Friends of Paul will continue over the next several weeks. This week, March 31, we will be examining Timothy, The Understudy. In coming weeks, we will be meeting Luke, Aquilla/Priscilla, Phillip and Demas. 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. Once again, I remind you that we now have activities for children each Sunday evening.
WEDNESDAYS: Our two study groups resumed on March 27. Both, the 10:00 am and 6:30 pm study groups are involved in a verseby-verse study of Philippians. Why not join us for the new study? SENIOR SAINTS IN THE SMOKIES: Last Sunday, March 24, we presented a video about this great gathering. It is held on the Johnson University (formerly Johnson Bible College) campus, in Knoxville, TN. Some of us have been participating for over 20 years. We will be attending May 27-31. I already, have commitments from 6-8 people (including me). This is a great week of inspiration and relaxation for seniors. (I call it summer camp for seniors.) We, always, enjoy the special fellowship we have as we travel together in our vans. If you have questions or would like registration information, see me!

No Mens Fraternity on Tuesday, April 2nd. Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 16th.

FINAL THOUGHT: (I really liked this one the first time I heard it!) The only exercise some folk get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.


Sunday School 1st Morning Worship 2nd Morning Worship Total Morning Worship Evening Worship Wednesday Weekly Budget Budget Received Projector Easter 85 98 58 156 45 30 4,790.00 3,968.50 20.00 20.00

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Last week in Childrens Church, we learned about when our Lord and Savior Jesus was crucified. We learned about this perfect man that died to save our sins. For a lot of people (especially kids) this is a tough concept to grasp, even I cant believe it sometimes! So we used an illustration. We took a hardboiled egg (something very synonymous to Easter time) and named sins that we deal with each day. Every sin, I wrote in black ink onto the egg until it was completely covered. It was dark, dirty, messy and hard; Much like our hearts before we know Jesus. As we cracked and peeled away the shell, we realized that the inside was clean, pure and soft! This is what happened when Jesus died for our sins! He took away our ugly and dirty shells and left us clean and pure. Sometimes eggs crack and chip, but thats ok! We sometimes sin too, but God still forgives us! So after Jesus went to Heaven, the Holy Spirit entered our hearts; Open up a hardboiled egg and you will find a big yellow center that represents Jesus inside of us! Hannah


At the Table 1st Serving 1st Serving 2nd Pastor of the week PM Deacon Larry Bussey and Dick Shumaker Patrick Wersell, Ray Coats, Ralph Conrad, Don Gardner Patrick Wersell, Neal Rudolph, Dale Thornton Larry Bussey Patrick Wersell

COMMUNION PREPARATION 1st Worship Ray and Mary Alice Coats nd 2 Worship Michelle Czich GREETERS 1st Worship 2nd Worship

Thea Kallenberg and Judy Smith Neal Rudolph

NURSERY Sunday School Hannah Ross and Thea Kallenberg 2nd Worship Samantha Hendricks & Courtney Beiter VISITOR CENTER 1st Worship 2nd Worship SECURITY 1st Worship Bible School 2nd Worship Evening Worship

Kay Knode Kim Seevers

SUNDAY NIGHT PRAYER GROUP Beginning Sunday, April 7th, the Prayer Group will begin meeting at 5:00 p.m. in room 214. Meeting at 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m. will allow more time for prayer. Everyone is encouraged to attend. God is honored when His Church prays.

Dan Brown Bill Kelly Jeff Crook George Lambert

Prayer Requests
Jane King Jim Hoff Ron Ogden Neal Rudolph Naressa Allen Jeane Goldfarb Wanda Dickson Barbara Benadum Marg Shumaker Barbara Kerr John Dickson Cindy Bentley Stacy Byers Alice Delong Karen Young Larry Zartman Chris Byers Coy Cupler Our Troops Sarah Brown


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resurrection the act of rising from the dead. a rising again, as from decay, disuse, etc.; revival. In scripture Jesus is described as the first fruits from the dead, the firstborn among many. Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He died so that we too might die to self and rise to new life as sons and daughters of God. This is the beauty of baptism. I give up my life and surrender to be buried with Christ so that I, like Him, am raised to a new life that is lived to and for the glory of God. What do you and I need to surrender today, to die to self and live for Him? What can Jesus raise you from today? Are you ready to walk in a new life, led by the Spirit of God? Let today be your resurrection day. Follow Jesus out of the darkness into the marvelous light of Gods glory.

Serving 2nd Pastor of the week PM Deacon

Mike Cooper and Tom Puckett Tim Huffman, Bill Kelly, George Lambert, Carmel Marsh Tim Huffman, Ned Tomlinson, Rod Troutman Mike Cooper Tim Huffman Larry King Fred Griffith

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

Ray and Margie Ayers Dick and Marg Shumaker Shirley Marsh and Margie Ayers Nick and Tracy Hinson Phyllis Bussey Julie Stuck Dick Shumaker Carmel Marsh Mike Bussey Jim Puckett

VBS Potluck Meeting

All interested in serving are encouraged to attend Sunday, April 7. 2013 12:00 2:00 p.m. Church Fellowship Hall Bring your favorite dish Drinks Provided Please no peanut products due to allergies Teachers and program leader materials will be available Outline of VBS plans Service opportunities before, during and after VBS Music and Sound Mission Questions contact Tracy Hinson or Jean Azbell

Saturday, April 13th ~ 9am noon


Delores Payne will show us how to make an origami basket and flowers. All supplies will be provided. If you are not interested in origami, bring any craft project you are working on and join the fun and fellowship.


At FACC, we focus on loving God, loving people, and turning the world upside down.

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 Old Testament Survey 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 "God as He Longs for You to See Him" Room 209 Beverly Puckett, Teacher Mens Class Hearing Gods Word Room 205 Adult Class Answering Lifes Difficult Questions Room 214 Brad Seevers, Teacher

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.


Tentative Dates June 25-26, 2013 Approximate cost $120/person Fundraisers will offset costs of the trip. A silent auction is ongoing in our parlor, where you can continue to bid on each person for odd jobs, babysitting, housework, etc. If you are interested in going on the trip, sign-up on the bulletin board and Mark Hendricks will contact you with more details.

Mother-Daughter Banquet Saturday, May 11th ~ 2:00 p.m. Reservations will be taken during the month of April you can call Linda Daubenmire at 653-0149 or there will be a sign up sheet later in the month.

Harmony Adult Class God Establishes a Faithful People Room 204 Dave Tingler, Teacher Philothean Adult Class Parables Room 108 Jim Love, Teacher

I AM the Resurrection and the Life John 11:25

Brad Seevers preaching

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

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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!

April 2013

Seniors Bible Study 10am/6:30pm

VBS Potluck, noon Prayer Group, 5pm

Seniors Bible Study 10am/6:30pm



Craft Corner 9am-noon

Carriage Court Service, 2pm Prayer Group, 5pm

Facility Management, 7pm

Dorcas Society, noon Mens Fraternity, 6:30pm

Seniors Bible Study 10am/6:30pm Elders/Deacons Meeting, 7:30pm

Missions Meeting, 5pm



Prayer Group, 5pm

Book Nook, 6:30pm

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Seniors Bible Study 10am/6:30pm




Prayer Group, 5pm Food Pantry Sunday


Vacation Bible School June 10-14, 2013

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

Library Spotlight
One Hand, Two Hands by is a delightful early reader or Mommy and Me book by bestselling author, Max Lucado. Joyfilled illustrations follow a young girl as she imagines her stuffed animals coming to life and joining her in celebrating the many wonderful things that hands can do. Scratching, latching, and putting a pup combing and brushing and holding a cup. Hands are truly wonderful gifts from God! But along the way, the girl and her lively menagerie discover that hands can also be helpers wash dishes with Mommy even pick up socks. Little hands can bless others as they wipe away a tea, write Grandma a letter, or just give a hug to make someone feel better. At the end of the day, with hands folded together, the little girl prays. Home to Holly Springs is an adult fiction novel by Jan Karon. After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like a second mother. What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart? He figures Thomas Wolfe was right: You cant go home again. Then he discovers the truth: A surprising number of old connections have miraculously survived time and neglect. In this first of the Father Tim novels, Jan Karon takes her celebrated Mitford character to territory he has long avoided, the uncharted territory of family, giving us a spellbinding and poignant narrative laced with the wisdom and forgiveness only a trip back home can inspire. Stop by the church library and check out a good book!

Their workMissionaries to Mexico through the CMF Mission. Caleb and Dawn will join the campus ministry team in Puebla to focus on ministry to the university students. This years special offering on Resurrection Sunday will support the mission work of Caleb and Dawn Christman. Caleb and Dawn have been involved in student ministry for over 10 years. They graduated from Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University) in 2000, Dawn went on to get her master's in education, and Caleb spent a year in Papua New Guinea with Pioneer Bible Translators. After getting married in 2002, they began their first youth ministry at Pickerington Christian Church, working with children and students. After 3 1/2 years, God called them to work alongside the staff of Troy (OH) Christian Church as their student minister, working with junior high, senior high, and college-age students. Dawn has taught in public schools over the past 10 years. Caleb and Dawn have four children, Julia (5), Zechariah (4), and Kenna (2), and Ezra (1).