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3rd Sunday of Advent

Do you remember the Sunday School song - "If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, let Jesus come into your heart." Hum it. Beautiful isn't it?
Well, the angels sure felt something wonderful when they said, "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people." (Luke 2:10). For all people Joy was possible, and things have not changed in over 2,000 years. Are you filled with Joy? I surely pray so.

Friendship Church
December 14, 2017 | Volume 2: Issue 50
Sunday, December 17, 2017  
Speaker's Hall at 8:30 and 10:00 am 

Pastor London's Advent Message   

                   "The Highway to Happiness"
 Isaiah 35:8,10; Luke 2:8-14

IN ADDITION: Special Music  
                   Trio: Jim & Karen Boehner & Dee Eastman

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or type into your browser: http/friendshipchurchsuncity.com/livestream/

If you would like to see a video of our Sunday service please click here

  "Your Favorite Christmas Gift "

Okay, put on your childhood hat, for a minute and think about it. What was your favorite Christmas gift? As you were growing up:Not as an adult, or a teenager, but as a child.

Was it a doll, or a baseball mitt, or an electric train, or maybe it was a favorite sweater. How about a book you had wanted, or a pair of rubber boots? The list could go on and on, but for most of us it all stops with one special gift as a nearly forgotten memory.

For me it was in Oklahoma City at my grandparent London's house, and on Christmas morning when I arrived at the tree I saw a plain brown saddle, and a pair of black stitched cowboy boots. Do you know what I thought? There has to be a horse around here somewhere. And sure enough there was - I named him Toughy. It was so exciting. I could not sleep or eat I just wanted to be with my "Christmas Horse". I had him for a couple of summers, and then in the pasture one day he ran into the horns of a steer. Toughy was no more, but the memories still linger.

Sure Christmas is for children, but it does not hurt to become a child again, and remember the happy times of our innocent youth. The aroma of the house, and the delight and laughter.

Memories can be good and they can also conger up things that were not so pleasant. Yet memories are the things that life is made of - especially when we are young. 

James wrote, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."
                                                                              (James 1:12). Now there is a special Christmas gift. Blessed Advent Season everyone. 

See you Sunday!

- Pastor HB
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1. Life is not fair, but it is still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to be mad at someone. Change the way you  
4. Cry with someone. It is more healing than crying alone.
5. Release your children when they become adults; it is their life 

-written by a 90 year old man. 
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To receive credit and tax deductions, Please make sure your year-end contributions are received by the church no later than Sunday, December 31st or mailed to the office postmarked no later than     
                     December 31st. Thank you for your generosity                             and faithfulness.
                     Friendship Church, 38180 Del Webb Blvd. PMB 78,
                     Palm Desert, CA 92211.

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            Christmas Eve - December 24
  Christmas Celebration Service
10:00 am - Sierra Ballroom
   (one service only)
Special Music: Norma Brown & String Trio

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
5:30 pm - Sierra Ballroom
Worship and Music 
Special Music: Harpist, Erica Powell
Rich & Debbie Frazier
Lark Kenney
Jim & Karen
Steve & Mary

If you would like to ring bells at Stater Bros. during December, please contact: Don Bradley at 760-464-6691 

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Christmas Corner at Friendship Church
December Calendar 

Men's Fellowship - December 19
Ventana Rm, Mountain View at 9 :00 am
Speaker: Dick Eastman - International President of
Every Home for Christ, an International Literature Ministry with systematic goal of reaching every home in the world with the Gospel. 

                               Christmas Eve - December 24
                   Christmas Celebration Service
            10:00 am - Sierra Ballroom
                (one service only)

                           Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
                       5:30 pm - Sierra Ballroom
                           Worship and Music 

                               Communion Sunday -  December 31  
                              8:30 & 10:00 am - Speaker's Hall

Coming in 2018:

Bible Studies:

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY - Starts January 3rd
Wednesdays at 9:00 am in Tahoe Rm, Lakeview
Leader:Terry Taylor - The Book of Revelation

January 17-March 28, 2018 - 9-11:30 am
Speaker's Hall, Sunset View Clubhouse
Cost: $25 includes study book
Leader: Catherine Martin - "A Heart That Hopes In God"
Registration in the lobby.

Prayer Requests

Pray for the Moore family, Millie passed away on December 8th.

Pray for Barbara Peters who fell and fractured her pelvis.

Pray for Shelby Skinner who had hip replacement surgery on Monday.

Pray for Mary Dionne who had hip replacement surgery yesterday.

Pray for Claude Turner who is in the hospital and will have a cardiovascular procedure done tomorrow.

Pray for Russ Ebert who is dealing with health issues.

Pray for Joy Bellan who is in a rehab center after a short hospital stay.

Continued prayer for Donna Pomeroy, Chuck Blanding, Martha Napier, Sheila Holmquist,  Harvey & Geri Olsen, Roberta Allbritton, and  Burt Sike,

Prayer Ministry

Between service prayer:

This Sunday, the group will meet in the Palm Room (across the hall) at approximately 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.
Catherine Martin
Pastor of Women's Ministries.

  Winter Fellowship Gathering
      Wednesday, January 10, 2018
                     9-11:00 am
Speaker's Hall, Sunset View Clubhouse

You are invited to find out more about Friendship Women's Ministries, the Winter season Bible Study, and up-coming events. Be encouraged as you make new friends, connect with women in the new year, and hear from Catherine Martin, our Pastor of Women's Ministries as she shares some of her story in an inspiring message entitled "A Woman's Heart That Dances." Invite your friends. There is no charge for this gathering.

Friendship Women Bible Study
Wednesdays, January 17-March 28, 2018 
                        9-11:30 am  
Speaker's Hall, Sunset View Clubhouse
          "A Heart That Hopes In God"  
    Truths from the Psalms to Anchor Your Soul.
Cost: $25 includes book and study
Join other women in this 8 week Quiet Time experience by Catherine Martin.
Registration starts next Sunday, December 10th in the lobby.

What's Happening?                             

Monday, January 15, 2017 - 8:00 am shotgun
Sign up for this golf tournament played at the Classic Club Championhip course. Cost: $175 per individual golfer - includes: 18 holes of golf, Continental breakfast, practice range, golf cart, after-tournament lunch, raffle and lots of fun! Forms at Hospitality Center. Information: Dave Minnich - 760-360-1199


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.


Friendship Church of Sun City | 760-260-8640 | FriendshipChurchSunCity.com

Sun City Palm Desert 

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