Columbus First United Methodist Church
Friday, November 16, 2018
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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.

If you wish to tell us about an event that should be listed on our calendar, or wish to schedule an event, please call us at 402-564-8463 or email Sandy Martensen at ....
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
Check out Taco Tuesday – meet the pastors EVERY Tuesday at El Tapitio from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Dutch lunch and conversation. Feel free to invite a friend – and stop by over your lunch hour & schedule; we’ll save some tacos (or tamales) for ya!

Nebraska Brass Quintet
A Nebraska Brass Christmas will be held on November 30th at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets in advance and First UMC will get a portion of all pre-sold tickets! What a wonderful event to kick off the Christmas season! Tickets can be purchased in the office. Adults $12; Seniors $10; and Children are FREE!
CLICK HERE to see the photo album of the recent trip by Columbus First UMC members to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois.

Old Columbus Middle School bleacher wood being re-purposed for Midwest Mission Distribution Center Missions
Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23rd, members of First United Methodist Church in Columbus disassembled the wooden bleachers in the old middle school. Work was complete at 2:00 p.m. Columbus Public Schools donated, rather than disposed of, this wood. The wood is going to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Pawnee, Illinois.

Confirmation Sunday, November 18
First UMC will be confirming nine students on Sunday, November 18th. The worship service will last a few minutes longer on the 18th, and the students invite congregation members to join them in donating the following to local agencies: gently used coats AS WELL AS *NEW* socks, hats & gloves! Watch for the laundry hampers to collect these items! Thank you on behalf of Confirmation Class 2018.

Get your 2019 Wall Calendar
Calendars can be purchased for $8.00 in the Church office or after services from a Youth Mission Team Member.

A Place at the Table
The Columbus Telegram featured a story on "A Place at the Table" which is housed at the Columbus First UMC Outreach Center.

2018 Mission Committee’s Christmas Projects
Stars are now available. The stars are for supplies for cleaning buckets. With all of the devastation that has happened throughout  the U.S., these items will be in short supply for MMDC.
Hearts will be available November 18th. We will once again be partnering with The Columbus
Spirit  Co-op. Information and instruction sheets will be on the table by the tree.

Spaghetti Fundraiser for Sarah Borgman
First UMC wants to show its support & prayers for Sarah Borgman, our Christian Education & Youth Coordinator, who suffered a severe concussion on Sunday September 23rd.  She is improving each week, and she is now able to work a few hours each day.  On Wednesday, November 28th, we will be having a Spaghetti Fundraiser from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at our Outreach Center to help with Sarah’s medical expenses.  Thank you to the Thursday Evening Bible Study members for coordinating the meal!

UMW Annual Christmas Brunch
Mark your calendars! United Methodist Women will having their annual Christmas Brunch Saturday, December 1st at 9:30. Besides fellowship and  feasting together, we will plan to have  special music from Lillian Hudnall and her violin. We will also have a “Make and Take” Advent Calendar activity. Please join us! All are welcome.


November 3 & 4 -  (All Saints) Blessing
November 10 & 11 - (Veterans Day) Giving 
November 17 & 18 - (Confirmation) Cherishing 
November 24 & 25 - (Reign of Christ) Trusting
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.
November 4 - Principles of Kindness   
November 11 - Be Kind to the World  
November 18 - Kindness in the Old Testament
November 25 - Respond to Kindness with Kindness  

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in October and November.
Peace Pole Dedication at Outreach Center
September 9, 2018

Rachel Shepherd’s Sermon at Columbus First UMC
July 22, 2018
"Called / From Now On"

Rachel Shepherd’s Sermon at Ignite
July 8, 2018


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 November 12th  message.


Peace Pole Dedication at FUMC
June 10, 2018

May 6, 2018
10:30 A.M. Service in 6 parts
CLICK On Title Of Segment To View

Ignite Music Team Excerpts
May 6, 2018

CLICK HERE to see the photo album of the recent trip by Columbus First UMC members to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois.

Old Columbus Middle School bleacher wood being re-purposed for Midwest Mission Distribution Center Missions
October 23, 2018
Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the events listed below.
You can also check-out the Community Bulletin Board located outside of the Church Office!

Other Community Notes
Comfort Closets – A Thrivent Community Event. Did you know that there are children in our school systems who come to school on a daily basis without the basic necessities that we often take for granted, such as clothing that fits, basic school supplies, having their hair and teeth brushed, and nourishment to get them through their morning? Many items, the teachers themselves provide these basic needs. Through a Thrivent Community event, we are putting together Comfort Closets for elementary schools in Columbus and Schuyler to help alleviate this burden on our schools and teachers. We are asking for donations from you to supply these closets. Items needed but not limited to are: pencils & pens, rulers, erasers, notebooks, folders / binders, backpacks, scissors, dry shampoo, glue sticks, markers / crayons, socks / underwear (children’s size 5- adult size 14, tennis shoes (new or lightly used), toothpaste & toothbrushes, handi wipes, refillable water bottles, deodorant, granola bars / healthy snack foods, hairbrushes / ponytail holders or barrettes, belts (new or lightly used), leggings (new), hats and warm gloves, small containers of soap / shampoo / conditioner. Please drop off donations at the church office by August 3rd.
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 - November item request: Stuffing & Potato Boxes . 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
     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.