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2018 Theme:

Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. Senior Minister

2018 ANNUAL REPORT



CONTENTS

Pastor’s Letter Message from Our COO Contributions Membership

ENTITIES

Friendship Community Development Corporation Friendship Day School Youth Opportunity University (Y.O,U.) Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center C. W. Kerry Scholarship Fund The Gallery at Friendship Genesis Charitable Fund for Catastrophe Relief

CHURCH WIDE EVENTS Children and Youth Vacation Bible School Mission Blitz 500 Hallowed Be Thy Name

MINISTRIES & MISSIONS

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Women’s New Perspective Ministry Brotherhood Ministry Marriage Enrichment Group (MEG) Seniors in the Spotlight Walk Team Health and Wellness Global Health Economic Empowerment Ministry Social Justice Quilting Ministry Philip and Phoebe Praying Disciples Community Table DeiVision of Music and Arts

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BUILDING ENHANCEMENTS

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Ministry Listing 47 Deacon Council 48 Trustee Council, Counting Ministry, Board of Directors 49


MESSAGE

Grace and Peace Be Unto You! Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is one of 960 documented churches in the Charlotte community. I said documented because this number changes rapidly with start-up worship centers and churches. Friendship is a Christian church believing in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior; The Holy Bible as the Word of God; salvation and forgiveness of sins through confession and grace respectively, water baptism in the name of the Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.

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This report is expressive of the “missionary” in our name Friendship Missionary, and this visual report is

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suggestive of limited examples of our mission and ministry outreach locally and globally. These examples are expressive of our principle in ongoing and continuous striving sacrificially to enhance God’s kingdom on earth. Through mentorship and tutorial partnership in schools; a five-star child development center and Friendship Day School K-5; shelter for women in transition and monthly community table outreach to address hunger in our city. We support our full-time global missionary in Ghana and will dedicate Friendship Village in Moiletswana South Africa in May 2019. These few examples of outreach are all possible because we take our faith and calling by Jesus Christ with utmost seriousness. In 2018, our church theme focused on prayer, being thoughtful as we communicate with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We were praying intentionally about our appreciation of Divine presence and gratitude for all blessings – not requesting anything new or more, just praying prayers of thanksgiving. Our God blessed the missions and ministry of Friendship last year in an unprecedented manner through church membership growth, by impacting our Social Justice ministry, Brotherhood outreach, energizing the Seniors Ministry, reaching our financial goal and spiritually strengthening our ministry leaders -God Be Praised!


Our church theme for 2019 is a continuation of 2018, “Circumstances: Praying Prayers, Prayerfully!” Strive to be mindful of your circumstances as you pray, carefully think before you speak a word in prayer. You are requested to reach out to your neighbor next door and set a time and place outside to pray together monthly – 30 minutes – once per month. Let us prayerfully take back our communities. Also, commit yourself to connect with a ministry, bible study, disciple development class, or volunteerism for

The entire church staff, my wife Brenda and I express our sincere appreciation to ministry leaders, deacons, trustees, volunteers, streaming family, friends of Friendship and the entire church family for your prayers, service, and sacrificial giving to make beautiful things happen all around the world. We will continuously pray, plan and work. We wish to make this community and the world better than we found it. Gratefully,

Pastor Jones

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one year; being mindful of your need for spiritual growth.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR COO With your constant prayers and generosity, Friendship Family, you have made this our best year financially. The summary charts depicting our performance and 2018 budget can’t begin to tell the story of what and how God has used Friendship to make the community and the world a better place. Our financial highlights only reflect normal church income. Not included in these figures are Youth Opportunity University, our community food and volunteer hours donated, International Children Outreach Ministry, Genesis Fund for Catastrophe Relief nor our other 501c3 entities.

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Financial Highlights: 1) Reached our 3 year goal in 2 years by setting aside $1,000,000 in capital reserves. 2) Reduced our debt by over $850,000 3) Exceeded giving budget by 4% 4) Over 300 times responded to financial assistance and bereavement support 5) Completed construction of Moiletswana Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, South Africa These, along with many more impactful events, could not have happened without your generosity, your prayers, and your commitment to Christ, Church and Cause. On behalf of Pastor Jones, our Senior Minister and the Ministry Support Staff at Friendship, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. More good news: Family, the year 2019 is off to a record start as we embrace our theme, “Circumstances: Praying Prayers, Prayerfully.” Please continue to pray for our Pastor, his family and the Ministry Support team as we strive to maximize sound stewardship over what God has entrusted to Friendship. Prayerfully, Rev. John W. Spann, Jr., CPA MSA M Div.

2018 ACTUAL USAGE

Ministry 13%

41%

Church Operations Mission Debt Service

1%

Capital Improvements 30%

9%

Reserves

6%

2018 ACTUAL SOURCES

98%

Tithes and Offerings Other (Conference Center, The Gallery, Copy Center Matching Gifts)

2%


BY THE NUMBERS GENDER BREAKDOWN

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62% 5,107

Full time Global Missionary in Ghana

Female Male

AGE BREAKDOWN 1729

1800

1600

1400

429

1745

861

1380

1002

937

Active Ministries

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8,322

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70+

38% 3,186

Total Membership

1200

24,520

800

600

400

Live Stream Views in 2018

200

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19-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

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-I Corinthians 11:26

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Friendship Community Development Corporation (FCDC) April 2018: Hosted a breakfast and Community Conversation on Affordable Housing. Panelists included former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles who discussed the affordable housing challenges facing Charlotte and prospective ways to mitigate the challenges.

January 2018: The 5th annual FCDC Fashion & Food Extravaganza was an evening of arts and entertainment. The extravaganza kicked off with an appetizer reception presented by Sweet Creations, and music by the McCrorey Senior African Drummers. Attendees also had the opportunity to shop at the vendor exhibition, which included almost 15 vendors.

May 2018: Co-sponsored and hosted the North Carolina Department of Transportation Highway Dedication Ceremony, which renamed Interstate 85 between Interstate 77 (exit 38) and the Interstate 85-connector (exit 42) after the late attorney, civil rights activist, and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church member Julius Chambers.

Ramona Halloway, 107.9 THE LINK, emceed the Great Things! runway show featuring casual and semi-formal ethnic attire. The show was a prelude to the Great Things! Ethnic Trunk Sale, and each look modeled during the show sold out during the trunk sale!

September 2018: The 10th anniversary of Hunter Memorial My Sister’s House Charity Golf Tournament held at Irish Creek Golf Club. Almost 110 golfers raised more than $25,000 to help offset the operational costs for My Sister’s House transitional living program.

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January 2018: The 10th annual Bridging Musical Worlds featured A Sign of the Times, Charlotte Symphony, and musicians from UNCC playing music that celebrated the life, legacy, and work of Dr. King. Prior to the concert, more than 150 people participated in Dinner on the Yard, a community meal and conversation, which was provided by Sweet Creations of Charlotte (a subsidiary of FCDC).


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Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts

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Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts had its inception through the visionary leadership of Dr. Clifford Jones, Sr. and Mrs. C. Brenda Jones, senior pastor and first lady, respectively, of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. These two tireless advocates for youth development and educational advancement had long envisioned a school that embraced innovation, rigor and character development within the framework of evidence-based educational research. Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts is an appropriate complement to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s acclaimed summer Youth Opportunity University (Y.O.U.) program that for over 15 years has engaged youth in an eight-week summer academic and enrichment program. Approximately 400 youth enroll in the summer program each year. Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts also is an appropriate adjunct to the five-star Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center located on the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church campus on Beatties Ford Road.


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Launched on August 21, 2017 with enrollment of thirteen scholars, Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts has benefited from the conceptual input of several dozen educators and community leaders who have invested countless hours in research and discourse about educational philosophy. Relevant studies from the most recent brain and learning research have informed Friendship Day School’s curricula. The result is a school that will offer a rigorous academic program that allows scholars to engage, explore, and evaluate the world through the lens of the sciences and the arts in a private school setting open to youth of all faiths and ethnicities. Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts also offers an innovative and integrated arts program. Scholars learn selfdirection and character building through attention to mindfulness and guided meditation. The School seeks to provide rigorous curricula that prepare scholars for the competitive environments of college-bound students living in a global society.

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2018 Enrollment Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts

Enrollment for the second year continues to grow with more than doubling in size with a kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade class. FDS accepts applications year-round. Scholars attend FDS from metropolitan Charlotte and beyond, including neighboring city, Gastonia, NC.

“Swim lessons promote a healthy lifestyle and strong foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in water sports and recreation.�

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Youth Opportunity University (Y.O.U.)

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Youth Opportunity University (Y.O.U.) is a community-oriented program designed for global children (Pre-Kindergarten-9th Grade) to improve their academic performance and to provide a variety of enrichment experiences. This 8-week session is composed of academic preparation for the upcoming school year, spiritual and cultural awareness, physical activity and community engagement.

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2018 Enrollment

Youth Opportunity University (Y.O.U.)

Over 400 students were registered for the Summer 2018 session and includes Bible study, Latin, Spanish, weekly swimming and field trips by certified lead teachers.


Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center Marizetta Kerry CDC is proud to be a premier 5-Star center in the historic West End developing the whole child beginning at six weeks through twelve years of age. In 2018, the Center: • Continued to grow its enrollment and increased its license capacity, • Made building and security enhancements throughout the facility, • Continued programming add-ons such as Parents’ Night Out, Spanish Instruction and InClass Technology, • Maintained partnerships with Friendship, Child Care Resources, Smart Start, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and Child and Adult Care Food Program while Developing a new partnership with the Summer Feeding Program, • Expanded our Pre-Kindergarten program to include three NC Pre-K and two MECK (Universal) Pre-K classrooms.

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Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center

Over 140 children were registered.

www.mzkchildcare.org

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2018 Enrollment


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Scholarships are given to both first time and renewal applicants. The Fund has aided students in several ways including assisting with tuition, room and board expenses, and the purchasing of books. Within the past 8 years, we have given over $250,000.00 in scholarships using interest gained on the principal.


The Gallery at Friendship

We are located on the 1st floor behind the Welcome Center with hours of operation from Sundays 8:30am – 1:30pm, Wednesdays 5pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am2pm. To better serve our clients, during peak seasons in 2018, we extended our hours to include Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-8pm.

In May, we hosted ‘Look in a Book’, a family event featuring local authors reading and signing children’s books. Our guests included authors Helen Kimbrough, B. Edward Swift, Martha Rucker, Marion McKinney and Carmen K. Jimenez-Pride as well as a representative from the Beatties Ford Road Regional Library. Throughout the year, The Gallery offers seasonal and consistent promotions such as Gallery GREEN 10%, Dollar Days, GrabN-Go, Island Blitz, Holidaze and others to encourage clients to take advantage of retail with a mission and save.

During the holiday season, we offered custom-designed Christmas wreaths, complimentary apple cider nights and free gift-wrapping with purchase. Our future goals include continuing to leverage relationships with consigners, partnering with ministries to serve as their event payment center and growing our volunteer base. Please join us as we offer “retail with a mission…because Quality matters.”

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The Gallery at Friendship is a retail shop that specializes in providing high-quality, tasteful, unique and Christian merchandise including beautiful accessories, educational literature, Hallmark’s Mahogany greeting cards and eccentric home décor collectibles.


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Genesis Charitable Fund for Catastrophe Relief (Genesis)

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In 2010, Genesis Charitable Fund for Catastrophe Relief (Genesis), began a mission to provide a holiday celebration for the children of Charlotte where they could experience God’s love through our church family’s generosity. Following devastating Hurricane Harvey in 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas, and Hurricane Florence in 2018, we expanded the Spirit of Christmas to include Kenansville, Burgaw, Ivanhoe and Elizabethtown, North Carolina. • Charitable giving and fellowship: Nativity Scene, new coats, new shoes, toys, a meal and Santa

• Spiritual guidance and prayer: Prayer and support to families • Learning and education: Books and educational games by age group • Knowledge and Empowerment: Information Desks for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Voter Information, and the Affordable Care Act Genesis continues to advance its mission to support community empowerment in Charlotte, across our nation and around the world as we respond to the catastrophes of homelessness, hunger and disenfranchisement.


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Distribution of Spirit of Christmas gifts


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-Psalm 126:3


CHURCH-WIDE EVENTS

Children and Youth TEDDY BEAR DRIVE During the Easter Extravaganza over 100 children participated in making inspirational door hangers which they stuffed in bags along with a cuddly soft teddy bear for children at Levine Children’s Hospital. The teddy bears were donated by the Friendship Family which brought smiles to the faces of 185 children.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME FOOD DRIVE As children gathered for the fun festivities of Hallowed Be Thy Name they did not forget about the homeless. Children dropped off 192 can goods at the Mission Booth for the community table. STOCKING AND ORNAMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS The Youth & Children’s Mission Ministry partnered with the Quilting Ministry to make Christmas Ornaments & Stockings. The children made over 100 beautiful ornaments while the youth partnered with a member of the Quilting ministry to make very gorgeous stockings for our military men & women. As the Youth went caroling for Christmas, they shared the ornaments with the residents of Saturn Nursing Center and We All Care HomeCare.

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SATURN NURSING CENTER Over 45 youth & children along with many parents blessed the residents at Saturn Nursing Center in June through games, nail polishing, cake walks, and musical selections. Through donations provided by the various ministries and members of FMBC, all 115 residents received a special gift bag with lotion, body wash, and socks.

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Vacation Bible School 2018 Our Vacation Bible School theme for VBS 2018 was Rolling River Rampage. Our theme Bible verse was “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2, CEB. Rolling River Rampage provided Christian Education opportunities to our PreKindergarten – Adults for five days. We served over 600 children and adults with our VBS Kickoff that took place Sunday, July 20th, and our nightly classes that occurred Monday, July 21st – Thursday, July 24th. Participants discovered an interactive, energized, Christian Education experience that led each participant to experience a ride of a lifetime with God! Participants became spiritual rafters and explored how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives. Rafters engaged with interactive Praise and Worship that was led by our Music Ministry, arts and crafts, science, recreation, mission, and interactive bible activities.


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Session 1: Jesus Calls the Disciples Session 2: Jesus Accepts Mary and Martha Session 3: Jesus Walks with Zacchaeus Session 4: Jesus Shares a Special Meal Session 5: Jesus Makes a Promise

(Matthew 4:18-25) (Luke 10:38-42) (Luke 19:1-10) (Luke 22:14-20) (Matthew 28:16-20)

Our adults were honored to have Pastor Jones to teach a class on prayer!

The VBS Ministry team is excited about VBS 2019 as we blast off to land on the moon! To Mars and Beyond to discuss the wonders of our God’s universe Sunday, July 21st – Thursday, July 25th.

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RAFTERS WERE ENGAGED WITH THE FOLLOWING LESSONS:


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Mission Blitz 500

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Mission Blitz 500 was a response to a call to do something in the wake of Hurricane Florence (September, 2018) that ravaged Eastern, N.C. Pastor Jones and a small team visited the damaged areas and four cities, Burgaw, Ivanhoe, Elizabethtown and Kenansville, were selected to provide Christmas cheer by way of tailgate, adopt-a-family, generic gifts, prayer service, distribution of prescription eyeglasses, blood pressure and diabetes screenings and fellowship on December 14-15, 2018. Kenansville– 271 served Burgaw—319 served Elizabethtown—700 served Ivanhoe—234 served (2) 52-passenger bus carried Friendship volunteers to each site • Numerous cars/trucks delivered gifts and other site supplies • Over 80 volunteers showed up to sort, package, and

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load gifts into vehicles


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Hallowed Be Thy Name Over 800 children attended our annual Hallowed Be Thy Name festival on October 31st. The evening featured hay rides, carnival games, a video games trailer, bounce houses, face painting, cotton candy, snow cones, balloon twisting, pumpkin cake walk, popcorn, a DJ and more! The event was free; but, each child was asked to donate a canned good for our community mission emphasis.

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.� Acts 20:35

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-Hebrews 11:1


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Women’s New Perspective Ministry • January 6th – Sis. Carolyn Nelson presents “Repurposing” and Ministries Leaders Reports • February 3rd - African-American Heritage Ministry Guest presents “The Art of Canning” • April 7th - Presentation from Sis. Deronda Metz from the Salvation Army Center of Hope • May 5th - Dr. Chasity K. Adams and Dr. Adrianne R. Pinkney, B. Well presents “Healthy Body and Minds” • June 2th- Pastor Jones engages ministry in discussion on Prayer • October 4th–6th- Women’s Retreat at Meadowview Conference Resort in Kingsport TN, featuring Dr. Renita Weems. • November 3rd – Sis. Andrea Betaudier and Mission teams share our church’s involvement in local and global missions. • WNPM 2018 Mission Project was collecting gently used Bibles throughout the months of May and June for our prison ministry.

March Women’s Month • March 3rd- Women’s Month Kickoff Event Fellowship Tea – 250+ women attended • March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th - Women led the Praise and Worship Wednesday night Bible Study • March 17th – Annual Women’s Health Symposium • March 18th Women’s Day Worship Service with Guest Minister Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan

Women’s New Perspective Ministry The vision of the Women’s New Perspective Ministry (WNPM) is to provide women with the opportunity to participate in local, state and global mission outreach with emphasis on deepening our faith and developing our spiritual gifts. We promote biblically based Christian relationships in our homes, church, and community, as we strive to become servants affirming God’s Word. The Women’s New Perspective Ministry is the umbrella that houses 11 Women’s Ministries. • Baptist Women United • Dove’s Nest Rehab Center for Women • Visiting is Serving Too Ministry • Praise, Worship & Spiritual Development Ministry • Hyaets Ministry • The S.H.E.L.T.E.R. Ministries • Quilting Guild Mission Ministry • Retreat Ministry • S.E.R.V.E. • Women’s Jail and Rehabilitation Ministry • H.O.M.E. Ministry • The individual ministries’ meeting times are dictated by their mission. Women’s New Perspective Ministry, the parent organization meets the first Saturday of each month (with the exception of July & August).


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Brotherhood Ministry

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We are the men of God, called to be leaders in our families and community. We develop through learning the expectations of a Christian man (biblically), socializing with like minded Christian men and taking action to meet community and church family needs. Our main focus is to teach men to engage each other spiritually to become what God wants us to be. We work on community projects (Serving at the Statesville’s men shelter, cooking for the Prayer breakfast, building handicap ramps, Sunrise Morning Call and Ushering) as well as working with other ministries within the church. The Brotherhood meets every other month on the 3rd Tuesday starting at 7:00pm.


MINISTRIES & MISSIONS • October 20th - Sponsored a seminar that focused on our relationship to God. Dr. Eddie Davis led a discussion on “Living Courageously” and Rev. Reginald Blackmon facilitated a session on “Trusting God with Your Relationship”. • October 27th - Annual Banquet with a theme of “Serving with a Purpose”. Awards were given out to several persons who had been instrumental to the success of the ministry. • TEAM D of Brotherhood Ministry had 23 dedicated mentors who met weekly with 73 elementary school aged male students in the CMS school district. • In collaboration with The Christian Men’s Alliance Ministries and Love Inc., built seven (7) accessibility ramps. • Men’s Shelter – Every 3rd Thursday of the month, men from the Brotherhood meet at the Statesville Ave. Men’s Shelter (3410 Statesville Ave.) to serve dinner to homeless men. Additionally, the Brotherhood purchased 20 wallets along with a gift card for men at the Statesville Ave. Men’s Shelter. • Sunrise Morning Call – Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a devotional call aimed at strengthening men in Christian Development as we grow in our faith walk. All (male and female) are welcome to join us at 6:00 am by dialing 641-715-3680 access code 281978#. • K.I.T. (Keep In Touch) Program – The Brotherhood reminds our members that someone is thinking about them. We remind through birthday cards, calling our sick and shut-in members.

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• May 9th - At the Friendship Sportsplex on the FMBC campus, over 50 students in the mentoring program (between Briarwood & Stoney Creek Elementary Schools) were able to participate with the field trip. • May 17th – 19th – Men’s Retreat held at The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. Pastor Jones delivered a spirited send off after two days of teaching, selfreflection, testimonies, prayer and fellowship. • June 10th - Travelled to Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC, to worship with their Men’s Ministry (The Men of God). • June 17th - Brotherhood circulated literature and ribbons for National Prostate Cancer Awareness day. • August 21st - Mentors welcomed the students & the faculty back to school for the new school year. The Brotherhood provided the Briarwood & Stoney Creek faculties with coffee and donuts as a form of recognition for all they do to help our kids. • September 8th - Hosted the Piedmont District of The North Carolina Laymen of The General Baptist State Convention Inc., quarterly meeting. • October 20th - Brotherhood Ministry and The 100 Black Men of Charlotte co-sponsored the Men’s Health Symposium. The event reached out to men of the church and community including transportation to and from the local Men’s Shelter to provide free screenings and follow-up for blood pressure, cholesterol, A1C, HIV, prostate cancer and urine analysis.


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Marriage Enrichment Group (MEG) The goal of the Marriage Enrichment Group (MEG Couple Connection) is to build stronger marriages, families, churches and communities through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We offer various activities through the year to include the various ages and interest of the group. We also have an interactive Sunday School class each Sunday at 9:30am where we encourage married, engaged and seriously dating couples of all ages to participate.

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Seniors in the Spotlight BIBLE STUDY Join the Seniors in the Spotlight as we study the Bible. The Bible is God’s roadmap to Heaven, eternal life. It was written with a purpose—to authenticate the Divinity of Christ, to give hope, to provide examples and warnings, to give knowledge of Eternal Life. It is a life giving and life changing Book. Read it for yourself. Study it. Love it. Come Alive!

TRIP The Seniors traveled to Ohio and Kentucky during October 2018. Over 60 active seniors visited the Ark Encounter and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

LINE DANCING Love all types of music? Like to dance? Enjoy fun and fellowship while burning calories, improving your flexibility, and helping your heart with the Seniors Line Dancers.

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EXERCISE CLASS Cardio exercises assist seniors with movement and flexibility while building self-esteem. The majority of each session consist of cardio-related movements to increase strength and improve circulation. The complete exercise program include sitting, standing, and stretching. The goal is to have fun exercising while gaining the benefits of good health. Wheelchair and visually impaired participants are welcome.

ARTS AND CRAFTS Our Arts and Crafts class is designed to develop the artistic side! Projects can be used for personal use or as gifts. A variety of crafts will be planned throughout the time period. Class displays at the Beatties Ford Library.


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Walk Team

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES • The FMBC Walk Team plans weekly walking and hiking activities for the brother and sister team members and guests. • We seek to help ensure good health • Be Faithful Walkers and a Praying Team • Work to serve others • Love each other more fully and completely • Walk to make a difference by joining citywide walk/race events • Volunteering at My Sister’s House, tennis fundraiser and serving meals PLACES WE WALK • The walk team made the following unique walks and hikes this year: Cooper River Bridge, Race for the Cure, Crop Walk, Pilot Mt., Crowder Mt. and Stone Mt. • The team also walked the following Greenways: Mallard Creek, Little Sugar Creek, McAlpine Creek, UNC Charlotte and Catawba River. • The team also walks in various neighborhoods such as The Highlands, Dilworth, South End, Ft. Mill, and Uptown.

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Health and Wellness Women’s Health Symposium was held March 2018. The focus was bringing awareness to our physical (i.e. knowing your numbers-blood pressure), mental and spiritual needs. Our focus was on: • Knowing your numbers: blood pressure and risk factors • Mental health focused on bringing awareness to Bipolar Disorder • Spiritual needs: allowing time for prayer and meditation

Global Health

Economic Empowerment Ministry ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT MINISTRY • The Economic Empowerment Ministry (formerly Business Solutions) released the FMBC Economic Empowerment Guide (EEG) in February 2018. • The EEG profiled small and minority business owners in our church family and included business articles and business growth strategies for current and aspiring entrepreneurs. • The EEGs were introduced to our church family during a tradeshow between worship services where all advertisers in the EEG had a booth to share information about their business with members.

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September 2018, A group of medical professionals and volunteers provided medical services at the A. Carlisle Medical Clinic in Dermerara-Machaica, Guyana, South America. The team treated medical, dental and OB-GYN patients in addition to referrals. Over 1,000 medications were provided to the clinic’s pharmacy.


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Social Justice

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In 2011, the Friendship Missionary Baptist Social Justice Ministry (SJM) launched its first mission endeavor called Earth Fair. The mission involved inviting local farmers to sell their fresh produce to residents on the campus of the church. SJM has expanded its reach to include: Voter I.D. and Registration from a historical perspective to today’s voter rights, public education, human trafficking, public safety, social media, and very soon Public Health and Housing. In 2017, SJM initiated a 26-week program called Civics 101: A Road Map to Voter Empowerment. The program engaged community

leaders to share their wisdom and experiences through presentations, films and Q&A sessions. SJM partnered with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to host political forums for the community to meet and greet prospective candidates running for public office. In 2018, SJM launched Civics 101: Interrupting the Cradle to the Prison Pipeline creating a venue for candid conversations with judges, lawyers, politicians, ex-offenders and police officers. For further information please, visit our webpage at www. friendshipcharlotte.org/sjm.


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Quilting Ministry “Sewing with Friendship isn’t just any hobby, but it is a way of expressing the glory of God through a passion for designing quilts.” Last year the Quilting Ministry provided quilts for the following: • A Child’s Place • Hospice/Pallative Care • Guest Ministers @ FMBC • “Foust” - the company we purchase the majority of our quilting fabrics and supplies from.

• Loving Touch Adult Daycare • Christmas stockings were made and provided to the Military Ministry for delivery to VA Hospitals and Active Duty Military Personnel • My Sister’s House • “Mission Blitz 500 Project” • Life Share • Trinity Episcopal School’s inaugural African American Heritage Festival featuring a display of quilts and history of our Quilting Ministry.

As “Servants,” the Philip & Phoebe Ministry functions in a supportive role to the Deacon Council and the church. We assist with baptism, communion, sacristy duty, funerals and other church-wide services such as Women’s Day, Palm Sunday, prayer breakfast and praise and worship.

• MISSION PROJECTS • Bruns Avenue Elementary School Birthday Bags: We provide birthday bags monthly for the Communities in Schools students at Bruns. Each student receives a birthday card, a birthday

pencil, a reading and/or activity book, a treat bag and fruit. Queen City Assisted Living Facility: We provide various snacks, once a year, to the facility to help replenish the snack room at the facility. My Sister’s House: We prepare and serve a home cooked Sunday dinner, four times a year (once a quarter), to approximately 25 residents at My Sister’s House. Spirit of Christmas: We provide 20 plus coats for kids in need.

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The Praying Disciples meet weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm to pray for persons on church prayer list, prayer cards, other prayer requests, local and world issues/concerns. The Praying Disciples held a 12-Hour Prayer Vigil. This spiritual service included prayers, songs, scriptures, testimonies, witnessing and homilies. Praying Disciples held worship services at Huntersville Oaks Nursing Home and Saturn Nursing Home. The Praying Disciples held a member devotional service in the home of one of our Deacon Emeritus. The Praying Disciples helped with the worship services for Mission Blitz in Burgaw, Ivanhoe, Elizabethtown and Kenansville, North Carolina.

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Community Table The Friendship Community Table, although not a food pantry, serves members of Friendship, Charlotte Mecklenburg food pantries and local public schools on the first Monday of the month through donations of non-perishable food items , school supplies, and financial contributions. The Friendship Community Table’s reach continues to expand its food distribution to feed communities affected by natural disasters, i.e. Beaumont and Port Arthur, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, eastern North Carolina: Lumberton, Kenansville, Burgaw, Ivanhoe and beyond. In 2018 the Friendship Community Table distributed 24,916 lbs. of food and collected $48,798 in financial donations to serve the impoverished.

“It is through your generosity and support that we are able to help those who are in need every week.” Thrift United Methodist Church, Paw Creek, NC (5/23/18) “Thank you for supporting Loaves & Fishes by donating 663 pounds of food for our pantries during July, 2018. Your donation helps many a week’s worth of nutritious food.” Loaves & Fishes (8/8/18) “What a blessing to receive all the food from you for our food pantry. Our food pantry helped 134 families in April and your donation of food was a big help.” Pineville Nazarene Church Food Pantry (5/8/18).

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The DeiVision of Music & Arts WITHIN THE LIFE OF FRIENDSHIP The DeiVision of Music & Arts is actively involved within the life of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church throughout the year, by its weekly participation in the church’s worship services. The DeiVision is inclusive of choirs for adults, children and youth, orchestral and handbell instrumental ensembles, drama and visual arts, adult and youth dancers, and sign language interpreters for the deaf, and/or hard of hearing.

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MINISTRIES & MISSIONS SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS: African American Heritage Black History Month / 5th Sunday Children & Youth Programs

Annual Christmas Concert December 2018 The annual Christmas Concert continues to bring together in large attendance, the congregation of Friendship and the community of Charlotte. All components of the DeiVision participated in the 2018 concert entitled: Still the Lamb Within the Life of The Charlotte Community The DeiVision of Music & Arts was highly involved in the Life of the Charlotte Community. Participation included hosting

Art-Poetry-Music: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 2018 3400 FMBC Sanctuary Collaborative concert between The DeiVision of Music & Arts, Opera Carolina, Firebird Arts Alliance’s Power of Song, and On Productions, that fuses choral and jazz music, spoken word, and visual arts with readings of Dr. King’s iconic speeches. Bach Akademie Charlotte Concert & Masterclass 3301 FMBC Sanctuary January 2018 The DeiVision of Music & Arts hosted a concert and masterclass by Bach Akademie Charlotte: a specialized performance organization dedicated to presenting historically informed performances, and providing educational opportunities about the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Wrestling the Angel: A Century of Artists Reckoning with Religion February 2018 Friendship’s choir was the featured performer for the unveiling of this art exhibit that examined how religion and sacred art appear in works made by seemingly secular, avantgarde artists. Mt. Carmel Annual Dance Worship Service August 2018 Friendship’s Adult and Youth Dance Ministries participated in this annual worship service featuring liturgical dance. Metropolitan Music Ministries 33rd Annual Worship Service Providence Baptist Church September 2018 Friendship’s Choir was one of the participating choirs of this annual worship service featuring sacred music. The Mint Museum The Gospel According to Andre Leon Talley September 2018 Friendship’s Choir participated in

this event that welcomed fashion icon, Andre Leon Talley to The Mint Museum to discuss and view his biopic: The Gospel According to Andre Leon Talley Mecklenburg Ministries 43rd Annual Citywide Interfaith First United Methodist Church November 2018 Friendship’s Orchestra participated in this annual interfaith Thanksgiving Service Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina WELL & GOOD: Gospel Tour feat. Tye Tribbett November 2018 The Park Ministries Friendship’s Choir participated as they accepted the invitation to open for this concert featuring Tye Tribbett.

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During Black History Month, art exhibits displayed throughout Friendship featured works by members of the Visual Arts Ministry. The Visual Arts ministry also partnered every 5th Sunday with African American Heritage to visually enhance the 5th Sunday Children & Youth featured programming: Our History Comes to Life.

events on Friendship’s campus, or components of the DeiVision engaged in other services and events throughout the community. Some selected events are below:


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Building Enhancements

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• Security doors installed on the 2nd floor Administration wing and 3rd floor Ministerial wing • Security access control system at 6 locations in the 3400 building • Security camera system upgraded to newer technology • Fire alarm system panel replacement at 3301 building • Painting interior walls inside classrooms and hallways at 3400 building • Conference Center carpet replaced • Performed electrical repairs to exterior lighting on the campus • 3400 and 3301 exterior ground lighting replaced


Ministry Listing ADULT LIFE/MISSIONS Brotherhood Ministry Marriage Enrichment Ministry (MEG) Military Ministry S.A.L.T. (Single Adults) Seniors Ministry Women’s New Perspective Ministry

CHURCH ACTIVITY & SUPPORT Audio-Visual Ministry Greeters Ministry Hospitality Ministry Security Ministry The Gallery at Friendship Ushers Ministry Volunteer Ministry Wedding Ministry Welcome Center Volunteers

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Friendship Community Development Corporation (CDC) CDC – Great Things! CDC – My Sister’s House Community Table Friendship Trays Social Justice Ministry EVANGELISM Prayer Service and Breakfast Praying Disciples GLOBAL OUTREACH International Children’s Outreach Ministry (ICOM) Genesis Charitable Fund for Catastrophe Relief HEALTH AND WELLNESS CROSS - Cancer Support Fitness Ministry Health and Wellness Ministry HEALS - Finding Joy Ministry Walk Team Ministry and CROP Walk Global Health Ministry

MUSIC AND ARTS Adult Choirs Children 4 Christ Choir (Ages 5-12) Drama Ministry (Friendship Players) Hand Bells (Friendship Ringers) Inspirational Dancers (Adults) Orchestra Shabach Dancers (Youth) VOICE Sign Language Ministry Visual Arts Ministry 47 Youthful Praize (Ages 12-18) SPECIAL PROJECTS Angel Tree Ministry Quilting Ministry Spirit of Christmas

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH Awards/Graduate Sunday Ministry Boys and Cub Scouts Ministry Boys 2 Men Leadership Academy Children’s Ministry (K-5th Grade) College Outreach Cradle Roll Girl Scouts Ministry Girls 4 God Hallowed Be Thy Name Missions Ministry Nursery Ministry Parents Ministry Recreation Ministry (Basketball and Cheerleading) Tech/Social Media Youth Ministry (Grades 6-12)

EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT African American Heritage Ministry Archives and History Ministry Friendship Day School Literary Club Marizetta Kerry Child Development Membership Class Sunday School Toastmasters (Adult and Youth) Vacation Bible School Youth Opportunity University


Deacon Council Ministry

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Sis. Patricia Albritton Bro. Tim Atwell Sis. Sarah Blackwell Bro. Andrew Bradshaw Sis. Regina Brandon Bro. Konrad Broussard Bro. Otis Burnett, III Bro. Raleigh Bynum, Emeritus Bro. Mack Canady Bro. Kenneth Chambers, Emeritus Bro. Charles Chapman, Emeritus Bro. William Davis Sis. Kim Flanders Ellerbe Bro. William Elliott Bro. Matthew Evans Bro. Carl Flamer Bro. Edward Fox Bro. J.B. Gammon Bro. Willie Garris Bro. Ronald Hare, Emeritus Bro. William Hawkins Bro. Edwin Holland, Emeritus Sis. Tonya Hudson Bro. Robert (Bob) Johnson Bro. Douglas Jones

Bro. Meryl Jones Bro. Don Jordan Bro. Walter (Buck) Kennedy, Emeritus Bro. Tolly Kennon, Emeritus Bro. Andrew Ladd Bro. Jeffrey Leak Bro. Marvin LeGrant Bro. Claude Mack Sis. Bonnie Marsh Bro. Roosevelt Maske, Emeritus Bro. Harvey Massey, Jr. Bro. Michael Maxwell Bro. Reginald McAfee Sis. Ada Meador Bro. Wallace Means, Vice Chair Sis. Madelyn Mebane Bro. Kelvin Mikell Bro. Willie Milton Bro. J. Wilfred Neal, Chair Bro. Aaron Odom Bro. Samuel Perry, Emeritus Bro. Robert Person, Emeritus Sis. Debra Prioleau Sis. Patrena Rice Bro. Melvin Riddick

Bro. Eddie Robertson Bro. O’Dell Robinson, Emeritus Bro. Freddie Scales Bro. David Scott Bro. Robert Scott Bro. Tommy Scott Bro. William Simmons Bro. Marvin Stallworth Bro. William Stanley Sis. Mary Starnes Bro. Carl Terrell Bro. Kenneth Tucker Bro. Robert (Drake) Tunson Bro. Early Vaughters, Jr. Bro. Kenneth Vinson Sis. Daisy R. Walker Sis. Pamela Welborn Bro. Percy West Bro. Marcus White Bro. Thomas Wilkins Bro. Randall Willie


Trustee Council

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Board of Directors

Sis. Regina Boyd Bro. Robert Darity Bro. Mitch Gibson Sis. Kim Graham Sis. Mary Ann Harrington Sis. Sue Johnson Bro. Tim Lowery Bro. Cliff Maske Bro. Kevin Patterson Bro. Kevin Price Sis. Shelron Robinson Bro. Al Smith Sis. Debra Smith Sis. Maxine Swayne, Vice Chair Bro. William Youngblood, Chair

Sis. Tamara Butler Bro. Eric Byrd Bro. John Ham Bro. Jeff Hood Bro. Rob Harrington Bro. Arthur Hobson Bro. Eric Nelson Bro. Charles Sanders Bro. Harry Redd Sis. Willie Thornwell Sis. Angela Woods Sis. Marlena Young

Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. Senior Minister Bro. William Youngblood Chair of Trustees Sis. Maxine Swayne Vice-Chair of Trustees

Attorney Rob Harrington

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Bro. Wilfred Neal Chair of Deacons Bro. Wallace Means Vice-Chair of Deacons

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