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December 12, 2016







CONTENTS


Monday, December 12, 2016
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

1
Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

2
Call to Action: (a) Christmas Arms of Love, (b) Emmy Award, (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)






1
Scripture & Prayer Requests

1a
Isaiah 9:6


Amplified Bible (AMP)


6  For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.




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

Rev. Juan Turner & Family (Diane Witherspoon Family)
Mrs Laura Webster & Family


Mrs. Juanita Williams & Family


Rev. Melvin & Helen Brown & Family


Prisners of war


Rev. Ballard & Family


Sis. Maple King Family


Sis. Rachel Lewis & Edmund Vojtik Family


The Stroud Family


Bro. Thomas Freeman


Sis. Tierney Carter-Brown


Deacon Robert Hendrix


Mother Ora Lee Law


Sis. LeeAnn Hicks


Clardy Wells


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
Christmas Arms of Love


 

2b
Vote Darnell Davis Producer of the Year!





2c
2 for $10 Minnesota State Baptist Convention CD Sale!





2d
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, December 12, 2016
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

3a
Monday, December 12, 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, December 13, 2016




6:30 PM
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Thespian Ministry Christmas Play Production




Rehearsal: All are welcome!


 


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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Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407








 


7:00 PM
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Education Equity Team Meeting


RESUMES IN JANUARY

GFMBC Friendship Hall




[4th Tuesday of Month]







3c
Wednesday, December 14, 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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Bible Study & Prayer Service @ GFMBC




Facilitated by Pastor Billy G. Russell




The LORD's Prayer




by Thomas Watson







Bookstore Email: gfmbcbooksandmore@gmail.com




Christian Education Email:
ChristianEducation@greatfriend.org









3d
Thursday, December 15, 2016




 




The Beat!


5:00 PM
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Minister Darnell Davis




● Tune in to soarradio.com




● Or download Live365 Radio App on your Smartphone





6:00 PM
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Doves Rehearse!




[Thursday b4 1st & 3rd Sunday]


6:30 PM
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Faith Bible Institute Registration Open!










6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Teacher I Want to Be Training




1st Thursday of Month




Fireside Room




2600 E. 38th Street




Minneapolis, MN 55406






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



 The children of Minnesota deserve an education system that invests in children and divests from the school-to-prison pipeline.  The voice of the faith community is needed now more than ever to demand that our schools are safe and nurturing places for all children, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity.

Join us at the
ISAIAH Education Summit
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 15
New Creation Church
1922 N 25th Ave, Minneapolis

ISAIAH Education Leaders from across the state will gather to strategize about what education equity victories are possible in 2017 and what we’ll need to do to win. 

For more information, contact Sue Budd at
952-250-1927 or suebudd@comcast.net


3e
Friday, December 16, 2016








Postponed til New Year's Eve


 

3f
Saturday, December 17, 2016

3rd 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]


10:30 AM - Noon
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YPOP (Young People of Praise) Rehearsal





11:30 AM
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Busy Bees Meeting




[1st Saturday of month]


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, December 18, 2016

3rd 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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Doves Sing!




Attire: 


Sermon
-
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 --- Worship Leader


10:20 AM
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Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


10:25 AM
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Worship in Song




Grateful Praise (Praise Team) Sings!




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




Fortress Praise Team Sings!  --- [2nd Sundays, Youth Sunday]


10:30 AM
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Praise & Worship!




Attire: Black, White, Red


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




Invitation




Closing with Altar Prayer


1:00 PM
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Fellowship with Kenyan Firemen after 10:15 Service















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










Satturday, December 31, 2016




9:00 PM
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GFMBC Thespian Ministry Presents…




God, the Holy Spirit, for Real!




Free will offering at door




2600 E. 38th Street




Minnepolis, MN 55406






 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016




6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
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Reception with hors d'oeuvres


7:30 PM
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Performance




Music for the Holidays




Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts




528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403




Wednesday, December 21, 2016






Mission Ministry Presents…




Christmas Arms of Love!



-
Please help Mission Ministry provide




Christmas for four families




Each family is on a Christmas Tree with their wish list!
Please pick an item you would  like to help purchase and return to the appropriate box by December 21st 




2600 E. 38th Street




Minnepolis, MN 55406









Sunday, December 25, 2016

CHRISTMAS SUINDAY!


8:00 AM
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No 10:15am Service





Monday, January 23, 2016




7:00 PM
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Emergency Preparedness Team Meeting




GFMBC Fireside Room




2600 E. 38th Street




Minnepolis, MN 55406









Sunday, April 30, 2017






Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Service











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5a
Other Announcements




Birthdays!


Happy Birthday to those born


in the month of 
December





Thank You & God bless!!

5b







5c


The children of Minnesota deserve an education system that invests in children and divests from the school-to-prison pipeline.  The voice of the faith community is needed now more than ever to demand that our schools are safe and nurturing places for all children, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity.

Join us at the
ISAIAH Education Summit
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 15
New Creation Church
1922 N 25th Ave, Minneapolis

ISAIAH Education Leaders from across the state will gather to strategize about what education equity victories are possible in 2017 and what we’ll need to do to win. 

For more information, contact Sue Budd at
952-250-1927 or suebudd@comcast.net





5d

  
Dear GFMBC,

Reminder - the hearing on Drug Sentencing Reform is next Wed, 12/21 - see below. We hope to see many of you there -- if you can't make it, please email the commission (sentencing.guidelines@state.mn.usto urge them to protect drug sentencing reform. 
Key points:
1)       it’s unwise, ineffective and immoral to imprison people for the disease of drug addiction.
2)       it’s unfair to only apply the harsher standards when the law is changed.
3)       our state cannot afford to continue on this path of increase rates of incarceration and increasing racial disparities.
Also, the final vote is scheduled for Friday 12/30/16, 10am, also at the MN Senate Building, 95 University Ave W, Room 1100. Hope you can make it then!

ACTION ALERT – PROTECT DRUG SENTENCING REFORM!
WHAT: Public Hearing of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Minnesota Senate Building, Room 1100, 95 University Ave. W., Saint Paul, MN 55155
WHY: Minnesota has some of the harshest drug sentencing laws, fastest growing prison population and worst racial disparities in the country. Recently passed drug sentencing reform is under attack, and the change could mean
  • More people who are addicted to drugs serving longer prison sentences
  • Worse racial disparities in our criminal justice system.

ACT:  Save the date and plan to attend the Hearing. Every voice counts! Please register to testify OR submit written comments by email sentencing.guidelines@state.mn.us, or by phone (651) 296-0144.  Please contact Lars Negstad, LNegstad@isaiahmn.org and/or Paul Washington, PWashington@isaiahmn.org if you can come or need help in preparing your testimony.

BACKGROUND (Short version)
Prosecutors (The MN County Attorney’s Association) are pushing for rules that would mean a harsher application of the new drug sentencing law. This would mean that a person’s “criminal history score” – a key factor in determining length of sentence, or even whether someone is incarcerated rather than serving probation – would be based on the old, harsher standard. This violates the intent of the reforms, which were to stop punishing people for being addicted to drugs (which is ineffective and inhumane.) It is also unfair and inconsistent with past practice. In the 1990’s, when drug sentences were increased, the new harsher sentences were used for calculating the “criminal history score.” Now that sentences for some drug crimes have been reduced, why shouldn’t criminal history scores be calculated on the new, lighter standard?

MORE BACKGROUND
Minnesota’s drug sentencing laws have been widely recognized as some of the harshest in the country. This has had devastating effects on our communities and an even harsher impact on our poorest communities and communities of color.
Last year, after a campaign organized by ISAIAH and our partners, Governor Dayton signed drug sentencing reform into law after legislative action. The intent of the reform was to reduce sentences for those who struggle with drug addiction.
When judges sentence someone in Minnesota they use criminal history score to determine their sentence – the higher the score the longer the sentence, or in some cases the presumption that it will be a prison rather than probation sentence. The statutes do not say how criminal history for these offenses should be calculated, that is up to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
After these drug sentencing changes, Guidelines Commission staff have been advising people that a person’s criminal history score for a past drug offense should be calculated using the new statutes, rather than the statutes that were in effect at the time of the offense.
This advice is based on their interpretation of guidance in the Sentencing Guidelines, and is consistent with an interpretation of the Guidelines that has been in effect for decades. When drug sentences were greatly increased in the 1990’s, the new, harsher sentences were used for calculating criminal history. Under this interpretation today, the person would receive the benefit of the new law change and therefore potentially receive a shorter sentence or probation instead of prison.
Recently, the Minnesota County Attorneys Association objected to this interpretation and asked to have the old, harsher statutes applied to past drug offenses for calculating criminal history. Now the Sentencing Guidelines Commission is considering granting the request of the County Attorneys Association and reversing the Commission staff’s prior interpretation and guidance. They will be considering this change based on public comment provided at a hearing Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.in Room 1100, of the Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Ave. W., Saint Paul, MN 55155.
According to a Minnesota County Attorneys Association press release, in 2016 Minnesota passed “historic” drug sentencing reform legislation “to appropriately distinguish between nonviolent drug offenders motivated by addiction and dangerous offenders motivated by greed”, and to allow “more flexibility in sentencing and less prison time for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who primarily need treatment to help fight addiction.”
Not allowing the new drug sentencing statutes to be used in calculating criminal history score goes against the intent of the legislature and the community to provide more effective options for treatment rather than sending these individuals to prison.

NOTICE OF HEARING
The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1100, of the Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Ave. W., Saint Paul, MN 55155. The public hearing will be held to consider proposed modifications to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary resulting from legislative and non-legislative amendments. A copy of the proposed modifications is available free of charge on the agency’s website at mn.gov/sentencing-guidelines or by contacting the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission by mail at 309 Administration Building, 50 Sherburne Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55155, or telephone at (651) 296-0144.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend the hearing and offer comments. Persons wishing to speak may register in advance by contacting the Commission’s office at the above address or telephone number, or by e-mail at sentencing.guidelines@state.mn.us.
              



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