Friends Day

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

It is amazing to me that we are one week away from our annual Friends Day. This is one of those events that I love to see come around each and every year for so many reasons. Spend time asking most congregations with a large number in attendance each week where their growth began, and you will hear a similar answer. The growth began with members from their congregation taking time to invite friends, who were not members of the Lords church.

Look at the many outreach efforts we support in our area. You may not be aware of all of these:

–          As a congregation, we support a radio program each Sunday morning during our service times.

–          This congregation supports a website which includes up-to-date articles, as well as audio lessons presented here each week.

–          This congregation hosts a Ustream broadcast so those who cannot be in attendance at our services are able to listen live as we worship.

–          Our efforts are put forth in sending out the House to House newsletter to each family in a Pell City zip code on a bi-annual basis.

–          We continue to utilize our talents in the Pell City Block Party where we reach hundreds of residents in the Pell City area.

–          Each new resident in the Pell City area is greeted by a member of this congregation with a welcome basket through the efforts of our outreach program.

–          We continue our very successful “teddy bear” program at the hospital.

What great works we are involved in. We have seen results from each of them, and they should continue for years.  But each of these works, while they are noble and good, are “cold calls”. Most people familiar with sales will tell us that “cold calls”, while they may be necessary and successful, lack the warmth of a “referral”.

Our Friends Day is different. Friends Day is not a “cold call”, it is a referral. It brings the warmth of a friend, asking another friend, to be with them to study the most important thing in this world: their soul. Who will you invite to Friends Day next week?

Ande Z




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