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

Freedom Sunday

Sunday, July 5th at both the 8:30 and 10:45 worship services  Featuring many of your own First Church musicians and vocalist Celebrate the Freedom of Our Country and Our Freedom of Worship  Invite your friends to worship with you in a relaxed way.  And wear your Red, White, and Blue!

McAllen Mission Trip

The team leaves Sunday morning at 8:00 am.  Please keep them in your prayers.  You can follow the team on Facebook on the 11th Hour Worship page.

Falling Upward Dialogue

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, July 8 – Aug. 12, Harmony Classroom, facilitated by Pastor Sheree. Guided by Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward, we will share our life experience.  “With rare insight, Rohr takes us on a journey to give us an understanding of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.” Any adult of any age who is searching for “more to life” is welcome. Reading Rohr’s book is required. Please read The Invitation to a Further Journey through Introduction (pp. vii – xxxvii) before the first gathering and let Pastor Sheree know that you plan to participate. We hope books will be available for purchase in the church office by Tuesday, June 30 or you may purchase them from There is an accompanying Journal which you may purchase from Cokesbury.  FMI, email/call Pastor Sheree.

House of Faith Camp Meals on July 13

One big leap of faith!  House of Faith asked FUMC to consider providing meals for their high school campers at Lake Brownwood Retreat. Local groups and churches travel there and do this each day for their camps. This will be our first time to participate. We agreed to provide lunch and dinner on Monday, July 13. Several people have already agreed to participate, but more are needed. The church van will take those who are willing to spend the day (leave 8am – return by 8pm), but you can come help with any part of it if you want to take your own vehicle. Both meals will serve 300 people, so this is no simple task! However, when we consider the impact House of Faith has on the youth in our community, it was hard to say no! Please prayerfully consider your participation in this endeavor. Contact Sherrie Walker if you feel called to help out.

Kids Eat Free

FUMC will be responsible for cooking for Kids Eat Free! starting Monday, August 3 until August 21. If you wish to help sign up in First Place Cafe. Volunteer to cook, deliver, or shop. For more information click HERE or to sign up call Betsy Sadler, 374-8798 or email

Youth Forum

There will be a youth forum night for youth, parents and open to any interested church members on Sunday, July 19 in Celebration Hall beginning at 5:00 pm.  This will include open discussion about plans and proposals for the upcoming 2015/16 year.  Do you have ideas?  Do you have questions? Do you have a heart for youth? How can you help?  You can help by attending, listening, discussing and being a part of helping the youth program at First Methodist move forward.

Fall Scholarship Applications

FUMC College Scholarship Applications are now available online here or in the office.  Applications are due back to the church office by July 31, 2015.

Bus Donations

Thank you for supporting the bus fund campaign!  We’re asking for your continued support as we are inching closer to our goal.  We’ve raised $62, 760 of the $75,000 needed.  The last two donations came in the form of $2 and $5 from some of our littlest FirstKids’ Club Summer Campers.  Can you find an extra $5 or $10 to give? Every little bit helps!  If you need more information, please stop by FirstPlace Café or email Karla at  Envelopes specifically for the bus fund can be found in FirstPlace Café and can be returned to the church office or in the offering plate on Sundays in any of the services.  Thanks again for your support—let’s keep up the momentum!

Flood Relief Information

Please click here to find out what FirstChurch is doing to help aid the victims of the Central Texas flooding.  FMI Contact Sherrie Walker in the church office.

2015 Chancel Flowers

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.

Filling the FUMC Pantry in July

Please bring plastic grocery bags and canned fruit and meat 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.

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.

Sunday Service Bulletin Announcements

Unable to attend worship on last Sunday?  Click HERE to see last Sunday’s bulletin announcement sheet.

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. **There will be no new issues for the summer.  Check back in the Fall 2015.**

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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