Sermon: David Bridges
“Solomon: Celebrated and Criticized”

TODAY AFTER THE WORSHIP SERVICE, the missions team is hosting a delicious meal of brisket, chicken, potato salad and beans; all proceeds will benefit our missions projects at home and abroad. A limited number of tickets are still available at the full price of $15 for adults and $10 for children. We hope that you will join us to enjoy some great food & fellowship while also supporting our mission work!  

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.  

WORK TEAMS FOR HARVEY RELIEF will be in the area for the next several weeks. We’d love to have some local workers join the visiting Friends Disaster Service teams. If you are interested in volunteering, watch the church Facebook page for information, or contact the church office for details. We are also hoping to be able to provide some meals for those who are here from out of town to work. If you are interested in providing one evening meal sometime during the next few weeks, please contact Cindy Page for more details.

STOP BY THE MISSIONS TABLE in the foyer to see the beautiful quilt created by the “Bee Pieceful” Quilting group that meets at our church. The quilt was donated by these ladies to be used as a fundraiser for missions in gratitude for allowing them to meet here, and will be raffled off in December. Tickets are available for $10 each, with 100% of the proceeds going to our missions fund. The quilt would make a great Christmas gift, or a beautiful addition to your own home, while also helping to bless our missionaries who are serving faithfully around the world. You can pick up tickets from now through mid-December.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER 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. 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.

THERE WILL BE A CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING on Sunday, November 5th following the worship service. We will be discussing future plans for the parsonage as well as the possibility of an SBA loan for repairs related to our Harvey damage. Everyone is welcome to attend.

BIBLE QUIZ PIE SALE FUNDRAISER: Our Bible Quiz Team students are taking orders for delicious homemade pies. The cost is $20 for pumpkin pies and $25 for pecan or apple pies. You can place your order at the table in the Coffee Café after the gathering for worship. The students will take orders today through November 12th. The pies will be available for pick up at the church on Sunday morning, November 19th. If you have questions, contact Josiah Brown. Thank you for helping to support our quiz team!

SAVE THE DATE! Our annual Thanksgiving dinner will take place on Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 p.m. This will be a catered dinner of turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Tickets will go on sale soon, but meanwhile mark your calendar and plan to join us for a delicious meal and the opportunity to spend time together as a church family as we celebrate and give thanks for God’s many blessings to us. The dinner will be followed by our traditional auction – see the next column for how you can help!

IRS ASSISTANCE FOR HARVEY VICTIMS: The Internal Revenue Service has announced several tax relief provisions available to victims of Hurricane Harvey. These include extensions of deadlines for filing and paying taxes, special provisions for hardship distributions from 401(k) plans, an option for retroactive claims of unreimbursed disaster losses to 2016 (allowing refunds to be received sooner than if declaring losses for 2017), waiver of fees for expedited copies of previously filed tax returns, and provisions for employer-sponsored leave for hurricane relief.  For more information, see the disaster relief page at irs.gov.

AUCTION FOR MISSIONS This year’s Thanksgiving auction will benefit missions at home and abroad! Because the reGeneration trip for our students is taking place in Dickinson this year, they do not need to raise travel costs. However, our missions fund is in serious need of a “shot in the arm” to finish out our yearly commitments to missionaries and local ministries. So for this year only, all proceeds from the Thanksgiving auction will go to missions. Would you consider donating something that could be part of the auction? Our main focus for donated items is dinners or outings that also involve building relationships. For example, you could donate something like an Italian dinner in your home, or a fishing trip on your boat, or you could donate a meal that you would host at a particular restaurant. Along with these dinners or outings, we would also accept items such as use of a vacation home, a themed gift basket, tickets to a sporting event, etc. These items will be auctioned off immediately following the meal on November 19th. If you are willing to donate something for the auction, please sign up with details at the pie sale table following the service. For questions, contact Bobby Kirkpatrick, Josiah Brown or Molly Black. Thanks for helping to bless our mission work locally and around the world!

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