Pastor’s Weekly Update December 10, 2021

Greetings & Salutations Friendship Family!

I pray that this Advent Season is going well for each of you! You know the year is quickly coming to an end, and as it does, I pray that you will not panic or become frantic but enjoy the season.

It is easy to become overwhelmed with Christmas shopping, Christmas stress, and credit card bills. But amid the busyness, be sure to reflect on the true meaning of the season. Advent is a time when we think about waiting for God, and we should reflect on His faithfulness to keep His promises. Christmas and Advent should remind us that God is FAITHFUL.

May Advent be a time when you can settle into your spiritual life by finding joy in the season and less stress at Christmas. So enjoy the season. That’s my encouragement for you and my prayer for you as well.

Here at Friendship, things begin to slow down for the end of the year. However, we are still here working and preparing for the New Year. Yes, we are getting ready for 2022, but our operations are less involved, and many of our staff members are on much-needed vacations. If you need to come up to the church during the week, please call first to be sure we are available.

Please note the church office is closed Friday, December 24th, and Friday, December 31st.

Kingdom Wives, you do not want to miss this Saturday’s class in the study Sacred Marriage, Sacred Heart.  This is the final class for the 2021 year, and the team has a great class planned.  First, Sis. Melanie Porter will present Chapter 9, entitled the Sacred Struggle, Embracing Difficulty to Build Character! Now that will be a chapter you don’t want to miss.  Then, the wives will celebrate Christmas with festive contests, games, and tips to get you through the holiday with sweetness, spice,  and style. So, Kingdom Wives, don’t miss this one, Saturday, December 11th at 9:00am!

Friendship here are a few things we want to be sure you know: 

On Sunday, December 19th, our Children’s Ministry will have a special Christmas Children’s Worship during our 11:30am Worship Service. This worship will be a special time of outdoor games, music, and Bible stories for all children in Kindergarten through the 5th grade.  Plus, we will have a special gift for every child!

Please NOTE that we will have ONE service on Sunday, December 26th, starting at 10am.

Please plan to join us on Friday, December 31st, for our Watch Night Service. This service will be virtual only, begin at 10:30pm, and go through 12:05am on January 1st. I will provide more information in the coming weeks!

On Sunday, January 2nd, we will have Celebration Sunday, where we will have our 10am service followed by a CELEBRATION RECEPTION. In this reception, we will celebrate the NEW YEAR, Rev. Dr. Linda Long’s Retirement after 14 years of service to Friendship, my twenty years of service to Friendship as a staff member, and our 35 years here in Yorba Linda.

Do you know that on January 4, 1987, Friendship held its first services here in Yorba Linda? The Yorba Linda Campus is officially our longest dwelling place and a facility the membership built from the ground up! So let’s come together and celebrate what God has done and gain momentum for what God wants to do in the next 35 years!

Attention all youth in the 6th through 12th grades, our Youth Ministry invites you to attend the Ignition Youth Conference on January 21st - 22nd. This is a weekend experience for middle & high schoolers designed to intentionally create an environment where students can exalt Christ, engage scripture through messages and small group discussions, and be equipped with the necessary tools to pursue Christ passionately.

At the Ignition Youth Conference, there will be four Gospel-centered messages that cater to youth, high-energy worship, and a weekend experience that will inspire our students to be the best version of themselves, leaning into who God created them to be.  Plus, the conference offers an awesome concert featuring Social Club Misfits, a Christian Hip-hop duo. Space is limited, so sign up soon.  The cost of the conference is $40. Parents are welcome to attend. The event begins on Friday evening, January 21, from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm.  We then resume on Saturday at 9:00 am and go until 9:00 pm. Click HERE for more information and to register.

I am excited to announce that I have been asked to speak at the next Transformation Ministries Conference being held on February 10th and 11th at South Shores Church in Dana Point. This is the conference we hosted for Transformation Ministries in 2015 here at Friendship. The 2022 Transformation Ministries Conference is built around the theme: Only GOD. We will revisit the book of Acts and look at how the supernatural work of God turned the world upside down. I will speak from the thought, ONLY GOD IS WORTHY! HERE is the link to Transformation Ministries advertisement for the conference this week, featuring your PASTOR.

All of you are invited to attend the conference! It is FREE for you to do so as long as you register under Friendship! To register, go HERE. Select “I need to add my name to my church’s registration.”  Then enter Friendship Baptist Church for the church name and enter our church address which is 17145 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Then enter your contact information under Attendee Information. Let me know if you have a problem by emailing me HERE.

We have just FOUR more Sundays to meet our 2021 budget, and it is within our reach!

Friendship, thank you for your generous financial support of your church. You are amazingly faithful and generous. This fourth quarter campaign helps to ensure we finish 2021 strong financially! Please remain faithful to your church and continue your financial support. Your generous contributions have assisted us in maintaining a high level of ministry here at Friendship. Finishing strong will help us this year and position us greatly for next year as we anticipate greater in-person ministry opportunities!  Please know we are constantly investing in the ministry here at Friendship! We are making progress!

Many of you make year-end gifts that you want to be credited in the current year. I have included a schedule below to help you ensure that your gift is credited correctly. Would you please read it and govern yourself accordingly?

  • Subsplash/Online Giving: Sub-Splash will not process any giving over Christmas weekend. For Sub-Splash, the last date of transmission for 2021 is December 29th. Therefore, we recommend that members who want to give electronically for 2021 do so no later than December 22, 2021. Due to the Holiday season, any giving processed after December 22, 2021, will most likely be credited for 2022.  Please note that we do not control when Subsplash processes the giving batches.
  • Concerning mailed giving: All financial gifts postmarked December 31, 2021, will be processed for 2021. Keep in mind mail is much slower nowadays. So please be aware all giving received under this time frame will not hit your bank account until 2022.
If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our Finance Manager, Kenneth Jordan, in the church office or at [email protected].

I would like to wish my wife and our beloved First Lady, Lady Karima, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Her birthday is tomorrow, December 11th. Karima, remember that you were wonderfully made by God and rejoice in his love on your birthday.

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:

You have 21 days to complete a Bible reading plan, including today. This is a reminder that you still have time to read the WORD and accomplish a goal you may have set for yourself! At Friendship, we encourage 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)

If you have not completed a reading plan, there is still time. To help you, we will load a 90-day plan to complete the Gospels in the Church App. Simply open the “Bible” tab from the bottom menu of the church app and select “plan.” Each day will include a reading of ONE chapter per day... just one chapter a day to complete the Gospels in 90 days!  If you would like to complete a different plan, I have attached some other 90-day plans HERE for you to download and follow. So let’s finish strong and read our Bible before the end of 2021.

  • IN-PERSON EX-HOUR: In-person Ex-Hour meets each Sunday from 10am to 11am each Sunday in the Multipurpose Building. 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: Remember there’s a weekly Children’s Ministry Worship Video designed to keep our children connected, encouraged, and worshipping! Rev. Jaron Singley works hard weekly to produce a Children’s worship video. 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 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.   

  • 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 this week. Continue to Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected!

God loves you, and so do I! 

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