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Prove It!  Is Jesus really the Messiah? God’s Son? In this series, we will look at several stories of Jesus (baptism, the wedding of Cana, and teaching in synagogue) to seek answers and find meaning for us today.
Welcome Hosts are needed to help with this new ministry, see Julie for details.  
Be sure your 3rd Graders are on our invite list, email!
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Homeschoolers, how can we help you with your creative and activity requirements?

Art Cafe Wednesdays 2-5 pm,
First Church West Campus 

FREE after-school arts and
activities program for grades 5-12

Questions? Contact Tami Clark at
Confirmation Meeting
Monday, January 10
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Zoom Meeting
Confirmation classes begin in January for students in grades 8-10.

A meeting with parents and students will be held online to answer questions and talk about the expectations.  Email Tami Clark at if you want to be sent a zoom link.
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WesleyKU at Westwood House
WesleyKU concluded the fall semester with a Christmas Bazaar for the KU community including, self-care kits, Christmas treats, community, and Coffee House Worship. Weekly programming returns for the spring semester on Wednesday, January 19 with Worship at 7p at Westwood House. Westwood House open hours January 3-14 are 3-6p, M-Th and by appointment.
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Adopt-a-Family Update
We adopted 50 families and 6 Afghan refugees from the Ballard Center.  We also donated funds to Just Foods to cover the cost of Christmas meals for all of these families.  And we donated funds to the Ballard Center so that all students would receive a book chosen especially for them. 
Thank you for your generosity!  It is truly a blessing.   The Mission Team 
Thank you to all our FUMC congregation - with a powerful thank-you to our Family Promise Volunteers - for over 10 years of service to Family Promise at First Church.  You have made miracles happen.

At the end of this year, Laura, Jane, and I will step down as Coordinators of First Church Family Promise. We will continue to serve this important mission in other ways and we are committed to helping transition the next Coordinator Team, whenever they are ready. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and kindness, always steadfast.  Sula.
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Thank you to all who helped the Youth Group and Congregational Care team deliver 55 Christmas bags to our church family.

We are grateful for your support in spreading good cheer to those who need extra care this season.
If the weather cooperates, Manure Day at the BigGarden is scheduled for January 8.  We will gather at the West Campus at 1:30 pm on the 8th and travel to Bryan Welch’s farm, load up Bryan’s record-breaking manure, take it to the BigGarden and spread the manure on the raised beds, and let it mellow out until March. 
JANUARY 11   Caregiver Support Group
with John Koonce, Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer Facilitator.
Contact or 479-644-5733 for more information
Blood Drive February 5, 9-3 at the West Campus
Contact Rick Koester for more info.

Photos for the new pictorial directory
will be taken March 22- 26.
More info coming soon.

The city’s Winter Emergency Shelter is in danger of closing without volunteer support.  Details and Sign-up Here

Family Promise Winter Emergency Shelter Family Sites:  Details and Sign-up Here
Boy Scout Troop 52 Annual Chili Feed
SUNDAY, JAN 30, 11:00 AM - 2 PM

First Church Downtown 946 Vermont St
carry-out and curbside pickup only

Online ordering will go active on January 24
at this website:

$6 Chili Meal includes a bowl of chili, toppings,
cornbread, and a cookie.
Investing in Our Ministry - Campaign and Giving Updates
The Christmas Eve offering for the DARE Center was $6,230.00.
We are making progress on our two campaigns:
  • Beyond the Mountains: Continuing the Journey for ongoing ministries of our church to reach new folks for Christ and to deepen our faith in Christ
  • Still Forever First for special projects to restore limestone on downtown building and to cover next loan payment on west campus
If you have not yet made your commitment, we invite and encourage you to do so now. More information along with ways to make a commitment is available here:
Your Giving Makes All This Possible!  Thank You!
Donations help First Church to continue and grow in ministry
to the Lawrence community and beyond.
Or mail checks directly to First UMC 946 Vermont St., Lawrence, Ks 66044.
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