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  • Heroes Luncheon 2014

    A huge thanks to our police, fire, and EMT heroes!  We love you and appreciate what you do day in and day out so that we can be safe!

    If you had your photo taken at the Heroes Luncheon, you can get a digital version of it here:

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  • GriefShare

    Has your world been rocked by a loss? Are you are trying to deal with grief after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend? Has everyone else returned to their normal life, leaving you to find your way while you still feel empty and alone? We'll walk with you on the long path through grief, toward healing and hope for the future. It doesn't matter if your loss is recent, or if it happened years ago - there is hope! Join us Saturday, September 27, at 9:00 A.M. in Room 214 for Grief Share, a thirteen-week adult support group program. It will be a warm, caring environment to find help and encouragement. The cost is $15 for the workbook and you can sign up at the Activity Counter in the Main Lobby. For more information, contact Daisy Green at daisykayp@yahoo.com or 260-418-6515.

  • Giving at First Assembly

    There are lots of ways to give your tithe and offering at First Assembly!  We’ve made it easy for you!  Below are all of the options for giving most efficiently:

    Online (Computer or Mobile)

    Give online at our website on a computer, tablet, or phone, or on our app (for Apple and Android devices)!  There is a button that says “Online Giving.”  Create a secure account that stores your information and makes giving regularly easy and quick.  Give to any offering and even set it up to automatically tithe from your bank account on a set schedule.  It’s convenient, secure, and easy!
    Click Here to Give Online

    Kiosks

    Give at the kiosks in our lobbies!  It’s the same as giving online from our website or app, but it’s conveniently located in our lobbies.  Create a secure account that stores your information and makes giving regularly easy and quick.  Tithe or give to any offering and it will even print you a receipt!

    Check

    Give by writing a check and putting it in the offering!  There’s no need to put it in an envelope.  Simply mark the memo line for tithe or which offering you would like to give to and drop it in the offering bag as it comes by during service.

    Offering Envelope (Cash or Credit Card Slip)

    Give by inserting cash or our credit card slip in an offering envelope.  Just detach the credit card slip, fill it out, and put it in the envelope.  Then, whether it’s a credit card slip or cash, fill out the information on the envelope and drop it in the offering bag as it comes by during service.

  • Every Soul Matters 5k

    First Vilonia is hosting the Every Soul Matters 5k again this year!  Sign up to run or come out to cheer on the participants!


  • Celebrate Recovery

    Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

    A wide variety of hurts, hang ups, and harmful behaviors are represented at Celebrate Recovery. Examples include dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, low self-esteem, need to control, depression, anger, co-dependency, depression,fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, and abuse.

    Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself:

    • Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?
    • Is there something I wish I could live without?
    • Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?
    • Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed?  

    If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.

    Thursdays at First NLR
    Dinner at 6pm
    Group at 6:45pm

    Facebook  Twitter @crfirstnlr  Instagram @crfirstnlr

    Fore more information, contact Layne Mason at (501) 833-3270 or laynemsn@yahoo.com.

  • Chronic Illness Support Group

    First Assembly is starting a support group, lead by Tamara Holliman, providing Christ-centered connection, encouragement, and care to those managing a chronic illness.  We will focus on our hope in Christ instead of our physical limitations.

     

    Are You Managing A Chronic Illness?

    • Auto-Immune Disease
    • Lupus
    • Migraines
    • Kidney or Liver Disease
    • Chronic Pain and/or Fatigue
    • Heart Disease
    • Epilepsy
    • Crohn’s Disease

    There is Hope

    Your diagnosis may not be listed. But, if you have recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, living with chronic pain, or managing a chronic illness, this group is for you!

    Managing Your Chronic Illness

    When you are first diagnosed with a Chronic Illness, it is hard to know where to turn. Even after you have been living with it for a while, you can still feel like you are alone. Together, we can encourage each other and carry each other’s burdens.

    Tamara's Story:

    My Journey with Lupus

    Nearly nine years ago, I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I had no idea what this really meant, but I soon found out as my life came to a complete and painful stand still. I would have loved to talk to others that knew what I was going through, but there was no one around. Since then, with Christ’s help, I have learned how to cope with this disabling disease. Having others to share this journey with is so important!

    For More Info:

    • Phone: 501-758-8553
    • Email: tamara_adeline@yahoo.com
  • 1 John 4

    Testing the Spirits

    1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

    2 By this you know the Spirit of God :every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God ;

    3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God ; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

    4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

    5 They are from the world ; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

    6 We are from God ; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

    God Is Love

    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God ; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

    8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

    9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

    10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    12 No one has seen God at any time ; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

    13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

    14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

    15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

    16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

    17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment ; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

    18 There is no fear in love ; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

    19 We love, because He first loved us.

    20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar ; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

    21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • 1 John 3

    Children of God Love One Another

    1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God ; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. '4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness ; and sin is lawlessness. '5 You know that He appeared in order to takeaway sins ; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins ; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous ; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil ; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious : anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning,that we should love one another ; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer ; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God ; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.


    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • 1 John 2, Part 2

    Do Not Love the World

    15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts ; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour ; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared ; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father ; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.

    The Promise Is Eternal Life

    25 This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you,you abide in Him. 28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.


    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • Mother's Day 2014


    We hope you enjoyed Mother's Day!  It was a fun day at First Assembly!  Thanks again, moms, for all you do!

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