Columbus First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Come grow with us!


This is the page to check for information on upcoming FUMC and Columbus Community Connection events. You can also find links here to photos, videos and reports.

December 16 - Sunday School Christmas Program during the 10:30 AM service.
December 16 - Annual Christmas Bake Sale in Chapel Parlor Sponsored by the youth to provide Gifts to 8 children in Columbus through the Holiday Spirit Co-op. 
December 17 - Come, CARE with Us! 6:30 p.m., Prayer & Healing Service at the Outreach Center.
December 17 - 7:00 -8:30 p.m., Care Team Open House at Outreach Center. 
If you wish to tell us about an event that should be listed on our calendar, or wish to schedule an event, please call us at 402-564-8463 or email Sandy Martensen at ....
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
Check out Taco Tuesday – meet the pastors EVERY Tuesday at El Tapitio from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Dutch lunch and conversation. Feel free to invite a friend – and stop by over your lunch hour & schedule; we’ll save some tacos (or tamales) for ya!

Get your 2019 Wall Calendar
Calendars can be purchased for $8.00 in the Church office or after services from a Youth Mission Team Member.

A Place at the Table
The Columbus Telegram featured a story on "A Place at the Table" which is housed at the Columbus First UMC Outreach Center.

We are called to Prepare the Way for Jesus Christ in this season! Just like we spend time to prepare our homes, we need to prepare our hearts. This will be our anthem throughout the season from Advent to Epiphany. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center or Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30 at Columbus First UMC.
December  1 & 2  -  (HOPE) Stand
December 8 & 9 - (PEACE) Refine
December 15 & 16 - (JOY) Do  
December 22 & 23 - (LOVE) Welcome
December 24 - (CHRIST) - Arrive
December 29 & 30 - Search
Alternative Praise Gathering
Come as you are and join us every Sunday for a casual evening together at the Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street. It all begins at 6:00 with music and words to Ignite the Spirit in you followed by refreshments and fellowship.
We want to take some time to focus on God, His Son, the reason He came to Earth to live among us and the mission He left us until His return.
December 2 - Advent Conspiracy – Worship Fully    
December 9 - Advent Conspiracy – Spend Less   
December 16 - Advent Conspiracy – Give More 
December 23 - Christmas Eve’ Eve Celebration Advent    Conspiracy – Love All
December 30 - Advent Conspiracy – Continue the Conspiracy

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in December and January.
Souper Soups 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
November 25, 2018 on Facebook

Peace Pole Dedication at Outreach Center
September 9, 2018

Rachel Shepherd’s Sermon at Columbus First UMC
July 22, 2018
"Called / From Now On"


Catch Pastor Cindi Stewart every Monday morning live on Facebook at 6:45. Start your week off with an inspirational message with 5 Minute Mondays. Miss the live broadcast?  You can view the latest "5 Minute Monday" anytime on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE for the December 10th  message.


Peace Pole Dedication at FUMC
June 10, 2018

May 6, 2018
10:30 A.M. Service in 6 parts
CLICK On Title Of Segment To View

Ignite Music Team Excerpts
May 6, 2018

CLICK HERE to see the photo album of the recent trip by Columbus First UMC members to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois.

Old Columbus Middle School bleacher wood being re-purposed for Midwest Mission Distribution Center Missions
October 23, 2018
Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the events listed below.
You can also check-out the Community Bulletin Board located outside of the Church Office!

Other Community Notes
Comfort Closets – A Thrivent Community Event. Did you know that there are children in our school systems who come to school on a daily basis without the basic necessities that we often take for granted, such as clothing that fits, basic school supplies, having their hair and teeth brushed, and nourishment to get them through their morning? Many items, the teachers themselves provide these basic needs. Through a Thrivent Community event, we are putting together Comfort Closets for elementary schools in Columbus and Schuyler to help alleviate this burden on our schools and teachers. We are asking for donations from you to supply these closets. Items needed but not limited to are: pencils & pens, rulers, erasers, notebooks, folders / binders, backpacks, scissors, dry shampoo, glue sticks, markers / crayons, socks / underwear (children’s size 5- adult size 14, tennis shoes (new or lightly used), toothpaste & toothbrushes, handi wipes, refillable water bottles, deodorant, granola bars / healthy snack foods, hairbrushes / ponytail holders or barrettes, belts (new or lightly used), leggings (new), hats and warm gloves, small containers of soap / shampoo / conditioner. Please drop off donations at the church office by August 3rd.
Homes Wanted & Needed – Great foster parents are willing to work in partnership, are committed to provided care and support, are willing to complete training and ongoing education, are willing to open their hearts and homes. If you have ever thought about foster care, wanted to know more about it, or just did not know where to start, let us take some time to share about this rewarding and needed service. Call and speak to a foster parent, recruiter, and trainer to find out about the role YOU can play and the difference YOU can make one child at a time. To speak with the foster care program at Epworth Village contact Heather Hultgrien (402) 710-3650,
Center For Survivors - The center is now in its 27 year of serving our families and individuals in six counties. We have served over 1,000 individuals in 2016. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and one in seven men will experience severe physical violence by their partner. Churches have been vital in providing our center resources for families and individuals impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.  We have many families and individuals on our Christmas wish lists that are in need of new winter clothing. If you would like to adopt a family, for our Christmas wish list program, please call 402-564-2155 or email Our need list is in the office at First United Methodist Church. Some of the items include garbage bags, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, cereal, soups, diapers, Ziploc bags, and gift cards.  
Platte County Food Pantry 3020 18th Street, Suite 13, Columbus - December food item request:  Cookie & Cake Mixes. The collection barrels are located in the west entrance next to the elevator and by the alley entrance at FUMC. 
                          LOCATIONS & SERVICE TIMES
Downtown  2710 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8463
     Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
     Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
     Nursery available 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
     Transportation available for Sunday 10:30 service. Call the church by Friday to schedule
Outreach Center  3602 16th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8362
     Saturday Evening Service: 6:00 p.m.
     "Ignite On Sunday Night" Alternative Praise Gathering
      Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship
Office Hours:  Monday thru Friday  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.