Sermon: David Bridges
“Beyond Mending Walls”
Luke 4.14-30

THE PRIMETIMERS Annual Soup Tasting and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Thursday, January 19th at 11:30 a.m. in the Coffee Café. We hope to have 5 homemade soups to serve so if you would like to bring your favorite, please contact Marge Kelly or the church office. All other sides and desserts will be furnished. The White Elephant Gift Exchange is fun. Silly gifts are encouraged but not required. Don’t buy anything, just re-gift or wrap up something you want to get rid of. Come join in the fun, bring a gift, an appetite, and a friend you can laugh with.

CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS for 2016 were mailed out on January 11th. If you have questions about your statement, or if you do not receive one, please contact the church office at 281-482-7821.  Thank you so much for your generous and faithful giving! Once again we have finished the year in the black in terms of cash flow. More importantly, lots of great ministry has taken place because of your faithfulness and generosity.

MISSIONS COMMITMENT SUNDAY is coming up on February 5th!  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.

LADIES there is still time to register for the 2017 Women’s Retreat January 27th through 29th at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, TX. The registration deadline has been extended. If you register & pay by the end of TODAY, the late fee is waived. After today the cost goes up by $25.

AMORE DINNER CELEBRATION FEBRUARY 12, 2017 AT 5:00 PM: The St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church invites you to a Special Valentine’s Dinner Party & silent auction to benefit the Family Promise of Clear Creek, on Sunday, February 12th at 5 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, O’Steen Hall, 2535 Broadway St., Pearland. Our church has purchased a table, so if you would like to attend at no cost as a representative or have questions regarding this event, please contact the church office at 281-482-7821.

THE YOUNG ADULT GROUP will start up again on Wednesdays beginning on January 25th at 7 p.m. at the home of Allen & Grace Kirkpatrick.

THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FRIENDSWOOD is partnering with Redeemed Ministries to fight human trafficking. Redeemed Ministries serves to; provide restoration services that bring new life to women victims of sex trafficking, raise awareness and encourage our communities to engage in anti-human trafficking activities; and to advocate for trafficking survivors. Informational session to learn more about Redeemed Ministries and their core strategies will be held on January 22nd, February 26th and March 26th from 5 to 6 p.m. at the FBC Friendswood Fellowship Hall (111 E. Heritage). For more information on Redeemed Ministries please visit their website at www.redeemedministries.com.

Mending Wall
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors’.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, “Good fences make good neighbors.”
“Mending Wall,” by Robert Frost (1914), can be found in The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems.