It was great to be back with you in worship this week after ankle surgery. As pastor appreciation month comes to a close, I would like to say thank you! Thank you for praying for the staff and each of our families at Friendswood Friends Church. Thank you for the love that you pour out to both our staff and each of our families. Thank you for being faithful partners in ministry with us! I hope you found encouragement in Josh’s words on Sunday. We are all ministers and I hope that you feel empowered and appreciated this month, too!
There are many exciting things coming up in Student Ministries that require some fundraising. I have been so grateful for the ways that this church cares for and supports our young people. Thank you for your contributions that allow us to attend and host equipping opportunities for our students!
Would you join me in covering our students and volunteers in prayer over these specific activities and upcoming events?
- Sunday School – JH and HS gathering on Sunday mornings
- FUSE – JH gathering on Sunday evenings
- Bible Quiz – gathering Sunday evenings and traveling in the spring
- CORE – HS gathering on Sunday evenings
- Kids Night Out – Student Ministries fundraiser
- Summit 2023 – Young Adult gathering of all EFC-NA churches in December
Kids Night Out
Student Ministries will be hosting a Kids Night Out for our church members and regular attendees on November 11 from 5:00-8:00 PM. KNO is a fun time for kids to participate in crafts, play games, and enjoy stories and a movie while their parents can enjoy some time off! The cost is $25 per child for children ages 12 months – 5th grade. For families with 4 or more children, the cost of this event will be capped at $75/family. Pre-registration is required, and families can register by following the link. Registration closes on November 5.
KNO is not only a fun time for kids but is also a fundraiser to help reduce travel costs associated with events such as Summit, Spring Connection, and Camp Quaker Haven for our student ministries. If you feel led to sponsor this event, to volunteer, or if you have questions, please reach out to Katelyn Sanders.
Annual Thanksgiving Meal
The church is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Meal catered by Cracker Barrel on Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available for purchase online now, in the church office, and will be sold after the Worship Service on November 5th and November 12th. We will sell tickets until November 14.
Once a quarter the church provides meals and beds for families experiencing homelessness through the organization Family Promise. Our next week to host families with Family Promise is November 19-25,which falls over the week of Thanksgiving. Many regular volunteers will be out of town this week, but we are encouraged by the opportunity for new families to participate in serving with us. If you feel led to serve with us by bringing a meal and dining with the families or staying overnight, please contact the church office.
Bible Quiz Pie Sale
It is time for the annual Bible Quiz Pie Sale. Pies can be ordered after the Worship Service on November 5, and November 12. You will be able to pick up your pies on November 19 after the service. Pecan and Pumpkin Pies are $20 each and Apple Pies are $25 each. Thank you for supporting the Bible Quiz Team!
In coordination with FISDCares, Bay Area Alliance, and other churches in the community, we are participating in “Undie Sunday.” On November 12, there will be collection bins in the Friends Center, Coffee Café, and outside the Worship Center to accept donations of NEW undies, pajamas, and socks for kids in need this holiday season. Donations can also be dropped off at the church office leading up to November 12. Children and adult sizes are needed. We appreciate your help in making this Undie Sunday clothing drive a success.
Fall Festival was an amazing time! It was so great to have so many families from the church and community on campus enjoying the festivities. If you couldn’t make it, or just want to relive the great time, there are a few photos on our Facebook page. Thank you to the many volunteers who made Fall Festival such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4