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Friday, May 31, 2013

Haven Haven Haven!

Two opportunities for the Haven of Rest this month -

1. Join the team as we serve Saturday morning at 10:00. Meet at the Haven. Wear a hat!

2. Hear Jeff Kaiser present the ministry of the Haven of Rest during our Lord's Day worship service. You won't want to miss hearing about this amazing ministry!

You Have Friends Here!

“People don’t care whether your church is friendly.  They care whether they can find friends there.”  

I heard that at the BASICS conference, and it really resonated with me.  Our tagline is “You’ve got FRIENDS here!”  But friends don’t just meet for an hour a week and then ignore each other all week long.  They are in each other’s lives, loving one another, laughing and crying with one another, and just generally sharing life.  

A couple of verses come to mind.  “A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17) “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and FELLOWSHIP, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42) 

One of the great things about summer at FBC is the opportunity to develop this aspect of our church. Most of the activities and events are oriented around fellowship and friendship.  Things like Campfire Fellowships, and Pastor’s Masters golf outings, and COED Softball, are all opportunities to make and be FRIENDS with others at FBC.  I encourage you to take advantage of these things, and to open your homes and hearts to them. It doesn’t take a lot - just attend when invited to a brother or sister’s home, or invite them to yours!  Have a cup of coffee.  Sit around a campfire.  Be together with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  These things don’t replace the importance of Sunday worship, but rather enhance it.  

Because remember - “People don’t care whether your church is friendly.  They care whether they can find friends there.”

Friday, May 24, 2013

Calling All Service Men And Women


I am looking for two members of the armed forces to carry the flags Sunday morning during the worship service. We would love to see you in your uniform, but that isn't necessary. Any men or women that have previously served or are actively serving and are members of FBC or regular attenders are welcome to participate. If you're interested, please contact Amy Johnson immediately at 330-714-3522. We'd love to see some new faces get involved, but it will be on first come first served basis.

We want to take the opportunity to honor you and your family for your service!

God Bless,

Eggs and Buildings

Calling all men - you won't want to miss the Men's Prayer Breakfast this Saturday morning at 8:00.  It's always a great time.   Brother Ray will be providing the devotional this month.

Afterwards, any men who are able to hang around for a bit can help the deacons as they work to move the two storage sheds away from their current location, and onto the other side of the lot. This is a needed step before we begin Phase 2, and any help is appreciated.  The heavy equipment is already on hand, so all we need is manpower.  We'll begin right after prayer breakfast.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Can we help?


We can pray.  Join us this evening for prayer meeting where this will be at the top of the list.  

We can give.  If you would like to give an offering to help with relief efforts, please mark that offering "Oklahoma" and include it with your regular giving.  All collected funds will be sent immediately to Samaritan's Purse Oklahoma Relief Efforts.

We can go.  We are assessing interest in a trip to Oklahoma to help.  If you would be willing to participate, please contact the pastor a.s.a.p.  This trip, like the gifts, would be under the direction of our mission partners at Samaritan's Purse.  They need people who can assist with debris cleanup, roof tarping, chain saw use, and any other cleanup activities.  They only allow those 14 and older to participate. This is an opportunity to show the love of Christ to people who are very broken right now. 

Will you help?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Getting ready for the Haven!

Just minutes away now from hopping in the car and heading off to Akron to serve at the Haven of Rest, as we do every first Saturday of the month.

It's been a huge week at Friendship Bible Church, hasn't it? In addition to the regular weekly items on the calendar, this week we had a funeral dinner on Tuesday, a revised Wednesday schedule for the Leadership Training Institute and the teens, the Caregivers' Meal prep and delivery as well as the National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday, set up and preparation for the Mother's Day banquet on Friday evening, and now we're looking forward to that wonderful banquet this evening!

As I've participated in some of these activities, and watched others, I'm reminded of how a local church only runs successfully when people exercise their gifts, and serve the Lord together in that church. And make no mistake, those who labored in the kitchen, in setting up and tearing down tables, in decorating, in preparing programs, in laboring behind the scenes, in any of these areas, were SERVING THE LORD!

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

You who have served Him so faithfully this week – I thank my God upon each and every remembrance of you. Know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Oh, and by the way, it's not too late to hop in your car and join us at the Haven of Rest - 10 o'clock. Wear a hat!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Birthday To Me

I've published this same blog posting for the last few years. Each year it gets more precious. Praise the Lord.

It was May 3, 1970. In just 24 hours one of this area's most well-known historical events would occur - the shootings at Kent State University. But on May 3, something happened that didn't make the news, and is unknown to all but a select few now. On that day, a twelve year old boy experienced the most important event in his personal history. That boy was me, and on May 3, 1970, I trusted Christ as my Savior. I am, spiritually, 43 years old today. And so it is a special day as I look back over the journey Christ has led me on so far - a journey that has included both ups and downs, successes and failures, victories and defeats. But one thing is certain. I am more sure today of His love for me than I have ever been. He promised, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) I can testify after 43 years of walking with Him, that He never has, and He never will.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

If my people...

Just a quick reminder that the format for our midweek prayer is different this week. The regularly scheduled Wednesday Prayer meeting will not take place. Rather, on Thursday, from 5PM-9PM, the church will be open for prayer in observance of the 2013 National Day of Prayer. There is no program for this event, so just come anytime during that window and pray.

Our goal? Prayer continuously bombarding the throne throughout the evening. Some have already signed up for various time slots to ensure someone is praying each half hour between 5-9. Will you join us? Pray with us? Pray for America?

(BTW - The other Wednesday activities - Teen Gathering, and Leadership Training Institute, will take place at their regularly scheduled Wednesday time slots.)