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Upcoming Events:

March 26: Youth Sunday

April 22 : Flood Recovery Day

May 7th : Down to the River : Southwest District Youth Event featuring The Homestead, Anthony Roger and The Source Band

May 21st : Senior Sunday

 

 

 

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Sunday Mornings

9:00am Coffee in the fellowship hall

9:30am Sunday School for all ages

10:30am Worship in the sanctuary

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Welcome! We're glad you're checking us out. We would love to have you join us on Sunday mornings.  We have coffee and doughnuts beginning at 9:00am in the fellowship hall. The fellowship hall is to your left as you walk up from the parking lot, just past the office.  

Then, at 9:30, we have Sunday School for children and adults. Nursery is provided for your convenience from 9:30am-noon. The nursery and the Sunday School classrooms are down the hall by the sanctuary. If you need help finding anything, feel free to ask!

Sunday morning worship starts at 10:30am. Everything we do in the service is printed out in the bulletin for you, so you should feel comfortable even if you've never been to a Methodist church before.  Your children are welcome in worship! We believe God put the wiggle in children personally, and we're not going to try to take it out of them. The nursery is provided for your convenience, but your children are always welcome in the sanctuary.

If you have teenagers, you'll want to check out our youth ministry.  Every Wednesday night we have a large group time of worship and fellowship from 6-8. Tuesdays during the school year, look for the First Methodist van to pull up to the high school during the lunch hour for a hotdog lunch. And throughout the year, the group is busy with retreats, service projects, and fun trips. Email Stephanie Konvicka for more information.

If you have children, you'll want to check out our children's ministry. We have a team of wonderful volunteers who provide a fun, safe place to learn about the faith Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and throughout the year. On Wednesday nights during the school year, children's ministry has programs from 6-8pp. Children (3rd-6th) have worship and a more informal, discussion-based Bible lesson in small group, intended to help them get ready for youth group. Email Amy Dutcher for more information.

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If you have children to young to join our Wednesday night children's program.  We have a family group that meets ever Wednesday night from 6-7:30.  This is a program designed from Families to have a hand in teaching thier child about the bible, with crafts and a story time. 

If you have very young children, you may be interested in our childcare center.  We look after the "small blessings" of the community, and would be delighted to have your little one join us.  You can find more information here.

If you're joining us from another denomination, you may have some questions about United Methodism.  We are a Christian denomination with an emphasis on grace, strong roots in worship and prayer, and a heart for service. Check out some of the Methodist resources here.

Here are a few common questions:

What do Methodists believe?

Check that out here.

Can I take Communion even if I'm not a Methodist?

Yes! Methodists recognize all other Christian denominations as part of Christ's Church.  We believe that Communion is not a Methodist ritual; it is a Christian celebration.  Therefore, Christ invites all to his table.  We celebrate Communion once a month, and invite you to join us on the first Sunday of the month.  If you are joining us from another denomination, and prefer not to receive, that is perfectly fine as well.  You may either remain in your seat, or come forward with your hands folded to receive a blessing.  

Do I have to be re-baptized to join First Methodist?

No.  As with Communion, Methodists recognize all other Christian denominations as part of Christ's Church.  Therefore, we recognize your baptism--whether infant or adult--in whichever denomination you were a part of.  

What does it mean to become a member of First Methodist?

Joining a church isn't like joining a country club.  There aren't special privileges or parking spaces.  For churches, "membership" would more accurately be called "partnership."  When you join this community of faith, you are saying, "Yes!  I want to partner with you in ministry!  I want to work alongside you, reaching out to the community and world."  When people join a United Methodist church, they commit to support the congregation with their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. That means they commit to pray for the church, to attend worship services, to financially support that congregation (usually by tithing), to serve within the congregation, and to tell the stories of what God has done in their lives.

Do I have to take classes to join First Methodist?

Right now, we do not have new member classes.  However, the Pastor would like to visit with new members personally just to get to know them and answer any questions.  You may join by either coming to the front of the church during the final hymn any Sunday, or by making an appointment with the Pastor during the week. 

Can I get married in your church if I'm not a Methodist?

Yes!  We would be honored to be a part of your special day.  Pastor Meredith will want to meet with you a few times before the wedding.  Please call the church office for more information on our wedding policy, and to schedule an appointment.