Pastoral Transition

Updated May 24, 2019 Pastor Rai's last Sunday with us will be June 2. Please join us for a reception in her honor on Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Wesley Hall as we bid her farewell and wish her good luck as she begins her ministry in Wichita. Updated April 18, 2019 Friends, Please read this letter from Great Plains Conference Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr., regarding the new pastors who have been assigned to serve First United Methodist Church. We will keep you updated on the pastoral transition process as information becomes available. 

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Celebrate Back to School

With the start of the school year just around the corner, we are ready to celebrate the start of a new Sunday School year! Children and youth are invited to kick-off a fun filled 2019-20 school year on Sunday, Aug. 18. Start your morning in Wesley Hall at 9:30 a.m. with a light breakfast of muffins, fruit, juice and coffee served to all who come. Afterwards, families are invited to visit their classrooms to meet their teacher and receive a small surprise. Next head outside for games, a photo booth and other activities for the whole family. On Sunday, Aug.…

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Kids Movie Night, July 10

Come watch the animated movie “Planet 51” at 7pm on Wednesday, July 10 in Wesley Hall. Featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel and more, this will be a fun night for ages 2 through sixth grade. An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him. Snacks will be provided. Parents are welcome to join or may drop off their child. Call for more info.

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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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Celebrate the Fourth at First

The United Methodist Women will hold their annual Fourth of July pancake feed and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at the church. A free will offering will be collected. Once again, we will have a float in the Norfolk Fourth of July parade. The parade is set for Thursday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. The Missions and Evangelism Team needs your help as they prepare for the 4th! Sign up in the Welcome Center if you can fulfill the following needs: Bags of individually wrapped candy or gum. Drop off bags in the…

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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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Walk to Emmaus

The walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor.  After one accepts this invitation they complete an application.  The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle. Following the three-day…

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Doffin Graduates from YMI

If you ask Megan about her calling to youth ministry, she claims it’s not a dramatic story. But others may disagree. Megan Doffin, Director of Youth Ministries After graduating from Wayne State College with a degree in Human Services Counseling, she knew two things for sure: she wanted to work with children and youth, and she wanted to do more than just counseling. She landed a job at a daycare, but felt she was called to do more. After growing up in the Winside United Methodist Church, her mother encouraged her to look at Norfolk churches to see if there…

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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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