Feb
25
to Mar 4

Family Festival of Nations 2018

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This year's annual Family Festival of Nations is February 25 - March 4, 2018. It's a full week of celebrating what God is doing around the world, hearing how God is using the skills of people just like you and me to introduce  unreached peoples to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and discovering ways we can be part of the Great Commission.

When we organize our lives around the ways and priorities of Jesus, we discover a "World of Opportunity." Opportunities to use everyday skills and abilities in purposeful and intentional ways to proclaim the good news of Jesus all around the world. Living as disciples of Jesus can at times seem odd in these days, but living with this kind of purpose is exactly what Jesus calls all of His followers to do. When we live as the chosen people He has called us to be, we can show others the goodness of God in all kinds of ways. (1 Peter 2:4-12)

Our identity is in Jesus, and our purpose is the Great Commission. God is calling us to live intentionally, engaging in a world full of opportunities. Will you say yes?

You're invited to be part of this year's Family Festival of Nations. There's lots of ways to participate. Check it out below, and we hope you will choose to live purposefully for the sake of Jesus.

SPECIAL PROJECT

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This year's special project is raising money for the completion of the kitchen at the Messiah Evanlegical Church in Eastern Europe.

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Messiah Evangelical Church is a key national church in Eastern Europe that the C&MA partners with in church planting and development and serves as the “mother” church in a network of 6 churches in different cities around a specific country.  For 13+ years, the church has tried to build their own building and finally, after years of complications, they received a building permit on June 30, 2017 to build on a plot of land they had purchased in 2005. Construction was completed in record time for a dedication service on December 23, 2017. They are thankful for the quick and relatively problem-free construction of the 4-story, nearly 12,000 square foot building!

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Although the building is completed, it is minimally furnished, and the church is going to finish room-by-room as funds are available. One of the priorities is the kitchen. The church has never had a kitchen. Previously there was just a refrigerator and a sink, so having a full kitchen will be a big blessing and open up more opportunities for church fellowship and community events to be held onsite. In the Balkans, hospitality is a core cultural value and having the ability to prepare food and drink in the building will provide open doors for welcoming guests. Also, this is now the largest Evangelical church in the country and the most functional for large groups, so it’s sure to be a gathering place for nation-wide events.

The church plans to purchase industrial-grade appliances rather than household appliances because they will be a better value long-term, although this means a higher purchase price. 

Be part of this project by placing extra coins and dollars in a collection cans. They're available in the front foyer. As part of the closing service on Sunday, March 4 at 10:30am, we'll have the opportunity to give together. 

SCHEDULE

Sunday, February 25
   Worship Service -- 9AM & 10:45AM / Sanctuary
   Evening Service and Children's Program -- 6PM

Monday, February 26
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / Family Life Center
   Family Fun Night -- 7:00PM / FLC

Tuesday, February 27
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / FLC
   Adults -- 7:00PM / Sanctuary
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club
   Young Adult Connection Coffee -- 8:30PM / Java Station

Wednesday, February 28
   Youth Fundraiser Dinner -- 6:00PM / FLC
   Adult/Youth -- 7:00PM / Sanctuary
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club

Thursday, March 1
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / FLC
   Adults -- 7:00PM / Sanctuary
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club

Friday, March 2
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / FLC
   Adults -- 7:00PM / FLC (Unreached People Group Focus)
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club
   Pie Night -- 8:00PM / FLC

Saturday, March 3
   Men’s Breakfast -- 8:30AM / Quincy’s
   Women’s Brunch -- 9:30AM / Fellowship Hall

Sunday, March 4
   Joint Closing Celebration Service - 10:30AM / Sanctuary
   Festival of Praise Potluck Dinner -- Noon / FLC   
   NO Sunday School Communities or Evening Activities  

MEALS & FOOD

To help you participate, each evening (Monday through Friday) there will be a meal served from 6:15-6:45pm in the Family Life Center on an voluntary donation basis to help defray the cost. The proposed menu for the week is:

  • Monday (2/26): Shepherd's Pie
  • Tuesday (2/27): Chili and Soup
  • Wednesday (2/28): Indonesian Themed Meal (Youth Fundraiser Meal for international soccer ministry)
  • Thursday (3/1): Pancake & Bacon Supper
  • Friday (3/2): BBQ Sandwich

Please use the form below to make reservations so we can be adequately prepared. There will be peanut butter and jelly available each evening for the "picky" eaters among us.

On Saturday there will be a Men's Breakfast at Quincy's in Toccoa at 8:30am (dutch treat) and a Women's Brunch at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall at First Alliance. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to both of these events. Babysitting will be provided for the Women's Brunch for infants and toddlers. Please use the form below to sign up for the Women's Brunch. 

The Family Festival of Nations will conclude with a Festival of Praise Potluck Meal on Sunday, March 4 at Noon following the morning service. Please bring the following based on your last name:

  • Last Name A - H: Main dish & vegetable
  • Last Name I - P: Main dish & dessert
  • Last Name Q - Z: Main dish & salad

IMAGES

Images Help Us Remember. During this week, Clarence Wulf is making available a wide selection of international/missions slides that he has shot during his career. You can check them out in the FLC during meal times and the Family Fun Night. They are available to anyone interested to be digitized and turned into a prayer card, smartphone image, wall portrait, or something else to help you remember to pray for what God is doing around the world.

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Feb
27
8:30 PM20:30

Young Adult Connection

Young Adult Connection: Coffee Edition is on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 8:30pm. All young adults and college students are invited to meet at the Java Station following the evening Festival of Nations service to spend time and interact personally with the International Workers.

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Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Friends Fellowship

Join with Friends on Friday, February 23 at noon for food, fellowship, and fun in the Fellowship Hall. Ladies of all ages are invited to enjoy each other's company with lunch and games. Bring your favorite dish - main course, veggies, starch, or dessert.

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Feb
21
6:45 PM18:45

Wednesday Nights @ FACT Regular Schedule

On Wednesday, 21 February, the regular Wednesday Nights @ FACT schedule will be as normal. Even though Stephens County Schools is on a break that week, there will be no changes to the regular Wednesday schedule. This includes:

  • Awana at 6:45pm
  • On Deck Youth at 7pm
  • Choir Rehearsal at 7pm, followed by Worship Team Rehearsal
  • Prayer Meetings at 7pm

For Discipling Communities, please check with your group facilitator.

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Prayer for International Workers

International Workers count on us to intercede for them. Ladies, be part of a focused time of prayer on Tues., February 6th at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall for FACT workers, the upcoming Festival of Nations, and the District Retreat. Come “stand in the gap” together. Hosted by GC Women.

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Feb
4
9:00 AM09:00

Dr. John Stumbo

Dr. John Stumbo, president of the U.S. Christian & Missionary Alliance will be speaking in both morning services on Sunday, Feb. 4. We are excited he will be joining us in worship and communion that morning, and hope you will be here.

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Feb
3
to Feb 14

Calendar Overview for Feb-Jul 2018

Here's what's going on for the next 6 months at First Alliance and in our community. While the list isn't exhaustive, doesn't include Discipling Communities, and is subject to change, you can get an overview for the next 6 months. Check out the list below, click to open a PDF copy, or pick up a print copy at the Welcome Center to put on your refrigerator.

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February

4          John Stumbo in morning services
14         Ash Wednesday / Lent Begins
19-23    Stephens County Schools Break
24-3/4  Family Festival of Nations

March

11           Daylight Savings Time Begins
17          Spring Work Day
19-23    TFC Spring Break
21-4/11  On Deck Chicken Sale
25         Palm Sunday
25         TFC Choir Concert
25         Winter Jam (Youth)
29         Maundy Thursday
30         Good Friday Service
31          Children’s Easter Celebration

April

1             Easter Sunday
2            Easter Monday –
              Church Offices Closed
2-6        Stephens County Schools
              Spring Break
8-14       Discipling Communities
             Week of Prayer
15          Fellowship Lunch
             Cong Mtg to select Nom. Comm.
21          Young Adult Connection
             Hike & Cookout
20-22    South Atlantic District
             Women’s Retreat
27-29    FACT Marriage Retreat

May

2          On-Deck Senior Night
3          National Day of Prayer
4-5       First Steps @ FACT Weekend
13         Mother’s Day
19         TFC Graduation
20        Pentecost Sunday
23         Last Day of School for
             Stephens County
23         Awana Awards Celebration /
             Last Day of Awana
25         Stephens County Graduation
26         Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast
28         Memorial Day (Offices Closed)

June

3           Promotion Sunday
10         Membership Meeting for
             Elections and Budget
17          Father’s Day
18-23    PowerTime Camp

July

4          Independence Day –
            Church Offices Closed
9-13     Merge
13         Game Night
25        Back to School Potluck & Prayer

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Jan
19
to Jan 20

First Steps @FACT Weekend

First Steps @FACT Weekend is Friday, Jan. 19 from 6-9pm (including dinner) and Saturday, Jan. 20 from 8:30am-12:30pm (including breakfast). This is for anyone ready to take the next step of learning more about First Alliance Church Toccoa and getting 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 connected as a member. Childcare will be available. 

RSVP via a Next Steps Card on Sunday, or use the form on the FACT Life page.

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Jan
16
to Jan 19

Be an Everyday Hero

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are ordinary people who take a little time to volunteer each month to represent a child that has been removed from their home to ensure that the child has all their physical, emotional, and educational needs met and that they are returned to a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.

Find out what being a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care is all about! You will have a brief courtroom experience then enjoy light refreshments while we share details about our mission. Discover how you can be an everyday hero on either Tues, Jan. 16 (in Hartwell) or Fri, Jan. 19 (in Carnesville). Call 706-886-1098 or visit northeastgacasa.org for more. #EngagetheWorld

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Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

All Ladies are Invited!

GC Women Invites All Ladies to hear Lauralyn Stombaugh on Tuesday Jan. 9 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall, as she shares about what God is doing around Africa. Please come and bring a friend with you! Childcare will be provided.

A special offering will be taken to purchase a double stroller for the upcoming birth of the Greenfield’s twins. Join GC Women in blessing them in this way.

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Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

New Year's Eve Open Prayer

New Year’s Eve Open Prayer is December 31 from 5-8pm. Stop by FACT anytime as a family or individual. Pastors and Elders will be available to pray with you about what’s happened in 2017, what you’re looking ahead to in 2018, and to offer a prayer of blessing and commitment for the new year. End 2017 and begin 2018 with prayer.

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Dec
24
9:00 AM09:00

Baptism

Baptism will be a part of the Dec. 24 morning worship services. Baptism is a significant (and expected) moment in a disciple’s life of publically declaring identity in Christ. If you would like to be baptized, mark B on your Next Steps Card or click here.

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Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

Caroling & Chili Cook-off

The Caroling and Chili Cook-off is Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5pm. Caroling around Toccoa is first with chili and soup to follow. Bring your very best because we’re looking for the best chili, the best soup, and the best overall for the Golden Ladle award as determined by our secret panel of discerning judges. Or bring some crackers, bread, or veggies to share if chili/soup isn’t your specialty. Everyone should bring a favorite Christmas treat to share.

This is for the whole family. Minors should bring an adult with them. Mark C on your Next Steps Card (or use the form below) so we know how many to plan for.

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Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

FACTKids Christmas Musical & Family Christmas Dinner

FACTKIds Christmas Musical & Family Christmas Potluck is Sunday, Dec. 10. The musical, The Secret of Snowflake County, begins at 5pm in the Sanctuary with the dinner to follow in the Family Life Center. Mark your calendars for an evening of music, great food, and fellowship. Please bring:

A-H Main Dish & Veggie;
I-P Main Dish & Dessert;
Q-Z Main Dish & Salad.

All are invited.

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Come on, Ring those Bells in support of the Salvation Army. We’re ringing on Friday, Dec. 8 from 10am-8pm at both doors of Wal-Mart. Sign up for a block as families, friends, or Discipling Communities on the bulletin board by the water fountain. This year, you also need to complete a release form. Check the board for instructions.

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Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Toccoa Christmas Concert

Toccoa Christmas Concert & Art Sale is Sunday, Dec 3 at 4pm at Georgia Baptist Conference Center with holiday music and a sing-along featuring the Toccoa Symphony and Community Choir. Tickets are $7/adults and $3/students in advance. Make checks out to Toccoa Symphony. Tickets are available at the FACT Welcome Center or online at toccoasymphony.org

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Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

No Wednesday Evening @ FACT

No Wednesday Evening @ FACT ministries on November 22 due to Thanksgiving. This includes Awana, On-Deck Youth, Choir, Prayer Meetings, and any Discipling Communities that normally meet on campus on Wednesdays. The church office will also be closed on Thursday and Friday. Give thanks with a grateful heart as you celebrate Thanksgiving!

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Nov
21
11:00 AM11:00

Thanksgiving Dinner for Developmentally Disabled Adults

The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Developmentally Disabled Adults is Tuesday, Nov. 21 at FACT. Sign-up to bring specific food items on the bulletin board next to the water fountain, and if you want to help on the day of the meal, please mark D on a Connect Card. Or complete the online response form below. The event involves Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas sing-along, basketball, and more. Be involved in blessing those who are developmentally disabled in our community along with their caregivers.

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Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays is a special brunch on Sat., Nov 11 at 9:30am for those facing the upcoming holiday season while grieving the loss of a loved one. It can be hard to know how to handle the emotions, traditions, and social situations in the midst of uncertainty, sadness, and loneliness. Surviving the Holidays will help you to navigate this season. Come yourself or pass the word to someone you know. For more info or to register click here today

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

College Connection

College Connection returns Friday, November 10, at 6:30pm at the fire pit behind the Family Life Center. All college aged people are invited to kick back, get to know others at FACT, and have fun as we gather for a bonfire with hot dogs and s’mores.

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Nov
3
to Nov 5

Men's Retreat

Men's Retreat is November 3-5, 2017. Join men from the South Atlantic District (the Carolinas and Georgia) at Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. 

There are 168 hours in a week. Only one(ish) of those is spent in a Sunday morning service. How we spend the other 167 hours matters. Sunday is vitally important. But so are Monday through Saturday. Be part of exploring living Christ-centered lives between Sundays by remembering what the Gospel declares, who the Gospel proclaims, and how the Gospel spreads.

There will also be break out options on Saturday:

  • Freeing God's Word: Serving as a Deacon
  • Shepherding God's People: Serving as an Elder
  • Receiving God's Word: Developing a Devotional Life
  • Becoming God's Man: What Young Men Need to Know
  • Sharing GOd's Word: Local Church Missions Mobilizers

Register today at First Alliance. Cost is 

  • $250 each for one per room
  • $165 each for two per room
  • $140 each for three per room
  • $130 each for four per room

$50 non-refundable deposit is due by October 15.

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Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting & Celebration Meal

Annual Meeting and Celebration Meal on Sunday, October 22. Let’s join together at 6pm for a meal and time of celebration/review of the previous ministry year. Members are expected to participate, and all are welcome to attend. The meal is provided by On-Deck Youth on a donation basis. We need you to sign up so they can prepare. Mark A on a Next Steps Card with the number attending from your family or email the church office.

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Oct
22
to Nov 19

Operation Christmas Child

It's time to engage children around the world with good news of great joy through shoeboxes. Boxes filled with toys and necessities not only bless children who don't have much, but also open a door to introduce them to Christ so they can choose to begin their own journey of discipleship. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal.

Operation Christmas Child is a great way to get involved with the evangelism and discipleship of children around the world. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool - transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the good news of Jesus Christ.

Here's how you can participate this year:

  1. Grab a box. They are available starting October 22 at the church near the Library.
  2. Fill the box with the recommended items (more below). It helps when you cover the shipping cost, but please do not place money in your box.
  3. Return it no later than Nov. 19 to the same area you picked it up from. Shipping donation money (via cash or checks made out to Samaritan's Purse) can be placed in the designated box. 
  4. Pray for the child that will receive your box to become a disciple.

Our goal is to collect and send out 350 of these boxes from FACT this year. You can invite friends and co-workers to join you in engaging the world.

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Please do not purchase or pack:

(based on input from people on the receiving end of boxes)

  • Anything with English instructions
  • Items needing batteries (other than flashlights)
  • Items like play-dough, stickers, yo-yos
  • Toy guns and other military themed items
  • Stuffed animals (boxes go everywhere, and certain animals have certain negative cultural connotations that we can't anticipate.)
  • Stuff that isn't universally recognized (like card games, uno, matching, soduku, etc)
  • Anything cheap, fragile, or used
  • Anything liquid or lotion based

And please, think of this like you are giving a gift to a friend's child, not as a way to get rid of stuff you don't want any more.

For information about packing a box, click here for an illustrated guide.

or watch this brief video:

You can read about the work being done through Operation Christmas Child here, and you can view other videos here featuring stories of the impact of shoeboxes just like the one you will pack.

Thanks for partnering together to engage the world with good news of great joy.

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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Ladies Fall Connection

Ladies, youth, and young adults are invited to join others in our area for a day of fellowship and activities. There will be a hands on project in which sewing machines, black and white thread, sewing pins and sharp sewing scissors are needed. Each church is also asked to bring generic ibuprofen (100 count), girls panties (size 10-14 colorful - 1 pk) and all the hotel soap we can round up. There will be training for local directors, worship and message from home and abroad, Mercy Market creations (crocheted items from Bosnia, jewelry from Turkey, Jodan, and Laos and many others will be available to purchase. You must register by October 21st (see GC Women's bulletin board at FACT) with your $10 which includes lunch!

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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Handbell Solo Concert by Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson will perform a solo Hand bell concert on Sunday, October 8, at 6pm at First Alliance Church Toccoa, located across from Wal-mart. Christine is a world-renowned hand bell artist and arranger and attended Toccoa Falls High School and College back in the day. Come enjoy her artistry and be amazed by her skill.

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Christine Anderson is in great demand as handbell clinician and solo handbell artist.. Having received her music degree from Florida Atlantic University, she embarked on a career encompassing all aspects of the art of handbell ringing. She is a sales representative for Malmark handbells, serves as handbell editor for Lifeway Church Resources, conducts handbell festivals and conferences across the nation, and concertizes around the world. Christine's more than 100 published arrangements have set the standard for excellence in solo ringing, and her CDs and DVDs showcase her incredible grace and musicality. In 1984 Christine founded, and still rings in, the Medallion Ringers, a professional four-in-hand handbell quartet which actively tours the United States and other countries. She is Artist in Residence at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA, and annually receives the ASCAP award for performances in the Concert Division..

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