Greetings Friendship Family,

Pastor Jaron here with a few quick announcements.  Pastor Curry was away this week, and I just wanted to quickly remind you of a few events on the horizon...
Love Yorba Linda is here! Tomorrow, Saturday, April 29th, things will start with a kick-off rally at 8:00 am at Hurless Barton Park with food, music and entertainment. At 9:30 am everyone will be excused to go to a project site. Volunteer service starts on site at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Love Yorba Linda is a community-wide service day where residents, businesses, city government, faith groups, service groups, schools, and sports organizations unite to make our city a better place.

There are many ways to participate! Friendship, this is our “home” city, and we want to show up and show out. Let’s be good neighbors and show we love our city! Sign up for one of the many short service projects. Go to HERE or contact Rev. Patrick Christian (714) 579-7066 for details.

MEN’S DAY 2023
Brothers, Men’s Day 2023 is coming, and we are excited! Men’s Day 2023 occurs this Sunday, April 30th, at our 8 am and 11:30 am services. The Wrecking Crew will be in the house under the direction of our guest director, Brother Greg Jones. Brother Jones will also lead in Praise & Worship on that Sunday!

Our speaker for Men’s Day will be Pastor Michael Ealey, Senior Pastor of the Prevailing in Christ Ministries of Carson, CA. Pastor Michael J. Ealey is an anointed man of God, an awesome spiritual educator, motivator, and dedicated Champion for Christ.  He presents the Word of God in a practical, humorous, thought-provoking way and encourages growth from people from all walks of life.  He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Prevailing In Christ Ministries.

After the 11:30 am service this Sunday, May 30th, join Lady Karima Curry, Angella Gardner and Brietta Looney in the Multipurpose Building as they share about the missions trip that they took in January to Ghana in West Africa. Come out and hear what God has done and is doing in Ghana. Refreshments will be served.
The RHEMA MEN’S SUMMIT 2023 is Saturday, May 6th, 9:00am-2:00pm. The theme is Worship over Worry - Building Men of Resilient Faith (Matthew 6:25-34). We will offer general sessions, breakout sessions, lunch, and giveaways. Admission is FREE! With all that is going on currently and has gone on over the past three years (pandemic, politics, social injustices, civil unrest, all types of losses, or fill in your own blank), worry tends to creep in when we don’t have answers to the problems we’re facing. Matthew 6:33 tells us we must seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first, and God will cause all these things to be added to us. That’s WORSHIP over WORRY.

Amid all our issues, we need to learn to WORSHIP over our worries.  It’s not easy; however, it is doable. The Summit is the ideal place to come out for encouragement and tools to put a "Worship over Worry" mindset into practice in our quest to be men of resilient faith. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Marcus Goodloe of Flourishing Church, Los Angeles.
Please register HERE for this event so you can be accounted for.

Is it your goal to read God’s Word this year? If so, we welcome you to join a Bible Reading Small Group. These groups promote Bible reading in communities over 90 days. Reading plans start Monday, May 1st, and groups will begin meeting the week of May 8th. Copies of reading plans are available in the Carrington Building. To register for a small group, please select the appropriate link below:
This small group will explore the book Believe for It by gospel artist CeCe Winans, who shares the importance of passing our faith to the next generation. Join us for this 6-week online reading circle starting Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm, as we consider ways we can model faith, foster intergenerational conversations, and invest in the next generation. Deaconess Celeste Wall serves as the facilitator for this group. To register: Believe For It - Small Group
All Singles are welcomed and encouraged to participate in a new study on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm on the books of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John. In this 9-week study, Dr. Tony Evans challenges Christians who have grown comfortable and complacent in their faith. Join us as we walk through these three letters, which paint a picture of love, obedience, and truth. Dr. Barbara Smith-Mustin serves as the facilitator for this study. To register: Singles Bible Study - 1st, 2nd, 3rd John
All Associate Ministers, FBI Teachers, and LEAD Academy graduates are asked to please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 3rd, for this year’s Ministers and Teachers Conference. The conference will be held here at Friendship starting at 9 a.m., and is an opportunity for ministers and teachers to be enriched, refreshed, and equipped. Details and an opportunity to register will follow soon.

We are trying to collect the names of all Friendship Baptist Church member graduating from high school or college this year.  If you are a member of Friendship Baptist Church and are graduating from high school or college or know a student that is connected to Friendship Baptist Church who is graduating from high school or college in 2023, please let us know by adding their name HERE.
We also want to thank those who have already started to give for our FUTURE NOW INITIATIVE. This month (March), we request that you submit your PLEDGE FORM and begin making your pledges.

On the pledge form, please indicate your planned pledge amount and your frequency of giving. Again, if you have the printed form, please put your total pledge amount on the KICK STARTER LINE. Then tell us, on that form, whether you will give your pledge over 12 months or 15 months. Lastly, please tell us the frequency of your giving, whether you will give weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly (as a one-time gift). Also, the form is available online HERE.  
Join us as the new preaching series, Keep the Faith: The Road of Resilience, resumes on the first Sunday!

Make sure to follow us on our social media pages for upcoming content. For Facebook, that’s Friendship Baptist Church. For Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, it’s @wearefriendshipchurch.
General Church things to remember:
  • 2023 CHURCH THEME:
      Resilient Faith
      Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV

      Grateful for the Resurrection of Jesus
      John 11:23-26: Luke: 24:6-7; 1 Thess 4:14; Matt 28:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3: 1 Cor 15:3-4

     We invite everyone to consider reading God’s Word this year! As of today, you have  247 days to complete a Bible reading plan, including today. At Friendship, we encourage every member to read one of six Bible reading plans in the year. Consider joining a Bible-reading small group that will be starting soon! The 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)

      Remember,  Health Care Ministry is sponsoring a weekly Health Walk every Saturday  from 7:00 am to 7:35 am led by Rev. Aubrey Craig and Sister Sandra Jones. This is a 30-minute walk. The walking group will meet on the corner of Bastanchury Road and Rose Drive.  If you want to participate, show up with water and energy snacks. Water and snacks will not be provided. For more information, please call Sister Sandra Jones at  909-438-7217.

  • IN-PERSON EX-HOUR: We invite you to stay after the first service or come earlier for the second service to attend EX-Hour in person. Remember, we have two adult classes meeting in person on campus and 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 in-person youth EX-Hour takes place during our designated EX Hour time in the Multipurpose Building. Parents, please encourage your students to join youth teachers for this biblically fun opportunity to learn God’s Word, connect with others, and grow.
  • CHILDREN’S EX-HOUR: As stated in previous weeks, our Children’s EX-Hour is back and meets on Sundays at 10am in the Multipurpose Building. Parents, please note you must check in and check out your children weekly for Ex-Hour.  
  • MOMMIES WITH BABIES: We have our Mommies with Babies class simultaneously during EX-Hour in the Multipurpose Building. Mommies with two years old and younger children are invited to this EX-HOUR class and are encouraged to bring their children with them! Come for encouragement, community, and growth! Amen!
  • 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 in at +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.  

God bless each of you!
Prayerfully, I will see you soon!

Jaron Singley
Executive Pastor of Ministries