Thanksgiving Meal for Developmentally Disabled Adults is Tuesday, Nov. 20 at FACT. Sign-ups to provide specific food items (or cash donations are now posted on the bulletin board by the water fountain. If you want to help the day of, mark D on a Next Steps Card, even if you’ve helped in previous years so we know you’re available this year. Help bless those who are developmentally disabled in our community and their caregivers.
A Call to Prayer is extended to FACT for Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6pm in the Sanctuary. All are invited to come for a time of prayer, worship, and listening before the Lord focused on what’s next, the search for pastoral staff, and our own alignment with Christ, dependence on the Holy Spirit, and unity with one another.
Surviving the Holidays is a brunch on Sat., Nov 10 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. Click to learn more and register.
The Opportunity to express our appreciation to Pastor Scott and Carol for their 8+ years of ministry with FACT is Sunday, November 4 at 6pm. Come as we celebrate, pray, and release them to the next ministry that God has called Scott to as District Superintendent of the Southwest District (effective January 1, 2019). Please bring light refreshments/finger foods to share. There will also be a basket for you to place personal notes of appreciation and encouragement. A special love offering will be taken during the services on October 28 to be presented to them at the Farewell Celebration to bless them for their years of ministry with First Alliance.
Fall Game Night for all ages is Friday, November 2 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come hang out, build relationships with others, and have fun as it starts getting darker earlier. Bring your favorite board games and a finger food to share. We need to know one another in order to grow with others.
South Atlantic Men’s Retreat is November 2-4 at Ridgecrest NC for men of all ages from Georgia and the Carolinas. A $50 non-refundable deposit payable to First Alliance can be submitted through October 28. See the bulletin board to sign up & for details. Todd Adams will be the featured speaker.
The Wednesday, Oct. 31 Schedule for Wednesday Nights @ FACT will be limited. There will be no Nursery, Awana, Prayer for Healing, or Choir/Music Rehearsals. On-Deck Youth will be part of a community engagement effort at the Gambill’s. Prayer Meeting will meet in a home (check with Ray H.). Discipling Communities should check with your group facilitator.
A Pie Auction will be held following the Annual Review on Oct. 21 to support youth going to LIFE 2019 next summer. You can be part by making and donating your best pie (or two. Could also be store bought. Doesn’t necessarily have to be a pie, but should be an awesome dessert. What are you known for?) or by bidding on a dessert either by yourself or with others. It’ll be a lot of fun, there’ll be good eats, and we’ll be part of something awesome together. Plus, it’s an excuse for Pastor Chris to talk really fast…
2017-2018 Annual Meeting & Review is Sunday, October 21. Come together at 6pm for a time of celebration/review of the previous ministry year in the Family Life Center. Members are expected to participate, but all are welcome to attend. Immediately following, we will enjoy dessert via a Pie Auction to support On Deck Youth planning to attend LIFE 2019.
Survey Saturday at Parc 1000 is Sat., Sept 15. This is part of Phase 1 of our partnership where we will survey all the residents about ways we can be good neighbors to them to know how to serve, build relationships, bless, and engage with the gospel. We want to try and visit all 300 apartments in one day, so we need you to be involved. We will leave Toccoa by 8:30am to arrive in Clarkston by 10am for orientation/training, and then survey in teams/families from 10:30am-12:30pm. We’ll be done by 1pm when you can get some lunch and head home. If you will be involved, mark B on a Next Steps Card so we can get organized and let you know additional details. #EngagetheWorld
Are you grieving the loss of a spouse, or know someone who is? Loss of a Spouse is Saturday morning, Sept 8, at the Stephens County Senior Center from 9:30-11:30am. FACT is sponsoring this one-time event for those who are grieving the loss of their spouse. Through video, small group discussion, and a personal booklet, discover tools to help you find help in the midst of grief. Click here for more information or to register.
First Steps @ FACT is Sept. 7 from 6-9pm and Sept. 8 from 9am-12:30pm. Take a next step to learn more about First Alliance Church Toccoa and get 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 all in. Childcare available upon request and meals (dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday) provided.
RSVP via a Next Steps Card on Sunday, or use the form on the FACT Life page.
Labor Day Pig Pickin’ is Sunday, Sept 2 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. Pig, chips, and bread will be provided.
Wednesday Nights @ FACT fully resume on Wednesday, August 29. Ministries and opportunities available include:
Awana begins this Wednesday, Aug 29, with the Welcome Back Fair at 6:45pm. Parents, please come with your clubber(s) to complete registration, meet your child’s leaders and other parents, and have fun together. Pre-registration is encouraged. Click here to access the registration form along with the Parent Letter (which contains necessary information) and Calendar.
If you're interested in serving as part of the Awana team this year, it's not too late. Get in touch with Jack McLaughlin or Pastor Chris.
Envision Atlanta Sunday is August 19. Be part of learning about our partnership with Envision Atlanta to reach the Parc 1000 apartment complex intentionally and incarnationally. Everyone (singles, couples, families, young, old, men, women, teens, children) is invited to meet in the Sanctuary at 6pm to learn how we plan to Engage the World in Clarkston.
Risk Management Training for 2018-2019 will be offered for the last 2 times on: Sunday, Aug. 26 @ 6pm, and Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ 5pm in the GC Kids Clubhouse. Every person who is going to work with children or youth in 2018-2019 must attend one of these dates. In order to ensure safe environments for disciple-making at FACT and continued awareness of our risk management procedures, the Admin Board is now requiring yearly training and background checks for all new and returning individuals serving. Thank you.
Ladies of all Ages are invited to a "Welcome Brunch" for arriving International Workers (IW) on Saturday, August 11 at 9:30am at the home of Cheryl Green. Come and enjoy an informal time of food and fellowship as we welcome these new ladies. Directions to Cheryl's home and food sign-up sheets are on the GC Women's bulletin board. (Hosted by GC Women)
The Sunday Morning Schedule Changes on Sunday, August 5 as follows:
- 1st service at 9am with Nursery, Toddlers, & Children’s Church
- Coffee & Connection at 10:15am in the Fellowship Hall. We will continue to only offer beverages and an opportunity for you to get to know others and fellowship.
- 2nd service at 10:45am with Nursery, Toddlers, and Sunday School
Back to School Potluck & Prayer is Wednesday, July 25 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.
The Week of Prayer related to the Monthly Prayer Focus is going on now until Sunday, July 15. The Sanctuary will be open daily for individual prayer Mon. (July 9), Tues. (July 10), Thurs. (July 12) from 9:30am–4:30pm and Wed (July 11) from 9:30am-8:30pm. Invite others to your home to pray or gather as a Discipling Community. Click to open the Personal Prayer Guide for the week.
The week will end with a Corporate Time of Prayer on Sunday, July 15 at 6pm in the Sanctuary. All ages are encouraged to be part of this as we seek the Lord today as a church body for the future.
2018-2019 Nominating Committee Report & Budget are now available on the login portion of our website and is posted on the bulletin board by the water fountain. Please look it over and note the vacant spots. Members may suggest additional nominations for any position to the Nominating Committee until June 17. The Membership Meeting for elections and the adoption of the budget will be on Sunday, June 24 immediately following the 2nd service. All members are encouraged to be part of this process.
Legacy Planning is an important part of stewardship as a disciple of Jesus. How can your estate continue to help Complete the Great Commission even after your death? Come learn more on Sunday, June 10 at 6pm in the Fellowship. Ken Furl, C&MA Legacy Planner, will make a presentation and then give you the opportunity to sign up for a free personal consultation on June 14 or June 15. A light supper will be served. Please let us know you're coming by marking C on a Next Steps card to RSVP or contact the Church Office.
Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, May 26 starting at 8am.
Reserve your 8’ table for $20/spot by contacting the church office. Pancake Breakfast tickets are $5 and available ahead of time at the Welcome Center or at the door the day of. All proceeds go to help students going to PowerTime Camp. Tell your friends. Sell your stuff. Enjoy delicious pancakes.
Baby Bottles for Toccoa Life Pregnancy Center are available. Be part of supporting this vital local ministry that champions life and helps families succeed. Bottles are available in the Missions Hall to be filled with loose change and dollars. Return bottles on Father’s Day, June 17. Do you have one? Find out more about Toccoa Life on their Facebook page.