Please join us for worship this Easter at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) to celebrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Worship services are offered throughout Holy Week leading up to Easter. If you are new to FUMC, please visit our New Here? page and watch our Welcome Video below to meet our pastors, Rev. Taylor Fuerst, Rev. Michael Mumme, and Rev. Cathy Stone.
Palm/Passion Sunday Worship
March 25, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary
This service begins with the pageantry of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. All are given a palm to wave as we sing of how the people welcomed Jesus and then, we somberly walk with Jesus to the cross.
Murchison Chapel During Holy Week, March 26-March 31
A labyrinth is an ancient pattern for prayer, meditation, and contemplation. During Holy Week, the FUMC labyrinth will be available for walking in Murchison Chapel during regular business office hours and Sundays. Office hours for walking the labyrinth are Monday-Wednesday, March 26-28, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31 9:30-11:00 a.m., and Easter Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Worship
March 29, 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Today, we celebrate the Holy Meal which Jesus began in the Upper Room on the night before his crucifixion. “Maundy” refers to the new commandment (novum mandatum in Latin) to “love one another,” which Jesus gave to his disciples as he washed their feet during this meal (John 13:34). Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are made present to us in this meal. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the 7:30 p.m. evening service.
Good Friday Family Service
March 30, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Chapel
Families are invited to observe Good Friday together through prayer, singing, cross-making and story-telling. Parents will help their children learn and experience the passion stories leading up to Easter in age appropriate prayer stations, stories and activities. Afterwards, families may lunch together (b.y.o.) on the Capitol grounds. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the 10:30 a.m. Family Service.
Good Friday Worship Service
March 30, 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
On this day we go to the foot of the cross. Through scripture, prayer, and passion hymns, we experience anew Christ’s crucifixion. The light of the cross both exposes our sin and God’s love for us. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the 7:30 p.m. evening service.
Easter Egg Festival
Easter Egg Festival
March 31, 9:30-11:00 a.m., West Capitol Grounds
Join us on the West Capitol lawn for this fun community-wide event with face painting, games, and the Easter Bunny!
Easter Sunday Worship
April 1, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Today, amidst lilies and trumpets, we celebrate God’s victory over the powers of sin, oppression, and death. This is the eighth day—the first day of God’s new creation. We find new life and shout “Alleluia!” Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Easter services.
April 1, 10:00 a.m., Capitol Lawn
Enjoy the beauty of resurrection and new life as we release butterflies on the Capitol lawn.