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PASTOR’S WEEKLY UPDATE OCTOBER 14, 2022

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SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS WRITTEN HERE ARE NOT IN THE VIDEO
Hey there, Friendship, 

I pray your October is going well. It is good to connect with you week after week. I see this weekly update as an extension of my pastorate and ministry to you. Further, this weekly communication keeps me connected with you. This week, I want to encourage you to lean into the Spiritual Discipline series I am teaching. So far, we have covered the Inward Disciplines presented by Richard J. Foster in his book The Celebration of Disciplines; Prayer, Meditation, Fasting, and Study. 

This past Sunday, we preached Transformative Christianity: The Discipline of Study. Richard Foster says nothing transforms the believer like studying God’s word. I agree! We must Seek, Store, & Soak in God’s Word. 

I pray you have been enjoying the study of Jude this week. Jude’s purpose in his letter was twofold: he wanted to expose the false teachers that had infiltrated the Christian community and encourage Christians to stand firm in their faith and fight for the truth. Jude recognized that false teachers often peddled their goods unnoticed by the faithful, so he worked to heighten the believers’ awareness by vividly describing how terrible dissenters were. He closes with a doxology (your memory verse) that encourages us in God’s ability to keep us from falling victim to false teachers! Amen!
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you blameless before the presence of
his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty,
dominion, and authority, before all time 
and now and forever. Amen.
For more discussion on the spiritual discipline of study, check out OVERTIME HEREThen join us on Sunday as we continue our series on Spiritual Disciplines. This Sunday, we will move to the Outward Disciplines that govern our lifestyle. This week we talk about Simplicity and Solitude. Also, Go HERE for a pdf copy of the book The Celebration of Disciplines by Richard J. Foster.

Here are your announcements…
FOURTH QUARTER PUSH
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.

✔️ Finish Strong in Bible Reading ~ beginning this next week; we have eight Bible Reading Small Groups to help you complete a Bible reading plan by year-end. These groups are designed to promote reading a Bible plan in community with others and accountability. See below for more information. It’s not too late to join!

✔️ Finish Strong in Bible Study ~ we have several Bible Study opportunities that begin next week. Will you consider joining one? See below for information on our Bible Studies.

✔️ 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.

SIDE BY SIDE COUPLES MINISTRY
Tonight, Friday, October 14th, is the next Side by Side Couples Ministry session at 7p via Zoom. This group studies the book You and Me Forever by Lisa and Francis Chan. The topic for the upcoming session is Is There Hope For Us? If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Hilton McDaniel at (949) 652-1489 or email Sheila McDaniel at [email protected]. To join the session, go HERE. They look forward to you joining the class.  

VOTERS REGISTRATION
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.

FLU CLINIC
The Healthcare Ministry is offering free flu vaccines. The flu clinic will be held this Sunday, October 16th, from 9:30am to 1:00pm in the Nurse’s Office area in the Multipurpose Building. This is a FREE event. If you signed up to get a flu shot, please show up to receive it. We will likely have extras, so stop by the Healthcare Ministry table in the quad if you need a flu shot. Get your flu shot so the flu doesn’t get you!

PASTOR’S OUTING SCHEDULE:
⚫ Sunday, October 16th ~ First Evergreen MBC ~ Pastor Earl Estell ~ Men’s Day Service @ 3:30pm. Wrecking Crew will provide music. Church Address: 1200 N. Wilmington Ave, Compton, CA 90222.
⚫ Sunday, October 23rd ~ New Mount Calvary MBC ~ Pastor Sonja R. Dawson ~ Ministry Leaders Appreciation Sunday @ 11:00am. Church Address: 402 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90061.

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 7p. We invite the Friendship Family to attend.

SCHOLARSHIP MINISTRY
The Joint Scholarship Ministry is excited to kick off the 2022-2023 academic year officially.  This year we will again have the mandatory Parent & Student meeting online, review our guidelines and introduce our K-5th and 6th-12th  ministry leaders and mentors. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 19, at 7:30 pm.   Everyone must attend, as we will highlight the changes as we transition back to in-person meetings. CLICK HERE TO JOIN VIA GOOGLE MEET, or you may dial in  (US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: 438 699 137 5379‬#

ASSOCIATION OF BLACK CARDIOLOGIST ~ COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCACY TRAINING
Are you an individual who is interested in health care and community advocacy? If so, we have an opportunity for you. Friendship is partnering with the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) for its Community Health Advocacy Training (CHAT) Program. The ABC Community Health Advocate Training (CHAT) Program aims to train and empower individuals to serve their communities as Community Health Advocates (CHAs) to engage the healthcare and political systems to reduce disparities in cardiovascular health experienced disproportionately by African Americans. CHAs can be anyone in the community that would like to drive change in health for their families and neighbors.

While the program is designed to provide education and strategies to individuals with little or no experience in healthcare, the program can also be used by seasoned nurses and physicians to learn more effective ways to communicate the risk factors for heart disease. The CHAT program is designed to educate CHAs on policy issues and to teach more proactive approaches toward influencing change that affects health and well-being. Proposed policy changes at the federal level must include an analysis of the impact these changes have on minorities within their local communities.

This meeting will take place weekly every Tuesday starting October 18, 2022. Our last meeting will occur in person on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Friendship Baptist Church. To register, please go HERE.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENT
Ladies, join us for our “Virtual” Women Of Radiant Design (W.O.R.D.) Conference on Saturday, October 22nd at 10a.  It’s our 30th Anniversary! The theme for this year’s conference is Kingdom Women: Rooted, Growing and Flourishing in Faith – Believing the Best is Yet to Come.  We are excited and waiting with tip-toe anticipation as our special guests and beloved Pastor Janae Pitts-Murdock, Rev. Dr. MarQuerita Story, and Rev. Dr. Karen Stewart join us with a timely Word about Women of Faith in the Bible. So don’t delay, register today, and be sure to invite a friend!  

Be sure to join us on Sunday, October 23rd, as we celebrate Women’s Day - Praise In Pink at Friendship. We invite Friendship members and our guests to wear something pink to honor breast cancer survivors and to honor the memory of those we lost to the disease. Service times are 8:00a and 11:30a.  Ladies, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible Women’s Weekend!  More information and updates can be found on the church website at www.wearefriendship.church.

BIBLE STUDIES
⚫ 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 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 this class at 10a on Sundays on the 2nd floor of the Carrington Building, Room 209. Please register to attend: New Members-Fall 2022

⚫ Women’s Bible Study: This new class started Wednesday, September 21st, and ladies, there’s still room for you to join! This 12-week Bible study titled “Learning Contentment in a Culture of More” will focus on the book of Numbers and help participants see themselves in the story of the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. Though God led them out of slavery and provided for all their needs, they grumbled and chose to go their way instead of following God’s instructions. Through their story, students learn how to be content with deliverance, preparation, uncertainty, obedience, opposition, and blessings.
We still have a few books remaining and invite all ladies to consider joining us for this exciting study.  The cost per book is $10. The class meets at 7:30p and is held virtually. Please utilize the following link to enroll in this class: Women’s Bible Study: Numbers, Learning Contentment in a Culture of More

⚫ Assurance of Salvation: Starting this Wednesday, October 5th, 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 believer’s confidence 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 be equipped with the Word. This class will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings in the Carrington Building, room 207/208. Register to attend: Assurance of Salvation Bible Study 

⚫ Men’s Bible Study: All men are invited to join our weekly Men’s Bible Study as we continue to study books of the Bible. This Wednesday, October 5th, the men will start a new study in the Book of Galatians. A primary theme of the book of Galatians is that believers are justified in Jesus Christ alone. Deacon Hilton McDaniel leads this study and invites all men to join him online at 7:30 p.m. Register to attend: Men’s Bible Study

⚫ 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 6th at 7p and will be held virtually. For some, these two simple words, “be still,” are a welcome invitation to slow down. Others feel impossible, 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. Books can be purchased between Sunday services or in the church office during the week. The cost per book is $15. Please utilize the following link to enroll in this class: Singles Bible Study: Be Still

⚫ Hermeneutics Class: Join Rev. Patrick Christian for a new Hermeneutics class starting on Saturday, October 15th. Hermeneutics is the method of interpreting the meaning of text or Scriptures. Over the centuries, many Christians have abused the Bible through “proof-texting:” Using the Bible like a telephone book of text, they cite by chapter and verse to prove their viewpoint. This approach can and has led to many distortions and errors. This 12-week course will help participants learn how to interpret God’s Word accurately and will be offered online on Saturdays at 11a. Please register to attend: Hermeneutics-Fall 2022

BIBLE READING SMALL GROUPS ~ OCTOBER 2022
You have 79 days to complete a Bible reading plan, including today. This weekend begins the final quarter of 2022 (can you believe it?!), and 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! We are offering several Bible Reading Small Groups NOW. These groups are designed to promote reading a Bible plan in community with others and accountability. Check them out below.

Mondays
⚫ Old Testament: Schedule: 6:30p, 2nd and 4th Mondays, starting October 10th. Facilitators: Freda Peterse n & Dea. Al Upshur. Registration link: Old Testament Bible Reading Group-Mondays Reading Plan: Old Testament 90-Day Reading Plan

⚫ The Gospels: Schedule: 7p every other week, starting October 10th. Facilitators: Brandon & Audrey Shelby. Registration link: The Gospels Bible Reading Group. Reading Plan: The Gospels 90-Day Reading Plan

Tuesday
⚫ New Testament: Schedule: 7p every other week, starting October 11th. Facilitators: Tonya Whiteside, Deaconess Debra Hailey, & Greg Green. Registration link: New Testament Bible Reading Group-Tuesdays. Reading Plan: New Testament 90-Day Reading Plan.

⚫ Entire Bible: Schedule: 7p every other week, starting October 11th. Facilitator: Rev. Keturah Washington. Registration link: Entire Bible Reading Group. Reading Plan: Entire Bible 90-Day Reading Plan

Wednesday
⚫ New Testament: Schedule: 6p every other week, starting October 12th. Facilitator: Dea. Bill Jenkins. Registration link: New Testament Bible Reading Group-Wednesdays. Reading Plan: New Testament 90-Day Reading Plan

Thursday
⚫ Old Testament: Schedule: 10a every other week, starting October 13th. Facilitators: Ray & Ava Campbell. Registration link: Old Testament Bible Reading Group-Thursdays. Reading Plan: Old Testament 90-Day Reading Plan

⚫ Psalms/Proverbs 3x: Schedule: 7p every other week, starting October 13th. Facilitators: Rina Bailey & Erwin Cross. Registration link: Psalms/Proverbs 3xs Bible Reading Group. Reading Plan: Psalms/Proverbs 90-Day Reading Plan.

⚫ The Pentateuch: Schedule: 7:30p every other week, starting October 13th. Facilitators: Deaconess Brenda Matthews & Shawna Chambers. Registration link: The Pentateuch Bible Reading Group. Reading Plan: The Pentateuch 90-Day Bible Reading Plan.

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.

BEWARE OF EMAIL SCAMMERS
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 personally to verify and 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:
    ⚫ 2022 CHURCH THEME:
United & Unashamed: God’s People United in Mission, Ministry, & Mandate
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ESV; Romans 1:16-17 ESV

OCTOBER PRAYER FOCUS:
DEPENDENCE ON GOD
Matt. 11;28; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 9:8; Col. 3:23-24.

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

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.

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 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 contact 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.

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

God loves you, and so do I!

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