Coppertop News

First Family—Printed and Online

April 4, 2020

First Family is FUMC’s monthly newsletter and is both published and delivered. June’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


Sunday Online Services and Bulletins

March 27, 2021

Join us in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary if you are able. But if you can’t, please find us streaming live, online. You can worship with us at 10am on Sunday, June 13, (or online beginning at 9:55am) where we will be together as a church family. This week, Pastor Cynthia Coffin-Langdon will preach “Dandelions. Weed or Flower?” The Scripture will be from Mark 4:26-34.

Bulletin for Sunday, June 13, 2021

Bulletin for Sunday, June 6, 2021, Graduate Recognition Sunday

Bulletin for Sunday, May 30, 2021—first in-person worship

Bulletin for Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021

Bulletin for Sunday, May 16, 2021

Bulletin for Sunday, May 9, 2021, Mother’s Day and Garden Sunday

Bulletin for Sunday, May 2, 2021, Confirmation Sunday

Bulletin for Earth Day Sunday, April 25, 2021

Bulletin for Sunday, April 18, 2021

Order of Worship for Sunday, April 11, 2021

Easter is here! From darkness into the light we have journeyed. Join First and Hillside United Methodist Churches for this message of resurrection, hope, healing, and love.

We have prepared this very special worship experience in the hope that you will join us for a truly wondrous hour. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one! You can join us at 10am on Sunday, April 4, 2021, where we will watch together as a church family. Or, if you wish, anytime after the 10am premiere.
Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021


We hope you will join us for a faith journey from the Last Supper, when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified, to Good Friday, where we are witnesses to Jesus’ death.
Please  join us for this somber and important service. It will premiere at 7pm on Thursday, April 1. If you can’t be with us at 7pm, you can view it anytime following the premiere and before Easter.

Bulletin for Maundy Thursday/Good Friday April 1, 2021

This week’s Sunday service, from Hillside and First United Methodist Churches Celebrates Palm Sunday and recognizes the darkness of the Passion. Look for our children in the Palm Parade and hear the heart wrenching music that will lead us to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Our church staffs and families have prepared this very special worship experience in the hope that you will join us for a truly wondrous hour. You can join us at 10am on Sunday, March 28, 2021,

Bulletin for Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

Bulletin for Sunday, March 21. 2021, Fifth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for Sunday, March 14, 2021, Fourth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for Sunday, March 7, 2021, Third Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for Sunday, February 28, 2021, Second Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for February 21, 2021, First Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bulletin for Sunday, June 28, 2020

Bulletin for Sunday, June 21, 2020

Bulletin for Sunday, June 14, 2020

Bulletin for Sunday, June 7, 2020

Bulletin for Pentecost Sunday, May 30, 2020

Bulletin for Sunday, May 24, 2020

Bulletin for Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Bulletin for May 10, 2020 (Mothers Day/Garden Sunday)

Sunday Bulletin for May 3, 2020

Sunday Bulletin for April 26, 2020

Earth Day Sunday, Bulletin for April 19, 2020

Easter Sunday Bulletin for April 12, 2020

Palm Sunday Bulletin for April 5, 2020

FUMC Sunday Bulletin March 22, 2020

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COVID–19 Policy as of May 26, 2021

February 22, 2021

First United Methodist Church—The Coppertop

COVID Policy as of May 26, 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 outdoors as much 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 and Other Gatherings in the Sanctuary (funerals, weddings, etc.)

  • Starting Sunday, May 30, worship will be live in our Sanctuary and live-streamed into people’s homes (we will have worship onsite and online).
  • You no longer need to sign up in advance to attend church in person. Just come.
  • We will provide social distancing in the Sanctuary by having congregants sit in 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.
  • We strongly encourage mask wearing of all congregants for the well-being and comfort of all. We urge masks for those not fully vaccinated, immunocompromised, or feeling ill or uncomfortable.

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 (we recognize that 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 are welcome to 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.
  • At the end of worship, our ushers will dismiss us row by row where we will go outdoors for our fellowship time.
  • Sunday fellowship time following worship will be outdoors in the East Parking Lot where coffee, water, and donuts will be provided. On days when the weather is bad, we will have fellowship time in Lakeview Social Hall.

Children and 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.
  • Upon initial reopening, the nursery will be unavailable. We will be continually revisiting this.

Church Office and Building

  • The church office and building is open. Fully vaccinated staff may choose to not wear masks when working together, but will usually wear masks when interacting with congregational members.
  • We ask that all unvaccinated members of the congregation wear masks when in the building for their safety, and encourage others to do so, especially when in larger groups.
  • 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 and Food

  • Outdoor fellowship and eating is encouraged as much as possible as the safest option.
  • Food can be provided/consumed indoors and will include marked “social distance tables” for those who want to comfortably be a safe distance from others. All tables will be placed with distance between them.
  • Food should be served by people wearing gloves and, preferably, masks.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate our changing world.
As this document continues to be updated, we will continue to inform you.

Upcoming Worship

January 1, 2021

During June we will be worshipping live, in-person, and will continue live-streaming our services online on YouTube every Sunday morning at 10am. The service can also be watched anytime following the live service. Please make worship a soul destination.

Sunday, June 6—Graduate Recognition/Holy Communion. The sermon is called “The 7-Ups,” and it is about attitudes that can help us up.

Sunday, June 13—Pastor Cynthia Coffin-Langdon will preach “Dandelions. Weed or Flower?” The Scripture will be from Mark 4:26-34.

Sunday, June 20—Father’s Day. We will start a sermon series called “Values to Live By.” The value we will explore this Sunday is INTEGRITY.

Sunday, June 27—”And Are We Yet Alive” Brandon Veale will be preaching. Remembering the Methodist circuit riders of old, we celebrate the triumph of just being together again.

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