Welcome to Friendship Focus


FRIENDSHIP CHURCH
Sunday, June 30, 2019,
Patriotic Celebration  with the
  Burchfield Brother s
Service starts at 10:00 am in Sierra Ballroom,
Mountain View Clubhouse
Potluck following Service
** NO SERVICE AT SPEAKERS HALL **

June 27, 2019 | Volume 4: Issue 26
PERSPECTIVE
     
Freedom. Once more we Americans prepare to celebrate the birthday of our nation. 243 years ago our founding fathers formally and officially declared their independence: freedom from British rule, freedom to determine our own government and future, and freedom to live, worship, and work without fear of oppression, excessive taxation or foreign interference.
 
The Continental Congress made up of representatives of the thirteen colonies agreed upon and signed a document declaring the independence of the newly formed nation. The document ended with these words:
"That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." (Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776)
 
The men who signed the document would live out their confession. Not only did they successfully lead the colonies in rebellion to the throne and establish the initial expression of the nation we know and love today, but they took their commitments far beyond words. Some were captured, tried and killed as traitors, others brutally tortured, and left to die imprisoned. Many died paupers, giving all they had in support of the revolution. Freedom wasn't free; it is still not free.
 
Former President Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." May we pledge ourselves to be faithful to the heritage we have received and not take for granted the freedoms we enjoy.


Pastor Lew

                                                                                            
      ****Bible Studies 2019***
Friendship Men's Summer Bible Study 
Men's Bible Study/Discussion meet in the Mountain View Clubhouse, San Gorgonio Room on Wednesdays, 9:00 am.
  [First left past the main entrance]


          
****Bible Studies 2019****
Friendship Women Summer Bible Study meets on Wednesdays June 12-August 7, 2019

Friendship Women are meeting this summer on Wednesdays,  June 12th to August 7th in Lakeview Clubhouse to read together a very special book,  Found Faithful-The Timeless Stories of  Charles Spurgeon,  Amy Carmichael, C.S. Lewis,  Ruth Bell Graham and others.  Large group discussion led by Pastor Catherine.   

                                                                                                                  

T his week we are highlighting an excellent update from Cindy LeClair, Associate Director Christian Education,  Resource Network with Mission Eurasia in the Ukraine.

We are very happy to be completing the publishing of a 250-page Russian-language resource, What Makes a School Christian and How Do You Start One?

This project has been in the works for over two years, building on a conceptual foundation first laid by ACSI in the 1990's.  This manual, compiled for the most part by three experienced Ukrainian Christian school directors, outlines all the practical steps needed, starting with the initiator's group formulating the future school's mission and vision, through advice on the facility, staff selection, a summary of various administration models, as well as sa mple legal documents including two Christian school charters, needed for registration.  Ray wrote the section on Christian distinctive's.  Downloadable videotaped presentations with practical help on many related subjects will be provided as supplemental information. With the recent Ukrainian law allowing local churches to found Christian schools and the latest legislation allowing tax dollars to follow the child (to pay teachers' salaries) we expect to see an even greater need for this resource.  There are now approximately 100 Christian schools in Ukraine alone and our office receives inquiries for organizing new schools on almost a weekly basis.  We are thrilled that this is just the beginning of a new generation being influenced by Christian teaching.  See draft book cover below.


What Makes a School Christian and How Do You Start One? A resource for initiators' groups and leaders of Christian educational institutions. The letters in the centers of the gears stand for the first letters of Faith, Hope and Love (the largest).

Prayer requests:
  • That the last-minute formatting and publishing tweaks will be minimal and that this manual will be in the hands of those waiting for it in the shortest time possible.
  • That local authorities will not hamper the opening of more Christian schools and will not hinder the flow of financial resources due to the schools.
  • That this resource will be a blessing to Christians across our region that desire to start real Christian schools.
Mission Committee
Ron Evans
Linda Overli
Dick Yarger
Dick Wrobel
Mary Bayles
Dave Skinner
Russ Owen, Chairman  

 
  FRIENDSHIP WOMEN
 
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
             

SUMMER WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY - JOIN US!
WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 12 - AUGUST 7, 2019
Found Faithful - The Timeless Stories of Charles Spurgeon,
Amy Carmichael, C.S. Lewis, Ruth Bell Graham and Others
9-11:00 AM Lakeview Clubhouse

This Wednesday we will be discussing Chapters 3 and 4 in 
Found Faithful - The Timeless Stories of Charles Spurgeon, Amy Carmichael, C.S. Lewis, Ruth Bell Graham, and Others. this We will be sharing from the life of F.B. Meyer and also some of our favorite books that have impacted us in our relationship with the Lord. In this book we are learning  about godly men and women and their faith in an extraordinary God. We will discover their challenges, victories, and the secrets to their faith in God and being found faithful.


When: Wednesdays June 12 - August 7, 2019
Time: 9-11:00 AM
Where: Meet at 9 am in Lakeview Clubhouse
Cost: $20 includes book, study, printing, admin 

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


Prayers needed this week from our  Friendship Family:  

Recuperating : Oliver Marquis, Rudy and Marie Steinbeiss, Blanche Castro, David Gunter, Dee Wyant and Carl Schneider.
Special requests : For the family of Toni Pusich, who lost a brother-in-law and uncle unexpectedly days part.   Marge Ripa's sister, Louise, pray for the caregivers responsible of her care.
Continue comfort : Judy Turner, Shirley and Pete Hess, Jerry Loeb.
Praises : George's daughter was in another car accident that could easily been fatal; pray for healing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Please note: All prayer requests go to the Prayer Team for 30 days.  Please advise if you wish to have the Prayer Team continue.

Have a prayer request? Please call the church(760-260-8640) or email us at friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com.  
FLOWERS

For those of you who want to order flowers for the altar, please send email to friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com or call the church office (760) 260-8640.

Each arrangement is $50 inclusive of tax.



 
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

JUNE 30th - PATRIOTIC  CE LEBRATION
10:00 am in the SIERRA BALLROOM

4th ANNUAL ALL-CHURCH POTLUCK FOLLOWING SERVICE

***SPECIAL MUSIC BY THE BURCHFIELD BROTHERS***

BBQ RIBS, CHICKEN, BAKED BEANS AND DRINKS PROVIDED
Please bring the following, if your last name begins with:
A-G: DESSERT; H -O: SALAD P-Z: MAIN DISH

If you any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND UPDATES

PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE READERS for JULY and AUGUST
  Volunteers for prayer and scripture needed for both services. 

Please email or call church office, 
friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com, (760) 260-8640.  Thank you.

FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS DRIVERS NEEDED. 
PLEASE CONTACT RAMON ESPINOSA (818) 439-4264.

OFFICE HOURS:
 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
                        Phone number: (760) 260-8640                        
Email Address: friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com

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Sunday, June 30, 2019, 
Service at 10:00 am in Sierra Ballroom,
Potluck following Service
Mountain View Clubhouse

Friendship Church of Sun City | 760-260-8640 | FriendshipChurchSunCity.com  OR 
email us at friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com or Fax: 760-260-8641

Services held at 8:30am and 10:00am, Sundays @ Sunset View Clubhouse
Speakers Hall
Sun City Palm Desert 

Office Address:  77711 Flora Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211

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