Welcome to Friendship Focus

Sunday Services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am.
Speakers Hall, Sunset View Clubhouse
April 25, 2019 | Volume 4: Issue 17
The Easter afterglow continues to live all because the message never changes ...
JESUS IS ALIVE! It was a wonderful day in Friendship Church. My thanks to all of you who willingly volunteered to sit on the stage. There was not an available seat anywhere and I am not aware of anyone who did not get in. My thanks, also, to the ushering/greeting group who did a fantastic job. There were many newcomers and visitors, and a good number who indicated that this was their day to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. The offering total was $25,779, which is being equally divided between the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army.

This is my final time to share in the Focus. Nancy and I will be leaving on the final day of this month and Pastor Lewis and Margaret Shelton are arriving the next day.

I know you are looking forward to Sunday, May 5, the first Sunday with our new pastor. There will be a time of installation and other meaningful events.

I'm sorry that the "Perfect Pastor" will not be coming. I found this article that identifies that pastor...

The Perfect Pastor
  1. The perfect pastor preaches exactly 20 minutes. 
  2. He condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone's feelings. 
  3. He works from 8 AM until midnight and is also the church janitor. 
  4. The perfect pastor makes $100 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books, and donates $120 a week to the church. 
  5. He is 29 years old and has 40 years experience. 
  6. Above all, he is handsome. 
  7. The perfect pastor has a burning desire to work with teenagers, and he spends most of his time with the senior citizens. 
  8. He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his church. 
  9. He makes 15 home and hospital visits a day and is always in his office to be handy when needed. 
  10. The perfect pastor always has time for church council and all of its committees.  He never misses the meeting of any church organization and is always busy evangelizing the unchurched.
  11. The perfect pastor is always in the next church over!
  12. If your pastor does not measure up, simply send this notice to six other churches that are tired of their pastor, too.
  13. Bundle up  your pastor and send him to the church at the top of the list.
  14. If everyone cooperates, in one week you will receive 1,643 pastors.
  15. One of them should be perfect. 

Have faith in this letter. One church broke the chain and got its old pastor back in less than three months.

God bless you. We love this church and YOU.   Remember, The best is yet to be!!!
April Events & Speakers  

April 28th - Sierra Ballroom - Gospel Music Sunday
9:00 - 9:45am - Fellowship Time (Please bring your favorite
 "Finger Food" to share)
10:00am - One service with our Special Guests, THE CRIMSON RIVER QUARTET.  In a full morning of music, songs and inspiration.

9:00am - 9:45am    
Sunday, April 28th - Sierra Ballroom 
Come for a time of fellowship and meeting other attenders of Friendship Church.

10:00am - 11:00am 
       THE CRIMSON RIVER QUARTER IN CONCERT                                                 

Enjoy one of Southern California's best known and loved Gospel Quartet.  Their music will inspire you, minister to you and bless you in a special way.  Whether you are a foot stomper; hand clapper  or just enjoy the rich harmonies  of great Gospel Music, you will not want to miss this incredible morning.

Bible Studies Winter 2019

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY- Men's Bible Study, Wednesday, Tahoe Room at Lakeview Clubhouse.

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY- Wednesdays, April 10 to May 29, 2019.  We are studying Walking With God In The Desert - Experiencing Living Water When Life Is Tough by Ray Vander Laan. Meets in Speaker's Hall from
9-10:30am with DVD message and discussions led by Catherine Martin.

Wednesday, May 15 at 12pm in Ventana Room, Mountainview Clubhouse.  Theme "I Love to Tell the Story." Hear powerful testimonies from Cheryl Miller and Shirley Hastie. Fun, Food, Friends and Fellowship. Register at the Women's Ministry table on Sundays. Cost $25 includes lunch.


This week we highlight 3 more ministries that Friendship Church supports.
All About GOD , Bryan Cole, Dallas, Texas. Since 2002 their purpose has been to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world to all people through the Internet. They use over 50  web sites to reach people of all ages. Since 2002 they have seen over 2 million indicated decisions for Christ. In 2018 alone,  ALL About GOD  presented the Gospel over 36 million times and received 333,432 indicated decisions for Christ and over 11 million Discipleship Engagements.
Royal Family Kids Camps, Santa Ana, California , Paul Martin President and CEO. With the support of churches , including Friendship Church, they held 223 camps last Summer for more than 9,000 Foster children around the country. They have local clubs in those areas  to continue to mentor kids through out the school year  when Summer camps are over.
Spiritual Overseers Service International. Dr. Rich Frazer, President,  headquartered in La Quinta, California.

Rich spoke in February at our men's  monthly breakfast speakers program,  headed up by Earl Reynolds. In March,  Rich was in the Caribbean training 100 pastors and ministry leaders on how to more effectively fulfill their ministry and lead their churches to reach their country with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. SOS sends experienced pastors, teachers and trainers to equip indigenous leaders. In the last 35 years they have equipped over 30,000 indigenous leaders in over 88 different countries.   In 2019, SOS International will equip leaders in Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Grenada, St. Vincent, Niger, Burkina Faso, Malaysia, Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia on several short-term assignments.

Russ Owen

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 Luncheon
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
12:00-2:00 PM The Ventana Room

You are invited to our Friendship Women Summer Fellowship Luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 12-2:00 pm in The Ventana Room in the Mountain View Clubhouse in Sun City. The theme of our luncheon is I Love To Tell The Story. Cheryl Miller will share her story of how God draws us closer to Him, gives us His peace, never lets go of our hand, and gives us His strength through a life of heartbreak and terminal illness. Shirley Hastie will share an unusual event she and her husband experienced on an airplane and the story of how God sovereignly works in our lives. This will be a time of encouragement where you will enjoy food, fellowship, friends, and fun! 
Cost: $25 includes lunch.

You can download the registration form here or register at the Women's Ministry table at Bible study on Wednesdays or church on Sunday.

Walking With God In The Desert Bible Study
Meets on Wednesdays
9-10:30 AM Speaker's Hall

Join us on this incredible journey. We meet together in Speaker's Hall Wednesdays from April 10 to May 29 from 9-10:30 am for an inspiring DVD lesson, then we share together in large group discussion led by Catherine Martin. During the week in your quiet time, delve into the Word of God through In-Depth Personal Study Sessions in the companion Walking With God In The Desert Discovery Guide.

Filmed on location in Israel and throughout the Middle East, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan brings together history, culture, and geography to bring deep meaning to God's Word and help us find God in our deserts as we travel through Sinai, Paran, Zin, the Negev, and the wilderness of Judea. In Walking With God in the Desert - Experiencing Living Water When Life is Tough, we will discover that many times God led His people through the desert where they learned to depend on His provision for all their needs.

When: Wednesdays April 10 - May 29, 2019
Time: 9-10:30 AM
Where: Meet at 9 am in Speaker's Hall at Sun City Sunset View Clubhouse
Cost: $15 includes book, study, printing, admin 

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

Prayers and Praise this week from our Friendship Family:  
This week's new prayer requests:  
Marge Ripa's sister, Louise, Mary Fisher's daughter, Linda Campbell's daughter, Raelyn Oliver, Sharlene Gafkowski, Mitch Russakow Gary DuPont.  Ramon Espinosa and family at the passing of their mother.

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.  No anonymous prayer requests please.

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


  Volunteers for prayer and scripture needed for both services. 
Please email or call the office,   (
760) 260-8640 friendshipchurchscpd@gmail.com.  Thank you.


Would you like to receive the FOCUS? Have a change of address? 
Please call the Church Office.  

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

Each arrangement is $50 inclusive of tax.


W elcome Weekend, May 4-5, 2019
Saturday, May 4th   - Welcome Reception for  
Pastor Lewis and Margaret Shelton
Time and Place: 4-6pm, Oasis Room across from
Speaker Hall, Sunset View Clubhouse.

Everyone is invited to attend and join in personally welcoming Pastor Lew and his wife Margaret to Friendship Church, with fellowship, food, drink and dessert.
Sunday, May 5th - Installation Ceremony at the beginning of the 8:30 and 10:00am service. Reverend George Smith will conduct a special ceremony officially inducting
Pastor Lewis R. Shelton as Senior Pastor of Friendship Church.

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


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 service please
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Sunday, April 28th, Mountain View Clubhouse
Sierra Ballroom presents...


9:00am - 9:45am      
Come for a time of fellowship and meeting other attenders of Friendship Church.

10:00am - 11:00am 
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