Fresh News from Friendly Street Copy

Fresh News from Friendly Street

Week of  July 2nd, 2023
Weekly Worship Updates
    Please join us this Sunday, as Dan Newell acts as our Guest Speaker.  He alway has something special to share, so we look forward to hearing what God has shared with him.
    *Zoom Attendees-- We have now set up Zoom as a recurring meeting, so you can use the same link every week*
    If you have any Prayer Requests, Praises, or Updates you'd like added to the newsletter, please send us an email at so we can get them added. This email and the church phone 541.345.6553 will continue to serve as the primary ways of contact for staff.     Thank you!
We will continue to provide ZOOM each Sunday, record, and upload the services to our website and Faithlife.
Exciting News!  The new Friendly Street Church app is now available.  You can find it on Google Play or iTunes.  and here is a link for easy access.  Please remember, it is still a work in progress so please be patient as we complete the set-up process and get everything situated.
Friendly Street Church of God app:

Due to some technical difficulties and confusion about the process, our website is currently unavailable, but we hope to have that transitioned in the next week or so.  Again, thank you for your patience as we work out the bugs.

Topic: FSCOG Sunday Morning
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
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Meeting ID: 938 9045 2996

Children's Church
Preschool Ministry programming for ages 0-5 is available during the morning worship.
Grade school programming (K-5th) is also available as needed.
Activities Bags are available for all children if they choose to be in service instead.
Donations of prepackaged snacks and juice boxes would be welcome.

Exciting news: we are moving from Faithlife to Subsplash as our main communication platform!
This also means Giving on Faithlife will no longer be available after June 16. You can now give online at 

It’s easy, fast, and secure, and a great way to designate gifts, such as to give for a camper to attend Camp White Branch or to give toward Project Hope Backpacks.
If you’re able, we also encourage you to set up recurring giving. 
Thank you for faithfully giving as the Gospel message is shared with our community.

Events Highlights:
Small Group Wednesdays at 10 am:  At the Church Library. They are currently doing a study of Psalms.
Ladies' Dinner on the Deck:
  The next Dinner on the Deck on Tuesday, July 11th. It will be held at Linda Collin's home.  If your last name starts with A-L, please bring a dessert, M -Z please bring a salad.  This will also be a Baby Shower for Shar, Steve and young Dale.
Game Night:  Tuesday, July 18th. 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The theme is TBD. Please plan to bring a side dish to share, and invite a friend.
Friendly Street Prayer Walks:
  The next Prayer Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th at 11:30 am. We will meet at the Oakway Shopping - Center Court.
Project Hope Donations Due:
  Thursday, July 13th. Please bring your donation to the church by Sunday, July 9th, so we have time to turn them in.  You can alos donate online.
FAN Picnic and Root Beer Floats: 
July 30thWe will need volunteers between 4 and 7 pm, to help with set up and clean up. cups, straws, etc will be provided, so all we need to do is scoop and pour.
August 22nd:
Project Hope Volunteer Training- Willamette Christian Center. 6:30 pm.
August 26th & 27th: Project Hope Backpack Set Up and Giveaway. ATA Middle School.

Weekly Prayer Requests
**If you have shared a prayer request, please remember to share any updates, so we can continue to support you**
New and Urgent Unspoken Requests: Please remember to pray for each other, even when we don't know the specific needs.
Wisdom for Friendly Street's Leadership, including the new members, Planning for our Summer Ministries and that God will lead us to the Lead Sunday School Teacher and Worship Pastor He has prepared to join our staff.
Patrick & Jamie Nachtigall-- The missionary couple we support
Unsaved Family members. We all have at least one
The homeless population in Eugene: Wisdom for city officials on how to handle this complex issue. Resources for nonprofits in designing programs to assist the unhoused. For all of us to look at them with God's eyes-- with love and compassion.
Adams Elementary
Our national and local leaders
War in Ukraine - Churches throughout the region. More information on how to help those in need in Ukraine through prayer and financial contributions can be found at:

Yesterday was Independence Day for the United States, as I’m sure you were all aware.  It’s a time for us to celebrate as a nation, to take time to appreciate the freedoms that we have in our country, and to remember those that fought—literally and figuratively— to help us gain those freedoms.

The meaning of this day, like many holidays, tends to get obscured by traditions.  It becomes about picnics and barbecues and fireworks and parades.  There’s nothing wrong with those things, but sometimes we forget that they’re just ways to celebrate.  Sometimes it seems like the picnics and the fireworks are the reason for the holiday.

Our country is not perfect.  It was made by human men and women.  I include women, because even though the Declaration of Independence was only signed by men, there were women involved in the process.  These people had the best of intentions and they did their best to set up a system that would be fair, moral and long-lasting.  They wanted to protect the freedoms and ideals that they were most devoted to.   They did the best they could, during the time they lived in, and they created the framework that the U.S. has built upon for the past two hundred and forty-seven years.  

But our country is not perfect.  Because our laws are created by humans, there is always division, because humans like to argue, and we can’t satisfy everyone.  And we, as humans, are  victims of our own bias, whether we realize it or not.  So, we can’t be truly impartial.  We argue about the smallest of things— like whether mustard or ketchup is the perfect topping for a hotdo— and whether we should be eating hotdogs at all.

The kingdom of Heaven is ruled by God.  Only God can truly be just, because only God can see into our hearts and truly know us.  And only God can truly show mercy, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  Accepting that sacrifice gains us a pardon that covers all the punishment for all the sins we will ever commit.

The Fourth of July is when Americans celebrate their Independence from England.  And Easter is when Believers in Christ celebrate our freedom from sin.  Both of these days are full of joy and sadness, as we acknowledge the sacrifices that were made for us.  But we also celebrate the freedom we have been given.

Galatians 5:1 says, “So stand strong for our freedom!  The Anointed One freed us so we wouldn’t spend one more day under the yoke of slavery, trapped under the law.”  (VOICE)

Yesterday, I celebrated with my sister.  We had a simple lunch with hot dogs and cheese poofs.   She said to me, “Cheese poofs look like smiles.”  And she is right.  

I took a photo to remind myself to enjoy my freedoms.  Even small ones, like happy cheese poofs.

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