History

A very Brief History of Friendship Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church began as Lawder Baptist Mission. The Lawder Mission was started as a mission of Mexico First Baptist Church with the stated purpose of reaching the community of Rivers Addition. The “Mission” first met in a small building, formerly Lawder School, that still stands at the end of State Road JJ on US Hwy 54. The Lawder Mission organized into a church November 1950 and 2 years after the mission started the congregation moved to Friendship Drive and was renamed Friendship Baptist Church. Some difficulties included church members becoming stuck as a basement was being dug by hand under the building, - when a huge amount of rain fell during he basement project. It was a grand time as the church grew in number and decided to relocate again in the early 1960's to its present locational (4500 E. Liberty -[US Hwy 54]) which is only 2 blocks from the location of the original “Mission” and only 3 blocks due north of the building in use at the time the mission organized into a church.
 
Friendship has had several pastors. Our founding  pastor, Rev. Bill Gorrell is now retired and lives in St. Louis, MO. Some notable pastors have served us including Rev. Bob Kennison, who later became the head of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in Bridgeton, MO (now retired), Rev. Les Elam, pastor when the present building was built and the congregation moved to the current Highway 54 location. The late Rev Marvin Jones was our pastor for 23 years. Marvin was with us when we built the parsonage at the south west edge of the parking lot. Rev. Gary Thomas left us to pursue missions in Alaska, Rev. John Crowley, (only here a few years) and left us due physical injuries suffered from an automobile accident,  The late Rev. Craig Stevens was with us for 11 years. Our present pastor, Bro. Glenn Forman came to us January 2005. He served as our interim from January 2005 until becoming our pastor in October of 2005.
 
Through the years we have taken church and youth mission trips to various places including; Old Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado and Montana.
 
Presently we are working to become more effective in fullfilling our Lord's mandate to reach our community, the surrounding area, our state, our nation and the world with the Gospel.
 
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Upcoming Events
OCT

17

WED
Monthly Business Meeting
7:00 PM
3rd Wednesday of each month. Monthly Reports, old and new business (follwed by choir rehersal)
Midweek Service
7:00 PM
Prayer meeting each week consists of sharing known needs a devotional message from the Bible and public prayer.
Choir rehersal follows midweek service each week.
Patch the Pirate Club
7:00 PM
Target is children age 4 - 6th grade. Each Wednesday at 7 PM they receive scripture memory training and a solid Bible lesson.
Youth Group
7:00 PM
Bible study and Bible activities led by Bro. Ron Schott assisted by Bro. Alan Larson.
OCT

21

SUN
Sunday School
9:30 AM
Bible study for all ages in interactive classes.
Morning Worship
10:45 AM
A welcoming congregation meets together for joyful worship through prayer, singing, receipt of tithes and offerings, followed by the ministry of the Word. Special music is provided each week by members of the congregation. The pastor brings a dynamic sermon straight from the Bible every Sunday.
GA's and RA's Led by Mrs. Valory Wright
6:00 PM
Missions Education opportunity for girls and boys from 1st grade through 6th grade.
Evening Worship
6:00 PM
Old fashioned singing from the Baptist Hymnal and solid Bible preaching from the King James Version of the Bible.
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