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


Ron Harris Co-Pastor

Karla Sheffy Co-Pastor

Kurt Cooper ESU Campus Minister

Erynn Dahlke Pastoral Intern

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


Great Plains UMC Website


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.



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Wednesday Evening “Halftime” Classes and Activities for all ages begins September 5
A light supper is provided at 5:30 pm
Classes begin at 6:00 pm and end by 7:30 pm


This group is for those in grades 6-8. They meet every Wednesday evening from 6-7:30. They share fellowship, Bible study, games, activities and lots of fun! Please bring a friend and join us. Registration is not required for this group.

Halftime for Kids
Preschool/Kindergarten Class
This class meets in the Loft Room.

Grades 1-5
This group is using a children’s ministry curriculum called Bible Treasure Hunt. They gather in the upstairs classrooms.

Available for children birth to age 2.


Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
From the financially secure to the financially distressed, FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future.  It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives. Dave Ramsey’s popular class will help you learn how to achieve your financial goals for now and the future. The Financial Peace University (FPU) curriculum consists of videos, small group discussions, and informative financial advice. This 10 week study is facilitated by Ryan and Kara Conley
Cost for this class is $93 per family.

Everybody Always by Bob Goff
Bestselling author Bob Goff shares some of the stories from his life that have helped him understand what it truly means to love everybody the way Jesus loved them–without fear, insecurity, or restriction. This begins by loving people right where you are through serving and helping the neighbors God has placed into your world. It means loving people when they mess up and helping them move past the place of shame to acceptance. It continues by being courageous and following where God leads one step at a time–even if you feel you are flying blind. Above all, it means not just agreeing with Jesus but actually stepping out and doing what Jesus said.Following Christ means more than just putting a toe in the water when it comes to loving others. It means grabbing your knees and doing a cannonball! And, as Jesus revealed, it means loving the difficult ones. Everybody, Always will provide practical steps to help you take that journey. This women’s study will be facilitated by Shalla Bennett. The cost of the book on Amazon is $10.19.


MATTHEW Immersion Bible Study by J. Ellsworth Kalas
Journey inside the pages of scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. Shaped with the individual in mind, Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to become a new creation in Christ.
Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation–the Common English Bible–stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, they’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections.
This study will be facilitated by Karla Sheffy. The cost of the book is $8.79.

10 Life-Charged Words (Real Faith for Men) by Derek Maul
Derek Maul, a popular columnist, speaker, and men’s group leader, identifies 10 key words that can rouse you from spiritual apathy to become an enthusiastic Christ follower. Maul looks at 10 key words that describe the abundant life-among them excellence, commitment, authenticity, and community-in his collection of meditations that speak clearly to men’s concerns and experiences.  In an inviting, nonjudgmental manner, he presents practical concepts that can help men set priorities, sharpen their focus, and experience the zest of a life filled with meaning and value.  Each meditation is guided by scripture and includes reflection questions and prayer.
An ideal resource for a men’s group study or for a time of personal reflection and discernment.
This men’s study will be facilitated by Ron Harris. The cost of the book is $5.79.