Columbus First United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 30, 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.


April 29 - Morningside College Choir will perform a full concert starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. The performance will follow the Saturday evening 6:00 p.m. service.
April 30 -  Morningside College Choir will perform during the 8:00 a.m. service.
May 1 - 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!
May 7 - 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, First UMC will celebrate the graduations of those students in our current directory of members & constituents.
May 10 - Family Fun Night 6:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center.
May 21 - AAA Actively Aging Adults 6:00 pm, Pizza Ranch Bunkhouse.
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.
New Photo Albums

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

Circuit Rider Notice

The office is going to be cutting back on how many Circuit Riders we are mailing out this year. If you would like a paper copy of the Circuit Rider, they will be in the Chapel Parlor for the next few weeks. If you would like to still get the Circuit Rider mailed to you because you are unable to come to church please respond with your name and address.

“Called to Discipleship”
Please join us for a 6-WEEK BIBLE STUDY featuring stories from the Gospels and Acts on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. upstairs, starting April 30th. Or come when you can, just try it! Facilitated by Doug Kallesen.

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
(available May 7) 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.
Vacation Bible School
Hero Central! June 5 - 9 at First United Methodist Church. 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. each day! Children ages 3 Years to 4th Grade. Pick up a registration form in the Church Office. 
Also: we are in need of helpers throughout the week.

Youth Mission Trip
To Colorado Springs July 16-23, 2017. Contact Sarah Borgman for details or to sign up.

Family Fun Night
Inviting ALL Youth and Families Wednesday, May 10th  6:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center. Enjoy Smoked Pork loin, baked potato, vegetable and ice cream sundaes followed by Bowling at Boulevard Lanes. RSVP required to eat and bowl. Contact Sarah at 402270-2372.

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.
In the month of April, as we journey toward the cross, we do not GO alone; we journey with our ancient Christian brothers and sisters to remember and to rehearse our faith. Join us Saturday evening at 6:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
April 1 & 2 -  Go:  Go: This Heals Us (Holy Communion)         
April 8 & 9 - Go: This Focuses on the Kingdom        
April 15 & 16 - Go:  This Comforts & Convicts (Easter Celebration)        
April 22 & 23 - Go:   This Transforms the World (Change the World Weekend)
April 29 & 30 - The Five Secrets: Secret #1, Be True!

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!
Arise & Go Sermon Series
April 30 - Running from God,  May 7 - Returning to God, 
May 14 - When Revival Comes,  May 21 - Jonah is Us 


New  Video
April 23, 2017
(Photos courtesy of Jamie Snyder, Denise Kracl, Doug Kallesen)
April 14, 2017

April 16, 2017 Outreach Center

April 16, 2017 Downtown
CLICK HERE for Part 1 - Opening, Hymn, Prayers, Children

"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

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.
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.
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.