Second Avenue Church Family:
This past week our government leaders asked all Americans to pray for our nation and the pandemic we are facing with the Coronavirus. Just yesterday our president laid out a 15 day plan to slow the spread of the virus. Staying home, especially the elderly, and not meeting in gatherings larger than 10 people are the two requests that affect our church directly. After consulting with our deacons, we believe the wise decision is to cancel ALL services for the 15 day period in honor of this request. We will have no gatherings for the rest of March. This will include all Bible studies and scheduled meetings. This is a difficult decision to make, but we feel it is the best and wisest decision at the moment.
We will offer a Facebook live stream Bible study on Sundays @ 10 a.m. and Wednesdays @ 7 p.m. I will share updates, prayer requests, and a message from God’s Word. If you do not have a Facebook account, they are easy to set up and there are many in the church that can walk you through it.
The mission commitments of the church and the regular daily expenses of the church must still be met at this time. We are asking that if you are able, to please give through our church website giving page. Please contact Bro. Nelson if you have questions.
I am sure there will be needs over the next couple of weeks from everyone. Should you have a need for help in any way, someone to go get things for you, or whatever you have need of, please contact either me or your family deacon. We will continue to pray for our leaders and do our part to help our nation and community. God can use this time to allow you to be a great witness for him.
To create a facebook account for Second Avenue Live Streaming, follow these instructions:
1. Go to www.facebook.com on your computer.
2. Fill out the form with your first and last name, email address and then confirm email, desired password (you must remember this to login), birthday, and gender.
3. Click Sign-up
4. A code will be sent to your email, please enter it on the next screen
5. Click Continue
6. A confirmation will pop-up confirming your account, click Okay.
7. You may add friends on the next screen, or hit Next to skip.
8. From this point, you can set up your profile as you desire.
9. If you want to remain private and only use facebook for Second Avenue Live Stream, click the drop down arrow on the upper right side and click Settings.
10. In the left pane, click on Privacy.
11. In "Your Activity" beside "Who can see your future posts?", click Edit, click the drop down, and select Only me (you may have to click more/all to find this option), and click Close.
12. In "How People Find and Contact You", change to the first option to Friends of friends, change the next 3 options to Only me, and change the last option to No by deselecting the check box. (Each option can be changed by clicking on Edit)
13. If you follow steps 9-13, your account should now be completely private outside of a Facebook search. If you add friends, then others will be able to send you friend requests.
14. To add the Church page, search for Second Avenue MBC in the search bar beside the Facebook logo.
15. Beside the search result for our church (you will see our logo and our address), click Like.
16. You have now created your account and liked our page!
To find our page for a live stream:
1. Login to Facebook and click the Home tab in the top blue bar.
2. In the left pane, click Pages.
3. In the white bar under the blue bar, click Liked Pages.
4. There, you will see all of the pages you have liked. Find Second Avenue's page and click on it.
5. In the left pane, click on Posts and the live video will be there.
6. If Live Stream is not visible at service time, refresh page.
Service Times for Live Stream:
Sunday @ 10am
Wednesday @ 7pm
Due to services being moved to live stream, the latest sermon will be available immediately following the live stream at the following url:
Wednesday Night - 031820 is now available!
Second Avenue Family - I hope this week has found you all doing well and encouraged even in difficult times. I was reading in my devotional time this morning and the scripture I read was such a wonderful reminder of how our attitude is to be in life right now. In the book of Job we find a man that had faced a load of hardship. His friends would accuse him and even his wife would tell him to "curse God and die" (2:9). Job's responses "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" (2:10) Job understood that regardless of life's circumstances we should live for the Lord and be ready to praise Him.
Just a couple of reminders:
1. We will be live streaming a message at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning through Facebook Live.
2. If you have been reading through the Bible in our Chronological Bible Reading Plan you should be in Deuteronomy 28 today. If you want a reading plan, let me know and I will get you one.
3. I am praying for our entire church family, missionary, and community every day.
4. If you need anything, please let me or one of the deacons know. We are here to serve.
Hey Second Avenue Family -
Just a couple of quick points of information I want to share:
1. Tonight @ 7 p.m. I will be living streaming our Bible study. Hope you will be able to watch it on Facebook or on our church website.
2. Because of the city ordinance that goes into effect this evening at midnight through April 8th, we will not have services at the church until Sunday, April 12th, at the earliest. We will continue to keep you posted on any changes.
3. If you need anything and cannot get out, please let you pastor or deacon know. We are here to help.
4. Lastly, I have been in contact with some of our police officers in Corsicana. They are completely out of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. I know that these are precious commodities, but if you have any extra that you would be able to share with our law enforcement, would you please text or call me - 903-576-5866 - and I will get them from you and get it to them. It isn't a matter of not being able to afford it, but rather they cannot find any. This is a great way to help right now.
God Bless each of you.
The Bogard Press, who supplies our Sunday school literature, have offered a free video of the lesson for March 29 in our quarterly lesson book. This will hopefully help you to stay up to date in our adult Sunday school lessons. I appreciate them offering this. You can view it on the church Facebook page or just copy this link: https://vimeo.com/401562322 in your browser to watch it.
Starting today, we will be sending out scripture for the last week before the Resurrection. I want to encourage you to read it every day and give thanks to the Lord for his atoning sacrifice and power of death.
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.
8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
(The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 21:1–11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.)
Other Supporting Scriptures are: Luke 19:28-44, Mark 1:1-11, John 12:12-50
DAY 2: Eight Days of Scripture leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Also read Mark 11:12-19 and Luke 19:45-48.
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”
17 Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.
Cursing of the Fig Tree
Mark 11:11–14, 20–24
18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.
20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 21:12–22). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Due to the inability for us to meet as a church right now, we are unable to have business meetings. Bro. Galaway does have the monthly finances up to date and the church financial statement for March is complete. These will be available when we meet again, but if you need a copy sooner, please contact him and one will be provided.
The offerings have remained steady even though we have not met in three weeks. Please remember to utilize the online giving through the church website or mail your offerings in - whatever you are most comfortable with.
God Bless Each of You
DAY 3: Eight Days of Scripture leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Also Read Further in Matthew 21:23–26:5, Mark 11:27–14:2, Luke 20:1–22:2
37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”
41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
DAY 4: Eight Days of Scripture leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Further readings are Mark 14:3-11 and Luke 22:3-6.
6 And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. 12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. 13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 26:6–13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
DAY 5: Eight Days of Scripture leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Further readings are Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-71, John 13:1-18:27
The Passover is Prepared
Mark 14:12–16; Luke 22:7–13
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” ’ ”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
The Passover is Celebrated
Mark 14:17–21; Luke 22:14, 21–23; John 13:21, 22
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”
He said to him, “You have said it.”
The Lord’s Supper is Instituted
Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23–26
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
Peter’s Denial is Predicted
Mark 14:26–31; Luke 22:34, 39; John 13:37, 38
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
And so said all the disciples.
Jesus’ Three Prayers
Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”
Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest
Mark 14:43–52; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:1–11
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” 49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?”
Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
52 But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”
55 In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. 56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”
Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.
Good afternoon! Curtis Holt and Nelson Galaway are working on modifying Bro. Jimmy Minnick's bathroom to make it handicapped accessible, in preparation for his return home, soon. They are in NEED of a "WET TILE SAW". If you or someone you know has a "wet tile saw" that you/they will loan to Curtis and Nelson for this project, please contact Curtis Holt at (903)-654-2833 (mobile) or (254)-678-1138 (home) as soon as possible. This would be greatly appreciated!
Hey everyone, it’s Ben and I wanted to update you on the wedding. It was originally planned for Thursday, but due to an issue with the judge we had to move it to Tuesday, June 2nd. It will be 8am our time which is Monday at 7pm.
We probably won’t be able to live stream it, but I’ll be sharing pictures on Facebook as soon as I can. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support. I’m looking forward to coming back, and Hannah is excited to meet all of you, too.
Dear Church Family -
I spoke this morning at church about face masks, and how I put it was not very clear and even misstated. As I understand the local and state guidelines, our church is NOT required to wear a mask for worship gatherings. It is simply strongly encouraged by local and state leaders. We will offer face masks for those that desire to wear one, but it will not be mandatory unless we receive further instructions to do so. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused. We will continue to practice social distancing as we have been. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at 903-576-5866. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday for Bible study.
Men's Bible study has been cancelled for this evening (July 7). We will have Bible study July 16th at 7 pm in the fellowship hall instead.
I want to remind our teens that we will be having a class Zoom meeting at 6:30 this evening. We will need their emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send them the invite. Looking forward to seeing you there! John
|Specific Day||04/10/2020||06:30 PM |
Sorry for the technical issues, but the live stream is back up on Facebook and our website.
|Specific Day||05/24/2020||11:00 AM |
Just a reminder that we will have Bible study tonight @ 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
|Specific Day||06/17/2020||07:00 PM |