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Farewell Letter

Church Family,

Next month will be 20 years that I have been serving at Friendship. There are so many things that we have accomplished together that we can be proud of. We have transitioned to a more relaxed, contemporary style of worship. We have a church that is known for making the Bible relevant and practical to everyday life. We have thriving children’s and youth ministries and we have expanded our ministry impact in our community. We have also seen hundreds of children, teens, and adults become followers of Jesus and get baptized over the 20 years. But most importantly, we have come to the realization that what we do here isn’t about us. It’s about those who are not here. Those who aren’t followers of Jesus. We exist to be radically other centered. 

Something else that I have also realized is that this is not about me. Friendship Church is bigger than me. It will continue without me and will thrive without me. Back in October, I announced I was leaving at the end of May to pursue other opportunities and interests. 

As the months have ticked by, burnout which has led me to be overwhelmed by all that is on my plate has robbed me of my motivation to lead the church. I now believe it has become counterproductive for me to fulfill my desire to make it to the end of May. With me struggling with this feeling of burnout and emptiness, I feel it isn’t fair to the church or myself to continue until May. I wish I could have delivered this message to you personally, but right now I am overwhelmed by my feelings and I am unable to deliver it in person without getting too emotional. Having been here almost 20 years, I have a tremendous love for this church and for each one of you. Thank you for 20 incredible years. Tarsha and I thank God that He has allowed us to be a part of what He is doing at Friendship!

With Christ’s Love, 

Matt Galloway

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Spring Season Small Group Signup Has Begun

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Our Spring Season of Small Groups are right around the corner. We have opened registration and you can register below. Listed below are the groups we have available. Others may be added soon.

Focused Living Men's Small Group - A weekly look at the Scriptures to deal with everyday issues and problems that men face. 

Led by Derek Gowdy

Meets on Fridays at 6:30 a.m.

College Age (18-24) Small Group - a small group study for men and women ages 18 to 24.

Led by Jonathan Hazle

Meets: Thursday PM

 

Women's Bible Study - This small group will include a small group study and a workout session for all levels of fitness.
 
Led by: Stacey Sanders
 
Meets: Saturday AM
 
 
 
Blended Family Bible Study - This group helps families deal with the challenges that come from a blended family scenario. 
 
Led by: Joshua Gainey
 
Meets: TBD
 
 
 
Financial Peace University - FPU is a nine-lesson, money-management class taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. 
 
Led by: Robert MacElderry
 
Meets: Sundays at 4:30 pm
 
 
 
Men's Study - This study will go through the Book of Romans as the men discuss each chapter.
 
Led by: Ed Tatge
 
Meets: Saturdays 7:30 AM
 
 
Women's Study - 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit by Nicki Koziarz - This study will enable you to evaluate the struggles that make you want to quit, cultivate consistent habits to help you progress toward your goals, and receive a fresh dose of perspective from the Bible that will help you develop perseverance.
 
Led by: Michelle Stines
 
Meets: Mondays 6:30 p.m.
 
 
Seniors Bible Study - This Sunday morning Bible Study goes through different books and topic in the Bible.
 
Led by: Ronnie Gladden
 
Meets: Sundays at 8:45 a.m.
 
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