Drive for Bright Horizons

Through the month of October we will be collecting paper goods, personal hygiene items, and non-perishable food items for Bright Horizons. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one way you can honor the month while helping our partner, Bright Horizons. Items ready for donation can be placed in the tote in the narthex area. Bright Horizons offers free, confidential services and resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Celebrate Children’s Sabbath

At First United, we strive to tell kids two things: God loves them, and so do we. Help us spread our message of love by attending our Children’s Sabbath worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Our annual Children’s Sabbath is a time to reflect on God’s gift of children, and the ways we as a church and individuals can renew our commitment to care for, protect and advocate for all children. During worship, our kids will sing, greet, usher and read scripture. The focus of Children’s Sabbath is to look deeply at the needs of children—both here in…

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Church Conference is Oct. 20

Our annual church conference will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 in Wesley Hall. All members are invited to join together along with our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Nancy Tomlinson, to discuss and vote on important matters of our church and the year ahead. This meeting will include naming our vision together, electing our lay leadership, setting our budget and compensation for the pastors, and other business. Please make plans to attend this important meeting.

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Next Fellowship Meal is Oct. 6

The United Methodist Men (UMM) invites you to the next fellowship meal at noon on Sunday, Oct. 6 in Wesley Hall. The UMM will provide chicken as the main dish. Bring a side dish or dessert to share and join us for a time of fellowship.

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Tai Chi Begins Sept. 17

Tai chi is often described as“meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication inmotion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health. Mary Wakeley will walk you through the low-impact, slow-motion exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am in Wesley Hall starting Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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Prayer Walk for Grant Elementary

Help us bless the students, staff, teachers of Grant Elementary during a prayer walk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Pray for the students and staff as you walk around the building. We will begin on the south side of the playground and work our way around the building. Grant Elementary is located at 1106 Phillip Ave.

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Help Those Who Hurt by Becoming a Stephen Minister

Is God calling you to expand your horizons, to care for those hurting and spread His love? If so, Stephen Ministry may be for you. Stephen Ministers are lay persons who share Christ’s healing love with those who are hurting in our congregation and community. Through acts like hospital visits, house calls and offering communion, our Stephen Ministers use their gifts in meaningful and impactful ways. Those going through challenges in life are matched with a Stephen Minister, who listens, cares, prays and embodies Christ’s presence. As a Stephen Minister, you get to experience deep joy and tremendous growth as…

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Installation Service for Rev. Dr. Tomlinson

Rev. Dr. Nancy Tomlinson will be formally installed as District Superintendent of the Elkhorn Valley District at an installation service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. All are invited. Rev. Dr. Tomlinson replaced Rev. Bill Ritter as the Elkhorn Valley District Superintendent on July 1, 2019. Prior to becoming District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Tomlinson served at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Papillion, Nebr. She comes to the post with nearly 25 years of ministry experience.

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To Norfolk With Love is Sept. 14

“To Norfolk with Love” is a community-wide day of service where followers of Jesus from every denomination join together to serve side-by-side to demonstrate the love of Christ to our city. A variety of projects are planned at organizations and individuals in need in our community. No matter your ability, there is a project that needs your help! A free shirt is guaranteed for everyone who registers by Sept. 4. Register online and see all the available projects at

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Confirmation Begins Sept. 4

This two-year program is designed to help youth become aware of how God is and has been working in their lives, even before they were old enough to realize it. We are excited and blessed that Pastors Neil and Bridget Gately will be leading Confirmation this year! Confirmation class will meet the first and third Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. during youth group beginning September 4. Students will eat supper with the youth group beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. After supper, the 7th and 8th graders will gather for confirmation class time. Please join us for a…

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