Columbus First United Methodist Church
Monday, March 30, 2020
Come grow with us!

In 2008 the church membership approved a ten-year plan including a second worship site. Along with that plan, we agreed that our vision is to be a center for Christian growth and outreach. This to achieve our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

On September 9, 2012 the FUMC Church Conference voted to continue ministry at the Christian (now Outreach) Center. The approved motion also included hiring a full-time staff person to serve as youth director and coordinator for outreach ministries at the Christian Center. This position was filled by Nick Kaufmann from January 2013 through July 2015. In 2015 Outreach was reorganized with Rev Aaron Duell serving as Pastor of Outreach and Sarah Borgman serving as staff person for Youth Ministry.
During 2015 and into 2016, teams evaluated needs and options for continuing our outreach after the Foundation grant funding expired. The facility at 3602 16th Street formerly utilized by the Rainbow Center, Inc., became available for purchase, which the membership voted on March 15, 2016 to do. Significant pledges of financial support accompanied this decision.
During June over 100 people cleaned, painted, repaired and polished our new Outreach Center with four times as much space, and on June 25th we moved our outreach ministries from Northtown Mall. Additional outreach ministries are in the process of evaluation and development now that we have the space to better serve and work for Christ.
On July 28th the Chamber of Commerce Commodores presented FUMC with a Progress Award for continued investment in the Columbus area in a  ribbon-cutting ceremony. On July 31st we held an open house activity for the community and church members to come, look and see by offering tours, music, and ice cream!
On September 25, 2016 we celebrated the dedication of our Outreach Center to Christ’s glory, played host to our annual Fall Family Festival, and launched our new Sunday evening Ignite alternative praise service.
This "history" page is intended to provide background on the origins of what's happening at our Outreach Center.
If you have questions or suggestions about ministries at the Outreach Center, please contact Joe or Sarah at 402-564-8463 or 402-564-8362, or email them at or . 
Marilyn Zehring is the Team Leader of the Outreach Center Operations Team, which is organized and meets monthly to support the development and maintenance of ministries at the Outreach Center. Here is the latest 2015 Annual Report from the Outreach Center Operations TeamAlso the 2014 Annual Report and the 2013 Annual Report.
Monthly Reports to Congregation
Come Grow With Us!
                          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.