Message: David Bridges
“God is a Surprise”
Acts 10

THANK YOU to the many volunteers who helped to make our recent host week for Family Promise a great success!  You did an amazing job of welcoming our guest families and sharing Christ’s love with them during the especially full week leading up to Easter! This ministry is a success because of our incredible volunteers, and we could not do it without you! Whether or not you helped this time, please mark your calendar for our next week to host, which will be July 14th-21st. We hope that you will prayerfully consider taking part in this ministry.  – Desiree and Beth 

OUR CHURCH OFFICE is undergoing some renovations – please be patient with the mess during this process! Painting and repairs have been taking place all week, and work on flooring is scheduled to begin soon. It is possible that there will be some adjustments to the office schedule while this work is going on. If staff members are away from the office, messages will be checked frequently, so please leave a message and we will get back to you.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CONNECT? There is much more going on at Friendswood Friends Church than just Sunday morning worship! There are opportunities throughout the week to learn, to get to know people, and to use the gifts that God has given you to serve others. Here are some ideas for ways to get more involved:

·  There are two adult Sunday school classes that meet at 9 am on Sundays – one in Friends Center, and one in the Brides’ Room.  For those who have children, there are age-level classes available for them at the same time.

·  The Men’s Common Prayer Group meets in David’s office on Wednesday mornings at 6:15. Talk to David Bridges for more information.

·  A ladies’ prayer group meets in the Journey Room at 10 am on Mondays. Contact Joyce Byrne for information.

·  Young adults meet off campus for study and fellowship on Monday evenings at 7:30. Contact Bobby Kirkpatrick for information.

·  Pickleball takes place in Friends Center twice a week – the Monday evening group (7-9 pm) is for more experienced players; beginners meet at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays. Contact Janet Black for more information.

·  Musicians have opportunities to use their gifts by participating in our church chorale, bell choir, or orchestra. Contact Nancy Hansen for more information.

·  Volunteers are needed for many different ministries – our Tweens program for kids, Meals on Wheels, Family Promise homeless ministry, Kids’ Hope mentoring program, Ushers, Summer Sunday breakfasts, help with our church facilities, drivers for summer youth events and many more. If you would like to find a place to serve, contact the church office or one of our pastors to help find something that would be a good fit. You’ll find that along with being a blessing to others, you will also be blessed yourself by getting involved in these ministries!

·  Students and children are an important part of our church family, and we have lots of great things going on for them! Contact Josiah Brown or Janet Black for more information.

PLANS ARE UNDERWAY for our “Summer Sundays” breakfasts, which will take place in the Coffee Café on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning on May 19th. For the past several summers these have provided a great time of fellowship for those who attend, as well as a delicious breakfast. This year we are trying to set up a rotation of helpers so that the same people won’t be in the kitchen every Sunday. Would you be willing to commit to helping out for a specific Sunday or two? The menus are planned in advance and the food is purchased ahead of time; so all we need is a few extra helpers between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. to help set up the serving tables, cook the food, etc. One or more of our experienced cooks will be there to be in charge and let you know what to do. If you are willing to help on one or more Sundays between May 19th and August 4th, please contact Janet Black to let her know when you are available – janet@friendswoodfriends.org or 281-482-7821.

REJOICE AND CELEBRATE with our graduating students! In addition to being recognized in the service, there will be a “Graduation Celebration” breakfast on May 19th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Coffee Cafe before the service. Each soon-to-be high school graduate will have a table to decorate with pictures from their childhood up through senior year. This will give the congregation an opportunity to talk with students, pray for them, and offer words of encouragement. We will also be celebrating and recognizing this year’s class of “Making Disciples” graduates. Please come and enjoy this celebration breakfast on May 19th! Contact Josiah if you and your senior want a table to decorate.

INTERESTED IN YOUTH MINISTRY- Have a heart for kids? Kickapoo Friends Center is looking for an intern for the Summer! Quivering Arrow Camp, Kickapoo Bible School, miscellaneous work projects. College age or young adults for more information contact Brad Wood at brad@kickapoofriendscenter.org 405-640-4194 or suzdawes@gmail.com. 260-571-4577  

ARE YOU GRADUATING from high school or college this year? We want to honor you in our special graduation bulletin on May 19th. Please contact the church office at 281-482-7821 or shannon@ friendswoodfriends.org by May 15th with the student’s name, the school that he or she will graduate from and the degree and major (for college students). High school graduates will be honored during the 10 a.m. service on May 19th along with the kids and mentors that have completed the “Making Disciples” program.

CHANGE OF DATE FOR BIBLE DISCUSSION:  Our normal meeting time for the “Reading through the Bible” discussion group falls on Mother’s Day this month, so for May we will be meeting on the third Sunday of the month instead of the second Sunday. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 19th and plan to join us! 

UPDATE – USED HOUSEHOLD ITEMS NEEDED: Salomón M., a Friends pastor from Guatemala, has recently relocated to South Houston in order to do bi-vocational ministry in the community. The goal is to provide various types of outreach and ministry to the mostly Hispanic community, and eventually establish a Spanish-speaking Friends congregation in the building that was formerly used by an Anglo Friends congregation. David Byrne, director of the Coalition for Hispanic Ministries, is trying to help collect some used household items to get Pastor Salomón started. If you have any of the following items that you would be willing to donate, please contact David: small kitchen table, electric lawn mower, pictures or decorative items. Your prayers for Salomón and this new ministry would also be appreciated!