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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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Thoughts on faith and life at Friendship Church

Noteworthy Events

Peter Brown

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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 [note—Friday, June 7th will go from 7:00pm to 9:00pm].

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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 not receive messages from other people, only from FPC. You can also send prayer requests which will be received by the church leaders. To join, search for "@osv3181q" or scan this QR code:

• Preaching Schedule for June: For the month of June, we will have four guest preachers. Pastor Peter Kim will return to the pulpit on Sunday, July 7th. The June schedule is as follows:

June 9: Vern Poythress

June 16: Pastor Peter Wang

June 23: Ken McAlpin

June 30: Asst. Pastor Peter Brown

• Vern Poythress Table Talk – Sunday, June 9th, 1:30-2:45pm: Dr. Poythress will speak on the topic of theophany (the visible appearance of God to people) and also take questions. All are welcome. Meet in room 501 of the church building.

Monthly Prayer Group – Tuesday, June 11th, 7:30pm: FPC’s monthly prayer group, “The Engine Room,” meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month. Accordingly, the June meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11th. Come join us for an evening of Kingdom-centered prayer. We gather at 7:30pm on the 4th floor of the church building and go into prayer from 7:45 to 9:00. All are welcome.

• Fit Kids Club Game Night – June 29th, 5:00 – 8:00pm: Save the date for our next Fit Kids Game Night being hosted at the church building on Saturday, June 29th. This will be the last Fit Kids event hosted by our leader Jackie Z. The theme is “Bug City Mystery Party.” Children from all ages in the Children’s Ministry are invited and encouraged to bring along friends.

• Spotlight on Service: Did you know that each Sunday service at FPC takes an average of 28 individual acts of service? We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 57 individuals who served FPC during a Sunday service or special event in the month of May. If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please email deacons@friendshiptaipei.com.

From the Desk of Pastor Peter

Peter Brown

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One practice that Christians should be engaged in, week in and week out, is the practice of coming to their church’s Sunday service to hear the Word of God. In a recent Sunday sermon, we looked at a passage where Jesus spoke about hearing and doing all that Jesus commanded--not just to hear, but also to do. However, many of us (myself included) have probably experienced how easy it is to hear a sermon and then forget what the sermon was about, even the very next hour.

In this month of June, we are having guest speakers throughout the whole month and I will join all of you in practicing the discipline of listening to sermons in the best way possible:

“…with a soul that is prepared, a mind that is alert, a Bible that is open, a heart that is receptive, and a life that is ready to spring into action.” 

I encourage you to read some of the links below and be prepared for a wonderful month of sermons from guest speakers. (A good place to start would be link #1, an article by the President of Wheaton College, Philip Ryken, from which the quote above is taken.)

1)      http://www.reformation21.org/articles/how-to-listen-to-a-sermon.php

2)      https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/7-ways-to-become-a-better-sermon-listener/ for a more advanced approach.

3)      https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/how-to-listen-to-a-sermon/ for additional resources.

Here are the guest speakers who will bring us God’s Word during the month of June:

June 9 - Vern Poythress
June 16 - Peter Wang
June 23 - Ken McAlpin
June 30 - Peter Brown

5 Questions With...Lungile Mkhonta

Peter Brown

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1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian?  I am from the Kingdom of Eswatini [a.k.a., Swaziland], pursuing an MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at National Taipei University of Technology. A colleague, Sakhile Dlamini, referred me to FPC because he was a regular attendee at the time. I attended Sunday services, and later on I joined G2C and Bible study by John.

2. What do you do Monday through Saturday?  School work!

3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you?  I am allergic to seafood, and my friends say I'm missing out on most of the Taiwanese cuisine. Ha-ha-ha!

4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today?  There are lots of false prophets nowadays who are all out with different interpretations of the gospel. As Christians we need to know the one true God and follow Him in order to survive. We also need the Holy Spirit to guide us in the Christian walk (John 16:13). 

5. What is one of your favorite books of the Bible?  The Gospel of John. To me, it is the basis of the gospel, and God's plan for our redemption through Jesus Christ. In John 15, Jesus Christ is proclaimed as the true vine. Jesus Christ encouraged us to remain in Him. The high priestly prayer in John 17 reveals that, in this world, we will go through tough times, but we need to hold on because Jesus Christ prayed for us.