Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Charles Porter, Executive Pastor

FMBC Celebrates Evangelism Month

September is Evangelism month at the Ship. This month focuses on sharing God’s word with the lost and encouraging others to seek a personal relationship with God.

As Friendshippians, our method is to carry out the great commission given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20, And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” 

Our motive is to let the “bright light in us shine in a dark world.” (Matthew 5:16) “Let your light so shine before men, that they see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 

FMBC meets the needs of the whole man by exercising the following: 

  • Exalting the savior with a well-balanced ministry of exciting praise and worship service... “that in all things He might have supremacy.” (Colossians 1:18) 

  • Equipping the saint through genuine Christian fellowship and sound biblical teaching “to prepare God’s people for works of service.” (Ephesians 4:12) 

  • Evangelizing the sinner through outreach of the lost. “You will be my the lost of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) 

Are you ready to get on board at the Ship and help bring others to Christ? Here’s how you can help. Participate in following:

  • September 22: FMBC members will share the word of God through street canvassing. Please arrive no later than  9 a.m. if you’re participating. 
  • September 23: Celebrate Evangelism Sunday! Members are asked to invite friends and family to worship with us. 
  • September 23: Get up close and personal by attending the Ministry Fair. The purpose of the annual Ministry Fair is to encourage non-active members to gain information about each ministry of FMBC by talking with ministry leaders, then deciding which ministry one can best use his/her spiritual gifts, talents, expertise, skills, abilities. Work out your soul salvation to the glory of God our Father. Serve the Lord with gladness. We are saved to serve.
  • September 23: It’s Collegiate Welcome Day  at the Ship! College students are invited to a fellowship  luncheon immediately following 11 a.m. worship service. 

Clarence Ball Honored as Outstanding Entrepreneur 

Friendshippians were in attendance to support Bro. Clarence Ball at the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 23. Ball was named the Chamber’s 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur.  According to the Chamber’s article on page 32,  Chamber Honors Clarence Ball as Outstanding Entrepreneur , Ball’s interest in helping others was sparked by an article he read on gerontology in college. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas University, he furthered his education by receiving a master’s degree in long term care administration from North Texas State University.

Ball’s hard work and tenacity have paid off over the years. His first nursing home purchase has blossomed to him owning 10 nursing and rehabilitation facilities in addition to a medical supply company and other businesses. 

Although he’s accomplished much, he’s never forgotten his humble beginnings and believes in giving back to others. Ball is quoted as saying “I may be the one receiving the award, but I know the shoulders I stand on.” He’s grateful for people who took an interest in him. 
Mission Night a Success

Representatives from area churches gathered at the Ship on Monday, Aug. 13, for FMBC’s Annual Mission Night. This year’s theme, “A Call to Wait on the Lord,” Psalms 27:14 mirrors the essence of Mission Night and a Christian’s pledge to live an upright life and dedicate their talents, time and influence to teach and spread the word of God. 
The evening began with a fiery devotion from the Deacons Ministry followed by a spirit-filled praise and worship service from the FMBC male chorus.  Sis. Darlene Eaton brought the devotional message followed by selections from Sis. Dessa Carleton, Moffettville Baptist Church and Sis. Vanessa McCants. The lesson summary was given by Sis. Althea Ford of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church. 

Sis. Jackie Turner Brown, Union Missionary Baptist Church, served as guest president and gave closing remarks. She praised the efforts of FMBC’s Mission Ministry and their annual mission night. “There’s nothing like a Holy Ghost party and Friendship did not disappoint,” Brown said. Over $1300 was raised for the FMBC Mission Ministry, according to guest financial secretary, Sis. Susan Shears, Union Missionary Baptist.
Sunday School Corner
Charles Owens Family Life Center is making Strides

Need a place to host a party? Would you like to exercise in a safe secure environment? Do you want a place to hang out and socialize with like-minded people? If so, the Charles Owens Family Life Center (FLC) is the place for you to host a party, exercise or just hang out and fellowship.

The FLC can provide the following:
  • Professional size Basketball Court
  • Weight Room
  • Sauna
  • Party rooms that will hold up to 100 guests.
  • Small parties and meeting rooms will hold up to 30 guests.
  • Party rooms available for Baby Showers, Anniversaries and Birthday Parties! 

To learn more or schedule an event contact Charity Hill or Sherra Gulley at 251.206.7498 or email or Support your FLC today! Schedule your next event or make a donation (G.E.M. for GYM).

Mark Your Calendars

August 26 -
September 30
Christian Education
Teacher Training Series
9:45 a.m.
(during the Sunday School hour)

Bible Study
Noon Day Bible Study
Evening Bible Study
Praise and Worship
(6:30 p.m.)

September 22
Street Canvassing
9 a.m.

September 23
Evangelism Sunday
8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Collegiate Fellowship
worship service

Public Relations
Ministry Meeting

Charles Owens
Family Life Center

6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Line Dance Classes
(limited enrollment)

November 10
Harvest Festival
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Booths  - $65

December 2
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Taste of Friendship

December 14
Parents Holiday Date Night
Lock In for Kids
(ages 5-13)
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$10 per child

December 22
Sounds of Christmas
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
$5 per person
(children 12 and under FREE)
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