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PASTOR’S WEEKLY UPDATE SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

Happy Friday!  This is Pastor Jaron.  Pastor Curry asked me to step in and do the announcements this week.  Didn’t we have a wonderful day this past Sunday as we celebrated National Back to Church Sunday!  It was so good to see so many in the house of the Lord! I think out “Get in the Game” theme went over very well - It seems like every team that exists was represented at the ‘Ship!

Now on to our announcements!

PASTOR’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
This Sunday at 10:00 am , join us in celebrating the 9th Pastoral Anniversary of our Pastor, the Rev. Kenneth C. Curry, Jr., We will have one combined service at 10 am with lunch immediately afterward. Our theme is “A Post-Pandemic Pastor with a  Pre-Pandemic Purpose,” inspired by John 4:31-38 ESV.  The Rev. Rikki T.Ferrell, Jr., Pastor of the Greater New Bethel Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA, will be our guest preacher for the 10am service. Of course, the service will also be available on all standard streaming platforms, including wearefriendship.church/live, the We Are Friendship Church app, Facebook, and YouTube, but we know our Pastor would love to see your faces.
We ask that you consider joining us to acknowledge our Pastor with a monetary gift and your participation in the day’s festivities. If you give online, please choose Pastor’s Anniversary from the drop-down menu to ensure the gift is credited appropriately.  To give in person, please use one of the special “Pastoral Anniversary” envelopes.

BIBLE STUDIES
 
Women’s Bible Study: First, our Women’s Bible study kicked of last week and continues on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and meets virtually.  This  Bible study is titled “Learning Contentment in a Culture of More.” There’s still time to get in on this awesome class. Please utilize the following link to enroll in this class: Women’s Bible Study: Numbers, Learning Contentment in a Culture of More
  
New Members Class: If you’ve recently become a member of Friendship or are a member who has never attended the New Members Class, we invite you to attend a new session starting on Sunday, October 2. Over eight weeks, this class teaches what we believe about fundamental Christian doctrines, including Salvation, the Trinity, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. In addition, this class provides a good foundation on key doctrines in the Bible. Join us at 10 a.m. on Sundays; we meet on the 2nd floor of the Carrington Building, Room 209.
 
Assurance of Salvation: In a couple weeks, on October 5, at 7:30 p.m., Deacon Toreno Winn will lead an in-person bible study on our Assurance of Salvation.  Come study what the scriptures reveal about the confidence we have in Jesus Christ as our assurance of salvation.  When leading others to Christ, can you clearly articulate why believers are confident in their salvation and eternal life? Join this class and study and be equipped by the Word. This class will meet every Wednesday evening in the Carrington Building room 207/208
 
 
Singles Class: All singles are invited to participate in a new Bible study titled, Be Still. A Simple Guide to Quiet Times. This class starts Thursday, October 6 at 7p and will be held virtually. For some, these two simple words, “be still,” are a welcome invitation to slow down. Others feel it is impossible and out of reach in our increasingly noisy world, or simply too hard to maintain. This 7-session study will equip you with the tools needed to deepen your relationship with God and help you see that even amid a busy life, you can spend quiet time with God. Please utilize the following link to enroll in this class: Singles Bible Study: Be Still
 
⚫ Bible Reading Small Groups ~ October 2022: As we quickly approach the final quarter of 2022, we want to encourage all who desire to complete a Bible reading plan by year-end to know: There’s still time for you to do so! Starting next month, we will offer several Bible Reading Small Groups. These groups are designed to promote reading a Bible plan in community with others and accountability. As many of you may recall, we offered Bible Reading Small Groups earlier this Spring. After the Spring sessions, almost 40 participants completed one of the reading plans after 90 days! To God be the glory!  The DAY of the week and reading FOCUS is highlighted below. Click the Link after the description to register for your desired reading plan(s).
 MONDAY
  •  Old Testament
Schedule: 6:30 p.m., 2nd and 4th Mondays, starting October 10th
Facilitators: Sis. Freda Petersen & Dea. Al Upshur
Registration link: Old Testament Bible Reading Group-Mondays
 
  • The Gospels
Schedule: 7 p.m., every other week, starting October 10th
Facilitators: Brandon & Audrey Shelby
Registration link: The Gospels Bible Reading Group
 
 TUESDAY
  •  New Testament
Schedule: 7 p.m. every other week, starting October 11th
Facilitators: Tonya Whiteside, Debra Hailey
Registration link: New Testament Bible Reading Group-Tuesdays
 
 WEDNESDAY
  • New Testament
Schedule: 6 p.m., every other week, starting October 12th
Facilitators: Bill Jenkins, Ann Williams
Registration link: New Testament Bible Reading Group-Wednesdays
 
 THURSDAY
  •  Old Testament
Schedule: 10 a.m., Every other week, starting October 13th
Facilitators: Ray & Ava Campbell
Registration link: Old Testament Bible Reading Group-Thursdays
 
  • Psalms/Proverbs 3x
 Schedule: 7 p.m. every other week, starting October 13th
Facilitators: Keturah Washington, Rina Bailey
Registration link: Psalms/Proverbs 3xs Bible Reading Group
 
  • The Pentateuch
Schedule: 7:30 p.m., every other week, starting October 13th
Facilitators: Brenda Matthews, Shawna Chambers, Erwin Cross
Registration link: The Pentateuch Bible Reading Group
 
Bible Reading Plans Start Date: October 2, 2022
 
MENTOR UP
Friendship Family, our outreach Ministry, partners with a program called Mentor Up. Mentor Up is a Christian ministry that meets weekly at various locations in Southern California, mentoring boys ages 8 to 18 through the GROUP MENTORING PROCESS! 
Mentor up begins Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm.  The first meeting will take place off site.  If you have already signed up to be a part of Mentor Up the information will be forwarded to you by Huston Williams or Chuck Devine very soon if you have not already received it.  To register your son, please contact Chuck Divine at (949) 201-9495 or Houston Williams, a Friendship member, at (714) 318-0014.

SCHOLARSHIP MINISTRY
Parents and grandparents - Have you registered your students for the Scholarship ministry for the current academic year? The Scholarship Ministry is now taking open enrollment for all First through Twelfth grade students for the 2022-2023 school year.  We are also looking for mentors for our students. Mentors serve to encourage students and parents throughout the year.
Click here to register your child for the Scholarship Ministry. 

REMEMBERING OUR LOST LOVED ONES
Our annual “Remembering our Lost Loved Ones” service is fast approaching.  The date for the service is Tuesday October 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm.  If you would like to have your loved one(s) pictured in the slide presentation please send us the following information starting September 23, 2022.

  • Name of your Loved One
  • A picture of your Loved One
  • Sunrise Date
  • Sunset Date
  • Relationship to your loved one

If your loved one was included in last year's pictorial presentation and you want them included this year as well you do not have to resend the information.
 If you do not want them included this year please notify Rev Felton Christian via phone call or email with the same information above include the word (Remove).
The absolute deadline to submit your information is Friday October 7, 2022

SOCAL HARVEST CRUSADE
The 2022 So Harvest Crusade will occur at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim on November 5th & 6th. This evangelistic hope-filled event encourages those anxious about what the future holds for this crazy mixed-up world. It is two days of music, community, and hearing a life-changing message from Pastor Greg Laurie about getting right with God. Please go HERE to understand the event and see how you can attend, spread the word, invite others, and serve. There are volunteer opportunities available. Please check the volunteer page HERE. 

THE NEW PREACHING SERIES CONTINUES
Over the next few weeks, we will explore the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. In these months – which are strange and unsettling – we want to be a voice that is encouraging and hopeful and one that points to Jesus. This book is a great resource that we can utilize to structure and guide our spiritual growth. I pray that when we get to the other side of this series, we will look just a little bit more like Jesus. Go HERE for a pdf copy of the book. 
Proper training, discipline, and hard work are indispensable for success in education, athletics, business, public speaking, or any other area. The same is true of the Christian life. A successful Christian life requires discipline in cultivating healthy habits and routines. This series will teach us the spiritual disciplines necessary to be all God has called us to and accomplish all God has called us to accomplish. I pray you will join me on the journey.

“OVERTIME” - Join in as we take the “game” into Overtime!  Pastor Curry and Executive Pastors Rodney Friend and Jaron Singley share highlights,  thoughts, and jokes that will help make this series even more practical. You may access this series on our YouTube channel or Follow the link HERE.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
I want to reiterate my heartfelt appreciation for your faithfulness and financial support through giving, and thank you once again for your help in making ministry happen here at Friendship.

Friendship has been incredibly blessed to continue in ministry and grow through the pandemic, and I anticipate greater growth in the future. So much of our growth is due to the generosity of our members who return their tithe and practice over and above giving while keeping the great commission in view!  

Your faithful giving has helped us to do vital ministry work in the community, and with your continued support, we can carry on this legacy. Yes, your contribution will enable us to disciple, evangelize, and serve! So again, thank you for supporting Friendship and helping us to make a difference!

Don’t forget that there are multiple ways you can give to Friendship: cash (on Sundays) and check (anytime), and also you can give online, via your desktop, laptop, or smartphone at our website or the church mobile app. To give TODAY, please go HERE.

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION (CCCU)
Friendship has maintained a great relationship with the Christian Community Credit Union (CCCU) as a trusted faith-based financial partner for many years. Recently, to positively impact our church, CCCU has pledged to donate $50.00 to Friendship Baptist Church anytime one of our members or attendees joins the credit union.

CCCU has a heart for missions and a commitment to supporting ministries such as our church. We encourage you to explore the positive impact Christian Community Credit Union is making by visiting their website www.mycccu.com or by calling our dedicated representative, Michael Antaramian, who is available anytime to answer questions or share more information. He CAN BE REACHED at 1.800.347.2228 extension 6224. Check out THIS link to CCCU as well; it is designed just for the Friendship Family.

COVID SAFETY UPDATE:
We are currently in Mask Optional protocol for worship. A safe in-person worship experience is still our priority!

General Church things to remember:
 
⚫ 2022 CHURCH THEME:
United & Unashamed: God’s People United in Mission, Ministry, & Mandate
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ESV; Romans 1:16-17 ESV
 
⚫ SEPTEMBER PRAYER FOCUS:
Praying that Body of Friendship is inspired to do the Work of God
Matt. 11;28; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 9:8; Col. 3:23-24.
 
⚫ BIBLE READING
You have 99 days to complete a Bible reading plan, including today. Friendship encourages every member to read one of six Bible reading plans in the year. These plans include;

✔️ The entire Bible,
✔️ The Pentateuch (or the first five books of the Old Testament),
✔️ The entire Old Testament,
✔️ The Gospels (or the first four books of the New Testament),
✔️ The entire New Testament, and
✔️ Psalms and Proverbs (3 times)
See the announcement above if you would like to join a group to help you on your journey.

⚫ SOCIAL MEDIA
Make sure to follow us on our social media pages for upcoming content. For Facebook, that’s @FriendshipBaptistChurch. For Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, it’s @wearefriendshipchurch.
 
We invite you to stay after the first service or come earlier for the second service to attend Ex Hour in person.

 IN-PERSON EX-HOUR: In-person Ex-Hour meets each Sunday from 10am to 11am. We now have two adult classes meeting in person on campus, along with a Young Adult Class. They meet as follows:
◯ Adult Class One (Sanctuary): The team teaching in the sanctuary includes Lady Karima Curry, Pamela Jones, Deacon Demetrius Linebarger, Melanie Porter, Vivian Randolph, & Deacon James Shelby
◯ Adult Class Two (Carrington Building Room 217): The team teaching in the Carrington Building Room 217 includes Le Shon Archer, Deacon Rick Archer, Karen Ammons, Gwen Matthews, and Rev. Phil Yoder.
◯ Young Adults Class (Carrington Building Rooms 207-208): This class is designed for those aged 18-35.
 
⚫ EX HOUR: Virtual Ex-Hour meets weekly on Sundays via ZOOM. Join us for class at 10am via this link HERE.  
 
⚫ YOUTH EX HOUR: Our youth Ex Hour takes place during our designated EX Hour time via Google Meet and in-person. Yes, it’s a hybrid approach! Parents, please encourage your students to join youth teachers for this biblically fun opportunity to learn God’s Word, connect with others, and grow. To join Youth Ex-Hour, follow the link HERE.
 
⚫ CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VIDEO: A weekly Children’s Ministry Worship Video is provided to keep our children connected, encouraged, and worshiping! It is available through our website HERE or the Friendship YouTube Channel HERE.
 
⚫ WEDNESDAY Prayer Day: Join us each Wednesday for Prayer. We pray at 6:30am, 12pm, and 6:30pm. To connect with our prayer services, please follow this link HERE or dial +1 (413) 418-4274 and use the PIN 287683504#.
 
⚫ FBC FOOD BANK OPEN: The FBC Food Bank is OPEN with a new drive-thru system where our clients will receive a pre-packaged food box and a bag of groceries.  The Food Bank’s hours of operation are Tuesday - Thursday, 2:30pm-4:30pm.
 
⚫ COVID Recovery Kits:
We still have Covid Recovery Kits through Providence Health and the Yorba Linda Rotary Club. These kits help individuals who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and are recovering at home. Each kit includes a pulse oximeter to monitor breathing, a thermometer, a box of masks, and a package of sanitizing wipes in a small canvas bag. If you or someone in your family could benefit from one of these kits, please call the church office and arrange to get one.
 
⚫ COVID Membership Assistance Fund: We are STILL accepting COVID Membership Assistance Grant applications. If you are experiencing financial distress due to COVID19, we invite you to apply for one of our $500 assistance grants. The guidelines are available HERE, and the application is available HERE.

Well, that’s all I have! I look forward to seeing you for Pastor's Anniversary Celebration on Sunday!

We Love you Friendship Family,

Continue to Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected & Get in the GAME!
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