A two-state Christian radio network is featuring an alliance of Friendship churches which are working together to reach into the community and beyond.
Family Life Network (FLN) in Bath, which owns more than 60 stations and translators in Western and Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania, is reporting on the group which has presented or featured some two dozen events in the Friendship and surrounding areas over the past few months.
In an interview with Casey Jones, executive director of Allegany Hope, which has been helping to coordinate and provide resources for the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance, FLN News Director Mark Webster highlighted the importance of churches working together to do more within their communities with less proportional effort.
Joint efforts expand impact
Jones noted that individual churches of much greater size than the five in Friendship would be unlikely to be able to engage in a fraction of what the alliance has accomplished in less than a year, some of which include a community picnic, Family Day Celebration, Back to Church Weekend activities, a multi-event A Friendship Christmas celebration, a monthly prayer gathering for the Friendship school, hosting of The Traveling Chapel which collected over a ton of no-longer-used Bibles and Christian materials to ship to overseas pastors and missionaries, and more. Participation in the national Back to Church Weekend observance was the largest per population of any area in New York State and, possibly, the country.
The alliance, through a new group Facebook page and a monthly newsletter, also has promoted other activities for the community, including FLN’s Summer Youtheatre workshop in Friendship, Houghton University‘s fall revival series, an expansion of events at individual churches, and bringing together other organizations for community awareness of services, such as at the Family Day Celebration.
It also is coordinating with the New York National Guard and Houghton Academy for presentation of two Citizen Preparedness Corps Training in Friendship and Houghton in February at which attendees will receive a free emergency backpack kit for each attending household which can be stored in a car, or at home or work.
FLN expansion started in Friendship
Family Life Ministries, an umbrella organization to the FLN set of radio stations, started in 1957 as a youth ministry. It began its first broadcast in 1983 and six years later started its first expansion by acquiring WCID in Friendship, now WCOV 89.1 FM.
It has continued acquisitions, including WCOQ 101.9 FM in Alfred and other stations in bordering areas and beyond.
The interview is available at http://tinyurl.com/4shdcxb3.