Columbus First United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 22, 2017
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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.

  Christmas 2017

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 October 16th message.

October 29 - 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m., Youth Ministry Retreat at the Outreach Center. Grades 5-12. Plan upcoming events, eat pizza, and hang out with friends. RSVP to Sarah if you wish to eat.
November 4 & 5 - All Saints Weekend
November 5 - Daylight Savings Time Ends. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour!
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 16 - Souper Soup Day 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
November 26 - Hanging of the Greens 11:30 a.m. at the Church
December 1 - 7:00 p.m., Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street
Daniel Christian Concert
Free Will Offering for singer Daniel Christian LIVE
December 2 - United Methodist Women annual Christmas Brunch at 9:30 a.m.. 
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
Janet Hibbs Jones receives the NARSP Big Apple Award
Janet Hibbs Jones received the NARSP (Nebraska Association of Retired School Personnel) Big Apple Award at the State Convention of the Association on October 11th  in Grand Island.

Confirmation 2017
Confirmation was held at the 10:30 Service October 8th. These 17 youth were confirmed in the faith. Congratulations and blessings to our 9th graders: Hunter Gassmann and Madison Henderson, and to our 8th graders: Tadan Bell; Josalyn Valenzuela Bice; Austin Boswell; Hunter Colegrove; Owen Davis; Abigail Degn; Makiaya DeLaCruz; Trevor Fricke; Addison Heule; Hailey Hoffman; Rebecca Hoffman; Ericka Keep; Kyson Krepel; Brock Kuhlman and Tate Smith.

Veteran’s Day Presentation
Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th and again this year we will have a presentation during our weekend worship services to remember our veterans. If anyone has pictures to submit, please email a photo (and/or take to the church office) and include the vet’s name, branch served & years of service.  Email to Meka:

Souper Soup Day
On Thursday, November. 16, the Souper Soup tradition continues! There will be Homemade Turkey Noodle and/or Chili served with homemade pie, sandwiches (yes, there will be “church” cheese spread) and beverages served from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Take-out will be available in Chapel Parlor. In addition, check out the bake sale and quilt sale in the Gathering Area!

Dick Luebbe named to 2017 Islander Hall of Fame
Dick Luebbe (center) was named to the Islander Hall of Fame and recognized during halftime of the G.I. - Omaha North football game September 22nd.
Piece by Piece
“Piece by Piece” Capital Campaign/Our Capital Campaign Committee is pleased to share with you the details of our 2017-19 “Piece by Piece” Capital Campaign on the weekends of October 21 & 22 and October 27 & 28. The “Piece by Piece” Campaign addresses: 1) repair & restoration of stained glass windows; 2) retirement of debt on Outreach Center; and 3) establishment of two endowments that will address building & maintenance and expansion of missional giving. As we celebrate First UMC’s rich history, we also celebrate our current program of ministry as well as God’s VISION for the future of our Church. How is God calling us to share our gifts to make a difference to be “a center for Christian growth and outreach”? To view the video explanation of the need for window restoration, please CLICK HERE.
Care Corner
What: Seminar on Medicare updates and what is changing with Medicare supplements
When: Sunday, November 5th (after the 1st Sunday potluck) at 1:00 p.m.
Who: Presented by Terry Taylor of Taylor Advisory Group Where: Fellowship Hall of FUMC, 2710 14th Street

2017 Leadership Development Class “Graduates” 18!
August 3rd was the fifth and final meeting of the Leadership Development Class.

Craft and Vendor Fair
October 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at our Outreach Center
Do you have a craft or product to sell? We need you! Vendors and Crafters are welcome to set up  tables and sell their product. Table cost is $10 which includes a meal. The Youth mission team is asking for 10% of profits to help benefit their trip next summer to Ohio. Contact Sarah Borgman at:    or at the church office 402-564-8463 or on her cell 402-270-2372 to sign up.
Wall Calendar
Get your 2018 Wall Calendar. Cost is $8.00. Calendars can be purchased in the Church office or after services from a Youth Mission Team Member.
In October, we will be concluding the I Believe series and celebrating some SUPER weekends! Join us Saturday night at 6:00 or Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
September  30 & October 1 - I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins 
October 7 & 8 - I Believe in the Life Everlasting
October 14 & 15 - Our United Methodist Women will be leading  worship with an inspiring speaker on a UMW Prison Ministry in Kansas!
October 21 & 22 - As we begin our Capital Campaign we will hear scriptures and stories about how God is at work right here in Columbus, Nebraska, and working through First UMC!
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.
Pastor Seong's October Sermon Series centers on Proverbs that offers life-giving truth that enables us to enjoy and extend God’s design to all of life.  
October 1:  Where Wisdom Begins
October 8:  Wealthy and Poverty (Money)
October 15:  Valued Work
October 22:  The Temptation of Beauty
October 29: How We Steward Words
November 5:  Ancient Wisdom for Modern Families

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in November and December.

FUMC - TV New Video

2017 Confirmation Music (Cherub & Ignite Music Team)
October 8, 2017 Confirmation Sunday
Confirmation Sunday 2017

FUMC Involvement in 2017 Habitat Build
On Saturday, September 30th, the sixth Columbus Habitat for Humanity house located in the New Hope addition was dedicated.
2017 Outreach Center Block Party
34 more photos have been added!

Ignite Praise Gathering One Year Anniversary

Youth Splash Night Summer 2017

Youth Group Kick-off
Youth Mission Trips in 2017

Spring 2017 Youth Year End Celebration

NUMB Bike Ride 2017
Praise in the Park
Columbus Days Parade 2017


Summer Tutoring
Summer Tutoring to provide math & reading resources for students from Centennial, Emerson & West Park elementary schools was held at Columbus First UMC  August 1, 2, 3 & August 8, 9, 10, 2017.



FUMC - TV    
"Your Health Matters" offers you tips on how to live healthier with FUMC Parish Nurse Dee Kinkaid
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Care Team
Care Team needs a few more Caring People to serve in a variety of ways: provide transportation to & from worship on the weekends and/or to medical appointments; make hospital visits and/or visits to homebound members; help to coordinate health & wellness activities. Care 101, 202 & 303 trainings available as scheduled. Talk to Rev. Cindi, Dee Kinkaid and/or Martha Davidson for more info.


St. Anthony Church Bazaar and Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at the Agricultural Park in Columbus, Nebraska. Polish sausage, turkey and dressing dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adults $10.00, children (5 - 10), $5.00, children (4 & under) no charge. There will be games for all ages, music, and auction at 3:30 p.m. and raffle drawings at 6:00 p.m.
Healthy Lifestyle Class – Session topics include: Carbohydrate counting, fat and calories, weight loss, importance of increasing physical activity, setting goals for success, and healthy snacks. Session is on October 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Columbus Wellness Center Multipurpose Room. The class is free to the public. To register call 402-564-4462 or go to
Chili Luncheon – Join us at Cottonwood Place for a Chili Luncheon.  It’s chili cook – off time!! On October 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by and savor some delicious, homemade chili prepared by 5 Local competitors!! This is free to the public and we will have cornbread and cinnamon rolls. If you are not a fan of chili, then enjoy some chef prepared chicken noodle soup. 1st place prize is awarded. RSVP by October 24, call Amy Cooney at 402-276-9762.
Cottonwood Trick or Treat – Come trick or treat and dress for costume contest.  Plan to attend the costume contest for the following ages: Newborn- Preschool, k-8th grades, 8-12 Grades, all adults.  Great prizes will be awarded in each category!  RSVP to Sharon Ziegler by October 27 at 402-562-9136.
Creating a Discipleship Pathway – Join other churches from around the Great Plains conference in learning how to move from the membership model to a disciple making congregation. Dr. Phil Maynard, Director of Excellence in Ministry Coaching, will provide a day and a half workshop for churches of any size to begin thinking through and designing an individual discipleship system for implementation. Each church will leave with a discipleship system idea and a timeline to launch that idea. This Launch Pad will allow you to be on retreat with your pastor and your team to worship and work together on ideas to help disciples others for Jesus Christ back home. On November 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and November 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This worship will be held in two different locations as well as livestreamed for pastors and teams around the Great Plains. Columbus First UMC Outreach Center is one of the livestream locations! Cost is $10 per person (and includes Friday’s lunch).
E-Waste Event – On November 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Bring in your used or broken electronics to be recycled properly. Items accepted are: TV’s, computers, printers, scanners, phones, fax machines, VCS’s, radio equipment, etc. Charges for TV’s are 19 inch or smaller, $10; 20 inch or larger, $20. If you have any questions call 402-563-9223.
Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission Celebration Banquet – Mark your calendars for November 6th located at American Legion, 2263 3rd Avenue. Seating starts at 6:00 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30. Special music by The Wissman Family. One of the ways you may help the ministry is by sponsoring a table or tables for the banquets evening meals and cost. In this way all the evening’s offering from a sponsored table goes to the ministry. Individuals who sponsor a table will be recognized on our banquet programs. The cost to sponsor a table is $125, and you may sponsor as many tables as God puts on your heart. We need your RSVP! The evening meal and event are free due to the generous Table Sponsors. Your RSVP, however, is our way of getting a count for how many meals we will be serving. Please call 402563-1096 to RSVP.
15 Year Anniversary
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,
Big Pals - Little Pals – Did you know that Big Pals ~ Little Pals has 17 children on their waiting list? Now is a good time to add to your life and to a child’s life too. Please become a Big Pal to a child that needs your friendship. Call 402-563-1081 or find us online at Please support the Big Pals ~ Little Pals Bowl – A – Thon on Sunday, November 5th, to raise money for local youth who need a caring mentor in their lives. It’s a fun and easy way to make a valuable contribution to our youth. You can get involved by forming a team to bowl, sponsoring a Big & Little Pal match to bowl, or contributing prizes. Call 402-563-1081 for more information. Big Pals - Little Pals need you to bowl for our kids!
Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt -  A business group on Wayne State College campus is selling breast cancer shirts for $13. All of the proceeds go to American Cancer Society. If you would like a t-shirt please email Jayme Dubas at The T-Shirt says: the ribbon is pink but add some blue women get breast cancer & men do too!
Prairie Rivers District Mission Trip Opportunity – The people of Prairie Rivers have responded greatly to the hurricane relief through the building of flood buckets and monetary donations. Through your help those who have had their lives disrupted by the storms have experienced the love of God in their time of need. Many thanks for all you have done. Now your church has an opportunity to help further the relief by joining a Prairie Rivers District mission team. The Prairie Rivers District is forming a district wide missions team to go to Texas this coming January to help with the recovery work from Hurricane Harvey. Please join Pastors Russ Anderson and Martin Leeper January 28th – February 3rd. The exact location is yet to be determined. This mission opportunity is for laity and clergy alike. More information about this trip will be discussed at the Fall Update meeting, or call Pastor Russ at 308-382-1952, or Pastor Martin at 402-741-2362 for more information. The Prairie Rivers District will help with some of the expenses keeping the cost per person low. The expected cost per person is $200 (housing, food budget, fuel cost sharing, ect.). Volunteer in Mission (VIM) team training events will be held throughout the district for those wishing to join the mission team. Please look for information on when and where they will be held. An Early Response Team (ERT) training is set for November 18th at Central City Fairview, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. An ERT recertification training has been set for November 4th at Grand Island Trinity, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Registration for both is online at the conference website. Participants will need to be Safe Gathering certified.
Platte County Food Pantry 3020 18th Street, Suite 13, Columbus - October item request is: Hamburger Helper &  Macaroni & Cheese. The collection barrels are located in the west entrance next to the elevator and by the alley entrance at FUMC.
                          LOCATIONS & SERVICE TIMES
Downtown  2710 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8463
     Saturday: 6:00 p.m.   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
     "Ignite On Sunday Night" Alternative Praise Gathering
      Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship