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Christmas Time at the Friendship Center!

Christmas is almost here!! If you would like to help the Friendship Center here are some options.

The children and youth that come to the after-school programs are “adopted out” and fill out a wish list. These children and youth will also invite the family members living in their house to come to a Christmas Brunch.  Those children and youth who come to the brunch and have not already been “adopted out” will receive a Walmart gift card.

If you want to help us this year you will have two options:

(1)  adopt a child by calling us at 244-1701 for a specific child/children for their exact wish list or email us at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org

OR

(2)  buy a Walmart $25.00 gift card for the Christmas Brunch on Dec. 16th.

The deadline for all gifts is December 4th!!!

We need around 40 gift cards and 30 children and youth to be sponsored!

If you choose to buy for a specific child, we ask that you get what is on the list spending approximately $75 per child. They will select items from the following three categories: 2 pieces of clothing, shoes and something fun. We will send you their “wish” list with their sizes listed.

*Please do not wrap items.

*Place unwrapped items in a gift bag.

*Place the child’s name on the bag.

*Include a detailed list of each piece purchased.

Thanks for all your help!!!

In many cases this is the only Christmas present these children will receive.

Each year we hope to build on positive Christmas traditions and memories – these gifts help us do that.  Thanks for your help in this significant and tangible way to show God’s love.

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Ministry Highlight – Community Breakfast

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the ministries offered at the Friendship Baptist Center. Each of these ministries are intended to create community as well as minister to a different part of the neighborhood. At the end of each highlight you will find a list of ways to help or contribute. Consider how you might be able to be a part of this community with us!

This week let’s think about the Tuesday morning Community Breakfast.

Each Tuesday at 9:30 AM individuals and families are welcome to come to the Center for Breakfast! These breakfasts are a generally simple affair that focus on fellowship and community. Some of the breakfasts are provided by volunteers who want to invest in this community. Others are made right there at the Center by members of the community who want to invest in their friends and neighbors.

At these breakfasts there is also an opportunity to receive help in necessities like bread, diapers, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. Those desiring prayer are also invited to pray with others who care deeply about the members of this community.

I wish that I had the words to explain the sense of camaraderie I feel at our weekly breakfasts. We share stories. We share our lives. It may seem like a little thing, but walking next to one another is a powerful experience. I have been welcomed so warmly there. I think every member of God’s family would be welcomed here.

How can you help?

Immediately – We are out of shampoo right now. Could you donate some?

Ongoing

  1. The necessities that were mentioned above (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers) are always needed.
  2. Your presence. Maybe you can’t make breakfast, but if you feel led to commit to simply come for fellowship and investment in this community once or twice a month. You can make a difference and it will certainly make a difference in you!

If you are interested in this ministry, or any of our ministries, contact our office at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org or 515-244-1707

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An Opportunity to Serve

As many of you know, the Friendship Baptist Center is currently taking resumes for a permanent Executive Director for the Center.  The Board wants to make sure that everyone knows about this opportunity and that we are currently accepting resumes for the position.  If you are interested, please email the Friendship Baptist Center at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org or mail your resume to Friendship Baptist Center, PO Box 41188, Des Moines, IA 50314. We are accepting resumes through September 19th, 2017.

For those interested in this position, consider these qualifications and duties:

Friendship Baptist Center

Job Description for Executive Director

Mission and Partnership

  1.     Mission: The Friendship Baptist Center exists to see the people of the community cared for with the love and truth of Christ and incorporated into a caring church community.
  2.     The Friendship Baptist Center staff will develop and execute its own ministry strategies to fulfill its mission and also partner with other ministries to fulfill its mission.
  3.   The Friendship Baptist Center is a 501c3 organization.

Executive Director Qualifications:

  1.     Requires a commitment to the Friendship Baptist Center mission, its core values and a vision for community ministry.
  2.     Strong organizational skills, self-starter with initiative to work independently.
  3.     Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4.     A “people person” who loves people and has a heart to genuinely engage people.
  5.     Prefer a master’s level degree in Divinity, Social Work, Business or equivalent.
  6.     Prefer a minimum of 5 years’ experience in ministry or community service work.
  7.     Must be member of Baptist Convention of Iowa church (or become member upon hiring).

Authority:

  •      Reports to and is accountable to the Board of Directors of the Friendship Baptist Center.

Responsibilities:

  1.     To take primary responsibility planning, implementing, and expanding the Center’s ministry including the operation of the building.
  2.     To represent the Center’s ministry in the community and be a liaison to ministry partners.
  3.     To develop ministry partnerships with individuals, churches, and other organizations to develop the Center’s ministry.
  4.     To recruit, train, and supervise paid and volunteer staff.
  5.     To help maintain a pleasant, comfortable, clean and safe Center environment.
  6.     To be responsible for the Center’s finances including an annual budget and monthly reports for the Board of Directors of the Friendship Baptist Center.
  7.     To be responsible for the financial development (fund raising efforts) for the Center.

Salary:

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary range and benefit package will be explained at interview.

If you have any questions, please call the Center at 515.244.1701 or email us at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org