Worship Services have been suspended 

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,
What a long journey we have been on these last few months. When we set out mid-March we assumed this would be
a relatively short journey. Time went by and then we set our hopes on July. Now, we are like small children trapped in
the car with our family waiting to reach our destination. During one of the times I was appointed in Spartanburg I was
listening to my favorite morning radio show. Yes, this was definitely before satellite radio. A skit came on where a
mother was driving with her small children. You immediately heard, “Are we there yet? I have to go to the bathroom.
When are we going to get there?” After a few minutes of this the mother, in total exasperation (you can see her turning
around and looking in the backseat can’t you) says, “You know what, when I was your age we never got there, and we
were glad!” Our “getting there” is when we will start back to in-person worship. I am in no means saying we won’t get
there, or, that we will be glad for that. I am saying I feel your sense of loss, your desire and your impatience for getting
there. I also feel the need to protect you and be cautious as this, record breaking number of cases, month of July draws
to a close. There are so many factors that have to be taken into consideration before “getting there.” But, first and
foremost, is letting God guide the journey.
(Luke 24:13-19, 28-32)
Any journey begins with a road. For the two disciples that day it was the Emmaus Road. This was not any ordinary
road and these were not ordinary times. At this point in time the Emmaus Road was one of fatigue, grief, depression,
failure, endings and beginnings. The road we are walking, journeying on, today is similar. We are tired of this road, we
are depressed by this Covid 19 road and the sacrifices we have been forced to make. We are angry with the failure of
the government and the medical community to fix things, and we are worried about what feels like an ending to life and
the church as we know it. We are worried about what type of beginning lies ahead of us. Along with the disciples we
must keep walking this road and somehow, someway, complete this journey. Like most journeys it helps to be prepared
for it. I seriously doubt the disciples were well prepared for that journey. They had no idea what, who, they would be
encountering that day. In most instances neither do we because for the most part we had hoped we would never
actually walk this type of road. We pack carefully for most journeys such as vacations, short trips . . . but what about for:
• faith – do we pack God’s word, prayer, hope, commitment
• Coronavirus – toilet paper and hand sanitizer? Patience, endurance, compassion, gratitude for what you have
Often we not only fail to prepare for the journey, we fail to pick the right traveling companions. Would the two
disciples have invited more disciples, or, somebody else if they had known what their journey was going to become? In
life do we carefully choose our travelling companions? Never opening up our lives to others? In the faith how carefully
do we choose those companions? Are they people who will help us build and grow in discipleship, or, are they those
who will never push us, never challenge us . . . leave us just as we are? During this coronavirus journey what kind of
travelling companions have we chosen? Yes, in many ways it has been a journey spent isolated, but we have had
companions (fear, anger, impatience, intolerance, or, kindness, love, understanding, hope). Have those companions
been helpful or hurtful?
Every day of our lives we face countless opportunities to provide a life-changing, life-transforming, encounter for other
people. These encounters aren’t always “in-person.” Sometimes they are on the phone, virtual, text, email, prayer, or,
written messages such as cards or notes through “snail” mail. We make the decision who we will be to them and for
them. Will we be kind or cruel, welcoming or ignoring? Will we be encouraging or discouraging? Will we shoot down
their hopes and dreams, or, offer to help build them up? Are we going to destroy a person today, or, save a person
today? And no, I’m not being overly dramatic. This is life and it’s real. It’s the reality of the roads we walk. Especially
this current coronavirus road! As we continue to be the church and walk this road I invite us to let God guide our
journey and for us to carefully choose who we will be. Let’s just be Jesus to one another.
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.



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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