Happy, Friendship,

Blessings to each of you this week. Be encouraged! That’s all I want to say to you this week. In days where discouragement is at a premium, I want to say to you, BE ENCOURAGED! Everyone needs encouragement. How nice it is when someone sees you do something and seeks to cheer you on or affirm what you have done.

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” If we are honest, the culture we live in and the time we leave are not encouraging. Therefore, we must encourage one another. Further, as people of God, we get discouraged once in a while when going through difficult situations, persecutions, or trials.

The fact that we are children of God does not alienate us from discouragement, but we must know that we have more than enough help from God to deliver us from every fiery dart of the enemy and to keep us in the faith till His glorious appearance. You can encourage yourself in the Lord by deliberately focusing your mind on the good things the Lord has done, the greatness of the Almighty God, His abundant mercies, and faithfulness, particularly on those things He has done in your own life.

David did the same in I Samuel 30:6, he encouraged himself in the Lord, and in the end, he was able to recover all, even after three days that the enemies have gone with all that he had labored for in life. You can draw great strength from within if you dare to focus on the Lord. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Amen!

Let me move on, but as I do, be encouraged!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday for worship! Thank you all for your encouragement and support concerning our Spiritual Disciplines Series. I appreciate that so many of you are leaning into this Spiritual Discipline Series! When we last preached, we covered two Outward Disciplines: Simplicity and Solitude. This Sunday, we will cover the outward disciplines of Submission & Service.

⚫ Submission is an act of humility in a world run by the ego, and it is the beginning of waking up to actual reality, that which lies beyond the egotistic sense of self.

⚫ Service is the practice of where helping others and making sacrifices is a dimension of a conscious spirit that is resting in dynamic truth.  

I invite you to catch last week’s Overtime on the Outward Disciples of Simplicity & Solitude. Also, remember the homework from the last Spiritual Disciplines sermon. Have you taken a simplicity challenge or a solitude challenge?

I pray that you have had the opportunity to:

  1. Find something that needs simplifying. It could be going through your house and decluttering or limiting your time-consuming TV, radio, or gaming. Basically, whatever you feel is getting in the way of making the kingdom of God your priority. Or, 
  2. Find a quiet place to seek silence and solitude. Find a space in your home where you can withdraw to be alone and silent. It could be a room or even a special chair. Also, find quiet places to go outside your home to seek silence and solitude, connecting with yourself and God. 

Again, I look forward to Sunday!

This Sunday, the Wrecking Crew will be singing! We are in for a great time in the LORD!

Let’s move on…

Friendship Families! Come out on Saturday evening, October 29th, at 5:00pm for a great time of fun, games, and candy at our Harvest Festival Party. This is a free event for all. This year we will host the party in the quad and Multipurpose Room. We will have a variety of games, prizes, and activities. In addition, complimentary snacks and refreshments will be served. And did we mention CANDY? Big THANKS to our Girl Scout ministry for planning this year’s event.

It’s NOT too late to donate individually wrapped bags of candy. You can drop donations off at the church today or tomorrow morning.

A Friendship Voter Registration table will be in the quad on Sundays, October 9th, 16th, and 23rd. The table will b available ½ hour before the 1st service, between the first and 2nd service, and ½  hour after the 2nd service. Please call, email, or text Mark Saunders at 714-914-1411 [email protected] if you have any questions, concerns, or recommendations.

Attention all Wives of Friendship, the Kingdom Wives Class is returning with a new study beginning Saturday, November 5th. The new study is entitled ~ Now You’re Speaking My Language: Honest Communication and Deeper Intimacy for a Stronger Marriage!

This class is open to all wives and engaged women and meets virtually via Zoom on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9AM to 10:30AM. To register, go HERE.

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.

As we enter the last quarter, it is our custom to participate in our FOURTH QUARTER PUSH! Just as a football team might experience intense focus and renewed momentum in the fourth quarter to FINISH STRONG and win the game, our FOURTH QUARTER PUSH is our way of encouraging the Friendship Family to FINISH STRONG.

✔️ Finish Strong in Biblical Stewardship ~ returning a whole tithe and giving generously. Then, let’s Bring the Whole Tithe faithfully to God. Beloved, we need your help to meet our 2022 BUDGET. We have just 9 SUNDAYS to do this. We need to raise $650,000 to FINISH STRONG! That’s an average of $70K each week. It’s a BIG push, but it is a DOABLE PUSH! I appreciate ALL you have given and continue giving, and we seek to do KINGDOM work. Remember, Bring the WHOLE TITHE SUNDAY is coming on Sunday, November 6th. Bring the Whole Tithe Sunday is an extension of our Call to Biblical Stewardship Sermon Series. Every Frist Sunday through the end of the year, we will remind ourselves of the biblical concept of stewardship by practicing faithful tithing.

✔️ Finish Strong in Bible Reading. We have approximately 62 days to read the Bible using one of the six Bible reading plans we promote here at Friendship. You can do this!

✔️ Finish Strong in Bible Study ~ we have several Bible Study opportunities that begin next week. Will you consider joining one? Go to the website HERE to learn more.

✔️ Finish Strong in adopting Spiritual Disciplines. Consider reading the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster and taking the personal challenge I give each week at the end of each message.

Beware of email scammers! There are individuals out there who send emails impersonating people you know to rob you of your money. I will never send you an email asking you to wire me money or purchase a gift card for me personally or the ministry. All funds for ministry run through our church finance department and our secure church giving app. Call the church office or me to verify a request or email when in doubt. I suggest you do the same with your family and friends if you get a suspicious email from a family member, do not wait your time emailing back and forth. Call the individuals. We are living in crazy times, and people are crooked!

General Church things to remember:
United & Unashamed: God’s People United in Mission, Ministry, & Mandate
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ESV; Romans 1:16-17 ESV

Matt. 11;28; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 9:8; Col. 3:23-24.

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.

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.

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 2nd. 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.

We invite you to stay after the first service or come earlier for the second service to attend Ex Hour in person.

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 worshipping! 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 COVID-19, we invite you to apply for one of our $500 assistance grants. The guidelines are available HERE, and the application is available HERE.

LOST & FOUND: Have you lost your favorite Bible, glasses, or a personal item while here at the church? If so, please get in touch with the church office at 714-528-0990 or stop by on the 1st floor of the Carrington Building Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:30pm or Sunday between 10:00am-2:00pm. There is a collection on the blue counter under the TV monitor.


I love you, Friendship, But God Loves you BEST!

Continue to Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected!

In His Service,
Rev. Kenneth C. Curry, Jr.
Your Pastor
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