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Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015


Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

Call to Action: (a) Pastor Russell, (b ) BoxTops!, (c ) Back 2 Church!, (d) Marketing, (e) Aramark, (f) 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

Scripture & Prayer Requests

Acts 2:41-42

Amplified Bible (AMP)

41 So then, those who accepted his message were baptized; and on that day about 3,000 souls were added [to the body of believers].
42 They were continually and faithfully devoting themselves to the instruction of the apostles, and to fellowship, to [b]eating meals together and to prayers.

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

Doris Hill




Sis. Deon Anderson

Neshaune Scott

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!

Join Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell @ Press Conference in Fireside Room!

8:00 AM - Tuesday, September 15

PayDay Loan Interest Rate Press Conference.

GFMBC Fireside Room

Share your payday loan testimony with Pastor Russell:

Mobile: 612-384-2338



Section 5b:  See PICO National Network article with quote from Pastor Russell

Bring Your Boxtops for Friendship Acadamy!



· Free Continental Breakfast following 8am Service!

· Free Fish Fry, Spaghetti, & Salad after 10:40am Service!

· Bring some fish for Rev. Wilder to fry up for the occasion.

· Be a fisher of men & women… Bring a friend or neighbor to church!

Market Your Ministry Events!

Contact GFMBC Marketing Team:

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

Aramark Procurement Fair 9-21-15 at 2pm

Join Aramark and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority for a minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) engagement event for US Bank Stadium.

See Section 5d for details


Summer Edition of "THE FRIENDSHIP HERALD" now online!

Monday, September 14, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

8:00 AM
Pay Day Loan Interest Press Conference

GFMBC Fireside Room

7:00 PM
PACT II (Friendship Community Services)

Support Services Meeting

For those reestablishing lives distrupted by:
incarceration or addiction

(New Members Classroom)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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



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

Facilitated by Pastor Billy G. Russell

Experiencing God

Knowing & Doing the Will of God

Bookstore Email:

Christian Education Email:

Thursday, September 17, 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!

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


6:30 PM
Faith Bible Institute!


7:00 PM
Music Ministry Bible Study!

Greater Praise Rehearsal!

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

8:00 PM
Men of Praise Rehearse!

[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]

8:30 PM
Grateful Praise (Praise Team) Rehearsal

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

GFMBC Music Ministry


Friday, September 18, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

8:00 AM
10:00 AM
Men of Praise Rehearse!
Doves Rehearse!

[Saturday B4 1st & 3rd Sunday]

11:00 AM
Associate Ministers Meeting

Fireside Room

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!

6:00 PM
Greater Praise @ Shiloh Baptist Church

Pastor Steve Daniel's 24th Anniversary!

501 West Lawson Avenue

St. Paul, Minnesota 55117

Phone: 651.487.4092

Sunday, September 20, 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
Call to Worship --- Ministers

8:05 AM
Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses

8:20 AM
Doves Sing!!!


Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell
Free Back 2 Church Continental Breakfast!

8:59 AM


Facilitated by Executive Pastor, Eddie Bolden

9:01 AM
Sunday School - 




10:30 AM
Call to Worship --- Ministers

10:35 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
Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses

10:50 AM
Greater Praise Choir Sings!


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

Free Fish Fry, Spaghetti, Salad
Bring your fish, and we'll fry it up!

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

Fri. Sept 25 - Sat Sept 26, 2015


2015 Men’s retreat

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

1 Oak Ridge Drive
Chaska, Minnesota 55318

Registration Begins June 7th, 2015

Guest Speaker: Pastor Coleman & Others

Rooms: Double Occupancy - $225 per Person

Single Occupancy - $165 per Person

Contact: Deacon Rudy Jones 612-251-4714


Sunday, October 4, 2015

9:00 AM
Marriage Ministry Clesses begin

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

Live Concert & Performing Arts!

Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

2600 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406


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
All Ministry Meeting

Friendship Hall

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


Fri. Oct 30 - 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



Other Announcements

Happy Birthday to those born

in the month of 

Thank You & God bless!!

New Payday Lending Rules


New Payday Lending Rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Prompt Immediate Response from the Nation’s Largest Faith-Based Organizing Network

March 26, 2015
For Immediate Release:                          Contact: Kawana Lloyd, PICO National Network, 202-815-6908, 
Thursday, March 26, 2015                       
Clergy Leaders Say “Sneak Peak” Presents Opportunity to Organize and End the Worst Abuses in the Pay Day Loan Industry  
Washington, DC –The following statement is a response from the PICO National Network’s Moral Economy & Economic Dignity Campaignregarding the first public look at payday lending reforms from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):
“In an economy that excludes real people and real families who are living paycheck to paycheck to support their loved ones, we are encouraged by the CFPB’s initial steps to  rein in predatory payday lenders.
“The Bureau’s announcement indicates a strong start: requiring lenders to extend loans that borrowers can truly repay rather than getting stuck in a cycle of debt.  We believe, however, that the possibilities of creating a moral economy that protects consumers and the most vulnerable people in our communities, can be even stronger. This 'sneak peak' into the CFPB’s ideas for reform present an exciting opportunity to organize --and end-- the worst abuses in the payday loan industry.
“Our faith traditions are clear:  Exploiting the working poor with payday lending is an egregious practice that goes against God’s word to help the poor and instead, puts a chokehold on some of America's most vulnerable families.
“Across the country, faith leaders and organizations have fought to rid our communities of predatory payday lenders and promote lending practices that respect the human dignity of our congregations and neighbors. Time and again, we’ve seen predatory lenders evade regulation or exploit legal loopholes so as to continue to peddle high-cost debt. The rules reining in these lenders should be airtight.   
“We want to see rules that end abusive lending. The best way to do that is guard against the unconscionable greed in the payday lending industry that devalues and disregards hard working people. No individual should be forced into loans they can’t afford.
“We have to be honest about the how the abuses and excesses of the payday lending industry wipe out the wealth of hard working families. There is no virtue in 400 percent annual interest rates. There’s no virtue in it creating systemic misery with false promises and dirty fine print to stay in business. There’s no virtue in financially crippling families in the midst of their hardships. That should be a sin, so we hope that the CFPB presses forward with even stronger rules.
“Public support for payday reform is significant among faith voters. A recent bi-partisan poll showed that 66 percent of Protestants and 57 percent of Catholics have unfavorable views of payday lenders. In fact, four out of five Christians (79 percent) would support a cap on the interest payday lenders charge.
“We will continue to push for sound payday lending reforms and to organize and protect people against the misery of poorly underwritten loans, repeat refinancing, triple-digit interest rates.”
“This first look at the CFPB’s rules is an opportunity to help organize our communities around payday lending reforms that protect people against poorly underwritten loans, repeat refinancing and triple-digit interest rates. Whether you are middle class, poor, or somewhere in between, nobody should ever have to face the immorality of systemic misery created on the backs of America’s families.  Exploiting the working poor with payday lending is an egregious practice that goes against God’s word to help the poor and instead, puts a chokehold on some of America's most vulnerable families.”  --Rev. Dr. Billy G. RussellPastor Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Minneapolis, President of Minnesota Baptist Convention, Board member of the National Baptist Convention

PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more

Free LSAT Practice Test!

Please share this important event with your network.
LSAT Practice Test
Learn what to expect and how you’d score on the exam with a free proctored LSAT Practice Test from Kaplan Test Prep.
Date & Time:
Saturday, November 14, 2015
12:30 PM - 4:45 PM
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room: MSL 235
GPS Address: 1101 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
You are invited to attend a free LSAT practice test at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, November 14thfrom 12:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (immediately following the Upper Midwest Law Fair).  The event will take place at the Law School (room TBA).
This free paper and pencil practice test uses real, previously released LSAT questions to give you the full proctored Test Day experience.  Only you will be able to see your scores, and you will have the opportunity to receive those scores immediately following the exam by entering your answers via a laptop or smartphone device. Plus, you'll get a breakdown of which areas need improvement before Test Day!
Priority seating is reserved for college graduates, juniors and seniors.
Parking is available for all attendees.
There is a parking ramp located on the corner of 11th Street and Harmon Place that is connected to the Law School building by a skyway.  The entrance to this ramp is a left hand turn from 11th Street.  We can validate your parking for this ramp.
It is posible that the above mentioned parking ramp could fill up depending on different events that may be taking place in the downtown area.  In that case, there is an underground ramp located on 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue that we can also validate parking for.  The entrance to this ramp is on the east side of Hennepin Avenue and is a right-hand turn when traveling north, just after you pass through the stop lights on 10th Street. 
Be sure to ask for a parking validation upon check-in for your event.
Are you ready to take the next step?
We are accepting applications. Apply online now and pay no application fee.
Schedule a campus tour, arrange to sit in on a class or meet with us via Skype.
Give a gift to support the work of UST School of Law and our students.
Check out our master calendar for full details on where to go and when to get there.
Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D.
Interim University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Mail AQU121, 2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Telephone: 651-962-5219
Twitter: @DrArtikaTyner

Aramark Procurement Fair 9-21-15 at 2pm

Join Aramark and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority for a minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) engagement event for US Bank Stadium.

As the official food and beverage provider for US Bank Stadium, Aramark is committed to furthering the involvement of minority and women-owned businesses in our operations.

Please join us on September 21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center to discuss opportunities. Click on the RSVP link below to reserve your spot.
For more information email us at:


Please RSVP by September 18

Monday, September 21 

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Minneapolis Convention Center  

Rooms 212 & 213 
1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
What to Bring?
Please bring a one page summary of your company and the services you can provide.


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