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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Mar
26
2020
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THURSDAY, 3/26/20

“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)

Let me begin by saying “thank you” to each person who helped with the meal yesterday for the Lewis family.  I walked over and saw Raymond Wilkinson & Danny loading it and it appeared to be plenty.  The family was appreciative!  By the way, Danny spoke at his mother’s COLS and did an excellent job!

I also want to say “thank you” to each person who came through the auditorium to pray either yesterday morning or last night.  Some folks also brought their offerings and that is a blessing as well.

I appreciate those who are giving financially.  We have received online offerings, offerings through the mail, offerings brought to the church office, offerings place in Lisa’s office’s drop box and those brought to the auditorium yesterday.

Ok, after several days of praying, thinking, phone calls to the state health department,  and meeting with one of our media guys here is the schedule for this Sunday, March 29, 2020.  We will once again live stream our service but this time it will be our 8:00AM service.  Bro. Jerry will then teach Sunday School from at 9:00AM and Dale Bosarge will do a Power Up children’s church program beginning at 9:30AM.  So, we will be live from 8:00AM until 10:00AM but those programs can be watched throughout the day on Sunday at a time of one’s choosing.  Our media experts tell me that going live at 8:00AM should greatly help our stream.  They also strongly recommend using the live stream from the website instead of using FB live.

Also, we are going to allow a few folks to join us on our campus for the 8:00AM service.  However, we need to know in advance who wants to join us as our numbers are limited.  I anticipate that we will be able to accommodate thirty six folks in addition to those necessary to do the live stream.  That would be twelve in the auditorium and twenty four watching a live feed in our Preschool Building.  Social distancing will be in place.

In order to be properly prepared, I need those who want to physically attend our 8:00AM service this Sunday, March 29, 2020, to personally contact me via e-mail no later than this Saturday, March 28, at noon.  If you do not have e-mail then you can text me or give me a call.  I will then contact you letting you know where you will be i.e. auditorium or Preschool Building and giving you instructions.  Please pass this word especially to those who do not have the capability of viewing our service online.  We do not need anyone who is sick, regardless of the type sickness, to attend this service.

I spoke to Bibbi Bosarge last night and we will have a work day this Saturday, March 28, 2020, beginning at 8:00AM.  We will wipe down i.e. sanitize the auditorium and the bathrooms in the Preschool Building.  Should not take much time if just a few folks will come to help.

In closing this long entry, I am pleased to announce that Dale Bosarge will lead an interactive Bible study this Sunday evening, March 29, 2020, beginning at 6:00PM.  This will be done online via ZOOM.  This Bible study can handle up to one hundred devices.  The exact details will be posted over the next couple of days via this blog and Dale’s video presentations.  I can tell you that the maximum amount time will be forty minutes.  Just FYI.

The church office is open today, 3/26, from 8:00AM until noon.  Bro. Jerry will be manning the office today.  Our counters will be making a deposit this afternoon if anyone wants to bring their offering to the office before noon.

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

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Mar
26
2020
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OBITUARY FOR DANNY LEWIS’ MOTHER

Emily Cohron, age 90, a native of Illinois and a resident of Robertsdale, AL passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020. Mrs. Cohron was a longtime member of the Robertsdale First Baptist Church and Silverhill First Baptist Church. She was a founding member of the Fish River Baptist Church. Mrs. Cohron was a Sunday School teacher and involved with the many areas of ministry to include children’s ministry. Mrs. Cohron also enjoyed collecting and organizing history, so it was fitting she archived for the church too. A thoughtful person, Mrs. Cohron was known to send birthday, anniversary and congratulation cards to so many throughout the years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nick Cohron, son, L Nick Lewis, step daughters, Mary Sue Kolar and Virginia Jerkins. She is survived by one daughter, Linda Farrell; four sons, David Lewis (Ann), Danny Lewis (Pam), Michael Lewis (Lou), Bill Cohron (Tamara); two step daughters, Margaret Ann Dawson (Allen), Donna Faye Skipper (Gary); three brothers, Richard Jorgensen, John Zell, Bruce Jorgensen; 20 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. Private family graveside services will be held Silverhill Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

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Mar
25
2020
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WEDNESDAY, 3/25/20

“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)

If you are bringing food for the Lewis family then please have it in the Preschool Building kitchen no later than 10:00AM this morning.  Thank you for helping minister to Danny & family.

The church auditorium will be open today from 10:00AM until 11:00AM and then again from 6:30PM until 7:30PM basically for two purposes.  First, some folks have expressed the desire to come to the church building and pray.  Second, folks will have the opportunity to also leave their offering in the offering plates which will be placed on the platform near the pulpit.

I ask that folks maintain the six foot distance and one way to do this is to “enter only” through the breezeway door (West side) and then “exit only” through the front door (North side) making sure it fully closes as you leave.

Larry Whitehurst will oversee the morning time and I will do likewise in the evening.

Please note that outside of these two hours the church campus will be closed today – no services, no classes, nothing.

The church office will be open today from 8:00AM until noon.  You can bring your offering there either this morning or tomorrow morning.

Eddie’s father remains in the hospital.  Keep praying.

Keep praying for Levi Seymour’s sister as she recovers from surgery.

Kirk Lightfield’s father was discharged from the hospital and is obviously much better.  Thank you for praying.

John & Laurie King made it back to Canada safe and sound.  We give God the glory.

Dale Bosarge is working on a plan for our Easter Sunday service(s) in the event we are not allowed to gather corporately.  As it stands right now, here is the ruling from the Alabama Department of Public Health – “All non-work-related gatherings of 25 or more persons are prohibited.”  This is not a suggestion or a recommendation but rather an order.

Our Sunday, March 29, 2020, plans will be announced tomorrow (Thursday).

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

 

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Mar
24
2020
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ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING FOOD FOR THE LEWIS FAMILY

Danny and family are still at the funeral home making arrangements for his mother’s COLS but I do now know that all food should be brought to our Preschool Building no later than 10:00AM tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, March 25.  Please place all items in containers that do not have to be returned.  Please leave these on the island in the kitchen.  If you bring something that has to be refrigerated then obviously leave it in the refrigerator and leave a note on the island.

Once again, thank you for helping minister to this family.  Blessings!

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Mar
24
2020
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TUESDAY, 3/24/20

“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 noon.  Once again, I will be the chief cook and bottle washer.  The phones literally rang almost non stop yesterday morning.  We had six or seven folks come by and leave their offering and two things stood out to me about those folks – all of them were senior adults i.e. sixty years of age or older and one of them has been laid off from his job.  I was blessed to see their faithfulness!  Not surprised, blessed!

FYI, the church office will be open again tomorrow morning and Thursday morning from 8:00AM until noon.

I keep saying that we are in a fluid situation so you can expect changes.  Here are a couple as they relate to tomorrow (Wednesday) – the church auditorium will be open from 10:00AM until 11:00AM for folks to come and pray.  Please do not congregate but rather just come in, find a spot, and pray for however long you desire.  The offering plates will be placed on the platform on either side of the pulpit if you want to bring your offering – check or cash.  Larry Whitehurst will be present during this hour and will collect the offering at the conclusion of this time.

Tomorrow night, the church auditorium will be open from 6:30PM until 7:30PM for the same purpose.  I will be present and will collect the offering at the conclusion of this time.  Please pass the word.

Our counters will get the offerings given this week on Thursday afternoon and make a deposit.  Thank you to those who gave yesterday, to those who have given online and to those who will give this week either in person or online.  This is important to the ongoing ministries of our church.

One of our men called me yesterday morning with some news that he did not want to hear from the doctor.  I failed to ask if I could share it so for now I will just ask you to pray.

Eddie’s dad is no better physically.  They had talked about discharging him tomorrow but they may keep him for another week or so.  Keep praying.

Levi Seymour’s sister did well through her surgery yesterday.  Pray for a quick and complete recovery.

I did not talk to Kirk Lightfield yesterday but do ask that you continue to pray for his dad in Oklahoma.

We should know the arrangements regarding Danny Lewis’ mother’s service today.  Still in a holding pattern.

Marie Brooks is making face masks.  She graciously provided me with some yesterday.  I am healthy and do not need one at the moment but one could serve me well if I become sick.  Thank you Marie.

You do see a lot of folks around the world wearing masks with most thinking it keeps them from catching the COVID – 19.  The following comes from the Alabama Department of Public Health website:

Q: Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public?

A: No. Face masks are not recommended for the general public, though masks can be useful in some settings — such as in a hospital or clinic waiting room — to prevent someone who has a respiratory illness from spreading it to others. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a facemask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

Hey pastor, what is our schedule for this Sunday, March 22, 2020?  Yes!

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

 

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Mar
23
2020
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MONDAY, 3/23/20

“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)

Let me begin this entry with a couple of reminders.  First, our church office is open today through Thursday from 8:00AM until noon.  One of our ministerial staff members will be in the office during those hours in the event folks need to bring their offering or for other reasons.  Again, females coming alone will not be allowed in the office as there will only be one male staff member present.  So, we are asking folks not to stop by just to be stopping by.  I appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Second, no activities on our campus this week.  No services or classes on Wednesday.

Eddie Albritton, Sr. remains hospitalized.  I so feel for the folks who are presently in the hospital as not only are they sick but they also cannot have any visitors – not even family members.  Eddie tells me his dad’s situation is about the same.  He is experiencing great pain due to muscle spasms.  Keep praying for Eddie!

Kirk Lightfield told me yesterday that his dad is in ICU in an Oklahoma hospital.  Kirk’s dad is eighty eight years old.  His physical condition has actually improved since being admitted to the hospital.  Pray for Mr. Lightfield.

Keep praying for the Lewis family.  Danny is a very faithful member of the Friendship family and is one of the finest guys I know.  I need for the members of the Friendship family to step up and provide the meal for Danny’s family following the COLS.  Tina Wilkinson is coordinating this ministry effort and I will deliver the food to Baldwin County.  The service will be Wednesday or Thursday if things go as planned.  More details will be posted once I receive them.

I know there are folks who are disappointed in my leadership as a pastor due to our going online with our music and message yesterday.  I am sorry that I have disappointed you but I am doing the best I know to do in a trying situation.  Do me a favor – if you are going to talk about me then please talk to the Lord about me!  Deal?

I also know that there are folks who are pleased with the decision to go online.  I received iMessages, text messages, e-mails and phone calls of support all of yesterday afternoon.  We had folks tune in from at least three states – Alabama, Michigan & Texas along with folks from two other countries – Guatemala & Mississippi.  I am not going to throw numbers at you but I will tell you it is pretty amazing!  I did indirectly hear from Jason Stewart and Craig & Jennifer Moss who are former members who now live elsewhere and they were delighted to join us online for the music & message.  I also heard from some who said it was nice to “pause” me in order to get something to eat or drink, et cetera – thank you!

Let me say what an outstanding job our media team did yesterday.  Folks, the quality of our online service was second to none! Dale Bosarge, Rhett Butler, Abel Garcia, James Mareno, Soy Taylor & Raymond Wilkinson worked extremely hard Thursday, Friday & Saturday to make this thing happen in a most professional way.  Give those guys their due!  Thank you guys for a job very well done!  I also appreciate Josh Harkins from Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile meeting with James & Rhett on Saturday to lend his expertise as media is what he does at CHBC.  What a gracious and kind move on his part.  Thank you Josh!

Bro. Jerry Hovel did a nice job teaching the Sunday School lesson online.  Randall, Rita & Paige Broome did a nice job of leading our musical worship and sharing the message in song.  Jeanette Bates and Tena Hovel, pajamas and all, did their usual nice job of playing the piano & keyboard.  It was definitely a team effort and I say “thank you” to all of these folks while giving God the glory!

Pastor, what are we going to do about this Sunday, March 29, 2020?  Yes, we are!

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.  I will be in the office this morning but am available 24/7 to minister to you.

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Mar
22
2020
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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FRIENDSHIP FAMILY

As I announced in our online service this morning, Danny Lewis’ mother passed from this life early yesterday morning.  Arrangements are pending but it appears the celebration of life service will take place either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  Because of the current situation, the service will be private.

I have told Danny that the Friendship family will feed the Lewis family following the service.  I am asking you to bring the food to our campus and I will then transport it to Baldwin County the day of the service.  We need to provide food for around twenty five folks.

So, stay tuned for the details that should come tomorrow.  I have a message in to Tina Wilkinson asking her to coordinate this ministry as she does such a wonderful job.

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Mar
21
2020
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EASY WAY TO LIVE STREAM AND/OR GIVE ONLINE

To view the Sunday School lesson, the worship music and the message, click the link below:

https://www.friendshipfamily.net/live-streaming/

To give online at any time click the link below:

https://wwwfriendshipfamilynet.reachapp.co/donations/new

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