Shadow Empire: The Rise and Fall of Religious Freedom is a four part series describing how one man, Constantine, ignited a global movement that forever affected the relationship between church and state. Featuring new on-location video from countries such as Turkey, Italy and Serbia, and stunning insights from Scripture, save the dates APR 28-30, 2016 to discover the consequences of a church driven by the government and explore what it means for our lives in America today.
AUG 13 - The Rock and the Stick (Pastor Mike preaching from Numbers 20:2-12) Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:3-4
AUG 20 - Dangerous Logic (Pastor Mike preaching from Luke 11:14-28) Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:18
AUG 27 - Dangerous Sign (Pastor Mike preaching from Luke 11:29-32) Scripture Reading: Acts 3:18-19
SEPT 3 - Dangerous Light (Pastor Mike preaching from Luke 11:33-36) Scripture Reading: Daniel 12:3
SEPT 10 - Beyond Football and the Weather: Our Need for Others (Pastor Mike preaching from Mark 2:1-12) Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12,25-27
SEPT 17 - Beyond Football and the Weather: Our Need for Accountability (Pastor Mike preaching from Galatians 2:11-21) Scripture Reading: Romans 14:12
Who We Are
Toledo First Church of Seventh-day Adventists was established in 1888. Our multi-ethnic congregation reminds people that God loves them like crazy by proclaiming Jesus' everlasting Gospel to "every tribe, nation, language, and people" (Revelation 14:6). We want to reach Toledo with hope and wholeness.
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail, or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism. We welcome our disabled worshipers who have brought their service dogs with them. We welcome Muslims, Jews, politicians, and sinners like us. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, or you’re down in the dumps, or you don’t like “organized religion;” we’ve been there too. If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, who work hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or come because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts . . . and you!
We would love to welcome you any Saturday for church at 11am. We are on Sylvania Avenue just west of Franklin Park Mall.
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Theological Hmm: The purpose of all of the signs of Christ’s coming is not to make us sign-watchers. The purpose of the signs is to lead us to a deeper, richer, fuller relationship with Jesus. May it be so with each one of us. - Mark Finley Click here for more about that.
Other ministries of Toledo First:
||Toledo Junior Academy: TJA is our kindergarten through 8th grade elementary school. Our small multi-grade classes have proven successful by allowing the teachers to individualize instruction. Our students are challenged to achieve their highest spiritual and scholastic potential. Visit their site for more information.
||James Meade Learning Center: James Meade Learning Center, established in 2003, was named after the late Pastor James Meade. James Meade Learning Center focuses on child development and quality care for children six weeks old through Pre Kindergarten. Visit their site for more information.
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