Ellie Chapman was baptized into Christ on Friday January 15 by her father, Barry Chapman. We rejoice with Ellie and her family.
Covenant Sunday
As a follow up to Covenant Sunday consider participating in the monthly spiritual practice challenges. Go to or contact Lantz Howard.

Fifth Sunday
Sunday, January 31 is a fifth Sunday. The contribution that day will go toward the debt reduction on the Family Life Center.  
Bridal Shower
Join us for a bridal shower in the atrium in honor of Alissa Windle and Tyler Cope next Sunday, January 31 from 1:30-3:00PM. We are requesting that everyone wear a mask. They are registered at Target, Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Celebration of Marriage
On Sunday, February 14 during worship we will honor those couples who celebrate a wedding anniversary ending in years with a “1” or “6”. If you would like to participate please submit a wedding picture and a more recent picture to the church office  by February 1.
Youth Ministry

  • Sunday, January 24: Park Avenue Youth One Day Winterfest from 2:30-7:30PM in the Gym! We will have great lessons, comedy time, games, worship, dinner, and more! Hope your students can join us! 
  • Park Avenue Youth Parents: Make sure to check your email for our upcoming Summer Schedule! 

Marriage Getaway Weekend - February 26-28
Save the date for our marriage retreat at Lake Murray State Lodge, Ardmore, OK. The costs is $200 per couple. Register at

Christian Theater Workshop
Save the date for CTW. This year it will be July 19-25.

Family Mission Trip-July 2-10
The mission trip to Casa de la Esperanza costs $150 per person. Register at

Men's Event
Save the date for a men's hiking trip on March 26-28. More details to come.

Kimberly Pendergrass, Peggy Clark, Keith House, Corky Armstrong, Jimmy Rosser, John Eubank, Betty Clark, James Hawk, Dewey Martin, Bob Corley, Sandra Aynes, June Washburn, Nancy Richard, Sarah Carroll
Ongoing Needs
Jim & Jane Scroggins, Terry Waggoner, Kay Skelton, Lisa  Cobble, Bobby & Peggy Slaughter, Nancy Richard, Sandra Thomas,  Larry Long,  Judy Shelton, Mary Pope, Gene Stogner, Kimberly Pendergrass, Kaile Williams (Norris), Peggy Parkey
Barbara Corbett, Ray & Marsha Jones, Chris Keene, JD Huffman
Hammer & Dela Afakule (Togo), Mario “Pepe” Torre (Monterrey, Mexico)
Friends of Park Avenue
Rebekah Taylor (great niece of the Russells), Becky Sanchez (wife of Gil Sanchez,  Director of orphanage in Mexico)    

Good morning and welcome to our Sunday worship. Last week was Covenant Sunday as we encouraged all of you to Fix Your Eyes of Jesus. If you didn’t get a covenant stone, we still have some available. Come on by the church office to pick one up.
The “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus” theme comes from Hebrews 12:1-3

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

These three verses are some of my favorite in the Bible. During the month of January, I encourage you to read these verses daily, and, even more, I encourage you to commit these verses to memory. As we run the race, we all need to daily hear these words of encouragement urging us to keep on. This morning I will continue leading us through the rest of Hebrews 12.
Next Sunday is a Fifth Sunday here at Park Avenue and we will continue our tradition of using that Sunday to pay down on our mortgage. Pre-pandemic we would pass the plates a second time but, due to the nature of our collecting contributions during the pandemic, it is difficult to “pass the plates” a second time since we’re not “passing the plates” a first time. Given that fact, the elders have decided that all of that Sunday’s contribution will go to the reduction of the debt on the Family Life Center, aka the Ark. Please give generously as every dollar also reduces the interest we are paying on the loan. We are hoping to pay off the loan in less than four years.  With our debt reduction contributions, we have been able to turn a 25-year mortgage into a 14-year mortgage saving us thousands of dollars in interest. Thank you for your financial generosity.