FAC Veterans Brings Back the Flagpole

Not too long ago, the FAC Youth Center was our main church building. The flagpole with the American flag stood in front of the building. However, we took it down in preparation to add onto our campus. After several years, the FAC Veterans department took the reins to reinstall the flagpole and American flag in front of our new church building.
FAC Veterans, along many others, look forward to seeing the American flag wave again on FAC property. FAC Veterans Director, Richard McCartney stated that “reinstalling the flagpole has been in our hearts for a while.” In August, they started this project by cleaning the pole from the built-up dirt and grime it accumulated over the years. This Thursday, October 3rd, they installed the flagpole and is now ready for the final stage of electric and lighting installations.

More than Just a Flagpole

Although some anticipate seeing the flagpole, others might be thinking, “it’s just a flagpole.” According to Richard McCartney, displaying the flag is important for several reasons. Firstly, Americans are truly blessed to live in a country with religious freedom. This very principal fueled our founding fathers’ passion to help shape this country. McCartney said, “the flag display shows our appreciation, thanks and honor to those who fought, bled, and died, so we could have freedom. We believe that our freedom is cause worthy of display.”
Secondly, the flag represents numerous things that create a strong parallel with the church. For example, the flag symbolizes we are “one nation under God.” Additionally, the flag represents hope for a better life and a better future, a chance of peace, and ultimately, freedom. Likewise, the church is as a city set on a hill in a dark world. The church delivers hope of eternal life and hope in a time of despair and uncertainty. It also is a place to find peace that passes all understanding. The church stands for freedom of sin. So, when people see the flag in front of the church, it reminds people they have the freedom to come and experience a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

Praying for Our Country

We thank God to live in a country where we are free to gather and worship The Lord. FAC Tallmadge loves this country. We honor the men and women who have served and are still serving. Richard McCartney encourages all to be “mindful of those still serving especially those in foreign duty zones and combat zones. Pray for their safety as well as their loved ones at home who must carry on in their absence. Also, as always, continue to pray for our great country and our leaders, from local law enforcement, first responders, and local government officials all the way to the President and Federal government.”
We are so blessed to live in the United States of America, and we are so excited the American flag waves once again.

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NEW Wednesday Night Series: Abundant Life

Starting on July 17th, Pastor Bulgrin will launch our Wednesday night summer series for adults called, “Abundant Life.” This series continues throughout the summer every Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Expect students to be in class throughout this time. Each night, Pastor will speak on a new subtopic that teaches us how to successfully live abundantly. Yet, what does living abundantly really mean?
When people think of living abundant, each person might define it differently. We may believe it entails great family time, being financially secure, accomplishing a successful career, and so on. Although these things are a blessing to our lives, these factors alone do not equate to abundant life. When discussing this upcoming series, Pastor shared his definition of “abundant life.” He stated, “it’s important to note that a person cannot truly live abundantly unless they have a consistent, genuine relationship with Jesus. Being able to live an abundant life is a gift and the fruit of having a right relationship with God. It’s a peaceful life where you don’t wake up dreading the day, and you can go to bed satisfied.”
Pastor’s biblical definition is fundamentally simple. However, very few Christians experience an abundant life. Therefore, the Abundant Life Series gives us a better understanding of what we should be experiencing as children of God. Additionally, the series empowers us to achieve and experience the best life possible.

What to Expect

During this series, Pastor anticipates the messages to be structured in a teaching format. He encourages everyone to “bring notebooks, highlighters, and Bibles.” Every message helps us refocus on our relationships with God instead of getting caught up in snares of weights, sins, and confusion. With topics like “Spiritual Warfare,” “Biblical Disciplines,” and “Relationships,” we refresh our perspectives on Christian living.  In turn, we become equipped to live more abundant in every aspect: physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
Overall, we expect this series to enrich our lives in every aspect as we live abundantly and grow individually and collectively as a church body. After service, we invite everyone to stick around. Enjoy the warm summer nights with fellowship and refreshments like sweet tea, lemonade, and cookies. 

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Independence Celebration Service

Every year, FAC Tallmadge loves to celebrate our country’s independence. Most of all, we thank God for our freedom and allowing us to live in, what we believe to be the greatest country. Additionally, we honor those who have served our country and fought the freedom we enjoy daily. Typically, we have our “Freedom Picnic” after a July Sunday service, but this year, we are changing things up. In lieu of our Freedom Picnic, we will be having an Independence Celebration Service on Wednesday, July 3rd at 7:00pm.
While preparing the details for the Independence Day Service, Pastor Bulgrin stated, “We moved our celebration to Wednesday night this year, and I think it’s going to be a great time and lots of fun for everyone!” 
On July 3rd, we will begin the night with an abbreviated service, so it will be a general assembly. A worship experience will start the service followed by a few words from Pastor Bulgrin. He will direct us in focused thanksgiving for our freedom and prayer over our country, soldiers, and leaders. After we conclude the service, everyone is encouraged to stay and enjoy the festivities. There will be a dunk tank, balloon artists, corn hole games, and red, white and blue snow cones galore!
This night will be full of great fellowship and fun for the family. Join us as we celebrate together our God-given freedom!
If you won’t be able to make it this time, FAC Tallmadge invites you to join us anytime. Click here to view our calendar of services and events.

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Ladies Connection – A New Way to Connect

Here at FACTALLMADGE, we constantly look for new ways to connect with one another. We strive to be a church that knows each other, loves, and interacts as a family. These desires, which were main factors, led to our new and improved ladies connections. Each connection is designed for people to converse and build a support group all while we discuss biblical principals we can live by to enrich our lifestyles.
We started our first ladies connection in January 2019. We were elated to have so many women who love to come to these connections. So, trying to maintain a small group setting was a challenge. To solve this challenge, ladies connections are now segmented into two groups. Women under 50 years of age met on a Thursday night, and women 50 years and older met on a Saturday afternoon, and it worked so well that this structure will be applied to upcoming connections, too.
“It was so interesting to see differences in the groups!” said First Lady, Kim Bulgrin. For example, “I asked both groups about grocery pick up. Everyone in the Thursday group knew about it and most have used and loved the service. But, when I mentioned it on Saturday – blank stares.” So, even in the small things, these two groups allow women to find commonalities that make a quicker, fun connection.
Among finding commonalities, like how we grocery shop, ice breakers, group discussions, and food filled the night. Sis. Bulgrin called January’s theme “Goals and Organization” – very fitting for the first month of the year! Throughout many laughs and real talk, Sis. Bulgrin shared a plethora of organization and goal strategies she found in her research and studies. She relayed different methods purposed to help busy people get things done in a timely manner without becoming overwhelmed. That is a hard thing to do nowadays. To end the night, each woman set reasonable goals regarding their personal and their family’s spiritual, mental, and physical health. Overall, we left feeling challenged yet encouraged to be more organized and less overwhelmed in 2019.

Below, check out what some of the ladies had to say about Ladies Connection!

“What an awesome night! So thankful for all that came out and braved the cold weather. It was a great time of fellowship!”
“Such a great, enriching time!!”
“It was really awesome to come together with the ladies from the church! I really enjoyed the gathering.”
“This truly was such a wonderful night. I’m so glad I came! Such a blessing.”
Ladies Connection Dates:
  • “His Plan, My Purpose”
    • Feb. 21 @ 7 pm
    • Feb. 23 @ 10 am
  • March Mentorship
    • Mar. 21 @ 7 pm
    • Mar. 23 @ 10 am
Click here to let us know you’d like to come!

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New Service Time

Starting Sunday, January 13th, 2019, FACTALLMADGE will begin their evening services at 6:00 PM. Until now, we always began our Sunday evening services at 6:30 PM. However, Pastor Bulgrin felt directed by The Lord to move up the time to 6 PM. We expect that moving our service time to 6 PM will help our church family’s Sunday schedule.
” Moving our church service up by a half an hour may not seem like much, but it will give people more time after service to run errands, eat, get the kids to bed. I think that our elders and families with young children will really appreciate this time change.”
– Pastor Ken Bulgrin
Sunday evening services are life changing services, and we are excited to have service at a time that will promote a better family time balance.
See you at 6 PM on Sundays!
Scroll down to see all of our service times.

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Kids Zone = Safe Zone

FACTALLMADGE believes that children are the future church, so we not only invest in them, we strive to keep them safe, too. 
After children are dismissed for class after offering, children, ages 0-4, require a check-in and check-out process.  To complete the check-in process, parents and children receive corresponding, identification stickers and labels for diaper bags and sippy-cups.  In addition, they provide all parents an information sheet that allows information to be recorded regarding allergies, medications, etc.
Once parents drop them off, they can return to the main service to hear the message.  If parents are needed, their identification number (on the sticker) will display on the projector screen.  We want parents to feel comfortable and at ease knowing their children are safe, and if they are needed, they will be notified promptly.
After service begins the check-out process.  Each parent must come to the check-in/check-out station and present their sticker.  People will not be able to check out a child without their identification sticker.  When Kids Zone staff receives the sticker, they will bring the child or children to the door with bags and belongings.  Again, to ensure safety, all stickers will be removed and discarded at time of pick up.
FACTALLMADGE put this policy in place to ensure children are safe and having fun while parents can enjoy and engage in the service.

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