Sep
17
2021
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FRIDAY, 9/17/21

Happy wedding anniversary to my brother, Eddie, and his wife, Sue.  I “think” this is number forty five.  I hope they will have a great day.  I anticipate Dr. Rex Looney will take them to Big Bob’s for lunch today – how nice is that!

If everything went as planned, the medical folks put Buddy Brewer’s cells back into his body yesterday.  Keep praying for Buddy and his family.

Word came to me last night that Jennifer Knipper Moss’ mother passed from this life yesterday afternoon.  Pray for Craig, Jennifer and family during this time.

I imagine Bill & Debbie Kendrick are enjoying some really cool weather as they are in Alaska.  Makes me envious and, yes, that is a sin!

Danny Lewis is set to retire on the thirtieth of this month.  Good for Danny!

We are planning a church wide fellowship on Sunday, 9/26, at Presley’s Outing.  Make plans to attend.  More details this Sunday.

Lisa boards a plane this morning heading to Guatemala.  Audrey turns seven on Wednesday and MeMe is going to be there to celebrate with her.  So, I will hold the fort down here.  As a matter of fact, I will be using vacation days Monday – Thursday in order to help in Lisa’s office.  That should be interesting – LOL!  Pray for Lisa to have a safe, good trip.  (Anyone interested in buying some insurance?  Asking for a friend!)

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

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Sep
16
2021
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THURSDAY, 9/16/21

Good Thursday morning.  We were blessed with a really good evening our Bible study and classes last night.  I am grateful to the Lord and thankful for the good number who attended.  The call to not have a Bible study yesterday morning was the correct one as the rains were very heavy in the AM.

Keep praying for Max & Marjorie Peacock.  Max will see the doctor again today.

Robert Baria is battling a major sinus infection so he needs our prayers.

A niece of Jeff Long’s passed from this life on Monday.  Her celebration of life service will take place this Friday in Georgia.  Pray for the Long family during this time.

The service for Clara’s sister, Dianne Clark, takes place this Monday, 9/20.  Pray for Clara and family.

My friend, Ranny Cockrell, passed from this life and his service will take place on Saturday, 9/25.  Pray for Ranny’s family.

Keep praying for Buddy Brewer.  Also, for Lee Sessions.

Leah Falana’s son is in Kuwait.  Pray for his continued safety.

Lisa will leave tomorrow heading to Guatemala in order to celebrate Audrey’s birthday next Wednesday, 9/22.  Pray for traveling mercies.

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning and evening.  The morning service and the evening service will be connected.  Pray for those services.

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

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Sep
15
2021
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WEDNESDAY, 9/15/21

NO 10:00AM service on our campus today!  Our readership is down to eleven folks so I need those eleven to get the word out!  NO 10:00AM service on our campus today!

However, we are good to go for tonight’s classes and Bible study all beginning at 6:30PM.

I learned last night of a couple within the Friendship family who are both battling the virus.  One was taken to the hospital yesterday in serious condition.  I am asking you to stop right now and pray for this couple!

Miss Vinnie’s son, Buddy, is in Birmingham.  If all goes as planned, he will be there for one month this time.  Her other son, Burl, is there with his brother.  Pray for Buddy and for his family.

Keep praying for Lee Sessions.

The arrangements for Clara Broadus’ sister, Dianne Clark, are as follows:  visitation with the family will take place on Monday, September 20, from noon until the 2:00PM service time from Serenity Funeral Home.  Keep praying for the Clark family.

Our children will be having an off campus event this Sunday morning, 9/19.  It is different and parents need to contact Dylan or Elizabeth for the specifics.

I am sending two deacons to the Alabama vs Florida football game this Saturday.  One (Rick Bradley) to monitor the Gators and one (TJ Vice) to monitor the Tide.  I just hope they do not get into a fuss while at the game!  If they do, I hope they will not be wearing their “I am a deacon at Friendship Baptist” shirts!

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.  NO 10:00AM service on our campus today!

 

 

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Sep
14
2021
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TUESDAY, 9/14/21

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in Texas early this morning.  It appears that it will be a very slow moving storm now that it is over land and will bring significant rain to the Gulf Coast.  So, I am going to make the call that we will NOT have our 10:00AM service tomorrow.  All of our regular attenders to that service are senior adults and that is the major factor in this call as I do not want them getting out in that type of weather.  So, please pass the word.  No 10:00AM service on our campus tomorrow.

If you disagree with my decision then call me and I will send you a cassette of one of my messages.  But wait, if you call within the next five minutes then you will receive not one, not two but three copies of my messages!  (Sorry, we are out of our copies on eight tracks)

As it stands right now, we will have a regular schedule on our campus tomorrow evening beginning at 6:30PM.  The cancellation only applies to our morning service.

Yes, the church office will be open regular hours tomorrow, 9/15.

I strongly encourage the parents of our children (fifth graders and down) to contact Dylan or Elizabeth Westbrook if you are interested in your child(ren) taking part in the skating outing this Sunday, 9/19.  This will be an off campus event.

Keep praying for Lee Sessions and the folks from within the Friendship family who are presently battling the virus.

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

 

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Sep
13
2021
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MONDAY, 9/13/21

Let’s begin with some good news – Lee Sessions was present in our second morning service yesterday.  He has had a tough go but he has strong faith and a great caregiver.  It was a blessing to see Lee.  Keep praying!

Clara Broadus’ sister, Dianne Clark, passed from this life late last night.  Obviously, arrangements pending.  Pray for Clara and family.

Pastor Cecil “Doc” Wainwright passed from this life last Monday, 9/6.  Here are the arrangements as posted by the funeral home – Celebration of life services will be held at Independent Church of God in Irvington, AL on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 at 6 PM. Visitation will take place before the service from 4 PM until 6 PM. Graveside services will take place the following day (Wednesday, September 15th, 2021) at 11 AM from the graveside at Oddfellows Cemetery.

Pray for Pastor Doc’s family.  I did not know him well but he was always very kind to me.  His brother, Charles, and family are part of the Friendship family.  My heart always hurts when a fellow pastor passes from this life.

We were blessed with good services yesterday.  The girls who shared the message in song last night did a nice job.  I spent some time with a family following our evening service and they plan to join the Friendship family this Sunday evening.  God gives the increase and we give Him the glory.

Our children’s ministry will be off campus this coming Sunday.  If you are the parent of a child, fifth grade and under, then you need to contact Dylan or Elizabeth Westbrook for the details.

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

 

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Sep
07
2021
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TUESDAY, 9/7/21

The church office will be open today, tomorrow and Thursday.  Open from 8:00AM until noon and 1:00PM until 4:00PM.  I am taking vacation days this week but Bro. Jerry and Bro. Abel are in the office and on call.

Lee Sessions was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon as he is feeling much better.  He is a happy camper to be home!  Keep praying for Lee!  Personally, I want to thank Elizabeth for being so faithful to keep me updated on Lee’s condition.  She has done great!

Lisa is going to verify the date with Lynn Presley but our plan right now is to have a church wide fellowship at Presley’s Outing on Sunday afternoon, September 26.  This will be deacon/staff led.  The key word is “fellowship!”  I believe the church needs in person fellowship in order to be spiritually healthy.  More details coming!

Our hill was empty of my family this past weekend.  However, my sweet mother-in-law, Ann Clark, did not let me starve.  She always looks after me food wise whenever Lisa is away.  Best mother-in-law ever!  (Grant Tillman has no idea what that is like!  Just saying!)

I predicted Bill Kendrick’s Rebels would win big last night and they did!  Remember, I am not a prophet but I do work for a not for profit!  I am going to predict that Alabama will beat Mercer this Saturday!  You heard it here first!

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

 

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Sep
06
2021
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MONDAY, 9/6/21

The church office is closed day for the Labor Day holiday and will reopen in the morning, 9/7, at 8:00AM.  Our staff members can be reached via cell phones in the event of an emergency.

We were blessed with a really good spirit in all three of our services yesterday.  The 8:00AM service as actually not far below a normal Sunday numerically.  We were blessed with a good number of guests in that service.  The Friendship family did well in welcoming those guests.  I was a proud pastor!  We had guests in our 10:30AM service but we were not as efficient as the first service folks in welcoming them.  Our goal is excellence in this area in all of our services.

Keep praying for those folks on our prayer list.

No doubt you are aware that our church website has undergone a renovation.  Brandon Baker led a team that has done a nice job renovating our site.  We need folks to give us good reviews on Google.

It was good to enjoy some football this past weekend and it is not over just yet as Ole Miss plays tonight.  I predict Ole Miss will win big.

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

 

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Sep
03
2021
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FRIDAY, 9/3/21

Lee Sessions remains in the hospital and continues to have an elevated temperature.  They ran tests yesterday but I do not know the results.  I do know that Lee continues to need our prayer support so keep praying.

Our friend, R.B. “Pat” Patterson, celebrated his one hundred and first birthday yesterday.  How about that!  Pat lives in an assisted living facility in Gadsden but is out and about all of the time.  What a remarkable gentleman!  He is perhaps the most avid Alabama football fan I have ever personally known.  Happy belated birthday to Pat Patterson!

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning, 9/5.  An evening service only beginning at 6:00PM.  No Bible club and no children’s choir this Sunday.

Deacons will meet at 5:00PM this Sunday afternoon.

We will receive an anniversary love offering for Bro. Abel in all three services this Sunday.  Yes, we received one this past Sunday but our attendance was way down due to Ida so this is a mulligan.  Pray and give as the Lord leads.

Looking forward to a Saturday of college football.  The Clemson vs Georgia game on Saturday night should be a good one.  We shall see.

I do not plan on posting an entry tomorrow or Sunday unless something happens that needs to be reported.  Just FYI.

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

 

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Sep
02
2021
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THURSDAY, 9/2/21

Today marks the thirty fifth anniversary of the passing of Lisa’s only brother, Michael.  What a tough day that was for this family. It seems like ancient history and yet it seems like it happened yesterday.  I loved Michael and cannot imagine what it would be like to know him as a fifty three year old brother-in-law.  Michael was spoiled but, in my opinion, he was a good young man.

Today also marks the thirty second anniversary of John M. “Dub” Ladnier’s passing from this life.  After a struggle with cancer, one of Michael’s best friends was taken from this life on the same date just three years later.  Thank God for those precious memories!

Lee Sessions remains in the hospital.  His is not covid related.  They are not sure why his temperature is elevated.  Pray for Lee!

Keep praying for Leah Falana’s son who is stationed in Kuwait and for Decker Terry’s nephew who was in Afghanistan.  Pray for all of our military personnel.

We also need to continue to pray for those impacted by Hurricane Ida.  What a tough storm!

Justice John Roberts has proven once again that he cannot be labeled as a conservative.  I am thankful for the conservative five on the US Supreme Court.

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning.  We will have an evening service at 6:00PM but nothing else during that time.  I encourage those from the Friendship family who will be out of town on this last major holiday of 2021 to consider giving their regular offering online this week.  Why not do that now?  Thank you for giving to the Lord!

Speaking of giving, we will be receiving an anniversary love offering for Bro. Abel this Sunday in all three services.  Pray and give as the Lord leads if you did not get to do so last Sunday.

Our deacons will meet this Sunday afternoon at 5:00PM.  Brothers, take note and attend if at all possible.

Remember, NO church fellowship at Presley’s Outing this Sunday!

I watched some of the UAB game last night.  Looking forward to this Saturday’s games.  I do enjoy college football.

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

 

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Sep
01
2021
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WEDNESDAY, 9/1/21

This entry is way late!  I apologize!  Why is it late?  Two words – Elizabeth Westbrook.  Enough said!

Lee Sessions has been admitted to the hospital.  He has been running an elevated temperature for several days.  They did blood work yesterday but those results are not back yet.  Pray for Lee.

Mark Timberlake now needs a pacemaker.  He is scheduled for that procedure on September 29.  He also needs surgery on his other leg.  Pray for Mark.

JoNell Barnes’ sister-in-law in Texas passed from this life.  JoNell and crew will be going there for the service.  Pray for them as they travel.

The Pouncey family with whom Bill & Debbie Kendrick are close friends continue to have one trial after another.  Pray for them.

Debbie’s sister-in-law, Mary, has two tumors on her thyroid.  These tumors need to be removed soon.  Pray that will happen in a timely fashion.

Pray for the thirteen families of the US military who were killed in Afghanistan recently.

Pray for the folks who have begun the recovery process from Hurricane Ida.

Speaking of Hurricane Ida, there will be no church fellowship at Presley’s Outing this Sunday, 9/5.  The water level is way too high.  We will have a worship service in our auditorium at 6:00PM.  Of course, Sunday morning is regular.

If you are reading this blog entry then you have most likely seen our newly redesigned website.  Good job by that group of folks who made this happen.  I was pretty instrumental in helping them with the technical stuff!  Just saying!

Dr. Rex Looney should be ashamed of himself!  Ashamed I tell you!

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

 

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