What’s On Your Plate?

Our worship series for the season of Lent will focus on fasting, not only from food, but from other things that get in

the way of a deeper relationship with God.  St. John Chrysostom, a 4th century preacher, writes

    Do you fast?  Give me proof of it by your works.

   If you see a poor man, take pity on him.

   If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him.

   Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye, and     the feet, and the hands, and all members of our bodies.

    Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.

    Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.

    Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at  that which is sinful.

   Let the ear fast by not listening to evil talk and gossip.

   Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism.

   For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes,  but bite and devour our brothers? 

(from Homily III:8 “On the Statutes”)


Each week we will explore new ways to set aside things that take up space time and space in our lives so that we can make room to be filled with God’s grace and mercy.


March 8 – Fasting with the Ear and Mouth -  James 3:1-12

March 15 – Fasting with the Hands – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

March 22 – Fasting with the Feet – Exodus 20:8-11

March 29 – Palm Sunday – Mark 11:1-11

Picture Directory

You are invited to Capture Memories

for a lifetime!

Do you know the names of the people sitting around you? Help us to build a tool that will put names with faces. Be a part of our new family church directory. We need YOU to make our new family album complete! Each family will receive a complimentary 8X10 portrait and a free directory for participating. You will also have the opportunity to purchase pictures for your family with a 20% and up to 50% discount.  

Pictures will be taken March 12, 13 and 14. You may sign up for your photo session on their

website or call the office.

There is no cost to you unless you decide to order additional pictures from Lifetouch! We would like for everyone to participate in this. Please call Kathy in the office if you have any questions or need help signing up. Click on the picture below to sign up for a session time for your family.


The site will remain open until March 6 and then will close for the weekend but reopen on Monday.


Upcoming Events


Friday, March 6, 7am - 7pm

Saturday, March 7, 8am - 12pm

Clothing, toys, antiques, books, plants, lamps, kitchen utensils, furniture, accessories,

and much more.....

There's a bargain just for you!



Wednesday Evening “Halftime” Classes and Activities for

Children and Adults

 Light family supper provided at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall

Classes begin at 6 and

end by 7:30pm


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



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

KVOE.com. It is also tape delayed on Cable One Channel 70 at 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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