Oct
31
2018
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A GOOD READ

I have known Dusty Teague for around forty five years.  He was from Hartselle, Alabama and would later move to Orlando, Florida.  On Monday they found that Dusty had passed from this life while asleep Sunday night.  Deidra has posted a blog entry today and has included a link to Dusty’s story.  Folks, it is worth your time to go to Deidra’s blog, read it and then read Dusty’s story.  (shininglightabroad.com).

In recent years Dusty has been a financial supporter of GRACE Ministries.  I have always appreciated that fact.  He especially loved the feeding center ministry.

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Oct
31
2018
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WEDNESDAY, 10/31/18

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

Zach Switzer’s surgery was successful.  I have never seen that many folks present for an outpatient surgery of any kind.  There were five pastors present.  Pray for Zach to have a great recovery.

Hallelujah Festival tonight from 6:00 – 8:00PM in the CAB.  Everyone must come in the auditorium to receive a ticket before being allowed in the CAB.  Everyone means everyone – no exceptions.  Pray for this night of ministry.

Remember, no services this morning or tonight.

Basketball sign up and evaluations this Saturday, 11/3, in the CAB.  I “think” it begins at 9:00AM.  Eddie Hatcher or Marcus Albritton can give you the exact details.

“Fall back” this Saturday night meaning that we move our clocks back one hour before going to bed.  I am an advocate for moving the time this weekend and then leaving it alone.  Works in Guatemala!

Our deacons will meet this Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM.

Need to meet with our Personnel Committee this Sunday afternoon at 5:00PM.

Those folks taking part in our December GRACE Ministries trip are asked to meet with me immediately following our evening service on Sunday, 11/11.  Very important.

If our readers outside of the Friendship family want to contribute financially to help the Long Avenue Baptist Church recover from the hurricane then you can make your checks payable to Friendship Baptist Church and mail them to P.O. Box 756 Grand Bay, AL 36541.  Please write “LABC” on the memo line.  You will receive tax credit for your donation.

You can also give online to this love offering or to our general offering.  It is a simple process.  Just go to the website and follow the instructions.

Ok, let me be honest.  We did have a really good group of workers go to Port St Joe on Monday but one worker stood tall above the rest.  Who?  Did you really have to ask?  Bob Evans was worker of the day!  He had a hurt foot and that did not slow him down one iota.  It was like having Ross Genzink on the team – only better!

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

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Oct
30
2018
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TUESDAY, 10/30/18

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

Betty Hamil had her esophagus stretched yesterday and that procedure went well.  It will be repeated in a month or so as the doctor did not want to risk doing more yesterday.  Thank the Lord for this successful procedure.

Zach Switzer will have his knee surgically repaired this morning.  He tore his ACL while playing football about one month ago.  Pray that this surgery will be successful.

Hallelujah Festival tomorrow evening from 6:00 – 8:00PM.  If you have volunteered to bake a cake then please remember to bring it to the church at some point tomorrow.  You can leave your cake on the counter in the fellowship hall at any point tomorrow.  Thank you for doing this.  Thank you those who have purchased candy too.

Remember, no services tomorrow morning or evening.

I want to say a huge “thank you” to the folks who traveled to Port St Joe, Florida yesterday to help the Long Avenue Baptist Church family in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.  I could not have asked for a better group of folks – great workers and absolutely fantastic attitudes.  A really good day of fellowship.

Lisa got our day started right as she got up at 1:45AM and cooked sausage biscuits for the team.  They were great!  Jennifer Kirschenman & Jenni Baggett prepared sandwiches, wraps, cookies, apples, et cetera that sufficed for lunch and supper for the team.  Rhett Butler provided a boat load of drinks.  Rhett Butler, Kendall Falana & Scott Kirschenman were our drivers to and from Port St. Joe and the boys of NASCAR have nothing on these three!

The pastor and staff at Long Avenue Baptist were very grateful for the labor provided and the financial help given.  Pray for them as they had no flood insurance and every building sustained major flood damage.

Pray for that entire region as they were hit really hard by the storm.  Saw lots of downed trees, pine trees snapped like toothpicks, and hundreds of blue tarp roofs.

We will receive a special love offering on Sunday, 11/11, in all three services for the Long Avenue Baptist Church family.  Pray and give as the Lord leads.  We have already given them a “by faith” check and hope to add to that total.

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

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Oct
29
2018
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MONDAY, 10/29/18

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

Good Monday morning from somewhere on I-10 as a group of nine folks are heading to Port St. Joe, Florida to help with the hurricane recovery.  I am not sure if we are driving or flying – Rhett Butler is the lead driver and let’s just say there is no grass growing under his truck!  Pray for this group as the minister today.

We were blessed with a good Sunday.  Our evening attendance was very good – praise the Lord!  I very much appreciate the members of the Friendship family who are faithful.  I am told that our preschoolers had a great time with their special activity last night too.

We had a good informational meeting yesterday afternoon.  Thanks to those who participated.

Thank you to each person who helped with the set up for the Hallelujah Festival last night.  Remember, no services this Wednesday morning or evening as our focus will be on the Hallelujah Festival which will take place from 6:00 – 8:00PM.  Also, thank you to each person who bought candy and donated it to this ministry opportunity.

The World Series was rigged!  The Red Sox have an amazing team and deserve every accolade they receive.

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

 

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Oct
28
2018
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SUNDAY, 10/28/18

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

We are on a regular schedule today – morning and evening.  I am praying for the members of the Friendship family to be faithful today.

We will have an informational meeting today at 4:30PM in the auditorium.  Just laying out the plans for the next quarter and sharing what God is doing in our midst.

Candy needed for Wednesday’s Hallelujah Festival.

We have seven men who have committed to travel to Port St Joe, Florida tomorrow to help the church family at Long Avenue Baptist Church recover from the damages sustained due to Hurricane Michael.  It would be nice to have three or four more men travel with us but God knows and I trust Him.  Pray for these men as it is going to be a very long day – leaving Grand Bay at 3:00AM and most likely not returning until 11:00PM.  I am asking the men making this trip to meet with me today at 5:30PM in the 20-29 Sunday School room.

Would you pray for the family at Long Avenue this morning?  This will be their first worship service since the hurricane hit.  They will be using a chapel belonging to another ministry as their buildings are not usable at this point in time.

Our next mission trip to Guatemala will take place the dates of December 1 – 8, 2018.  We have one opening and can have two more.  Anyone interested has to make a firm commitment by this Tuesday, October 30.  Trip cost will be nine hundred to one thousand dollars.  Interested?  Contact me via email at pastor@friendshipfamily.net.  First come, first served.

As I have said all along – the World Series is rigged!  LOL!

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

 

 

 

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Oct
27
2018
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BABY SHOWER TODAY, 10/27, FROM 2:00 – 4:00PM

There will be a baby shower today (Saturday, 10/27) for Brad & Brandi Morgan in the preschool building from 2:00 – 4:00PM.  Everyone is invited.  It is a boy!  Ladies, please take note and attend if at all possible.

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Oct
26
2018
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FRIDAY, 10/26/18

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

The memorial service for Greg Boutwell begins at 2:00PM today in our church auditorium.  Visitation with the family takes place following the service.  Folks bringing food to feed the Boutwell family need to have it in the fellowship hall by noon.  Pray for Rita, Kim (David), Kevin and the family.

Mission of Hope service tonight at the mission.  Jonny Gaston will be preaching.  Brad Hutto will be singing.  Bus will leave the church at 6:15PM.  Our 40-49 years old Sunday School class will provide the food.  Everyone invited to attend.

Regular schedule this Sunday on our campus.  Our preschoolers will be involved in a “creation celebration” from 5:00 – 7:00PM in the preschool building.

I “think” this is my present list of men going to Florida on Monday to do hurricane relief work – Eddie Albritton, Rhett Butler, Bob Evans, Kendall Falana, Jeff Holifield and Scott Kirschenman.  Did I miss anyone?  If so, forgive me and then remind me via email.  Interested in joining this team?  Contact me via email.  It would be nice to have a final count by Saturday noon but if that is not possible then let me know as soon as you know.  Again, our plan is to leave at 3:00AM from the church and return around 11:00PM.  The needs in Florida are great!  Who is my neighbor?

We can use more candy for the Hallelujah Festival.  Bags of individually wrapped candy.

I am weird in this regard but I totally enjoyed the rain yesterday.  Sat with the blinds in the office open just watching it rain.  Relaxes me.  Had the blinds open at home too during some study time.  Now, I was not having to work in the rain or do any driving in the rain which are things that are not enjoyable.  I am simply talking about being able to sit and watch it rain while doing office work/reading/studying.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if it had been about twenty to twenty five degrees cooler.

Congratulations to Coach Eric Collier and his Theodore Bobcats as they clinched the Class 7A Region 1 championship with their victory over MGM last night.  They have one more regular season game before opening the playoffs at home!  By the way, this is Theodore’s first Region/Area championship since 2000.  Nice job Coach!

Neither Alabama or Auburn will lose a football game this Saturday.  Can Florida beat Georgia?  Rick Bradley says absolutely!

Have I mentioned that the World Series is rigged?

Lisa, Dana, Gina, Jayden & I went to the Jackson County Fair last night.  We rode zero rides.  Just wanted Jayden to enjoy the lights.  The only members of the Friendship family we saw were Tim & Peggy Knighten along with Ava & Braxton.  Tim asked me to ride the Ferris wheel with him as he was afraid to ride it alone.  I passed.

When I got home I received a message from a panicked parent asking if I could help find George!  They had forgotten and left him at church on Wednesday night.  He had been there all alone for twenty four hours.  I found him and took him home.  George was curious as to why he was left.  The parents were relieved to get him back.

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

 

 

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Oct
25
2018
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OBITUARY FOR GREG BOUTWELL

James Gregory Boutwell, age 72, went to his heavenly home on October 23, 2018. He was born August 15, 1946 to Curtis “Cotton” and Avil Boutwell in Crosby, Mississippi, the oldest of five boys. He graduated from George County High School and followed in his father’s footsteps as a pipe welder at Ingalls Shipbuilding for 43 years. He served in the Mississippi National Guard for 6 years. He met his wife Rita Stringfellow on a blind date and they later married in 1970. They have two children. He and his wife loved to travel on their quest to see all 50 states. He also enjoyed his garden and fishing but his greatest joy was found in his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spent countless hours studying the Bible and faithfully served as a Sunday School teacher for decades at Friendship Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rita Stringfellow Boutwell, daughter Kimberly Boutwell (David) French, son Kevin Boutwell, two brothers Tommy (Audrey) Boutwell and Curtis (Jamie) Boutwell and many other friends and relatives. Those that preceded him in death include his parents and brothers, Glenn Boutwell and David Boutwell. In lieu of flowers kindly send any donations in support of the ministries of Friendship Baptist Church to PO Box 756, Grand Bay, Al 36541 or online at www.friendshipfamily.net. Graveside service will held in Serenity Memorial Gardens on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12 noon. A memorial service will be held at Friendship Baptist Church of Grand Bay on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2 pm.

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Oct
25
2018
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THURSDAY, 10/25/18

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

We were blessed with a good day in our services yesterday.  Our evening attendance in the auditorium was really good.  What a blessing to see folks being faithful to the house of God.

Linda Green’s sister, Shirley, has been in the hospital for an extended period of time.  Linda told us yesterday that Shirley will remain in the hospital for at least the rest of this month.  Pray for Miss Shirley.

The memorial service for Greg Boutwell takes place tomorrow afternoon at 2:00PM from our church auditorium.  Those helping feed the Boutwell family need to have the food in the fellowship hall no later than noon tomorrow.  Thank you to each one who is helping with this ministry.  Thank you to Tina Wilkinson for once again coordinating this ministry.  Pray for Rita, Kim (David) and Kevin.

The visitation with the Marie Howard family takes place tomorrow morning, 10/26, from 9:00 – 10:00AM at Serenity Funeral Home.  A graveside service will take place at 10:30AM from Oddfellows Cemetery in Bayou La Batre.

Lindsey Vice says that we have sufficient cakes and workers for the Hallelujah Festival which will take place next Wednesday, 10/31.  However, we do need more bags of individually wrapped candy.

Dr. Rex Looney has a new ministry opportunity in front of him this Sunday, 10/28.  I pray that all goes well.  Pray for Dr. Rex.

Bernard Suthoff, the pastor needs to see you today regarding two matters!  (Bring your checkbook!  LOL!)

The World Series is rigged!  How else can one explain the Dodgers being down 2 – 0 to the Red Sox?

I invested probably four or five years of my life trying to teach Larry Whitehurst how to hunt deer.  I finally got him to the place where I felt comfortable handing him off to Bernard Suthoff.  I think he has slipped some under Bernard’s tutelage but I am not going back there.

Now Phil Sims wants me to teach him how to fish.  I realize he needs help but I am not sure if I want to invest the time.  He tells me that he has the equipment and supplies all he needs is a teacher.  I told him that I would pray about it.

Someone contacted me last night wanting me to believe they are a faithful reader of the blog.  Not so fast my friend!  They said they were one of the “fifteen” readers of the blog – hello!  We only have thirteen readers and a faithful reader would know that!

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

 

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Oct
24
2018
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OBITUARY FOR MARIE HOWARD

Age 69, a resident of Mobile, AL passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. She is survived by her son, Michael P. Howard, daughter, Jennifer M. Howard, sisters, Frances Howard, Carla Stern and Billie Landry, brother, A.J. Bosarge, grandchildren, Abbie, Seth, Sawyer, Eden, Luke and Owen, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be held at Serenity Funeral Home on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 9 am until 10 am. Graveside service will be in Oddfellow Cemetery on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:30 am.

 

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