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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 7, 2016







CONTENTS

1
Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

2
Call to Action: (a) Join Pastor, (b) MSBC Congress, (c ) Kenyan Mission, (d) Marketing, (e) Church Registration, (f) Marketing, (g) Social  Media Contact Links

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

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Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates

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






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Scripture & Prayer Requests

1a
Psalm 95:1


Amplified Bible (AMP)







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O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.




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

Anita Tenner & Family
Deaconess Janice Porter & Family


Sis. Laura McKinney son Aaron


Sis. Lucille Smith & Family


Bro Mack & Sis. Brenda Russell & Family


Josiah Wright & Family


Sis. Betty Murry & Family


Sis. Arlene McEwen & Family


Sis. Marilynn & Family


Deaconess Donita Bolden & Family


Sis. Vicky Turner's Father


Zulu Family


Pastor Russell & Family


Paul, Amanda, Lauren, & Preston


Deacon Jay Craig & Family


Rev. Louie Wilder & Family


Rev. Langley Ward & Family





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
Join Pastor Russell & Obama Administration in Stopping Predatory Lending!


See Deacon Nelson Ratliff or Deacon Emory Carter to sign up.


 

2b
Register Now for MSBC Congress Here!   --- March 14-18, 2016




Mt. Olivet Baptist Church




451 West Central Avenue



St. Paul, MN 55103



651-227-4444



Rev. Dr. James C. Thomas


·ŸKnow Who You Are As A Minister's & Pastor's Wife
  Instructor: Sister Bobbie Bellfield
·ŸThe Passion of Christ
  Instructor: Dr. Melvin Miller
·ŸUnderstanding The Role Of An Usher   
  Instructor: Sister Allie Jacox
·ŸMoney Matters
  Instructor: Pastor Gloria R. Thomas and  Camphor Fiscally Fit
·ŸEvangelism
  Instructor: Dr. Clarence Hightower &Pastor Daryl Spence
·Ÿ"Jesus the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever"/Youth Division
   Instructor: Sister Andrea Thomas & Convention Youth Staff
·ŸIntergenerational Ministry: Leading & Engaging Across Generational Boundaries
  Instructor: Sister Janice Porter & Reverend Charvez Russell
 

2c
Kenyan Mission Pledge Drive!


 

2d
GFMBC & Sabathani Food Drive!


 



2e
Church Registration Time!


 



2f
Market Your Ministry Events!


Contact GFMBC Marketing Team:  Marketing@greatfriend.org


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









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Monday, March 07, 2016
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

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Monday, March 07, 2016









6:30 PM
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Hospitality Ministry Mtg [1st Monday of Month]


6:30 PM
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Ushers Ministry Mtg [2nd Monday of Month]

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016




6:30 PM
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Thespian Ministry Resurrection Play Production Rehearsal







7:00 PM
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PACT II (Friendship Community Services)




Support Services Meeting

For those reestablishing lives disrupted by:
incarceration or addiction



(New Members Classroom)




Email: fcs2600@gmail.com








 


7:00 PM
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Education Equity Team Meeting




[4th Tuesday of Month]






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Wednesday, March 09, 2016




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




"Simple Faith" - Mark 10:17-31




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org




 


6:00 PM
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Greater Praise w/Pastor Russell




St. James AME (Lenten Services)




3600 Snelling Ave




Minneapolis, MN 55406




(612) 721-4566




Pastor Michael Gonzalez


 


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


Attend Lenten Service

Facilitated by Pastor Billy G. Russell


@ St. James AME

Experiencing God




Knowing & Doing the Will of God







Bookstore Email: gfmbcbooksandmore@gmail.com




Christian Education Email:
ChristianEducation@greatfriend.org






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Thursday, March 10, 2016






Tickets to Darnell Davis & Remnant "Live Again"!






 


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








● Tune in to soarradio.com




● Or download Live365 Radio App on your Smartphone




 


CANCELED 6:00 PM
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Men of Praise Rehearse!




[Thursday b4 2nd & 4th Sunday]


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




[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]







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




"Simple Faith" - Mark 10:17-31




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org







6:30 PM
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Faith Bible Institute Registration Open!




Classes Begin January 21, 2016











7:00 PM
-
Fortress Rehearsal




[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]


7:00 PM
-
Minnesota State Baptist Choir Rehearsal




Shiloh MBC




501 Lawson Ave West




St Paul, MN 55117




Online Tickets ($11.58 per Ticket, VIP ($27.37 per Ticket)








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Friday, March 11, 2016







6:30 PM
-
Minnesota State Baptist Choir Rehearsal




Shiloh MBC




501 Lawson Ave West




St Paul, MN 55117




Online Tickets ($11.58 per Ticket, VIP ($27.37 per Ticket)


7:00 PM

https://www.vitalculture.com/events/detail/3050
Men's Ministry - Friday Focus Fellowship




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Saturday, March 12, 2016







10:00 AM
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Jr. Usher Training!




[Saturdays b4 2nd Sunday]


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




[Except Sat b4 3rd & 5th Sundays]


12:00 PM
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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 - 2:00 PM
-
American Sign Language Workshop!




Instructor: Jessica Rudolph




For Ages 13 & Up




Saturdays, 1pm - 2pm




Feb 13th - Mar 12, 2016


 






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Sunday, March 13, 2016







5:30 AM
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Bro Pete Rhodes Presents:




"Urban Perspectives"




WCCO (Channel 4)




Get Up! … with Urban Perspectives












 


7:30 AM
-
Song review & Devotion




Deacon Brown Choir Room


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


8:05 AM
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Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


8:20 AM
-
Men of Praise Sing!!!




Attire: Grey, Yellow & White


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…




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




"Simple Faith" - Mark 10:17-31







-
"We Got Next" Bible Study Session




Bible Study for ages 20-50!




Study from the book "Changeology", John C. Norcross




Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell, Sr. Pastor




In GFMBC Sanctuary




Email: ChristianEducation@greatfriend.org


 


9:30 AM

GYE (Greater Youth Experience)




[3rd Sundays]


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


10:35 AM
-
TAKOVER (Youth - Fortress) Opens Service!




[2nd Sundays]


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


10:50 AM
-
Fortress & YPOP (Young People of Praise) Sing!




Attire:


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





6:00 PM
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MSBC Choir Live Recording @ Shiloh MBC




Shiloh MBC




501 Lawson Ave West




St Paul, MN 55117




Online Tickets ($11.58 per Ticket, VIP ($27.37 per Ticket)






 











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


Minnesota State Baptist Convention Schedule












March 14 - 18, 2016









Minnesota State Baptist Congress
Course Descriptions

March 14 - 18, 2016
Host: Mt Olivet Baptist Church

Greetings please plan to participate in the 2016 Minnesota State Baptist Congress.  The congress will begin with a live recording at the Shiloh Baptist Church on Sunday, March 13, 2016.  Flyers should already be in your possession.  Please encourage your church family to attend.
Classes will begin Monday, March 14, 2016.  The Mt. Olivet Church will serve as congress host this year.  The Vesper hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and class will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  except on Tuesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday and Thursday class will end at 8:00 p.m. This year there are no additional fees unless your delegate count exceeds your registration limit. 
Plan now to attend.  Encourage your church family to participate each night.  Please join us in prayer for our evangelistic efforts and outreach.  Pray that persons give their life to Christ.  If so, we will baptize on Friday night as a part of our Vesper service.
Also remember that on Friday the Youth Rally will take place.  We need your youth and youth workers to get involved now so that they can be prepared for Friday, March 18th. 
Let's pray, plan and participate in order to have a blessed congress session.  The course offerings are below.


2016 Congress Courses

·Know Who You Are As A Minister's & Pastor's Wife
This course will examine the role of minister's and pastor's wife.
Instructor: Sister Bobbie Bellfield

·The Passion of Christ
This course will provide a Historical and Theological consideration of the events surrounding the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This course is open to all but ministers and pastors should specifically sign up for this course.
Instructor: Dr. Melvin Miller

·Understanding The Role Of An Usher   
A flow of a service is important, and ushers have the great responsibility of helping the worship service flow with diligence, decency, and order. This class is designed for all those who serve as ushers to learn how to help keep the service flow appropriately and be a disciple of Christ. The  class will be based on 1 Corinthians 14:40 and will go through understanding how to keep a service flowing, signs and signals.  
Instructor: Sister Allie Jacox

·Money Matters
In a world where different opinions are raised about how to handle money and financial matters the question is - what does God have to say to the believer about his or her stewardship?  If you need solid biblical information about: how to manage your money, get out of debt, the truth about pay day loans this course is for you.
Instructor: Pastor Gloria R. Thomas and  Camphor Fiscally Fit

·Evangelism
The bible says that "he that winneth souls is wise."  This course will help you learn how to share your faith with the unsaved and unchurched.  If the weather permits students will take to the streets of St. Paul to reach out to those who need the Savior.  Students will also have the opportunity to prepare to participate in Mid-west regional conference.  This course is open to all.  Laymen are specifically encouraged to attend.
Instructor: Dr. Clarence Hightower &Pastor Daryl Spence

·"Jesus the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever"/Youth Division
 With the rise in attraction to cults and one-word churches, how are we to defend or take
a stand for what we believe as Christians and as Baptists...or do we even know what we
believe? If Jesus hasn't/doesn't change, how can it suddenly be that everyone is telling
us that we're wrong???
Instructor: Sister Andrea Thomas & Convention Youth Staff

·Intergenerational Ministry: Leading & Engaging Across Generational Boundaries
This course will indentify generation present in our world today & in our own congregation and ministries by pulling together information about each generation's belief, values, and world-view perspectives.  It engages in multi-age, multi-generational, small group genuine conversation.  With understanding that participation in God's mission happens at every age & stage of life.
Instructor: Sister Janice Porter & Reverend Charvez Russell







Saturday, March 19, 2016




5:00 PM
-
Greater Praise w/Pastor Russell




Christ's Church of The Jesus Hour (6th Anniversary)




2311 Highway 52 North




Rochester, MN 55901




507-529-1220




Pastor Rowe


 


Wednesday, March 23, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Greater Praise w/Pastor Russell




Mt. Olivet Baptist Church




451 West Central Avenue




St. Paul, MN 55103




651-227-4444




Rev. Dr. James C. Thomas


 


Friday, March 25, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Resurrection Play Production




"Who's on The Cross"?


 


Sunday, March 27, 2016

RESURRECTION SUNDAY!


 







Tuesday, April 12, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407








 


Saturday, April 23, 2016




-
Darnell Davis & The Remnant




CD Release Concert!






 


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pastor's Anniversary!


 







Friday, May 13, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Greater Praise w/Pastor Russell




New Beginnings Baptist Tabernacle (Pastor 29th Anniv.)




4301 First Ave So




Minneapolis, MN 55409




Rev. Ian D. Bethel, Sr. Pastor


 


Sunday, May 15, 2016




5:30 PM
-
Gospel Choirs United




42nd Anniversary Concert!




Theme: 'Joy Abundantly'




Scripture John 10:10




Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church




3355 4th Street North




Minneapolis, MN 55412


 


Fri, May 27 - Sun, May 29, 2016

GFMBC Travel to Grace Baptist Church




Pastor Clinton McFarland, Sr. Pastor




2178 Highway 138




Stockbridge, GA 30281








Phone: 770-474-8611












Tuesday, June 14, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407








 


Saturday, August 6, 2016




12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM
-
Taste of Friendship!




 


Tuesday, August 9, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407











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


 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407











Tuesday, December 13, 2016




7:00 PM
-
Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407




















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Other Announcements



5a
Birthdays!


Happy Birthday to those born


in the month of 
March





Thank You & God bless!!






5b



  
Dear GFMBC Family,
TWO important updates!
1. On Tuesday, March 15 the House Public Safety Committee will hear a bill to reject the Drug Sentencing Reform passed by the MN Sentencing Guidelines Commisison. The bill is being authored by Committee Chair Rep. Tony Cornish (HF2888). Please come if you are able. If you would like to testify please contact Committee Administrator Mike Valleau, 651-296-9115.  The hearing is Tues 3/15 at 10:15am in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
Please check the Legislative Calendar for updates.

2. You are Invited to Participate in a Study on Faith-Based Activism Responding to Mass Incarceration
Dr. Amy Levad, a professor at the University of St. Thomas (http://www.stthomas.edu/theology/faculty/amy-levad.html), is conducting a voluntary research study on faith-based responses to mass incarceration.  Participants in the study are asked to complete a 60-90 minute interview exploring how they have endeavored to respond faithfully to criminal justice issues through activism and to review the transcript of their interview.  You are receiving this email because your email address is on an ISAIAH list compiled in our community organizing efforts.
There are risks to participation in this study.  Risks include the possible violation of privacy of participants, possible breach of confidential data collected in the interview, and probing of sensitive or personal information regarding participants' faith and political commitments and activities.
If you are more than 18 years old and you have been involved in faith-based activism concerning mass incarceration, you are eligible to participate in the study. 

If you are interested in participating, or if you have questions or concerns, contact Dr. Levad via email: amy.levad@stthomas.edu.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Lars Negstad




Connect with ISAIAH
             

2356 University Ave W
Ste 405
Saint PaulMN 55114

isaiah@isaiahmn.org

www.isaiahmn.org

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