Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Ron Harris Co-Pastor

Karla Sheffy Co-Pastor

Kurt Cooper ESU Campus Minister

First United Methodist Church
823 Merchant, Emporia, Kansas 66801
Phone: (620) 342-6186


Sunday Morning

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

Sunday School 9:15 a.m.  (all ages)

Nursery provided for birth to age 3

The 10:35 service is broadcast live on KVOE (1400) AM radio and live streamed. Click HERE for live streaming. If you would like to be on our email list for our e-newsletter, The Connection, then please let the office know your email address, or click HERE to sign-up yourself. Our location is Handicap Accessible.



Print your own Website Worship Guide July 15


We look forward to seeing everyone for VBS this year!

New Pastors, Ron Harris and Karla Sheffy have begun their ministry here at First United Methodist Church. If you would like to get to know them, we have scheduled some “Meet and Greet” sessions for them to speak to small groups and answer (or ask) questions. The groups will be limited to 15 persons each except for the ones during the Sunday School hour, so everyone will have an opportunity to speak to them in a small group setting. Please email the office at or call 620-342-6186 to sign up for a time that is convenient for you. The dates scheduled are below:


     Tuesday, July 17, 10 am – 11 am
     Wednesday July 18, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
     Wednesday July 25, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
     Monday, July 30, 10 am – 11 am
     Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
     Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
     Thursday, August 16, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

and two during the Sunday School hour:

     Sunday, July 22, 9:15 am – 10:00 am (between services)
     Sunday, August 19, 9:15 am – 10:00 am (between services)

We hope one of these dates will work for you to come and get to know them and welcome Ron and Karla to our church family!

Mainstream UMC

Rev. Dr. Mark Holland is a third generation United Methodist Pastor. Mark has served in the Kansas East/Great Plains Conferences since 1994. At the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, in the midst of another bitter division around human sexuality, Mark made the motion on the floor asking the Council of Bishops to come back with a plan to build consensus in the church. That plan has become The One Church Model.

Join us as we welcome Rev. Dr. Mark Holland to speak to interested congregation members about The Way Forward Commission and Mainstream UMC on August 15 at 6:30 pm. Click HERE for more information.