Sermon: Jason Porterfield
“Hearing from God”
1 Samuel 3

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR TODAY are dedicated to the glory of God and with thanksgiving for the blessings of our sons – Andrew and Matthew. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6 – Paul & Janis Street 

MISSIONS BBQ LUNCH: Buy your ticket in the foyer today for the Missions BBQ lunch on October 29th after the service. We will be having brisket, chicken, potato salad and beans! Be sure to get your tickets for the Early Bird price of  $12 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Tickets the day of will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. You can even get a plate to go if you can’t stay and eat. Please come out and share a meal with us and support our commitments to our missionaries and ministries here and around the world.

YOUNG ADULTS are invited to join us for a new group that will meet on Monday evenings beginning on October 16th.  We’ll gather in the Coffee Café kitchen at 6:30 p.m. for dinner together and then move to the Brides Room for fellowship and study, finishing up by 7:45. Child care is provided. For more information, contact Bobby Kirkpatrick at 281-482-7821 or bobby@friendswoodfriends.org.  

THE PRIMETIMERS “WACKY HAT HALLOWEEN PARTY” LUNCHEON will be on Thursday, October 19th. Wear a funny hat if you have one but if you don’t, there will be some extras on hand. We will enjoy the special music and entertainment presented by our guests, the Over-the-Hill Gang, to get us in the fall mood. We’ll meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Coffee Cafe. Come and bring a covered dish to share, visit with friends and enjoy the festive music of our favorite entertainers. All are welcome! 

COOKBOOKS FOR SALE: Missions team will be selling cookbooks with recipes from the kitchens of our very own church members! Get one today in the foyer for $15! Thanks for supporting our commitments to missionaries and ministries.  

A FLU SHOT CLINIC will take place on Sunday, October 22nd from 9:30-11:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary, just stop by the Coffee Café to get your shot. The high dose shots for senior citizens will also be available. Bring your insurance card with you as many plans cover the cost of flu shots. Price information for self-pay will be available soon. 

OUR FAMILY PROMISE GUESTS ARRIVE TODAY! Please pray for God’s blessing on the families who will be staying here and for the volunteers who will be serving them.  Thanks to Gayle Jircik and Dana Stanfield for serving as our coordinators while Beth and Desiree are away. If you have signed up to volunteer and have questions, please contact Gayle at 713-594-6305 or djircik@sbcglobal.net or Dana at 832-425-2965 or dana@stanfieldproperties.com. We will need help next Sunday, October 22nd after the morning worship service to set our classrooms back up after our guests move out. If you can plan to stay for a few minutes next Sunday to help out with that, we would be grateful!

DO YOU SHOP ON AMAZON? If so, please consider designating Friendswood Friends Church as your preferred charity through the “Amazon Smile” Program, and Amazon will donate .5% of your total purchase amount to the church at no extra cost to you.  You can do this by following this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-1300892 or sign up for Amazon Smile and look for Friendswood Friends Church on the list of eligible charities. Once you have designated a charity, you can access Amazon through the website smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, and the church will automatically receive your contribution. It’s a simple way to help support the ministries of our church at no cost to you! Contact the church office if you have questions.

OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH! Our presiding clerk and church coordinators encourage you to find a way to express appreciation to our pastors who serve so faithfully. Many of us have a tradition of showing appreciation with gift cards, which are much appreciated, but here are some other ideas for gestures that would be meaningful to them: 1. Come to church EVERY Sunday in October! 2. Invite a friend to come with you.  3. Commit to pray for our pastors every day in October – and let them know that you are doing so.  4. Take time to send a note or email mentioning specific ways that they have been a blessing to you. 

SAVE THE DATE:FFC Women’s Retreat: “SERIOUSLY GOD??” Seeking Christ in the midst of every storm, at Camp Tejas in Giddings, TX – February 2nd – 4th 2018. 

REGISTER NOW for our All-Church Fall Retreat! Everyone is invited to join us from 7 p.m. on November 10th through noon of the 12th at Forest Glen Camp (just outside of Huntsville). We’ll be staying in air conditioned/heated cabins, so no need to bring tents or camping gear. The cost of $90 for adults or $50 for kids 3 – 11yrs. (children under 3 are free) includes 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, and lots of optional activities such as canoeing, hikes, campfire, sports & games, etc. The program will be loosely structured so that you will have the freedom to spend time alone relaxing and enjoying nature, or to engage in groups and activities as much as you like. Space is limited, so pick up a registration form from the kiosk or download a copy from the church website at friendswoodfriends.org. Your full payment and completed registration will reserve a spot. If you have questions, contact Josiah Brown, Bobby Kirkpatrick or Janet Black at 281-482-7821. 

STOP BY the “What the Pastor Is Reading” display at the kiosk to pick up a copy of Mending the Divides by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart. The cost is $15 per book. Huckins and Swigart believe that because peacemaking is the mission of God, it should also be the vocation of his people. So peace is no longer understood as merely the absence of conflict―peace is when relationships once severed have been repaired and restored. Mending the Divides equips disciples of Jesus to move toward conflict and seek the restoration of our relationships, our communities, and our world, offering practical steps to engage in the kingdom-building work of waging peace. If you want to take a copy, just leave your $15 in the basket.