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Sunday Service at 10:00 am one service only
Sierra Ballroom Mountain View Club House
February 21, 2019 | Volume 4: Issue 8

In this weeks Focus you will find : profile on our speaker, Hal Donaldson, an update from the Selection Committee, update on the men's and women's ministry events, speakers in March,  new prayer requests and a question and answer section.  So please open and read the entire Focus so you are up to speed on what is happening at our fabulous FRIENDSHIP CHURCH!


Hal Donaldson is speaking this Sunday.
                 President & CEO of Convoy of Hope

Hal Donaldson is president of Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization that leads humanitarian initiatives across the United States and around the world.

Through Convoy of Hope, families receive supplies and resources through community outreaches, interntional children's feeding programs, job training for mothers, agriculture initiatives and disaster relief.  More than $1 billion worth of food and supplies have been distibuted to more than 100 million people.

Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilitzed independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Convoy of Hope the prestigious 4-star rating for 15 consecutive years.  Only 1 percent of charities in the United States have reached this achievement.  Forbes recognized Convoy of Hope as one of the Top 10 charities in the Nation.

Hal Donaldson has authored more than 30 books.  His latest book is Your Next 24 Hours:  One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything  His awards include 
the National Distinguished Service Award in Social Welfare, Alumnus of the Year at Bethany University, and an inductee into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.

Donaldson has a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose University and a bachelor's in biblical studies from Bethany University.  He and his wife, Doree, have four daughters.


February 24 - Sierra Ballroom, Church Fellowship 9:00 - 9:45.   Ladies bring cookies and other finger treats
One service at 10:00 am in the Sierra Ballroom.

March Speakers - To be determined

Bible Studies Winter 2019

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY- Lakeview Club House, Tahoe room at 9:00 am.  

Men's Fellowship - The next meeting is Tuesday, March19th at 9:00 am in the Ventana Room.

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY- NOTE: We meet on Wednesdays,  January 16 - March 20, 2019, 9:00 am Women's Bible Study - Run Before The Wind - Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit -  Speaker's Hall in Sunset View and Big Bear/Silverwood Rooms in Lakeview Clubhouse. 

Women's Spring Fellowship - The next Women's Fellowship is Wednesday, March 20 - Register this Sunday.


Search Committee Update
Announcement at February 17 Church Services
In the January 17 Focus I summarized the search process we were following. It called for an open and fair process for all candidates. It mentioned that we were interviewing and checking references for the top candidates, which included Pastor Jim. Since then the Search Committee has been discussing the results, comparing candidates, and communicating with them the status of their candidacy. This update is a summary of Pastor Jim's status.
The Board unanimously recognizes his many strengths, such as the outstanding job he is doing as our music ministry leader, his passion and heart for visitation ministry, his administrative skills, as well as skills in planning and executing special programs, like our Christmas banquet.
On the other hand, the Board also acknowledges that the external candidates were better when it comes to a gift for preaching, the top ranked qualification we are seeking in our next senior pastor, as well as their many years of preaching experience. In addition, all of the external candidates had 20 to 30 or more years of successful experience as a senior pastor, the position we are seeking to fill.
In carefully weighing all of the factors, and praying about it, the Board came to the unanimous conclusion that the best combination for Friendship Church going forward would be Pastor Jim and a new senior pastor working together as a team in the best interest of Friendship Church. Jim would continue to do what he does best; and for the most part, doing what he is currently doing serving you and Friendship Church.
This decision wasn't an easy one, made only after much prayer for guidance regarding what is God's will for His church. We are all here for a common purpose - to love and serve God, 
His Church, and each other. We have faith that as we continue the selection process, in His own time, the Lord will reveal to us the name of the person he has in mind for us. Please continue your prayers as we continue the search process.
Be Still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
Psalms 37:7 NIV
Bill Feddersen, Chair, Search Committee and Board of Directors
Ned Roach, Vice Chair, Search Committee and Board of Directors
Wayne Leader, Search Committee and Elder
Earl Reynolds, Search Committee and Elder
Joe DeVol, Search Committee and Elder
Tom Chedester, Search Committee and Elder

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
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Join us for the Friendship Women Spring Fellowship on Wednesday, March 20, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the Ventana Room in Mountain View Clubhouse. Hear two powerful messages and testimonies. Blanche Castro will share a message about fragrance that powerfully touched lives when she spoke to 500 pastors' wives in Honduras. Stacey Mills, who has been leading us in worship this Winter 2019, will share her powerful testimony with us. Cost: $25. Don't miss this time of food, fun, friendship, and fellowship.

Register this Sunday or download the registration form here and mail to church office or bring to the Women's Ministry table at church.

Wednesdays, January 16 - March 20, 2019
9-11:30 AM
Women's Bible Study
Run Before The Wind - Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit

Register on Sundays at church or download the registration form here and mail to the church office or bring to the Women's Ministry table at


Spring Fellowship - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 11:45 - 2:00 in the Ventana Room in Mountain View Clubhouse

Summer Fellowship - Wednesday, May 15,2019 - 11:45 - 2:00 in the Ventana Room in Mountain View Clubhouse

Prayers and Praise this week from our Friendship Family:  
This weeks new prayer requests: Joy Bellan's granddaughter and daughter, Delores Beck, Ramona Larson, Brian Miller, Sharlene Gafkowski.
Please note: All prayer requests go to the Prayer Team with details. They will continue to pray for them until told to remove from prayer list. Each week there will be new requests and updated to Prayer Team.

Questions and Answers on This Week's Topic:  The FOCUS

Recently, these are the issues that have surfaced with problems with the Focus: 1) Q: Stopped receiving? A: It was found that the email address had been changed but not reported. OR you accidentally "unsubscribed". If unsubscribed, we cannot sign you back up with out your permission, therefore Constant Contact(email program where we have the Focus) will send you an email asking for permission to set you up and you must respond or I can do nothing.  2) Q: How do I get the Focus? A: Stop by the hospitality table and sign up, our form is nice and big so we can read the hand writing 3) Q: I signed up for the Focus but did not get it. A: Maybe could not read your handwriting? Those small golden rod pieces of paper don't give you enough room to write.  I will contact you if I have a phone number.

Please give me a call at the office if your question was not addressed, or you have new questions about another topic.      Jackie Collins 760-260-8640

If you have planned to volunteer to pray or read scripture at a service but just haven't, now is the time because 2019 needs your help.  Volunteers needed for April so email or call the office, get set up, you are really needed. 760-260-8640 friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com. 

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.
 Phone number: 760-260-8640                        
Email Address: friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com

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Next Sunday, March 3rd, services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am in Speakers Hall at Sunset View Clubhouse.
Friendship Church of Sun City | 760-260-8640 | FriendshipChurchSunCity.com  OR email us at friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com or Fax:760-260-8641

Sun City Palm Desert 

Mailing Address: 36890 Del Webb Boulevard 
Office Address:  77711 Flora Rd
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Sunset View Clubhouse in the Speakers Hall