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First Church Family, It’s been a challenging week for all of us, as we abide by the principles/suggestions that have been provided for us during this time. Our prayers go out to our healthcare providers, who are risking their own health on the front line of our community and world’s war against the Coronavirus. There are many persons in our church and our church’s extended family who are right there helping to diagnose, treat, and save the lives of people across…

19 Spiritual Things to Do During the COVID19 Pandemic

19 Spiritual Things To Do During the Covid-19 Pandemic Read Psalms (19th book of the Old Testament) and Hebrews (19th book of the New Testament). Pray for 19 people each day. Spend 19 minutes reading devotional materials each day. Read the Bible for 19 minutes each day. Email, text, call, and/or send a card or letter to 19 people. Pray for at least 19 minutes each day. Find 19 ways each day to say, “Thank you, God.” Spend 19 minutes…


Dear Friends, Visitors, and Members of First Church, My prayers are with you as we move forward in unprecedented waters. In consultation with an executive committee of leaders of our church, I’m announcing that next week, and for the foreseeable future, we will cancel all Sunday School meetings and hold only one closed, web streamed worship service at 10:00 each Sunday. We will use elements of both our modern and traditional services in worship. For that 10:00 service each week,…


Good news! We are now streaming LIVE services on YouTube. You can watch the service as it is going on! It will be just like being here! All you need is a computer with internet access or a smart television or streaming service like Roku or Amazon Firestick. Steps to watch on the computer Sign onto the internet via your computer’s web browser Go to the YouTube website and search for “FUMCLenoir” Or go directly to the channel at:…

Sermon Series: Restored

Ever feel worn down, discouraged, or broken? From time to time, we all do!  It’s part of being human. God has an answer when we are in dark times. Join us on Sundays (February 23 through April 12) during the cold, dark, rainy days of winter to learn how we can be: “Restored” by God.


Pancake DayTuesday, February 25 @ 10:30-1:00 and 4:30-7:00We will be serving approximately 850 school children a wonderful pancake breakfast in the morning hours and 100 meals in the afternoon for Bethel Colony of Mercy, at no cost to them. Also, tickets will be sold for our friends and family to enjoy a meal. All proceeds will go towards the Helping Hands Clinic in downtown Lenoir. Please consider helping underwrite the expense, so that the support of Helping Hands Clinic might…


Dear First Methodist Family, A public announcement was made last Friday about 16 United Methodist leaders across the world who, together, will make a proposal to the United Methodist governing board, the General Conference, in May of 2020, that would allow unhappy churches on the extreme right or left to leave the denomination.  In my opinion, I don’t see that including or affecting us in a major way, other than making the formal United Methodist Church smaller; but we will…


Dear First Church Family,  I’m pleased to report to you that our Staff Parish Relations Committee and I have made the decision to hire our next Director of Youth and Family. Her name is Tara Hatton. She lives with her husband Aaron (the third straight “Aaron” in our Youth family) and their sons, Charlie and Smith, in Hudson.  Tara received her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education at ASU and her Masters of Education in the same field from UNCG. For…


If you have a moment during the Christmas season, please go downtown and see the Robbins Preschool tree. It is directly in front of Riccoco Rionel (between the Antique Mart and the corner ice cream store). The children dressed as stars of the 50’s and 60’s, and they are adorable! Thank you to Helping Hands for sponsoring our tree!

December Happenings

First Church Family,      We are well into December and that means beautiful seasonal music! This Sunday, in our traditional service (11:00 in the sanctuary) our Chancel Choir, with orchestra, will present its Christmas program. Invite friends and family to attend, as this will be one of our community’s highest quality musical experiences.     At our First Light service (9:00 in the CLC) our theme will be: “What Child is This? #2 – Mighty God.” Then, next Sunday, December…

Blessing of the Animals

On the front steps of our church, all were invited as Pastor Dave and Aaron blessed the animals and our member’s pets. What a great crowd we had show up for the event. We had 67 dogs and cats. Such a wonderful time had by all.

BBQ Festival

We enjoyed working at the Lenoir BBQ Festival Saturday, October 19! So much fun… we are going to do it again next year!
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