The 2014 Homecoming celebration at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church got off to an amazing start Friday night. Pastor Smokie Norful was the special guest and he brought with him, the ultimate guest of honor as he ministered under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Norful sang selections from and celebrated his new release: “Forever Yours”.
The night featured also music from the Greater Friendship praise team, the Pine Hill Baptist Church choir and Sunday Best finalist Steven Howard. It was a homecoming for many, but a reunion for Pastor Parish Lowery, each featured artist hails from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
The concert was the latest in a series of overwhelming success under the Pastorate of Parish E. Lowery. The church successfully relocated from Fort Worth's west side to its current location in the Riverside community. The move was made possible by its thriving membership, bolstered by many long time members and an influx of new, young members and families. The church remains committed to “building families by growing people”; and with each capacity crowd filling each service at both it's current and former locations, the evidence supports the work.
The church has experienced a turnaround under the leadership of Pastor Lowery. With membership dwindling down to a handful, the church was in dire need of a miracle. Pastor Lowery arrived and with the help of one of the church's greatest leaders and former Pastors Joe Foster, the church began a course of recovery, rebuilding and reclamation.
The meager membership set out to recover its reputation, identity and rights, all seemingly squandered under the previous leadership. They began the rebuilding process through new, fresh and younger membership and with a new vision, provided by Pastor Lowery. One of the first signs of turnaround was the completion of many projects left unfinished by Pastor Lowery’s predecessor.
Finally, in its 70th year, the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church can safely say that the reclamation process is nearly done, if not completed. The church is once again thriving and gladly welcomes home it's former members. Many who left despondent have returned joyfully and now serve alongside the newest members ‘down at Friendship’.
Joy has come…
Pastor Lowery joins the ranks of the Reverends Frank Turner, Joe Foster, Lloyd Hall and Anthony Brown. awesome men of God who left an indelible mark on this ministry. Under Pastor lowery, the church has reclaimed its joyous disposition and spiritual acumen that made it one of Fort Worth’s greatest churches down through the years. For many, ‘Friendship was not only a church home, it was a destination and the site and scene of timeless memories. With any given Sunday, it's a Homecoming for many former members who return to experience the new Greater Friendship.
Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory?
On today, the church will not only celebrate its 70th year and Homecoming, they will Also dedicate their new edifice located at 2001 Bonnie Brae in Fort Worth. The 11am service will feature Pastor Mark Stephens of Little Rock, Arkansas and the 5pm service will feature Pastor W. T. Glynn, renowned evangelist and Pastor of the historic Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Fort Worth,Texas.
Please feel free to join Pastor Lowery and the Greater Friendship MBC family as they celebrate God and each other at the 70th year celebration and Homecoming service.
Can't make the service? You can catch the live stream here: