Sermon: David Bridges
“Jesus, Boats and Invitations”
Luke 5.1-11

PLEASE STOP BY THE COFFEE CAFÉ to see the new framed collage with historical pictures of the construction of our church building (Chapel and office wing) in the late 1940’s.  Thank you to Joycina Baker and Cheryl Bouillion for their work on this project!  The inscription on the back of the display reads as follows:  James T. Baker, Sr. (a member of the Church Building Committee) used his camera to document the construction of the new church, which began on November 17, 1947, and was dedicated on June 19, 1949.  At his death in 1976, his 2,000+ Kodachrome slides, which had been stored in a box in a garage, remained there until his grandson, Wesley L. Baker, transferred them to digital media in 2016. When Joycina Day Baker recognized the historic value of the photographs she called on Cheryl Hatcher Bouillion to create a collage of the construction’s progress.  Also involved in the project were Ann and Harold Whitaker. This framed photographic display was gifted by Mrs. Baker to the Friendswood Friends Church staff on January 18, 2017. 

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.

WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY will begin a new study on Wednesday, February 8th. We will use Max Lucado’s study guide called, Life Lessons Study Series:  Acts. The study guide is $10 and it will be available to purchase the first night of our study. Please join us at the home of Kimberly Sheets from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

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 sessions 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.

AMORE DINNER CELEBRATION FEBRUARY 12, 2017 AT 5:00PM 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.

CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS for 2016 were mailed out on January 11th. If you have questions about your statement, or if you did 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.

JERRY DARAH is available to serve as a live-in general caretaker for anyone in need.  He’s able to do house cleaning and general repairs to both homes and automobiles. Jerry can provide local references as requested. More information about Jerry is available on the bulletin board in the hallway near the church offices.  

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. Our goal for 2017 is to raise $60,000 to help support the following ministries:

  • Brian and Kylie C.
  • David and Kathryn Linville in India
  • Jack and Celesta Rea’s work in Hong Kong/China.
  • David Thomas and Brad and Chelsea Carpenter in Discipling for Development in Rwanda, Burundi and beyond
  • 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 2017? 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.