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.

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 July 21, 2019 – Worship Guide WEB



89 Day Streak 
Mind, Body, & Spirit

The Grow Ministry invites everyone to a Mind, Body, Spirit Activity beginning June 1 – August 28, for 89 Days.

Run/Walk/Other for 1 Mile or 20 minutes of exercise every day 
Read 1 Chapter every day from the Gospels in order (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
Pray for 5 minutes every day 

Be active as groups, families, or individually.  


Print a calendar:
89 Day Challenge Calendar June
89 Day Challenge Calendar July
89 Day Challenge Calendar August



Vacation Bible School is Coming!

Vacation Bible School at FUMC is July 21-25 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Make VBS the MANE event! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. You can sign up on Sunday July 21! Join us and bring a friend!

Friends Together United Methodist Preschool is a Christian preschool located inside First United Methodist Church. Children of all faith backgrounds are welcome.

Enrollment for fall 2019 is open for all!
We have M-W-F classes for 4 & 5-year-olds and T-Th classes for 3 & 4-year-olds. 
For more information about our preschool, our new Director/Teacher or for an enrollment form, please click HERE!


Join us for Adult Bible School July 21-July 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. We will be out and about exploring our world. 

July 21-25, 2019

Off-site locations times are 6:15-7:45 p.m.
 Participate in as many days as you would like
This year’s theme for the Adults is continuing our focus on taking care of ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually.  
It will be a fun time with opening devotions and moving into physical activity.  
Meet at the parks designated below for the activity scheduled.  
Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle.
July 21–6:15 meet at C of E Park: (parking lot off Chestnut)
Devotions, walk with stations for prayer and meditation guidance
July 22–6:15 meet at Hammond Park Tennis Courts.
Devotions, Learn how to play Pickleball from Amanda of the Rec. Center
July 23–6:15 meet at C of E Park: Devotions, walk with stations for healthy lifestyles
July 24–6:15 meet at Hammond Park by the playground
Devotions, Learn how to play Disc Golf from Jake of Dynamic Discs
July 25–6:00 meet at the Church Fellowship Hall:
Eat with everyone, devotions, walk and/or fellowship
Sign Up in the Narthex or with Kathy in the Office