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Prayers of Gratitude and Concern, Spoken or Silent

During the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost, we celebrate the Resurrection and the joy of knowing Christ lives and lives in us. These Sundays, and every day in between, are good days to reclaim the practices of prayer in our lives, too. Through prayer, we are invited to know and be known by God, and to find peace with God in the midst of circumstance. Prayer can be dangerous, too, for, as Emilie Griffin writes, “In prayer we open ourselves to the chance that God will do something with us that we had not intended.” Her observation connects to what Jesus taught us as we pray for God’s will to be perfected “on earth as it is in heaven.”

During the recent prayer retreat, the group marked the beginning and ending of days using the services of Morning and Evening Prayers, as practiced by the Iona Community, an ecumenical Christian communion based in Scotland, as our guide. The prayer prompts below were used in both services, and we found them particularly meaningful. I offer them to you with the encouragement to invite God to show up in your life through prayer, in some renewing and unexpected way, as you pray for others and the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, too.

Prayers of gratitude and concern, spoken or silent

  • We bring to God someone whom we have met or remembered today and for whom we want to pray…
  • We bring to God someone who is hurting today and needs our prayer…
  • We bring to God a troubled situation in our world today…
  • We bring to God, silently, someone whom we find hard to forgive or trust…
  • We bring ourselves to God that we might grow in generosity of spirit, clarity of mind, and warmth of affection…

Praying with you in mind and heart,



Being a part of a community means that we share in one another's joys and pray for one another in times of need. 


In worship on Sunday, April 15, 2018, the ordinance of Christian baptism will be observed as we celebrate the baptism of Brenna Bollen. Join us in praying for Brenna as she prepares for this special day, and as she seeks to grow in Christ as a child of God.

Children's Prayer Retreat

Please be in prayer for our children this weekend as they travel to Eastover Retreat Center to join with other children from local CBF churches.  Together they will learn, fellowship, and explore the topic of "Belonging" and what that means for them.

If there is a specific way we can pray for you or someone is missing from this list (with their permission), please let us know.  You can do so by writing or calling the Church Office.
 Please let us know whether your prayer request is private (for the ministerial staff and prayer team), for the Deacons, or for the congregation.
The Council is calling a special meeting on Sunday, April 22, immediately following the service, to vote on the following motion from the Council.
Motion to congregation:  The Church Council recommends to the congregation to temporarily retain the Bank Street property and form a team to pursue all future options.  Look for further information to be published in the weekly newsletters between now and the April 22 vote.
Blankets for CHKD

Join the FSBC Quilters and help make fleece blankets to donate to CHKD's babies, children, and teens.  No sewing skills needed. Together, we will cut, sew, and finish blankets.  Fabric donations or a financial donations to cover the cost of fabric would be greatly appreciated.

April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Can't attend but still want to help?  You can donate money or fabric to make the blankets.  A donation of $15 will purchase 1 ½  or 2 yds to make one youth, a couple toddler or several infant size blankets.
Contact Jane Bailey for more information.
Serve Our Community

It is our turn to serve our community by serving
at our Free Friday Breakfast this Friday. 
Please let us know if you plan to attend by contacting Jodi
All volunteers should arrive by 8 am.
White Sock Drive
Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to provide hundreds of pairs of socks to our homeless community during Community Meals, breakfasts, and NEST.  Now, we need to replenish this necessity for our homeless friends.  You can bring them in at any time and place them in the Fellowship Hall.  We will collect them all year long.
If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Litten Townsend or Stephanie
Calling ALL Parking Lot "Attendants!"

Weekends this month are filled with events that will be well attended and could benefit FSBC Missions.  We are looking for THREE workers April 13, 14, 20, and 21. The Virginia International Tattoo Festival is coming to the Scope April 26-29!  This 4-day event always fills our parking lot!

The Parking Lot made $627.00 in just two nights last month, and after April, local events will dwindle, so now is the time to volunteer.

Call, text or email:  Joelle Jakubowski
                               (703) 402-1953
Our Updated Church Calendar can be found at:

If you have an event or meeting that needs to be added to the calendar, please email
The meeting scheduled for this Saturday, April 14th has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 21st, 10:30a.m. - 12:00 noon
Plans are being made for Spring Cleaning at FSBC on
Saturday, May 19th.   
More details will be shared as we get closer to the event. 
 FSBC Scholarships

Scholarship forms for undergraduate and graduate are available.  Check qualifications and get forms from Judy Bryant.  Deadline for submission of application is May 15.
Dottie and Jerry Locklear and Mary Helen Royal would like to thank members of the church family for the cards, prayers and kind words shared after the recent death of their brother, Kenny Ray Strickland.


Dear Freemason Street Baptist family,

We thank you for your support this past year.  We are so happy to have two permanent supportive communities in Norfolk.  Your dollars are making a huge difference!
                                                                         Arden Reed
                                                                        Virginia Supportive Housing
Coffee Hour
When it's your birthday month, it's your turn to help by bringing in refreshments for coffee hour and helping set up and clean up. Thank you so much to all of our hosts and coordinators who provide for this mission each Sunday morning.

April 15th:   April Birthdays

Children's Volunteers
We appreciate all of our volunteers, but especially those that help out in our children's area.  Because of their help, our parents and guardians are able to attend Sunday School and Worship services.  If you are willing to help serve in this way, please let us know!
 A background check is necessary.

Sunday School: Jane Bailey
Worship: volunteer needed
Serving in Worship
Offering Team 
Deborah Antony
Jaime King
Kim Winslow
Paul Winslow

Deadline for Church Newsletter Information - Mondays by 5 pm
Deadline for Church Bulletin Information - Tuesdays at Noon

Information should be sent to :
Susan (
and Stephanie (
Freemason Street Baptist Church
Phone: 757 625 7579  |  Email:
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4 pm; Friday 8 am to 3 pm
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