Annual Celebration Meeting & Dessert: Sunday, 10/20 / 6pm / Sanctuary. We gather to look back at 2018-2019 and look ahead to where God is leading us. Members are expected to participate, but all are welcome to attend. Bring a dessert to share in fellowship afterwards.
Hope for the Nations Fun Run/Walk / Saturday, 11/2 / Roselane Park. Alliance Women is sponsoring a fun run/walk to raise money for ministries happening in Bosnia, Cambodia, Paraguay, & Uruguay that help women in crisis situations find freedom in Jesus. Open to everyone. Click here for more info and registration link.
Risk Management Training: Sunday, 9/29 / 9am / Conference Room. One final session of Risk Management Training will be offered. If you still need to take it, this is your final chance until 2020. Anyone who has not taken it this year will not be able to continue serving with children or youth. In order to ensure safe environments for disciple-making at FACT and continued awareness of our risk management procedures, the Admin Board requires yearly training and background checks for everyone serving.
First Steps @ FACT is Firday, 9/13 from 6-9pm and Saturday, 9/14 from 9am-12pm. Take a next step to learn more about First Alliance Church Toccoa and get involved. During the weekend, you’ll discover what the C&MA is all about, how things work at FACT, and what it means to be “all in.” Childcare available upon request and meals (dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday) provided.
RSVP via a Next Steps Card on Sunday, or click here and complete the interest form..
GriefShare is for those who need hope and encouragement after losing a loved one. The next 13-week group begins Tuesday, 9/3 at 6:30pm in the Library at First Alliance Church Toccoa. Find support through video, group discussion, and a personal workbook, or encourage someone you know who’s lost a loved one recently to participate. Click here to learn more and to register.
Labor Day Pig Pickin’ is Sunday, 9/1 at 5pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship outside picnic style. Each family should bring camp chairs, blankets, a dessert, and a side from the following list to go along with the pork, chips, and drinks: baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, mac & cheese, green salad, or fruit salad. There will be games and other activities. Invite a friend who doesn’t attend another church to come with you. There will be some tables and chairs set up as well.
Wednesday Nights @ FACT resumes in full on Wednesday, 8/28. This year, all ministries will begin at 6:30pm. This includes Awana, Youth, Nursery, Adult Worship Choir, and Prayer Meetings. Individual Discipling Communities should check with the group leader for time/place details. Please do not drop your students off before 6:15pm, please pick them up no later than 8:15pm.
Awana resumes on Wednesday, 8/28. Boys & Girls of all ages are invited to get to know and develop a strong life with Jesus through large group teaching, small groups, and games. Registration and info for 2019-2020 is now available at FACToccoa.com/awana. Interested in being part of the team? Mark A on a Next Steps Card on Sunday to learn of the many ways you can be part of making disciples. Awana Team Orientation for 2019-20 will be on Wednesday, 8/21, at 6:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Family Life Center.
Loss of a Spouse is Saturday, 8/24, from 9:30-11:30am at the Stephens County Senior Center. FACT is sponsoring this one-time event for those who are grieving the loss of their spouse. Participants learn tools to help find hope in the midst of grief through video, discussion, and a booklet. Click for more information or to register. If you would like to help, contact Dennis or Sara Dodge.
Back to School Potluck & Prayer is Wednesday, 7/24 at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring whatever you would like to share for the potluck as we join together to pray for children, youth, college students, and faculty/staff for a new academic year. All ages are encouraged to participate. All regular summer Wednesday Night @ FACT ministries will be part of this.
End-of-Year Membership Meeting for elections, 2019-2020 Budget, and proposed by-law revisions will be Sunday, 7/14 immediately following the morning worship service. All members are encouraged to be in prayer and to participate in this important aspect of church life.
Items for the End-of-Year Meeting are posted on the bulletin board by the water fountain: the Report of the Nominating Committee, proposed 2019-2020 budget, and by-law revisions and updates. They are also available at FACToccoa.com/login, and members received them via email.
GC Women invite you to share in welcoming International Workers (IW’s) that will be making Toccoa their home over the next year (8 families). Help in assembling “Welcome Baskets” to give to them at a “Welcome Brunch” in August. Ideas for baskets are posted on the GC Women’s bulletin board. Contact Karen Beall for more information.
Marriage Night on Sunday, 6/9 is an opportunity for couples of all ages to be encouraged and refreshed with a God-honoring vision for relationships. Engaged and married couples will laugh and learn from national marriage experts as they discover how to cultivate an ongoing healthy marriage built on a lasting biblical foundation that reminds us there is a bigger picture to marriage. This video based event put on by RightNow Media features Francis & Lisa Chan, Les & Leslie Parrot, and comedian Michael Jr. is from 5:30-9pm, and the cost is $15/person. Refreshments and childcare will be available.
Healthy marriages do not happen by accident, and the everyday troubles and routines we all deal with can create challenges for any marriage. Participating in Marriage Night will challenge, encourage, and equip you with practical tools you can immediately use. Click here to register by June 5. To request childcare, please click the button below after completing your event registration. Childcare must be requested in advance, and is included in your registration fee.
FACT Summer Schedule begins Sunday, 6/2. We will again be simplifying during our brief and busy summer with one worship service at 10am (with Nursery, Toddlers, Children’s Church) and Coffee & Connection available before and after. Sunday School Communities and the Sunday Evening Gathering will take a hiatus. We encourage you to use that extra space and invest in building relationships with people in your neighborhood by exercising biblical hospitality. Wednesdays will include prayer meetings and OnDeck Youth. Even as we trim back on official programming, connecting, growing, and engaging doesn’t stop. Make use of RightNow Media, gather with others for food and prayer, find ways to be present in our community, and love as Jesus loves.
30 Days of Prayer for Muslims is May 6 through June 4, 2019. Booklets with daily readings that focus on various people groups and geographical areas of the Islamic world are available in print or PDF format for a nominal charge at 30daysprayer.com/booklets. Each day’s focus includes prayer points. It also features informative background articles and resources for involvement. View the related Monthly Prayer Focus here.
Yard Sale is Saturday, 5/4 starting at 8am until noon in the Family Life Center. It’s multi-family with a wide selection of items and crafts of all kinds. A Bake Sale and Chick-fil-a Chicken Biscuits will be available. Biscuits will be $3.50 each or 3/$10 with money going toward PowerTime Camp.
Each 8’ spot is $20 and includes a table. Contact the church office to reserve your table/spot. All proceeds go to help students going to PowerTime Camp.
Tell your friends. Sell your stuff. Enjoy some food.
Baptism will be a part of the Easter Sunday morning worship services on April 21. Baptism is a significant (and expected) moment in a disciple’s life of publicly declaring identity in Christ. If you would like to be baptized, click here to learn more and let us know you’re interested.
Children’s Easter Celebration is Saturday, April 20 from 2-3 pm. Children from infants through 5th grade (and their parents) are invited rain or shine for the Easter Story, Hallelujah Parade (with prizes for the best decorated self-powered vehicles), and Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your bike, wagon, stroller, scooter, etc. decorated to be part of the Parade around campus. Meet in the main Sanctuary. The Egg Hunt will be done in age groups.
Help make this a success by inviting kids/families in your neighborhood and by filling plastic eggs with individually wrapped candy. Empty eggs (we have plenty) are available in the church lobby. Please return filled eggs by 2pm on April 20 or place them in the box near the Children's Wing.
Holy Week Schedule as we remember Jesus’ death and celebrate His resurrection. We invite you to be part.
Palm Sunday - April 14 - 9am Worship Service and regular Sunday Schedule
Day of Prayer & Fasting - Tuesday, April 16 throughout the day
Good Friday Service with communion - April 19 - 7pm
Children’s Easter Celebration - Saturday, April 20 - 2 to 3pm
Easter Sunday Worship Celebrations - 9am & 10:45am - with Coffee & Connection (and special snacks) in between.
There will be NO Sunday School Communities or Sunday evening activities on Easter Sunday.
Church Offices will be closed on Monday, April 22, in observance of Easter.
Have Lunch with the Rockwells on 3/31 at noon in the Family Life Center as we welcome them. The meal will be provided, so we need you to mark D on a Next Steps Card with the number coming and to also bring a dessert. Or complete the form below. Voluntary donations for the meal will go toward students going to PowerTime Camp this summer.
A Toccoa Life Drive is underway to collect items to assist mothers in crisis for the next 3 Sundays. Place wipes, diapers (up to size 5), and infant and children’s clothes up to size 5 (gently used, no stains) in the cradle outside the sanctuary. Helpful larger items include infant swings, bouncy seats, new car seats, and cribs. Thanks for helping this vital community ministry!
The 2019 Spring Women’s Retreat is March 22 (4pm) through March 24 (noon) at Ridgecrest Conference Center outside of Asheville, North Carolina. This weekend is an opportunity to get away and reconnect with the Lord. Join with women from all over the South Atlantic District to experience more grace, beauty, and growth. Check out the details below, and then visit the Bulletin Board near the water fountain to sign up. A registration deposit of $50 is due by March 1 to secure your spot.
For Your Information:
Retreat is for two nights with five meals. (Rates below.) You may attend without an overnight; there is a minimum charge.
We suggest that you signup with your church. Please make sure you have your name and preferred roommate(s) clearly written using the Room Signup Sheet provided.
There is a non-refundable deposit of $50.00.
If you make your own reservation, please call (800-588-7222).
Keynote Speaker: Heather Smith
Heather Smith writes: Using the “only” Psalm as a springboard (you will have to wait until the retreat to find out which one it is) and some Old Testament characters as examples, this retreat is going to be extremely practical. Through Biblical teaching and interaction we will examine how biblical rest and refreshment may be different than we imagine, bring God into our pressures and prayers, and discover how we can live a powerful life of worship in the day to day. I can’t wait to be with you! You won’t want to miss this year’s messages!
Keynote Speaker: Heather Smith ~ Pastor’s wife, mother, & conference speaker
International Worker Speakers
Special message from one of our own
All Pastors’ Wives & all Local Leaders of Women’s Ministries will be hosted on Saturday noon for LUNCH. (Please RSVP writing how many will attend on the Room Signup Sheet.)
TIME WITH ABBA – music & meditation on Saturday afternoon & 24-hour Prayer Room – for personal use and/or to request prayer
SPECIAL OFFERINGS: Outfit Fund, Paradise Mountain Ministries, Mercy Fund, and National Project ~ one offering per session
SILENT AUCTION is for the Outfit Fund. We ask for your lovely handcrafted items, paintings, antiques, gift baskets, handmade greeting cards, handmade clothing items, etc.
FREE TIME Saturday afternoon FOR ALL TO ENJOY – time alone, time with friends, time in nature, at the Cloud Coffee Shop (on campus) and/or shopping in local nearby stores.
ADULT RATES for 5 meals & 2 nights:
1-person room - $273.00
2-person room - $174.00 per person
3-person room - $147.67 per person
4-person room - $134.50 per person
Mothers with babies are welcome. Teens are welcome and have special rates when under the age of 18. The following information may be of help: Youth under 18 have free lodging & a meal plan. (5 & under with mother – free); (ages 6-11 $35.00 for 5 meals); (ages 12-17 $52.00 for 5 meals)
Further clarification: a mother with 2 children will be charged $273.00 for her room, but if another mother or adult is in the room with them, each adult in the room will be charged $174.00. Youth under 18 have no room charge.
To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for His own glory. Isaiah 61:3
An Evening of Prayer will be held on Sunday, 3/17, at 6pm in the Sanctuary. All are invited to come for a time of worship, prayer, and listening before the Lord together. We will be focusing prayer on how God is positioning us to engage our local community, region, and world in dependence on the Holy Spirit, in unity with Christ, and with faith-filled obedience.