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Summer/Fall Preaching Series from Mark's Gospel

Friendship Church
SUN CITY
September 21, 2017 | Volume 2: Issue 38
Sunday, September 24, 2017  
Speaker's Hall - 8:30 & 10:00 

 
Pastor London's message from: Mark 3:31-35; Colossians 3:15-20

 
            "If Every Member of My Church Was Just Like
           Me What Kind of Church Would My Church Be?"
                                   Mark 3:31-35; Colossians 3:15-20
 
It is nothing new, the church is not a building, or a name, or a theology, or a logo on the door. The church is YOU. That is what we are, a collection of people like you who to the best of our ability attempt to serve the Lord as His body in the Coachella Valley and around the world. Hopefully - You the church will be in church on Sunday.
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             SENIOR
                              MOMENT

        "It Ain't My Church "

Excuse my grammar, but because I hear so many pastors talking about "their church" I thought I would clarify something.

I love God's church in Sun City. I am highly honored by His willingness to allow me to be called Pastor at His church in Sun City. To care for His "sheep", and call His people to worship. There are times, I must admit, when I forget it is His church and I try to figure out everything, and draw conclusions when He has everything taken care of. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus talks to Peter and says, "Peter I will build my church with people like you",,,like the people at Friendship Church in Sun City and the "gates of hell will not prevail..." 

As I read this week, one wrote, "The church is marching into all the hells in this world, ready to reclaim every square inch for Christ." He is right. Our territory is the Coachella Valley, and the reach of our mission giving, but we must remain unified, compassionate, and active. God will honor that in His church.

Do you know why I love Friendship Church so much? Well, we sing the old hymns full of theology and hope. We are friendly to one another. We extend the "right hand of fellowship to all who enter our doors. We give, even sacrificially, to the cause of world outreach. (More than half of our income is given away.) We do not "gripe and complain" so much. Oh, I know we have some things that bug us, but not so much that it divides the congregation. We care for the sick, the shut-ins, and the lonely, they become a priority. we teach Bible based messages. But at the top of the list Friendship Church is a happy place. We laugh a lot. We make one another laugh. We have dedicated leaders who give hours of their time to ensure that Friendship Church maintains it's standing in God's eyes.

So when you join us for worship this next Sunday, and you see an old guy like me up front just remember "it ain't my church". I just worship here - like you do. It is His church, and we are the custodians of a group of people God loves very much. See you on Sunday.

"We have different gifts: If it is serving, let him serve; If it is teaching, let him teach; If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." Romans 12:6-8  SO BE IT!

Blessings,
- Pastor HB


Welcome to Friendship Church


Catherine Martin

We are delighted to welcome to our church staff Catherine Martin who will give pastoral leadership to our ladies. Did you know we have more than 500 ladies associated with our church?

Catherine comes to us highly qualified. She is a graduate of Bethel Theological Seminary. She has been the director of Women's Ministry at a very large church for 16 years with more than 1,000 women in small groups.

She is founder of Quiet Time Ministries and has authored 27 books. She has a passion for women's ministry, and is skilled in developing vision, goals, and a strategy for women's ministry including many different programs.

We are honored to have Catherine on the pastoral team, and look forward to a growing outreach to women in the Coachella Valley. Catherine will be introduced to our congregation this coming Sunday, September 24th. Please make her feel welcome.

Summer

Bible Studies:

ALL BIBLE STUDIES DARK UNTIL OCTOBER

Prayer Requests

Pray for Joann Ray who fell and broke her pelvis, recuperating in a rehab center.

Pray for Harvey & Geri Olsen.

Pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Jose in the South. Now awaiting Hurricane Maria. 

Continued prayer for Donna Pomeroy, George Smith, Carol Russakow,  Sharlene Gafkowski, Burt Sike, and Ray & Roberta Allbritton.

Prayer Ministry

Between service prayer:

This Sunday, the group will meet in the Palm Room (across the hall) at approx.9:30, couples and singles meet for 15-20 minutes of prayer prior to the service.  We believe in the power of prayer.

If you have a prayer need, or would like to be prayed for
you are welcome to join them.

Our ministry is primarily focused on personal prayers for our congregational family and friends.

We'd love to have you come to pray with us as often as you're free to do so.
What's Happening?

October 1 - Communion - The Lord Supper.

October 15 - Fellowship Coffee 

Flowers

For those of you who want to order flowers for the altar please stop by Hospitality Center or call the church office -  760-260-8640

Each arrangement is $50 inclusive of tax.
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Sun City Palm Desert 

36890 Del Webb Boulevard 
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Sunset View Clubhouse in the Speakers Hall
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