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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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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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

They are just 14 square feet, but the warmth and comfort they provide are immeasurable. They are the “ugly quilts” Donna Rector and others make as part of My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group’s Sleeping Bag project, a nationwide coalition of individuals and groups who make simple sleeping bags for the homeless. Donna first heard about The Sleeping Bag project through her sister, who saw a story about My Brother’s Keeper on television approximately eight years ago. She went online and found the instructions to make the sleeping bags and got Donna and her two other sisters interested. Using fabric remnants,…

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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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Community Garden Plots Available

Thinking about spring? Community Garden plots are now available at the corner of 4th and Phillip Avenue. Plots are available for rent on an annual first-come, first-served basis, with returning gardeners receiving priority. The cost per plot is $30 and is open to both members and nonmembers. The Community Garden offers the opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers; spend time outdoors enjoying nature; and share gardening knowledge and skills with others. For more information and to reserve a plot, call the church office or visit

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Flood Interfaith Prayer Service Planned for Thursday, April 4

The Norfolk Ministerial Association will host a special interfaith prayer service on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. “An Evening of Community Prayer and Support” is a nondenominational service open to all members of the community. In light of the recent flooding that impacted our area, clergy members felt called to provide a way to show solidarity and pray for those impacted by the flooding in Norfolk, Nebraska and the rest of the Midwest. The evening will be an opportunity for members of the community to gather, reflect on the flood’s impact and…

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