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To: Give It Up…For Good

When: Sundays, 9 AM and 10:30 AM, March 9 - April 20

Where: 2 S. College St, Athens, OH

What: A Lenten Series 

Our Theme: What are we called to give up…not just for Lent, but maybe forever? It might not be what you suppose…




Feature Events

March/April edition of the church newsletter, "The Spire" available on line.

The March/April 2014 edition of our church newsletter, The Spire, is now available here on the website. Click on the "ABOUT US" tab and follow the link to the newsletter. Blessings as you read!

Maundy Thursday Potluck

Maundy Thursday, April 17  6 pm     “At the Table”:  As we remember the

evening when Jesus gathered the disciples for a Last Supper in the Upper Room,

join with the church family for a potluck in the Fellowship Hall.  As dinner concludes,

we will share in Holy Communion.  Bring a main dish or a side dish/salad to share,

plus a loaf of bread that will be shared as part of dinner and Communion.

Looking for more than eggs this Easter? Take a look at our video to see what we're all about at First UMC at this time of year!

Good Friday Services

12 Noon               Community Worship: Join congregants from area churches for a community-wide ecumenical service of worship as we

remember and reflect on Jesus’ final hours. This service will be held at First Christian Church, 24 W. State St., Athens.

7 p.m.                   “Voices in Jerusalem”:  Our worship will retrace the journey of Jesus’ last week and the twenty-four hours that changed

the world through the story of scripture and the voices of persons who encountered Jesus in his final days.  A poignant and reflective service

as we offer our voices in song and prayer with thanksgiving for the greatest gift of all.

Easter Sunday Morning

9 a.m.                    Heritage worship “The First Service of Easter”: An adaptation of the ancient Paschal Vigil service, this service has

both historic and symbolic roots in the Jewish Passover, and borrows many images from the Old Testament.  In the Service of Light and

Service of the Word,we will experience the passage from slavery to freedom, from sin to salvation, from death to life as we welcome the risen Christ.

10:30 a.m.           New Traditions worship “An Easter Celebration!” After a Lenten season of “Giving it Up for Good”, we will celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and

hunt for more than Easter Eggs.  You’ll find good news shared in song and word, in fellowship and service.  Might there be hope, joy, and love in an empty tomb? 

One Church, 2 Worship Options

At First United Methodist, each Sunday morning worship experience offers a unique expression of faith.  At 9 a.m., the Heritage Worship service utilizes classic hymns and liturgies in the intimate setting of the Chapel. 

At 10:30 a.m., the New Traditions Worship in the Sanctuary includes a breadth of song and liturgy, and the Chancel and other choirs. The same Scripture-based message will be provided at both services. Join us Sunday morning to worship!