A Message from Our Senior Minister
Grace and Peace, the 130 th Psalm verses 5-6 says:
And in his word I hope;
My soul waits for the Lord,
More than those who watch for the morning,
More than those who watch for the morning. NRSV
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating 130 years as an organized Baptist church in Charlotte, NC. Our church roots began at First Baptist Church West (Charlotte, NC), and our name was taken from Friendship Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), because “they were a friendly people.” It was vital to our church ancestors that Friendship be connected to other churches locally and globally. We connected by becoming part of the Baptist denomination, which believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, The Holy Bible, and water baptism by immersion. Next, using the word “Missionary” is practicing what we believe through mission locally and global outreach actualized our church ancestors’ belief system. Finally, our ancestors wanted a congregation of baptized believers in Jesus Christ as Lord, who are striving and growing into the fullness of being Christians filled with the Holy Spirit. We are so blessed to be a part of such an illustrious history and build upon this solid foundation for generations yet unborn.
Our anniversary committee chaired by Sister Linda Thomas and co-chaired by Deacon Andrew Ladd, have formed several subcommittees who are meeting, praying, and waiting to involve our church family, community, and mission partners.
Because of restrictions and limitations on gathering due to COVID-19, we are postponing anniversary activities. Hopefully, before the year ends, we will be able to engage our church family as we celebrate this historic milestone of 130 years of glorifying God and serving humanity.
Take care of your health!
A Message from the Anniversary Chair
The 130th Anniversary is centered around the theme of: Growing in our Faith, Relationships and Community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched and strengthened these areas beyond what we could have imagined. As a church, we are embracing the changes seen through our worship and mission experiences. As people, we are enhancing and changing our relationships with family and friends whether that be through the shelter in place ordinance, leveraging technology or taking a break to spend time with each other. Community support has increased and been highlighted through many
acts of kindness including support given to front-line and essential workers, small businesses, school-aged children and families in need.
The 130th committee is dedicated to creating memorable engagement opportunities for all generations by engaging members, friends and the community. Many are relying on faith to get through each day, especially in a time with so many unknowns. What is known is that we are still growing, and the church is alive! Let’s celebrate 130 years of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and prepare for many more.
Linda D. Thomas, Chair