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.
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..
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!
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.
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.
Calling all Ladies! Do you know Merry Carol Scott? Come and discover who she is and all that she does to help Toccoa girls through “First Steps” as she blends practical teaching for expectant teens with Truth and Hope. Tuesday evening, September 12, 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Refreshments and Baby Sitting provided. Sponsored by GC Women.
First Steps at FACT is Sept 8 from 6-9pm (including dinner) and Sept 9 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.
Labor Day Pig Pickin’ is Sunday, Sept 3 following the 2nd service. Everyone is invited to be part of this year’s Labor Day Picnic in the Family Life Center and enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship. There will be games and other activities. Each family should bring a dessert and a side from the following list to go along with the pork: baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, mac & cheese, green salad, or fruit salad.
Awana for 2017-2018 kicks off on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:45pm. This year, we're having a big Kick-off Fair on the front parking lot. Kids, bring your parents to finish registration, meet your room leaders, get to know others, and have fun!
Click here to find out everything you need to know about Awana this year and to go ahead and get your kids registered.
The Awana team will be meeting on Wednesday, August 23 for training and orientation at 6:45pm. If you (as a member of First Alliance) are interested in finding out about serving, be sure to contact us.
Men, come out to Quincy’s on Saturday, August 26 at 8am for a Men’s Breakfast. Connect with other men, discover ways you can grow as a disciple in 2017-2018, and enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet (you’re responsible for your own bill). You’re encouraged to bring your sons or grandsons. See you there!
Ladies of all ages are invited to a Welcome Brunch for International Workers (IW) residing in Toccoa for all or part of 2017-18 on Saturday, August 19 at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall. We will bless them with the Welcome Kits you have been preparing (suggested list on the GC Women’s bulletin board or click here) and kick off our exciting National Project. Sign up to bring brunch items on the GC Women bulletin board. Babysitting will be provided.
Be an Everyday Hero by serving with CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care are ordinary people who give a little time each month to champion the well-being of a child. Find out how you can Engage the World at a special informational meeting (including a light breakfast) on August 16 at 8:45am. Click here for more info, and call 706-886-1098 to RSVP.
The Strategic Ministry Retreat is Friday, Aug. 4 - Saturday, Aug. 5. This is an annual time when the leaders of First Alliance gather to specifically look ahead to the new ministry year. Be praying for the Elders, Pastoral Staff, Admin Board, and other leaders as we gather to pray, listen, and discuss next steps and direction in ministry for the coming year and beyond.
This Sunday, July 30, OnDeck Youth will be leading the congregation in both morning services. Join us at either 9am or 10:45am in worship, prayer, and the preaching of God's Word. New youth pastor Rev. Jason Dumaine will continue the summer series on the Lord's Prayer (Give Us Today our Daily Bread), and various youth will lead in the music and other aspects of the service.
Back to School Potluck and Prayer is Wednesday, July 26 at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring whatever you would like to share for the potluck as we join together for a time of prayer for children, youth, college students, and faculty/staff in this new academic year. All are encouraged to participate as we look forward to a new school year.
Bring Toiletry Supplies from now until July 30 for the Salvation Army/Ninth District. These personal items will be distributed to those in need in our community without stable housing or income. Any type of personal care items are helpful. Place items in the big blue wood box. Thank you for your generosity.
Registration Deadline is May 10. Scroll to find out how to complete registration.
On June 19-24, 2017, kids and teens from Georgia and the Carolinas will meet for PowerTime Camp in Summerton, South Carolina. Through dynamic speakers, engaging worship, and fun activities, campers will make friends, gain new insights, and grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus.
PowerTime Camp is for young people who have completed grade 2 - 12 with different activities, sessions, and speakers for kids and teens. The days are filled with inspirational meetings and fun recreational activities—everything from wall-climbing to team sports, to swimming and tubing on the lake. The campers stay in air-conditioned rooms, usually in groups of 10-12. They are supervised by mature, adult counselors from our South Atlantic District churches, under the direction of age-group directors and administrative staff.
Cost for PowerTime Camp is $275 per camper, with a $100 deposit due by May 10.
Registration is now open for PowerTime Camp 2017. Registration is being done online this year. Click the link below and follow the instructions. Payment should be made directly to First Alliance Church once you have completed the registration process. If you have problems, please catch up with Darren Dunavan or contact the church office.
If you are interested in serving as a counselor or in another capacity, please speak with Pastor Daniel as soon as possible. PowerTime Camp is possible because of the time and efforts given by numerous volunteers.
Be praying for the students, counselors, and staff as they prepare for PowerTime Camp!
General Council of the Christian & Missionary Alliance is May 30-June 4 in Columbus, OH. This biannual gathering of the Alliance is an opportunity to celebrate what God is doing, be spiritually encouraged, renew relationships, and conduct the business of the denomination. Please be in prayer as the Alliance family gathers. Pastor Scott & Carol, Pastor Chris & Beck, and Darren & Joanne D. will be representing First Alliance. For more info or to view livestreams of sessions, visit www.cmalliance.org/council
All Church Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, May 27 from 8am-noon.
Start getting your stuff together. Each 8’ table is $20, and you are responsible for bringing, setting up, pricing, selling, and carting off leftovers. We'll have a local agency come at the end to cart away anything you don't want. Reserve table(s) in advance via a Next Steps Card (mark B) or contact the church office.
Pancake Breakfast is a suggested $5 (or more) donation at the door. The Yard Sale will be in the front parking lot and the Pancake Breakfast will be in the Fellowship Hall. Table fees and the Pancake Breakfast go toward PowerTime Camp.
Tell your friends. Sell your stuff. Enjoy delicious pancakes.
First Steps at FACT is a weekend event Friday, May 19 from 6-9pm and Saturday, May 20 from 8:30am-12:30pm. This is for anyone ready to take the next step of becoming a member of First Alliance Church Toccoa. 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. RSVP by marking A on your Next Steps Card or registering below.
Pizza and beverages will be provided on May 19 at 6pm. Breakfast will be available starting at 8am on May 20. Childcare will be available with advance notice.
Awana Store Night is Wednesday, May 17. Store Night blesses and encourages the hard-working clubbers. You can help by donating items like puzzles, games, balls, books, crayons, toys, etc., or even a bike! Items can be dropped by May 14 at the Awana Office in the FLC on Wednesdays or left at the church office during the week. Thanks for your generosity!
The National Day of Prayer is this Thursday, May 4. Take time to pray for all peoples to call on the name of the Lord and turn to the God of the Scriptures in reverence, humility, surrender, and worship. Pray that those who follow Jesus would live boldly in His name. Pray that city, county, state, and national leaders would choose to lead with God's wisdom and honor Him.
Stay for a Fellowship Lunch after the 10:45am service on April 30. Everyone is invited to enjoy a great lunch, connect with friends, and meet someone new. Mark D on a Next Steps card to RSVP with the number coming, or complete the form below. Food is provided, and donations benefit elementary kids going to PowerTime Camp.
The next opportunity for Believer’s Baptism is as part of the Easter services on Sunday, April 16. If you are interested, please mark a Next Steps Card with your name, or speak with one of the pastors. Baptism is a significant moment where a disciple publicly affirms his/her identity with Christ. Click to learn more about baptism or to register online.
Saturday, April 15, 2016 from 2-3pm (rain or shine)
First Alliance Church
Children from Infants through 5th grade & Families
It's an afternoon of fun for children of all ages with a story, parade and egg hunt. Here's what you can expect:
- Cheep Wings
Children will enjoy an amazing story of the hope and victory of what Easter is all about featuring a very special guest.
- Hallelujah Parade
After the story, children and parents will form up to a parade around the church front parking lot using bikes and trikes, wagons and carriages, cars and carts, and strollers all decorated for Easter. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated vehicles. There is a limited amount of signs available in advance that can be used to decorate.
- Easter Egg Hunt
Following the Hallelujah Parade the kids will be divided up into age appropriate groups to hunt for eggs. Once all the eggs have been found, each child will receive a special stuffed goodie bag to take home.
We hope to see you children from all over the Toccoa/Stephens County area there. Invite someone from your neighborhood to come with you.
You're invited to be part of remembering and celebrating Jesus' death and resurrection April 13-16. These are days of significant meaning and enduring truth that has reverberated throughout human history, and the events celebrated are foundational in the Christian faith.
Whether you've been following Jesus for a long time, or are still investigating who Jesus is, we hope you will clear your schedule and be part of what's going on.
Maundy Thursday - April 13
Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13: 1-17, 31b-35
Maundy Thursday is a day where Jesus' last meal with His disciples and some of His final words are remembered. From 5-8pm, the sanctuary at First Alliance will be open for prayer. Come alone, with a friend, or as a Discipling Community and spend a few moments in quiet prayer and reflection in preparation and anticipation for remembering Christ’s passion and celebrating His victory over death.
Good Friday - April 14
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42
Come to remember and reflect upon Christ's death for us on Good Friday at the Sunset Service at 7pm outside by the three crosses (weather permitting). There will be music, communion, and more.
Saturday, April 15
Easter Sunday - April 16
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! Hallelujah, He is alive!
- Sunrise Service by the 3 crosses at 7am
- Worship Celebration with Baptism in the Sanctuary - 9am or 10:45am
- Easter Fellowship Coffee & Connection at 10:15am in the Family Life Center
- No Sunday School Communities
- No Evening Activities
All About Grace 2017 is a free community-wide ladies event on Saturday, March 25 from 9am-2pm at Ebenezer Baptist with guest speaker Alicia Williamson Garcia. Doors open at 8:30am, and a light lunch is provided. Registration is appreciated by searching Grace Conference Toccoa on Facebook, calling 706-886-9300, or clicking here. Join together as a community to be women making a difference.
This year's annual Family Festival of Nations is February 26-March 5, 2017. It's a full week of celebrating what God is doing around the world, hearing how God is preparing the way for people to experience the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and discovering how we get to be part of God's heartbeat for the nations.
This year’s theme, “Prepare the way for the Lord,” based on Luke 3:4–6, reveals how God is on the move in our world, making a way for overlooked and isolated peoples to come to Him. He is inviting us to join Him in “preparing a way” so that ALL will see His salvation. There's lots of ways to participate. Check it out below, and we hope you will be part of preparing the way for the Lord.
As we're preparing for this year, check out what happened last year to get ready:
This year's special project is raising money for the remodeling and construction of bathroom facilities at Bethany House in Alicante, Spain.
Several buildings were donated to the C&MA in 2015 and are being used for the Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions, as well as for retreats and conferences for pastors and churches. There is an ongoing need to upgrade and expand these facilities. We see this as one of our most strategic initiatives in Spain! It originated with and is being led by the National Church.
Our project is to raise money to renovate the existing bathroom in the upstairs and turn the small bedroom next to it into a second bathroom. One toilet, shower and sink in a family style bathroom just doesn’t work with 23 people staying the night or a month. Estimated cost per bathroom is $3,238 or 3000 Euros.
Learn more about the ministry of Bethany School. Be part of this project by placing extra coins and dollars in the blue collection cans. They're available in the office lobby and at the Welcome Center. As part of the closing service on Sunday, March 5 at 10:30am, we'll have the opportunity to give together.
Sunday, February 26
9:00 & 10:45 AM Worship Service -- Sanctuary
6:00 PM Evening Service and Children's Program
Monday, February 27
6:15-6:45 PM Meal and Fellowship -- FLC
7:00 PM Family Fun Night -- FLC
Tuesday, February 28
6:15-6:45 PMMeal and Fellowship -- FLC
7:00 PM Adults -- Sanctuary
Children -- GC Kidz Club
Wednesday, March 1
6:00 PM Youth Fundraiser Dinner -- FLC
7:00 PM Adult/Youth -- Sanctuary
Children -- GC Kidz Club
Thursday, March 2
6:15-6:45 PMMeal and Fellowship -- FLC
7:00 PM Adults -- Sanctuary
Children -- GC Kidz Club
Friday, March 3
6:15-6:45 PMMeal and Fellowship -- FLC
7:00 PM Adults -- Begin in Sanctuary
Children -- Family Life Center
Saturday, March 4
8:30 AM Men’s Breakfast -- Quincy’s
9:30 AM Women’s Brunch -- Fellowship Hall
Sunday, March 5
10:00 AM Coffee & Connection - Fellowship Hall
10:30 AM Closing Celebration Service - Sanctuary
Noon Festival of Praise Potluck Dinner (FLC)
NO 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 menu for the week is:
- Monday (2/27): Chili and Soup
- Tuesday (2/28): Turkey Terazzini
- Wednesday (3/1): Middle Eastern Meal (Youth Fundraiser Meal)
- Thursday (3/2): BBQ Sandwich
- Friday (3/3): Pancake Supper
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 5 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