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September 5, 2016







CONTENTS


Monday, September 5, 2016
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

1
Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

2
Call to Action: (a) Soul Food Cookbook, (b) Meals on Wheels, (c ) Marketing, (d) Social  Media Contact Links

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

4
Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates

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






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Scripture & Prayer Requests

1a
Lamentations 3:22-23


King James Version (KJV)


22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.




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

Sis. Ruth Williams


Deaconess Mary Riley Craig & 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


 






2
Call to Action!

2a
Submit Your Healthy Soul Food Recipes to "GREATER COOKING"!


 

2b
South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels!


Get Hot Meals Delivered!





2c
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, September 5, 2016
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

3a
Monday, September 5, 2016




6:00 PM
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Hospitality Ministry Meeting




1st Monday of Month


6:30 PM
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Usher Ministry Meeting




2nd Monday of Month




3b
Tuesday, September 6, 2016




6:00 PM
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Hospitality Ministry Meeting




1st Monday of Month


6:30 PM
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Usher Ministry Meeting




2nd Monday of Month





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




GFMBC Friendship Hall




[4th Tuesday of Month]





3c
Wednesday, September 7, 2016




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








Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org






6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Four Wednesdays in September




Steps to A Family Vision Workship Series




To Register Call 612-827-7928


 

3d
Thursday, September 8, 2016






● Tune in to soarradio.com




● Or download Live365 Radio App on your Smartphone


 


6:30 PM
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Faith Bible Institute Registration Open!






7:00 PM
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Music Ministry Bible Study!




Greater Praise Rehearsal!




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


8:30 PM
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Grateful Praise (Praise Team) Rehearsal




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




GFMBC Music Ministry




Email: MusicMinsitry@greatfriend.org

3e
Friday, September 9, 2016











3f
Saturday, September 10, 2016

1st Saturday


9:00 AM

Trustee Meeting




[4th Saturday of month]


10:00 AM
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Deacons & Deaconesses Meeting




[Saturday b4 1st Sunday of month]


10:00 AM
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All Mission Ministry Meeting




[4th Saturdays]




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


10:00 AM
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Jr. Usher Training!




[Saturdays b4 2nd Sunday]


11:30 AM
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Busy Bees Meeting




[1st Saturday of month]


12:00 Noon
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JOY Luncheon!


 


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
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Children Movers 4 Christ (Praise Dance)




Ministry Rehearsal in Gold Room!














3g
Sunday, September 11, 2016

1st Sunday





6:00 AM
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Bro Pete Rhodes Presents: "Urban Perspectives"




Comcast Channel 937 BMA Networks










7:30 AM
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Song review & Devotion




Deacon Brown Choir Room


8:00 AM
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Call to Worship --- Ministers


8:05 AM
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Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


8:20 AM
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Men of Praise Sing!




Attire: Casual --- Youth Sunday


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





8:59 AM
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Email: NewMembers@greatfriend.org




Facilitated by Executive Pastor, Eddie Bolden







9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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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
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Sunday School - 




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org











10:00 AM
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Bro Pete Rhodes Presents: "Urban Perspectives"




Comcast Channel 937 BMA Networks






10:15 AM
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Call to Worship --- Ministers


10:20 AM
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Worship in Song




Fortress (Youth Praise Team) Sings!




Grateful Praise (Praise Team) Opens Service! [1st, 3rd, & 4th Sundays]


10:25 AM
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Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


10:30 AM
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Greater Praise Choir Sings!


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




Invitation




Closing with Altar Prayer







6:00 PM

Greater Friendship's Got Talent!




~ It's a Family Affair ~




See Sis. Betty Jackson




Or Hospitality Member for more information









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





Saturday, September 17, 2016




9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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13th Annual Church Olymics Track Events!




RESCHEDULED --- New Date Announced




Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave.




St. Paul – Klas Field



Time
Event
Registered Participants
9:00 a.m.
Invocation

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Egg & Spoon
Ages 12 & under
Egg & Spoon
Ages 13+
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
50 Meters
Ages 12 & under
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
100 Meters
Ages 13+
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Softball Toss
Ages 12 & under
Softball Toss
Ages 13+
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Three Legged Race
Ages 12 & under
Three Legged Race
Ages 13+
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
200 Meters
Ages 13+
1:30 –1:40 p.m.
Pastor’s Race

1:40 -1:50 p.m.
4X100 Meter Relay
Churches
1:50 –2:00 p.m.
Awards & Closing Prayer









GFMBC Men's Ministry Presents…




NO MAN LEFT BEHIND




Matthew 18:11-12




Oak Ridge Retreat Center




1 Oakridge Dr, Chaska, MN 55318




Final Payment Due September 1st, 2016




See Deacon Rudy Jones for Registration




612-251-4714


 


Sunday, September 18, 2016




4:00 PM
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Men of Praise @ FTGF




Faith Tabernacle Gospel Fellowship




2025 North Fouth Street




Minneapolis, MN 55411





Tuesday, September 20, 2016




7:00 PM
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FCS Board Meeting




Fireside Room


 


Sunday, October 9, 2016




4:00 PM
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GFMBC Music Ministry Fall Concert!





Tuesday, October 11, 2016




7:00 PM
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Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407








 



October 27-29, 2016






Women's Retreat




Crowne Plaza Hotel MSP Airport




Mall of America




3 Appletree Square




(I494 & 34th Avenue South)




Bloomington, MN









Tuesday, December 13, 2016




7:00 PM
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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 
September





Thank You & God bless!!






5b



2016 Church Olympics Re-schedule – Sept. 17
                                     9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul – Klas Field
Time
Event
Registered Participants
9:00 a.m.
Invocation

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Egg & Spoon
Ages 12 & under
Egg & Spoon
Ages 13+
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
50 Meters
Ages 12 & under
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
100 Meters
Ages 13+
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Softball Toss
Ages 12 & under
Softball Toss
Ages 13+
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Three Legged Race
Ages 12 & under
Three Legged Race
Ages 13+
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
200 Meters
Ages 13+
1:30 –1:40 p.m.
Pastor’s Race

1:40 -1:50 p.m.
4X100 Meter Relay
Churches
1:50 –2:00 p.m.
Awards & Closing Prayer


5c




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August 30, 2016


ISAIAH News: Acting on our Faith
to 
Create a Better World


Poverty Profiteering

Poverty profiteers, which include payday lenders, pawnshops, debt collectors, and subprime auto and home loan companies, have created an entire business model devoted to taking advantage of low-income Minnesotans.
ISAIAH leaders are saying, “enough is enough!” Our financial system has lost its integrity and its system of checks and balances. We are actively working to shift our country’s policies from protecting money to protecting people and to hold our financial institutions accountable to serving the goals of health, wholeness, and shared prosperity for all.
Continue reading to find out what ISAIAH's leaders been doing over the past few months to stop poverty profiteering:

 

Calling Out the Private Equity Baron Who Finances CarHop

More and more low-income and working class Minnesotans are getting ripped off by CarHop, the high-cost/high-hassle predatory car sales & loan chain operating in low-income and working-class communities across our state.
In early August, we kicked off our campaign to stop subprime car lenders from defrauding low-income Minnesotans like James of Brooklyn Park who paid over $15,000 for a car that is worth about $3,500 – and barely runs.
We also released a report linking CarHop to a San Francisco private equity manager who claims to be a “values driven” investor with high ethical standards while he makes big profits from shady and even illegal business practices that drive his customers deeper and deeper into poverty.  You can read the report here.
This predatory auto loan financing corporation is just one example of the many industries now being driven by private equity and hedge fund barons who work with CEOs experienced in ripping off low-income and working class consumers, skating across the edges of the law, making exorbitant profits and living in luxury, far from the struggles of their customers.


Strong Payday Lending Rules Announced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in response to meeting with thousands of people of faith, including hundreds of Minnesotans, has announced strong rules to protect everyday people from predatory payday loans. The proposed regulations would crack down on some of the tricks payday lenders use to trap people in a cycle of debt. Read more about the proposed rules here and here.
Before the rules can go into effect, there is a public comment period. We can be assured that payday lenders – with more storefronts across the country than either McDonald’s or Starbucks – will work to protect their $7 billion a year profit.
CFPB Director Richard Cordray accepted ISAIAH’s invitation to come to Minnesota to talk about regulating payday lending last March.
ISAIAH will be coordinating a Payday Lending Comment Campaign in Minnesota. Keep your eyes open for a call to action in the next few weeks.

ISAIAH leaders Pastor David Johnson, Bishop Richard Howell, Jr., and Brian Fullman traveled to Washington DC in August to testify before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about payday lending. They shared personal experiences, talked about just lending, and encouraged strong payday lending rules.


Minnesota Corporations and Legislators Support Poverty Profiteering

ISAIAH released a report “The High Price of Poverty: How Big Banks, Wall Street, and the Minnesota Legislature Facilitate Poverty Profiteering”showing how the Legislature is complicit in allowing poverty profiteering to continue.
Minnesota’s poverty profiteers use politics to their advantage in two ways: they block regulation of their industries, as well as fight laws that would raise Minnesota’s poorest out of poverty, like a higher minimum wage or earned sick time.
In the 2014 and 2016 Minnesota Legislative Sessions, given the opportunity to regulate the sky-high interest rates payday lenders charge, the Legislature instead chose to listen to corporate campaign donors.


Face-to-Face Community Conversations

In early September, we will be launching a door-knocking campaign to talk with a couple thousand people about payday lending and asking them to pledge to vote. This effort will help inform the content of our 2017 platform around ending poverty profiteering in the state.


Together we can end poverty profiteering!

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September 8, 2016

 

Faith Leaders Win Historic Victory in Saint Paul: 
Paid Sick Days for Every Worker

Yesterday was an historic day in Saint Paul when the City Council unanimously voted in support of an ordinance which extends Earned Sick and Safe Time to all workers in Saint Paul!
Hundreds of ISAIAH leaders from more than 25 congregations led the charge, calling for an Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance that would enable all workers the ability to take the time they need to care for themselves and their families. What passed is the strongest ordinance of its kind in the country and covers all 72,000 workers in Saint Paul that currently do not have paid sick leave.
“This ordinance will change the lives of everyone in my family,” said Arline Datu, an ISAIAH leader who played a pivotal role in the campaign. “My three adult children work full time in Saint Paul, and none of them have paid sick time,” continued Arline. “When my grandson Isaac is sick, we all have to scramble to ensure that his parents can get to work and get the pay they need to get by. No one should have to make the choices my children have been forced to make between caring for their families and earning the pay they need.”
ISAIAH’s campaign started 18 months ago when we passed resolutions in support of ESST in every ward during the 2015 caucuses. Since then, more than 1,200 leaders have been engaged in this struggle by participating in clergy lobby days, press conferences, outreach to small businesses, making phone calls, and attending rallies, candidate forums, and public meetings with council members.
When the ordinance takes effect next July, workers will accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours per year. Workers may use their paid time for illness or medical care for themselves or their families. They may also use it for “safe time,” to seek counseling, legal support or to relocate in the event of domestic or sexual violence or stalking. ESST also covers parents needing to stay home because of the closure of childcare centers or schools. The ordinance has robust enforcement mechanisms. The policy provides workers with a private right of action, empowering workers to sue their employer in cases of retaliation for using this benefit. Employers who fail to give their workers Earned Sick and Safe Time will face steep fines.
“This ordinance allows every worker in Saint Paul to care for themselves and their families, and to live with dignity. Today we are one step closer to an economy that works for everyone and leaves no one behind,” Rev. Javen Swanson, Associate Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and leader with ISAIAH.
Our struggle for a moral economy continues. Paid family leave, affordable childcare, and living wages are necessary to make sure that working families have what they need to not just survive, but to thrive.
The passage of the Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance is just one example of the unprecedented victories that are possible when we lead together, grounded in both our struggles and our belief that more is possible. 

Together we can build an economy that fairly rewards our labor and invests in nurturing healthy families.


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