Columbus First United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Come grow with us!


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.
April 25 - Financial Peace University, 6:00 p.m. at First UMC in Room 006.
May 6 - High School Senior Recognition. Senior/Family Brunch: 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Presentation of Seniors and Scholarships at the 10:30 service. 
May 6 -  Rev. Seong & Younee Lee Baby Shower at 7:00 p.m. following Ignite Service at the Outreach Center.
Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
From Rev. Seong Lee
On Sunday, April 15th, our SPRC chair, Tim Owens, announced at Ignite service that I have been appointed to serve at the United Methodist Churches in Great Bend and Hoisington, Kansas. This new appointment will begin July 1.

Every Friday in APRIL from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Outreach Center:
April 27: Craft Night
Open to all ages.  Bring a snack to share, excitement, and your awesome family!
Looking for FAMILIES to host each night— talk to Sarah Borgman to volunteer!
Financial Peace University

Wednesday April 25 - 6:00 p.m. at FUMC, Room 006
Sign-up to experience financial peace in your life! Call the Church Office at 402-564-8463 for more information!
Ignite T-shirts
Ignite worship service has T-shirts available to purchase.  Ordering forms are located in the church office or at the Outreach Center. T-shirts are $12 for a short sleeve, and $15 for a long sleeve. Example shirts can be found in the church office as well. Please order before April 23.
MMDC “Personal Dignity Kits” Needed!
Year after year PDKs are the #1 kit requested from MMDC and we have seen the demand double from 15, 906 in 2015 to 36,456 in 2017. In the last three years we have sent out $1,156,960 worth of PDKs with each kit valued at $14. PDKs are sent all over the Midwest and internationally to help people maintain basic hygiene, an essential component of human dignity. PDKs contain: bath hand towel, bath washcloth, bomb, nail/toenail clippers / adult toothbrush / shampoo/ deodorant / bar soap / razor with guard / toothpaste. All items are placed in a one gallon plastic bag. PDKs are being shipped to Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane relief. Please bring your items to the church office.
MMDC “Crayons” Needed! With an unexpected number of requests for student school bags MMDC is in need of brand new 24-count crayons. 4,177 bags were sent to Central America and Watseka, Illinois. Midwest Mission is quickly running out of crayons. Please bring your donation to the office.
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. 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.

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.

During April, we are going to prayerfully consider A Way Forward by looking at Rueben Job’s Three Simple Rules. We will remember who we are as Christian United Methodists and reflect on where God is calling us in the future! Join us Saturday night at 6:00 or Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
April 7 & 8 - Do No Harm - Failing Forward
April 14 & 15 - Do Good - Caring Forward
April 21 & 22 - Stay in Love with God - Loving Forward
April 28 & 29 - What’s Next?! - Moving Forward   

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


Sunday, April 1, 2018
Jessie Nelson - "Man of Sorrows"
Chancel Choir
Emily Cunningham - "Above All"
Thank you, First UMC, for your generous donations prior to and on UMCOR weekend for cleaning buckets. Norm & Linda Hutson took a truckload of items to MMDC, the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (in Illinois) along with a check for them to purchase bulk items to complete even more cleaning buckets. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are making a difference!
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 April 16th  message.

Ignite Praise Gathering One Year Anniversary

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


November 19, 2017
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.
The letters to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation is the Post Easter Sermon Series In April and May.
April 15:  Ephesus – The Loveless Church  Revelation 2:1-17
April 22:  Smyrna – The Suffering Church  Revelation 2:8-11
April 29:  Pergamos – The Compromising Church Revelation 2:12-17
May 6:  Thyatira – The Adulterous Church  Revelation 2:18-19
May 13:  Sardis –The Dead Church  Revelation 3:1-6
May 20:  Philadelphia – The Faithful Church  Revelation 3:7-13
May 27:  Laodicea – The Lukewarm Church  Revelation 3:14-20
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!


·       2018 Cooking Classes

·       Basic Lay Servant Training

·       Healthy Lifestyle Class -

·       Bike Fit Seminar -

·       Columbus BIG GIVE -

·       Babcock or Bust Bike Ride or Walk -

Other Community Notes
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 - April item request is: Jell-O and Pudding Mixes. 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