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2018 Congregational Theme!
There is a major distinction between happiness and joy - happiness depends upon what happens - Joy is a state of mind because the Lord abides in you.
Friendship Church
April 19, 2018 | Volume 3: Issue 16
Sunday, April 22, 2018  
Speaker's Hall 8:30 & 10:00 am

Pastor London's message from Psalm 16:11:
                    " Walking in the JOY of the Lord "
                                                     Psalm 16

So much of life is lived with our heads down, and our hearts broken. We spend a lot of time thinking negative, and are unable to recognise the positive. Not a good way to live. We are promised - JOY! God's Joy will roll the clouds away - That is a promise.
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"Restaurants and Churches"

Interesting. I talked with a lady today who has attended Friendship church a couple of times. She is used to more of a "higher-church" feel than we have at Friendship. She said it felt like she was going to a meeting. Well, what I know is we are not the "cup-of-tea" for everyone, but we are doing something right. She said she might return.

I like just about any restaurant. Bev does not. She checks them "off" right and left. Service was not good. Food was cold. Soft drink was too watery. You name it, she has them all graded. I pretty much just sit down and eat. Yet, there are eating establishments that she really likes. We go to those more often than not.

When I see new folk at our church, and there are more and more coming, I often wonder what they are thinking. Was the chapel too crowded? Did they know the songs? Did we use the right version of the Bible? Was I boring? Was the sermon practical? Did we treat them like we were glad they visited? Could they find the restrooms? I mean, I go down the list. And you know what? Some of them never come back, but a lot of them do.

Choosing a good church is a little more complicated than choosing  a suitable restaurant but it all comes down to taste. Did I like it? Was I comfortable? Did they make me feel welcome, and would I ever recommend the church to someone else?

Statistics say the best church growth method is word-of-mouth. And the best way for that is to invite someone to come with you - and sit with you. A lot of people are doing that.

I just want to thank you for your faithfulness to the services. This past season has been wonderful, and these next months can be just as special. Every Sunday may not be a home run - but every Sunday God shows up, and that is what makes what we do so exciting, and blessed .

See you Sunday - Sure hope so! 
Pastor HB
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We thank you for presenting us with the "Emmaus Road Recognition Award" on Sunday, April 8. We are truly blessed to be part of Friendship Church and are humbled by this honor you have bestowed upon us.
Rocky and Carolyn Thomas

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 April 29 - Sierra Ballroom - 10:00 am                       (one service only)

Larry Morbitt in Concert
If you haven't yet heard Larry Morbitt sing, prepare yourself for an intimately powerful worship experience. Larry has earned acclaim of professionals in the music industry and thousands of theatergoers. Yet, when he sings about Christ, his dynamic singing style is mingled with profound sincerity and spiritual maturity.


Friday, April 20 at 5:00 pm
Belletrix at the Classic Club
RSVP: Church office - 760-260-8640

Wednesday, May 16 at 12:00 pm in Ventana Rm
Theme: That Was You Lord!
Catherine Martin and other Friendship Women
Cost: $25 Register at Women's Ministry table 


Bible Studies:

Wednesdays at 9:00 am in Tahoe Rm, Lakeview
Leader:Terry Taylor - The Book of Revelation

Women's Bible Study Wednesdays - 9:00 am
Speaker's Hall, Sunset View Clubhouse
Life and Ministry of the Messiah - Video messages by Ray Vander Laan filmed on location in Israel, large group discussion with Catherine Martin.
Cost: $15 includes study book
Register this Sunday at the Women's Ministry Table in the lobby.
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Catherine Martin_ Pastor of Women_s Ministries
         You are invited to join Friendship 
     Women for Bible study and        
     fellowship. Our goal is to know Christ 
     and make Him known.
       But more than that, I count everything as loss         
       compared to the priceless privilege and supreme    
       advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of 
       growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with                Him-a joy unequaled].  Philippians 3:8 AMP        
          Catherine Martin                                                                                                                       
Pastor of Women's Ministries.                                                                                             

Friendship Women Summer Fellowship

You are invited to our Friendship Women Summer Fellowship on Wednesday, May 16 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the Ventana Room, Mountain View Clubhouse. Catherine Martin and other Friendship women share Scripture and stories from their lives about special times when God has powerfully worked. Catherine Martin will close our time with an inspirational message about God's surprises in our lives entitled "That Was You Lord!" This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the hearts of some of our beloved women.

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm Doors open at 11:45 am
Where: The Ventana Room
Sun City Mountain View Clubhouse
Cost: $25 includes lunch

You can download registration form here or register at the Women's Ministries table on Sundays.

Friendship Women Bible Study 
Pack your bags. We're going on a journey. A quest to uncover Scripture and its meaning across history. Filmed on location in Israel and throughout the Middle East, 
Life and Ministry of the Messiah is an adventure in biblical learning. Teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan brings together history, culture, and geography to illuminate the Gospels. You will discover why Jesus turned the world upside down with his compelling call to follow him.

We will meet together in Speaker's Hall beginning Wednesday, April 11 at 9 am for an inspiring DVD lesson, then we will share together in large group discussion led by Catherine Martin. During the week in your quiet time, you will delve into the Word of God through In-Depth Personal Study Sessions in the companion 
Life and Ministry of the Messiah Discovery Guide.

When: Wednesdays April 11 - May 30, 2018
Time: 9-10:30 AM
Where: Meet at 9 am in Speaker's Hall at Sun City Sunset View Clubhouse
Cost: $15 includes book and study

You can download registration form here or register at the Women's Ministries table on Sundays. 

Prayer Requests

Pray for the family of Dee Hanke who passed away Monday morning. She is survived by her two sons, Scott and Curtis.

Pray for Pastor HB as he prepares for Chemo

Pray for Betty Marquis' niece, Heidi Clary, who is dealing with serious health issues. 

Pray for Jinja Karleen who has been diagnosed with lung and liver cancer.

Pray for Carolyn Fyson who is in the hospital recuperating from emergency hip replacement.

Continued prayer for Jim Church, Hank Brown, Brigitte Jackson,   Betty Robinson,  Donna Pomeroy, Russ Ebert,  Roberta Allbritton, Ramona Larson and Ann Madison.

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 Celebration of Life for Dave Bayles on May 5 at 11:00 am in Speaker's Hall. Reception following across the Hall in Oasis room.

Celebration of Life for Jerry Heinricks on May 6 at 11:30 am. Reception following across the Hall in Oasis Rm.

Come to express your prayers for our church family and perhaps to be prayed for. We meet at 9:30 am (between services) for about 20 minutes. Visit us to be blessed with fellowship as you enjoy the privilege of praying for others in their time of need. For more information call the church office at 760-260-8640. 


This service is excellent when you're home bound or just rushed for time.

Go to: 
www.instacart.com /staterbros

Select your groceries and they will be delivered within 1 hour to your home.

Several stores participate in this service: Stater Bros., Albertsons, Walmart, Costco, etc.

First order has free delivery and then $5.99 delivery after that.


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