Due to the restrictions of the Coronavirus our building will be closed until further notice. We will live-stream & broadcast the 10:35 worship service on KVOE as usual. All meetings are canceled. We will not be accepting any garage sale donations during this time. The Food Pantry will operate by handing bags out the west door on Thursday and Friday mornings 9:00 am – noon. Please stay safe and know that God is with us!

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


Ron Harris Co-Pastor

Karla Sheffy Co-Pastor

Cheryl Doty Music Director

Cindy Kienholz Children’s Director

Barb Muench Youth Director


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 at 9:00 am

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


Great Plains UMC Website

Pastors letter of response from General Conference 2019


The 10:35 service is broadcast live on KVOE (1400) AM radio and live streamed. Click HERE for live streaming.

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Our location is Handicap Accessible.


Print your own Worship Guide for WEBSITE March 29, 2020 – 10_35 – Worship Guide


Entering the Passion of Jesus

Join us ON-LINE for our Lenten Worship Series 
The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week. Throughout the six weeks of Lent, we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message?
Inspired by Amy-Jill Levine’s book by the same name.