Jesus said, “You are my friends, if you
do whatever I command you." (John 15:14)
State of Society
Trusting in His sustaining
power, Friendsville Friends Meeting continues to experience a vibrancy
of life in its deep and sincere worship of God in Spirit and in Truth.
Regular worship services are held each Sunday led by the pastor or lay
speakers. The services are augmented by the periods of worship in the
manner of Friends when the Holy Spirit is quite present. The quietness
as well as the testimonies lend a real nearness to God. Music also
encourages a response to God's nearness.
A nurturing aspect in the Meeting has proven to be another important
factor in enriching a vibrancy of life in our midst. Family nights, a
telephone prayer line, friendly and welcoming individuals, encouragement
of emerging gifts, and caring individuals who religiously visit and pray
are all elements contributing to this nurturing
Equipping individuals for priestly work is considered another necessary
tool in promoting the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life.
Believing that each member is a minister, weekly Bible study, a ladies
health and fitness group for the soul, mind and body, the Girl Fit for
Christ group, the USFW programs, regular business meetings) special
committee meetings and the constant prayer of individuals help to shape
more Christ-approved lives.
However, the true measure of vibrant life in our Meeting appears to be
the service that emerges when we walk out of the meeting house doors and
enter into our daily routines realizing that we are chosen to be God's
instruments to do His work. We maintain that our daily lives are the
true indicators of the degree of life in our Meeting. The caring
attitude of each member in watching out for his fellowman is quite
evident in our community. Several are involved in community affairs like
the volunteer fire department and first response team, the local
hospital volunteer service group, the Historical Museum board, the local
community improvement club, the monthly senior citizen lunch program,
and monetary and material assistance to various charitable groups.
Foreign missions are also faithfully remembered in prayer and funding.
And just as important is the ever-watchful and loving attitudes that
members have for one another. Aid is offered in whatever manner needed,
whether it be transportation, firewood, prayer, a kind and uplifting
word, house repairs, encouraging notes/cards, covered dishes, cheerful
phone calls, hospital visits, computer contacts, and friendly home
In addition to these obvious acts there are the quiet attitudes of
respect and lack of prejudices that exhibit good citizenship and
Christ's love in all aspects of their actions. While loving their own
spiritual family, members also attempt to treat everyone with dignity,
thus striving to emulate the kind of life Christ lived.
As one of our members, now gone to be with His Savior said, "It's just
the way we live!"
God's instruments to do His work And His instructions never shirk; To be
complete and trust His calling We follow on - no fear of falling.