Bluegrass Traditions will be in concert on Friday August 24 @ the Church @ 7 pm.   Come and enjoy an evening of great Gospel Music.

The Pastor’s Pen

The Pastor’s Pen

             This month marks the first anniversary of the demolition and reconstruction of our Church building and foyer. Therefore, I though it good to give you an update and to share praise notes as well. First, the overall project as approved by the Church is complete. Most of the objectives have been met and our building has been serving us well for over six months. We are still working on the elimination of a few “bugs”, but we are sure our very few problems with the building and our Audio/Video can be overcome. In addition to our original project, we now have a new roof and a much larger storage building, along with a newly remodeled nursery. I believe the building we have now will serve the disciples who meet here for many years.  Guests who come to our church declare that the building is inviting and comfortable. For this, we give Jesus all the praise, honor and glory because we believe it was by His grace that we were able to accomplish this project. Going forward, I believe our maintenance of the building will be much easier. And, I believe we will see our building is much more energy efficient. Overall, I am very pleased with the finished product. Also, I am so grateful that we remain debt free. All the improvements were paid in full. Thanks again for your patience and cooperation through this long journey.

     As for the overall health of our Church, we are doing better. There is always room for improvement and we pray toward those ends. We need to ask the Lord more often for more and younger leaders in our church. Going forward, we will need dedicated Sunday school teachers, deacons, trustees and a host of volunteers to serve. Also, the time will come for new Pastoral leadership. To everything there is a season. And I know that my time here as your Pastor will come to an end and God will call a person to preach and lead with a Pastor’s heart. I believe when that time comes, the transition will be socked in prayer and guided with the wisdom that only the Holy Spirit can provide. And, I am sure it will lead to even a stronger and more productive ministry.

     So, as Bro. Will Havens would have said, “Let’s Keep On Keeping On”.  We have much to do to share the faith in our community. And, I pray we will never let go of the rope for our missionaries that serve so faithfully. Pray for Kris Yeomans family as they serve in Niger and for our new church plants in the U.S.A. God, has great things in store for this Church. Let us always be found faithful!  


See you Sunday!




E Bulletin

Sunday’s Message 

Freedom Celebration

Sunday July 16th Servant List

8:30 am Service

Janice Gray
Jon Schaff
Keith Pellham
Burrely Loftin
Nick Key                   

Sunday School

Heather Dias

10:45 am Service

Alisha Jones
Dean Downs
Eugene Jones
Jr. Heriford
James Alcorn

Business Meeting

Our 3rd Quarter Business Meeting will be Wednesday,  July 11th @ 7 pm in the Church Sanctuary.  Agendas for the meeting are available at the Church office and will also be available at the meeting.

Tim’s Tidbits


Wow, what a summer it has been! I would like to first thank all who served the kids who attended our Vacation Bible School this year in whatever way you served. I thank you!


The students learned how Jesus Rescues us when we are: lonely, worried, struggling, when we do wrong, and when we are powerless. I am excited to see how this fruit grows in the coming years from these seeds that are planted.


We had our Mission and Ministry Summit last month and had a great time worshiping with around 1,000 other members of our General Baptist family. It was both encouraging and helpful with all of the classes and sermons that were given. We got to take part in the groundbreaking work in Niger by attending the commissioning ceremony for them as we prayed over them. Pastor Oren did a wonderful job articulating why established churches like ours MUST be involved in seeing new work started and supporting that work to the fullest as we “hold the rope” for them. We are so thankful for all those who helped with child care and who took advantage of our annual meeting being so close to home.


Our youth ministry, FILLED YOUTH and FILLED KIDZ, are looking forward to this new semester. We have brought on new volunteers to serve our students from pre-k through 12th grade. I would ask for your prayers as we head into this 2018-19 school year for opportunities to share the Gospel with more students and to see those who are following Jesus grow stronger in their faith. Please also pray for our school staff of all positions as they lead our students in the knowledge they need to be productive citizens of our community and country. I’m looking forward to great things this school year for our community!


What’s about you? What’s next for you? We all go through different seasons of ministry and personal growth at different points in our lives. What are some next steps for you?

  • Maybe you are serving in one area, and God has laid some other ministry on your heart but you have been afraid to take that step of faith and enter into a new season.
  • Maybe you have never been baptized and are now ready to show everyone that you are linked with Jesus and are following Him in baptism.
  • Maybe God has laid an individual on your heart who does not know His salvation and you need to share that with them and invite them to the fellowship with other believers and become a part of the local body of Christ at Ava GB.
  • Maybe you have been attending but want to become a member of this local body of Christ and support the ministry in Ava in that way.
  • Maybe it is joining a small group/Sunday school class/Bible study.


Whatever your next step is, I ENCOURAGE you to take it. I pray this August is a month that we continue to EQUIP one another so that we can ENCOUNTER the lost of this community and around the world.


By this time, the Yeomans have landed and started work in Niger. Please pray for them and the Kingdom work that is going on there. If you would like to receive updates from them, please let me know and we can get you signed up on their email list or link you to their Facebook page.


May God bless you and you follow Him daily!



Tax Time

Tax Time is right around the corner and Church Giving Statements will be going out soon.  Only those who have previously requested will receive statements.  If you would like to receive a statement or update your mailing address please contact Brenda Dye.

Inclement Weather

Reminder that if school is dismissed on Wednesday for inclement weather, filled kidz and filled youth will also be dismissed. 

Change of Address

If your mailing address has changed over the past year, please contact the Church Office to update your address.  You won’t want to take a chance on missing our Monthly Newsletter The Anchor or other important correspondence from the Church.

Filled Youth News

Filled Youth Ministry is based on Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
We are hungry and thirsty for God to fill us so we can fill others with His Truth and Salvation.
Our current series is on major religions and cults in our world today and how they compare to the Truth of God’s Word: The Bible
Join us Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.

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