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No. 5, Lane 269, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Daan District
Taipei City, 106
Taiwan

02-2362-1395

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Newsletter

Thoughts on faith and life at Friendship Church

Noteworthy Events

Peter Brown

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FPC Line News Group: Be sure to join our FPC LINE news group, where you can get all the latest information about FPC. You will only receive messages from FPC. You can also send questions and prayer requests which will be received by the church leaders. To join, search for "@osv3181q" or scan this QR code.

• Sunday School Class: Elder Alan Fiol’s class on the Westminster Shorter Catechism will resume Sunday, Oct. 20th.

• Leader Nominations: We will be receiving nominations on behalf of the Session from Oct. 13th to Oct. 27th. The nominations are for men (only) as elders, or men and women who will engage in diaconal work. Please visit the church office for details.

• Baptism Class – October 20, 2:30-3:30pm: For those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ but have not been baptized, or just anyone wanting to know more about baptism, we will be holding a baptism class on Oct. 20th, 2:30-3:30pm, in room 802 of the building at 261 Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 3. Register at the Newcomer Welcome table in the fellowship hall.  

Youth Outing – Saturday, October 26: All FPC teens (and their friends!) are invited to a day at the Taipei Zoo. Lunch will be provided by the church. Required permission slips are available in the Sunday youth service and at the Newcomer Welcome table in the fellowship hall..

• Newcomers Welcome Lunch – November 3, 1:15pm-2:45pm: If you are new to FPC in the last two months, come join us for food and fellowship. It is a great way to meet other newcomers and helps us get you connected to the life of the church. You can register at the Newcomer Welcome table in the fellowship hall, or simply meet up with us in the lobby of the church building at 1:00pm on the 3rd and we will walk over to the location together (Room 801 of 261 Roosevelt Road, Section 3).

• Church Membership Class – New Format – 4 Sundays Each Month: Our church membership classes are being presented in a new, hour-long format over four Sundays. We will meet from 1:15 to 2:15pm in room 401 for the first class, then in room 402 for the next three. This schedule will be repeated again in November. Participation is open to all and does not obligate you to become a member. However, those seeking membership must attend all four classes (or make it up the following month). Sign up at the Newcomer Welcome table in the fellowship hall.

Youth Group Weekly Gatherings - Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm: Our youth ministry provides a time of worship, Bible study, fellowship, and fun. We meet every Friday, 6:30-9:30pm, at 261 Roosevelt Road, 6th floor.

• Spotlight on Service: Did you know that each Sunday Church Service at FPC takes an average of 28 individual acts of service? We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 65 individuals who served FPC during a Sunday Service or special event in September.  If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please email deacons@friendshiptaipei.com

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FPC Sanchong Church Plant (“New Blessings”): Support our Mandarin-language church plant in Sanchong by “Liking” their Facebook page. Search this phrase:三重祝福教會 or scan this QR code.

From the Desk of Pastor Kim

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by Peter Kim

Quicker, Deeper Relationships

Every year our church sees people come and go. It can be such a blessing to meet so many people and to be blessed by so many, but it can also be a difficult thing to see friends leave and then have to make new friends again, especially for those of us who have stuck around in Taiwan for a longer period of time.

Becoming friends is hard work because friendship requires time and a building up trust, right? I mean, why would anyone want to share some deeper thoughts or secrets with someone who is a stranger? This is a logical way of thinking for most people around the world. And the difficulty of making friends becomes even more difficult when a person has been hurt in the past. So, what does this mean for our church? Perhaps it means that our church is doomed to be filled mainly with strangers, and all those commands about loving one another and really caring for each other are noble but unrealistic.

But is this correct? Should we expect church to be a place of people who are strangers, whom we call brothers and sisters in Christ, yet with whom we have only superficial relationships? I disagree! In fact, I think that there can and must be a genuine care and concern for others who are believers—and this can happen even when we have only just met someone for the first time. How? Only through the gospel.

When I reflect on the gospel and think about how Jesus took the initiative to reach out to me, even though He knew humankind would reject and betray Him, it fills me with the courage to trust God and take initiative in reaching out to others. It allows me to be open and vulnerable, not fearing how someone may betray my trust. It allows me to take risks and try again when things do not go smoothly. And when we begin doing this with one another, it will automatically turn into wanting to make friends and sharing Jesus' love with those outside the church as well as inside.

Here are two websites that can help us get started with creating new relationships:

https://socialpronow.com/blog/worlds-fastest-way-to-become-friends/ (Non-Christian article that helps us understand that becoming friends does not necessarily require a lot of time.)

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/dont-overcomplicate-evangelism/ (Christian article talking about evangelism and causing us to think about who I can reach out to for sharing God's love.)

5 Questions with...Elisabeth Kathryn

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1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian?  I first came to Taiwan to take master studies at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Finding the right church was one of my first concerns, until my senior introduced me to FPC. I thank God for letting me find this warm church, stay, become a member, and join the student ministry and the music team.

2. What do you do Monday through Saturday?  Since I have finished my studies, I am now working as an architect in a facade consultant in Taipei. To balance my working life, I usually do various things at night like learning Chinese, joining a guzheng club (the guzheng is a traditional Chinese musical instrument, like a zither), joining a Bible study, or just hanging out with friends. During the weekend, I prefer to go around the city, enjoying the scenery of nature or architecture.

3. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?  Well, coming to Taiwan was not actually my first option. I tried to look for other scholarship opportunities in other countries and dreamed of being out of Asia for my first time. But Taiwan was the one who offered me a full scholarship with a monthly stipend. At first, it was not easy to set aside all of those dreams. But I have never regretted my decision to come to Taiwan. It is the best life experience I have had and I thank God for everything, even letting me work here after graduation. I believe that everything that happens in my life is all in God's awesome and unpredictable plan. We just need to trust Him! 

4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today?  I think the biggest challenge is to actively declare the truth to our surroundings, make them know that we are Christian and, even further, make them interested in Christianity. Sometimes we are so busy to mingle and trying to be accepted by society that we forget to talk about the gospel. Being different, going against the stream, and speaking out the truth while still being friends and showing love to people are really challenging. One key to overcoming those challenges is to maintain strong relationships with God and other believers.

5. What is one of your favorite books of the Bible?  Not easy for me to answer this, but perhaps Psalms and Proverbs. Those books provide Bible verses that suit almost all kinds of moods (happy, worried, angry, anxious, etc.), so I can refer to these books in any kind of life phase. I also like how the books are beautifully written in such a poetic way.