Church News During COVID-19

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February 9th update from David Bridges

Though Jesus’s parable about valuable coins (found in Matthew 25) has often been understood to promote hard work, investment, and even capitalism, the story is probably more about using the gifts we’ve been given to produce good things in the places where we exist.  However, one cannot ignore the role money plays in the parable and how the servants who produced profits from their investments were praised.  “Well done!  You are a good and faithful servant,” they are both told. …

Missions Sunday – February 14th

Join us on February 14th as we celebrate how God is at work around the world through the missionaries that we help to support. If you would like to give financially toward missions in 2021, we’d be grateful if you could let us know by filling out a commitment card at tinyurl.com/FFCmissions.

January 26th update from Bobby Kirkpatrick

Good morning, Friends! One of the devotional passages I’ve been dwelling on lately has been Matthew 20:20-28. In this passage, the mother of James and John comes to Jesus while he is travelling through Jericho toward Jerusalem, where he will eventually be put to death.  He actually predicts this, in the passage right before this one. Likely getting a sense that something is about to happen, and full of faith in Jesus and care for her sons, their mother approaches…

Color of Compromise Study begins on February 14

Beginning on Sunday, February 14th, we will be offering another session of The Color of Compromise. This video study, based on the book by Jemar Tisby,  explores the history of the American church’s role in the oppression of Black people and ends by calling us to anti-racist work. For this session we will meet by Zoom only, with 8 weekly sessions led by Brian Coughlin, Patti Velky, Peter Van Nifterik and David Bridges. Each week, the class will view a video and then discuss the video’s…

December 29th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.  – Luke 2.20 I’ve sometimes wondered what it was like for the shepherds to return home after they’d heard the angels sing and seen Jesus in the manger.  It seems likely that they would have had difficulty returning to the same old patterns, schedules, and discussions in which they had participated before they’d…

Family Promise Hosting January 10-17

Volunteers are needed for our next hosting week for the Family Promise ministry, from January 10th-17th. Since some of our regular volunteers are at higher risk for COVID, we hope that some of you who are lower risk will consider taking part in this important ministry. Here are some of the ways that you could help: Working with others to set up Friends Center before our guests arrive, helping to provide one of the evening meals or Saturday breakfast, spending…

December 22 update from David Bridges

“Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”  According to Luke’s gospel, those are the words Elizabeth spoke to Mary, the mother of Jesus. And in many ways, trusting what the Lord has promised is the very foundation of our faith.  But it’s not always easy.  In fact, at times it is quite difficult to believe the promise that God is with us, for us, and within us.  It’s not always easy…