Oct
19
2018
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FRIDAY, 10/19/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good Friday morning from GRACE Mountain.  All is well here and I pray the same is true on the home front.

Evangelist Johnny Tucker, Pastor Mark Mast and I all preached in different places last night.  All three services were blessed.  I appreciate these men continuing to minister here.

Candy, cakes and workers needed for our Hallelujah Festival.  Contact Lindsey Vice for more information.

The following is from my letter which was sent/mailed yesterday.  I am copying it to this entry because time is of the essence.

“A church in Port St. Joe, Florida, Long Avenue Baptist Church, has reached out to us if we can/will help them in their recovery effort. They need manual labor. At the time of this writing they are still without electricity, water, et cetera. They cannot house people but they need help.

Here is what I received from their worship leader: “Any team that comes must be self contained as there is no power at the church. Of course, if using a camper or trailer, they can park in the back lot. Generators, gasoline, razor knives, gloves, respirator masks (because of mold and mildew). The mud is incredible so clothing that is of no value to the team.”

So, I am trying to get a group of folks together to travel down to Port St Joe this Monday, October 22, to help this church family. My plan is that we would leave early (3:00AM), drive down, work all day and then drive back. I know it is crazy but the area and this church needs help.

In order for this to be feasible I need to hear from some folks who are willing to make this day trip. Please contact me via e-mail at pastor@friendshipfamily.net if you will commit to go help. I need to hear from you as soon as possible. Could you miss one day of work to help our brothers & sisters?”

Their need obviously is great so if there are folks from other church families who can help Monday or whenever then please respond.  Long Avenue is very involved in our Guatemala ministry.

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

 

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Oct
18
2018
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THURSDAY, 10/18/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

There was no blog entry yesterday.  It seems that not a single one of our thirteen readers even noticed.  Am I writing these things to an audience of zero?

All is quiet and peaceful on the home front as far as I know.

The conference in Guatemala ended tonight.  It was a good conference.  The numbers did not get to where we had hoped but the folks who attended seemed to be blessed.  I was blessed by the attendees plus Randall & Rita Broome, Ben Labriel, Clint Landry, Jordan Lollar, Mark Mast, Blair Nodine, Terry Rainey, Marie Sullens, Soy & Deidra Taylor, Johnny Tucker, Tico Vargas & Sandra Wilson.  The dates for the 2019 conference have been set for Monday, October 7, through Thursday, October 10.

By the way, the dates for the 2019 conference in El Salvador have been set for Monday, November 4, through Thursday, November 7.  We need pastors who have been involved in Central America to join us for these two conferences.

Some of the North Americans are returning home today, some tomorrow, one Saturday and one Monday.  Pray for their safety in travel.

Hey, the Dodgers hold a three to two lead in the series with the Brewers.  Can they win one on the road and take the series?  Time will tell.

It is the third Saturday in October which is significant in Alabama football history.  I am not a UT fan.  Does that surprise you?

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

 

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Oct
16
2018
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OCTOBER 16, 2018

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good late morning from GRACE Mountain.  Entry is late.  No excuses.

Brandon, Pam & JZ spent yesterday in Gainesville, FL as the medical folks evaluated JZ.  If all goes as planned he will return in two weeks for more testing.  Pray for the Bakers!

Tina Sprinkle’s father, John Wayne Bosarge, had a heart cath yesterday morning which resulted in some stents being put in place.  He is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital today.

All is well in Guatemala.  Randall & Rita did an outstanding job of sharing the message in song.  Pastor Terry Rainey preached from Acts 1 & 2.  The attendance is not what we had planned for but God knows.  It was a very good first evening.

Today will be a full day with break out sessions and three main conferences.  Pastor Clint Landry, Pastor Mark Mast and Pastor Benjamin Labriel will be the messengers today.

The Dodgers took it on the chin again last night.  Just do not think they can stay with the Brewers at this point.  The Brewers have been on fire.

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

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Oct
15
2018
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SATSUMAS & PIES ANYONE?

Our high school students who will be taking part in our June 2019 mission trip to Guatemala are doing two fundraisers.  You are asked to consider supporting them by taking part in these fundraisers.

First, they are selling cases of satsumas from Hatcher’s farm.  The cost is thirty dollars ($30) per case with the money due no later than Sunday, November 4.  Delivery will be on Saturday, November 10.

Second, they will be selling homemade pies for Thanksgiving.  Pie choices are pecan, sweet potato or pumpkin.  The cost is ten dollars ($10) per pie.  Payment is due by Wednesday, November 14, and the pies will be delivered no later than Tuesday, November 20.

So, who is cooking these pies?  Jenni Baggett & Jennifer Brinkman.  Can they cook homemade pies?  Personally, I have every confidence in Jennifer’s ability.  I will leave it at that!

Need more information?  Contact Jennifer or Jenni.

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Oct
15
2018
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MONDAY, 10/15/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good morning from a plane parked at the gate at the Pensacola Airport.  Pastor Jordan and I left Grand Bay at 2:30AM to catch a flight to Atlanta before meeting up with Pastor Clint Landry for a flight to Guatemala City.  We will meet Bro. Johnny Tucker and four pastors from El Salvador at the airport in Guatemala.  Eventually we will meet up with Randall & Rita, Pastor Mark Mast, Pastor Terry Rainey and four ladies from the Motlow Creek Baptist Church.  Pastor Ben Labriel has been doing the leg work for this conference and will get to be with him and his family too.  Of course, the best thing will be to see Deidra, Lizzi, Sydney & Audrey!  Soy?  Did you seriously just ask that question!

We were blessed with a good day in our services yesterday.  Pastor Jordan did a very nice job of preaching in our evening service.  I am blessed to have him as a friend.

We are on a regular schedule this Wednesday.  Bro. Jerry will do the preaching in my absence.  Lord willing, I will be back in the pulpit for all three services this Sunday, 10/21.

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

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Oct
14
2018
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SUNDAY, 10/14/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good Sunday morning.  I pray that many members of the Friendship family will join us in Bible study and worship this morning and then again tonight.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on September 14.  One of the areas hit was Wilmington.  First Baptist Wilmington is actively involved in our work in Guatemala.  (They actually got started in that work upon learning about it while staying in our CAB during relief work following Hurricane Katherina)

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida this past Wednesday, October 10.  One of the areas affected by this storm was Port St Joe.  The Long Avenue Baptist Church of Port St. Joe is also actively involved in our work in Guatemala.  This area has been hit extremely hard.  Our contact, Norman Hammock, left during the storm and still has not been allowed back into the area.

So, I have extended an offer to help First Wilmington or Long Avenue in any way we can.  We certainly need to continue to pray for these communities and the people affected.

Randall & Rita Broome were set to leave for Guatemala yesterday afternoon as they were to be involved in a service there today and then will lead worship during the pastors’ conference Monday through Wednesday.  Their flight got delayed, delayed some more and then cancelled.  They were to fly from Mobile.  Now they are scheduled to fly from Pensacola this morning at 6:00AM and will get into Guatemala City somewhere around noon.  Pray that happens.

Bro. Andy Hadley and five others from the Cropwell Baptist Church in Pell City, Alabama are also involved in our work in Guatemala.  These six went down last Saturday, 10/6, and spent an entire week of working in the mission house and feeding center building doing repairs.  They did a fantastic job.  They were to depart at 1:30PM yesterday afternoon but were delayed because of some engine problems.  They eventually headed down the runway for take off when someone began to scream “fuego, fuego, fuego!”  The right engine was on fire.  A replacement plane was flown in and they were supposed to leave around midnight our time which would put them in Atlanta around 4:30PM Atlanta time.  CBP does not open until 5:00AM so they would have to sit on the plane until CBP could process them.  Pray for Bro. Andy and these men.

Other than that it has been a good week!

I pray that you will have a great Sunday with Jesus.  Go to church!

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Oct
13
2018
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SATURDAY, 10/13/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good morning from Birmingham.  Titus and I came up early yesterday afternoon and I will admit it was a tough drive for me after having driven from 1:30 until 5:00AM.  However, we made it and we are thankful to God.  Today, Lisa, Titus & I will meet Dr. John Nicely from Michigan and his two sons, Sam & Jacob, for the Bama game.  Dr. John is very, very involved in our work in Guatemala.  Jacob is from Guatemala.  Someone influenced him several years ago to become an Alabama fan and the rest is history.

Brandon, Pam & JZ leave tomorrow for Gainesville.  Pray for them.  Pray for the trial to go well.  Pray for JZ to receive the actual medication.

Keep praying for those affected by Hurricane Michael.

Regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  Finance Committee meets at 4:00PM.  Pastor Jordan Lollar will preach in our evening service.

I am really blogging for one reason which is to say a huge “congratulations” to Coach Eric Collier and the Theodore Bobcats for their victory last night.  Coach Collier was quick to give God the glory.  Eric is such a nice guy.  Grateful to have him and his family as a part of the Friendship family.  I wish I could have been in attendance but then again that would have meant sitting somewhere around Sanna Collier listening to that cowbell!  Just saying!

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

 

 

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Oct
12
2018
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FRIDAY, 10/12/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

The celebration of life service for Dorothy Weeks will take place today beginning at 10:00AM from the chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.  It will be preceded by one hour of visitation with the family.  This is Elizabeth Martin’s maternal grandmother.  Pray for the family.

The celebration of life service for Carolyn Diane Halbrook will take place today beginning at 2:00PM from the Coden United Methodist Church in Coden, AL.  It will be preceded by one hour of visitation with the family.  This is Vera Bosarge’s sister.  Pray for the family.

Visited with Kelsey yesterday morning and she was getting close to giving birth.  I “assume” that she did.  Pray for Kelsey, the baby and the family.

Brandon, Pam & JZ Baker leave Sunday heading to Gainesville, FL for the clinical trial for JZ.  Pray for JZ as well as for his parents.

Keep praying for the folks whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Michael.  Really strong storm.

It is a long story but suffice it to say that in the past nineteen hours I have driven about seven hundred miles (eleven hours), visited for two hours with my parents/family and slept two and one half hours.  I just hung out the remaining time!  I will drive another four hours this afternoon, Lord willing.  Pray for traveling mercies for me.

Dodgers vs the Brewers tonight.  Not sure if the Dodgers can handle the Brewers as they have been red hot!

Let’s go Bama!  Ready for the games this weekend.

Coach Collier and his team have my best wishes on the game tonight.

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

 

 

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Oct
11
2018
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THURSDAY, 10/11/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Riley & Donna Glass’ granddaughter, Kelsey, was admitted to the hospital last night.  They will induce her labor today as there is a potential problem if she continues to carry the baby in her womb.  Pray for mother and child along with the rest of the family.

The visitation and service for Miss Dorothy Weeks takes place tomorrow morning with the visitation going from 9:00AM until the 10:00AM service time.  Everything at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.  Pray for Doug, Holly & Elizabeth Martin along with the rest of the family.

The visitation and service for Diane Halbrook also takes place tomorrow with everything being at the Coden Methodist Church.  Visitation begins at 1:00PM and lasts until the 2:00PM service time.  Pray for David & Vera along with the family.

We were blessed with a good day in our services yesterday morning and last night.  Will Reynolds even joined us for the evening service.  I am very thankful to those who are faithful to attend our Wednesday services.

My numbers were a bit off concerning the number from the Friendship family who attended the visitation and/or service for Phillip’s mother.  Some had come and gone before Lisa and I arrived.  I am very grateful to each person who went to support Phillip & Claire.

As I write this entry there have been two deaths contributed to Hurricane Michael.  Pray for those families and for all of the folks who must now begin the process and picking up and carrying on following the destruction.  Pray for the first responders, the utility folks, law enforcement, et cetera.

Speaking of the weather, Kendall Falana has now told me when we can expect to receive some Fall weather.  Give it a couple of weeks he says.

Speaking of Fall, I am ready for the college football weekend.  Mizzou could give Alabama’s defense some problems.  AU will handle UT easily.

Coach Collier and his Bobcats have a huge game tomorrow night against the Yellow Jackets.  I am wishing the Bobcats the absolute best and hope they can win the Region!  If so, you may be looking at Coach Saban’s eventual replacement.  Just saying!

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

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Oct
10
2018
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WEDNESDAY, 10/10/18 UPDATE

Doug Martin’s mother-in-law passed from this life last night.  Pray for the family as they walk through this valley.  Arrangements pending.

Brandy Gazzier was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.

Just posted the obituary for Vera Bosarge’s sister.

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