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Current Sunday Online Services and Bulletins

January 27, 2022

We hope you will join us at 10am on Sunday, either live or in-person. The video stream will begin about 9:55am and will also be available any time that fits your schedule following the stream. This week Pastor Jeanine Alexander continues her sermon series titled “Soul Reset.” This mornings sermon is “Take Care of Yourself: Soul Reset #4.”

Here is the link to the ministry Sign-In card  for those who will watch online either live or at a later time. If you are attending in-person you may also record your attendance in this manner if you wish. If you need help or have questions, you can call the church office at 218-727-5021.

You can find all of our online services on the Worship Service Video and Bulletin Archive and on our YouTube Channel

Bulletin for January 30, 2022

Bulletin for Sunday, January 23, 2022

Bulletin for Sunday, January 16, 2022

Bulletin for Sunday, January 9, 2022

Bulletin for Sunday, January 2, 2022


This morning’s Online Service is being provided by the Minnesota Annual Conference and is titled Divine Interruptions. We are holding a Service at FUMC at 10am for those who wish to join in person, otherwise please enjoy the MN Annual Conference’s video beginning at 10am or anytime there after. Here is the link to the Virtual Connect Card for those who will participate or watch In Person and Online (Live or at a later time):

If you need help or have questions connecting, you can call the Church Office at 218-727-5021.

Bulletin for Sunday December 26, 2021 (provided by the Minnesota United Methodist Conference)


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First Family—Printed and Online

November 1, 2021

First Family,  FUMC’s monthly newsletter, is both published online and delivered to your homes. January’s First Family will join years of archived newsletters on this website. They are always there and they are searchable. We have also decided to activate all the links within First Family to allow you to simply click to bring you directly to websites and email addresses.

Take a look, share the link, bookmark the page, or download to have on your computer if you wish. If you, or someone you know, would like to have First Family delivered, please email


Upcoming Worship

November 1, 2021

Sermon Series to start the year—Soul Reset
A soul reset is an invitation to slow down—to take stock of where we have given our hearts, time, and work. Together we will take a journey of setting down the burdens of hurry, worry, and the urgent; and taking up the kind of meaningful and free living that Jesus offers all who are willing to accept it.
January 9: Soul Reset # 1- How Is It With Your Soul?
January 16: Soul Reset # 2- When Depression Hits …
January 23: Soul Reset # 3 – It’s Not All on Me
January 30: Soul Reset #4 – Being Nourished
February 6: Soul Reset # 5 – Life in Crisis
February 13: Soul Reset # 6 – Living in the Light

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COVID–19 Policy–Updated September 12, 2021

September 12, 2021

First United Methodist Church – The Coppertop

COVID Policy

Approved by the FUMC Administrative Council on 5/26/2021; revised 9/12/2021

COVID GOAL: To keep our congregation alive – physically, emotionally, spiritually.

From Our Minnesota Annual Conference/Bishop Bard:  Given Governor Walz’s order removing the indoor masking mandate, and the dropping numbers in Minnesota, our conference will move to the Blue Phase on May 28 when all social distancing and capacity restrictions are ended. What this means is that COVID is still with us, but the risk is less, and each congregation needs to discern what guidance to offer for their context. The good news is that 61.7% of Minnesotans have received at least one vaccine dose. Our case numbers are on the decline and there have been days with no deaths. The bad news: the global situation is still staggering and there will be new variants that will test the efficacy of our vaccines. We are still seeing outbreaks in restaurants, gyms, schools, sports and most recently prom. We are encouraged by the Minnesota Department of Health to meet as much outdoors as we can. It will help keep those numbers going down and protect those most vulnerable among us. Remember, our children under 12 cannot get a vaccine yet.


Worship & Other Gatherings in the Sanctuary (funerals, weddings …)

  • Starting Sunday, May 30, worship will be live in our Sanctuary and livestreamed into people’s homes (we will have worship onsite and online)
  • We will provide social distancing in the Sanctuary by having congregants sit every other row (that provides about 5 ½ feet distance). You need to choose seating that feels safe/comfortable for you. If you want additional space, please take it. Our Sanctuary is large and provides for the distance people need. If someone is sitting too close to you, please feel free to move. If someone moves away from you, please do not take offense and know that we are all working on the best ways to individually and corporately be/feel safe. Let’s be gracious with, and kind to, each other.
  • Masks are to be worn at all times inside the building.

Note: Some people have chosen to not be vaccinated (although the conference and our church strongly encourages vaccination, some people, for a variety of reasons, don’t make that choice). Some who are immunocompromised are not vaccinated… some with a significant history of allergic reactions are not vaccinated. Children under 12 don’t yet have the opportunity. Please respect each others’ choices about mask wearing—we all have different vulnerabilities. We are called to care for all.  

  • Masks are required for those participating in congregational singing
  • We will continue to offer hand sanitizer and masks as part of our hospitality
  • Hymn books are back in the pews and can be used, if chosen; words will also be projected (airborne transmission, rather than surface transmission, appears to be the primary means of spreading the disease).
  • The offering will not be collected by the passing of plates. Offering plates will be at the entrance of the Sanctuary and at the front (to limit the number of hands touching an object).
  • Communion will be served in individual cups and with pre-cut bread. People may bring their own communion elements.
  • Baptisms can take place with all people wearing masks.
  • Interior doors should be propped open as people are entering and exiting the church. Exterior doors should be cared for by one greeter per door.
  • Children will not gather up front for Children’s Messages but will remain with their families in their pew. Children’s Messages will be provided as well as worship activity bags.
  • As long as weather permits, Sunday fellowship time following worship will be outdoors in the East Parking Lot.

Children & Youth

  • We ask all children, youth and adult volunteers to wear masks during indoor activities, until more children and youth are able to be vaccinated.
  • The Nursery is open and staff will be masked. Parents are asked not to bring children who are not feeling well.

Church Office & Building

  • The church office and building is open.
  • Masks are required in the building.
  • Before an individual or group is present in the building, they must request space from the Director of Operations or a designee. They must be familiar with, and follow, our COVID-19 policy. We will ensure rooms are sanitized before and after gatherings.
  • Group and Outreach events, such as Ruby’s Pantry, will need to present their plan for safety to our Director of Operations and staff, and must follow our policies, if they wish to utilize indoor space.

Congregational Care 

  • In-person hospital, home, and care center visits by the pastor/parish nurse/lay pastors/staff will be available. Those visiting will wear masks.

Fellowship & Food

  • We encourage outdoor fellowship and eating.
  • Food may not be eaten inside the building. The exception is for church staff, who may eat alone at their desks and each person in a separate room.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate our changing world.