SERMON: David Bridges
“Contending for My Neighbor”
Luke 10.30-37

CONGRATULATIONS to Bobby and Shanna Kirkpatrick on the birth of Kate Joy Kirkpatrick. Kate was born on Wednesday, January 27th. Congratulations also to the proud grandparents and great-grandmothers – Bob and Karen Kirkpatrick, Carol Vaughn, Barbara Kirkpatrick and big brothers Carter & Graham.

THERE WILL BE A CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING on Sunday, February 14th immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service. Everyone is welcome to attend. The main agenda items will be consideration of the proposed budget for 2016 as well as a proposal from the Stewards for refinancing our church loan, which matures with a balloon payment in March 2016. Password-protected copies of these proposals are available on the church website, www.friendswoodfriends.org (the password is friends) or you can pick up a printed copy from the kiosk. If you will need childcare or nursery for your children during the meeting, please contact the church office by Wednesday, February 10th to make a reservation.

REMINDER: The Spring Invasion Mexico trip parent/student informational meeting takes place today at 2 p.m. in the high school room.

SAVE THE DATE for our 2016 VBS “Cave Quest” June 20th -24th. Registration will begin soon!

OUR LENTEN STUDY FOR THIS YEAR is Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus by John Indermark (author of the “Companions in Christ” series that some of you went through with Pastor Joe Roher a number of years ago.) Gospeled Lives is a collection of stories from the Gospels about individuals and groups who encountered Jesus and their varying reactions. In the words of the author, “Gospeled lives do not always veer the same direction. Calls may be heard or neglected. Challenges may be taken on or passed up. Transformation may be embraced or avoided. Some people leave the encounter unpersuaded. Others depart empowered. In every case, the story of gospeled lives remains open-ended. That is, response to encounter with Jesus continues to unfold in ongoing choices and unfinished stories… That is where you and I enter the picture. Our lives write the yet-to-be lived stories of our response to encounter with Jesus.” Copies of the book are available at the church at a cost of $15. You are encouraged to participate in this study over the 6 weeks of Lent, beginning on February 10th. The short daily readings and the questions for reflection will help us to think more deeply about what it means to hear and respond to Christ’s word.

LADIES – Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 10th, when our spring session of the Wednesday morning Bible Study will begin. By popular request, this year’s study is at a NEW TIME. Join us in the Coffee Café at 9:15 for a light breakfast, followed by the study at 9:30. We’ll finish up by 10:30 so that you have the rest of your morning free. Details about the book and topic for this year’s study will be in next Sunday’s bulletin. Meanwhile, save your Wednesday mornings for this time of enjoying fellowship with other ladies as we study together.
MISSIONS COMMITMENT SUNDAY is coming up on February 7th! We will celebrate and learn more about the ministries that our church is involved in (both locally and around the world), and we will ask you to prayerfully consider making a commitment to be a part of these ministries through prayer, giving and/or volunteering. Our goal for 2016 is to raise $55,000 to help support the following ministries:
• Brian and Kylie C.
• Michael and Kathryn Linville in India
• Jack and Celesta Rea’s work in Hong Kong/China.
• David Thomas and Discipling for Development in Rwanda and Burundi
• Local and overseas mission fields
We are excited to learn what God has in store for us with mission projects ‘here and there’ – we are praying for His direction about how and where we volunteer and care for our missionaries and mission fields. What a privilege we have to be a part of what God is doing in our community and around the world. Prayer is a crucial part of ANY ministry, but in some ways it can be harder to commit to regular, fervent prayer than just to slip some money into the offering plate. Would you be willing to choose at least one missionary or ministry to pray for regularly in 2016? Thank you to those of you who are already praying faithfully! If you would like to learn more about what we are planning for missions, you are encouraged to pick up an information flyer from the kiosk.

YOUTH SUPER BOWL PARTIES Sunday, February 7th at 5 p.m.! The junior high will meet at the Baumer home (parents are welcome) and the senior high will be at the Roher home. Food from Gringos & drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite desert. Come, and bring a friend!

OYSTER CREEK MINISTRY UPDATE & DONATION REQUESTS : A huge thank you to Jon and Dora Kerr who donated a huge refrigerator to Creekside Community Church in December. This donation will be such a blessing during VBS! Fourteen families in Oyster Creek were blessed with $400 in Kroger Gift Cards and containers full of toiletries, blankets, and umbrellas since Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland chose Oyster Creek as one of its Christmas Giving Tree recipients. These items blessed the families and gave us the opportunity to reconnect with some families that we hadn’t seen since VBS. Special thanks to Jennifer Ward from Epiphany for coordinating this effort and taking time out of her Christmas vacation to help deliver the goodies. Rental rates in Oyster Creek are rapidly increasing because of the many plant projects in the area. Rates are now in the $800 – $1000 a month range. I would like to start sharing money-saving techniques with the moms who attend the Monthly Bible Schools with their kids. Will you drop off your extra coupons from the Sunday paper in the Coffee Café on Sundays? There will be a specially marked box for them. Donations of living inexspensively types of books or magazines would be helpful, too. I think we can help many of them become more resourceful. If you have any twin mattresses/frames that you no longer need, there is a family in OC who could really use them. Contact Diane Leaverton for pick-up arrangements. There is a card ministry at Friendly Grounds. Birthday card donations would be helpful for families and AA members. The dates for Oyster Creek VBS are July 18th – 22nd. We would love to have the youth help again this year!