I.  A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination.
 
But Methodism dates back to 1736 and the leadership of John and Charles Wesley.  United Methodists share a historic connection to other Methodist and Wesleyan bodies.

For an in-depth history of the UMC, please check out the site:  http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/history

 
II.  THE SACRAMENTS
 
With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper.
  • Baptism:  Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.  Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
  • The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist):  The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.  The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family.  By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.  We practice "open communion," welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

III.  THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
LITURGICAL SEASONS AND COLORS

 
  • ALL SAINTS' DAY:  All Saints' Day is a solemn day of celebration within the Church on the first Sunday of November each year.  The names of all church members, friends, and family who have passed away during the prior year are read aloud, after which a chime sounds. The Liturgical color is white.
  • ADVENT is the first season of the liturgical year and is a four-week period in which the church looks forward to the birth and incarnation of Jesus Christ. This season is observed for the four Sundays prior to Christmas. The lighting of the Advent Wreath in our worship services and in our homes is symbolic of our preparation for the Christmas season. The traditional liturgical colors for this season are purple and/or blue.  First United Methodist in Mena uses Blue.
  • CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    • At First United Methodist, we begin our celebration on Christmas Eve with a Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m.  Outside we will sing "Silent Night" in front of our Living Nativity.
    • Christmas begins Christmas Day, December 25, and lasts for 12 days.  The liturgical color is white.
  • EPIPHANY celebrates the manifestation of the divine nature of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.
    • Epiphany begins the first Sunday in January and varies in length depending on the date set for Easter.  It lasts until 64 days before Easter.  For the first and last Sundays, the liturgical color is white; for Ash Wednesday, it is purple, and for the other days, it is green.
    • Ash Wednesday addresses sin and death.  It is the day in which ashes are rubbed on our foreheads in the symbol of the cross to acknowledge that we are dust, and to dust we shall return but with God's grace we can learn to live this life more fully, embracing our sinfulness, allowing God to transform us.
  • LENT observes a season of penitence.
    • Lent is the season lasting forty days (not counting Sundays) beginning Ash Wednesday and ending the eve of Easter.  The liturgical color is purple.  On Good Friday , black is substituted.
    • Good Friday is a day of mourning.  The holy day of meditation for Christians, celebrated the Friday before Easter.  It commemorates the suffering and death on the cross; the Crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary.
    • Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and the liturgical color is Purple or Red.
  • EASTER celebrates the commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ.
    • Easter begins on Easter Sunday and continues for fifty days until Pentecost.  The liturgical color is white or gold.
  • PENTECOST commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus, fifty days after Easter, and ten days after Ascension Thursday.  After the ascension of Jesus, the apostles having retired to a house at Jerusalem, they there awaited the Holy Spirit, which Jesus had promised.  (Read Acts 2:1-3)  The Season of Pentecost celebrates that first Pentecost when all those who believed in Jesus Christ were gathered awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Their being on one accord was a result of things unseen that created an atmosphere celebrating their differences, and made them one.
    • The liturgical color for the day of Pentecost is red.
    • Pentecost begins the "fiftieth day" after Easter and is the longest season of the church year.  It lasts until the first Sunday in Advent.  The liturgical color for the first Sunday is red and the next Sunday, Kingdomtide or Trinity Sunday is white.  All other Sundays during Pentecost, the color is green.
SPECIFIC MINISTRIES AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

APPLE PIE MINISTRY - We deliver freshley baked apple pies to local first-time visitors.

UNITED METHODIST MEN - Usually meets on one Tuesday evening each month for a devotional, home-cooked meal, and interesting speaker and hosts special events and fundraisers. Watch the bulletin or contact James C. Ferris at the church for specific details.

FACEBOOK - if you are a member of Facebook, you may search for the group page, Mena First (FUMC), and request to be added to our growing list of Facebook members.

SUNDAY
  • The first Sunday of each month is observance of Communion during the regular 10:00 a.m. service.  FUMC extends an invitation to share the communion table with all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  • Hospitality time is at 8:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall where you may have coffee, milk, juice and donuts/sweet rolls.
  • Adult Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Click here for additional information and descriptions of classes.
        Homebuilders' Class (Adults)
        Bill Spencer Class (Adults)
        Wesley Warriors (Adults of all ages)
        Genesis Class (Adults of all ages)
        Young Adults Class (Adults ages 18-40)
        Children (see additional information on the Children & Youth page for specific information of these age groups.)
            Pre-K - 2nd graders 
            3rd – 5th graders
        Nursery (0 - 2 years)
        Youth Class
  • Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
        Puppet Practice, 4:00 p.m.
       Betweens/ Youth 5:00 p.m. - grades 4-12
MONDAY - Each Week
  • Boy Scouts (BSA 92) 6:30 p.m.
  • First and Third Mondays of each Month is Women's Breakfast at the Lime Tree Restaurant at 8:30 a.m.
TUESDAY - Each Week
  • Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast 8:00 a.m. (full breakfast for small donation).  All men from the community are invited to attend.
  • Crochet Fellowship 1:00 p.m. - meet for fellowship, service, and to learn new skills
  • AA 8:00 p.m. (Foxhall Group)
WEDNESDAY – Each Week
  • Chime Choir 5:30 p.m. (October – May)
  • Youth Choir 5:30 p.m.
  • FUMC KIDZ  - ages 3 through 3rd grade and Betweens/Youth 5:45 p.m. during the school year
  • Chancel Choir 6:45 p.m.
THURSDAY
  • Ninth Street Dinner hosted by FUMC on the third Thursday of each month
  • Ladies Coffee - meet for fellowship and service on the second Thursday of each month.
FRIDAY - Each Week
  • Church offices are closed
  • The last Friday of each month is Women's Birthday Luncheon.  See calendar for exact location.  All women are invited to attend.
SATURDAY - Each Week
  • Pastor Ann Ferris and her husband, James, invite you to join them each Saturday for a "Prayer Journey" through the rooms of the church asking God's blessings on the activities in each room for Sunday.  Please come when you can and participate in this joyful expression of our faith.