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



Jeannie Jensen Senior Pastor

Christine Potter Student in Ministry

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

Draw the Circle Wide Speaker


The astounding event on that first Easter morning began with a small circle of followers of Jesus – a circle that has continued to grow throughout all of human history. Beginning Sunday, April 3, we invite you to join us as we explore what it meant for the early church in the Book of Acts to draw the circle wider and wider as they ventured outside their tight circles of acquaintances. What could it mean for us to continue to draw the circle wider in order to include all God’s people in circles of compassion, reconciliation, peace, love, grace, and mercy?

April 3 – Circles of Compassion, John 21:1-19  –  Where are some of the places we might not want to go to feed God’s sheep, either geographically, ideologically, culturally, or socially?

April 10 – Circles of Reconciliation, Acts 5:27-39  –  Where might we be open to God’s plans, not fighting against God, to allow the circles of reconciliation to grow?

April 17 – Circles of Peace, Acts 9:1-20  –  How might the circles of peace help open our eyes to include those whose ideas and cultures are different from ours?

April 24 – Circles of Love, Acts 10-11  –  What are we missing if we fail to draw the circles of God’s love wide enough to include those we tend to label as “the other?”

May 1 – Circles of Grace, Acts 15:1-35  –  How can we draw the circle of grace in order to stay focused on the belief that we are saved by grace?

May 8 – Acts 1:1-11  –  Jesus’ last instructions to his disciples was to draw the circle wide, “even to the ends of the earth.”  How wide is that circle for us?

May 15 – Pentecost Sunday, Acts 2  –  How does the Spirit continue to speak to our hearts and to others to draw the circle wider?

Draw the Circle Wide with words


In addition to our worship series, we invite you to attend our weekly Speakers Series on Wednesday evenings, 6:45-8:00 p.m. in the Parlor, April 6 – May 4. We invite all to engage in meaningful conversations of civility and respect for all God’s people. Below is a brief introduction of our featured speakers:

April 6 – Refugees Amongst Us  –  Ebrahim and Mohammed Kayali are current ESU students from Syria, recently featured in the Emporia Gazette. They will share their story from their homeland.

April 13 – Opening Eyes to Race Relations  –  Nadine Terry-Washington is a member of Mt. Olive AME Church, and serves as a community leader in Emporia in various organizations, including Leadership Emporia, keynote speaker at Emporia State University’s Martin Luther King  celebration, Human Relations Commissions, Habitat for Humanity, and many others. She will discuss the history and current state of race relations in our community.

April 20 – Understanding Islam  –  Dr. Sehlaoui is Professor of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics at Emporia State University. He is also the President of the Emporia Islamic Center, and will lead a discussion on understanding the religion of Islam.

April 27 – Homosexuality and the Church  –  Rev. Cynthia Meyer is an ordained United Methodist pastor in Edgerton, Kansas and former Assistant Dean of Students for Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Rev. Meyer recently shared with her congregation that she is a lesbian and is currently working with Reconciling Ministries Network, seeking full inclusion of all sexual orientations in the United Methodist Church.

May 4 – Issues Facing the Global Church  –  This will be a discussion of upcoming issues facing the United Methodist denomination that will be presented and voted on at the quadrennial General Conference in Portland, Oregon, on May 10-20, 2016.

Click Current Topics April 2016 for a chart of books that are available in our library, the Emporia Public Library, or digitally, that pertain to our Speaker Series. You may find these interesting to read as we go through this series.

Save the Date for VBS

CAVE QUEST – Following Jesus, the Light of the World
Gear up for an adventure!

Ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times. Embark on a VBS adventure that will light their way! Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure!  Save the dates of July 17 – July 21 and join us in this spelunking adventure!

To Register On-Line CLICK HERE.

Summer Camp

As you plan your summer, make sure you include time at Camp Chippewa, our amazing United Methodist Camp in Ottawa, KS. This summer the theme is: Fearless Faith. There are many different weeks to attend so grab a buddy and get signed up! There are even two weekends for parent and child (those ages K-4th grade). Great way to experience camp with your child and prepare them to attend later alone. FUMC pays half the cost for our members – awesome deal. See Cindy Kienholz (620-342-6186) if you have any questions.