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Friendship ConnectionsWhere Friends Connect and Reconnect

The Friendship Club began in 1972 when Howard Jordan, retired Associate Minister of FUMC, and Maude Gunter, Ireta Early, Gladys Forrester, Edith Kersh, and Lorna Harrelson decided to organize a "club" for older adults. The first organizational meeting was September 1972 with 29 charter members. Of those 29, Catherine Long is the only one still living.

This club was organized to meet the social needs of the older adults in our congregation. Friends are remembered with a birthday card, anniversary card, and our friends that are ill are remembered in prayer.

Monthly meetings providing fellowship, food, fun, interesting and entertaining programs began.

Recognizing the importance of "connecting and staying connected" to our friends, the name Friendship Club was changed in 2006 to Friendship Connections. Also, an emphasis is not placed on a meeting just for older adults within the FUMC congregation, but the invitation to be a part of Friendship Connections is extended to all "friends" within our community.

Friends meet the third Thursday* of the month to "connect and reconnect" in the Fellowship Hall of the Family Life Center. The fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., the program begins at 11:00, and a delicious lunch at noon. If you are under the age of 85, the cost of the meal is $6.00; otherwise the meal is on the house!! A reservation is requested and can be made by calling the church office, 704-864-4371 the Monday prior to the meeting date.

Our meetings provide everyone an opportunity to fellowship with their friends, enjoy an entertaining or informative program, and partake of a delicious lunch.

*Friendship Connections invites everyone to join your friends on the third Thursday of the month, except December when the meeting is the 2nd Thursday. There are no meetings in June, July, or August.

For a complete schedule of programs, please follow this link.

First United Methodist Church
190 E. Franklin Blvd., PO Box 218 | Gastonia, NC 28052 | PH: (704) 864-4371; FAX: (704) 864-2076