Jesus had a relational ministry. He taught as much by the way he lived as he did from a mountain. The same is true for us – the way we relate with each other speaks volumes to the world about how God wants to relate to them. Adult groups provide a time to relate and connect with others in our community as we deepen our relationships with God and each other. Some groups are ongoing, some are seasonal, and some short term. The groups cover a wide variety of subjects, and new opportunities are added on a regular basis as we continue to build the PUMC community.
- New Perspectives Sunday School Class (Young Adult)- Room 207
- Curry/Corbett Class – The Curry/Corbett Sunday School Class began in the late 70′s with a small group meeting in the pastor’s office (Rev. Gene Curry). At that time, the members were mostly parents of young children. Through the years, this class has attracted couples and singles of all ages. The age span now would be 50′s to 70′s. This close knit group offers support for each other through prayer and deeds, studies the teachings of the Bible and it’s application to everyday life, enjoys at least one social gathering a year, sponsors a needy family at Christmas, and supports many of the worthwhile causes in our area. Howard Corbett is the teacher of this class with Dougalyn Guthrie and Becky Oliver filling in when needed. The Curry/Corbett Sunday School Class meets in the parlor and welcomes new members and visitors.
- Fellowship Class – Room 208
- Friendship Class – The Friendship SS Class welcomes visitors or new members of any age who want to study what God’s Word says for believers today. We are a congenial group of mixed aged adults, including couples, singles and widowed. We follow The International Lesson Series using The Adult Bible Studies materials from Cokesbury as our curriculum. Our classroom, which is used by a variety of groups, is across from the Pastor’s Office. Our weekly offerings support several local and foreign ministries, which include missionaries Steve and Esther Smith and children in Senegal, West Africa; the Girls’ Wilderness Camp in Westminster; Meals on Wheels; “Release Time” (aka. Christian Learning Centers of the Upstate), and Hospice of the Upstate. Each Christmas our class prepares bags of fruit for the Seniors who take part in the Feeding Program that meets across from the church in the old depot building on Cherry St.Teacher Marthanna Phillips who has led the class for more than a dozen years is aided by substitute teachers Mary Disecker, Butch Kennedy, Kim Browder, and others.
- Wesley Class – A Class for more mature (older) adults using the United Methodist literature based on the International Lesson Series. The class boasts of its members reading the lessons before each Sunday, thus requiring teachers to complement the studies with other materials. This class also enjoy the “Mature Years” magazine that accompanies the Study Series. The Wesley Class is a combined class from three previous classes. (1) Wesley Class that was the original older adult class that met in the previous sanctuary. (2) the Eva Crenshaw Ladies class that honors the legacy of a Godly woman whose family helped establish PUMC. She was the one that convinced the congregation to tear down the sanctuary that she grew up in and replace it with our current building. She was a strong Christian lady who influenced all in the community. (3) the Young Men’s Bible Class that began in 1945. Current teachers are Martha Jeffries and Arlene Privette.
- Learning to Walk Class – This class is a mix of ages: some single, some married, some widowed. More than half the class time is spent in sharing prayer requests and lifting these needs and praises before the Lord. Their Bible-based lessons address the expressed needs of the class participants as they seek light from the Scriptures on the challenges of daily living. The fellowship they enjoy always makes them long for more. The Learning to Walk class welcomes visitors and new members. This class meets in the Narthex (front of the church) and is taught by Burney Drake.
Here is the current list of Bible Study and Small Groups who meet at PUMC. We hope you find one you’d like to join.
- Men’s Prayer Breakfast: Monday mornings at 7:00 am.
- Women of the Word (WOW): This small group meets Tuesdays, Noon till 1:00 pm in the Parlor at the Church for an informal study session. Members use study books written by various authors exploring books or persons of the Bible. The questions and discussion that follow illustrate how the Bible applies to daily life. Discussions range from moments of hilarity to serious reflection. New members and guests are welcome to bring a snack lunch and join the group. Contact Mary Diseker (864-261-6974) for more information.
- Men’s Bible Study: Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the Friendship Classroom at the Church.
- Grief Support Group:
- Supper Club: Supper Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month (excluding the summer). A different restaurant is chosen each month. We meet at the church at 5:30 pm and our reservations are at 6 pm at the restaurant. The church newsletter will give the name of the restaurant and directions. Everyone is invited to come and join us for a dutch treat meal. Call Martha Jeffries at 646-7048 and let her know if you plan to attend so she will have a number for reservations. It is a lot of fun, so come join us!
- Beyond the Broken Heart: How does one understand grief when the heart is broken by the death of a loved one? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers. Beyond the Broken heart is an eight week grief support and ministry program for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. This small group is offered periodically. Details can be obtained by calling Mrs. Wayne Link (864-646-7374).
- Study/Discussion with the Pastor
- Young at Heart: Young at Heart meets on the first Thursday of the month at noon for a potluck lunch and program. We do not meet during the summer months. If you are free between noon and 1 pm, please come and join us for food, fun and fellowship. Young at Heart is part of our senior ministry but any age person is welcome to join us with their covered dish.
Every woman is invited to attend or participate in all functions. PUMC has 3 UMW Circles which meet regularly. They are:
- The Morning Circle meets in the church parlor on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Their members rotate giving devotions for their program. They do not meet in June, July or August.
- The Mary Pearson Circle meets in the church parlor on the 4th Monday of the month at 2:00 p.m. They use the UMW program book for their meetings and follow up with a refreshment social time. They also do not meet in June, July or August.
- The Helping Hands Circle meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. They meet at various local restaurants for food and fellowship. Their meeting details are announced in the church newsletter and bulletin.
Pendleton UMC’s United Methodist Men is open to all men who attend the church. We meet the third Saturday morning of each month at 7:30 am. Breakfast is served and we have a guest speaker. Business meetings are held as needed. Our main fundraiser is our BBQ, held in early spring. We support the Magi Tree, Pack 4 Backpack program and other projects.