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

8:15 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  –

July 5, 2020 Worship Guide for the Web


Beckoned by Beauty

Join us ON-LINE for our new Worship Series – Beckoned by Beauty 
The Creator was lured by a longing for beauty and so set in motion a world of immense diversity and goodness. We were made for this Divine Goodness. We were made inherently worthy, not by our “doing,” but by our simply being. All things are beautiful–not by a standard of “pretty” as seen by our eyes, but by an essence of sacred worth that is sensed by the spirit. This is the root and heart of compassion and justice. Practices of contemplation help us train our gaze to these deeper truths. In this worship series, we will dwell with the God of Divine Goodness, deeply in love with us, and practice ways to return that love as we fall more deeply in love with creation and with one another.