Columbus First United Methodist Church
Monday, June 25, 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.
July 1 - Pot Luck Sunday, 11:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall.

There will be no men's GROW meeting in July.

Columbus First United Methodist Church NEWS
Saturday Evening Worship Changing Location
The Church Council voted on the Worship Committee’s  recommendation to move the 6:00 p.m. Saturday Evening Worship Service to our Outreach Center in Wesley Room starting on Saturday, July 7th. This decision was preceded by a worship survey and numerous conversations, and will remain in effect through December, and then will be re-evaluated.

First UMC’s Habitat for Humanity Build Day
VOLUNTEERS are needed on Saturday, June 23rd from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. located at 1459 45th Avenue. Tasks include hanging dry wall (other tasks available too). Please call Church Office to sign-up, 402-5648463.
Christmas in July
Beginning July 1st, take a star off of one of the Christmas trees
located at the downtown church and at the Outreach Center.  This year the stars help supply the Outreach Center and the Blessing Box with materials needed. Some items include: Dish Soap, Dish rags, Sponges, Sandwich bags, Freezer bags, Lysol Spray, Garden Hose Reel, Reusable “to go” containers, WalMart Gift cards to buy supplies, Cash Toward purchase of vacuum cleaner, Cash Toward purchase of fans, Cash Toward 
purchase of space heaters, Cereal, Boxed meals, Canned Fruits, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Toilet Paper, Individual snack items, Toothpaste & Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Microwavable Meals, Pudding & Applesauce. Please bring items and/or cash donations to the church office.

Now taking Donations for Military Care  Packages
Place all donations for the youth to make care packages for our military in the donation tubs located at the church (narthex) and the Outreach Center (east entry door). All donations are needed by July 24th. Monetary  donations or gift cards to Walmart, HyVee, or Super Saver are also greatly appreciated.

Riders and Walkers at Columbus May 26 (raising $3,454 for United Methodist Men's Missions)

Eighteen people from Columbus, Nebraska rode, walked or provided support for the seventeenth annual UMMen's “Babcock or Bust” ride/walk raising $3,454 for three missions.

Please note: New Office Hours at both Church and Outreach Center Locations June 4 - August 31

Monday thru Thursday  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday  7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Joe Krepel Appointed as Local Pastor
Joe Krepel will be appointed as a local pastor to Columbus First United Methodist Church. Joe will be serving as our Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries, beginning on July 1st, and beginning to preach at the Ignite Service on July 15th.
Welcome to our Pastoral Intern, Rachel Shepherd
This past spring, First United Methodist’s Church Council made the decision to apply for a pastoral intern, and Rachel Shepherd applied for the Great Plains Pastoral Internship! We were both matched, and Rachel will serve as our intern from June to early August.

Summer Splash for Youth is every Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. This is not your regular youth group. Plan on many outdoor activities and lots of excursions away from the Outreach Center. All activities will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:15 at the Outreach Center unless otherwise noted.
Supper/Tour of Camp Fontanelle
On Wednesday, July 18th, ride along with a group going to Camp Fontanelle for supper, to experience a camp in session, and for a guided tour to see the many new facilities. We will leave from the church parking lot no later than 4:15 p.m. Please tell Doug Kallesen 402-563-1570 at least by July 16th if you plan to attend so we can tell the camp. 
In the month of June, we will remember that we are Rooted in Scripture, Wesleyan tradition, reason & experience.  We will explore those ancient stories of how God’s people became rooted in their faith, their hope & their love. Join us Saturday night at 6:00 or Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30.
June 2 & 3 - Word & Grace
June 9 & 10 - Grace & Faith John
June 16 & 17 - Salt & Light
June 23 & 24 - Now & Later
In July, we will focus on what it means to be Called. In addition, we have the opportunity to reflect on how God just may be calling us to grow the Kingdom!
June 30 & July 1 - From Generation to Generation / Moses
July 7 & 8 - For Such a Time as This / Esther
July 14 & 15 - Words in Your Mouth / Jeremiah
July 21 & 22 - From Now On / Simon Peter, James & John
July 28 & 29 - Sinners to Repentance / Levi
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 the month of June at Ignite, we will talk about making our journey better for ourselves and others.
June 3 - “On Fire for Christ”
June 10 - “Living the God Life”
June 17 - “Improving Through Christ”
June 24 - “Love, Live & Thrive”
United Methodist News Sites:
Perspectives from around the global church
Great Plains Conference Weekly Newsletter
Receive information as it becomes available

CLICK HERE to go to the "Partners In Faith" page to see the families and individuals who will be on duty in June and July.
Peace Pole Dedication
June 10, 2018

May 6, 2018
10:30 A.M. Service in 6 parts
CLICK On Title Of Segment To View

Ignite Music Team Excerpts
May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018


May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018

April 21, 2018


Sunday, April 1, 2018
Jessie Nelson - "Man of Sorrows"
Chancel Choir
Emily Cunningham - "Above All"
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 June 17th   message.

Ignite Praise Gathering One Year Anniversary

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!

Confirmation Sunday 2017

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!
Other Community Notes
Murry J. Johnston Retirement Party - Join us for the fun and celebration of the journey of Rev. Murry J. Johnston (of Silver Creek, Genoa & Monroe) on Friday, June 29th at 6:00 p.m. Potluck fun & festivities at Silver Creek UMC.
Camp Fontanelle Information Gatherings - God is on the Move at our Camp! Anne and Doug Kallesen invite you over to our house to hear about it…how the ministry has doubled and how to prepare for the expected continued growth. Our kids are experiencing God’s love there! Short video, information, and dessert. Please let us know which night you can come… Tuesday, July 10th or Wednesday, July 11th. We will start at 7:00 p.m. and finish at 8:30 PM.  Call or email: 402-563-1570
Comfort Closets – A Thrivent Community Event. Did you know that there are children in our school systems who come to school on a daily basis without the basic necessities that we often take for granted, such as clothing that fits, basic school supplies, having their hair and teeth brushed, and nourishment to get them through their morning? Many items, the teachers themselves provide these basic needs. Through a Thrivent Community event, we are putting together Comfort Closets for elementary schools in Columbus and Schuyler to help alleviate this burden on our schools and teachers. We are asking for donations from you to supply these closets. Items needed but not limited to are: pencils & pens, rulers, erasers, notebooks, folders / binders, backpacks, scissors, dry shampoo, glue sticks, markers / crayons, socks / underwear (children’s size 5- adult size 14, tennis shoes (new or lightly used), toothpaste & toothbrushes, handi wipes, refillable water bottles, deodorant, granola bars / healthy snack foods, hairbrushes / ponytail holders or barrettes, belts (new or lightly used), leggings (new), hats and warm gloves, small containers of soap / shampoo / conditioner. Please drop off donations at the church office by August 3rd.
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 - June item request is: Tuna / Canned Meat. The collection barrels are located in the west entrance next to the elevator and by the alley entrance at FUMC. July  food item request: Powered drink mixes
                          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
Office Hours:  Monday thru Thursday  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Friday  7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon