Wesley Covenant Groups

Wesley Covenant Groups

Fall 2018


By J. Ellsworth Kalas

Starting the week of Sept. 16 thru the week of November 11

Sign up in Friendship Center 10-11am

            August 19, 26, and September 9

Online Registration available August 19 – September 9

Cost of Book:  $10           

 Please pay at first class meeting.  Cash or check payable to FUMC.  Scholarships are available.

Class days/times

All classes meet at FUMC unless otherwise noted.

            Sunday             10-10:55am

            Sunday             6-7:30pm  (2 classes available)

            Monday           1-2:30pm

            Tuesday           1:30-3pm

            Tuesday           7-9:00pm  **This class meets in a member’s home.

            Wednesday     6:30-8pm

            Wednesday     7-9:00pm  **This class meets in a member’s home.

            As Christians reading Genesis, we wonder how this ancient book relates to the New Testament and to our Christian faith as a whole.  Especially, you and I ask what Genesis says to us personally.  This is a proper question because the Bible is never simply a source of detached knowledge; it is a call to a new, real, and profound way of life, a life that recognizes that its goal is in its relationship with God.  As such, the Bible speaks to us personally.  It finds its way into the soul and marrow of our being.  No book does this more incisively than the Book of Genesis.

            Join us as we start “in the beginning” and explore the heart of life and how it relates to our faith today.

            Questions?  Contact Ruth Moore at ruth@champaignfumc.org

Wellspring Health & Wellness

Wellspring Health & Wellness provides health and wholeness-related programs and services to both church members and community residents. For more information, contact the church office: 217-356-9078.

Minds in Motion

The Minds in Motion program is offered through the Wellspring Health and Wellness Ministries. This program uses research-based interventions designed for mature adults to improve or maintain:

  • Memory and mental functioning

  • Physical abilities and functioning, including balance and leg strength

  • Positive mental outlook (decrease or allay depression & loneliness)

  • The Minds in Motion program may provide benefits for the following people:

  • Mature adults who want to maintain mental and physical fitness in a fun, safe, and relaxing environment

  • Any adult diagnosed with early memory loss

  • Weekly activities include the following:

  • “Brain fitness” activities such as mental exercises, games, and memory enhancement

  • Exercises such as Taiji, dance, and strength and endurance training

  • Creative activities such as art, writing, photography, gardening, and storytelling

  • Social activities and community events

  • Relaxation therapies

  • Other therapies as appropriate and available.

If you are interested in learning more about Minds in Motion or are interested in participating, please call the church office (217-356-9078) to request a contact from one of the program directors.

Stephen Ministry

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our community and congregation who are experiencing difficulties or who would benefit from additional support.
A Stephen Minister is:

  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.

  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.

  • A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.

  • Someone who will ‘be there’ for the person receiving care, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week for as long as there is a need.

If you are interested in learning more about the Stephen Ministry service or are interested in having a Stephen Minister, please call the church office (217-356-9078) to request a contact from one of the Pastors or Stephen Ministry directors.

Connecting Hearts

Our congregation’s Connecting Hearts

Child Care Center

First United Methodist Child Care Center (FUMCCC)

FUMCC is licensed by DCFS, serving approximately 100 families in Urbana, Champaign, and surrounding areas. 


Each child is person of value and should have every opportunity to learn and develop physically, mentally and socially in an environment which exhibits love and concern for each child by providing a safe environment which offers stimulating learning experiences, respecting the individual needs of each child, offering a compassionate response to a diverse community's need for affordable quality child care, encouraging a partnership between parents, child care staff, and church members based on mutual trust.


FUMCCC strives to provide a welcoming environment where children learn and grow through hands-on exploration. By taking time to observe and get to know each child as an individual, we can respond to their individual needs and provide appropriately challenging activities that administer to the whole child. Teachers use the Creative Curriculum to plan learning experiences in a combination of teacher-directed activities and child initiated activities that are spontaneous and flexible enough to move easily between the two.

FUMCCC is an outreach ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Champaign.

Austin's Place

An Emergency Shelter for Homeless Women

Austin's Place is the only emergency shelter for single women in Champaign County. Austin’s Place operates solely on volunteer effort - from volunteers who stay overnight, transport guests, do laundry, make phone calls, advertise, collect donations, etc. Dedicated service meets significant needs and provides valuable support to all the guests that come through our doors. We are thankful for all the faithful volunteers who so generously give their time, energy, prayers, and financial support! Austin's Place happens because of our volunteers!

For more information, contact:
First United Methodist Church (FUMC)
Phone 217 356-9078, 
Fax 217 356-9270

Music Ministry

FUMC Music Ministry Opportunities if you are interested in music, our music ministry offers multiple opportunities. For more information, please contact Barbara Zachow at 356-9078 or bzachow@comcast.net.

Chancel Choir

For anyone who enjoys singing and wishes to serve God through music.

  • Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
  • Meets in Choir Room, 2nd floor
  • Normally provides music for the 11:00 a.m. worship service

Youth Music

For 6th through 12th  graders      

  • Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • In the Adult Choir Room, 2nd floor
  • Singing, intermediate bells, other artistic talents (instruments, dance, etc.)


For 3 years old through 5th graders

  • Sundays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Meets in Room E, lower level
  • Singing, tone chimes, beginning bells, Orff and rhythm instruments, basic music reading skills

Chancel Ringers

For youth and adults who want to ring praises to God

  • Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Meets at handbell tables in the balcony
  • Ring praises while enjoying the fun and fellowship of the art of handbell ringing

Instrumental Ensemble

For Youth and Adults (also known as the All Ages Band with Strings)

  • Sundays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Choir Room, 2nd floor
  • Three or four rehearsals are scheduled prior to playing in worship
  • Short-term commitment – ensemble does not meet every Sunday

Festival Choir

For youth and adults who enjoy singing but cannot make a long-term commitment to Chancel Choir

  • Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
  • Meets in Choir Room, 2nd floor
  • Rehearsals prior to large musical work

Choral Union

A community chorus of Central Illinois for youth and adults

  • Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Choir Room, 2nd floor
  • Community chorus hosted by First UMC, Champaign.
  • Members enjoy singing together and give at least one concert each semester.
  • This chorus draws members of many faiths from the surrounding community.
  • For more information, contact Barbara Zachow at 217-356-9078 or by email at bzachow@comcast.net. Visit: https://sites.google.com/site/cuthechoralunion/

Children & Family

What is BLAST?

 A program for children, 3-years-old - 5th grade.

The Sunday gatherings will include dinner and fellowship together, worship songs, a Bible story, games, crafts, and sometimes a video, all typically centered around one lesson. 

The program will be multi-generational and family-oriented.  We ask for parent and other church member volunteers!

We will gather usually on Sunday evenings, typically the first Sunday of the month (sometimes the meeting will be on a different night for special events).

Special events include a church carnival, a trip to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, Breakfast with Santa, and a Movie Night.

And even though all gatherings will be FUN, they will also teach of Jesus’ Love!

If you have any questions, please contact the BLAST Coordinator, Pamela Pendleton, at 217-419-2043 or e-mail ppendleton03@yahoo.com.

Youth Ministry

Our mission is to be a safe, inviting place where adolescents meet, grow, and live in Christ while addressing their needs so they may enter adulthood as Christian disciples, ready to introduce others to Christ’s healing. Ways that we live out our mission include:

Youth Group

Our youth group meets most Sunday nights during the school year from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. We meet for a light dinner, exciting games, Bible study, and a variety of activities. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome.

High School Bible Study

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Meet with other students to study what the Bible has to say about your life and how we interact with others. We meet at Panera on Kirby and other nearby food spots. All high school students are welcome.


The goal to give youth (8th graders) the tools they need to become and grow as a disciple of Christ and find value in being members of a Christian community. Their experience is through study, play/fellowship, and field trips. Contact Pastor Leah Pogemiller at lpogemiller@champaignfumc.org  or 217-356-9078 with any questions.

Youth Music

Sundays, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Adult Choir Room. Bring your voice or other instrument and praise God with music. Unlimited possibilities: singing, intermediate bells, other artistic talents (instruments, dance, etc.). Contact: Barbara Zachow, 217-356-9078 or bzachow@comcast.net.

Appalachia Service Project

Our yearly summer mission trip to Appalachia involves a week of connecting with people in Appalachia and helping with home repair. Check in the early Fall for trip details as trip preparations and fundraising begin early.  Special Events throughout the year that foster fellowship, faith, and service include retreats, Crop Walk, 30-Hour Famine, and service opportunities.

Please check the Church website or Youth Facebook group or Youth Instagram page for information on current activities. Contact Meredith Garreau, Director of Youth, Adult, and Family Ministries, with any questions (meredith@champaignfumc.org or 217-356-9078, ext. 15).

Adult members of FUMC who love working with youth should contact Meredith for more information about assisting with Youth Ministry Programs.

Find us on Instagram: @fumcyouthgroupchampaign