Columbus First United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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.

August 27 - FUMC Red Cross Blood Drive - 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. For an appointment, call Connie Jensen at 402-563-4123 or visit
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
COLUMBUS DAYS PARADE, Sunday August 19th
NEED VOLUNTEERS TO RIDE / WALK IN PARADE with Camp Fontanelle. Please tell Sandy in the church office 402-564-8463 or if you can walk along (adults and kids over 75 pounds), or if your kids can ride the Camp Fontanelle Barrel Train (if they are 75 pounds or less). We will be promoting our church and our camp, and we can use your help!

Needing a night out with your spouse?
Check out the second Saturdays of the month starting August 11th from 4:00  to  6:00 p.m. Then join us for Saturday night worship at the Outreach Center from  6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Childcare with meal provided $2.00/child. Talk to Sarah Borgman for more information.
*NEW* this Fall!
Evening Men’s Bible Study will be starting soon. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Joe and/or the Church Office.

UMM Rally with Bishop Saenz
UMM Rally with Bishop Saenz is Monday, September 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Faith UMC, Grand Island.  Helping men grow in Christ so others may know Christ. There will be a meal, entertainment, and our main speaker Bishop Saenz. All for just $5. CLICK HERE for more information.

2018 Great Plains Annual Conference Report
The 2018 Great Plains Annual Conference was held this past June in Wichita, Kansas. Marilyn Zehring attended as Columbus First UMC Lay Representative.

Forks & Fellowship
*NEW* fellowship groups in the Church will be starting soon.  Check out “Forks & Fellowship” and get acquainted with people in the church family. Sign-up in the Gathering Area for a “fork” time – breakfast, lunch, dessert and/or supper!
Saturday, June 23rd marked FUMC Workday at Habitat for
Humanity. Workers included Rocky and Mary Plettner, Don Fowler, Gordon and Austin Kosch, Dick Breuer, Fred and Louie Peach, Bob Williams, Tom Scow, Chuck Kinnison, and Rich Rohde. Alice Plettner, Marilyn Zehring and Mary Plettner helped provide and serve food.Dry walling was completed by the group.
Please note: New Office Hours at both Church and Outreach Center Locations June 4 - August 31

Monday thru Thursday  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday  7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
In August, we are going Back to the Neighborhood to glean wisdom from Scripture and from Mister Fred Rogers whose passion for teaching important truths still Impacts our culture today! Join us Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30 at First UMC or Saturday evening starting at 6:00 at the Outreach Center.
August 4 & 5 - Look for the Helpers (Kindness)
August 11 & 12 - What Evil Cannot Stand (Forgiveness)
August 18 & 19 - It’s You I Like (Acceptance)
August 25 & 26 - True Meaning of Love (Love)
September 1 & 2 - White Spaces In-Between (Patience)
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.
As we wrap up the end of our “Finding God” sermon series we will search for ways that we can find God in our prayers, in our work and in our responses to His call.
August 5 Finding God in Prayer
August 12 Finding God in Our Work
August 19 Finding God in Our Response
On August 26 we will start our “Love Does” Sermon Series. Love Does – I’m With You
United Methodist News Sites:
Perspectives from around the global church
Great Plains Conference Weekly Newsletter
Receive information as it becomes available

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in August and September.
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 August 13th   message.


Peace Pole Dedication
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
Lorain County, Ohio Youth Mission Trip
July 28 - August 4, 2018
(Thanks to Kristi Nelson & Sarah Borgman)

Habitat for Humanity Workday
June 23, 2018


May 6, 2018


May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018

April 21, 2018


Sunday, April 1, 2018
Jessie Nelson - "Man of Sorrows"
Chancel Choir
Emily Cunningham - "Above All"
Ignite Praise Gathering One Year Anniversary

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!
Columbus Cancer CARE Foundation's 4th Annual Blue Jean Benefit -
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 - August food item request: Paper Towels  The collection barrels are located in the west entrance next to the elevator and by the alley entrance at FUMC. July  food item request: Powered drink mixes
                          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 Thursday  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Friday  7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon