Like any family, the church family of First United Methodist Church knows the best way to grow is to spend time together. We have tons of opportunities for you to fellowship with us. Whether it’s a meal, a fun outing to the park or a movie, or a game of basketball, we just want you go have a chance to interact with other Christians. What better way to find new friends and get more connected to the church and the Lord.
Sunday Fellowship Time
Don’t run off right after church - coffee and snacks are offered along with great fellowship between services every Sunday in the fellowship hall. Stop in for a few minutes, grab a cookie (donuts every second Sunday), pull up a chair and enjoy some time with your church family. More that 120 people fellowship here each week and we’d love you to join us. The nursery is available during this time or bring the kids along. Kids involved in Cherub Choir or kids bell choir also have an opportunity to enjoy a cookie every Sunday.
Wednesday Night Meal
A meal is served Wednesday nights year-round from 5:15-6:45 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Cost is a freewill offering. We serve about 120 people every week. It is a time for food and fellowship and is popular with those attending a Wednesday night activity. Others just stop in for the food and fellowship on their way home.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is an organization for any/all United Methodist women! UMW’s purpose is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the United Methodist Church.”
Our membership is “divided” among seven Circles who meet at different times once each month, some morning, some afternoon, some evening. All together we meet for a “General” luncheon and program on the first Wednesday of each month, October through June.
As a new (or long-time) member of our church, we would welcome you! Please call Artie Hobbs at 237-5198.
United Methodist Men
At this time First United Methodist Church has a chartered United Methodist Men group, but the Thursday Men’s Breakfast group is the most active. With the right leadership, evening or weekend activities such as Bible Studies, Discussion groups, sports activities, support group for young parents, prayer groups to support the church activities, or self-selected activities could be expanded.
The Thursday breakfast group provides good fellowship giving some members of the group an opportunity to cook for the group every five weeks or so. Discussions on the Upper Room devotional booklet, or discussion of current events have been the most recent activities. All are welcomed! We meet every Thursday morning at 7 AM at Hy-Vee. We would invite you to come.
Basketball & Bible Study
The Men’s Basketball Group meets Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6:45- 8:30 from mid-September to early May. We will get together on Sundays only from 7:00-9:00 p.m. starting the Sunday after July 4th thru mid-September. We encourage all men in the Kearney community from high school age on up to join us. Our devotion/study is held at the end of the evening. We are currently using Tony Dungy’s “Uncommon Life” daily challenge devotional. We promote fun, fellowship, and Christian living in our group. This is led by Dallas Woltemath with help from volunteers. If you have questions, give Dallas a call @ 308-237-3158.
Church League Softball
Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors. The Kearney Park & Rec offers both Men’s and Co-ed Church slow pitch softball leagues running in May, June, and July. FUMC currently supports two men’s and two co-ed teams for anyone age 15 or older. The men’s teams are multi-generational while the co-ed teams are divided more according to age. One of the co-ed teams is predominately high school and college age young adults. Skill level can vary but one thing in common is that we enjoy the fellowship and fun. Contact Dallas at 237-3158 or stop by the church to find out more information.
Looking for an easy way to meet new people in the church? Then Serendipity groups are for you. There are hundreds of people involved. Groups consist of eight adults who get together once a month for good old-fashioned Christian fellowship. A meal is generally included. Site and hosts rotate among the group. After four months, we switch it up so you get a chance to meet a new group of people. Contact Arlene at 236-8640 or the church office at 237-3158 to sign up.
Widow's Ministry (S.P.I.C.E.)
“Serving Persons In Crisis Everyday” or S.P.I.C.E. is a support group for widowed women. Their monthly meetings alternate between study and a social time. Their socials include picnics, going out to eat at local restaurants, playing cards, and bingo. Contact Arleen at 234-9640 for more information on this group.