Worship Services have been suspended  

Bishop Holston: No in-person gatherings through June 10; services may restart June 14

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,
This past Saturday our Bishop released a statement that churches may resume “in-person” worship
services on June 14th. He also unveiled guidelines for safely doing so under a Covid-19 resource entitled,
“Reset, Restart, Renew.” These guidelines clearly state that each church should choose a time to reopen
that meets the needs (spiritual and physical) of their congregation. I will be in conversation with the
leadership of both of our churches. When we do go back into our church buildings we will still have to
maintain social distancing, proper cleaning and sanitization of facilities, utilize only 50% of our seating
capacity, and protect one another from possible harm by the coronavirus. There are so many more
decisions and guidelines to follow before we may safely return to worship in our buildings. In fact, it is
not only overwhelming, it is mind boggling. Some of us may be more than ready to return, some of us
may be afraid to return, some of us may think it is too soon to return. And, if we’re totally honest, some
of just don’t know when it will be safe to go back. Like all of you, I am a mixture of these emotions. I,
personally, am high risk due to having asthma and diabetes; I am not mentioning my age! I am also your
pastor who is frustrated by feeling the need to preach from my pulpit and not in front of a camera. Part
of me wants our families back together again and part of me loves you too much to put you at risk. We
will make our decision after prayerful consideration and after seeking God’s wisdom and guidance.
When we do return I would like us to consider this – how will we walk back into God’s house? Will we
return with the same level of commitment, less commitment, or, more resolved to walk with God
farther and deeper than we ever have before?
(Romans 4:13, 20-25)
As we entered the auditorium at The Cove (Billy Graham Evangelistic Training Center) we all expected
to hear from the speaker who was listed on the day’s agenda. This was Day 2 of the 2008 School of
Evangelism for Clergy and spirits were high as we anticipated another day of inspired teaching, powerful
music from the Tommy Coombs Praise Band, and personal renewal. We did not know that the Director
of the School of Evangelism had a surprise for us! “I am excited,” he said, “to present a very special
guest speaker today. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Cliff Barrows.” For those of you who are
too young to have much familiarity with Billy Graham’s early ministry and crusades, Cliff Barrows was
the music and program director of the crusades as well as a personal friend of Rev. Graham. As he stood
before an audience of about 500 clergy he smiled and said, “I’d like to take you on a journey. My
journey with Billy Graham and how he had such an incredible walk with God.” In his early years Billy
Graham preached at student rallies. One day a mentor challenged him and said, “when are you going to
stop preaching those watered down messages and start preaching the word of God?” From that point
on his messages became bold proclamations, “the Bible says . . .” Do we believe that? Do we live that?
God’s word is so important that is the word which informs and transforms our lives. Is it the word of
our lives, or, are our lives based upon some other word? What word are we depending on to guide us
through this pandemic? If God’s word ever needed to be powerfully proclaimed to the world it is now.
Now is the time for the word of salvation to be offered to a hurting world and to people who are
desperate for hope.
While preaching that word of hope during a crusade at a stadium in Germany the translator repeated
Billy Graham’s message sentence by sentence. At the end of the sermon he gave the invitation to Christ
and 50,000 people stood. Cliff Barrows said “Billy’s jaw flew open and he was stunned for a few
seconds.” Then Billy said, “Sit back down. You must have misunderstood my message.” So, he stated it
another way, the translator repeated it, he gave the invitation again, and 50,000 people stood. This
went on 3 times. What message have we been giving? Have people misunderstood it? The message
should be one from our hearts – that Jesus Christ is our life and that we want others to meet Him and
come to know Him.
But just how far will we go to give that message to others? Billy Graham held 419 crusades in 185
countries. Cliff Barrows said one time they went to this very small country. They were the guests of the
leader of the country and his wife for a dinner after the service. When they walked into the dining area
there was a table as long as football field and it held every kind of food in the world on it. Billy got to
one dish and he asked what it was. The wife of the leader answered through a translator that it was
royal food. Billy Graham said he didn’t know that he had ever had royal food before. She explained,
“very good, deep friend hornets.” Cliff Barrows said Billy took the spoonful he had dished up and said,
“have some Cliff” and plopped it on my plate. Talk about a new way of “feasting on the manna.” Billy
Graham said he would “go anywhere, anytime, any way he could to preach the gospel.” How far have
we gone to help people feast on the manna? Will we go around the corner, down the street, across
town, in the next room in our homes, on-line? How far will we go to walk with God through this
pandemic and share the good news of Jesus Christ?
This, my friends, is the heart of the matter. In 1947 Billy Graham laid his Bible on a tree stump, knelt,
and with hands clasped in prayer gave himself completely to God and asked God to fill him with the Holy
Spirit. It was a cry from the heart. He knew that it would not be through his human power or strength
that he would do what God had called him to do. It would only be through the power and presence of
the Holy Spirit that Billy Graham would be the man of God he was created to be. Now, the heart of the
matter is the same for you and me. If we want to be the man, or, the woman, God has created us and
called us to be, then it won’t be by our human power and strength. If we want to walk back into our
sanctuaries with a new level of commitment, more in love with Christ, and willing to serve Him however
He asks us to, it will only be by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit working within us and through
us. Lately, due to this coronavirus, it may seem like we’ve been crawling instead of walking. Are we
ready to be those men and women of faith and begin walking with God anew? “There is a time for
every purpose and activity under heaven.” Now is the time. The time for revival.
In Christ’s Love,



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.


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.



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.







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