Columbus First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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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 17 - Sunday School Christmas Program at 10:30 a.m. Service and Pastor’s Open House 4:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center.
December 22 - First United Methodist Church Blood Drive  from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center. Call Connie Jensen at 402-563-4123 to schedule a time. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Christmas Worship 2017
December 31 - 5th Sunday Donuts - 9:00 a.m. in the Gathering Area
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS

Free Holiday Dinner & Movie Night

The Summer Tutoring program at First United Methodist Church invites you to a free holiday dinner and movie night for your family. Dinner and movie will be held at our Outreach Center (3602 16th Street) in the basement Wednesday, December 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
We will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs. Please call the church office at 402-564-8463 if you have any questions.

Youth Bake Sale
On December 16th and 17th the youth will be holding a bake sale in chapel parlor after each service. The money raised goes to the holiday spirit co-op to help purchase gifts for children this holiday season.

Care Team Appreciation & Open House
All who volunteer with our various caring ministries of the church are valuable to First UMC! The Care Team would like to invite all to a Care Team Appreciation and Open House on Monday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. at our Outreach Center (spouses & guests are welcome to attend). Please join us for a special Advent Prayer & Healing Service at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Room.  

Taste Of Alpha
First UMC has a great tradition of hosting the Alpha Course to strengthen and to renew your faith as well as to get to know others in the church family. A Taste of Alpha will be held on Thursday, January 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. At that time, you can enjoy a homecooked meal and  watch a video that will introduce you to the Alpha Course.  Please watch for more information in the bulletin & on our church’s website.

WANTED:  Chancel Choir Accompanist
The Chancel Choir of the Church is looking for an accompanist to rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and to play for choir presentations on the first and third Sundays of the month. This is a paid position. For more information, please contact Rev. Cindi and/or Chancel Choir Director Sarah Cunningham.

Scrip can help you Shop
First UMC offers easy, no lines, no hassle shopping from the comfort of the church Gathering Area or the Church Office. We have your one-stop shopping gift ideas by purchasing Gift Cards for this year’s giving. The best part: First UMC       receives 3 - 20% profits. Here’s one more way to help the Church - check out and First UMC will receive the commissions.

Piece by Piece
First United Methodist Church’s Piece by Piece Campaign is     boldly seeking to renovate our beautiful stained glass windows; retire debt on our Outreach Center; and establish endowments that will address continued building maintenance needs and further missional giving. Prayerfully consider the ways that we will boldly live into our mission & vision through the Piece by Piece Capital  Campaign.
To view the video explanation of the need for window restoration, please CLICK HERE.
Wall Calendar
Get your 2018 Wall Calendar. Cost is $8.00. Calendars can be purchased in the Church office or after services from a Youth Mission Team Member.
Blessing Box at Outreach Center
Thanks to Will Whited and his Eagle Scout project, the Outreach Center is taking another step to help stop hunger in the Columbus community.
CLICK HERE to read story on the News Link page

In the season of Advent, we prepare our hearts for Emmanuel — God with us — to bring us gifts that we need — not more presents, but more presence. Join us for Advent worship as we seek More....Join us Saturday night at 6:00 or Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
December 2 & 3 - More Hope   
December 9 & 10 - More Peace  
December 16 & 17 - More Joy  
December 23 & 24 (Saturday & 8:00 a.m.) - More Love
December 24 (10:30 a.m. & 11:00 p.m.) -  More Christ
December 30 & 31 - (Bonus) More Faith

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in November and December.
November 19, 2017
October 8, 2017 Confirmation Sunday

2017 Confirmation Music (Cherub & Ignite Music Team)

Ignite Praise Gathering One Year Anniversary

Care Team
Care Team needs a few more Caring People to serve in a variety of ways: provide transportation to & from worship on the weekends and/or to medical appointments; make hospital visits and/or visits to homebound members; help to coordinate health & wellness activities. Care 101, 202 & 303 trainings available as scheduled. Talk to Rev. Cindi, Dee Kinkaid and/or Martha Davidson for more info.


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 11th  message.
Confirmation Sunday 2017

FUMC Involvement in 2017 Habitat Build
On Saturday, September 30th, the sixth Columbus Habitat for Humanity house located in the New Hope addition was dedicated.
2017 Outreach Center Block Party
34 more photos have been added!



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.
Pastor Seong's December Sermon Series centers on the  Return of the King. The true meaning of this season to bear the fruits of repentance and receive the King into our hearts and to follow his reign.

Blue Christmas Service – For some, the holiday season is a lonely time for those who are alone and/or grieving the losses they have experienced in their lives. There will be a Blue Christmas Service held on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Federated Church. This service is being sponsored by Federated, First UMC, Grace Episcopal & St. Luke’s UCC.
Prairie Rivers District Mission Trip Opportunity – PLEASE SIGN-UP ASAP!!! The Prairie Rivers District is forming a district wide missions team to go to Texas this coming January to help with the recovery work from Hurricane Harvey. Join Pastors Russ Anderson and Martin Leeper January 28 – February 3. The exact location is yet to be determined. This mission opportunity is for laity and clergy alike. Call Pastor Russ at 308-382-1952, or Pastor Martin at 402-741-2362 for more information. The Prairie Rivers District will help with some of the expenses keeping the cost per person low. The expected cost per person is $200 (housing, food budget, fuel cost sharing, ect.). Volunteer in Mission (VIM) team training events will be held throughout the district for those wishing to join the mission team. Look for information on when and where they will be held.
15 Year Anniversary
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 item request is: 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
     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
      Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship