Linda Varnado

Linda Varnado

FRIENDS Ministry Pastor

Suzanne Jett

Suzanne Jett

FRIENDS Ministry Assistant


It’s December 1st and we’re excited about our 1st ever Compassion in Action calendar for Advent! When we think of giving gifts that would please Christ most, they would likely be simple gifts of service wrapped in love and delivered with hope. They might not come so much from a store as from a heart. Gifts that started all the way back in a humble manger on a starry night. ✨ Here you can download and follow the Compassion in Action Advent calendar.

Each year there are people in our church family who have traveled a challenging journey for many different reasons. In the spirit of the simplicity of the first Christmas, we will once again be collecting $25 gift cards as small gifts of love and encouragement. To participate, bring your gift card (to Amazon, Walmart, or somewhere similar) to the FRIENDS booth. You can also give online  HERE  and we’ll go shopping for you! These will be mailed out anonymously after the cutoff Sunday on December 11. Visit or email for more information.

FRIENDS Ministry offers varied opportunities to serve and connect at Community. From long-term commitments to one-time projects, from direct interaction with recipients to behind-the-scenes support, you can find a place to fit in. Being a part FRIENDS is a time-honored way to use your gifts and sow the love of Jesus into one another’s lives.

FRIENDS is a network of unique teams with the common mission to love like Jesus. Each team meets specific, distinct needs within the congregation and the community. Connection with one another while serving creates lasting Christ-centered relationships.

Teams Serving the Congregation

First and always lifting those we serve in prayer

College Cares – For students away from home: Encourage with notes, cards & packages

Comfort – For those who are grieving: Encourage, support, annual Celebration of Life service

First Aid – For those who are shut-in or ill: Visit, call/text, send cards

FRIENDS Youth – For congregation & community: Partner with our youth in serving projects

Intercession – For congregation, their families and friends: Divide weekly prayer list (via email), pray as requested, send cards of encouragement

New Manna – For those recovering from illness or surgery: Encourage, support, coordinate meals

Noah Guys – For those who are sick or elderly, & for single parents of our church family: Help with maintenance & repair projects

Renewal – For those we’ve been missing: Check in, send cards of encouragement

Special Projects – For those in need: Organize & facilitate varied short term serving projects

Teams Serving the Neighborhood Community

First and always lifting those we serve in prayer

Friends to Neighbors – For our local community: Plan & organize church-wide serving events such as:

  • Partner with and assist our local high-need schools
    • Provide food over fall and spring breaks
    • Provide schools supplies to students in need
    • Help in a classroom
    • Support & encourage teachers
  • Provide meals to a local shelter for homeless women and their children
  • Free Farmers Market – For those in need: Harvest fresh vegetables and distribute from a convenient, central location
  • Prayer Walk – For local businesses: Gather prayer requests and go out in teams to pray those requests at the physical location of each business
  • Project Clean-Up – For those in the congregation and in the community, widows/widowers, single parents, those who are ill, those in crisis, and others for whom a completed project would lighten their load: with a team, complete one 4-hour project for the recipient
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