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Our Mission, Ministry
and Music
in Action

Ministry Teams

Christian Education

A group finished up Season One and part of Season 2 of "The Chosen" on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the youth room.  

Children's Church will NOT be held during the summer months to give volunteers a break and allow for planning time.  The nursery will be open for infants through PreK.  We will meet on June 28 at 5 p.m. to look ahead and create ministry plans for 2023-24.

Christian Education will host a Back-to-School party on August 20.

Pastor Stephanie would like to encourage children and youth to spend a week this summer at Camp Chippewa. For details go to

Congregational Care

Cards or acts of caring for births, celebrations, illness, etc. are being organized.  Prayer Ministry goals include a prayer group to meet weekly and for a prayer email to be sent to those wishing to participate. 

Family Ministry

Planning for future activities and assessing past ones.

Mission and Outreach

Per Sarah at the New Hope Food Pantry, cereal, powdered/canned milk, box meals and food that kids can prepare themselves is needed now that summer break has started. 


Father's Day will include something special for all the men in the congregation.  

June Birthdays

The following members of the congregation have June Birthdays:

1- Nixon Cyphers

2 - Sue Heaton

5- Barbara Shea

6 - Doug Jacobson

7 - Mason Schlodder

10 - Josiah Swendson

13 - Sarah Bowser

16 - Gayle McDonald, Troy Mellenbruch, Karrie Gilliland

23 - Kathy Smith, Ahnna Mellenbruch, Elsie Leeann Amon

        Gemma Rae Amon

26 - Megan Cyphers, Erynn Ireland

27 - Samuel Tanking, Kathy Cole-Larrison,

        Tina Stallbaumer 

28 - Lilly Stous

29 - Karen Ford, Wesley Belveal


Blessing Box Collection

We are accepting non-perishable food items (that will not freeze) for the Blessing Box located at Linscott Park in Holton (by the police station.  The motto on the door reads "Take What You Need. . . Leave What You Can."


The food helps members of the Holton community feed their families when they need some help to make ends meet.  This is a way we can share the blessings God has given us with those less fortunate. 


Items may be left at the church, if you wish, and we will deliver them to the box.

Thank you for donating food items for the local New Hope Food Pantry in April.  Numbers were up due to Spring Break and new families needing assistance. Current shortages include powdered and evaporated milk, spaghetti sauce, instant potatoes/potato flakes and personal care items. 

Musicians, vocalists needed

During summer, when the choir, Lady Bells and children's music groups do not meet, the church welcomes musicians and vocalists to offer their gifts by volunteering to provide the special music for worship service. Sign up for a Sunday on the bulletin board just South of the Narthax and share your gifts during the worship service to glorify God. You may also contact Sharon in the church office at 785.364.3275 and she will communicate your interest to those coordinating the schedule.

Church members are responsible for stocking the Blessing Box located at Linscott Park.  


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

The sound of children singing is music to our ears! Rainbow Connection is our children's choir for children currently in second to sixth grade.  Rainbow Connection is under the direction of Dolores Wright. Will resume in the fall.

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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