Apr
03
2020
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FRIDAY, 4/3/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

Tim Knighten will have a PET scan today.  Pray for Tim and those performing this scan.  Pray that the results are good!

Eddie’s dad remains in the hospital.  He is seemingly “some” better but still needs our prayer support.

Karla Bosarge’s biopsy will take place on Monday.  Keep praying for Karla.

Bob Evans’ biopsy has been postponed until April 20.  Pray this will not be anything serious.

Our schedule for this Sunday is live stream of music/worship at 8:00AM; Sunday School at 9:00AM and Power Up at 9:30AM.  We have to keep the number of folks in the auditorium at nine or less so we cannot have any extras.  Our Preschool Building is set up to handle nine folks who can see/hear the live stream on the video monitor.  This is really designed for those who do not have the means to watch the live stream at home.  Interested?  Please contact me so we can control the numbers.

Bro. Abel will host an online Discipleship Training class at 5:00PM on Sunday.  I plan on us having a Bible study hosted at 6:00PM Sunday too.

The Friendship family has done pretty good thus far in getting e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers to me at pastor@friendshipfamily.net.  However, we have tons more who need to do that like right now, please!  We are moving to a paperless office and we need this information.  Will you ask your family, friends, et cetera if they have done this yet?

I will most likely not post a regular blog tomorrow or Sunday.  At some point this weekend I am going to post one with a challenge to all thirteen of our readers.

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

 

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Apr
02
2020
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THURSDAY, 4/2/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

We had two online Bible studies taking place simultaneously last night with one being led by Bro. Abel and the other being led by me.  Last week Jeff Holified and Rita Broome did an online Bible study with our Hispanic ministry but I do not know if that happened last night too.  Folks, for me it is simply not “normal” and I do not like it even a little bit.  However, I am doing whatever it takes at this point to help prevent the spread of the virus.  I am trying to be content!  We had around forty to forty five folks participating in the Bible study I led.  Not sure about the numbers for Bro. Abel’s group.

I do know that some folks went to the auditorium and prayed yesterday morning and then others went last night.  Thank you to the folks who were involved either online or in prayer.

If you are going to give an offering this week that is not online then please, if possible, bring it to the church office this morning by noon.  WT, please make the deposit this afternoon, if possible.

Remember, you can give online 24/7, mail a check to P.O. Box 756, leave a check made payable to Friendship Baptist in the drop box at my wife’s office or bring an offering of check or cash by the church office today between 8:00AM and 3:00PM.  Thank you for giving to the Lord through the church!

Let me encourage all thirteen of our readers to read the last couple of blog entries posted by Deidra.  They are good.  Maybe you will feel led to buy a bag lunch for a family in Guatemala.  This bag lunch will provide food for a family for several days.  This bag lunch only costs fifteen dollars.  The people in Guatemala are suffering big time and they will not be receiving stimulus checks or loans.  Maybe some of our long distance readers can encourage their family, church family, friends, et cetera to purchase bag lunches.  Go to shininglightabroad.com to read the blog entries and for more information.

Our online schedule for this Sunday, April 5, 2020, is music & message at 8:00AM, Sunday School lesson by Bro. Jerry Hovel at 9:00AM and Power Up lesson at 9:30AM.  Bro. Abel will lead a Discipleship Training online class at 5:00PM.  I am in hopes that Dale will lead another Bible study at 6:00PM.

How about those “testers” you mentioned the other day?  Great question.  Still waiting on some necessary equipment to arrive.  It will most likely be Saturday before I can make that announcement one way or the other.

We are doing pretty good with folks sending in their cell numbers and e-mail addresses.  Please send them to me at pastor@friendshipfamily.net.  Have not done it yet?  Do it right now while it is on your mind!

I failed to mention it yesterday morning but my older brother, Eddie, officially retired at the end of the day on March 31, 2020.  He worked for his company for forty one years.  Congratulations Eddie!  (He can now spend his ever waking moment taking care of our dad!)

Wash your hands repeatedly!  Do not touch your face!  If you even feel like you might be sick, stay home!

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.

 

 

 

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Apr
01
2020
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WEDNESDAY, 4/1/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

Yes, our own Deanna Wetterer tested positive for COVID-19.  She has basically gone through the worst of the virus now and immediately went into self quarantine the very moment she displayed the first sign of possibly having the virus.  As I stated yesterday, her attitude is great and her faith in the Lord is greater.  Keep praying for Deanna.

As you know, I do not do FaceBook.  Someone sent me a message last night saying that “some” women within the Friendship family were blowing this story up on FB and, if you did not know better, you would think there is an epidemic of this virus within our church family.  I do not know how many “some” is but I do say, “come on ladies, we are better than this!”  Men too.  It is very likely that with proper testing there could be other cases within the Friendship family and/or South Mobile County.  So, we need to call each other to prayer and not be trying to be the first one to get the “word” out or to sensationalize a story.

Tim Knighten sent me a message yesterday giving me permission to share his story.  Tim has suffered from kidney stones in years gone by and during that time they found a spot on one of his kidneys but it was nothing of concern.  So, when he was recently told that there was a spot on one of his kidneys it was not a concern.  However, he just got the news late last week that this new spot is on his other kidney and the medical folks feel it is malignant.  So, he will have a PET scan this Friday to help the doctors get a more detailed look.  As I mentioned this past Sunday, Tim’s faith is strong and he has a peace that comes from God.  Pray for Tim!

Bob Evans recently had some medical tests done and the doctor is concerned about a spot on his liver.  The doctor is calling for more testing.  Pray for Bob.

Karla Bosarge is still waiting on further instruction as to what is next with her thyroid.  Keep praying for Karla.

Andy Hamil is also in that “holding pattern” as the doctors decide their next move.  Pray for Andy.

Word came to me yesterday that Warren “Blo Joe” Guidry has pneumonia in the lower part of one of his lungs.  Pray for Blo Joe.

Myrtle had another treatment this past Monday.  She did not have a good night Monday.  Keep praying for Myrtle.

Carol Lucky remains at home and on dialysis.  Keep praying for Carol.

We are going to have the auditorium open today from 10:00AM until 11:00AM and then again from 6:30PM until 7:30PM in order for folks to come and pray.  This will also be a time for folks to bring their offering – cash or check and place it in one of the offering plates on the platform.  Please enter the West side door and exit through the front doors.  This will allow us to maintain social distancing while coming and going.  If you are sick, do not come.  If you are uncomfortable about being out, do not come.  We are honoring the government’s mandate of having nine or less in attendance at any given time.  Bro. Abel will be in the auditorium this morning and Bro. Jerry will be there tonight.

I will be doing a Bible study via Zoom beginning at 6:30PM tonight.  Bro. Abel will be doing likewise for our students.  I am not sure about Bro. Abel but I will only have forty minutes total so please sign in on time.  Daphne Hutto will host the Bible study I will be leading.  Contact her at daphnehutto@gmail.com if you have questions or need more information on how to log in.

Thank you to each person who sent your e-mail address and cell phone number to me via e-mail yesterday.  It was a very good start but we need many, many more to do likewise.  Deacons, church leaders, help us here.  Do it right now so you will not forget!  Bro. Jerry & Bro. Abel are working on getting all of the data entered into the computer so we can go paperless.

How about forty eight degrees for a low last night!  Thank you Jesus!  Thank you Aninha Barrett for recognizing my delight with such a temperature.

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.

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Mar
31
2020
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PRAYER MEETING/BIBLE STUDY LOG IN INFORMATION

Here is the information for the study tonight:

Topic: Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/579766787

Meeting ID: 579 766 787

Our daughter, Daphne Hutto, will be hosting this meeting.  If you have questions or need more information please contact her via e-mail at daphnehutto@gmail.com.  Please note that we can see you during this time of interactive Bible study.  Translated – Jason Taylor put a shirt on, please!

Bro. Abel will be hosting a student ministry Bible study at the same time.  I will post those details once I have them.

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Mar
31
2020
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FIRST CASE OF CORONAVIRUS WITHIN THE FRIENDSHIP FAMILY

I am sending this with the blessings and permission of Deanna Wetterer.  She found out this morning, 3/31, that she has tested positive for COVID-19.  She began running fever on the night of Sunday, March 22, and immediately went into self quarantine.  She was tested on Thursday, March 26, and the results just came back today.  She is seemingly now on the downhill side of her sickness.  That is a good thing.

Deanna asked that I tell folks to take this thing seriously and to stay home if at all possible.  Her attitude is great, her faith is strong and we need to pray for her.  Her daughter is seeing to her needs from a distance.

By the way, the last time Deanna was in a service at Friendship was Sunday, March 15, which is the last time we met as a group.  Just FYI for those who will wonder.

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Mar
31
2020
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TUESDAY, 3/31/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

The church office will be open today from 8:00AM until 3:00PM.  It will remain open even during the lunch hour (noon until 1:00PM) when it is normally closed.  I am asking folks to not come by just to chat but I do encourage folks to feel free to stop by with their offering if they so desire.  You can bring a check or cash by the church office.  (By the way, the bigger your offering the more time we will give you to chat!  Just kidding!  LOL!)

Also, you may place a check made payable to Friendship Baptist Church in Lisa’s drop box or mail a check to P.O. Box 756 Grand Bay, AL 36541.  Obviously, you can give online 24/7 at friendshipfamily.net.  We will also have the auditorium open for prayer tomorrow from 10:00AM until 11:00AM and then again from 6:30PM until 7:30PM and, once again, the offering plates will be on the platform on either side of the pulpit to receive checks or cash.

We are going to have an online interactive Bible study tomorrow night beginning at 6:30PM.  We will be using Zoom and I will share the details of how to log on and join the meeting in tomorrow’s blog entry.  She does not know it yet but Deidra will be hosting the meeting and I will be teaching from our house.  (Bro. Jerry Hovel will be in the auditorium for those who would rather just go by and pray during that hour)  We can host up to one hundred devices using this means.

Our schedule for this Sunday, April 5, will be music & preaching live streamed at 8:00AM, Sunday School with Bro. Jerry at 9:00AM and Power Up at 9:30AM.  My hope is to have some folks being “testers’ this Sunday but I have to wait to see if we get the proper equipment in hand by this Friday.  A “tester” will actually come to our campus.

What are we going to do on Easter Sunday which is April 12?  As it stands right now, we plan to have a sunrise service beginning at 6:00AM, another service on our campus at 8:00AM and then the live stream at 10:30AM.  There will be no Sunday School lesson or Power Up on Easter Sunday.  Remember, this is a fluid situation and could change at any time based on several factors.

I did not realize that Jerry & Gloria Whitmore were a part of our live stream for the past two Sundays so we can add Virginia to the list of states represented.  The governor of Virginia just put a stay at home order in place effective until June 10 – wow!  I sure hope he is able to lift that order before that date.

Jay Oakwood sent me a text yesterday saying that he got a “no cancer” report from his latest test.  Praise the Lord!

Keep praying for Andy Hamil, Myrtle Bowden, Eddie Albritton, Sr and for the person having the scan this week.

My dad has been placed on a type of hospice care.  The focus now is on “quality” and not “quantity” of life.  I am not even sure what all of that means but I know that my mama and my siblings are making the very best decisions they can and they have my unwavering support.  I have not given input even though they have asked simply because I am not there day by day and they are so I do not feel I have the right to have a say so.

Our goal is to go paperless within our church office.  Bro. Jerry & Bro. Abel have begun the implementation of this process.  Our plan is to communicate with the Friendship family via text messages, e-mails, a phone tree and our website which includes the church calendar.  We need your help.  Would you send your name, your cell phone number if you receive text messages and a valid e-mail address to me at pastor@friendshipfamily.net?  This data will then be entered into our office computer and we will be on our way to being paperless.  Stop right now and do this while you are thinking about it even if you think we already have this information on you.  Obviously, we would like the cell phone and e-mail address of each member of your family who is involved in the Friendship family.  Please pass the word!

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with the Lord.  We are seeing March 2020 end today and it will definitely be a March to remember!

 

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Mar
30
2020
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MONDAY, 3/30/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

Talked to Eddie Albritton last night about his dad and that situation has not seen much change.  The plan right now is discharge him from the hospital on April 8.  Keep praying.

Keep praying for Andy Hamil as he waits on the medical folks to decide his next step in this battle with his malignancy.

Karla Bosarge got her test results back and it appears she has a malignant thyroid.  The doctor is thinking that at a minimum they will need to surgically remove at least half of her thyroid.  Pray for Karla.

As far as I know, Jay Oakwood is still waiting to hear from his latest test.  Pray for Jay.

Another person is having a test done this week to help the medical folks get a better idea of their situation and the necessary steps to follow.  Pray!

Keep praying for Myrtle Bowden.

Pray for all of the senior adults within the Friendship family as we walk through this different time.  Senior adults, if you need anything then please call the church office.  We have folks ready and willing to help.

Our church office will be open today from 8:00AM until 3:00PM.  We will follow that schedule through this Thursday, April 2.  Bro. Jerry, Bro. Abel and I will all three be in the office each day, Lord willing.

Our second Sunday of going “live stream” seemed to go well.  We had folks from five other states (Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee & Texas) and four other countries (Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala & Mississippi) viewing the music/message.  If you know of someone from another state or country who viewed then please let me know.  The numbers were very good too.

Bro. Jerry Hovel did a nice job with the Sunday School lesson yesterday morning as did Dale with the Power Up message.

Dale Bosarge did a nice job with our Zoom Bible study last night.  It is very possible that we will use something like that this Wednesday night for our mid week service.  Stay tuned.

I want to say “thank you” to those who gave to the Lord through Friendship last week.  Our offerings were good.  So, we need to repeat the process again this week.  You can give online, mail a check to P.O. Box 756 Grand Bay, AL 36541, drop a check or cash by the church office during office hours today through Thursday, drop a check in the drop box at Lisa’s office or bring an offering to the auditorium this Wednesday morning or evening.  Last week saw us receive offerings in all five of those ways.

Plans call for us to use the same format as yesterday for this coming Sunday, April 5.  Live stream at 8:00AM followed by Sunday School at 9:00AM and then Power Up at 9:30AM.  We hope our plans for Easter Sunday will be significantly different – time will tell.

Let me once again say “thank you” to our media folks, our instrumentalists and our worship leader for a job well done yesterday.

Wash your hands frequently.  Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth – good luck with that!

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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Mar
29
2020
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THANK YOU NOTE FROM DANNY LEWIS

“Thank you church family for your prayers and words of concern on my mother’s (Emily Cohron) passing.  The food provided was excellent and greatly appreciated.  Once again God has provided for His believers.

Forever grateful to the Friendship family for your love to the Emily Cohron/Danny Lewis family.”

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Mar
27
2020
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NEW ORDERS FROM THE GOVERNOR

As announced just a few minutes ago, meetings of ten or more persons are prohibited in Alabama from tomorrow afternoon, March 28, 2020, at 5:00PM until Friday, April 17, 2020.

Three things – there will be no work day in our auditorium tomorrow, 3/28.

We will not be able to allow folks who have the capability to watch the 8:00AM music/message live online to physically be in the auditorium.

If you know of persons from the Friendship family who do not have the means to watch the music/message online then let me know and we will make arrangements to have them in our Preschool Building this Sunday as long as we keep the number at nine persons or less.

Folks, nothing about this excites me!  However, at this time, we must abide by the regulations put in place by the authorities.  Please pray for all of this to end soon.  Pray for those who have been affected by this virus.  Pray for our leaders.  Pray.

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Mar
27
2020
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FRIDAY, 3/27/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

Bibbi Bosarge will lead a work day beginning at 8:00AM in the morning (Saturday) to sanitize the auditorium in preparation for Sunday’s 8:00AM service.  We probably only need like five or six folks to help.  If you plan on coming to this work day, please send me a message today so we can know who to expect.  Thank you!

Our Sunday, March 29, 2020, schedule on our campus is as follows:  8:00AM live stream worship service; 9:00AM live stream Sunday School lesson with Bro. Jerry Hovel teaching; 9:30AM live stream Power Up children’s church with Dale Bosarge; 6:00PM interactive Bible study led by Dale Bosarge via Zoom.  Remember, our media teams says it is best for folks to stream from our website for the best quality video & audio.

We will be able to allow up to thirty six folks, outside of our necessary folks, to physically attend our 8:00AM service.  Twelve of those folks can be in the auditorium and twenty four will be in our Preschool Building.  Interested?  Please contact me no later than noon tomorrow (Saturday) so we can make arrangements accordingly.  Social distancing will be in place.

I do not have an update on Eddie Albritton, Sr but do ask that you keep praying for him.

Andy Hamil has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  He asks for your prayer support.

Another very active member of the Friendship family has a medical situation that merits our prayer support.  Not sure if I can go public with that one yet so please pray.

Jay Oakwood is still waiting on the results of his procedure from last Friday.  Pray that he will receive good news.

I spoke to my dad via the phone last night.  His mental state remains one of confusion.  Prayers appreciated as my siblings have to make some decisions relating to his care.

Deidra sent word last night that the schools in Guatemala are closed until at least April 21, 2020.  Remember, they just started in early January so it is different than Alabama.  I will say that I am very thankful to our school staff and church staff in Guatemala as they have been ministering to the poorest of the poor by delivering basic food supplies every few days.  The Guatemalans are suffering and the food prices have increased.  We are having to make adjustments/changes to how we do things in Guatemala during this unprecedented time.  Pray for wisdom.

John Milton readied my garden spot with a tiller yesterday morning.  My hope is to get some seeds in the ground today.  Logan Wainwright has my zero turn mower torn completely apart and the amazing thing is that he knows how to put it all back together with no parts being left extra!  Pretty amazing to me!

I have plans to take a two day break from blogging this weekend.  If something happens that necessitates an entry then I will post one.  Otherwise, look a blog Monday morning, March 30, 2020.

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

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