GriefShare is for those who need hope and encouragement after losing a loved one. The next 13-week group begins Tuesday, 1/22 at 6:30pm in the Library. Find support through video, group discussion, and a personal workbook, or encourage someone you know to participate. Click here to learn more and to register.
First Steps @ FACT is Feb. 1 from 6-9pm and Feb. 2 from 9am-12pm. 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 click here and complete the interest form..
“Story Telling” is a ministry that International Worker Marilyn has been involved with in West Africa. Women, come hear her share about it and the exciting results that are being seen on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by GC Women.
The Pastoral Candidate and his wife will be at First Alliance the weekend of 1/6. In addition to various meetings, congregational opportunities for interaction will include:
preach in the 9am service on Jan. 6.
meet with the youth during Sunday School
share his personal testimony and answer questions at 6pm.
After that, the congregation will have the opportunity to participate in a non-binding straw poll. Please be seeking the Lord between now and then for His direction for both FACT and the candidate. As a reminder, please do not post about the candidate on social media or contact him directly. If you need additional information about the candidate, information sheets are available from the church office. If you have questions, please speak directly with a member of the Search Committee.
This New Year’s Eve take a few moments to pray for one another and our community as 2018 ends and 2019 begins. Whether you already have plans or choose to invite some people over, take a few moments to pray about what’s happened over the past year and what you’re looking ahead to. Pray for the people of FACT, our community, and the world to know, love, and follow Jesus fully in 2019.
The Community Candlelight Christmas Eve Service is Dec. 24 at 6pm for all ages. Celebrate Christ’s birth through music, scripture, and candlelight as a family. Come and remember what Christmas is all about. The good news of Jesus is that God is with us always.
No Sunday School or Evening Activities on Sunday, 12/23
Church Offices Close at Noon on 12/24 and are Closed on 12/25 and 1/1.
No Wednesday Night & FACT on 12/26
No Sunday School or Evening Activities on Sunday, 12/30
Church Offices Closed on Tuesday, 1/1
No Wednesday Night @ FACT on 1/2
Be sure to check the calendar for other ministry cancellations from 12/23 - 1/2
Awana Store Night is Wed. 12/19 to bless & encourage hard-working Clubbers. You can help by donating small & big items like puzzles, games, balls, books, crayons, toys, etc. or even a bike. Items can be dropped at the Awana Office on Wednesdays in the FLC or left at the main office during the week. Thanks for your generosity!
Caroling and Chili Cook-off is Sunday, 12/16. Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 5pm with your entry because we’re looking for the best chili, the best soup, and the best overall for the Golden Ladle award. Bring some crackers/bread/veggies to share if chili/soup isn’t your thing. Everyone bring a favorite Christmas treat to share. We’ll sing carols for our community and pass out candy first and then enjoy soup and chili back in the Fellowship Hall. For the whole family.
In Preparation for the Pastoral Candidate coming Jan. 5-7, there will be a meeting on 12/16 at 10:45am in the Sanctuary in lieu of Sunday School. Hear from the Search Committee about why they believe this is the candidate God has for FACT, how he aligns with the profile that was developed over the summer, and spend time in prayer together. All are encouraged to come. Children up to 5th grade will be cared for.
Friends Fellowship Christmas Lunch for ladies is Friday, December 14 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Meat will be provided. Please bring a vegetable, salad, bread, or dessert. Also, bring a $5.00 present for the gift exchange. Come join us for fun, food, and fellowship.
FACTKIds Christmas Musical & Family Christmas Potluck is Sunday, 12/9. The musical 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 & Salad; I-P Main Dish & Veggie; Q-Z Main Dish & Dessert
After the meal, you’re invite to stay and help prepare candy bags to be handed out as part of caroling on Dec. 16.
A Special Year End Offering will be received on Sunday, 12/9 to help send 60 new Alliance workers to parts of the world where God has opened doors for the Gospel. They are ready to go engage the world, many to places that have never had a viable gospel presence, yet the funds are not available because there are more than planned for and GCF giving is below expectations.
John Stumbo, in his video blog this month, says this, “The God of this universe cares about the people of this planet, raises up people to be His spokespersons, and some of us have been called to be the senders. Let’s rise to that at this moment.” Take 12 minutes to watch as John shares about the challenge and opportunity and pray about how the Lord will have you get involved beyond your regular giving.
Will you give a special above & beyond sacrificial gift in honor of Christ’s birthday and be part of completing the Great Commission?
Ladies, Daughters, and Mothers! Come celebrate a "Legendary Christmas" 12/4 at 6:30pm (a time change) in the Fellowship Hall as we welcome the Christmas season with "living legends" with Christmas carols and a special time for the children. Please bring a gift card to bless International Worker's and a treat to share! Babysitting provided for ages 4 and under.
Toccoa Symphony Christmas Concert is Sunday, 12/2 at 4pm at Georgia Baptist Conference Center with the Toccoa Community Choir featuring holiday music and a sing-along. An art sale will happen from 2-4pm beforehand. Tickets are available from the Church Office during normal hours: $7/adults and $3/students in advance. Make checks out to Toccoa Symphony. Tickets are also available online and at the Toccoa Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning Sunday, 12/2, we are temporarily adjusting our Sunday morning schedule. In consideration of the value of being together, the Elders believe this schedule to be best for the health of First Alliance in this season of transition: 1 Worship Service at 9am with Nursery, Toddlers, and Children’s Church. Coffee & Connection at 10:15am. Sunday School Communities at 10:45am. Evening ministries as scheduled. Learn more about the decision here.
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.
Please Note the Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving week:
The church campus will be closed on Wed. & Thur., 11/21-22 for Thanksgiving holiday.
The Church Office will be open on Fri., 11/23.
There will be no Wednesday Night @ FACT ministries on 11/21.
There will be no FACTKids Choir or Youth Discipling Communities on Sunday, 11/25.
Give thanks with a grateful heart as you celebrate Thanksgiving! In the event of an emergency, feel free to contact a Pastor or Elder.
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