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!
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.
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.
Friends Thanksgiving Lunch is Friday, November 17 at noon in Fellowship Hall. So we can order the right size turkey, please let Laraine Betts or Reba Harney know if you will be attending, and also give them your contribution by November 12. Please bring a vegetable, salad, rolls, or dessert.
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
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.
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.
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:
- Grab a box. They are available starting October 22 at the church near the Library.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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..
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.