I hope this note finds you enjoying God’s goodness and deepening your trust in God day by day. I’m writing to quickly update you on several events and ministries at Friendswood Friends Church.
First, those who have engaged in our partnership with Kids Hope USA began seeing their assigned children at Westwood/Bales schools this past week. Our church has provided mentors for students at those schools. The school’s administration has identified students who might benefit from mentors. Mentors and students have been matched and the mentoring visits have begun. It’s an exciting time for the mentors and for the students. Keep praying for those who are working in this wonderful work!
Our Ministry Coordinators have continued to prayerfully review the feedback we’ve received after our Summer Sunday worship schedule. The feedback has been helpful and positive, but the Coordinators have not yet felt as if a permanent change to our current worship schedule is necessary. We aren’t done discussing and praying, but there is not now any plan to change our schedule permanently. Please feel free to continue offering your feedback to our Coordinators and staff about this issue. We desire to do what is best for the church!
We have learned that the local chapter of Family Promise—Family Promise of Clear Creek—has officially closed its doors. Information about the local chapter’s dissolution has not been easy to obtain, but we know that until the national organization reforms the local chapter we will no longer be working through Family Promise to host homeless families on our campus. Many of us are sad about that, and are investigating other ways to reach into our community with the love of God and work for peoples’ flourishing. I believe some exciting new ministry experiments will emerge along those lines in the coming months and hope you will consider participating.
Our annual Thanksgiving dinner will be on the evening of November 22nd. We’ll hope to share a good meal together, enjoy each others presence and express our gratitude to God for his saving and sustaining work among us. The youth will host a dinner auction that evening in order to raise money for their participation in Regeneration, a Friends conference for high school students over the Christmas holidays.
I’m also excited that our church will host two different guests in the coming months. On the Sunday after Christmas, the pastor of a large congregation in China will share with us in worship about how the gospel is being lived and proclaimed in her community. Our missionaries Jack and Celesta Rea have reported that people in China are hungry to learn about Christian faith and are often eager to embrace it. Our guests will share stories with us about how that is in fact happening.
Then in early January, the co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, John Pattison, will be with us to present his ideas about how the church can live and minister faithfully in a post-Christian culture. John is the Clerk of Silverton Friends Church in Silverton, Oregon, and loves to share what he has learned about building community in and through the church.
As we approach the Advent Season, may we look eagerly look forward to Christ’s coming. And may we remember that Christ lives in us, redeeming us and reaching out to others through us.