Message: Josiah Brown
“Called by God”
Genesis 12:1-4

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR TODAY are given in honor of Maddy Gibbons’ 18th birthday. Our beautiful dancer is smart, sweet and has inherited her Grandma Annette’s artistic talent. Enjoy your senior year!!! We love you so much! Dad, Mom and Travis

OUR SENIOR PASTOR, David Bridges, is on Sabbatical this summer and will return to our worship on September 15th. Please feel free to reach out to our associate pastor, Bobby Kirkpatrick, while David is away. We invite you to pray for David to be refreshed and renewed through his Sabbatical experience.

LADIES’ FALL BIBLE STUDY begins on Wednesday, September 11th at 9:30 a.m. This will be a 6-week  study focused on Psalm 23. Nursery care is available. All ladies are welcome!

LADIES EVENING BIBLE STUDY will begin meeting on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Kimberly Sheets. We are continuing our study of the book Renovation of the Heart, but you can join us even if you haven’t started this study yet. Our first discussion will be over Chapter 17 on September 18th, the second time we meet together. Please join us!

DINNER FOR EIGHT Are you tired of the Church ignoring tough topics?  Are you looking for a safe place to dialogue with others on issues such as immigration, white privilege and bias (conscious and unconscious)? Whatever your political views, you are invited to dinner and conversation on the evening of September 22nd from 5-7 p.m. Several friends from our church will host a “Dinner for Eight” in their homes, where there will be good food and conversation around a specific current issue. Childcare will be available at church from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., and there is no cost to attend. However, spots are limited, so sign up early. Kelly Browning and Laura Porterfield will be in the Coffee Café after the service through September 8, to answer questions and assist with sign-up.

MEALS ON WHEELS is in need of volunteers.  This ministry involves a very minimal time commitment – just one or two hours once every 9 weeks – but it makes a huge difference in the lives of those who receive the meals. If you would like more information about what would be involved in helping, please contact Ted Roeser.  Our church’s scheduled times for the remainder of the year are this coming week (September 9-13) and then the week of November 11-15.  If you volunteer you would only be helping on one of the days during the week.

BIBLE QUIZ PARENT INFO MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 29thWe’re excited to get our Bible Quiz season off and running again for this year! Interested parents and students (7th & 8th grade) are invited to attend an informational meeting today from 4:45-5:45 p.m. upstairs in the Friends Center. We’ll discuss the travel schedule and fundraising ideas along with giving some basic information about the program. Practices will take place on Sunday evenings from 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. beginning on October 27th. Over the years, Bible Quiz has shown again and again why it’s been such a great program for our students. It’s a fun, competitive, and in-depth way to get students to study and memorize Scripture. Many of our high school students consider their participation in Bible Quiz to be one of their most spiritually formative experiences. We hope that all of our 7thand 8th grade students will consider giving it a try. If you have questions, contact Josiah Brown. 

KIDS’ HOPE needs new volunteers to work as either mentors, prayer partners, or substitute mentors this year! This program partners adults in our congregation with students from Westwood and Bales schools who teachers believe could benefit from the one-on-one mentoring relationships provided by Kids’ Hope. Mentors meet with students for one hour each week during school hours to serve as a positive role model and friend for their student. Prayer partners are assigned to pray for the mentors and students, and substitutes are placed on a call sheet to help sub for mentors who have a conflict with their assigned meeting times. For more information if you are interested in serving in one of these positions (we need people in all 3!), please contact Beth Stanfield at beth@stanfieldproperties.com or Bobby Kirkpatrick at bobby@friendswoodfriends.org.

COME MEET Robyn Schell’s fiancé, David Boren, at a couples’ bridal shower. This event will take place in the Coffee Cafe on Saturday, September 14th from 1-3 p.m. Robyn is requesting that guests bring a favorite recipe to the shower. Come hungry, as there will be a light luncheon served. The couple is registered at Amazon, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Target. We hope to see you there!

ATTENTION those in your 20s and 30s! We have started a new Sunday School class, led by Michelle and Joe Hancock, upstairs in room 327 of the Friends Center (gym building). Anyone in their 20s and 30s is welcome! Class meets from 9-9:45 a.m. before heading over to 10 a.m. worship. Come join us!

KIDS CAN DO CLUB AND CHILDREN’S CHOIR begin on Wednesday, September 11th! Children’s Choir, led by Karen Jantz, meets at 5 p.m. and is open to kids 5 years old through 5th grade. They will work on preparations for a Christmas program. Kids Can Do Club is for children from 3 years old through 5th grade. They meet at 5:45 p.m. for a kid-friendly meal, and then from 6 to 7 p.m. they focus on projects to serve others. The kids have a great time while also learning the joys of blessing others. Please note the earlier start time this year for both children’s choir and KCD. 

THERE WILL BE a continent-wide gathering of Hispanic Friends in October at the Bayshore Friends Church (near Kemah) and our church may be able to help with housing, meals, transportation and/or other needs. If you would like to get involved or want more information, you can fill out the volunteer form on the website www.CHMonline.org or contact David Byrne.