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!!
Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014
Palm Sunday April 13, 2014
Maundy Thursday April 17, 2014
Good Friday April 18, 2014
Easter Sunday April 20, 2014
Updated March 1, 2014
New Small Group
Beginning MARCH 2nd
The Faith Builders Class will begin a study called
"Not a Fan" based on the book by Kyle Idleman.
This will be a discussion, DVD, and Bible class to
help us understand what Jesus meant when He
said, "Follow Me." We welcome all those who
would like to join us for this 8-10 week study
on Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in the Faith Builders' classroom on the 3rd floor of the educational wing of the church. If you haven't been to Sunday School in a while, or currently do not have a class, we would love to have you!
For questions, contact Darren Hefner
(828-465-7204) or Steve Cloninger (828-994-4018).
Updated March 1, 2014
*SAVE THE DATES*
VBS dates for this year are July 13 – 17
Our theme is Wilderness Escape. We will be learning that where God guides, He provides. Make plans to join us on our adventures. Details forthcoming.
Updated March 1, 2014
March Reading Plan:
Psalm 2 or Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9
March 30th-April 5th
1 Samuel 16:1-13
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
The Season of Lent...
Greetings in the name of the One who saves us, frees us from sin and death to joyful obedience and abundant life, Jesus who is the Christ.
As the signs of spring emerge we look forward to the celebration of Easter, April 20th. The resurrection is our hope and our faith. Before we get there we must pass through the wilderness of Lent. Lent is the season of preparation for Easter and begins Sunday March 9th following Transfiguration Sunday.
How are you going to prepare for Easter? It is the tradition of some to "give up" something for Lent. The purpose of this practice is to use our desire for something; sugar, caffeine, chocolate, cell service, TV to make us aware of our need for God. This is a powerful reminder that there are things in our lives that anesthetize us to our need for God and removing them for a period of time can be a great wake up call to get us back in touch with God.
Some folks will take on a new practice to strengthen their faith. Perhaps you have been meaning to read the Bible more. Lent, now, is a great time to start. Have you been looking for a new way to serve God in your community? There are many ways to do that through the church or other agencies in the community. How about random acts of kindness? Go to a Laundromat and fill the machines with quarters. Pay for someone's coffee, anonymously. Find a way to bless a stranger. One thing that has fallen on hard times in these days is visiting. Pay a visit to an older person or someone who is not able to get out much. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Go see your neighbors, take some muffins.
In my sermon on Feb. 23rd I talked about "Practicing Love". In the weeks ahead I will be talking about different Christian practices that can change our life and instill in us the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. This Sunday March 2nd we will discuss Listening to God through Scripture and prayer. Sunday March 9th Prayer and Fasting; March 16th Conversion and Transformation; March 23rd Sharing Faith; March 30th Healing; April 6th Resurrection; April 13th will be Palm/Passion Sunday; and April 20th Easter Sunday. Invite your friends and family to church so that they may learn to walk in love.
Living life as a disciple of Jesus is a constant challenge to grow in the practices of the faith that lead to Love. We challenge ourselves by learning and taking on new practices of faith, hope and love. As we prepare for the joy of Easter let us do the hard work of practicing Love that by grace and by faith we walk the way that leads to salvation.
Grace and Peace,
What is Lent?
The Season of Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter. Because Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, we skip over Sundays when we calculate the length of Lent.
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual imitates Jesus' withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days.
The color used in the sanctuary for most of Lent is purple, red violet, or dark violet. These colors symbolize both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. But purple is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates the hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Season of Lent. Its
name comes from the ancient practice of placing
ashes on worshipers' heads or foreheads as a sign of humility before God. Ash Wednesday is a somber day
Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately
preceding Easter Sunday. It is observed in many
Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through
various observances and services of worship. The entire week between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday is included in Holy Week, and some church traditions have daily services during the week. However, usually only Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday are times of special observance in most churches.
Palm Sunday (or Passion Sunday) observes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that was marked by the crowds, who were in Jerusalem for Passover, waving palm branches and proclaiming him as the messianic king.
Traditionally, worshipers enact the entry of Jesus into
Jerusalem by the waving of palm branches and singing
songs of celebration. Sometimes this is accompanied by a processional into the church.
This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday to commemorate the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus' final agonizing journey to the cross. The English word passion comes from a Latin word that means "to suffer." Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) marks the last day before Jesus was arrested and is observed in various ways in services of worship. These include the last meal together, which was probably a Passover meal, the institution of Eucharist or Communion, the betrayal by Judas.
Friday of Holy Week has been traditionally been called Good Friday. On this day, the church commemorates Jesus' arrest, his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death, and burial.
(resource:Napa UMC, Napa, Ca)
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
"A church committed to making disciples for Jesus Christ."