Sermon: David Bridges
“John’s Good Samaritan”
John 4.1-30, 39-42

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR TODAY are given by Scott and Patty Lee in celebration of the life of their granddaughter, Cadence Delphine Rubin. Cadence turns one year old tomorrow!

WELCOME Clear Lake Symphony instrumentalists Donna, Jerz, flutist, Karen Akkerman, Cellist, and Alice Steele, violinist, who will be playing pieces from Bach and Handel today. 

COORDINATORS MINUTES for 2017 have been posted to the church website in a password protected file.  You can access the minutes by using the password friends (all lowercase, no punctuation).  

CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS for 2017 were sent by email or regular mail in mid January. If you did not receive your statement or if you have questions, please contact Joyce at 281-482-7821 or joyce@friendswoodfriends.org. Thank you for your faithfulness in making contributions to our church! For 2017 we not only ended in the black for cash flow, but exceeded the amount that had been budgeted for contributions. This is a great blessing as we face some significant upcoming expenses in repairs to our facilities.

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY STARTS THIS WEEK! Join us on Wednesday mornings for Jen Wilkins’ study: I Peter: A New Hope in Christ, led by Kody Shepherd. We’ll meet in the Coffee Café, with refreshments and fellowship at 9:15 followed by the study starting at 9:30 a.m. and finishing by 11. Nursery care is available but we need a headcount, so please contact the church office to reserve a place for your children if you plan to bring them to the nursery.  Books will be available for purchase on the first day of class.  The study will go from February 7th through the end of April.

INTRODUCTION TO FRIENDSWOOD FRIENDS CHURCH: Would you like to know more about what this church believes and how it began? Come to this informal gathering, which is designed to help you meet others and understand our church. We will meet in the Coffee Café on Sunday, February 18th  immediately following the worship service and will finish by 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend and will need childcare, please contact the church office to let us know the ages of your children so that we can make arrangements for the needed workers.

SAVE THE DATE: Congregational business meeting after the service on February 25th 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our upcoming hosting weeks for Family Promise.  We are scheduled to host families for the weeks of April 15-22 and July 8-15.

MISSIONS COMMITMENT SUNDAY is coming up on February 11th! We will celebrate and learn more about the ministries that our church is involved in around the world. 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 2018 is to raise $51,600 to help support the following ministries:

  • Brian and Kylie C.
  • David and Kathryn L.
  • 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.

We are excited to learn what God has in store for us with mission projects in foreign lands. 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 other communities 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 to just slip some money into the offering plate. Would you be willing to choose at least one missionary or ministry to pray for regularly in 2018? 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.

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/74-1300 892 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.  

OUR NEW CHURCH DIRECTORIES are nearing completion, but we are still missing a few photos. If you have not yet submitted a photo, would you be willing to have your picture taken following the worship service either TODAY or on Sunday, February 11th? We will have one or two photographers on hand, and it won’t take much of your time. Or, if you already have a good photo, you can email it to joyce@friendswoodfriends.org. We hope to finish up work on the directories in the next few weeks so that we can print them and get them to the congregation. Our hope is that this will be a helpful tool for allowing us to get to know one another better and to put names with faces. Thank you for your participation!