Worship Services have been suspended  

Bishop Holston recommends suspending
In-person worship services through March 31
In light of the latest guidance – and after consulting with The Cabinet today “I recommend that leaders of each local church suspend in-person worship services and all gatherings, meetings and events, effective today through March 31, 2020.. Please know that I do not make this recommendation lightly

Know Christ, Grow in Christ, Go with Christ

Friendship United Methodist Church is more than a church – we are a family!
Friendship  is a loving, friendly group of people striving to be a beacon in our community.
We are Christians growing in faith who seek to lead others into a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
We are friends, family and neighbors reaching out in ministry to those around us.  We are willing to cry together and laugh together.
At  Friendship, you will find people who are committed to God and willing to serve Him and follow wherever He leads.


House of Agape
Prepare and serve meals
Offer encouragement
Lead in devotions
Bethel Warming Center
Provide supplies
Prepare and serve meals
Project Hope
Hope House assists more than 30 families each day.  They provide help with food, medical and utility expenses.  How can we help?
Gather supplies
Meets at 9:45
Classes available for:
Fellowship Class
Genesis Class
Discovery Class – 9:30 in Fellowship Hall
Choir Practice
Wednesday evening 7:00PM
Choir Loft
Praise Team
Wednesday evening 8:00PM
email Pam @ pamelabth@live.com
with any questions regarding this ministry
Deeper Still
First & Third Tuesday @ 10:30AM
Fellowship Hall
Children’s Church
It’s an exciting time for Friendship UMC, as we welcome Samantha Naniot into the Friendship family, as our new Nursery/Children’s worker. Sam has a love for teaching, for children, and above all⸺a love for Christ. We are excited to watch our children’s program grow and thrive. 


Dear Friendship and Heath Memorial UMC Families,
We have now experienced our second week of staying home, social distancing, and searching for toilet paper and hand
sanitizer. We are struggling to understand why people we have gone weeks without seeing, or, talking to, we suddenly,
desperately want to see and talk to. I believe it’s due to the simple fact we can’t. We can’t spontaneously go out to eat
in a restaurant, we can’t stand close to someone in line at Walmart or the grocery store, we can’t hug someone or shake
their hand, and for many of us we can’t see our adult children or grandchildren. And the “can’t” none of us ever thought
we’d experience – we can’t go to church! This past Sunday was our second Sunday of being apart and discovering new
ways of being church. It feels strange and I now understand and appreciate what others have meant when they said,
“my week just isn’t right if I don’t go to church on Sunday.” I get it, I’ve actually had to look at the calendar several times
to check and see what day it is! Somehow the days don’t “feel right,” and I guess if I’m honest, somehow I don’t feel
right either. But, I’m trying and I know you are, too. Like many of you I tried a new way of Sunday School. I sat down at
the action center in the kitchen at the parsonage. At 9:45AM Sunday morning I opened my cell phone and clicked on the
link Grady Love sent me for joining the Genesis Class Zoom meeting. Once I joined I heard Grady say, “Karen has joined
us. Karen, would you like to activate your camera so we can see you?” My short, simple, succinct response of “no” was
met with much laughter. I distinctly heard, “well, it is before 10:00AM.” By the way, I know who you are! While the
scripture and lesson the class studied was on “The Transfiguration” many of the insights and comments offered left me with a message from God that resonated with my heart and spirit. It is a profound message for all of us in this
extraordinary time as we struggle, not only to connect with each other, but with God. Stand still for these moments and
know not only that He is God, but hear these words as He calls to you.
(Luke 10:38-42)
And He is calling you. He wants you to open up your life and your heart to Him. He comes to us in the person of His
Son Jesus. In Luke’s gospel we’re told that Jesus is visiting in the home of Martha and Mary. Have you ever wondered
what room they took Him to? I have. I’ve always found it interesting what room people take me to when I make home
visits. Sometimes I’m taken into a formal living room, a den, a kitchen, and one time a plastic chair in a carport! In one
of his books Max Lucado talks about how comfortable we are with Jesus. He asks us to imagine what room in our homes
we allow Jesus to visit in. How many of us keep Jesus in the formal room as if He’s a guest in our homes? Or, perhaps
we take him into the den where he is a friend. Do we sit with him at our kitchen tables over a cup of coffee, or, in my
case Diet Mt. Dew, because He’s a family member? Where can Jesus be found in Martha and Mary’s home? And, now
that we are temporarily unable to worship in our church homes, where can He be found in our personal homes?
And, who is there to spend time with Him? We’re told that Mary sat and listened to Jesus as He talked. That means
there were other people there. I bet the two sisters went out and invited others to come to their home because Jesus
was going to be there. Can’t you hear them, “you’ve got to come to our house, Jesus is going to be there!” They wanted
to share Him. So, who’s there to spend time with Jesus in our homes? Are we? One of my clergy friends told the story
of the time he visited with a family to talk with them about baptizing their baby. He said the TV was on and he could tell
they were more interested in watching it then talking to him. He said the only one really paying attention to him was
the dog. “You know,” he said, “I really was kind of embarrassed when I said the dog’s name during the baptism.” When Jesus comes to our homes, are we really there with Him? Are we excited about sharing Him with our families?
Or, are we just too busy with our worlds? I think that’s what happened to Martha. She was so caught up in her world
– what she needed to do, had to do, her priorities. The Son of God was right there in her home and the only way she
could be with Him was by frantically doing. Mary had her own way of being with Jesus – she simply put everything else
on hold and made Him the only priority. Somehow I think she was familiar with Psalm 46, “be still and know that I am
God.” We all have a choice to make when it comes to “how” we will be with Jesus. That choice is made every day, every
hour, every minute. It’s made by our world, our nation, our state, our communities, our churches, our families, and by
each and every one of us as individuals. At this extraordinary time, because of current coronavirus pandemic, we have
been given the opportunity to “be still and know He is God.” He desires nothing more than to come to us, right where
we are, and to be with us.
So, what will our choice be? Martha chose doing and Mary chose being when it came to receiving Jesus into their
home, their lives, and their hearts. Are you satisfied/fulfilled/at peace with the choice you’ve made and the “portion”
you’ve received? Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the “good portion.” But what exactly is the “good portion?”
Some of my most memorable pastoral experiences have occurred during communion. One time I had my Lay Leader
assisting me. We were going to be celebrating communion by intinction, meaning one chalice and dipping a piece of
bread into the grape juice. I gave the Lay Leader a piece of bread and when I turned back around with the chalice she
had eaten the bread. I simply tore off another piece of bread and offered it to her. She looked at me and said, “No
thanks, I’ve had enough.” To which I replied, “you can never have enough too much of Jesus!” I believe that’s how
Mary felt. She could never have too much of Jesus and while He was with her she was going to receive all that she
could. That is the good portion:
 she sat at the feet of Jesus – in other words, she was being with Jesus. When was the last time you were just with Him?
 she listened to Him instead of doing all the talking – when was the last time you sat in silence and listened for His voice?
 she drank in His teaching – not the world’s teaching, but the authoritative words of God which provide a moral compass and establish standards for those who become followers of Christ, and which provide transforming, healing words of grace, love, and redemption for all who have ears to hear.
Do you remember what Jesus said about the “good portion?” He said it could not be taken from Mary. In other words,
smaller portions – just getting bits and pieces of Jesus here and there, when you have time and aren’t too busy – they
can be taken from you. Satan can and will do that! He desires nothing more than to keep people from Jesus. We can
not allow him to use this coronavirus pandemic to do that. Use this time wisely and don’t decide that you’ve had
enough of Jesus and that your portion is good enough! May our choice always be, “Give me Jesus.”
In Christ’s Love,
PS: This coming Sunday look for a video Sunday worship service on friendshipumc-rockhill.org/
the Friendship Facebook page, and hopefully the Heath Memorial Facebook page



Welcome to what I hope and pray is a meaningful and exciting Lenten/Easter season for our Friendship family.
Our worship services and going to look and feel just a little bit different as we journey “Near the Cross” Sunday by Sunday.
At the opening of each worship service we will begin with a powerful visual moment as scripture is read and objects relating to the
passion of Christ are brought forward and placed at the cross. The cross will stand in front of you every Sunday almost daring you to take your eyes off of it. Listen, as the artisans who were forced to create the objects used to cause Christ pain and ultimately lead to His death tell their stories and ask the haunting question, “Did I make this?”You will be led to ask yourself this same haunting question, “Did I make something in my life, or, did I make of my life something that caused my Lord pain and placed Him on that cross?”


Since 1896 Epworth has been a place for children to grow, learn and be loved. Epworth’s goal is to break the destructive cycle of abuse, neglect,and shame to be replaced with an opportunity for each child to live a life of selfrespect, responsibility,and productivity.There is the residential care program that you are most familiar with. But they were able to open another step when they purchased more buildings to serve post High School young adults from ages 1823. Two years ago, they were able to open two buildings to a Foster Care Program to recruit and license qualified foster families for children ages 021. The families receive the training and resources needed to provide the same level of transformational care in the cottages. And here is the even better news in April a new hub will be open in Greenville. The Family Care Center is a unique program for mothers with substance abuse difficulties and their children. They live together while the mom receives addiction treatment. They receive help with parenting skills while providing care for the children and nurturing family bond. And now and even brandnew Center for Counseling providing counseling to children, youth, their families, and adults.We are welcome for coming to tour, to help with monthly birthday parties for the cottages and of course financial gifts. Eighty percent of the money needed to operate comes from churches and folks like us. So, thank you so much for putting into the clang buckets! children are collecting loose change and dollar bills after the children’s sermon.
The Clang Buckets collection is for Epworth Children’s Home,
next collection – April 19th.


The Easter Experience” begins Wednesday, March 4th, at 10:30AM.  You may be asking yourself if you want to attend or not. You might be thinking that you know the Easter Story so well that it’s doubtful you could gain any new insights. But, as Kyle Idleman, the leader of this DVD Bible study states, “What if what happened then changes everything now? 
Once you experience the story of Easter absolutely everything in your life changes.”
Discover through these six sessions the following truths:
My life has a purpose
My life can change
My pain is understood
My life has a plan
I have the promise of eternal life
My hope is secure
Come and experience how what happened then changes your life now!


If you would like to teach a class in the Lay Servant Ministry classes, this is the Saturday class for you.
It has a keynote speaker, Rev. Cathy Joens, and then you are able to choose a study that interests you.
This course helps lay servant leaders understand and adapt an intentional discipleship plan for their church context using resources from the See All the People movement.
Classes offered
: Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition. Accountable Discipleship, Preach (From Your Heart to Theirs) Leading Prayer, Embracing Personal Prayer, Transforming Evangelism, Revisit Opening Ourselves to Grace scheduled for August 1, in Mt. Horeb UMC,  Columbia.
Please talk to Lynne Tyner for more details.


We will be having our Easter egg lunch and egg hunt on Palm Sunday, which is April 5th. We need wrapped candy as well as small individual prizes such as pencils slap bracelets etc., we need 15 of each item so all the baskets will be the same. Thank you in advance for your help. We need all the items by March 26.The meat will be provided by the church for the lunch,but we are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. will be having our Easter egg lunch and egg hunt on Palm Sunday, which is April 5th. We need wrapped candy as well as small individual prizes such as pencils slap bracelets etc., we need 15 of each item so all the baskets will be the same. Thank you in advance for your help. We need all the items by March 26.The meat will be provided by the church for the lunch,but we are asked to bring side dishes and desserts.





Karen Starr
A Columbia native,  Rev. Karen Starr is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University. In addition, she received training as a hospital chaplain and counselor through the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency program at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Her continuing educational efforts have been focused on the areas of preaching, prayer, and evangelism, and she has attended preaching clinics by Dr. William Willimon, prayer workshops by Terry Tekyl, and four Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism for clergy. She has been a consultant in the development of literature for children and youth; a certified EMT; a Board member of various communities’ Councils on Aging; an active Lions Club member; a volunteer at the “Visiting Vietnam Wall”; a rescue dog owner; a horseback rider; a spectator at events involving children from her congregations; and an avid reader.
Pam Chapman
Music Director
I grew up in the Friendship Community, and consider Friendship part of my family. My desire is to help those with gifts in music find place of service at Friendship. What drives me in ministry is the opportunity to help others become contributors in music ministry. Things that bring joy to my heart include: leading and seeing others come to Christ, seeing others use their gifts in ministry, and watching people become worshipers of God through their personal worship times and through lifestyles of worship. I came to know the Lord as Savior at the age of eight in my home.  At twenty I came to a personal understanding of Jesus Christ and finally understood grace. My desire in ministry is to serve the Lord in the local church. I desire to use my gifts and talents to further the gospel of Christ, to help the church become a place where the arts are awesome venues of ministry, and to serve alongside people of God who are servants of the Lord. .
Peggy Frese
I was born in West Virginia and moved to
South Carolina when I was four years old.
I graduated from Rock Hill High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University in Business Administration with emphasis in finance and a minor in mathematics. I married my wonderful husband, Dale, in 2001.
I have two married children, six grandchildren, and am “critter-momma” to two large breed dogs. After working in the telecommunications industry for many years, I retired in 2004 to be
a “nanny” to my middle granddaughter.
I began working at Friendship in May 2009.
In addition, I am a freelance literary editor working primarily for a publishing house based in Queensland, Australia. Being a United Methodist made the transition into the secretarial role easy. I love my “Friendship” family and feel blessed to serve this church.



Friendship UMC has a mobile app that you can use to listen to audio, video and online tithe.






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Rock Hill, SC 29730
Email: fumcrh@gmail.com
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