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Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Time to Decorate for Christmas!

Saturday at 3:00. Help us decorate, and then warm-up with homemade chili afterwards! There's a lot to do, so we could use some help.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Thankful President

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks -- for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions -- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually -- to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed -- to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us -- and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York
the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick reminder that prayer meeting is cancelled this Thanksgiving Eve!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Case Of Weather

Just a quick reminder that if we ever need to cancel a service or activity due to weather, we will use the following notification methods:

1. The outgoing message on the church phone will contain the announcement. If you ever wonder about whether something is cancelled due to weather, call the church office and listen to that announcement. (330) 325-7836.

2. A post to the church blog, the church email list, the church Facebook page and the church Twitter account. If you follow any of those, you should receive notification.

3. WCRF radio.

Bunch of new audio

If you've wondered what happened to our audio sermon archive, rest assured it is back. Some changes occurred at the service where we store those files, and that broke things for a while. All is working now, though.

You can get the audio files via iTunes. Just search for the Friendship Bible Church under podcasts.

If you have the FBC web app on your smartphone, then you have access to the audio files under "From the Pulpit".

If you want to access the sermon archive from the church website, click on "What We Do" and scroll down to select "Preaching". Then you'll find a link for listening to the sermons.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekend at Friendship

It starts this Saturday at 8:00 AM with Mens' Prayer Breakfast.  Join us for a period of fellowship and prayer.  Invite a friend!

Immediately after prayer breakfast - figure 9:30-10:00, we will be filling up Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need.  If you'd like to help with the creation of those baskets, or with their delivery, please meet in Fellowship Hall no later than 10:00 AM Saturday.

Sunday is busy as usual, with Sunday School at 9:30, Morning Worship at 10:30, and Cantata Practice at 12:00.  (Only a couple of practices left, choir, so say NO to everything else and be faithful!)

Finally, Sunday evening from 5:00-6:30 PM  will be another fun time for the teens!  What do turkey, potatoes, green beans , corn, sweet potatoes, jello, pumpkin all have in common ?   You got it Thanksgiving Din Din. Only we add a twist to our chow!!! So come hungry and bring someone new !!!!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Oh, and one more thing

Remember the Operation Christmas Child packing party, tomorrow, Saturday at 1 o'clock in Fellowship Hall.

Pizza and pop provided.

Come help us meet our goal of 200 shoeboxes!

Operation Christmas Child

Don't forget! This Sunday is the final day to bring in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes before we take them to the drop off location. Please have your shoeboxes filled, labeled, wrapped with a rubber band, and your $7 shipping fee included (instructions for this are on the label brochure). After Sunday, any boxes will have to be dropped off individually. The children who receive these simple gifts will appreciate your kindness and generosity. Most importantly, they will have an opportunity to hear/read the gospel message of Christ in their own language! What a blessing to be part of! Thank you for supporting this important ministry and Early Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Missions Conference Day 2

God gave us a great start tonight.

Join us Saturday at 6:30, when we will hear from Hungary, Nigeria, and maybe some other countries. And of course, we will hear another great message from the word from Brother Cornette.

Don't miss it!

Missions Conference - Day 1

Go... make disciples... do it everywhere... and do it until Jesus comes.

That's our mission as a church. It starts here, spreads there, and reaches everywhere.

Our first annual missions conference kicks off THIS EVENING, Friday evening at 6:30. You'll be blessed to hear from our missionaries, either onsite or via video conference direct from the field. You'll be challenged from the Word of God by Dr. John Cornette, friend and mentor of our pastor and great preacher. And, you'll get to top off the evening with some light refreshments (with an international flair) immediately following the service.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Countdown to Missions Conference 2013

Go... make disciples... do it everywhere... and do it until Jesus comes.

That's our mission as a church.  It starts here, spreads there, and reaches everywhere.

Join us as our first annual missions conference kicks off this Friday evening at 6:30.  You'll be blessed to hear from our missionaries, either onsite or via video conference direct from the field.  You'll be challenged from the Word of God by Dr. John Cornette, friend and mentor of our pastor and great preacher.  And, you'll get to top off the evening with some light refreshments (with an international flair) immediately following the service.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, 6:30 - Session 1, featuring the Weamers from Iceland, the Portillos from Italy, Teena Embaugh from SEND Intl, and our featured speaker, Dr. John Cornette from Agape Baptist Church in Mebane, NC.

Saturday, 6:30 - Session 2, featuring the Weavers from Hungary, the Sheaffers from FamilyLife, the Gilberts from Greater Europe Mission, and Brother Cornette.

Sunday, 9:30 - Combined adult and teen Sunday School hour featuring Tim McElhaney from TransWorld Radio.

Sunday, 10:30 - Worship service / Session 3, featuring the Eikosts from Bosnia, the Stavropoulos family from Mozambique, the Kohlers from Ireland, Tim McElhaney from TransWorld Radio, and of course, Brother Cornette.

Fellowship Then Prayer

Don't forget the November changes to midweek prayer meeting. We meet at 6:15 in Fellowship hall for a brief fellowship meal, then praise and prayer.

See you at 6:15?

"... pray one for another....The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Don't Be Late!

Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM this coming Lord's Day.  Set that clock back an hour before you crash for the evening.  And crash early,  "lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Haven Time!

This Saturday join the brothers and sisters who are helping at the Haven of Rest in Akron.  For an investment of only a couple hours, you can reap joy now and reward in eternity.

Wear a hat and meet us at the Haven of Rest in Akron at 10:00 AM Saturday morning.

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. (Matthew 25:35 NIV)