Prayer: Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Our prayers are in your heart even before they are on our lips. And yet we must utter our prayers. We must proclaim our praise of you and all your wondrous creation. Your love surrounds us and you have promised to be with us always. You know our hearts’ desire to serve you. We pray that you will keep us true to that desire.
And so we utter our prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 4:1-4
Friendship Church’s Vision Statement:
To BE a faith community that LOVES God and all creation,
GROWS in the knowledge of God and
SERVES actively because of our faith in God.
If not us, then WHO? ++ Please note that Friendship Church’s Sunday service is recorded and available on the church website:
Worship- 10:00 am. We are a congregation of much diversity: “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”
Sign up to provide food/volunteer for this month’s Daybreak Service on Friday, January 19 or Saturday, January 20.
Sunday school for children- 3 years-Middle School
Special music this morning-”Praise the Lord, Alleluia!” performed by the Chancel Choir
All of us at Friendship Church wish you a wonderful year to come!
At the Information Station~check it out!
Lots of information here at our Information Station!
Please take a copy of Friendship’s Caregiver Support devotionals for this week. If you know someone who is a caregiver, please share a devotional with them.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events~
Flower Chart for 2018- The flower chart for 2018 is up in the office hallway. Please consider honoring a loved one by signing up for a flower donation on any Sunday.
If you helped contribute to the poinsettias in the sanctuary, you may take one home following worship this Sunday.
New Sermon Series – Wrestling With the Bible – Beginning January 14
The Bible is the primary source of Christian faith. We love the Bible. But there are portions and statements that make us wonder and question of the will of God. We will wrestle together with the difficult questions often raised by thoughtful Christians and non-Christians concerning things taught in the Bible.
Making Sense of the Bible – Sundays, 9-9:45am
Beginning January 14
Join Pastor Anna for an accompanying study to the January Sermon Series. Cost of the book is $11 and registration ends January 7th. Contact the church office to sign up.
Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser-We are selling Dippin’ Good Dips seasoning packets from a company in Rockford until January 13th. Each packet costs $5.00. Proceeds go towards the youth mission trip.
Ladies Christian Study, Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45am
The group has begun studying “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” by Max Lucado. Contact Sharon to join – 630.378.4697
Friendship Cafe-is on winter break. Meals will begin again on January 24th!
Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm November 29-March 28 Youth meetings offer time to explore pertinent issues teens face and deepen their faith and relationship with God. Throughout the year there are retreats, service projects, and other activities.
Music at Friendship~
Chancel Choir Please join us on Wednesdays in the choir room at 7:30 P.M. All abilities are welcome! Chancel Choir will take a break for the holidays, returning to rehearsals on January 10th.
Adult Bell Choir We rehearse each Wednesday evening for 45 minutes beginning at 6:30 P.M. No experience is necessary – we love beginners and more seasoned musicians alike! Handbell Choir will take a break for the holidays, returning to rehearsals on January 24th.
Choralier and Alleulia Choirs will take a break from rehearsals during the holidays.
Children and Family Ministry News
Children will begin the many wonderful stories of Jesus’ life on earth beginning with his time in the Wilderness and the many miracles he performed. They will begin in the sanctuary for the beginning of worship and are dismissed after announcements.
Catch up with what’s going on in the classroom by downloading the Deep Blue Kids App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Don’t miss out on all the fun.
Youth Ministry News
The Foundry~ Friendship’s Youth Group meeting Saturdays; 7-9pm;
Band of Bread @6:30
Join us for a time of worship, devotion and of course youth group games! Follow us on Twitter@friendshipyout2.
Come join us!
Youth Group Fundraiser- see informaton above on how to support Friendship’s youth mission trip!
College Care Packages
In order to help us collect addresses, we ask that parents of college students fill out a form (on the Youth bulletin board). Parents can also email us at the address below:
Please let us know by January 21st so your student can be included!
Middle School Sunday School-Sundays, during worship
Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join the story of a hungry, thirsty, tired, grieving, impatient people on the journey of their lives to a new land, a new life, and a new identity.
Career Choices for High School Students~ third Sundays, following worship
CCHSS is a ministry of our church which provides a faith-based support group of prayerful guidance in assisting high school students and their parents as they prepare for career choices after high school. Questions? Contact Amania Drane email@example.com
For information about Sunday worship or any other activities at Friendship Church, including those listed below, please contact the church office, either by calling 630-972-1011or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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First Sundays; Celebration Offering; Funds go to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
First Sundays; food donations for local Power Connection Food Pantry
FUMC’s monthly mission at Daybreak Shelter in Joliet; serving and providing meals
Senior Lunch and Bible Study; third Thursdays; 11:15 a.m.
CCHSS-Career Choices for High School Students; third Sundays after worship; a support group for high school students and parents
Caregiver Support Group; Caregiver Guides available; contact the office
New sermon series: “Wrestling with the Bible” begins 1/14
Register with the office for the accompanying study class “Making Sense of the Bible” on Sundays prior to worship; 9:00-9:45am
Youth Group Fundraiser- going on now! See info in this week’s eFOCUS
OUR NURSERY AREA IS OPEN DURING WORSHIP.
ADULT BELL CHOIR/YOUTH BELL CHOIR
Any person, 9th grade and up, is invited to be in the Adult Bell Choir. Youth-Grades 6-8 are invited to join the Youth Bells. Youth Bells rehearsing after Sunday worship.
Adult Bell Choir rehearsal on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. (more)
Rehearsals are Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the choir room. 10:00 am Worship features the Chancel Choir. Men and Women’s Ensembles perform on various Sundays throughout the year. (more)
CHILDREN’S CHOIR/CHIME SQUAD
Choralier Choir meets Wednesdays from 6:30 -7:15 pm; ages 4yrs.-8th grade; October 18 – December 6; Director- Jane Pierce.
Pam Stephan, our music director invites children in grades 3-6 to participate in Chime Squad- our children’s bell choir. We meet following the service on Sundays. All kids are welcome!