With the continued restrictions of the Coronavirus, our building is still closed until further notice. We are live-streaming and broadcasting the 10:35 worship service on KVOE as usual. We have now begun drive-in worship at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings on the west side of our building. All person to person meetings inside the building remains canceled. The August Garage Sale has been canceled, so we are not taking any garage sale donations. 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 will see us through!

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

8:00 a.m. Parking Lot Worship
10:35 a.m. Live Stream On-Line (click below)

Sunday School 9:15 a.m.  (Jr High – Adult Via Zoom)

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


Great Plains UMC Website

Considerations for Re-Opening the Church


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 Worship Guide  –

August 9, 2020 Website Worship Guide


“For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one boy – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

In our new series, we approach the “deep well” that holds the renewing waters of our baptism. What will we find if we allow ourselves to come near?
To approach is to respond to the hand that is always held out to us, inviting us to profound journeys of life and love.
Join us each week as we explore the renewing waters of Jesus and his love.

The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons. The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history. Racism continues to cause painful division and marginalization. The United Methodist Church shall confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large. The United Methodist Church shall work collaboratively with others to address concerns that threaten the cause of racial justice at all times and in all places.

— The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, paragraph 5