Columbus First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 25, 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.
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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 May 15th message.

May 25 - Leadership Development Meeting 6:30 p.m. at the church.
May 27 - 2017 Great Plains UM Cowboy Trail Bike Ride or Walk. Breakfast and check in at Norfolk is at 7:00 a.m.
May 31 - Video Tech Training 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for volunteers going into the 8th grade and older. Pizza lunch included.
June 5th - 9th -  Vacation Bible School from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. here at FUMC for PreK/3-4 years, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, nursery, early care (those that arrive early, 7:30 to 8 a.m.), and Crafts. Helpers are needed. Contact Erin at 402-564-8463 or email:
New Photo Albums
Friendship Bible Study

Easter Sunday Church Service

Ignite Easter Praise Gathering

"This is what it looks like to see the youth making 180 pies!" It was quite an amazing feat!

Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
“Hero Central”
Vacation Bible School
We are in need of volunteers for Vacation Bible School. VBS is June 5 - 9th from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. here at FUMC. We still have openings as helpers in PreK/3-4 years, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, nursery, early care (those that arrive early, 7:30 to 8 a.m.), and Crafts. 7th grade and up are allowed to be helpers for VBS. If you or someone you know would like to help, please call Erin Landon at 402-564-8463 or email:
We can’t do Vacation Bible School without amazing volunteers! Help make Jesus the hero of our VBS!
UMCOR Cleaning Buckets
MMDC has sent out almost 4,000 cleaning buckets to Missouri flooded area during the last 2 weeks. Any donation of cleaning bucket supplies will be needed or, of course, money. Please drop of the supplies in the church office by June 6th. Some of the supplies that are needed includes liquid laundry detergent – up to 50 oz. no fabric softner, dish soap – 16 to 28 oz. bottle, air freshener, 6 to 14 oz. insect repellent spray, sponges (no cellulose sponges due to mold issues), heavy duty trash bags – 45 gallon sizes, dusk masks, clothes pins.
Craft Club
If you are interested in participating in a monthly “Scrap and/or Scan” please let Rev. Cindi know. If you would like to be added to the Facebook page, look up “first umc Craft Club” or talk to the office for more information. Craft Club is a fellowship group of the Church of members & friends who enjoy arts & crafts. They will be meeting on the lower level of the Outreach Center.
Confirmation Class 2017
Registration for Confirmation Class 2017 has begun for next     year’s 8th & 9th graders.
1) Register student w/ Rev. Cindi at the Church Office.
2) Sign-up for Confirmation Camp (choose one; #1 preferred) #1: June 26-29  OR  #2: July 5-8 at Camp Fontanelle.
3) Choose mentor – must be a church member (may be family) who will participate alongside student through confirmation journey.
There will be additional retreats this summer and fall to complete confirmation requirements. Talk to Rev. Cindi for more info.

Summer Survival Guide
While you are out & about this summer, use your Summer Survival Guide for family prayers, weekend devotions & church schedules. Don’t forget Paper Jesus; we want to see him with your family!
  Leadership Development
You are invited to come to the church on Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. to check out a new Leadership Development opportunity. All ages and levels of experience are needed because Jesus’ model of leadership for us is one of serving. His disciples included leaders “out front” and leaders “behind the scenes.” So too, it is with us. Read a book, attend as many of six sessions as you can, take a fun personality type exercise, identify your spiritual gifts, hear special presentations on UMC church information, discuss, and fellowship (including snacks). Please indicate by May 10 to Doug Kallesen  ( , 402-563-1570), or the church office, if interested and whether you can attend the May 25 kickoff meeting where you will decide.
Youth Mission Trip
To Colorado Springs July 16-23, 2017. Contact Sarah Borgman for details or to sign up.

Outreach Center Tour
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.
The Five Secrets Sermon Series. Join us Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
April 30 - Secret #1:  Easy Button         
May 7 - Secret #2:  Crossroads         
May 14 - Secret #3:  Building Block         
May 21 - Secret #4:  Bliss
May 28 - Secret #5:  Legacy 
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!

At a Special Church Conference on Monday, May 22, First United Methodist Church voted to move forward with the Stained Glass Windows Restoration Project. Working with Kruse Stained Glass of Hartington, Nebraska, the Board of Trustees hopes to begin the project in the spring of 2018. The Finance Committee will be working on a Capital Campaign to raise $170,000 for this project. In addition, educational materials are being put together. Watch for more details about how you can help to preserve the beautiful stained glass windows in our church.
CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in June and July. If your name is listed, please volunteer for an area or areas of service by signing up in the Chapel Parlor. We are counting on this list of members to step forward and demonstrate that ours is a church family where all are welcome to serve. You may also view the various areas to choose from and the specific duties of each.

FUMC - TV    New Video
"Hearts For Mission"
"Your Health Matters" offers you tips on how to live healthier with FUMC Parish Nurse Dee Kinkaid.
"Care Team"
May 13, 2017

April 14, 2017
"A Place At The Table (APATT)"
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.
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.
12th Annual Columbus Rescue Mission Master’s Classic Presented by Title Sponsors – On June 9th at 12:30 help the hurting and the homeless in the name of Jesus Christ. Driving towards changed lives. Open division Challenge 18-hole division is $300 per team and $74 per player. Church Division Challenge 18- hole division is $300 per team $75 per player. Entry includes green fees, cat, team prizes, flag prizes, door prizes, Rescue Mission golf hat and lunch on the course. Everyone is welcome to participate. Awards ceremony following play, including hors d’oeuvres. Any question, call Mike VunCannon at the Elk’s Country Club 402-564-4930.
Fill the Truck – The Columbus Rescue Mission will be holding their annual Fill The Truck project on June 29th, 30th, and July 1st at the Walmart parking lot in Columbus. The Living Water Rescue Mission will have their Fill The Truck days on June 30th and July 1st at the Walmart parking lot in York. We wish to thank Walmart for working with us on this important project each summer. Please support this cause as we collect food and financial donations for the Columbus and Living Water Rescue Mission. More information will be coming in the May and June electronic newsletters.
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.
Learning Frontiers: PreK to Grade 3 – Help us learn more about early learning and development.  Do you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall who is not currently enrolled in preschool?  If so you may be eligible to participate in an exciting study!  Researchers at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) are partnering with your community’s school district to learn about the factors that promote early learning and support children’s development across transitions into Kindergarten through Grade 3.  Participating families can receive up to $250.00.  To take part in the Early Learning Network research study, or for more information, visit our website. or contact Amanda Witte at (402) 472-2490 or
Platte County Food Pantry 3020 18th Street, Suite 13, Columbus - May item request is: Peanut Butter. 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.