Toledo First Headline News | August 22, 2019

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Theological Hmm: 11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, 12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. - Psalm 30:11-12 NLT


Coming soon:

  • MISSION TRIP RECAP AUG 24 Hear what it was like to live on a boat in the rainforest, what they did, and what their favorite memories are. They will also share pictures from their experiences
  • VEGAN CHALLENGE POTLUCK AUG 24 Bring some extra for any guests who may be visiting!
  • SPECIAL THANK YOU Donna Schuster has been faithfully serving in the kitchen at Toledo First for at least 35 years. But she has not been well enough to join us in church where we had planned to recognize and thank her for years of service. So we are going to do so at Elizabeth Scott Nursing Home this week where she is a resident during our regularly scheduled Singing Band. IF you are able to join us this week AUG 24 @ 3pm at Elizabeth Scott Nursing Home, please do so! I'm sure it would mean a lot to her
  • FIFTH SERVICE SABBATH AUG 31 Where will you serve? Let the office know this week if you have opportunities that others could join (419-882-6200 or
  • RIDES TO CHURCH Two community friends south of Alexis Rd between Secor and Tremainsville would like rides to church. Anyone able to help let me know
  • ANTI-DEPRESSION WORKBOOK Would love to know if those of you fighting depression find this free tool helpful. Download here OR if you're in Toledo, you can pick up a free hard copy in our church office
  • TAPS (TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS) offers numerous free resources and webinars (online seminars). I recommend one entitled "Men, Grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress" but there are lots of others including "Grieving as they Grow", "Building Your Circle of Support After A Loss" and "Finding Wholeness After Trauma." Check it out! You and your loved ones are not alone!
  • CAMPANAS CRISTALIS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE is recruiting new members. If you or your young person are between the fourth and eleventh grade and would like to join a group of Christian youth praising God through music, come join our handbell ensemble. Ability to read music is not required as you will be taught all that is necessary
  • TJA COMMUNITY STUDENT who is not a member of Toledo First Church could use tuition assistance. Please contact the school (419.841.0082) if you're able to help
  • TUITION ASSISTANCE There's a form to fill out in the church office for Toledo First Church members with children in Adventist schools 
  • GOOGLE HANGOUT BIBLE STUDIES resume SEPT 14 and continue SEPT 21 & 28
  • ¡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
  • BATTLE PLAN CHURCH CHAT "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God." -Colossians 3:16 (ASV) Are you struggling with anxiety, addiction, depression, loneliness throughout the week? Get connected with our church chat! Be strengthened by sharing scripture, devotional thought, praise, prayer requests and connecting with fellow believers morning (7a-8a), noon (12-1p) and/or evening (7p-8p). Text Brandi @ 765-716-2190 with your preferred time and get connected! "Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too." -1 Peter 5:8-9 (TLB)
  • MONTHLY EVANGELISM PLANNING MEETINGS BEGIN SEPT 14 (and continue the 2nd Sabbath / month) after church in the youth room (east hall) for elders, point persons, children's ministry leaders or anyone else who plans on helping NOV 13-20, 2019 or APR 24 - MAY 23, 2020. If there is a potluck or fellowship meal, the meetings will occur in the same room after lunch @ 2pm. Will need volunteers in each of the following teams: Prayer Team, Telephone Committee, Mailing Team, Computerized Interest File, Children's Program, Baby-Sitting, Sound Equipment, Greeters, Ushers, Records Committee, Floral Committee, "Tape" Ministry, Sign Committee, and Music Committee
  • “SOUP" (sometimes its subs or pizza or tacos...) FOR YOU RESUMES SEPT 18 - For our fall midweek series we will be studying Elizabeth Talbot's book After God's Heart: A Study in Brokenness from the Life of David. Speaking of David, God says he was a "Man after my own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). But how is that possible after David lied and committed adultery and killed and even near the end of his life arranged to kill people (1 Kings 2:5-6)? Through this book we will get to know David a bit more and through his life, help us see ourselves the way God sees us too. We will also see how parts of David's life foreshadowed the Davidic King (Jesus) who would later lay down his life for his sheep. Each of us, despite our obvious flaws and brokenness, can come closer to God. Is that your desire? Copies of the book are available for $5 in the church office while supplies last. Would make a great Six Week Group too
  • CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING SEPT 24 This is the next time we gather to discuss evangelistic plans and finances
  • EDUCATION DAY SEPT 28 Join us on a special Sabbath when we worship with the parents and students of our daycare James Meade Learning Center and Toledo Junior Academy
  • JESUS MADE INVITATIONS SO WILL WE 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. Also save the dates APR 24 - MAY 23, 2020 for a grace based Christocentric prophecy seminar with Rich Halversen
  • YOUNG ADULT SPIRITUAL RETREAT OCT 25-27 Young Adults and their families will enjoy beautiful Hocking Hills with speaker Dee Casper for a weekend of camping, hiking, games, canoeing, zip lining and more!! Details to follow
  • 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 Luther, 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
    • AUG 24 - Brazil Mission Trip Report
    • AUG 31 - Fifth Service Sabbath (church is open for Sabbath School and as an organization / car pool location but no organized worship service)
    • SEPT 7 - TBA (Gary Swackhamer preaching)
    • SEPT 14 - Ways to Praise (Part 3) - Zamar (Pastor Mike preaching from Psalm 33:1-5) *Scripture Reading: Psalm 144:9
  • 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,