Columbus First United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 17, 2019
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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.
November 17 - Confirmation.
November 24 - Decorate the Sanctuary for Advent Season / Community Thanksgiving Service at St. Luke’s UCC.
November 27 - No Wednesday J.A.M.
November 28 & 29 - Church/OC Closed for Thanksgiving.
December 1 - Advent Decorating at Outreach Center.
If you wish to tell us about an event that should be listed on our calendar, or wish to schedule an event, please call us at 402-564-8463 or email Sandy Martensen at ....
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS

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Jill Colegrove
Meet Jill Colegrove of Columbus First UMC, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. Jill has prepared a three part series for FUMC-TV concerning mental health where she explains different problem areas, what they are and how to help yourself and others. Click on the topic or topics listed below that interest you to watch Jill and become better informed.
Anxiety                  Stress            Depression

Souper Soup
Columbus UMW’s traditional “Souper Soup” is coming on Thursday, November 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. serving  fan favorite Turkey Noodle Soup and Chili, sandwiches (turkey salad & church cheese, YUM, etc) and homemade pie. Please see the bright hot PINK bulletin insert to sign-up to help – this is a church-wide event. Watch for the opportunity to pick-up yard signs too!

Hanging of the Greens at Church
“Hanging of the Greens” will begin after worship on Sunday, November 24th with meal of soup, sandwiches and cookies provided. Decorating can also be done during that week, with plans to be completed by 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30th.  Get your “team” together from your Bible study and/or committee – make this a fun time!  Areas that need to be decorated are: Gathering Area (Missions calls “dibs” on this), Sanctuary Christmas Tree, Sanctuary, Balcony Railing, West Entry, Fellowship Hall, and the Outside Nativity. If there is a certain area that you’re interested in decorating – please contact the Church Office with your “dibs.” The Outreach Center is scheduled to be decorated on December 1st beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Confirmation Class 2019 Project
This year’s Confirmation Class was inspired by the outside labyrinth at Camp Fontanelle; they are challenging the congregation to help them to purchase a 16’ poly canvas labyrinth that would be portable and able to be used at our Church as well as at our Outreach Center. The cost is $1,400.  If the Spirit moves you to share with this project, please let Rev. Cindi and/or a member of the Confirmation class know this coming weekend.
Reverse Advent Calendar
First UMC, we challenge YOU in this reverse Advent Calendar this year! This weekend, pick up a list and bag to be filled within 24 days (from November 22 - December 15) for a family that may face food insecurity this holiday season. Bags will be located in the Chapel Parlor and need to be returned to the Church office by December 16th. The bags will then be delivered on December 18th.
Some of our XYZ members – those with “eXtra Years of Zest” (90 years and up) – who were honored at our October 6, 2019 10:30 service.

Back row: Wayne Galley, Lois and Chuck Athey, Dorothy Cole, Cecile DeFreece

Front Row: Dona Dickenson, Mary Nickels, Margie Leslie, Harold Ritter


When planning your next shopping trip, consider making purchases with FUMC Scrip Cards. When you buy locally using Scrip Cards, businesses contribute donations back to the church. Scrip Cards are available at worship or from the church office.
You can also pre-order by calling the church office at 564-8463 or click here to email. Then just stop by the church office and your order will be waiting for you to pick up!

Our stewardship campaign (and November) theme is We Are, and we will be reflecting on John Wesley’s emphases on how we are to love God, preach Christ, seek justice and to serve others. We will hear these in light of our *new* vision            statement, Believing, Belonging, Becoming. Join us at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Outreach Center or Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. downtown.
November 2 & 3 - Normal at Last
November 9 & 10 -  Believing: Love God
November 16 & 17 - Belonging: Preach Christ
November 23 & 24 - Becoming: Seek Justice & Serve Others
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.

During November at Ignite Worship on Sunday nights, Pastor Joe will be discussing why I “Thank God for You”. Join us for a month of uplifting scripture that remind us some of the basic pieces of our Christian faith. 
November 3 - Thank God For You – Your Growing Love
November 10 - Thank God For You – God Chose You
November 17 - Thank God For You – You Never Tire Of Doing Good
November 24 - Thank God For You – You Love God’s People

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who are on duty in    NOVEMBER.
First UMC is looking for individuals that are willing to be Lectors, Greeters and Ushers at our services! If you would like to show your support in Church by doing one of these helpful jobs, please sign up today.

CLICK HERE for list of November Birthdays

October 21-24, 2019     Chatham, Illinois

November 10, 2019 on Facebook

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 November 11th  message.


Jill Colegrove
Jill Colegrove of Columbus First UMC, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. Jill has prepared a three part series for FUMC-TV concerning mental health where she explains different problem areas, what they are and how to help yourself and others. Click on the topic or topics listed below that interest you to watch Jill and become better informed.
Anxiety                  Stress            Depression


June 3 - 7, 2019
March 21, 2019

"When It Hurts"
March 17, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019 in Fellowship Hall

Saturday, June 15, 2019
CLICK HERE to see photo album



Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the events listed below.
You can also check-out the Community Bulletin Board located outside of the Church Office!

A Mobile Pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to families in need for a one-day distribution. The goal is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources. Date:  Saturday, November 23, 2019. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon (or until all food is distributed) Location: Wunderlichs Catering, 304 23rd St., Columbus, NE. Phone Number:  402-564-8444, Co-Sponsored by Simon House Instructions:  Please bring boxes or bags to carry food
Bell Ringers Needed! / We are in need of volunteer bell ringers for the holiday season. We will be starting November 14th and ringing only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Anyone interested will need to get in touch with me by calling 1-402-564-6919 to schedule a time and place. Places we will be at this year are: Super Saver, Hy-Vee, and Wal-Mart.

Other Community Notes
Platte County Food Pantry 3020 18th Street, Suite 13, Columbus - November item request: Hamburger Helper Macaroni & Cheese. The collection barrels are located in the west entrance next to the elevator and by the alley entrance at FUMC. Blessing Box Needs: Stuffing & potato boxes.  Columbus Rescue Mission: Monetary Donations Requested.     
                          LOCATIONS & SERVICE TIMES
Downtown  2710 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8463
     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
     Saturday Evening Service: 6:00 p.m.
     "Ignite On Sunday Night" Alternative Praise Gathering
      Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship
Office Hours:  Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.