"The" Friendship Baptist Church
5200 West Jackson Boulevard • Chicago, Illinois 60644
Our Heritage...Our History...Our
Story...Our Church...Our Family
"PREACHING, PRAYING, PRAISING &
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April 8, 2012 - The Sunday Church School presented the
Passion Play, "No Greater Love: Jesus Paid it All" which told the
story of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. John 3:16
so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life". Oh, Happy
SEVEN LAST WORDS
April 6, 2012
- Friendship hosted its 50th Seven Last Words service on Good
Friday. Click on the following link for a copy of the program:
Seated (l to r): Rev.
George Bowen, Rev. Aron Davidson, Rev. Dr. Michael Runnels, Rev.
Randall Harris, Sr.
Standing (l to r): Rev.
James Ivy, Rev. Dr. Richard Nelson, Pastor Reginald E. Bachus, Rev.
Alonzo Batts, Rev. Snirly Simpson and Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch
REV. CLAY EVANS VISITS
September 11, 2011 - The legendary Rev. Clay Evans
visited Friendship and preached during the 11AM service. Rev.
Evans was a good friend of the late Rev. Shelvin J. Hall.
Although, he has visited Friendship on many occasions, Rev. Evans
mentioned that he had never preached from the pulpit of Friendship
until this day.
July 10, 2011 - Friendship celebrated its 114th Church Anniversary
with a Reunion Choir Musical.
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YOUTH DAY 2011
26, 2011 - Friendship celebrated Youth Day! The guests for
the day included St. John Baptist Church in East St. Louis, Illinois
where Rev. Chris Malone is the Pastor. For a copy of the
MEN'S DAY 2011
5, 2011 - Friendship celebrated Men's Day! For a copy of
the program click
June 4, 2011 - Pastor Reginald E.
Bachus received his Master of Divinity Degree from Northern Baptist
Seminary. He is surrounded by his wife, children and his
MEN'S DAY PRAYER
May 14, 2011 - Dr. George Waddles
presents, "Biblical Manhood" during the Men's Day Prayer Breakfast
held at Friendship.
May 1, 2011 - Friendship Baptist Church held its 47th Annual
Women's Day Program. For a copy of the program click here.
24, 2011 - The Children's Department of the Sunday Church School
presented a skit titled, "I AM" which depicted various
characters in the Bible who came in contact with Jesus before,
during and after the time of His crucifixion. Each student
delivered their part as a soliloquy as they acted out the characters
in the Bible.
Here is what
Barabbas had to say...
I know I’m notorious and I like to fight. I’m bad, really bad.
Some say that I’m bad to the bone. And that’s why I’m in a Roman
prison. But luck is on my side! I am so glad I made it to the
Passover because the government always exchanges one prisoner for
another. It’s their custom. I was the crowd’s choice this time.
I beat some man they call Jesus. I’m out and too bad for him.
Whatever! I am Barabbas!
March 25, 2011 - The Community
Outreach Ministry of Friendship held a Financial Healing Workshop
presented by Attorney David Siegel and hosted by Effie Roff .
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March 13, 2011 - Today was the
celebration climax for Pastor Bachus' 4th Anniversary of this flock
we call Friendship. Rev. Kim Gladney, Pastor of Oak Grove
Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO was the guest preacher during the
11:00AM and Rev. Leroy Elliott, Pastor of St. John Baptist Church in
Chicago, IL was the guest preacher during the 3:30PM service.
DR. MARVIN SAPP
March 2, 2011 - Dr. Marvin Sapp
was our guest preacher during our Worship on Wednesday service.
Dr. Sapp sang and he preached and he sang some more. He was
engaging and spiritually uplifting during Friendship's hour of
preaching and praise. Use the word BETTER as a catalyst
for spiritual growth and change.
PRAISE DANCE TEAM
February 27, 2011 - The Praise
Dance Ministry is back with a performance to "I Know I've Been
Changed." The Ministry welcomes its two youngest members,
Mackenzie and Makayla. Other members of the team include
Jamila, Paige, Averille, Demetra and Jeramian.
THE BLIZZARD OF 2011
February 3, 2011 - Pastor Bachus
and several volunteers broke ice, shoveled snow and sprinkled salt
on the walk way and steps of the church. The records show that
more than 20 inches of snow fell in Chicago.
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THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
19, 2010 - The Sunday Church School Children's Department
presented a Christmas skit titled, "The Birth of Christ" which
chronicled the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and
ultimately the birth of Jesus Christ. Caesar
Augustus declared that there would be a census and that everyone
would be counted and must return to their native towns. Joseph
and Mary, who was with child, journeyed until they found a place to
rest. They settled in a stable where Jesus would ultimately be
born. The shepherds were tending their
sheep when they encountered the Angels who told of the birth of a
Savior. The shepherds visited Bethlehem and the Magi saw the
bright star in the sky, which they followed to Bethlehem. They
took gifts to the King and bowed down and worshipped Him.
The Angels declared, Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace
11, 2010 - Friendship hosted its annual Christmas Cheer program
which is designed to provide supplemental food support to families
during the holiday season. There is a high demand for
food assistance and this is just one way that Friendship helps those
who are in need. This
year, bags of food filled with bread, canned goods, meats and other
nutritious food items were delivered to 71 families that included
266 people. The program was chaired by Mr. Louis McCall.
November 28, 2010 - The 21st
Annual Baccalaureate Service was held during morning service.
The following college students received scholarships through the
Justice L. Priscilla Hall Scholarship Program administered by E.L.
Twine Ministry which is chaired by Mr. Arthur Winfield:
Michael Fowler (Eastern Illinois
University), Reginald Greenwood, II (Cornell College),
Naveil Johnson (Benedict College), Eric
Metts (Joliet Junior College), Alexis Montgomery (Truman College),
Karen Pickett, Taquila Vann (Albion College) and Quintrell Wilbourn
(Northern Illinois University). Recognition was also given to
recent 8th grade graduates who are now attending high school.
October 3, 2010 - Eric Pratt,
Gus Rickette and Alfonso Ware, were ordained as deacons in a spirit
filled service. Dr. William Foster, Pastor of Providence
Baptist Church was the guest preacher during Friendship's Deacon
Ordination Service. In the Ordination Sermon, Rev. Foster
preached from the text, I Timothy 3:8-11. The newly ordained
deacons were challenged that they must make sacrifices, surrender to
authority and serve the pastor. The text says that deacons
must not be double tongued and must not gossip. Deacons are
required to follow leadership that comes from the pastor. They
must understand and obey Bible Doctrine and cannot just be a Sunday
deacon. They must be able to represent the church and be
willing to work. During the laying on of the hands portion of the
program, ministers and deacons gathered around the candidates, laid
their hands on them while Dr. Clifford Spears prayed a powerful
prayer. Congratulations Deacon Pratt, Deacon Rickette and
Friendship held its Senior Revival August 25-27, 2010.
Guest ministers included Dr. J.C. Bachus from St. Mark MBC in
Memphis, Tennessee and Dr. C.L. Bachus from Mt. Zion MBC in Kansas
City, Kansas. Both dynamic preachers shared the word of God
through their teaching and preaching. Although Friendship
calls this event Senior Revival, all ages were invited to attend.
CHURCH PICNIC 2010
August 21, 2010 - This summer
has been a period of electrical storms, heavy rains and flash
flooding, which threatened the success of Friendship's annual church
picnic. Early on this day, rain and clouds dominated the
weather, but just before noon, the sun started to shine and the
weather remained hot and pleasant. As one church member put
it, "You just never know about the weather. It can make or
break a picnic." The weather did not keep Friendship family
members and friends from attending this year's picnic and enjoying
the festivities and food. Our cooks, Wallace Wilbourn,
Priscilla Stephens and Deacon Sterling Grandberry arrived early in
the morning, fired up the grill and cooked throughout the day.
The youth and those young in heart enjoyed a friendly game of
volleyball and a competitive game of football. The little ones
enjoyed playing in the sand, jumping rope, throwing sticks into a
puddle of water and running around the open field.
Friendship's picnic coordinators, Cynthia Brown Greenwood and
Maretta Brown-Miller, have worked together for many years planning
the picnic and have enjoyed the positive outcome and family fun that
is experienced each time!
YOUTH DAY 2010
August 15, 2010 - Youth Day was
celebrated at Friendship starting with the 8:30AM service that
included Rev. John Miller, Jr. as the guest preacher.
Following Sunday School, youth were treated to a warm breakfast.
During the 11:00AM service, the youth of Friendship led everything
from leading the church in devotion, collecting offering, singing
and praying. The guest minister was Rev. Christopher Malone.
Friendship is concerned about the youth
and their education, and wants to make sure that all students are
adequately prepared on the first day of school and beyond.
Therefore, following the Youth Day program Friendship had a backpack
give-away for Friendship youth and community youth. More than
100 backpacks filled with loads of school supplies were distributed.
Pastor Bachus exclaimed that backpacks will be distributed to all
students who need them until we have exhausted our supply.
July 27, 2010 - As part of the Summer Reading Enrichment
Program, school-aged youth were invited to participate in a trip to
Borders Book Store as a way to encourage reading. Darleshia Griffith and
Sharon Hartshorn coordinated the program which included children from
the community and children of Friendship. About 30 youth were
treated to a read-in by Border's staff as well as some delicious treats
of ice cream and muffins. Friendship also gave each child a $10
gift card to use towards the purchase of books. Many of the
children were able to get 2 or 3 books because of the sale.
Vacation Bible School was held the week of July 12, 2010 and
the theme selected was CAMP SOLID ROCK with scripture from Matthew
7:24-25. Mrs. Gilda Ivy was this years VBS Director and her
goal was to do something different with the goal of attracting more
students. There were more than 100 students who attended VBS
which was held in the evening from 7/12 through 7/16. Camp
Solid Rock focused on setting life on a firm foundation through
truth, protection, strength/endurance, deliverance and
salvation/faith. Just as campers must explore and learn their
territory to find their way along certain pathways, so must
believers determine who they are what they need to accomplish in
- On the 113th Anniversary Celebration of Friendship, a
special ceremony was held to unveil a bronze plaque in honor of the
late Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall. The plaque is mounted on the
front wall of the African Hut called Friendship Baptist Church.
Community leaders and dignitaries were in attendance and included
Camille Y. Lilly, 78th District State Representative; Deborah
Graham, 29th Ward
Alderman; Rev. L.K. Curry,
Pastor Emeritus Emmanuel Baptist Church and; the Honorable Danny K.
Davis, U.S. Congressman 7th District. The children of Rev. Hall,
Justice L. Priscilla Hall, Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall and Lewis Hall
were in attendance along with special friends and more than 100
members of Friendship to witness the unveiling. Pastor Reginald E.
Bachus and Lewis Hall revealed the plaque to the eager crowd who in
turn responded with claps of praise. Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall
provided an eloquent tribute for the occasion, which included,
"Our father, Rev. Hall was sharp of mind and of tongue. A living
legend and visionary who loved his church. He answered all phones,
"Friendship" as though he was always in church. Certainly the
church was always in him. He was a man consumed by his calling."
Click here to read the tribute in its entirety.
PIN A SISTER 2010
9, 2010 - Pin-A-Sister
The Women of Friendship once again
participated in an annual pledge to take control of their health and
practice early detection of breast cancer. Under the guidance
of the Community Outreach Ministry, women of Friendship have been
educated about the health disparities of African American women,
encouraged to do a self breast exam once a month and received
information and resources on sites that provide free or reduced cost
Women over 40 years and older should
schedule a mammogram once a year.
CENSUS AWARENESS SUNDAY
March 28, 2010
- Pastor Reginald Bachus knows the importance of the 2010 US Census
and has charged his son, Rev. Reggie Bachus to take the lead and the
entire congregation to complete the forms and mail them back.
It's 10 questions, 10 minutes and 10 years of funding. The
Austin Weekly News was on hand to tell the story of Friendship's
Census Awareness Day.
February 28, 2010 - The American
Heart Association stresses the need for you to know your "numbers"
which include cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. Knowing
and controlling your numbers is an important part of keeping your
heart-healthy. The Community Outreach Ministry also recognizes
the importance of a healthy heart and therefore partnered with St.
Anthony Hospital to provide free blood pressure screenings and blood
sugar testing. Dozens lined up to take advantage of this
service by getting tested.
Keep Your Numbers in Check! But don't do it for the "numbers," do it for you!
The American Heart Association
recommends you take control today by doing the following:
Physical - One of the
best ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease is to start
getting regular, moderate exercise, at least 30 minutes a day, most
days of the week.
Good Food Choices - Healthy
food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for heart attack
and stroke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess
Smoking - Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death
in the United States.
TASTE OF AFRICA
21, 2010 - February is Black History
Month which coincided with the Bridge Builders Ministry Annual Taste
of Africa event. This year's theme was "From A Mississippi
Beginning." Oprah Winfrey was highlighted for her
achievements and contributions. Program participants recited
poetry and sang songs. Also, southern-style
soul food along with traditional African cuisine was served.
Attendees had an opportunity to feast on goat, pig, yams, spicy
peanut sauce and other dishes.
GO RED SUNDAY
February 21, 2010 -
Go Red Sunday
to raise awareness about heart disease which is the number 1 killer of
women. Each woman received a red dress pin from the American Heart
Association along with a book mark that included facts about heart
disease. At one point Pastor Bachus asked congregants to stand if
they answered affirmative to a series of questions. By the time he
got to the question, "Does anyone here have high blood pressure?" nearly
everyone was standing. We learned that even in our own church,
many women, men and children are at risk of heart disease. Besides
awareness, our next goal is to educate one another about healthy
lifestyle choices that involves diet and exercise. About 100 congregants
signed up for the Go Red Movement.
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY - PASTOR
February 6, 2010
- Rev. Reginald E. Bachus celebrated his 50th Birthday with
glamour and glitz. The red carpet was rolled out and attendees
dressed in their finest to wish Rev. Bachus happy birthday.
Entertainment spanned from the 1960s to current with performances that
highlighted Tina Turner and Michael Jackson!
ANGEL TREE CHRISTMAS
December 19, 2009 - Santa
Claus arrived in the nick of time for the 2009 Angel Tree Christmas
Party. Each child and adult were able to sit on Santa's lap
for photographs and conversation. This year Friendship served
36 families and about 100 children. There were plenty of
Santa's helpers available to serve food and pass out Christmas
stockings to each of the children. The Community Outreach
Ministry assisted this year by holding a food drive during the
months of November and December. Enough food was collected to
fill 50 bags!
A SEASON OF PRAISE
2009 - "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship
the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." Psalm
The Voices of
Friendship, along with guest singers filled our hearts and
exhilarated our spirits with music of praise. V. Michael
McKay, led the choir through several musical selections as they
shared the wonderful news about Jesus. "Jesus restored my soul!""Jesus, there's something about that name." Contact the
church for a CD of the complete musical.
Old School Vs. New School
November 14, 2009 - A couple of
years ago, Pastor Bachus and his old school team challenged the
younger players of the church to a game of basketball.
The game was close, but the old school team prevailed. This
year the players met at the Austin YMCA to continue the challenge.
Both teams had new recruits who brought new skills to the game. Once
again, though, the old school team schooled the new school team.
The final score is just to embarrassing to print! There is
always next year...
August 16, 2009 - We
arrived during sunny skies and warm temperatures, but the weather
forecast had something else in mind, cloudy skies and rain.
Every seat under the tent was taken as members and visitors came to
praise and worship with Friendship. Oh how wonderful it is
that God is always in control as the storm held back until after the
service. Pastor Bachus preached so that all who were in the confines
of the tent and within a block of the church could hear the message.
He made it plain for all ears on what one must do to be saved, and
that is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and to accept him as
your personal savior. Friendship, a pillar in the community
sharing its pillars with the community.
CHURCH PICNIC 2009
August 15, 2009 - For the second year in a
row, our annual church picnic was held in the church's parking lot.
One noticeable difference this year was that the weather was "picnic
perfect!" We prayed for good picnic weather and God delivered!
Our purpose of having the picnic on the lot of the church was to be
more visible to the community. This year, dozens of community
residents stopped by to see what we were doing. As part of our
community outreach, more than 150 backpacks filled with school
supplies were distributed to the school-aged children who were in
attendance. More than 200 free t-shirts were distributed.
At one point during the picnic, we paused to share in the parade
festivities on Laramie Avenue. Congressman Danny K. Davis
sponsored the event and was pleased to stop and shake hands with
many Friendship members. There was plenty of food for everyone, and
with more than 200 in attendance, everyone dined sufficiently!
SUMMER TEEN EMPLOYMENT
- SUMMER TEEN EMPLOYMENT PROJECT: UNLOCKING
Summer Teen Employment Project was implemented during July 2009 and
ran for four weeks. The purpose of the project was to equip
the church's teenagers with practical work experience, provide a
biblical model for work ethics and provide marketable training and
development. Mrs. Faye Fairchild, who supervised the program,
coordinated various workshops for the teenagers that included: team
building exercises, personal finance, job interviews, college
preparation and financial aid and resume development. Mrs. Detra Bachus and Mrs. Cynthia Brown Greenwood served as mentors and
presenters during this project.
The teens worked in various administrative capacities
within the church, assisted with Vacation Bible School and performed
various maintenance functions. As part of their work
experience, the teens spent two days at Jackson Square Nursing
Center where they served as activity aides for the residents.
FATHER'S DAY 2009
June 21, 2009 - Friendship Baptist Church salutes all of the
fathers on this special day. Father's Day is a day to celebrate
fatherhood and male parenting and to honor and commemorate fathers
and forefathers. In addition to acknowledging the father's in
the congregation, Pastor Bachus went a step further in educating
men, specifically those 40 years and older, about the importance of
good prostate health. The facts show that black men in the
United States are more likely than white men to be diagnosed with
advanced prostate cancer and have a two-fold greater risk of dying
from it, but they are significantly less likely to be screened for
prostate cancer. Pamphlets from the American Cancer Society on
prostate awareness as well as blue ribbons were given to all men 40
YOUTH DAY 2009
Youth Praying and Praising Without Ceasing
June 14, 2009
- The Annual Youth Day Celebration was exciting, enlightening,
educating and energizing! The children of Friendship were
amazing, engaging, inviting and absolutely outstanding! The
message delivered by the guest minister, Rev. E.F. Ledbetter, III
was encouraging and uplifting. Pastor Bachus states, "As young
Christian men and women, the children are not merely representing
themselves, but also representing God, who dwells in them. As a
result, the youth must align their words and actions with those
things with which Christ would be pleased." Congratulations to
the children of Friendship on a wonderful program.
7, 2009 - The 45th Annual Men's Day Observance was very
spirit-filled. The 3:30PM service served as the climax to what
was a very exciting day. Brother Larry Fairchild served as
this year's chairman. Eric Pratt provided a tribute to men.
Minister Barnes led a solo which was filled with his personal
testimony while the Friendship Men's Day Choir sang backup.
Rev. Steve Spiller who is the Pastor of Greater Galilee Baptist
Church delivered the message with scripture from St. Luke 4:32.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIRST
LADY DETRA BACHUS
May 10, 2009 - Members of Friendship
celebrated their First Lady's birthday with song, cake, gifts and
many well-wishes. Mrs. Bachus' official birthday is May 14th,
but what better way to celebrate it with her church family than on
Mother's Day. Mrs. Bachus is the mother of two college
graduates, Reggie and Regina.
PIN A SISTER
2009 - Happy Mother's Day! For
the second year in a row, Friendship
participated in the “Pin-A-Sister”
Sunday campaign. "Pin-A-Sister" is
aimed at celebrating breast cancer
survivors and family members, and
educating church members and the
community at large about the importance
of getting routine pap smears and
show that African American women die
more often from breast cancer, even
though they are less frequently
diagnosed with the disease.
20 YEARS PREACHING THE
April 26, 2009 - The Pastor's Aide Ministry surprised
Pastor Bachus with a crystal plaque for Recognition of 20
Years of Diligence and Dedication of Preaching the Gospel.
Congratulations Pastor Bachus! Immediately following
the afternoon service Pastor Bachus had an opportunity to
cut into his large cake shaped like a Bible, of course.
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
and how they shall they hear without a preacher? And how
shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of
peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Roman
presented the following message during morning service.
Top Twenty Reasons Why Today is a Special Day
#20 The Lord
allowed us to take part in a brand new day
We’re in the right place at the right time
can “never let a day go by without praising the Lord”
Because Romans 10:11 says, whosoever believeth on Him shall
not be ashamed.
Friendship has a pastor who is not ashamed of the gospel
We’re in the right place a t the right time
#14 Romans 10:13
states, for whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord,
shall be saved.
#13 The year
1971, age 11 was a good time to accept Christ
#12 Other will
need to hear the good news: but how shall they believe in
Him of whom they have not heard?
#11 How shall
they hear without a preacher?
#10 We’re in the
right place at the right time
#9 How shall
they preach except they be sent?
As early as 16 years old, God begins to move
on the heart
#7 We’re in the
right place at the right time
#6 We know He’s alright!
As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that
preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good
#4 The “Lord will make a way
#3 April 6, 1989 came an
acceptance to the call
#2 April 30, 1989 Pastor Bachus
preached his first sermon titled, “I Want to See Jesus”
#1 We’re in the right place at
the right time to congratulate Pastor Bachus for Twenty
years of preaching!
2009 - Friendship hosted a Senior Health Fair with the
assistance of Pamela Davis of Accucare Home Health Services.
Seniors from Friendship and the community received FREE blood
pressure screenings and health care information. They also
received free manicures, pedicures and facial and hand massages.
About 50 seniors participated, and each were entered into a raffle
for prizes that included books and gift cards.
HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY
"Our Pastor: Persistently
Praying and Producing Powerful People"
March 4-8, 2009 - Pastor
Bachus celebrated his 2nd Anniversary at Friendship. The guest
preachers were Rev. Rogers Jackson, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist
Church; Rev. Dr. George Waddles, Sr., Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist
Church; Rev. Charles Gordon, Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church; Rev.
Dr. Michael P. Williams, Joy Baptist Tabernacle in Houston, TX and;
Rev. C.L. Bachus, Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Kansas City,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - PASTOR
7, 2009 - Tales from the Wild Wild West - Another year, another
celebration for Rev. Reginald E. Bachus the 8th Pastor of
Friendship Baptist Church. Cowboy boots and hats required! The
theme this year was WESTERN. Pastor Bachus likes to wear
cowboy boots so the Pastor's Aide Committee took it a step further.
The scenery included a covered wagon, camp fire, inflatable horses,
cactus plants, and a backdrop that included the elements of the
frontier. Most guests came dressed for the occasion.
Even the food, served out of kettles and eaten out of tin plates,
had a western flair. Happy Birthday Pastor Bachus!
13, 2008 - "An Angel to Watch Over Me" was the theme for this
years' Angel Tree Christmas Program. For twenty-five (25)
years, Friendship has been involved with Prison Fellowship, and has
coordinated Angel Tree Christmas for families living within
Friendship's neighborhoods. With the support of the Glen Ellyn
Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the West
Towns Links, Friendship blessed about 100 children with gifts
of toys, electronics, clothing and outerwear. Throughout the
year, as part of Christian outreach, families are invited to
participate in Friendship's worship service, Sunday Church School
and Vacation Bible School.
51ST ANNUAL CHURCH BANQUET
October 10, 2008 - The 51st
Annual Church Banquet theme was "Living a Victorious Life - Good and
Faithful Servants." Parishioners who have been members of Friendship
for 50 or more years were honored for their faithful service to the
Click here to see
a collage of the honorees.
Bessie T. Balkcom
Shelvin Louise Marie Hall
Deacon Richard McGregor
September 28, 2008 - Pastor
Bachus is a generous man. For more than a year, he has given
crisp $2 dollar bills to members of Friendship during their birthday
September 21, 2008 - Pastor Bachus and a large
number of Friendship members traveled to Kansas City, Kansas to
celebrate the 119th Anniversary of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
While Pastor Reginald E. Bachus preached for his father, Rev. C.L.
Bachus who is the Pastor of Mt. Zion, he sent his son, Rev. Reginald
L. Bachus to preach at Friendship Baptist Church. Thank you
Pastor Bachus for sending your son to share the word of God.
Rev. Reginald L. Bachus preached from the Book of Daniel 2:1, 16, 19
and 46-49. He taught us through his message, "You Are the
One," that God presents the opportunity to us to show us that we are
the one. God prepares us by putting the right people around us
and by providing things that we sometimes don't know we need.
And, the blessing is that if we are faithful, God will promote us.
Rev. R. L. Bachus took in one candidate for membership by her
Christian experience. Thanks be unto God for His blessings!
September 13, 2008 -
"Rain won't stop us from having a picnic. The picnic must go
on." declared Maretta Brown-Miller. Through rain or shine,
it's picnic time! It rained all day long, but that didn't
dampen the spirits of members of Friendship. Brother
Wilbourn and Brother Winfield grilled chicken, hamburgers and
hotdogs under the BIG tent for about 6 hours straight. More
than one hundred picnic-goers sought shelter in the Worthy
Auditorium. There was plenty of food to eat complete with
loads of fun including basketball in the rain, hoola hoop contests
with prizes, board games, bucket toss, arts & crafts, praise dancing
and even voter registration. In addition, a representative
from the City Clerk's office was present and provided kid and
medical I.D.s, and other city related services. This was the
best picnic ever!
DR. & MRS. SHELVIN J. HALL
September 7, 2008 - Rev.
Johner Wilson from New Zion Baptist Church was our guest preacher
today as Friendship celebrated Dr. and Mrs. Shelvin J. Hall
Education Day. Rev. Wilson spoke a powerful message of, "The Answer
to Life's Great Question" with scripture from Isaiah 11:1-2.
He told us that we ought to appreciate the significance of education
as it brings foundation to our lives. He likened education to
the saying that you can give a man a fish and he could eat for a day
or you could teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. So
it is with education, we gain knowledge and we gain understanding
Immediately following the
service was the unveiling of the Dr. and Mrs. Shelvin J. Hall
Educational Resource Center. Justice Shelvin Louise Hall spoke
briefly before our adjournment. She told the story of the
Chambered Nautilus. The most recognizable and memorable
characteristic of the nautilus is its fascinating geometrically
designed golden spiral shell. The nautilus creates these
beautiful shells for our enjoyment and pleasure. The nautilus'
shell has about 30 chambers and as it grows it moves on to
the enlarging shell. Just as it moves on, so must we, to build
up what has been created. The Hall's promoted education and
insisted that the young people of Friendship strive for and attain
academic excellence. So, it is our charge that we must move
on and build up with this objective in mind.
CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS
the month of August Friendship Baptist Church celebrated its senior
members in several ways. Friendship hosted its first Senior
Revival August 27th through August 29th. The guest preacher
was Rev. L.K. Curry, Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
On Sunday morning August 31, 2008, Friendship held its 2nd
Annual Senior Appreciation Day service. Each senior received
either a corsage or a boutonniere. Rev. Snirley Simpson,
Pastor of Mr. Ridge Baptist Church, was the guest preacher. On
Sunday afternoon, the choirs of Friendship hosted a musical to pay
tribute to the senior members.
August 24, 2008 - This is
the 2nd Gospel Youth Explosion that Friendship has hosted.
This year's program was coupled with a back to school theme to
encourage the youth to start school on the right foot. The
line up of preachers proved to once again be explosive with messages
of steadfastness, courage, knowledge and faith. Rev. Arick
Lockhart from Friendship spoke from Mark 11:22-24 with a text of
"Can You Stand the Rain?" He reminded us that sometimes we
have to wait on the Lord. Rev. Thomas Savage from
Lilydale First Baptist Church spoke from I Samuel 17:32-36, and his
text was, "Time to Stand Up." He told us that as Christians we
have to stand up, stand above and stand sure in spite of our lack of
experience. We have to stand knowing that God could use us.
He told us that we did not need to be older to be used by God.
Rev. Marcus Owens from Friendship spoke from Psalm 27:1 with
a text of, "Walk in the Light." He encouraged the youth to
stay on God's path in their daily walk. Rev. Shaundale
Taylor from Greater Rock Baptist Church spoke from Romans 8:28,
and his text was, "It's All Good." He reminded us that God
knows what we need. The final youth preacher was Rev.
Jarvis Hanson of New Nazareth Baptist Church. He spoke
from Daniel 6:19-23 on the topic, "How to Handle Your Lion's Den."
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL KICK-OFF
12, 2008 - Vacation Bible School starts out with a great big
splash! The parking lot of Friendship Baptist Church was
the central ground as members of the community stopped by to
register for Vacation Bible School, get their cars washed, eat
barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers or participate in the "great
dunk." Pastor Bachus and a few brave church members
volunteered to sit in the dunk tank, while others eagerly awaited
their turn to throw a ball or two or three or four....at the target.
Dunk after dunk after dunk, they all went splashing into the water.
Larry Fairchild was the first one to dunk Pastor Bachus, but
Carmella Parker was the real "dunker" as she hit the target and sent
Pastor Bachus and Marie McManus splashing into the tank. Rev.
Marcus Owens and Paige Greenwood also had their share of dunks.
About 30 children were registered for Vacation Bible School which
starts on Monday, July 15th. Rev. Earnell Hardimon never took
a break as he helped to wash about 17 cars to benefit the Youth
Department. There's no better way to describe this event than
GOOD OLE FUN!
VOICES OF FRIENDSHIP MUSICAL
June 29, 2008 - I love you
Jesus! I worship and adore You. Lord, I love you more
than anything. The Voices of Friendship lifted up the
name of our Lord through songs. One guest vocalist was Rev.
Rodney Bachus who blessed us with his melodic sounds of praise.
Rev. Mario McManus took us on a trip down memory lane as he led the
song, "Spirit of the Living God."
AUSTIN COMMUNITY HEROES
May 24, 2008
- The South Austin Coalition sponsored a brick laying
ceremony to honor community leaders, activists and residents who
have died, but who have left a lasting impact on the community.
The late Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall and his wife, the late Mrs.
Lucy Mae Hall were honored during this memorial service. Their
daughter, Shelvin Louise Hall spoke and laid a brick in their honor.
The memorial brick garden is located at Laramie and Washington.
Read more about this event by clicking on the links
May 4, 2008 -
Friendship Baptist Church celebrated its annual Women's Day Program.
The guest speaker was Mrs. Wilma Bachus (below in red), mother of
the Pastor, Rev. Reginald E. Bachus.
ANGELIC CHOIR AND HALL'S ENSEMBLE MUSICAL
April 20, 2008 - "I want it all back," proclaimed the Youth
Choirs as they marched into the sanctuary! Today we are taking
back everything that the devil has stolen from us: emotional health,
physical health, finances, relationships, children, parents, jobs,
homes and marriages.
HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY PASTOR BACHUS
March 5-9, 2008 - Happy 1st Anniversary Pastor Bachus. The
first year has gone by so quickly since Rev. Bachus arrived at
Friendship. And although his time as Pastor of Friendship has
been short, Rev. Bachus has made a great impact within the church,
within the religious community and within the neighborhood
surrounding the church. Several guest Ministers stopped by
Friendship to preach and to congratulate Rev. Bachus on his first
year anniversary. On 3/5/08, Rev. Dr. Rogers Jackson from
Emmanuel Baptist Church preached a message on "Double Honor" with
text from I Timothy 5:17. Rev. Earnell Hardimon provided the
discussion on the theme, "Our Pastor: Laboring in Word and
Doctrine." (A video link has been provided to share a
portion of Rev. Hardimon's presentation. On 3/9/08 at the 4PM
service, Rev. Leroy Elliott preached a message on "Through it All"
with text from Romans 8:28.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTOR BACHUS
Follow the yellow brick
road...wait, we're not in Kansas anymore!
February 29, 2008
- Welcome to Emerald City as we celebrate the birthday of our
beloved Pastor, Rev. Reginald E. Bachus. Although he's a long
way from Kansas, it felt like home as the celebration began.
The decor looked like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Complete
with a yellow brick road, the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow,
candy of all colors of the rainbow, cupcakes, singing and praise
dancing and even red sparkling shoes for the First Lady, Detra
MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA
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Composers & Performing Artists
2008 - The Ministry of Christian Worship presented Albertina
Walker, the "Queen of Gospel" and Yvonne Huntley, Pianist from the
Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Columbia South Carolina.
has great things in store for Friendship Baptist Church under the
leadership of Pastor Reginald E. Bachus. Unlike the services
of 2006 and before where personal testimony was shared and
Friendship members walked around the church with penlights singing
"Walk in the Light", this year was different. Preaching,
praising and proclaiming were highlighted as we closed out the year
2007. Each of the Associate Ministers delivered a scriptural
message to the congregants. Following the preaching, there was
fellowshipping and dining in the Worthy Auditorium. Happy New
VOICES OF FRIENDSHIP CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we
ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
16, 2007 - The Voices of Friendship, Hall's Ensemble and
the Angelic Choir came together to shout a joyful noise unto the
Lord through singing and praising! View a video clip of the
afternoon program by clicking on the link below.
ANGEL TREE 2007
Greatest Gift of All
unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government
will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
December 15, 2007 -
Since 1983, Friendship has answered the Biblical call to
minister to the least of these to give children hope during
Christmas time. The Annual Angel Tree Christmas party was held
on 12/15/07 at Friendship. Approximately 150 children were
served by the Church. Friendship members and community
partners purchased more than 300 Christmas gifts consisting of
clothing, toys and electronics. The party was enjoyed by all,
and included singing, games, prizes and raffles. But, the most
important part of the celebration was the message by Rev. Reginald
E. Bachus teaching us about the Greatest Gift of All, our Lord and
our Savior, Jesus Christ.
18TH ANNUAL BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
25, 2007 - This year the Annual Baccalaureate Service was held
during Sunday morning service. Candice Colson and Richard Von
Miller were the recipients of the Justice L. Priscilla Hall
Scholarship. Candice attends Wilbur Wright College and is
majoring in Nursing. Richard attends Briar Cliff University
and is majoring in Spanish Mass Communications. Friendship
also recognized its recent 8th grade graduates:
(Oak Park-River Forest H.S.), Joshua Fikes (Prosser H.S), Aramis
Gills (Austin H.S.), Averille Jones (Holy Trinity H.S.) and Justin
Miller (Marine Military H.S.). Congratulations to all of
20, 2007 - About 25 men and boys, and one woman took on the
challenge of playing a friendly, but very competitive game of
basketball. The first team included those 25 years and older
(Old School) and the second team included those under 25 years old
(New School). In the 3rd quarter of the game, the Old School
team was leading by 7 points until the 9-12 year olds hit the court.
Melvin Pierce, with Pastor Bachus defending him, hit a couple of
crucial shots that got the New School team within 3 points.
The Old School team won by 1 point with a final score of 39-38.
There was much anticipation from many Friendship members to have
another basketball game soon. The excitement in the stands and
on the court showed that everyone had a good time. Are you
ready for the re-match?
50TH ANNUAL CHURCH BANQUET
9, 2007 - On November 9th, Friendship
Baptist Church held its 50th Annual Church Banquet at the Carlisle
Distinctive Banquets in Lombard, IL. Congratulations to Mrs.
Lottie Brown, our 2007 Queen, representing the Department of
The Toastmaster for the evening
was Pastor John F. Hannah who is host of the #1 rated "Morning
Praise Party" on gospel radio 1390AM in Chicago. As part of
the program, The Family sang several spirit filled songs. In
addition, The Mimes from Home Life Missionary Baptist Church
performed. It was an evening to remember!
MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH CELEBRATES 118 YEARS
WE WORSHIP WITH MT. ZION BAPTIST
KANSAS CITY, KS
22-23, 2007 - The Friendship Baptist Church family traveled by
plane, by car and by bus to get to Kansas City, Kansas to celebrate
the 118th Anniversary of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where Rev. C.L.
Bachus has been the Pastor for 35 years. Approximately 125
members of Friendship traveled safely to Kansas City and then back
to Chicago. On Saturday, Friendship members participated in
Mt. Zion's Church carnival. Besides barbeque hot dogs,
hamburgers and polish sausage, many Friendship members tried
barbeque bologna for the first time. Several members thought
that Rev. Reginald Bachus was just kidding around when he told the
congregation that Mt. Zion would be serving barbeque bologna.
There were games, face painting and the fun activities for the
children. On Sunday morning Rev. Reginald Bachus preached a
heartfelt and emotional sermon titled "God's Glorious Church" with
the text coming from Colossians 1:18.
YOUTH GOSPEL EXPLOSION
September 16, 2007
Rev. Arick Lockhart - Friendship
"Don't Get Your Hate Up, Get Your
Rev. Reginald L. Bachus - Yale
Matthew 13: 45-46
- "Will You Sell Out"
Rev. Thomas Savage, Jr. - First
Lilydale Baptist Church
- "The Responsibility of the Light"
Rev. Marcus C. Owens -
Friendship Baptist Church
- "The Power to Overcome
Rev. Jarvis Hansen - Pastor, New
Nazareth Baptist Church
- "How to Get a Buffet in a Barren
WORSHIP UNDER THE TENT
September 9, 2007 - "...and said, Sirs, what must I do to be
saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31-32
Worshipping under the tent just might
be a first for Friendship. Members who have been around for
20, 30, 40 years and more do not recall ever having an outside
worship such as this. The Lord blessed Friendship with a
perfect weather day, all sunshine and moderately warm weather.
The tent got crowded, but there was always more room, as people
continued to come to hear the word of God. Most were members
of Friendship, and there were also a lot of visitors and guests.
Rev. Bachus delivered a soul stirring sermon to let the worshippers
know that God would show up wherever they are. Right after the
morning service everyone was treated to barbeque hamburgers,
hotdogs, baked beans, salad and ice cold water and soda.
Get a glimpse of a video clip from the
Worship Under the Tent service. Click on the following link:
September 2, 2007
- Give them their roses while they yet live! Friendship
Baptist Church gives honor to the many Senior members of the church.
Rev. Snirley Simpson, Pastor, Mount Ridge Baptist Church was the guest minister.
Senior Appreciation Registered
Bessie T. Balkcom
Rosie L. Bolden
Rev. George Bowen
Willie M. Epinger
Willie M. Jones
Freddie J. King
Deacon James Lucas
Deacon Richard McGregor
Arthur M. Page
Rev. Elvin Simpson
Deacon Jerry Wilson
DOWN HOME BARBEQUE ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC
August 25, 2007 - The Church Picnic was fun, fun and more
fun! Church members, family, friends, and people from the
community feasted on tasty, delicious food! There were rave
reviews about the "Deacon Alex E. Brown, Sr." style ice cold
lemonade and Mrs. Sanders pound cake. Everyone had something
to do...football, jump rope, play ground, Uno card game, talk,
laugh, look...you name it. And, don't forget about hoola hoop!
their own way of doing the hoola hoop. Jordan does it the
traditional way, Rev. Bachus twirls it around his arm and Maretta
uses her neck.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 16-27, 2007 -
one word could describe Vacation Bible School, it would be,
FANTASTIC! VBS students visited Millennium Park in
downtown Chicago, and the historic Garfield Park Conservatory to see
Niki in the Garden. Niki de Saint Phalle designed large-scale,
outrageous and colorful sculptures that have appeared in museums,
advertisements and worldwide exhibitions.
GOSPEL/EDUCATIONAL STAGE DEDICATION
GOSPEL/EDUCATIONAL STAGE DEDICATED
TO THE LATE REV. AND MRS. HALL
July 7, 2007
- During the 15th Annual African Caribbean Festival of Life held in
Washington Park in Chicago, the Gospel/Educational Stage was
dedicated to the late Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall and the late Mrs.
Lucy Mae Hall. Ephraim Martin, President of Martin's
Inter-Culture, LTD and the Festival Producer, made this historical
dedication possible. Martin, who led us in the program
welcome, is the husband of Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall.
Friendship Baptist Church, along with family, friends and
festival-goers witnessed the unveiling of the dedication banner
which included a photo of the late Rev. Hall and the late Mrs. Hall.
Jerome Robinson served as
the Master of Ceremonies for the occasion. Lewis Hall and
Justice Shelvin Louise Hall shared a narrative on the legend of the
Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall and Mrs. Lucy Mae Hall. Rev.
Antwon Funches led us in remarks and the prayer of dedication.
Friendship's choir sang
three spiritually uplifting songs: Jesus Will, There Is No Way,
and He Reigns Forever. Rev. Clarence James led us in
the benediction and prayer.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FIRST LADY DETRA BACHUS
May 20, 2007 -
The Sunday Church School hosted a Surprise Breakfast Birthday
Celebration for the First Lady of Friendship Baptist Church, Mrs.
Detra Bachus. Immediately following Sunday Church School,
students gathered in the Worthy Auditorium to shout "Happy
Birthday" as Mrs.
exited her classroom. She was then serenaded with a good old
version of the Happy Birthday song, ending with, "May the Good
Lord Bless You!" She was humbly surprised and grateful for
everyone's thoughtfulness. Mrs. Bachus' official birthday is
Easter, April 8,
2007 - The Sunday Church School children's classes presented
"The Story of Three Trees" which told the story of the dilemma that
the trees faced as they pondered over what they would become when
they grew up. The first tree wanted to become a treasure
chest, the second a strong and mighty sailing ship, and the third
wanted to grow tall and point people to God. The trees are
disappointed when they are cut down and their dreams seem
unfulfilled. But, that's not the end of the story. As
time goes on, each tree is humbly surprised as God places that tree
exactly where it needs to be in God's Kingdom. God has a
special plan for each of them, much better than they ever dreamed
Click here for the story.
SEVEN LAST WORDS - GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
For God so loved the
world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Seven Last Words Good Friday Service: Seven ministers,
seven last statements of Christ before his crucifixion.
Friendship Baptist Church has hosted The Seven Last Words of Christ
on Good Friday for the past 50 years through preaching of the seven
last statements uttered by Christ; through teaching the scripture of
the Passion History; through praying to the Almighty God, and;
through singing hymnals and musical renditions. Mrs. Delores
Diggs and The Chamber Ensemble joined us for the third consecutive
year. The following ministers preached during the program:
Rev. Dr. Michael
Runnel, Pastor, Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church: "Father,
Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit"
March 11, 2007 - Installation Celebration and
Services were held throughout the day. Friendship and guests
received the best of the best preaching, praying, praising and
proclaiming! Rev. Reginald L. Bachus led the 8:30AM service,
Rev. C.L. Bachus took charge during the 11:00AM service, and Rev.
Selwyn Bachus wrapped it up during the 3:30PM service.
Antwon Funches and Rev. Randall Harris assist Pastor Emeritis
Shelvin Jerome Hall as he passes the gavel to Pastor Reginald E.
Bachus, the newly installed 8th Pastor of "The" Friendship Baptist
Church of Chicago. Pastor Bachus receives his official
"Friendship" Pastoral Robe.
Truly, God has great things in store
for Friendship Baptist Church!
Everything "B" to celebrate the blessed
birthday of our beloved Pastor Bachus. The
evening was boldly, beautiful and bountiful and
full of some of the best tasting food and beverages
such as buffalo wings and broccoli salad. Birthday
party attendees played Bachus Bingo and Bachus
Bowling. Bravo to the Pastor's Aid Club for
coordinating this Birthday Bash!
November 23, 2006, The 17th
Annual Baccalaureate Service sponsored by the E.L. Twine Club was
held on Thanksgiving morning. Three recent high school
graduates who are now Freshmen in college were recognized as well as
six recent middle school graduates who are now Freshmen in high
school. This year's guest speaker was Jasmine Powell, a
25-year old poet, musician and playwright from Naperville.
Jasmine enlightened and inspired the graduates and the attendees
with her motivational speech on "A Real Friend." She
encouraged each of us to find a real friend in Jesus because He will
never leave us nor will He forsake us. We can always count on
Jesus! Congratulations to all of Friendship's graduates!
2006: Welcome to Friendship, Pastor Bachus! Rev. Hall
officially passed the gavel to Pastor Reginald Bachus.
Rev. Hall told Pastor Bachus that he was a blessed young man with a
Rev. Reginald Bachus, preached his first sermon as the newly elected Pastor
of Friendship Baptist Church. Before preaching his sermon, he
eloquently sang, "By the Grace of the Lord, I've Come a Long Way."
The scripture was taken from Exodus 40: 34-38, and the text was
"Waiting On the Next Move Of God." Pastor Bachus
stated that Rev. Hall has passed the mantel to a young unknown man,
and in some minds unproven, from the wheat fields and the yellow
brick roads of Kansas. Pastor Bachus reminded us that
Friendship belongs to the Lord. We need to prepare for what
God has in store for us. He said the first thing we ought to
do is come together to pray for the presence of the Glory of God.
When the Glory of God is in the house, there is no limit to what
Friendship can do! He encouraged us that no matter how
difficult things may get, no matter how hard our times may be, we
serve a God that will give us protection as well as
provision. Secondly, we should pray, and God will bless us
with progress. At times, progress is painful.
Progress means that we may have to make some changes in our way of
thinking and our way of doing things. Progress means that at
times, we have to reexamine our traditions. We may need to
look at our processes in order that we make sure that when the Lord
says move, we are ready to move. We must be in the proper
position and proper posture in order to be led by God. Pastor
Bachus does not want us to forget about the past. Friendship
has a great and rich legacy and tradition. He encouraged us to
study and examine where we are from to prevent making the same
mistakes we made in the past. If true progress is going
to be made we must make sure that we are in tune with the will of
the Almighty God. That can only be done by prayer and with
dutiful participation by the people of God. Pastor Bachus
truly believes that God has great things in store for Friendship
And, so, with these
words, another chapter in Friendship's history begins.
THE END OF AN ERA
2006: Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall preached his last
sermon, "THE UNFINISHED SONG," as the Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. After 51
years of faithful service, Pastor Hall retired as the leader of
this great flock. Before preaching, Pastor Hall led us in one
of our old time favorite songs, "I know the Lord will make a
way...oh, yes He will!" He said that fifty one years ago, he was in
prime time, and so were some of the current Friendship members.
Flanked by news reporters and journalists, Pastor Hall reminded us
that as long as God says, well done, you don't have to worry about
anyone else. He thanked God for his Friendship family.
He thanked Friendship for being strong enough to be Christians and
knowing how to wait on God. In Pastor Hall's words, "They said
we couldn't buy the building on Douglas Blvd., but we did it.
They said we could not build God a new house, but we built it.
They said we could not pay for it, but we paid for it. God has
been good to Friendship. The time of my departure is now at an
end. I've fought a good fight. I've been a good soldier.
I've been a good steward. I didn't flunk out. I finished
my course. Not only did I finish my course, I've come out of
it with a stronger faith in God. For people will break your
faith if you let them. They'll tell you it can not be done,
but God can do anything for you. Keep your hand in God's hand.
Friendship, you've been a great Church. Through ups and downs,
you've been a good Church. Keep your hand in God's hand.
He promises to make a way."
tears, hugs and kind words, emotions ran high as members surrounded
Pastor and Mrs. Hall to give a "final farewell" as the Pastor and
First Lady of Friendship Baptist Church. Following the service, a
reception was held in the Worthy Auditorium.
October 29, 2006: Rev. C. L. Bachus, father of Rev. Reginald Bachus, came by Friendship to
deliver the Gospel. Rev. Bachus is the Pastor of New Zion
Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and the 5th Vice President of
the National Baptist Convention. The scripture was taken from
Psalm 95:6. Rev. Bachus' text was "A Desire to Worship God."
Rev. Bachus told us that we ought to be excited about worshipping
God. Our desire to worship must be motivated by our love for
God. God must be the object of our desire, the object of our
praise and worship. Parishioners showed their desire to
worship God as they stood on their feet to thank and praise God.
BUSINESS MEETING TO VOTE ON A NEW PASTOR
October 18, 2006: Faithful
members of Friendship Baptist Church once again came together to
cast their votes for a new pastor. Rev. Reginald Bachus,
Pastor, First Regular Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, Kansas
was the candidate of consideration. With 182 votes cast, and with an
overwhelming number of "YES" votes received, Rev. Reginald Bachus
would be invited to be the next Pastor of "The" Friendship Baptist
Church of Chicago. Following the vote, Rev. Alvin Love shared
a message with the congregation. Genesis 50:19 was the
reference for the message, which was titled, "The Providence of
God." Rev. Love reminded us that we should avoid dictating
scenarios to God. And, that our part is to make sure that we
are fully aware of our experience with God. He further reminded us
that we ought to be faithful, and we ought learn to wait on the
Lord. At the close of the meeting, Pastor Hall told Friendship
members that they were the nicest folks. He repeatedly thanked
the congregation. Before the benediction, Pastor Hall's final
words were, "Thank you, Friendship. I'll stay until he gets
here. When he gets here, I'll get our of the way. You
are the nicest folks."
July 23, 2006: The Sunday
morning Anchor reads, "Forty years after the most ambitious civil rights
campaign in the north, we meet to honor that history in a renewed
challenge to racial segregation and inequality in Chicago." A
special day in history has once again been carved out for Rev. Dr. Shelvin J. Hall and the Friendship Baptist Church family. On this
day, Mr. Kale Williams, co-chair, Fulfilling the Dream Conference and
Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, Center for Democratic Renewal spoke to us today
about the continuing work of the Civil Rights Movement. The Albany
Georgia Freedom Singers lifted our hearts in praise as they sang
spirituals that glorified the name of our Heavenly Father. Rev.
Elbert Ransom, Jr., D. Min. delivered the sermon, "I'm So Glad That
Troubles Don't Last Always." Rev. Ransom is an ordained Baptist
minister, an adjunct instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary, and
president of REACH, Incorporated, a human relations firm.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - POWER ON WITH JESUS
Two weeks (July 17-28, 2006), seventy-five (75) children, dedicated teachers
and staff, hardworking director, Christ-centered education, fun-filled
activities, creative arts and crafts and delicious healthy meals were
all the ingredients for this years' Vacation Bible School.
The theme, Power On With Jesus, was most powerful!
Children were encouraged through songs and lessons to get up everyday
with Jesus in their hearts and on their minds.
OF FRIENDSHIP WORKING THEIR FAITH
June 4, 2006:
The men of Friendship hosted their Annual Men's Day Program. The
keynote speaker was
Roland Martin, Executive Director of Chicago Defender. During
the introduction, Pastor Hall referred to Roland as a "cowboy" from the
Lone Star State of Texas who shoots our kind of ammunition.
And someone who came our way to head the Chicago Defender to make
it a pure and free newspaper, and to tell our part
of the story. Roland spoke about "Looking For a Few Good Men."
He reminded us that a few good men far outweigh hundreds of "dead
weight" men. He compared it to David and his mighty men who were
unwilling to bow down to the opposition. Later in the program,
Rev. Steve Spiller, Sr., Pastor of Greater Galilee Baptist Church
was the guest minister for the afternoon. Rev. Spiller spoke on
Friendship's theme, "Working Our Faith," which he emphasized was a
challenging theme. He noted that we sometimes find ourselves not
operating under the direction of having enough faith to carry out that
which is recorded in the Word of God. Faith must be demonstrated
in the life of
the believer. It is important for us to stay close
enough to God where we see Him in everything. Mrs. Betty Booker
was named Woman of the Year.
PASTORAL TRANSITION TEAM
Pastoral Transition Team, led by Rev. L.K. Curry, began work in
January 2006 by conducting surveys to determine the type of pastor the
membership would like to have. The survey included questions on
age, marital status, educational background and pastoral experience.
An additional survey provided an opportunity for members to name three
ministers that they would like to recommend as pastor. After all
of the surveys were reviewed, five (5) candidates were
brought before the church between February 5, 2006 and March 5, 2006.
On May 17, 2006 at 8:00 in the
evening, Friendship Baptist Church held a special business meeting to
decide if the final candidate, would be the new
Pastor of "The" Friendship Baptist Church. After much discussion,
and numerous questions, members, young and old alike, waited patiently
to cast their votes. Mr. Frank Hondras assisted by validating the
"Yes" or "No" ballot cards drawn from the ballot box. Rev. Antwon
Funches assisted by marking the "Yes" and "No" tallies on a large chalk
board. Members of the congregation sat with much anticipation as
the votes were tallied. At 11:09 P.M. the final vote was tallied,
and the outcome was that Pastor Hall would still be in charge of the
Friendship congregation. In the words of Pastor Hall, "The
congregation has spoken. Not yet....Not this one.
Friendship, get ready for Sunday morning." And, so, the Legend
continues as well as the search for a new Pastor.
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY PASTOR HALL
May 3, 2006: More than 150 people
gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall.
He was adorned with a captain's hat because he has been the CAPTAIN
of the SHIP, Friendship Baptist Church, for 51 years. It
was a festive occasion as everyone sailed aboard the FRIENDSHIP,
enjoyed a lively program, and listened to inspiring music. Most of
the guests on board wore sailor caps, and the children, wore their
pirate accessories of eye patches and ear jewelry.
EASTER SUNDAY "NO GREATER LOVE" PASSION PLAY
April 16, 2006: The Sunday Church
School was responsible for the production, costume design, props and
script for the Passion Play, "No Greater Love" presented in the Worthy
Auditorium during the Sunday School hour.
GOOD FRIDAY: JESUS PAID A DEBT HE DID NOT OWE
BECAUSE WE OWED A DEBT WE COULD NOT PAY.
April 14, 2006: Friendship Baptist
Church hosted its 49th Annual "Seven Last Words" Good Friday Service.
Mrs. Delores Diggs and The Chamber Ensemble worked with Friendship's Music
Department to present to a spiritually uplifting musical
presentation. Guest minister participants came from 7
different Churches throughout Chicago, IL, including Beloit, WI.
LITTLE SAINTS IN PRAISE
March 19, 2006: The Angelic Choir and
their special guests sang and praised God in their musical, "Little
Saints In Praise" to an audience of members, parents, visitors and
friends. Their talents were displayed through singing, playing
musical instruments, reciting Bible verses and serving as Master of
CHRISTMAS PLAY "THE SCROOGE OF CHRISTMAS PAST"
December 18, 2005: The Sunday Church
School presented its Christmas Play, "The Scrooge of Christmas Past."
The cast did a great job of explaining the true meaning of Christmas and
the reason for the season.
October 7, 2005: The 50th Annual Pastor
Appreciation Gala honoring Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall was held at the
Harold Washington Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. More than 300
guests, including dignitaries, family and friends, joined together to
celebrate Pastor Hall's 50th anniversary as Pastor of "The" Friendship
Baptist Church of Chicago. The story of his arrival in 1955 is etched
in the minds of Friendship members. He came by way of Texas with one
wife, three children one bird and a boat. Pastor Hall's request was,
"If I am to be pastor, then let me pastor." And, so
the legend continues...
DOWN HOME BARBEQUE ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC
August 27, 2005:
Friendship Baptist Church held its DOWN HOME BARBEQUE Church picnic at
Columbus Park in Chicago. Generations of Friendship family
members came out to fellowship with one another, eat delicious food and
play games. The weather was perfect...plenty of sun and warm weather.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL KICK-OFF PARADE
July 9, 2005: About fifty (50) members of Friendship joined
together for the Vacation Bible School Kick-off Parade. The
theme for this year is Operation Victory. As with most
days in July, it was HOT and very sunny. But, that did not deter anyone
from marching through the neighborhood inviting the residents to attend
our upcoming Vacation Bible School (7/18-29/2005).
MEN OF SONG III
May 28, 2005:
The Men's Day Committee
hosted a Pre-Men's Day Musical called Men of Song III. Besides the
Friendship Men's Day Choir, special guests included The Swan Boyz, Otis
Clay and Men of Faith.
WELCOME BARACK OBAMA & JOSEPH BIDEN
September 19, 2004: Illinois Senator Barack Obama and U. S. Senator, Joseph Biden, Jr. of Delaware visited Friendship and expressed their
gratitude to Pastor Hall and Friendship for their vision and
support. Barack Obama was campaigning to become the U. S.
Senator for Illinois. If elected, he will become the fifth
Black person to serve in this capacity.