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Our Mission, Ministry
and Music
in Action

Ministry and Christian Education 

May Birthdays

The following members of the congregation have May birthdays:

05 Kyle Ingels, Nancy Fontaine

06 Carolyn Cochren

08 Sherry Sllimmer

11 Bob Scott, Ken Heaton

15 Landri Dieckmann

18 Karla Austin, Lucy Stous

19 Mya Martin

23 Matt Cyphers

24 Brock Mitchell, Lori Barnes

25 Carrie Kahle

27 Karen Matson

28 Tiffany Ditzler

30 Dalton Colhouer, Dakota Colhouer

Youth/ Family Summer
Mission Opportunity

Our youth mission team will travel to Omaha on Wednesday, July 31.   We will work at "the big garden" on Thursday and Friday.  Then Saturday, August 3, we will travel home.  If you are in middle school or high school and want to participate, please let Pastor Stephanie know as soon as possible!

We will stay at a church in Omaha, so lodging will be free.  Meals will be simple. The fee per person to "the big garden" is $30.00.  A full detailed schedule will be shared as soon as Pastor Stephanie has finished coordinating with "the big garden" and the church host site. 

From the "big garden" website: Our group mission experiences are a combination of hands-on work, educational opportunities and small-group learning for adults and youth based around issues of hunger, poverty and food security.


We believe strongly in educating mission teams about the intersectionality between justice issues.  Our mission experiences provide teams with the tools and means to make mission happen within their home communities.

Groups work from approximately 9am-4 pm each day. The cost is $15 per person, per day paid to us.  This fee does not include the team's food, travel, lodging or entertainment activities.  

United Methodist Ministries (the parent organization of The Big Garden) is an accredited Volunteers in MIssion (VIM) site and its staff is fully certified under the Safe Gatherings system.

Food Pantry Needs

YES, you HAVE helped our local food pantry with your donations!  THANK YOU!!!  April was OUR month to provide food for our local food pantry sponsored by the Jackson County Ministerial Alliance. 

At the March JCMA meeting, we learned that our pantry can no longer order food from Harvesters, which gave us a big discount.  Thus, monetary donations to purchase food are also important. The need keeps growing.

According to Sarah Bahner, food pantry director, the items always needed include the following: canned meats, peanut butter, powdered milk, evaporated milk, spaghetti sauce, Spaghetti O's, ravioli, potato flakes, brownie and cake mixes, canned fruit, fruit juice, macaroni and cheese, can openers, toliet paper, toothpaste and tooth brushes.

Don't forget that you CAN add a "gift" amount to your shopping total at Cecil K's.  These funds are then available to our JCMA food pantry to purchase items throughout the year as needed. 

God Bless You Graduates



Bryce Clements

Daniel Larrison,

Ahana Mellenbruch

Cailin Parks

Paige Paxton


High School


Haden Althof

Hannah Bechtel

Sophia Gilliland

Madison Schumaker

Charlie White

Middle School


Wesley Belveal

Olivia DeBusk

Alexa Rash

Mickenzie Schlodder

Zoe Schuetz

Lollipop Lane Preschool

The preschool will host their annual "Grandparents Day" on May 9 and 10 in the Fellowship Hall.  Also on Thursday, May 9, they will hold their class programs at 6 and 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

Church Security

The Trustees are working on improving church security and will have the building locks changed the first week of June.  If you have a church key, you can turn it in to the office. Just a reminder, if you will be using your current key between now and June 1, then please keep it. You can turn it in after new keys have been issued. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex for those who need a new key.

Church Scholarships Available

The church has scholarships that are provided through the Eckert/Neil Memorial and Scholarship Fund and the Cecil and Velma Bunton Memorial Fund.

If you plan to attend college in the fall of 2024, you are invited to apply.  Applications are available for pick up in the church office and narthex. 

June 1, 2024 is the deadline for submitting the completed application to the church.

Camp Chippewa

Summer Camp is an amazing way to help our kids grow in faith and meet new friends!  Please check out this year's camp options at the following address:

Book Club

Book club will meet on Thursday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor.  May's book discussion will encompass two works of the Butternut Creek series by Jane Meyers Perrine.

Introduction to Lay Servant
Ministries - Basic Course

This course is foundational for all courses in the Lay Servant Ministries process.  If you want to explore God's call in your life, learn more about servant leadership and developing consistent spiritual practices with the support of a discipleship group, please consider attending this upcoming training.

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at College Ave. UMC, 1609 College Ave., Manhattan.  Class time 8AM - 5 PM.

$40 registration includes lunch and snacks. 

Register online at, click on Laity, then click on Lay Ministries Equipping Events, scroll down to the date desired and click for forms and information.  You will need to buy Lay Servant Ministries - Basic Course Participants Book, by Upper Room Discipleship Resources (ISBN: 978-088177-626-3).

Fourth Thursday Lunch Bunch

On every fourth Thursday, any member who would like is invited to gather at Trail's at noon to enjoy fellowship and lunch. This month the fourth Thursday is May 23.  Hope to see you there!

UWF - Read and Grow

The Topeka District will host and informal book chat where we will discuss various books that are on the UWF Reading List for years 2019-2024. All ladies are invited to bring your book(s) to "Read and Grow" and share what you have learned and enjoyed from reading.  We will meet at Topeka Grace UMC on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 4:30 pm.

United Women of Faith May Trip

Plans are being made for a May trip to Wetmore to enjoy breakfast.  Stay tuned for more details.  The May trip will happen possibly on Tuesday, May 14. Members also discussed possibly preparing ice cream for the fair, July 15-18, or for Bike Across Kansas on June 14 and 15. Look for future announcements of plans. 

Worship Through Music

Praise through music is an important expression of faith at First United Methodist Church. Luckily, we have been blessed with many talented musicians in our congregation.


O Come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1


Rainbow Ringers is our children's bell choir for children currently in second to sixth grade.  Rainbow Ringers is under the direction of Dolores Wright. 

The Chancel Choir is filled with the soulful voices of some of our musically talented members and friends--singing  throughout the school year. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and is under the direction of Dolores Wright.  

The Lady Belles handbell choir has delighted and inspired our congregation with their beautiful music for many years. Under the direction of Dolores Wright, the Lady Belles rehearse from 5:45 - 6:25 on Wednesdays during the school year.

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