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Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015


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CONTENTS

1
Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

2
Call to Action: (a) Journey to Holiness, (b) Isaiah, (c) BoxTops!, (d ) Marketing, (e) Social  Media Contact Links

3
This Week's Schedule - (a) Mon, (b) Tue, (c ) Wed, (d) Thur, (e) Fri, (f) Sat, (g) Sun

4
Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates

5
Other Announcements - (a) Birthdays, (b) Isaiah






1
Scripture & Prayer Requests

1a
Psalm 150:1-5


Amplified Bible (AMP)


1 Praise the Lord!
    Praise God in His sanctuary;
    Praise Him in His mighty heavens.
2  Praise Him for His mighty acts;
    Praise Him according to [the abundance of] His greatness.
3  Praise Him with trumpet sound;
    Praise Him with harp and lyre.
4  Praise Him with tambourine and dancing;
    Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals;
    Praise Him with loud cymbals.




1b
Prayer List (Chaplains - E. Paster, J. Brown, J. Champs)






Anyone want to be added?

Please send an email to with subject "Prayer List" to:



Prayer Line Request?


Prayer offered day or night, 24 hour availability for prayer


Call: 612-559-0061


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Call to Action!

2a
SaySo Ministries, Inc  - 2015 Journey Into Holiness


Greetings Ladies,

I praise God for you. Pray you are praying for our upcoming annual Women Retreat October 29-31, 2015; and with our gathering together in worship on Sunday November 1, 2015. We have wonderful speakers for Sunday:  Minister Kenta White & Minister Phaedra McLin.

Our topic:  Journey Into Holiness - The Future of GOMER; Experiencing God. Operating in the depth of His Power. We will be studying the book of Hosea. I also encourage those who will, to read a book that I've found gives another look at what Gomer's past may have been.  The book title is:  "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. But, as the editor cautions, and I agree,  to first-time readers: "In this retelling of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer in an 1800s setting, Francine was faced with some difficult choices. Scripture deals openly and frankly with Gomer’s marital infidelity and prostitution. How much “detail” then, should Francine include to bring that impact into a fresh setting?" The story tells of "Love that won't let go no matter what."

We will discuss excerpts from this book during the retreat. Yet, if you do not purchase the book read the book of Hosea and the historical references.

We look forward to our gathering.

Theresa Russell





2b
Isaiah Education Equity Support (See Section 5b 4details)


  
Dear GFMBC Family,

We look forward to gathering with you tomorrow, Saturday October 3rd at ISAIAH’s Leadership Assemblywhere we will lay out our organization’s path through the 2016 legislative session and beyond! (Please note the location change).
ISAIAH Leadership Assembly
Saturday, October 3, 2015    9:00am-3:00pm
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
285 North Dale St
St. Paul

(lunch will be served)
At this gathering, we will name and confront the pain in our community caused by the power and greed of corporations and the tools of white supremacy:
·      Payday Lending
·      Mass Suspensions
·      Deportation
·      Prison Industrial Complex
·      Wealth Extraction (i.e. home foreclosures, student loans)
We will prepare ourselves to call on Minnesota’s elected leaders to invest in people and communities withPaid Family Leave, Equitable Transportation, Resources for our Schools, and Nutrition for our Children.
At this Leadership Assembly, we will also act by visiting a site of misery – an Adult Detention Center unlawfully detaining our Latino brothers and sisters.
Join us as we embark on this new and exciting path in our work to put God’s law of love back at the center of our society.
Again, please note the location change:  Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N Dale St, St. Paul!
Register today!
Thanks!


Connect with ISAIAH
             

2356 University Ave W
Ste 405
Saint PaulMN 55114

isaiah@isaiahmn.org
www.isaiahmn.org

If you never want to get another email from ISAIAH, click here BUT NOTE — if you click that link, you'll be removed from our email universe forever, and you won't see another email from ISAIAH unless you ask to be placed back on our list. If it's just this mailing that you're not interested in, click here.
lWe need you to help keep up the pressure on the District by joining us at the next MPS Board meeting on Tuesday, October 6
lThe screening of "The Homestretch" will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 1st in the South High School Auditorium (3131 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis)
lThe candidate forum will be held Sunday, October 11 from 2 - 4 pm st Saint Paul Reformation Church (100 North Oxford St, St. Paul)

2c
Bring Your Boxtops for Friendship Acadamy!


 

2d
Market Your Ministry Events!


Contact GFMBC Marketing Team:  Marketing@greatfriend.org


● Need posters, flyers, announcements, event marketing (Click on Link Below 2 Start)?











2e


Summer Edition of "THE FRIENDSHIP HERALD" now online!






 




















 








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Monday, September 28, 2015
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

3a
Monday, September 28, 2015













3b
Tuesday, September 29, 2015




7:00 PM
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PACT II (Friendship Community Services)




Support Services Meeting

For those reestablishing lives distrupted by:
incarceration or addiction



(New Members Classroom)




Email: fcs2600@gmail.com






7:00 PM
-
Greater Praise Choir Rehearsal




 

3c
Wednesday, September 30, 2015




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Sunday School focused Bible Study & Prayer Service




"The Spirit is Not for Sale"
Printed Text - Acts 8:9-24




Devotional Readings: Ephesians 3:5-10




Background Scripture - Acts 8:9-25




Key Verse - Acts 8:22




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org




 


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Bible Study & Prayer Service @ GFMBC




Facilitated by Pastor Billy G. Russell




Experiencing God




Knowing & Doing the Will of God


 




Bookstore Email: gfmbcbooksandmore@gmail.com




Christian Education Email:
ChristianEducation@greatfriend.org











3d
Thursday, October 1, 2015




5:00 PM
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"The Beat" Radio Show with Darnell Davis!




● Tune in to soarradio.com




● Or download Live365 Radio Ap on your smartphone




 


 6:00 PM
-
Men of Praise Rehearse!




Concert Rehearsal


6:00 PM
-
Young People of Praise (YPOP) Practice!




[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]


6:30 PM
-
Teacher I Want to Be Training




GFMBC Fireside Room




[1st Thursday of Month]








6:30 PM
-
Sunday School focused Bible Study and Prayer Service –




"The Spirit is Not for Sale"
Printed Text - Acts 8:9-24




Devotional Readings: Ephesians 3:5-10




Background Scripture - Acts 8:9-25




Key Verse - Acts 8:22




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org




 


6:30 PM
-
Faith Bible Institute!




 



7:00 PM
-
Fortress Rehearsal




[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]


7:00 PM
-
Music Ministry Bible Study!




Greater Praise Rehearsal!




[Thursday b4 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sunday]


8:30 PM
-
Grateful Praise (Praise Team) Rehearsal




[Thursday b4 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sunday]




GFMBC Music Ministry




Email: MusicMinsitry@greatfriend.org






3e
Friday, October 2, 2015








3f
Saturday, October 3, 2015





9:00 AM

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Dear GFMBC Family,

We look forward to gathering with you tomorrow, Saturday October 3rd at ISAIAH’s Leadership Assemblywhere we will lay out our organization’s path through the 2016 legislative session and beyond! (Please note the location change).
ISAIAH Leadership Assembly
Saturday, October 3, 2015    9:00am-3:00pm
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
285 North Dale St
St. Paul

(lunch will be served)
At this gathering, we will name and confront the pain in our community caused by the power and greed of corporations and the tools of white supremacy:
·      Payday Lending
·      Mass Suspensions
·      Deportation
·      Prison Industrial Complex
·      Wealth Extraction (i.e. home foreclosures, student loans)
We will prepare ourselves to call on Minnesota’s elected leaders to invest in people and communities withPaid Family Leave, Equitable Transportation, Resources for our Schools, and Nutrition for our Children.
At this Leadership Assembly, we will also act by visiting a site of misery – an Adult Detention Center unlawfully detaining our Latino brothers and sisters.
Join us as we embark on this new and exciting path in our work to put God’s law of love back at the center of our society.
Again, please note the location change:  Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N Dale St, St. Paul!
Register today!
Thanks!


Connect with ISAIAH
             

2356 University Ave W
Ste 405
Saint PaulMN 55114

isaiah@isaiahmn.org
www.isaiahmn.org

If you never want to get another email from ISAIAH, click here BUT NOTE — if you click that link, you'll be removed from our email universe forever, and you won't see another email from ISAIAH unless you ask to be placed back on our list. If it's just this mailing that you're not interested in, click here.
Ministers Meeting in Fireside Room




[1st Saturday of month]


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
-
MSB Fashion Share




Friendship Hall






10:00 AM

All Mission Ministry Meeting




[4th Saturdays]




Foreign Mission, Evangelism, Women, Men, and Bread Ministries


10:00 AM
-
Doves Rehearse!




[Saturday B4 1st & 3rd Sunday]


11:00 AM
-
Young People of Praise (YPOP) Practice!




[Except Sat b4 3rd & 5th Sundays]


11:30 AM
-
Busy Bees Meeting




[1st Saturday of month]


12:00 PM
-
Adults & Teens Movers 4 Christ (Praise Dance) Ministry Rehearsal in Gold Room!




ALL are welcome- children, teens and adults




Questions: See Sis. Cynthia Taylor


1:00 PM
-
Children Movers 4 Christ (Praise Dance)




Ministry Rehearsal in Gold Room!










1:00 PM
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Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Fellowship




4600 Humboldt Ave N




Minneapolis, MN 55412











  

 


3g
Sunday, October 4, 2015

 INVITE A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR 2 "GREATER IS COMING"!





5:30 AM
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Bro Pete Rhodes Presents:




"Urban Perspectives"




WCCO (Channel 4)















7:30 AM
-
Song review & Devotion




Deacon Brown Choir Room


8:00 AM
-
Call to Worship --- Ministers


8:05 AM
-
Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


8:20 AM
-
Doves Sing!!!




Attire:







Sermon
-
Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell


8:59 AM
-




Email: NewMembers@greatfriend.org




Facilitated by Executive Pastor, Eddie Bolden


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
-
Marriage Ministry Presents…


October 4 - December 13

Marriage Built to Last: Living Intentionally & Loving Biblically




Email: MarriedMinistry@greatfriend.org




Facilitated by Rev. L. Wilder & Sis. Jean Wilder








9:01 AM
-
Sunday School - 




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org




"The Spirit is Not for Sale"
Printed Text - Acts 8:9-24




Devotional Readings: Ephesians 3:5-10




Background Scripture - Acts 8:9-25




Key Verse - Acts 8:22




 


10:30 AM
-
Call to Worship --- Ministers


10:35 AM
-
Grateful Praise (Adult Praise Team) Open Service!


10:40 AM
-
Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


10:50 AM
-
Special Guest Sings!




Attire:


Sermon
-
Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell, Sr. Pastor







9:00 AM
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Marriage Ministry Clesses begin


5:30 PM
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GFMBC Worship Arts Ministry- "Greater is Coming!"




Live Concert & Performing Arts!




Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church




2600 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406




Email: MusicMinistry@greatfriend.org


 











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­­­­­­­­­---------------­­­--- Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates ­­­­­­---------­----­­­­­-----





Monday, October 5, 2015




6:00 PM
-
Hospitality Meeting







Tuesday, October 6



6:30 PM
-
Women's Day Choir Rehearsal








Friday, October 9, 2015




7:00 PM
-
MSBC Women's & Widows Auxilliary Present




Bowling Night @ Brunswick Lanes




Cost: $18 (includes bowling, pizza, beverage & shoe rental)




7545 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443


 


Saturday, October 10




9:00 AM
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All Ministry Meeting




Friendship Hall












Tuesday, October 13, 2015




6:30 PM
-
Women's Day Choir Rehearsal


7:00 PM
-
Deacons & Deaconesses @ Providence Place




All Ministries invited to Join!




3720 23rd Avenue South




Minneapolis, MN 55407








 


Mon, Oct. 12 - Fri. Oct. 16, 2015




6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

MMBDA Annual Session




Monday - Friday:




Articles of Faith - Pastor Jessie Griffin




Evangelism - Pastor Clarence Hightower




Monday & Tuesday:




What Baptists Believe - Pastor Billy G. Russell


8:00 PM

Worship Services


 


Saturday, October 17, 2015




11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Friendship Community Services Retreat







Saturday, October 24, 2015




9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
-
Stewardship Day!







Thur. Oct 29 - Sat. Oct. 31, 2015






Annual Women's Retreat






Sunday, November 1, 2015

Annual Women's Day!





Saturday, November 14, 2015




9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
-
Annual Health Fair




 


Saturday, December 5, 2015




8:00 AM
-
Men of Praise @ Metro Hope Graduation Breakfast




2739 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407




Phone: (612) 721-9415











Sun, Aug 26 - Wed, Aug 29, 2016






MN State Baptist Convention




Titus 2 Women's Retreat at Sea




Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines




Sailing to Bahamas




Cabin Deposit due August 16th




Deposit $100 per person with 2 people per person




August 26-29, 2016


 






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5a
Other Announcements




Happy Birthday to those born


in the month of 
August





Thank You & God bless!!






5b
Isaiah Education Equity Events


 Greetings, ISAIAH Education Equity leaders in the metro area!  

There are a couple of excellent opportunities coming up in the next two weeks to support more equitable education in the Twin Cities.

First of all, our campaign to end discriminatory and punitive disciplinary practices in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has made some headway since our appearance at the first Board of Education meeting of the new school year (last Sept. 8).  ISAIAH has been invited to give input to the new Superintendent search process and has been invited to meet with Interim Superintendent Goar to discuss our demands (attached).  We need you to help keep up the pressure on the District by joining us at the next MPS Board meeting on Tuesday, October 6.  (Think of it as a vigil in slow motion.)  As always, the meeting will be held at the Davis Center ( 1250 W. Broadway Ave, Mpls) and will start with the public comment period at 5:30 pm.  Come and support our ISAIAH leaders as we call on MPS to treat every child as sacred.  If you are willing to raise your prophetic voice and address the board directly, don't forget to register ahead of time here.
Second, our Saint Paul ISAIAH Leaders have organized a candidate forum for School Board and City Council candidates from Ward 1 and Ward 2.  It will be a great opportunity to ask prospective candidates on the record whether they are willing to be leaders on racial equity and economic justice.  The candidate forum will be held on Sunday, October 11 from 2 - 4 pm at Saint Paul Reformation Church (100 North Oxford St, St. Paul) and all ISAIAH leaders are invited to attend regardless of where they live to demonstrate that we all have a stake in equitable education. 
Finally, Education Support Professionals (ESPs) working in Minneapolis are hosting a screening of what appears to be a very powerful movie, "The Homestretch," that illustrates the plight of homeless students in our schools and is meant to start a conversation about how we properly support them.  The screening of "The Homestretch" will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 1st in the South High School Auditorium (3131 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis).
God bless,
Greg King
St Joan of Arc ISAIAH team

5c
EDUCATION EQUITY!


Our state is at a crossroads and the African American community is in an education crisis, as reflected in test scores, graduation rates, and suspension rates. As prophetic people of faith, we feel that now is the time to repent and change course. We believe that all children are sacred and have the right to be welcomed and treated fairly in their schools. We desire to create schools that are safe spaces for all children regardless of their race or socio-economic class.

The school-to-prison pipeline is devastating our children, and destroying any hope to live a purposeful life. We call on all school districts to place a moratorium on non-violent suspensions, remove police from schools and replace them with counselors, and invest in resources for educational staff to implement positive approaches to discipline.

Like educators, our ultimate goal is to create a nurturing learning environment, especially for students of color. Before that can happen, schools must call an abrupt halt to discipline as usual, and thus cut the school to prison pipeline before another child goes from suspension to juvenile detention. Creating this environment also means addressing a key driver of the academic achievement gap.

School expulsions and suspensions are actually counterproductive and should only be used when absolutely necessary, according to the American Psychological Association. In fact, research shows many negative impacts, including:
·         Lowered academic achievement
·         Increased probability of future student misbehavior
·         Increased likelihood that a student will drop out
·         Increased likelihood that a student will encounter the justice system
·         Lowered school completion rates
This research tells us that suspensions are not only symptomatic of socioeconomic and racial traumas, but are causal in steering children into the school-to-prison pipeline.  This is extremely alarming considering the 10% suspension rate among African American students in Minneapolis Public Schools in the 2014-15 school year.  The rate was a troubling 7% for Native Americans.

With this in mind, we call on school administrators and public officials to align school discipline policy and practice with federal guidelines. Specifically, we call on Minneapolis Public Schools to:

1.      Reinstate the moratorium on suspensions for children younger than second grade and expand the moratorium to all elementary school grades.
2.      Devote funding to resources that will help children with traumatic histories stay in a classroom environment, rather than spending it on resources for policing children of color.  MPS can start by shifting $1.2 million currently allocated for School Resource Officers to trauma informed instruction, mental health counselors and restorative practice support staff for ALL schools, elementary and middle schools.
3.      Follow through with implementation of the Positive School Engagement Plan rolled out in 2014, particularly the Behavior Standards Policy that replace punitive discipline with restorative practices.
4.      Conduct audits of restorative practices using MPS officials, teachers’ union representatives, and community / faith leaders.
5.      Implement universal Pre-K in Minneapolis (suspension free!)
6.      Implement Full Service Community Schools          



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5e
AABCA Silver Anniversary Gala & Survivors Ball!



Hello, 
You are invited to the following event:
THE BIG 25! AABCA'S SILVER ANNIVERSARY GALA AND SURVIVORS BALL!
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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 11:59 PM (CDT)
Marriott Minneapolis West Hotel
9960 Wayzata Blvd
Waterford Ballroom
St Louis Park, MN 55426

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Celebrating 25 years of the African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA)
Being There!
We invite you to be there to celebrate with us as we kick off our 25th Year Silver Anniversary Gala and Survivors Ball, "Celebrating Life in Style"!  It will be a night of shining celebration and inspiration recognizing cancer fighters and survivors at an elegant dinner affair with co-survivors, family, friends, caregivers, medical providers and supporters.  Award winning journalist and WCCO/CBS Television news personality Reg Chapman will be the Master of Ceremonies.  The evening includes a dinner program, awards ceremony, style show, entertainment, exhibitors and much more!
Join us in observing AABCA's 25 years providing community education, peer support and resources for African Americans diagnosed with breast cancer and other cancers.  This special fundraising event is open to anyone diagnosed with and affected by cancer, the people that care for, love them and those involved in the fight against cancer.
Attire: After 5 Cocktail/Formal/Semi-Formal/Silver Tie
Choose your dinner selection with your ticket purchase:  Chicken, Pasta or Salmon.
Processing fee added to price of tickets.  Tickets sales end October 5.
Click here to book a hotel room with AABCA's special rates $109, $139 or call: 952-544-4400.
Our beautiful 2016-17 Survivors Calendar will be available at the gala, cost $15 each.

Advertising, Sponsorhip and Underwriting opportunities are available and can be purchased on this ticket page.
For more information, please call (612) 910-6500 or (612) 462-6813 or for a package with level and sizes, Email:DJ@pnpjourneys.biz or info@aabcainc.org
We appreciate your support!
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African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc. (AABCA)
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