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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

5 Questions with...Jessica Stiefel

Peter Brown

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1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian?  I moved to Taiwan in the fall of 2016 from Portland, Oregon for a work opportunity. At the time, I was living in Taoyuan and had been searching for an English church near me without much luck. Eventually, I found Friendship Presbyterian through a Google search online and attended the next Sunday. As a newcomer, I found everyone was very welcoming and encouraging, so I continued to come back! I first started attending Friendship in October of 2017.

2. What do you do Monday through Saturday?  I work as a kindergarten teacher at an English school. I am at school every weekday from 9-5 then continue teaching afterwards with private students. When I have free time during the evenings, I enjoy being active. I go to the gym, play sports, or do yoga. On the first Saturday of every month, I volunteer with a Christian ministry that prepares and serves meals to the needy. I enjoy decompressing on the weekends by relaxing at Daan park, reading at a cafe, or going for a meal with friends. 

3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you?  People are usually surprised to hear about my move to Taiwan. I chose to move here on a leap of faith without ever having been to Asia, without knowing anyone here (let alone anyone that had ever been here), and without knowing the language. There were several unknowns, but I felt that God was leading me abroad. I had the opportunity to travel more and work with children which are two of my biggest passions in life. After almost three years here, I still feel that Taiwan has been nothing but a blessing in my life. 

4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today?  I feel that many people have a negative perspective of Christianity and its followers, which can be challenging to face at times. I feel that the exclusivism of Christianity and the fact that Christians see their way as the only way makes others feel judged or unworthy. I do not want people to feel judged by me because of my beliefs. 

5. What is one of your favorite books of the Bible?  I have found a lot of guidance in how to live my life as a Christian from the book of James. I enjoy its many quotable passages and how they are relevant to everyday life. 

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.