If you have an interest in serving others, in discovering God’s love for you, and belonging to a community which supports, nurtures, and challenges you, we invite you to visit First United Methodist Church. You will find a inviting community of people who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ and to support one another in their journey of faith. We seek to live out Christ’s teachings in the modern world. First United Methodist Church offers a variety of ministry opportunities, through worship, fellowship, study and outreach. FUMC invites you to our friendly community of people on a mission, choosing Jesus Christ and serving one another to:
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
Our Vision Statement:
To grow as an involved Body of Christ reaching out to youth, families, inactive members, and the unchurched community encouraging educational opportunities through youth activities, small groups, workshops and outreach events serving the needs of the Church and the Community.
Our Mission: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
The present church building was built in 1895. The Presbyterian Church and lot to the west were purchased in 1960 to make room for the educational wing. Two vacant buildings to the north of the church were purchased in 1999 for outreach programs. Since then one of the buildings has been completely remodeled into the Almost Free Shop, operated by the UMW. The store sells donated clothing and household items to serve the needs of the community.
The other building, the Activity Center, has also been completely remodeled. KAMA, SHARE, Good Samaritan Free Clinic, Habitat for Humanities and other community service organizations use the outreach mission center to serve the needs of the community.
The Almost Free Shop
312 E Robinson
The Almost Free Shop is operated by volunteers from the United Methodist Women (UMW). All items sold from the shop have been donated by members of our community and include: clothing sizes for all ages, toys, seasonal decorations, household merchandise and tools. The UMW sort, organize and display these items for sale. Most clothing items are sold for fifty cents or less. The Almost Free Shop also provides the donated items free to our brothers and sisters in need.
Monday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Tuesday 9:00 am – Noon
Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Donations are accepted during open business hours in the alley )
Financial assistance with income from the Almost Free Shop is distributed by need to different community and national service projects. Some of those receiving recent funding were Helping Hands Food Pantry, KAMA, The Nest, Crisis Intervention, Bidwell Riverside, Iowa Nigeria Partnership, Haiti Disaster Relief Fund, Sudan Emergency, End of Month Meals in Knoxville, Community Action, Montgomery Street Pre-School, and donations of clothing, mittens, hats, coats, and scarves to the local elementary schools.
The UMW financially assists with the purchasing, sorting, organizing, packaging and delivering of donated health kits, school kits and layettes packages to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). These kits are given to African Countries in need and the American Red Cross for distribution to victims of fire, hurricane earthquakes etc. Each year hundreds of kits worth thousands of dollars are sent to those in need.
Volunteers are always welcomed to help serve our brothers and sisters.