Toledo First Headline News | June 27, 2019

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Theological Hmm: Until the principles of gospel, unity, love, and self-sacrifice are made manifest among us, especially in our own families, we will be powerless to share this message with others. All the eloquent sermons, all the logic and biblical presentations, aren’t enough: The world needs to see manifest in our lives, especially in our family lives, the repentance, the turned hearts, the love, and the commitment we preach about. - Claudio and Pamela Consuegra


Coming soon:

  • POSTPONED: IN GOD'S WORD WE TRUST Thank you for previously expressing interest in helping Toledo First Church host "In God's Word We Trust" JUL 6 & 7 from 9am - 7pm Unfortunately, we were unable to secure enough readers to make this outreach possible. We will re-schedule for winter 2020
  • THE CHURCH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING JUN 29 Toledo First is open for Sabbath School and as a car pool location but there will be no organized worship service this week @ 11am. Why? Because Luke 6:9 says Sabbath is also a day for doing good! So in 2019, we are trying to do that every month with a fifth Sabbath in it. Sign up sheets in the foyer at church have service locations and remaining availability. Habitat for Humanity is an option. As is an animal shelter. Food bank. Serving a meal at Mosaic Ministries. Cards for Soldiers. Visitation. I’m gonna do the PB&J giveaway organized by Dr. Sunita Bonde and their Six Week Group (see post below for more info on that) so join one of those or create your own! Don't forget to take pics (with permission) and nominate a group leader to give a 30 second praise during announcements SAT JUL 6
  • PB&J Meet at 316 Adams Street (first floor) in downtown Toledo. You'll enter the building through the red and clear entrance on Adams Street nearest Summit Street (by the stairs leading up to the plaza). There is free street parking on Adams and St Clair. You're also welcome to park at the United Way surface lot on Jackson and walk over. This is a rain or shine mission so if it rains, be prepared with appropriate clothes/shoes. You're welcome to join us there and bring PB&J supplies such as creamy peanut butter, jelly, bread, cookies, chips, gloves, bottled water, etc. but there's no expectation or requirement that you bring anything other than yourselves to volunteer
  • YOUTH SABBATH SCHOOL THANK YOU JulieJ and JoelC will each be taking a turn teaching our youth Sabbath School class. But we could still use another responsible adult to take the third or fourth Sabbath each month. Interested? See me or contact the church office for more info
  • CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING THANK YOU With financial support from the Ohio Conference and the estate of Ellen McKinney, we will be praying and preparing for a Christocentric, grace-based Bible prophecy seminar APR 24- MAY 23, 2020 with Rich Halvorsen so save the dates!
  • JESUS MADE INVITATIONS SO WILL WE Also save the dates NOV 13-20 for our fall 2019 "If it's important to Jesus..." series of evening meetings preached by me where I hope all our small groups will gather
  • GOOGLE HANGOUT BIBLE STUDIES continue SAT JUN 29 @ 5pm (also JUL 27, AUG 3, 17, 24, SEPT 14, 21, 28)
  • MEMORIAL JIMMY JOHNSON JUL 6 Some of you may recall Jimmy was baptized APR 20 of this year. Sadly, he died JUN 21. But it would make a huge impression on his family including his mother Sandy and others if Jimmy's new church family could show up and support them anyway. Memorial will be at 3pm in church
  • ¡VIVA VENEZUELA OUTREACH! In Venezuela, churches offer resources when they are hard to secure with the country in crisis. So if you want to help, you can donate non perishable food, over the counter medicine, and toiletries items in the black box on the table in the foyer
  • BRAZIL MISSION TRIP JUL 13-22 10 TF members are sharing God’s love in the Amazon rainforest this summer. If you would like to participate by helping financially, you can donate money online through our church website: and click on ‘Online Giving,’or send a check to Toledo First Church (4909 W Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH 43623), marked “Brazil Mission Trip.” 
  • FREE PANERA BREAD available FRI 9-10am. Come to side door under canopy
  • CAN ALZHEIMERS DISEASE BE PREVENTED AND EVEN REVERSED? Dr. David's presentation is archived online and available to be viewed here
  • SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP 10am-12noon for Bible Study with Regina Davis—at church and continues Sundays same time. Everyone is invited
  • LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE is a half hour television talk show focused on living a full, healthy and balanced life. It features panel discussions, interview and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, including fitness, nutrition, relationships. outlook and more. You can find the programs each week on Sky Angel Faith and Family TV, Uplift TV, DirecTV channel 368 or 378, Hope Channel, NRB Network,, Roku, AppleTV, and AmazonFire TV. Please check these networks’ websites for air times or call Faith for Today at 805.955.7681
  • JESUS MOVIES What's your fave? Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey, Faith, Hope & Love, Christmas Grace; The Nativity Story; The Star; The Conscientious Objector (2004); The Ultimate Gift; Shadowlands; The Shack; Cutback; Soul Surfer; Grace UnPlugged; End of the Spear; The Mission; Beautifully Broken; Running for Grace; Steve McQueen: American Icon; The Resurrection of Gavin Stone; Expelled - No Intelligence Allowed; Is Genesis History?; God's Not Dead; Fireproof; War Room; The Case for Christ; The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry; Amazing Grace; Once I Was a Beehive; I Can Only Imagine
  • GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE If you've never heard of the Geoscience Research Institute, here's their website Established in 1958, this organization is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a mission to discover and share an understanding of nature and its relationship with the Biblical revelation of the Creator God. It has all kinds of resources and articles related to intelligent design and evolution and dinosaurs and many other interesting subjects. I enjoy reading their quarterly email update. You can subscribe by clicking here and filling out the form asking to be included in their quarterly e-newsletter
  • BIBLE STUDY GUIDES are available in your app store (search for the blue and white "Sabbath School" logo in the category Education) and online
  • ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES The Discover Bible Study series is online. Anyone can enroll and complete them in the privacy and comfort of their own home. Good for friends and family interested in becoming acquainted with the Bible and finding answers for facing the issues and challenges you deal with every day. Remember and refer others to this website:
  • PRAYERS AND PRAISES Because we need to be praising God with our lips (Psalm 63:3), here's another CathieH directly at with your praise. Yes, it can be anonymous, if you prefer. Just specify in your email you don't want your name mentioned. You can still write your prayers & praises and put them in the box at the foot of the cross in the foyer at the courtyard exit doors. Cards and pencils are provided
  • BEST COMMENTARIES ON DANIEL AND REVELATION Want a chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse practical but thorough commentary on the book of Daniel or Revelation from an Adventist viewpoint? Here's what I use and recommend Daniel: Wisdom to the Wise and Revelation of Jesus Christ
  • NEW SERMONS Please see church website for sermon archives and more info at
    • JUN 29 - Fifth Service Sabbath (church is open for Sabbath School and as an organization / car pool location but no organized worship service)
    • JUL 6 - TBA (Morlon Harris preaching)
    • JUL 13 - Romans Part 1: The Gospel Revealed (Tom Sandy preaching)
    • JUL 20 - Romans Part 2: The Promise and the Law (Tom Sandy preaching)
  • OUR WELCOME 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 Andrea Bocelli 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 service dogs and their handlers. 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
  • OUR STORY Our church website at the very bottom of the home page has an excellent downloadable resource featuring our story and explanation of our unique Christian Adventist emphasis. It's called the Toledo First Assimilation Manual and if you've never read it, I would encourage you to do so. And don't forget, God loves you like crazy. And so do we (2 Corinthians 5:13-14 NLT)

Love ye,