Toledo First Headline News | June 6, 2019

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Theological Hmm: The greater the distance between you and the Savior, the more righteous you appear in your own eyes. - Ellen White


Coming soon:

  • CAMP MEETING JUN 8 Boundless Love: Stories of Jesus’ Limitless Love is the theme for the Ohio Conference One-Day Camp Meeting, JUN 8, at Camp Mohaven. Guest speaker is Richie Halvorsen. Special music and afternoon sacred concert by Steve Darmody. Sabbath School begins at 10am. 
  • GRADUATION PARTY JUN 9 for Cassidy Cross 4 -8 pm at Jamaican Spice, 1540 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo. Please RSVP at 419-377-9930
  • CHERRY STREET is looking for volunteers to serve the following meals. Sunday June 9th - Breakfast and Dinner. Monday June 10th - Breakfast and Dinner. Tuesday June 11th - Lunch. Saturday June 15th - Breakfast. Breakfast is served from 6:45-8:45am, Lunch 11:45-1:45pm and Dinner 4:45-6:45pm. For more info contact Susan Graalman (419-214-3419;
  • COMMUNION JUN 15 Join us for this special service to recalibrate our lives to "loving and serving to the end" (John 13:1)
  • MEMORIAL JUN 15 A memorial service for Helen Szana will be held at church next Sabbath afternoon, JUN 15 @ 3pm with a dinner following
  • UPDATED TIME: GOOGLE HANGOUT BIBLE STUDIES begin again SAT JUN 15 @ 7pm (and continue JUN 22, 29; JUL 27, AUG 3, 17, 24, SEPT 14, 21, 28)
  • VEGGIE FOOD ORDER DEADLINE JUN 18 Order lists are available on the foyer table. The order deadline is JUN 18 and delivery JUN 25. The specials list will be out by June 8th
  • HONORING THE GRADUATES JUN 22 Are you graduating this year, or do you know a member here who is? We need to know who is graduating, where they are graduating from, future plans, and any special honors they will receive. Let Jen know by June 13th!
  • CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING JUN 25 We're discussing a new Conference shared initiative entitled Growing Young, a 10 hour a week Bible Worker, fall evangelistic plans, and preliminary evangelistic plans for Spring 2020 with evangelist Rich Halvorsen. Join us @ 7pm. Meeting will conclude at 8:30pm or earlier
  • DEADLINE: IN GOD'S WORD WE TRUST JUN 23 We need to have enough TF members and community guests signed up by JUN 23 to make this outreach happen JUL 6-7. If we do not, we may try again in JAN 2020
  • FIFTH SERVICE SABBATH JUN 29 Our next 5th Sabbath service day is JUN 29! Do you have a project that needs more participants? Let the office know now so we can include your project on the sign up board which will be put out soon., 419-882-6200
  • SUMMER CAMP BEGINS THIS WEEK The Toledo First church is again offering their 50/50 deal for members who would like to go to camp this summer. All you have to do is register online at and pay your half while adding a message that Toledo First will be paying the balance. The church will be notified and pay the balance. Cub Camp (Ages 6-9) is JUN 9-16; Junior Camp (Ages 9-12) is JUN 16-23; Horse Camp 1 (Ages 8-12) is JUN 23-30; Tween Camp (Ages 12-15) is JUN 30 - JUL 7; Horse Camp 2 (Ages 13-17) is JUN 30-JUL 7; and Teen Camp (Ages 15-17) is JUL 7-14. Questions? Contact (937) 853-8456;
  • ¡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 12 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.” 
  • ADDICTED? GET HELP HERE Martin W. Hall, Executive Director of the Adult & Teen Challenge of NW Ohio, welcomes anyone struggling with addictions to join his "Overcomers" group that currently meets at Compelled Church (8970 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182) on Mondays at 6:30pm in Room B-17
  • ADDITIONAL HELP FOR ADDICTION On Fridays from 6-9pm at South Toledo Cedar Creek Church (2150 S Byrne Rd, Toledo, OH 43614) for the "Celebrate Recovery" group. Contact Jenny Eichelberger (567.408.6727; from Toledo First for more info
  • BATTLE PLAN CHURCH CHAT CONTINUES  is a way to encourage one another by texting on your mobile phone. Contact the church office or better yet text Brandi Myers at (765) 716-2190 with your preferred time (7a, noon, or 7p) and she will add your mobile number to the correct group chat. Then, you can pray or respond or share a short devotional thought. Simple! (Please note: if you do not have unlimited data, messaging and data rates may apply. See your carrier for more info)
  • FREE PANERA BREAD available FRI 9-10am. Come to side door under canopy. To reach the most people outside our church (which is the point of all our ordinary outreach efforts), left over bread will now be donated on Fridays after 10am and no longer available after. Sorry for any inconvenience 
  • CAN ALZHEIMERS DISEASE BE PREVENTED AND EVEN REVERSED? Dr. David's presentation is archived online and available to be viewed here
  • OPEN TABLE CONTINUES Mondays. Please pray for our volunteer's ministry to Lorie as she re-acclimates to life after being rescued from human traffickers
  • SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP 10am-12noon for Bible Study with Regina Davis—at church and continues Sundays same time. Everyone is invited
  • JESUS MADE INVITATIONS SO WILL WE Save the dates NOV 13-20 for our fall "If it's important to Jesus..." evangelistic series preached by me where I hope all our small groups will gather
  • 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
  • LEADERSHIP TRAINING ARCHIVE is avail online. So if you missed it 12/1, you can now watch and send me your TF Takeaways 
  • 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 1 - Walking: Part 2 (Pastor Mike preaching from Luke 24:25-27)
    • JUN 8 - TBA (Deborah Bening preaching) *Also Ohio Conference Camp Meeting
    • JUN 15 - Walking: Part 3 (Pastor Mike preaching from Luke 24:28-34)
    • JUN 22 - Walking: Part 4 (Pastor Mike preaching from Luke 24:35-48)
  • 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,