"Friendship Day" Celebration Slated for Friendship Agape Church
Friendship Agape Church (FAC) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and its annual "Friendship Day" on Sunday, June 16, 2009. A special children’s program, musical presentation and lunch are the highlights for the day. Neighbors, friends and others are cordially invited.
“God has a heart for people in the San Jose area,” explained Pastor Onephanh Vilay. “After overcoming significant challenges over the past two decades, today’s Friendship Agape Church is a living testimony of His abundant faithfulness.”
Friendship Day 2009 Celebration
Each year, the church welcomes neighbors, visitors as well as old friends to Friendship Day. With the entire program in both English and Mandarin Chinese, the church strives to meet the needs of multi-generational families and other members of the community. Starting at 11:10am, this year’s festivities include a children’s program, encouraging teaching, video presentation and special music by the adult choir. A potluck lunch follows in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 5150 Camden Avenue in San Jose. Freeways 85, 880, 17 and 87 are nearby.
Friendship Agape is one of the few churches in the San Jose area to offer a bilingual Chinese-English program each Sunday morning. Not only are the messages in both languages, worship songs are even shown on-screen using Chinese, Pinyin and English—a first for Silicon Valley. Pinyin is a phonetic representation of Chinese that allows non-Chinese speakers to sing and follow along in Mandarin.
The First Friendship Day
Originally founded by a small group of committed Chinese Christians, Friendship Agape was a missionary church that served the San Jose area. From its humble beginnings in Santa Clara, the church held its first Friendship Day in 1989 as a way of introducing neighbors, friends and co-workers to the church. As a result, numerous people, from many different professional and ethnic backgrounds, came to know Jesus and make Friendship Agape their spiritual birthplace.
About Friendship Agape Church
Founded in 1989, Friendship Agape Church (FAC) is a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church denomination. Based in San Jose, California, FAC serves the local community with English and Mandarin Chinese programs for individuals and families. Sunday service begins with Sunday School at 10:00am and worship at 11:10am. The church meets at 5150 Camden Avenue, San Jose, California. For more information, visit www.friendshipagape.com or call the church office at (408) 979-1257.
From the North, take freeway 17, 280, 101 or 87 South to highway 85. Exit Camden Avenue. Proceed south on Camden. In about two blocks, turn left in the median of the street when you see the Friendship Agape Church and San Jose Christian Reformed Church signs on the left.
From the south, take freeway 101 North to highway 85. Exit Camden Avenue. Proceed south on Camden. In about two blocks, turn left in the median of the street when you see the Friendship Agape Church and San Jose Christian Reformed Church signs on the left.
There’s ample parking along the sides and rear of the church.
Pastor Onephanh Vilay