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Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

Call to Action: (a) Christmas Arms of Love, (b) Grammy Award, (c ) MSBC CD Sale, (d) Food Industry, (e ) Marketing, (f) Social  Media Contact Links

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

Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates

Other Announcements - (a) Birthdays, (b)

Scripture & Prayer Requests

Isaiah 7:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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

The Turner Witherspoon Family
Mother Ora Lee Law 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

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

Call to Action!

Christmas Arms of Love


Vote Darnell Davis Producer of the Year!


2 for $10 Minnesota State Baptist Convention CD Sale!

Food Industry Seminars!

Market Your Ministry Events!

Contact GFMBC Marketing Team:

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


Monday, December 19, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

6:00 PM
Hospitality Ministry Meeting

1st Monday of Month

6:30 PM
Usher Ministry Meeting

2nd Monday of Month

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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

7:30 PM

Music for the Holidays

Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts

528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403


7:00 PM
PACT II (Friendship Community Services)

Support Services Meeting

For those reestablishing lives disrupted by:

incarceration or addiction

(New Members Classroom)


7:00 PM
Education Equity Team Meeting


GFMBC Friendship Hall

[4th Tuesday of Month]


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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


2:00 PM
Protect Drug Sentencing Reform

Minnesota Senate Building, Room 1100

95 University Ave. West

St. Paul, MN 55155

See Section 5b


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

Facilitated by Pastor Billy G. Russell

The LORD's Prayer

by Thomas Watson


Bookstore Email:

Christian Education Email:

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

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Beat!

5:00 PM
Minister Darnell Davis

● Tune in to

● Or download Live365 Radio App on your Smartphone

CANCELED --- 6:00 PM
Men of Praise Rehearse!

[Thursday b4 2nd & 4th Sunday]

6:30 PM
Faith Bible Institute Registration Open!

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

1st Thursday of Month

Fireside Room

2600 E. 38th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55406

 CANCELED --- 7:00 PM
Music Ministry Bible Study!

Greater Praise Rehearsal!

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

CANCELED --- 8:30 PM
Grateful Praise (Praise Team) Rehearsal

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

GFMBC Music Ministry


Friday, December 23, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

4th Saturday


No Meetings or Rehearsals Scheduled

Sunday, December 25, 2016

4th Sunday


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

Comcast Channel 937 BMA Networks


7:30 AM
Song review & Devotion

Deacon Brown Choir Room

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

8:05 AM
Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses

8:20 AM
GFMBC Christmas Choir!

Attire: Casual for Youth Sunday

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

8:59 AM


Facilitated by Executive Pastor, Eddie Bolden


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Marriage Ministry Presents…

Marriage Built to Last: Living Intentionally & Loving Biblically


Facilitated by Rev. L. Wilder & Sis. Jean Wilder


--> No Sunday School 9:01 AM
NO Sunday School <-- 


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

Comcast Channel 937 BMA Networks

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

7:00 PM
GFMBC Thespian Ministry Presents…

God, the Holy Spirit, for Real!

2600 E. 38th Street

Minnepolis, MN 55406


9:00:00 PM - 12:01 AM
Watch Night Service

2600 E. 38th Street

Minnepolis, MN 55406

Sunday, January 1, 2017

10:15 AM
Unity Service

Monday, January 23, 2017

7:00 PM
Emergency Preparedness Team Meeting

GFMBC Fireside Room

2600 E. 38th Street

Minnepolis, MN 55406

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Service


Other Announcements


Happy Birthday to those born

in the month of 

Thank You & God bless!!



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 ( 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!

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, or by phone (651) 296-0144.  Please contact Lars Negstad, and/or Paul Washington, 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?

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 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.

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 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

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2356 University Ave W
Ste 405
Saint PaulMN 55114




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