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All-Church Conference

December 28, 2019

On Sunday, February 23, immediately following worship, we will have our annual church conference meeting for the following purposes:

• Deal with membership rolls
• Receive a financial update
• Approve candidates for ordained ministry
• Elect leadership
• Update on the current situation in the UMC

This meeting will take about an hour. It is of interest to members and friends of the congregation. Everyone has a voice—members have a voice and a vote. A nursery will be available for children. 

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Worship in January

December 28, 2019
Sunday, January 5—Lessons from Jonah #1: “When We Find Ourselves Running from God”
Scripture: Jonah 1
Have you ever felt God leading you to do something but you didn’t want to do it? Do you ever wonder, “What is God’s will for my life?”
Jonah ran away… what are we running away from?

Sunday, January 12—Lessons from Jonah #2: “Faith When God Seems Hidden”
Scripture: Jonah 2:1-9
How do we deal with things happening that we don’t understand? When have you realized that you aren’t in control? What do we do/lean on when we are in dire situations?

Sunday, January 19—Faith Mentors #1: “Noah—Making A Difference”
Scripture: Genesis 6:5-22

Sunday, January 26—Faith Mentors #2: “Ruth”
Scripture: The Book of Ruth

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Advent Giving Project

December 9, 2019

This year for Advent, we will be giving to people by using the CHUM Food Shelf and Shelter. Pick up a basket and list of needed items in the church office. Each day, from December 1-24, put the designated item in your basket and pray the included prayer for the one who will receive it. You may instead choose to put money in an envelope into your basket and CHUM will purchase the items for you. By Christmas Eve, bring your basket back to church and put it in the front of the Sanctuary. You may choose to do this as an individual, as a family, or with a group of friends. Celebrate the joy of giving this season to those in need!

New Choral Scholar Program

November 23, 2019

The music program at First UMC is initiating a Choral Scholar Program funded by the Carol Donahue Scholarship Fund. We expect the Choral Scholar to attend the choir’s weekly Wednesday rehearsals and sing with the choir for Sunday morning services, as well as special services. Depending on the Choral Scholar’s interests and abilities, there will be opportunities for them to lead sectional rehearsals, conduct selected anthems, lead vocal warm-ups and sing solos. They will be paid an honorarium of $100 per month. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please have them contact Velda Bell at or 218-727-5021. The Choral Scholar will be selected by Mike Goodlet and Velda Bell, with priority given to college students majoring in music.

 ~ Velda Graham Bell, Director of Music Ministries/Organist

Click for complete information: Choral Scholar Program

Ruby’s Pantry

May 1, 2019

Third Thursday of the month

Food for all who need to stretch their food dollars:

Click here to read KBJR’s article of January 17 distribution.

Ruby’s Pantry-Coppertop has been distributing food at First United Methodist, the Coppertop Church at 230 East Skyline Parkway, on the third Thursday of every month since 2010. Ruby’s Pantry-Coppertop is a community partner of Ruby’s Pantry. There are no income guidelines and anyone may participate.


For a $20 donation (cash only; checks and EBT cards cannot be accepted), participants receive approximately two large boxes of food. Please bring your own boxes — laundry baskets work very well.

Contents of a share vary depending upon what food is available to Ruby’s Pantry at the time; some typical items are listed below. We often post information about food items at on distribution day.

Food distribution at FUMC is on the third Thursday of every month, with registration from 4 to 6:30pm and distribution beginning at about 5:15 and continuing until the distribution ends at about 6:45pm.

For Volunteers:

Give an hour or more, anytime between 3 and 8 pm. Choose a task: welcome, traffic control, unloading truck, food repackaging, food distribution, carry-out helper, box recycling, clean-up. It’s easy and fun!
Volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please call First Methodist Church at 727-5021.