And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. Acts 5:42

Current and Upcoming Events

SOUPer Bowl of Caring, Feb. 1

It’s time to pull out the crockpots and start deciding on recipes for this annual fundraising event benefitting Kids Eat Free. This year’s we’ll be using the Church Gym, after worship on Sunday, Feb. 1. Get ready to vote on your favorite dishes with your cash! Entry forms are available in the FPCafe.

New Study for Wednesday Night Group

Come explore Everything A Cowboy Needs to Know, the basic Christianity course for The Cowboy Church, on Wednesday nights at 6:15 in the Library. FMI Contact David McMahon, (325) 374-3070.

The Screwtape Letters Study

Join Dr. Kraig Schell as he leads a study using this timeless classic by CS Lewis on spiritual conflict and the psychology of temptation which are part of our religious experience. The class will meet February 1 – March 15 at 4:00pm in the Cheers Classroom. Sign up in the FirstPlace Café or by contacting Sherrie Walker. Books will be available soon ($10 each).

Kids’ Night Out Friday February 6

Send your child to Kids’ Night Out THIS Friday, February 6th for a Pajama Party!  We’ll have Western themed games, snacks, and crafts!  Who: Ages 6 wks to 12 years  When: This Friday, 6pm—10:30pm  Where: 37 E. Beauregard (enter through glass doors in alley)  Cost: $10 per child or $25 per family  What to Bring: An evening meal for your child. We will provide the drinks, snacks, and fun!  Reservations HIGHLY recommended!  Please email Karla ( with the name and age of each child to reserve your spot. If they are a toddler, please let us know if he or she is potty trained. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

If:Gathering Simulcast

Ladies, you truly do NOT want to miss this wonderful opportunity.  Anne Hardegree and Brenda Stone are working to bring this conference to you on February 6-7, 2015. The conference will be held in Celebration Hall on Friday evening and all day Saturday.  You can learn more by going to or by contacting either Anne (234-5264) or Brenda (656-0679). You will be blessed!  We promise!  To register, go to    You give what you can to attend, no set fee.

West District Lay Servant Training

February 7 at Veribest UMC.  Both Basic and Advanced courses will be offered.  Registration forms are available in the office.  FMI contact Gini at the district office 656-7061.

First Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Live Cake Auction

Sunday, February 15 at 6:00 pm in Celebration Hall to raise money for FUMC Children’s Ministries  Doors open and dinner begins at 6pm. Donations will be accepted for dinner.  Live auction begins with Mike Smith at 6:45pm

Donate Your gifts of cakes, pies, or any famous desserts are a blessing!  Homemade or bakery purchased, all gifts are welcome.  The flashier the better!  Call the church office (655-8981) or email by Feb. 8 to make a donation or use the insert to sign up today!

Bake Create your most famous dessert, dress it up and bring it to the church on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Bid Stick some money in your pocket or bring your checkbook and bid on the fabulous cakes and desserts!  A professional live auctioneer will make this event a fun one!

FMI contact Liz Calhoun at or 655-8981

2015 Chancel Flowers

Please welcome Dori Wegner as our new Flower Ministry Coordinator!  The 2015 Flower Calendar is available so if you would like to honor or memorialize someone or something then please contact Dori at or by calling the church office.  Flowers are needed immediately for February, March and April so contact Dori if you wish to participate in this ministry!

Practicing our Faith – Online!

Pastor David will be facilitating an online study of the book “Practicing Our Faith”, by Dorothy Bass. Rather than meeting in person to discuss the book, you may access this as a Facebook group at:
This is a closed Facebook group so that we may feel free to discuss the book openly. Go to the Facebook page, ask to join, and Pastor David will add you as a member so you may post and read others’ comments as we journey through a study of the Christian practices that draw us closer to God. We will have a two-week period to discuss and try out the Christian practice in each chapter, beginning February 2.

Jacob, Part Two

Join David & Laura Huckaby on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm starting January 21.  This is part two of a seventeen-lesson study designed to help participants engage deeply with Genesis chapters 23 through 36.  You are welcome to participate regardless of whether you were with us for Jacob, Part One in the fall.  We will cover the final eight lessons of the study this spring.  During each week participants will study approximately one chapter of God’s Word along with insightful excerpts selected from various commentaries.  Then each Wednesday, we will come together for discussion, helping each other learn and draw closer to God. Materials are provided. Sign up in the FirstPlace Café after the first of the year, or contact Sherrie Walker in the Church Office for more information.

Filling the FUMC Pantry in February

Please bring canned meats, Ramen Noodles, soap, travel size shampoo/conditioner/lotion, and toothbrushes/toothpaste to the FirstPlace Café or the church office. Leave items in the designated green containers. Send monetary donations, payable to “First UMC” and marked “Food Pantry”, to the church office, or place in the Offering plate.

Methodist Assistance Opening

There are currently two openings to assist clients: 2nd Tuesday & 3rd Thursday of each month. The shift is from 1:00-3:00. Training Provided. Contact Barbara Gallard  at 949-9037 or BJ Mayer 653-5959.

Lincoln Middle School Box Tops for Education

Cut out and collect Box Tops to help LMS! Each Box Top will be redeemed for cash for the school at the end of the year. Donation containers are in the Church Office and the Information Desk in FPCafé.

MESSENGER Newsletter from FirstChurch

The Messenger is a monthly publication of First Church.  Pick up a hard copy of the current Messenger in First Place Café or the church office.

To contribute your FUMC news, call Betsy Sadler at 374-8798 or leave word in the church office at 655-8981.

Looking for an old Messenger article? Call the church office at 655-8981.


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