Columbus First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 28, 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.
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March 27 - Hearts For Missions 1:00 p.m. (Donna’s House).
March 28 - Cub Scouts 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
March 29 - Word & Table 7:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
March 30 - Girl Scouts T5033 7:00 p.m. Room (209).
April 13 - Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 p.m.
April 14 - Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m.
April 14 through 16 - Prayer Vigil at Church from Friday, 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, 6:00 a.m.
April 16 - Easter
6:30 a.m. at Church Sunrise Service followed by breakfast provided by United Methodist Men.
8:00 & 10:30 a.m. at Church Celebrate the Risen Savior!  
6:00 p.m. at Outreach Center Celebrate the Risen Savior at Ignite Service! Community Meal at 5:30 p.m.
April 19 - Columbus FUMC UMW Mini Mission U and Spring Salad Supper. Mini Mission U from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Annual Salad Supper will begin at 6:00 p.m.
April 23 - Go: This Transforms the World 
Breakfast & Fellowship: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. 
Worship:  9:00 a.m. (one service only) 
Projects:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS

Circuit Rider Changes
When you receive the April Circuit Rider you may notice that a calendar is NOT included for our Church and Outreach Center. That is because with two facilities & ever growing and changing programs & ministries, the calendar seems to be outdated as soon as it is printed & mailed. Please use the Church Bulletin announcements for the latest schedules & events AND we want to encourage people to use the calendar that is posted on our website: OR please contact the Church Office during business hours for immediate calendar / scheduling assistance.
Summer Tutoring
Summer Tutoring will be on August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10. From 8:00 am to 10:00 am. We would love volunteers to help drive the students, along with teachers to help the children learn.  We would like to have a one on one ratio with teachers and students. Please call the office and speak to Erin if you would like to be a part of Summer Tutoring.

Lenten Luncheons 2017
“Praying Our Story” 12:05 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First UMC in Fellowship Hall. Brief Worship Service & Soup Lunch for $5
March 8 – Rev. Annika Lister Stroope, “Everyday Stories” March 15 – Pastor Adam Lassen, “Stories of Longing” March 22 – Rev. Cindi Stewart, “Stories of Encounter”
March 29 – Rev. Edward Yang, “Stories of Wholeness”
April 5 – Rev. Seong Lee, “Stories of New Beginnings” 
The Lenten Luncheons are hosted by First UMC, Federated Church, St. Luke’s UCC and Grace Episcopal.
“Final Words From the Cross”
Why not join Pastor Seong’s Sunday School class? For seven weeks during Lent, we will be covering the “Final Words From the Cross” – a small book and video discussion by Adam Hamilton. You know … “Father, forgive them…” / “Today you will be with me in Paradise” / “Behold your son…, behold your mother…” and so forth.  March 5, 12,19, 26, April 2, 9, 16
Vacation Bible School
Coming June 5th-9th. See Sarah Borgman to sign up to be a leader or helper. This year’s theme: Super Heroes

Informational Forum
United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall 7:00 p.m. April 4th, 2017. It’s Ugly.. It’s not easy to talk about…Sex Trafficking.  Please join us for an informational forum on the dark reality of sex trafficking in our community. Everyone is invited to learn about how we can take action against this horrific crime. Anna Brewer, a former FBI agent, will present the information regarding this epidemic. It’s our goal to educate our community so we can recognize, respond, and fight for those trapped in this dark world. Hosted  by the Christian Social Witness Team.

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.

Drivers mark your calendar for the week of April 3 - 7. This is the week that our church is assigned to deliver Meals on Wheels from the hospital. If you have any questions please call Paul Badje at 402-564-8863, Meals on Wheels Coordinator.
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.
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.


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.
On Sunday April 23, The Church Has Left the Building
For those who come at 8:00 a.m. there will be some indoor activities and fellowship time. Worship service will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a dedication of those who are staying to work. Following worship, folks will be sent out in teams to complete the tasks. Work will be finished by noon. Please indicate your interest in a certain task on the tear-off sheet that will be in the April bulletins.
1. Litter pick up in 3 locations: Outreach Center block, main church block and Pawnee Park lake area. Will divide up the areas. 2. Graffiti removal (painting) at numerous locations in Columbus. Will divide up the areas. 3. Removal of the wooden ramp on East side of Outreach Center. 4. Care Team will be making gifts for nursing home residents. (indoor activity) 5. Cleaning of West entry at Outreach Center in preparation for painting.


Are you part of a community club and/or service organization that would like more information about our Outreach Center? We have had numerous groups and organizations that have scheduled visits and/or tours to see what’s happening at our Outreach Center. To schedule a tour, contact the Church Office, Rev. Seong Lee, Sarah Borgman and/or Marilyn Zehring.

New Audio / Video
"A Place At The Table (APATT)"
"Thank You" Pancake Celebration of FUMC meeting its 2016 Mission Shares Commitment served by the Finance Committee
Steve Kitt, Kinsley Gillig, Jarrod Gillig and Bob Blaser.
The Keystone Group meets on the first Friday of each month for lunch and fellowship. Martha Davidson fills you in on the history and activities of this group.

Meet First UMC Parish Nurses Alice Plettner and Martha Davidson as they discuss the history and duties of our Parish Nurses.
on FUMC-TV March 12, 2017

2017 Youth Valentine Talent Show (Sip & Sample) Video from FUMC-TV

January 29, 2017

KIDZ KORNER Faith Commercials on FUMC-TV
As Jesus healed people and engaged in his mission & ministry, he often said one little word: GO. What would it mean for us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ disciples as they went into spaces and places of healing and hope? Join us Saturday evening at 6:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
March 4 & 5 -  Go:  This Conquers Evil        
March 11 & 12 - Go: This Believes All Things       
March 18 & 19 - Go: This Changes Everything       
March 25 & 26 - Go:  This Makes Us See 


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!
Join Rev. Seong as he continues the sermon series, “Transforming”.
Spring Diabetes Event - Two speakers Jill Colegrove, and Alicia Mueller will talk about Diabetes Prevention along with identify and managing depression and stress while living with a chronic disease. Monday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Columbus Community Hospital on the third floor of the conference room. A light meal will be served.
Child Well Being Community Service Array – The Zero2Eight Child Well Being Coalition would like your help to identify needs and direct efforts to improve the well being of families in our communities. This is a chance to share your thoughts and help impact the lives of children and families in Platte and Colfax counties. Located at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ (1072 21st Avenue, Columbus) on Wednesday April 5 from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served so please be sure to RSVP by March 31 to Heather Buttaro ( 402-563-9656)
Easter Egg Hunt - Join Columbus Community Hospital for an Eggsperience! Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-7 on Thursday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the front lawn of the hospital. You can have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny between 5:30-6:00 p.m.  In the event of bad weather, look for an update on our Facebook page or
Columbus Rescue Mission 8th Annual Ladies Brunch – Columbus Rescue Mission is having their annual ladies brunch on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at FUMC Outreach Center. This year’s theme is “let your light shine.” Guest speaker is Denise Skrobecki, warden Nebraska correctional Center for Women plus Special Music, Testimonies and Door Prizes! Please RSVP no later than Tuesday April 18 (402-563-1096) A free will offering will be taken for a new boiler & Women’s Ministry Needs.
Food Allergies - Do you know the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance? On April 27th at noon join featured speaker D.r James Friedlander, from Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates, P.C., as he leads a discussion of all things related to food allergies, including recent updates in diagnosis and treatment. Located on the third floor conference room of Columbus Community Hospital. Free lunch included. Pre-registration requested by Monday, April 24th.  Contact the Hospital at 402-562-3380 or register online at
Blended & Blessed: Keys to Stepfamily Success – Horizons Church (3200 Grainger Parkway Lincoln, NE 68516 in Lincoln, NE is hosting the Blended & Blessed Keys to Stepfamily Success on Saturday, April 29th from 8:30AM 4:00PM. If you have any questions please contact Karen at or 402-420-6600. Doors will open at 7:30 am light snacks and drinks will be provided. Lunch will be offsite, to allow for a time of reflection. Please let Karen know if you are unable to attain your own childcare.
2017 Great Plains UM Cowboy Trail Bike Ride or Walk – 16th annual ride or walk for the mission project, and sponsored by the Great Plains UMM. Donations will be given to Upper Room Prayer Line, Society of St. Andrew, Stop Hunger Now, Imagine No Malaria, disaster response, camping ministry, jail ministry, youth ministry, and scholarships for Christian service. On May 27, Bike or walk from Norfolk to Tilden Nebraska. Breakfast and check in at Norfolk is at 7:00 a.m. Will start walking/ ridding at 8:00 A.M. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Registration for biking family is $25.00 which includes on t-shirt; additional t-shirts are $15.00 each. There is no registration cost for walkers. T-shirts are 15.00 each. To ensure getting a t-shirt please register by May 17th. Rest stops with snacks will be at Battle Creek and Meadow Grove. Enjoy the fresh air, good exercise, tasty food and good fellowship.
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 - March item request is: Cold 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.