Columbus First United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
February 23 - Alpha 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
February 23 - Red Cross at Outreach Center at 11:00 a.m.
February 25 - Blood Drive at the Outreach Center starting at 8:00 a.m.
February 26 - Rescue Mission Speaker at 9:00 a.m. in the church Sanctuary. Come hear about the Columbus Rescue Mission.
March 1 - Ash Wednesday Services. 7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. Word & Table at Downtown First UMC. Communion with Imposition of Ashes. 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church with  Imposition of Ashes.
March 5 - Family Lent Live “Cross Encounter” 3:30-5:30 PM at the Outreach Center.
March 12 - Pancake Feed from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS

UMMEN Annual Dinner Meeting & Program
Monday, March 20, 6:30 PM, Blue Hill UM Church
at 302 S. Webster Street (in Blue Hill)
DRIVING: from Highway 281, go west on W. Lancaster Street 2-1/2 blocks
Please call or email for reservations by Sunday, March 12
to Danie Mohlman, at or call 402-756-2091
(leave voicemail with your name & phone number, church name & number coming)
$8.00 per person, pay on arrival (note PASTORS are FREE)

  • Keith Berns will share about his specialty farm purposes and relate it to Nehemiah’s building a wall.
  • Music and singing – A GOOD TIME.
  • Great food – smoked brisket & ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, roll & dessert
  • Fellowship with old friends and make some new friends
  • Brief business meeting to share your ideas for ministry in our District
  • Also hear about:
    • 2017 GP UM Cowboy Trail Bike Ride or Walk for UMMen Missions (May 27)
    • 2017 National Gathering of UMMen in Indianapolis (July 7-8) -
Embrace Biblical principles within 10 practices to unclutter your soul – meets on Wednesdays, February 8 – April 12 from 7:15 to 8:15 PM at our Outreach Center. Sign-up in the church office ASAP and/or for study guide.

“Living the Five”
Is for empty-nesters and/or people who are going through significant transitions in their lives. Start date will be in late February – early March. Sign-up in the church office ASAP.

Live to Love
Want to improve your “LOVE” language? Live to Love will be held on Sunday, February 26 from 4 to 5:30 PM at our Outreach Center (3602 16th Street). Take the “Five Love Languages” test and talk about improving the ways that you communicate in your love relationships. RSVP is requested for meeting space & supplies. Call the Church Office or email
Curious about what United Methodist Women are up to?
It’s a brand new year and United Methodist Women are excited to see what we can accomplish as Christ’s hands and feet! As I look at our list of members, we have many that are “Active” UMW members. However, we have an even greater number of women that are “At Large” members of UMW. In an effort to keep ALL of our members in the loop, we will be starting a monthly newsletter that will be emailed to each “At Large” member that we have email addresses for. You can expect a newsletter around the third week of the month. If you’re not sure if you’re an “At Large” member or would like to be one, or just interested in finding out the latest on UMW, please email me, Jackie Pope, or call 402-469-4435. We’d love to have the support of your prayers, time, etc. We’d love to share fellowship with you anytime you’d like to participate in one of our activities or just pop in to a Circle. Circles meet the third Wednesday of the month. And UMW Reading Group is the fourth Thursday of the month.
Spring Break Camp
Do you know of a child who needs something to do over spring break? Look no further. First UMC is having a Spring Break Camp for ages Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. It starts March 14th and goes till March 17th from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at our Outreach Center. There will be fun, Educational Activities and a field trip. Make sure and bring a sack lunch. Cost is $10.00 per person. You can register at the church office or with Sarah Borgman at

Youth Mission Trip
To Colorado Springs July 16-23, 2017. Contact Sarah Borgman for details or to sign up.
Need help with some projects? 
The youth are here to help you. We will do lawn care, snow removal, windows, painting, cleaning, you name it. Free Will Donation. Call Sarah Borgman for details at 402-564-8463 office, 402-270-2372 cell or send her an email at

Homemade Pies
The Youth will be making and selling homemade pies from March 15-April 5th . Apple, Pumpkin, or Pecan Pie — $10 each. Pies will be ready for pick up or delivery on April 9th.
Partners In Faith
We are looking for more Captains and Head Ushers. Captains help find volunteers from the Team Members List to help at weekend services and Fellowship Time. Head Ushers help services go smoothly. Training date TBD. If you would like to step up to the challenge, please contact Meka @ 402-564-8463 or email:
Wednesday Night Meals Are Needed
Every week 40+ people have supper in the Youth Underground at the Outreach Center. You may sign up to provide all of the meal or just a portion of it. Please check out the binder in the chapel parlor to sign up to help or talk to Sarah Borgman.  Monetary donations for the meals are also accepted.

Youth Ice Skating
The youth are going ice skating on March 13th in Omaha. This is for grades 7-12, it is $8.00 per person. Bring some extra money for food. If you would like more information contact Sarah Borgman at

High School Seniors
Now is the time to start applying for scholarships. First UMC offers several scholarships to High School Seniors who plan to attend college in the fall. Stop in the church office to pick up your scholarship application packet.

are available in the Gathering Area following worship services and in the Church Office during the week.
You can also shop on-line by using the Team National Shopping Website. It works just like using Scrip except, you can select items and services from over 400 national businesses.
Each of the national websites give varying amounts of rebates directly to Columbus First United Methodist Church.


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New Audio / Video
January 29, 2017

Truly God wants us to seek to live out “unconditional love” in all of our relationships. In February, let’s get our LOVE on! The sermon series, greatest love songs, will help us to better understand the four different kinds of love that the Greeks embraced (storge, eros, philia & agape) along with a soundtrack of the greatest love songs from the 1920s to the present that will definitely get your heart beating! Join us Saturday evening at 6:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
February 4 & 5 -  The Gift of Love       
February 11 & 12 - Truly, Madly Deeply      
February 18 & 19 - You’ve Got a Friend      
February 25 & 26 - At Last


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 5:30 with a light supper followed at 6:00 with music and words to Ignite the Spirit in you!
Sermon Series: Rebuild
January 29th - Rebuilding with Prayer of Compassion, February 5th -  Rebuilding with Action, February 12th - Rebuilding against Opposition, February 19th - Retaining the Strength by Worship and Obedience, February 26th - Retaining the Strength by Celebration and Reform
Short Stacks for a tall cause – You’re invited to an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser to support Habitat for Humanity of Columbus, NE on Sunday, February 26th from 8am to 10 am. Tickets are just $7.00 - see organization for ticket purchase prior to event.
Prairie Rivers District – Churchmen from across the district will gather at the Blue Hill UMC on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, singing, fellowship and an informative program. Keith Berns is an Owner/Operator of Green Cover Seed Farm near Bladen, and will be our evening featured speaker. Keith’s presentation will compare the task we have in rebuilding our nation’s soils to Nehemiah’s epic project of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem as chronicled in the book of Nehemiah. Call or email for reservations by Sunday, March 12 to Danie Mohlman, at or call 402-756-2091 (leave voicemail with your name & phone number, church name & number coming). Cost is $8.00 per person, pay on arrival.
Prairie Rivers District Advanced Lay Servant Training – Lay Servent Ministries include teaching, leading, guiding, and reaching out to others to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ. Leading worship course - this course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. Participants Book is Worshiping with United Methodist A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders. Order your own books through or, you must have your books in order to attend the class. Located at Sutton Federated Church (407 N Saunders, Sutton, NE) on March 24th 6:00pm to 9:00pm and 25th 9:00am to 5:00 pm. Cost is $10.00 payable upon arrival. Includes snacks and Saturday lunch, $5.00 payable to Great Plains UMC-Prairie Rivers District (mail with your registration) register by March 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanie Leeper at 308-894-5275, email is
Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care – Columbus Community Hospital’s Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care is here to help cancer survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side effects of treatment so they can recover more quickly and more completely than they would otherwise. A complimentary one-on-one consultation is provided in order to guide your survivorship care plan help you achieve your goals and recover the things that cancer and its treatment may have taken away. To set up an appointment or for more information, please call Rehabilitation Services at 402-562-3333.
Platte County Food Pantry 3020 18th Street, Suite 13, Columbus - February item request is: Hot Breakfast Cereals. The collection barrels are located in the west entrance next to the elevator at FUMC.

                          LOCATIONS & SERVICE TIMES
Downtown  2710 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8463
     Saturday: 6:00 p.m.   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
     "Ignite On Sunday Night" Alternative Praise Gathering
      Light Supper: 5:30 p.m.  Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m.