Sermon: Russ Merck
“The Great Wedding Caper”
John 2:1-11 NRSV

OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY goes to the Burkett and Beers families. Laurie Burkett’s stepfather, Charles Beers, passed away on Monday. Charles and his wife, Jeanne (Chennault) Beers were both long-time former members here at Friendswood Friends Church. Visitation with the family will take place at Jeter Funeral Home on Monday, January 15th from 6-8 p.m. A graveside service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16th in the Friendswood Friends Church cemetery. Please remember Jeanne Beers and the rest of the family in your prayers.

CONGRATULATIONS to Patti Velky on the birth of her granddaughter! Evelyn Faith Hatley was born to Jessie and Sarah Hatley on December 28th. Evelyn joins three step siblings – Ella, Mason and Wyatt – who are excited to have a new little sister.

THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

REMINDER: The Friends Chorale invites you to join a new season TODAY from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Worship Center. See you there!

THE FLOWER CHART for 2018 has been posted in the foyer. You are invited to sign up for a date to provide the altar flowers in honor of a loved one or a special occasion in your family. Just sign your name by the date you have chosen – you’ll get a reminder card in the mail shortly before your chosen date.

LADIES, stop by the kiosk to pick up a brochure for our 2018 Women’s Retreat – “SERIOUSLY GOD??” Seeking Christ in the midst of every storm. We will be heading to Camp Tejas in Giddings, TX – February 2nd – 4th. Our speaker this year will be Jennifer Johnson, founder of I.N.F.O for Families and popular speaker on issues related to God’s design for marriage and family life. We will also welcome back Katie Newton as our worship leader. The cost for quadruple occupancy is $260 (there are also a limited number of single occupancy rooms) if your registration form and $100 deposit are received by Monday, January 22nd. After that date, the price increases to $310. The final day to register is January 29th. Registration forms are available on the kiosk or you can register and pay online at friendswoodfriends.org; click on 2018 Women’s Retreat. For any questions, please contact Beth Stanfield.

OUR FAMILY PROMISE GUESTS arrive today. Please pray for God’s blessing on our guests as well as the many volunteers who are involved in serving them.

PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: You are invited to an informational meeting about the spring break trip to Mexico, March 10th-16th– please join us in the high school room on Sunday, January 28th at 4 p.m. Students are welcome to attend as well. No commitment is necessary – just come to hear about the trip and ask any questions that you might have. Fund-raising ideas will also be discussed. Our groups spend time in Mexico every other year since 1993 with Friends churches in the area around Nueva Rosita and we are excited to go back and serve again! We’ll spend time worshipping together, helping to complete construction projects on churches and assisting with children’s vacation Bible school. For more information, check out www.efcmaym.org/spring-invasion-2018/. Questions? Email Josiah (josiah@friendswoodfriends.org).

FREE CONCERT: Sunday, February 18th – Our friend Neil Dover will be visiting again from his home in Mobile, Alabama. Neil is a Nashville recording artist, prolific songwriter, and an Alabama institution. His music can be heard on radio stations from Florida to Texas. He will be performing during worship and then offering a free concert in the Coffee Café. Please plan to attend and bring your friends. The concert is Sunday, February 18th from 7-9pm.
THE PRIMETIMERS Annual Soup Tasting and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Thursday, January 18th 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.

YOU ARE INVITED to join us on Thursday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m. to hear guest speaker Helen Streaker share about healing in her life. Helen, the cousin of former member Charlene Littlefield, was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through many painful treatments over a period of 10 years, including surgery, radiation, reconstruction and chemotherapy. When Helen’s cancer recurred, she found out about a procedure called cryoablation which is done in a doctor’s office and takes just half an hour, with no pain, downtime or side effects. Helen is so thankful that God allowed her to learn of this treatment and avoid the pain and suffering that she went through for her initial occurrence of cancer, so she wants to share the information with others. She will share a brief (20 minutes) scripture-based talk about her experience, provide handouts for those who would like to do additional research, and answer any questions. Everyone is welcome – the meeting will take place in the Brides Room. One in 8 women (as well as some men) experience breast cancer at some point in their lives, and nearly all of us have a family member or friend who is affected by this disease, so this will be helpful information.