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May 18, 2015


Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

Call to Action: (a) Blessing Business!, (b) Market Your Event!, (c ) Isaiah Actions!, (d) Kenya Plege Drive, (e) Social  Media Contact Links

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

Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates

Other Announcements - (a) Birthdays, (b) Isaiah Actions, (c ) Isaiah Meeting, (d) Assistant Professor, Tenure-track

Scripture & Prayer Requests

Joshua 1:9

New Living Translation (NLT)

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

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

The Price Family

Sis. Arlene McEwen & Family

Sis. Maxine Robonson & Family

Sis. Elizabeth McEwen & 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!

Blessing Business Campaign!

Help us track GFMBC Economic Impact on our community!

Bring in any sales transaction receipt to GFMBC Books & More Bookstore

● Receive a free full sized Snickers candy bar or snack for each receipt.


Kenya Pledge Drive!

Sponsor the GFMBC Foreign Mission  $7,000 Pledge Drive!


Isaiah Actions!

"We shall not be moved…" - See Pastor Russell in Section 5b

Minneapolis Churches Regional Meeting - See Section 5c

7-9pm, Tuesday, June 2nd @ GFMBC

Market Your Ministry Events!

Contact GFMBC Marketing Team:

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



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Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

7:00 PM
Church Business Meeting

Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

2600 East 38th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55406

Phone: 612-827-7928




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Information Open House on Employment

Seward Co-Op (Grocery & Deli)

Seward Co-op will host an informational open house on employment: This is in advance of the Friendship store hiring fair we will host in August.

310 E. 38th Street

Room #103

Minneapolis, MN


7:00 PM
Taste of Friendship Committee Mtg.

7:00 PM
PACT II (Friendship Community Services)

Support Services Meeting
For those reestablishing lives distrupted by:
incarceration or addiction

(New Members Classroom)



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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


5:00 PM
Kindergarten Roundup - Registration!

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

●"The Jesus Style"
   - by Gayle D. Erwin
   - Beginning Ash Wednesday
   - Available in GFMBC Bookstore!


Facilitated by Pastor Billy G. Russell


Bookstore Email:

Christian Education Email:


Thursday, May 21, 2015

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

● Tune in to

● Or download Live365 Radio Ap on your smartphone


 6:00 PM
Men of Praise Rehearse!

[Thursday b4 4th Sunday]

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


6:30 PM
Faith Bible Institute!  

$150 per Student. 2nd Member of household can register for $77. Minimum $40 Deposit

FBI Online Registration Now Available!

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


Friday, May 22, 2015

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mighty Men's Group

Weekly Exercise & Conversation

Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary School

807 27th Avenue North

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Contact: Jefftry Groves

951-341-5435  |


Friday, May 22, 2015

7:00 PM
Friday Focus Fellowship!

We will have Food, Focus Fellowship dealing with issues every man deals with.

3232 Frement Ave. North

Minneapolis, MN

Questions? Contact Deacon Rudy Jones

Phone: 612-251-4714



Saturday, May 23, 2015

10:00 AM

All Mission Ministry Meeting

[4th Saturdays]

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

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Minister Hokes will bring a guest speaker to present information on Alzhiemers, and how caregivers can take care of themselves.
Stewardship Day!

Volunteers Needed to Clean & Maintain

Our Church Property!


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

[Except Sat b4 3rd & 5th Sundays]

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!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

5:30 AM
Bro Pete Rhodes Presents:

"Urban Perspectives"

WCCO (Channel 4)


7:30 AM
Song review & Devotion

Deacon Brown Choir Room

8:00 AM
Men of Praise Sing!!!


Communion served on 1st Sunday

Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell

8:59 AM


Facilitated by Executive Pastor, Eddie Bolden

9:00 AM
Marriage "Built to Last"

Marriage Ministry Kickoff!


Sun Mornings: February 22 - May 17, 2015


9:01 AM
Sunday School - 


"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



10:30 AM
Grateful Praise (Adult Praise Team) Opens Service!

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

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

10:40 AM
Greater Praise Choir Sings!


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

● Communion served on 1st Sunday

● Baptism on 1st Sunday

4:00 PM
Greater Praise with Pastor Russell

Rev. Gaither Robinson's 25th Pastoral Anniversary!

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church

5100 James Ave. North

Minneapolis, MN 55430


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Monday, May 25, 2015

7:00 PM
COGIC Gospel Explosion!

Tickets $20

For info call General Supervisor's Office: 843-553-0204

Minneapolis Convention Center - Halls C & D

1301 Second Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55403


Tue-Thur, May 26-28, 2015

3 Nights Only!

7:00 PM
MSBC Revival!

Guest Speaker: Pastor Bernard Mitchell

Guest Soloist: Rev. Alphonso Bowen

Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church

1800 Dupont Ave. North

Minneapolis, MN 55411



Saturday, June 6, 2015

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

A & B Selection

2739 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: (612) 721-9415

12:00 Noon
MSBC Women's Auxilliary Tea!

New Bethel Baptist Church

1115 30th Ave. North

Minneapolis, MN

Sunday, June 7, 2015

4:00 PM
Men of Praise @ New Hope Men's Day Program

Theme: "Men Made in God's Own Image"

Genesis 1:17

New Hope Baptist Church

712 Burr Street

St. Paul, MN 55130

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

7:00 PM
Deacons & Deaconesses @ Providence Place Outreach

Providence Place

3720 23rd Ave. South

Minneapolis, MN

Month of July
10:00 AM Unity Service All Month

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Sunday, June 28 - Friday, July 3, 2015
Camp Superkids 2015

tStairstep Foundation has applications for youth ages 7-15 who have moderate to severe asthma to attend Camp Superkids.
t30 slots being held for African American/minority/low income youth
tIf child receives free or reduced lunch, may attend at no cost
tCampers learn to better manage their asthma
tCamp is at YMCA Ihduhapi in Loretta, MN-transportation will be provided
tRegistration packet includes parent and physician forms
tApplications need to be returned to Stairstep by Friday, May 8th


Mon, July 20 - Sat. July 25, 2015

Church Olympics Week!

We need Everyones Support to WIN!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

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

Food, Fun, & Fellowship!

Intersection of 38th Street & 26th Ave.

Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, September 5, 2015

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

2739 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: (612) 721-9415

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

7:00 PM
Greater Praise w/Pastor Russell

Rev. James C. Thomas - Pastor's Anniversary

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church

451 Central Ave. West

St. Paul, MN 55103



Saturday, December 5, 2015

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

2739 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: (612) 721-9415


Other Announcements

Happy Birthday to those born

in the month of 

Thank You & God bless!!


A Look at What Happened at the Capitol
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We shall not be moved...

The 2015 Legislative Session has concluded, provoking strong emotions for thousands of Minnesota families and communities.
ISAIAH was a steadfast presence throughout the session, demanding justice and standing with the people we love to insist that our leaders work for our values of dignity, inclusion, equity and redemption.
People of faith from congregations across Minnesota led an impressive grassroots organizing campaign that engaged thousands of people.
We gave everything we had for the people in our communities and, despite the outcomes, we have so much to be proud of! We will continue to be a prophetic witness to God's call to justice.
During the 2015 Legislative Session, our elected leaders failed to advance racial justice and provide adequate investments in our families and our communities. In response, ISAIAH issued the following press statement:

“This session presented a major opportunity for our leaders to address the crisis of our state’s growing racial and economic inequity by putting families and communities first. Clergy and people of faith looked to our elected officials to move beyond the status quo with courageous leadership to make our state one that reflects our highest values and aspirations. Specifically, ISAIAH set moral, common sense policy priorities to:
  • Allow all people the ability to apply for a drivers’ license regardless of immigration status.
  • Restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated people.
  • Make meaningful reforms to the juvenile justice system that would keep kids of color out of the criminal justice system.
  • Pass paid family leave so people would not have to choose between a paycheck and taking their child to the doctor.
In addition, ISAIAH had two major budget priorities:
  • A comprehensive transportation-funding package that invests in better transit services and infrastructure for people to bike and walk safely.
  • The protection and preservation of the MinnesotaCare program, a successful 23-year old program that provides quality healthcare to 100,000 people earning between $8-12/hour.
‘We are very frustrated and can’t understand how GOP House leadership refused to do anything, even though all of our issues had wide bi-partisan and community support,’ said Martha Andrade, a member of Church of the Ascension in Minneapolis and an active faith and immigrant leader in the drivers’ license campaign. ‘We were at the Capitol every week and did everything to bring our voices and stories. This leadership does not represent Minnesota families and does not acknowledge how important and basic drivers licenses are to immigrant families.
ISAIAH, a faith-based movement in cities and towns across the state, led a grassroots organizing campaign that engaged thousands of people throughout the session. More than 1,000 people from 100 congregations went door-to-door at the Legislature and had over 100 face-to face visits with legislators. Throughout March and April, legislators were invited to faith summits in their districts and asked how they would use the remainder of the session to put families at the center of their decisions. Meetings were held in Moorhead, Northfield, St. Cloud, Willmar and suburban communities across the metro area.
Demetria Carter, a member of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, became a critical voice for the push to restore the right to vote. As a frustrated faith and community leader, her reflection echoes many, ‘The House leadership not only rejected our issues; they rejected us. We did not fail this session; our legislative leadership did and we cannot continue having leaders so blind to the needs of our families for the right to vote.'

Minnesota now enjoys a $1.9 Billion budget surplus.
The House leadership pushed to eliminate MinnesotaCare but, thanks to the leadership of the Governor and the Senate, MinnesotaCare was saved. However, the program was cut by $65m, meaning vulnerable families will see an average of nearly $900 a year in increased costs and lowered healthcare benefits.
In addition, House leadership proposed a transportation plan that would have cut transit service 25% in five years. While this plan did not pass, the status quo package which passed in its place means that the transit system, which has seen a 14% increase in ridership over the past decade and inadequate funding, will continue to fall short for those who depend on public transit.
The people we love and the communities we have hopes and dreams for are, again, being told to wait for justice,” said Rev. Paul Slack, ISAIAH President. ‘The decisions of our government say those who have been cut out of human concern are being cut out yet again. But as people of faith we will continue to organize; continue to be a prophetic witness to God’s call to justice and continue to build the power we need to move our state towards justice for our children, our families and our communities.’"

Click here to view more photos from the session.

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St. Paul

2356 University Ave W
Ste 405
Saint PaulMN 55114



Dear Minneapolis Clergy and Leaders,
Thank you for your continued support, prayers and presence at the Capitol this legislative session! Although, we remain in hopeful prayer for Driver Licences for Immigrants, Voter Restoration for Returning Citizens and Juvenile Justice Reform legislation, all indicators suggest they are not included in this year's budget. This is counter to our beliefs that ALL children of GOD matter and should be treated with dignity, respect, and love. Yet, we will continue to MARCH IN THE LIGHT OF GOD! 
On Tuesday, June 2nd, the Minneapolis Regional Meeting will hold its monthly gathering at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (2600 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN), 7-9pm. This meeting will focus on our THREE campaigns in Minneapolis: education (reducing suspensions), $15 minimum wage and policing (body cameras for police, implicit bias training, etc.).  We will provide leaders with
  • A Power Analysis Training: "What is the Power Needed in Minneapolis For A Better Equitable and Healthy City"
  • Time to discuss in congregational groups a plan for evangelization your church (#StayWOKE Campaign), base building (1:1s and team building excercises) and dues/sustainble donor program
  • And, fellowship time to celebrate the Joy of the Radical Gospel of Christ!
Please come organize, lead and share in our collective mission for justice!
I will contact each church about the teams you will bring to this meeting!
Phyllis M. Hill

Contact us:
2356 University Ave W
Ste 405
Saint PaulMN 55114

612 333 1260 x210


 Greetings--please share the career opportunity below with your network.

Greetings from Minnesota State University, Mankato! We invite applicants to consider our newly posted tenure-track position. At present, our department is seeking a highly skilled, passionate, and student-centered teacher educator. Below is an executive summary of the job posting, and might be of special interest to you. The required qualifications are as follows: 
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction or related field; dissertation must be defended by June 30, 2016, and the degree must be conferred on an official transcript by August 10, 2016.
    • Degree can be in progress at the time of application. However, HR must have an official written statement from the candidate’s Registrar or Dean of Graduate Studies, stating that they have defended their dissertation prior to June 30, 2016, and that the only remaining step is to place this on an official transcript to be sent to MSU HR. In addition, HR must have an official transcript with the degree conferred by August 10, 2016. If the above deadlines are not met, employment may likely be terminated, non-renewed, or similar contractual process.
  • Three (3) years teaching experience, including the teaching of reading, in U.S./Canadian schools or American schools abroad in a K-6 environment within the past 10 years.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and coach teacher candidates within field based experiences.

Posting Reference Number:  PRF #AA16100
Application Deadline:  Priority consideration will be given to applications received byJune 12, 2015.
Date of Appointment:  August 17, 2015
Job Title: Assistant Professor, Tenure-track:  Educational Studies:  Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Job Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching and developing pedagogy courses, such as assessment, special education, educational psychology and literacy, in an Elementary Education undergraduate program via on- and off-campus venues. Additional responsibilities include teaching in online master’s degree programs. Other duties also include advising, supervision of field experience, mentoring, working collaboratively with area school faculty, service to the college, university and community, and leadership through presentations, publications, and professional service. 
Required and Preferred Qualifications:  See 
If you need additional information, please contact the search chairperson, Dr. Maureen Prenn, On behalf of our search committee, thank you for considering this opportunity.
Kind regards,

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