EVENTS

NEAR THE CROSS

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?”
 

CLANG BUCKETS

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

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!
 

LAY SERVANT CLASSES

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.
 
 

PALM SUNDAY EASTER EGG HUNT

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.
 

BEACH BASH

SATURDAY MAY 16, MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW