Columbus First United Methodist Church
Saturday, February 17, 2018
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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.
February 19 - Blood Drive from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center. Call Connie Jensen at 402-563-4123  to schedule a time. Walk-ins are always welcome.
February 21 - Lenten Lunches Begin at 12:05 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
February 25 - Pancake Feed from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. downstairs in Fellowship Hall.
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
Life’s a gift!  Give more life donate blood!
Calling all First United Methodist Church Members to help us reach OUR goal at OUR sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive. We want to invite you and challenge you to take advantage of the Monday Blood Drives in 2018. February 19, May 7, July 2, August 27, October 22,and December 17. Egg salad, ham and turkey sandwiches are available, along with cookies and a special treat. Call Connie Jensen at 402-563-4123 or visit enter Methodist Community.

Lenten Lunches
This year’s theme is #momentsofgrace. We will reflect on those moments of grace in our lives where we have overcome obstacles and/or experienced our passion connected with hopes & dreams.Lenten Lunches begin at 12:05 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
February 21st - Rev. Seong Lee / First UMC
February  28th - Rev. Adam Lassen / St. Luke’s UCC
March 7th - Rev. Edward Yang / Federated
March 14th - Rev. Cindi Stewart / First UMC
March 21st - Rev. Annika Lister-Stroope /                              Federated & Grace Episcopal

Tabletop Fundraiser “Pieces of Home”
Sunday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center. Please watch for more information & reserve your table(s) today!

Discipleship & Leadership Opportunities
Want to VOLUNTEER / SERVE in the Church? Email Erin Landon for more info:
Watch the bulletin for Care Team’s “28 Ways to Show You Care!” insert that highlights the ways that you can demonstrate your love & care for others during the month of February.
Got a Vehicle & a few Extra Minutes? The Care Team is looking for a few folks to assist in providing transportation for our church family members to get to: 1) worship services; 2) medical appointments; and/or 3) grocery store. If you are willing to help, please contact Martha Davidson, Bob Williams and/or Rev. Cindi.


The Missions Committee wants to thank YOU for the Heart (Holiday Spirit Co-op) & Star (sweatpants & shirts for Willow, Alaska) gifts plus Mittens this year! In December, the Church helped over 108 people with gifts valued at over $10,260.
High School Seniors of 2018
Please turn in your information sheets to Sarah Borgman as soon as possible. If you lost yours please stop in the office to pick up a new one. Scholarship packets are ready for pickup from the church office for all those interested in a scholarship from First UMC.

WANTED:  Chancel Choir Accompanist
The Chancel Choir of the Church is looking for an accompanist to rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and to play for choir presentations on the first & third Sundays of the month. This is a paid position. For more information, please contact Rev. Cindi and/or Chancel Choir Director Sarah Cunningham.


Youth Meals
The Youth are in need of meals for 2018. We provide a meal to over 50 kids each Wednesday night at the Outreach Center. If you are able to donate food please look at the Youth meal sign-up sheet in chapel parlor. The youth would also take gift cards to help supply the food each week. Please call the church office at 402-564-8463 if you have any questions.
Blessing Box at Outreach Center
The Blessing Box at the Outreach Center is in need of toiletries, school supplies, pens, pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and paper products. Please drop off any donations at the Outreach Center. The supply box is right inside the east door entrance.
CLICK HERE to read story on the News Link page

Call to Action
Have you ever wanted to take action regarding issues but were unsure how to make your voice heard? Or wondered if it does any good? Every voice counts and matters. The Christian
Social Witness Team is compiling a list of people’s email addresses that would like information on how to take Action.  The “Call to Action” list will provide you with information on how to contact organizations, or law makers, to voice your opinion on topics. Emails will contain information regarding topics and explain, when, how and who to contact. If interested in receiving information and being part of the “Call to Action” list please contact Delanie Hudnall,

Piece by Piece
First United Methodist Church’s Piece by Piece Campaign is     boldly seeking to renovate our beautiful stained glass windows; retire debt on our Outreach Center; and establish endowments that will address continued building maintenance needs and further missional giving. Prayerfully consider the ways that we will boldly live into our mission & vision through the Piece by Piece Capital  Campaign.
To view the video explanation of the need for window restoration, please CLICK HERE.


In February and March we will focus on those attributes of Jesus that we celebrate about the Son of God and the Son of Man. So what does Jesus claim about himself? In the Gospel of John, there are seven “I AM” Sayings. During the Lenten season, we will reflect on these statements through Jesus Says I AM. Join us Saturday night at 6:00 or Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30. 
February 17 & 18 - I AM:  Gate
February 24 & 25 - I AM:  Shepherd
March 3 & 4 - I AM:  Bread

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in February and March.
Pastor Cindi Stewart featured in the Columbus Telegram
December 24, 2017
Rev. Cindi Stewart & Rev. Seong Lee
With Special Music Featuring:
Liz Blaser - "Selections on Marimba"
Klint Stewart - "It Wasn't His Child"
Brock Bourek & Monica Weber - "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Dave Rinehart - Lector

December 17, 2017


November 19, 2017
2017 Confirmation Music (Cherub & Ignite Music Team)

Ignite Praise Gathering One Year Anniversary


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 February 5th  message.
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!
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.

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Chili & Chicken Noodle Soup Feed – Troop 212 will host their annual chili and chicken noodle soup feed with homemade deserts on Tuesday, February 20th from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion. Free will offering (suggested donation $7 per adult, and $5 per child). Proceeds help with the cost for summer camp for the Scouts.

Faith-N-Art Exhibit – Today, art is more important than ever! We see many references to art in the Bible specifically in the Old Testament. Many people in the church today have wonderful talents in the Arts. We are interested in helping area churches with talented artists to share the art with the community. The idea of Faith-N-Art Exhibit was developed to invite local churches to provide artwork in all shapes and forms. The artwork does not have to be religious in nature. We hope to fill the SIP Coffee Shop on January 16th – February 28th with wonderful art pieces. If you would like to show your artwork please call the church office at 402-564-8463.
Columbus Community Hospital are offering cooking classes. The dates of the classes are: February 20th (Sinful Sweets), March 20th (Beneficial Herbs and Spices), April 17th (In A Pinch- Homemade Mixes and Substitutions), May 15th (South American Flair), June 19th (Cooking with Beans), July 17th (Healthy Carb Cooking), August 21st (Garden Fresh Delights), September 18th (FODMAP Cooking), October 16th (Cooking for a Healthy Heart), November 20th (Holiday Spectacular), December 18th (Cooking with Whole Grains). Class time will be 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Columbus Wellness Center. Cost is $15.00 per person. Register today by calling 402-562-4462.
Healthy Lifestyle Class – Sessions are April 24th, July 24th and October 23rd from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. These sessions are free to the public. To register call 402-562-4462 or go to Session topics include carbohydrate counting, fat and calories, weight loss, importance of increasing physical activity, setting goals for success and healthy snacks.
Sammy’s Superheros Foundation – On May 10th there will be a community-wide day of giving people in the Columbus area will have the chance to contribute to the community’s goal of raising around $100,000 in a single day by contributing to the 36 nonprofit(s) of their choice.
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,
Center For Survivors - The center is now in its 27 year of serving our families and individuals in six counties. We have served over 1,000 individuals in 2016. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and one in seven men will experience severe physical violence by their partner. Churches have been vital in providing our center resources for families and individuals impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.  We have many families and individuals on our Christmas wish lists that are in need of new winter clothing. If you would like to adopt a family, for our Christmas wish list program, please call 402-564-2155 or email Our need list is in the office at First United Methodist Church. Some of the items include garbage bags, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, cereal, soups, diapers, Ziploc bags, and gift cards.  
Platte County Food Pantry 3020 18th Street, Suite 13, Columbus - February item request is: Canned Soups. 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