An invitation to visit
Friendship is a church that lives up to her name – when you come to visit you will be warmly greeted in the love of Christ. We have two services each Sunday and an all ages Sunday School with nursery provided. Our worship services are a blend of Traditional and contemporary music, and the preaching is biblically-centered, relational, and applicable to your daily life. We hope that you will join us and be transformed by the love of Jesus, and the love of His people. Come and visit!!
UMW Christmas Dinner:
The members of the United Methodist Women invite you to celebrate Christmas as their guest during their Annual Christmas Dinner. This year, the dinner will be held at the Brookwood Restaurant on Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm. Please see Shirley or any member of the women for your invitation information. Secret Sisters of 2013 will be revealed with Sisters selected for 2014. We hope you will attend this evening of the spirit of Christmas, while getting to know the ladies of the ministry and more about the United Methodist Women.
Updated December 2, 2013
The Children & Youth of Friendship will present “Bethlehem Bound”, a musical for the season. This will be our 11am Worship Service in our Family Life Center and you are invited to see what happens when Marty and Ramona cross paths with Mary and Joseph, the Wise Ones and the baby Jesus!
Updated December 2, 2013
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."
Updated December 2, 2013
December Reading Plan:
December 1, 2013
First Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2013
Second Sunday of Advent
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
December 15, 2013
Third Sunday of Advent
Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55
December 22, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
December 25, 2013
Nativity of our Lord
Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
December 29, 2013
First Sunday After Christmas Day
See you there...
Sunday Services - 8:30 & 11:00am
Sunday School / Small Groups - 9:45am
Nursery is provied during both worship services.
Youth 6th - 12th grades meet Sunday's 6-8pm
United Methodist Women meet 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30pm
United Methodist Men meet 3rd Sunday of each month for Devotionals & Breakfast at 7:30am
Choir - Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Praise Team - Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Charles Beck Memorial Prayer Group - Wednesdays at 6:30am
Adult Handbell - Tuesdays at 6pm
From the Heart of Your Pastor
Christmas is an amazing time of the year. We celebrate God's everlasting love that comes to us in Jesus Christ, God with US! Emmanuel.
As I write this it is not even Thanksgiving and the stores are festooned with Christmas Cheer. I know the shopping season is short this year if they don't go ahead and get with Christmas shopping. But what about Thanksgiving? Well Thanksgiving day is not such a big deal. That’s just the day we give thanks to God for all we already have. You know just the same old same old, friends, family, the stuff that's busting the seams of our houses. And isn't it just about the food anyway?
So on to Christmas. Just remember, to quote Mike Slaughter, "Christmas is not your birthday". Christmas is when we celebrate what we call the incarnation. God's choice to become one of us. To experience our pain, our joy, our death. God's self-giving love becomes flesh in Jesus who is the Christ. It's His birthday. So how else can we celebrate His birthday? We can be like him and give ourselves to others. We can share what we have with those who lack the essentials for life. We reach out in concern and service to the world that God loved so much he gave his only son that we could have eternal life.
Now that’s a gift. That's really what life is. Life is a gift. So give it away. The more we give away the more we receive from the author of life. Wow! Thanks be to God! Happy Holy Days! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God richly bless in you in opportunities to share his love.
Peace on Earth, good will to all. Amen.
Surviving the Holidays:
"SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS"
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Friendship UM Church
GriefShare's "Surviving the Holidays" workshop will be held on Tuesday evening, November 19 at the church. We welcome all persons who have lost a loved one in the last year or more to join us for some encouragement and practical helps to help deal with grief during the holidays. The evening will include group discussion, a DVD, and a copy of the "Holiday Survival Guide". Registration Fee is $4.00 for the Guide/Devotional Book. Scholarships are available.
We would love to have you join us!
Contact Facilitators, Steve & Katie Cloninger at 828-994-4018 to register.
Join us for our last CoNexTions Worship of 2013 on Wednesday, December 18th with Pastor Rich Tuttle of Catawba UMC delivering the message. A special dinner of Turkey and all the trimmings is planned! We hope you and your family will come celebrate Christmas with us during this time of fellowship and worship.
Upper Room Daily Devotional
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