Sermon: David Bridges

“What’s So Great about Easter?”

Philippians 2:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Romans 6:4-5

Ephesians 1:19-20 I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (NLV)

WELCOME! We are glad that you have joined us this morning for worship and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Our prayer is that each one of us will experience what the apostle Paul describes in the verses above – the mighty power of God that raised Christ from the dead working in OUR lives to bring salvation and transformation. HE IS RISEN INDEED!

THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on March 28th for the Easter holiday.

CONGRATULATIONS to Travis and Kameron Mantell on the birth of their son!  Benjamin was born on March 22nd, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. He joins his big brother and sister, Tatum and Susie. Butch and Susan Hill are the proud grandparents. 

REMINDER to Meals on Wheels volunteers: We are scheduled for the week of April 4th.

COMMITTED TO RECYCLING? So is our church, and we are in need of two individuals or families to commit to picking up the recyclables from the church just once every 4 weeks. We will provide information as to how to dispose of the recyclables. Contact Mark Rubash for more information.  

LADIES, you are invited to attend a new 8-week session of the Sunday school class True Woman 101 beginning on Sunday, April 10th. Response to the first session has been very positive and the participants have encouraged class leader Teresa Wentz to offer another session so that more ladies can participate. The class will meet in the Brides Room (just off the Coffee Café) on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from April 10th through May 29th. The book True Woman 101 was written by Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Lee Demoss and includes foundational teaching from God’s Word. Books will be provided free of charge to those attending the class. If you would like to participate, please call or email Teresa by Sunday, March 27th to reserve your copy.

DUDE CAMP is coming up from June 2nd through 5th for students finishing 3rd through 5th grade. Pick up a brochure from the church office and plan to join us. Please contact Janet Black with any questions.

MISSING ITEMS: Did you accidently take home one of our hearing-impaired receivers? Or have you borrowed a church cooler and forgotten to bring it back? If you have either of these items, we would be grateful if you could return them quickly. We ask that you please always check with the church office before borrowing things from the church. 

A NEW CLASS for 7th and 8th grade girls will begin on April 10th. We will meet on Sundays at 7 p.m. (right after junior high youth group) to enjoy some pizza together and study Elisa Pulliam’s book Journey to Freedom. Together we’ll explore who we are, what shapes our identity, and how we can live in the freedom that is found when we embrace our identity in Christ. The class will meet 5 times – April 10th, 17th & 24th, then we’ll take a two week break and finish up on May 15th & 22nd. Invite your friends to join us for this study; it is open to everyone, not just girls who attend church here. We need a headcount to order the books and food, so if you would like to sign up or just have questions, please contact Sara Wilber by Sunday, April 3rd.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our 2016 Vacation Bible School, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on June 20th – 24th. This year’s theme is Cave Quest: Following Jesus the Light of the World. VBS is open to children from age 3 through completing 5th grade. The $20 registration fee includes a VBS T-shirt, daily snacks, crafts and games, water day, songs, stories, and making new friends. What a deal for just $4 per day! Pick up a registration form on the kiosk or at the church office. VBS VOLUNTEERS: It takes over 100 volunteers to put on our VBS, so junior and senior high students and adults are encouraged to consider helping out. Adult and youth volunteers may pick up registration forms on the kiosk or in the church office. Please contact Janet Black for more information.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SEW? The committee that is preparing for the Mid America Friends Women Retreat in Galveston this fall needs a few people to help with a simple sewing project – some tablecloths and goodie bags for the retreat. All materials are provided. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please contact Diane Leaverton.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS for the 2016-2017 Patricia Spencer Allen Scholarship are now available. Graduating high school seniors as well as continuing undergraduate college students are invited to apply. The recipient will be chosen based on active involvement in Friendswood Friends Church, character, leadership, academic achievement, financial need and interest in Christian ministry. If you are interested in applying, stop by the church office to pick up an application packet, or you can download the forms from our church website. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, May 2nd.

YOUNG ADULTS are invited to participate in a new Bible study beginning on March 28th. We’ll meet in the Coffee Café kitchen at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for dinner and a 10-week study using the book Studies on the Go: Philippians, Colossians and First and Second Thessalonians. We will only be studying the Philippians portion of the series. This study is set up to explore Philippians through Bible reading and discussion. (That is right up our alley!) Feel free to order the book (you can find it on amazon) and follow along or just show up each week and discuss truth. Both ways work great. For more information, contact Molly Black.