Coronavirus Update at FUMC

To the members of the Winside, Stanton and Norfolk First United Methodist Churches: In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and in accordance with directives from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, all three the churches will be CLOSED until at least April 1.What does this mean? 1) All face to face meetings, studies, rehearsals and gatherings are CANCELED or POSTPONED until after April 1. (The final revelation study prior to postponement will be at Winside on Thursday, March 18 at 10:00am) Yes, all means ALL. 2) Confirmation Class is CANCELLED for Wednesday, March 17.…

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Everpresence Pop-Up Event: Parent’s Day Out

Parents, plan to do some Christmas shopping on Sunday, Dec. 8 and leave the kids with us! We are hosting an Everpresence Pop-Up event from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for kids age six weeks through 3rd grade. They will enjoy an afternoon of fun while learning about baby Jesus. Childcare will be provided by our Safe Sanctuary trained staff. To reserve a spot, call 402-371-2785 or register below.

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Church Picnic, July 14

All are invited to an old fashioned picnic at Noon on July 14 in Wesley Hall. This is a great opportunity to meet our new pastors, Neil and Bridget Gately. The Staff Parish Relations Committee will provide chicken and ice cream. Please bring a side dish or salad to share.

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Ways Your Family Can Celebrate Christian Home Month

May is Christian Home Month and we're celebrating at First United Methodist Church! Our theme for 2019 is “Families Called to Justice.” In the book of Amos, we read, “. . . let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream” (Amos 5:24, NRSV). These words can be both thrilling and terrifying. What is the justice we seek? How do we experience God’s justice? What do we see in the world around us that calls for God’s justice? And as families, what does it mean to be called to justice? For Christians, probably the simplest way to…

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Court OKs Part of Traditional Plan, Exit Plan

The United Methodist Church's top court has found that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is valid as church law. That was the Judicial Council's ruling on a requested review of the Traditional Plan, which was approved during a special denomination-wide legislative session in February to strengthen enforcement of bans on "self-avowed practicing" gay clergy and same-sex weddings. In a separate ruling, legislation to provide an exit strategy for local churches wishing to leave the denomination meets three minimum requirements and thus is constitutional “when taken together with the consent…

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Congratulations to our Confirmands!

Congratulations to the 2019 confirmation class! The class of 2019 includes Parker Clausen, Sydney Easland and Tommy Stanton. The students have been working hard creating their unique worship service and are excited to share it with you during all three services this weekend. There will be a reception to honor the Confirmation students between services on Sunday. Please join us during Confirmation weekend as we celebrate our confirmands and wish them well as they continue their spiritual journey.

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Easter Egg Hunt, April 20

An egg-citing event is coming to First United Methodist Church at 1:30pm on Saturday, April 20. An Easter Egg Hunt and eggstravaganza and is planned providing fun for children and their families. The egg hunt will take place on the church grounds including the community garden space. In addition to the egg hunt, a scavenger hunt and fun activities designed for kids age 1 through grade 6 are planned. In order to make this event a success, we are asking for donations of bagged candy to place in the eggs. You can drop off candy in the tote located in…

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Events for Wednesday, Feb. 20 Canceled

The following activities for Wednesday, Feb. 20 have been canceled: UMW Organizational MeetingPastor's Noon Bible StudyFaith with FabricsYouth Group The Chancel Choir practice scheduled for 6:30 p.m. has not yet been canceled. Please stay tuned or contact Linda Boullion for updates.

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What Charles T. Studd Said About Light Has To Do With Jesus

The United Methodist Church is making a difference. The impact of 12.5 million United Methodists in 136 countries is being felt around the world. While extending help and serving abroad for the sake of the Great Commission is a real and important thing, so is loving our neighbor at home. We are called to both. In the 1800’s there was a British missionary named Charles T. Studd. C.T. Studd spoke words that have stuck with me: “The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.” Human Relations Day is a powerful avenue to extend help and service to our local…

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Stay Informed of any Weather Related Cancellations

With the winter season upon us, so is the chance of severe weather. In the event that any of our worship services or events are canceled, we will let you know via the following formats: On our website. There will be a banner at the top of every page alerting you to any cancellations. On our Facebook page. On local radio stations, including: US92 (92.7 FM), 94 Rock (94.7 FM), Lite Rock 97.5 (97.5 FM), 106 Kix (106.7 FM) and WJAG (781 AM/105.9 FM). These stations will also have area cancellations on their websites. On the Norfolk Daily News website.…

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