Sermon:  David Bridges
“Maintaining Margin”
Matthew 11:28-30

THANK YOU SO MUCH to our church family for all of your prayers, support and expressions of kindness during Opal Wood’s illness and after she passed away. We deeply appreciate the meal that was served to our family at the funeral and the many other things that you did to show love and care for us during this difficult time. Opal loved this church; thank you for being such a special part of her life. – From the Wood family

OPEN GYM for kids 3 years through 5th grade takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Friends Center. The cost is $2 per child per session. Children under 3 are welcome to attend with a parent at no charge.

SUMMER OFFICE SCHEDULE: In order to save on costs over the summer months, the church office will be closed on the following Thursdays: July 20th & 27th and August 3rd & 10th. We’ll be back to our regular schedule for the start of the school year.

BACK TO SCHOOL BOUTIQUE presented by Women’s and Missions ministries: Come and shop for back to school clothes for everyone! We will have men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. Save the sale dates of Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. and the morning of Saturday, August 5th. We will be taking donations of new or gently used adult and children’s clothing (preferably on hangers) from now through the end of July. We would also like to collect accessories like purses, backpacks, scarves and jewelry. Please take all donations directly to the old preschool room in the Education Building (just past the parlor). For more information contact Molly Black or Katelyn Sanders.

STUDENT MINISTRY SUMMER ACTIVITIES are underway with our new youth pastor, Josiah Brown.  On Sunday evenings, Open Gym takes place from 6-7 for junior high and 7-8 for senior high. This is an informal time of games, snacks, and having fun together. (Students who have just completed 8th grade will stay with the junior high group until mid-August, when they will move up to the senior high youth group.) On Thursdays throughout July, both junior and senior high students are invited to join us for service trips to various ministry sites around the Houston/Galveston area. We’ll learn about some of the different types of ministry going on in our community while getting some “hands on” service experience, along with getting to know one another and having fun. Space is limited, so sign up in advance with Josiah. During August we’ll have some Thursday outings to places like the beach, Putt Putt, etc. along with our lake parties on August 13th. More details will be available soon. For more information on any of these events, check out the church website or contact Josiah at josiah@friendswoodfriends.org.

LADIES – Please plan to join us on Wednesday, July 19th for a Progressive Dinner! We’ll meet in the Coffee Café at 6:30 p.m. for a fun evening of relaxing, spending time together, and enjoying delicious food! We need you to sign up in advance so that we can plan the meal. Once we have a total count, each person will be assigned a dish to prepare (appetizer, salad, dessert or main dish). At the dinner you’ll get a chance to sample all of the yummy treats (and maybe get some new recipe ideas!) Sign up by contacting the church office or by letting a member of the women’s ministry team know that you plan to attend – today is the last day to sign up. Hope to see you there!

PICKLEBALL takes place in the church gym on Monday evenings from 7:30-9.  Everyone is welcome to come play – we switch around with different partners and enjoy getting to know some of the people from our community who come to have fun and get some exercise in a nice, cool gym. 

REMINDER: “SUMMER SUNDAYS” continue through August 13th. Everyone is invited to come enjoy breakfast, which will be served at 9:00 a.m., followed by a brief, intergenerational liturgy of scripture and prayer, then a combined worship service at 10 a.m.