USD 253 is having a clothing drive for students. New or gently used items needed include all clothing for kids Kindergarten through 12th grade: gloves, coats, shirts, jeans, underclothes, hats, etc. Hygiene products are also needed, such as deodorant, shampoo, and toothpaste,Items may be left at the church in the bin provided in the narthex. You may drop items off until Thanksgiving.   

Christmas Festival

Join us on Saturday, November 22 from

9-12.  We have gathered great new and used Christmas treasures (some from the FUMC Garage Sales), some homemade for your Christmas decorating and entertaining needs. This sale was formerly after Thanksgiving, but we wanted to help give you a head start for the holiday season. All proceeds will benefit the FUMC youth program.


Christmas Bake Sale

Do you like to have some Christmas goodies around, but don't like to or have the time to bake? Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 14 from 8-noon.  Youth will have a wide variety of Christmas treats available for sale at church.


Upcoming Events

Christmas Program Practice

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

What a wonderful message we have to share about the birth of our Savior. The children will be sharing this story on December 14 during late service. If your child is between the ages of 3 and fifth grade, we would love to have them join us in sharing this message through song and narration. We will be practicing for the Christmas program on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 on November 5, 12,

and 19 as well as Dec. 3 and 10. Please come practice so the children can help lead

worship on December 14.


Advent Class

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

Christmas is on its way!  There are holiday parties to prepare for, gifts to buy, Christmas programs, and the list goes on.  If you're looking for rest in the midst of chaos, this study is for you.  James Moore's "Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam" is all about looking for God reaching out to us through our chaotic lives.

Join Pastor Michelle in the parlor beginning Wednesday, November 12th through Wednesday, December 17th (we will not meet the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) from 6 to 7:30pm.  Books will be available in the office for a suggested donation of $10.  Childcare will be provided.


Mission in Guatemala Opportunity!!!

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Sunday Morning

8:15 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.

Sunday School 9:15 a.m. (all ages)

Jeannie Jensen

Senior Pastor

Michelle Byerly

Associate Pastor

Kurt Cooper

ESU Campus Minister

First United Methodist Church

823 Merchant

Emporia, Kansas  66801

(620) 342-6186


The 10:35 service is broadcast live on KVOE (1400) AM radio and live streamed at It is also tape delayed on Cable One Channel 70 at 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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