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First United Methodist Church
Connersville, Indiana

"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors"

Worship Service: Sundays 10:00 a.m.
TV live broadcast: Comcast Channel 90
Adult Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor: Doug Barton

Office hours: December, 2016
Normally open 10-3
all weekdays except Thursdays

December exceptions:
Also closed Fri. Dec 23 & 30

First United Methodist Church
729 Central Avenue
Connersville, IN 47331
(765) 825-8506


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Upcoming Events/News

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Our annual church Advent dinner will be held on Sunday, December 4 after church about 11:30 a.m. Those in charge of the dinner are: David and Jan Stanley; Steve and Beth Gottlieb; Mike and Shirley Moore, and David and Marla Simpkins.

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Lynn and Friends will be presenting their Christmas concert on
Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m.
in the FUMC sanctuary.
Hopefully, everyone can stay after church for the Advent Meal and fellowship and then attend Lynn and Friends at 2:00 p.m.
And it's FREE!

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"The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! "
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Western Ave. Baptist Church
2800 Western Ave.
Presented by the combined handbell choirs of FUMC and WABC.
And it's FREE!

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Please come early to church for coffee and donuts from 9-10 a.m. in the Hospitality Room (at the back of the sanctuary, under the balcony). Come early to enjoy fellowship and to indulge your taste buds before the worship service!

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for the month of
Please bring your donation of
to the mission table in the back
of the sanctuary for

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Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army will be December 10 from 10am – 8pm at Marsh Supermarket. We hope you can take one hour out of your Saturday to help with this worthy cause. There will be a schedule on the table at the back of the Sanctuary by the parking lot door.

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Our church is responsible for providing food and serving a meal on the second Sunday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church.
There is a sign-up sheet on the back of the sanctuary for people or organizations to sign up for the month they can serve, or you can just call the office.

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Free Bible
If you live in our TV viewing area (Indianapolis and the roughly the southern half of Indiana), and would like to receive your free Holy Bible, please email your name and complete mailing address to:
If you prefer, you may call the church at (765) 825-8506.
If it goes to voice mail, please leave a message, stating that you would like a free Bible, and leave your name and complete mailing address.
Your Bible should arrive in a few days, most likely via UPS.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share God’s word with you!

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Windows Into Faith
Windows into Faith describes, explains, and reflects upon the theological significance of the 14 Christian symbols incorporated into the stained-glass windows of First United Methodist Church.
Citing biblical references, hymn texts, writings from great Christians, and stories from everyday life, the book lets light shine through these ancient symbols to lead readers into faith in God.
You may purchase a copy of this book during the week at the church office for $4.50, or by mailing a check for $6.00 (includes shipping and packaging) to the church (address is listed at the bottom of this web page). Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

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Newsletter Page is current through December 2016.

Pastor’s Page is current through December 2016.

Prayer List. (Updated Dec. 2, 2016). This page displays the full prayer list, revised every week after the Intercessory Prayer Ministry meeting held each Monday afternoon. (Daily updates will be made, when available.)

Calendar Page. (Updated Dec. 2, 2016).
Our website calendar page is current and continually updated with all church events, including recurring events and ones that are listed in either the Sunday bulletin or the monthly church newsletter.
If you know of an event that is not on the calendar, it's because the webmaster doesn't know about it! Please send an email to with updates. Use this dynamic calendar to keep everyone apprised of all church events.
We are using Google Calendar. If you would like to add this calendar to your own personal electronic calendar on your phone, tablet, or desktop, please contact the webmaster for assistance.

United Methodist Women (UMW) Page was updated on September 2, 2015.

Sorry, but due to a variety of issues, we have discontinued posting videos of our Sunday worship services, at least for the time being. We hope to resume this at some point, but have no specific plan to do so at this time.

Links to our archived worship services can be found on our Video Archives page.

Also new for our videos: HTML5 support. Click here for more information.

View a video of
“Carols from the Bells”

The combined handbell concert presented at FUMC on December 13, 2014.
View in any of three ways/formats:
on our web site (Flash version)
on our web site (HTML5 version)
on our Facebook page

View 2013 Christmas Eve Holy Communion and Candle Lighting Service.

View 2013 Christmas Eve Pre-Service Music Program.

View a video of
“The Sounds of Christmas”

The combined handbell concert presented at FUMC on December 15, 2013.

Come worship with us at 10:00 AM on Sunday!

Adult Sunday School 9:00 AM

Can't attend this week? Watch our Sunday service LIVE on Comcast cable channel 90.

View our worship service online at any time!

First United Methodist Church • 729 Central Avenue • Connersville, IN 47331 • (765) 825-8506
Pastor: Doug Barton: • Church Secretary: Bonnie Schultz:
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last updated: 12/02/2016