Hello, Church,

I hope you have had a great week, I know I have. There was something magical about all the snow that fell on Sunday and getting to watch kids and adults alike playing out in their yards and building snowmen. I can’t help but think it was a small sign from our gracious God that 2021 will be full of joy-filled surprises for us all.

Because of your faithfulness and the generosity of all those who were in a position to give this last year, our church was able to carry out all of its work, maintain our incredible staff, and help countless numbers of people who fell on financially hard times.

I’m happy to report that the church was able to finish 2020 in a financially positive position, over 50 people were added to the membership of our church, and we dramatically increased our technological capacity for reaching beyond the walls of the church and even beyond the limits of our city and nation!

As I look back, I marvel at the way God has chosen to bless First Methodist in the midst of incredibly challenging circumstances. I am also reminded of the strength of this church on display in the deep faithfulness of each of our members. First Methodist is a church of people whose commitment to Jesus Christ and the community is unwavering.

I have one very exciting announcement to share with you. Dr. Sandy Richter is one of the world’s most sought after speakers and teachers. Many of you will have taken one of her classes in the Epic of Eden series. Dr. Richter was my Old Testament professor and I consider her a dear friend. I can say with all sincerity that my time in her classroom made the deepest and most profound impact on my faith.

Dr. Sandy Richter will be preaching at our main campus on February 14, 2021. We should all be incredibly honored to have such a world-renowned scholar and preacher come to share with us. I hope that you will put the date on your calendar and make it a priority to acquaint yourself with this special guest.

There are so many good things happening at First Methodist and among our people. I’m so grateful for each of you who take time to share how God is moving in your life and household with me. I know that these continue to be difficult days for city and nation. I hope you will join me in seeking the Lord’s best for us all and recommitting yourself to working hard for his kingdom and church in Waco.

Love,
Ryan
Saturdays:
  • South Campus: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays, 4:00 pm Outdoor Hip Hip Worship
Sundays:
  • Online Campus: On-demand anytime – First Waco on YouTube or our website
  • Streaming LIVE at 11:00 am – Facebook
  • Main: 9:30 am Contemporary Worship
  • South: 10:00 am Outdoor Worship
  • Main: 11:00 am Traditional Worship
  • Downtown: 11:00 am Worship
Wednesdays:
  • Downtown: 12 Noon Traditional Worship with lunch served thereafter
Celebrating Youth's SHINE Night--we are excited about what God is doing in the hearts of young people in our community.
It's not too late to join us for MIDWEEK 2021. There are three wonderful classes available which will be offered in-person, virtually and on-demand. For more information about the classes and to signup, click here.
First Methodist is excited to partner with Mission Waco and to participate in an event called MLK Day of Prayer and Service on January 18th. This includes opportunities to serve in activities such as flyer distribution for the Jubilee Food Market or cleaning up around a public housing apartment partnered with Mission Waco. Families and kids are welcome and will include a free lunch in the parking lot of the Jubilee Market. The event begins at 12 noon and ends at 3:00 pm. Please contact Pastor Jon by Sunday to sign up if you would like to participate in this event.
Have you always wanted to go on the Sager Brown UMCOR Depot Mission Trip with the church but something has happened and you could not participate over the past several years. Well, now you can participate without even leaving Waco or let alone your living room by being a member of our first-ever virtual mission team!!!
 
On Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at 1:30 pm join our team as we participate in the first-ever virtual mission trip to Sager Brown UMCOR Depot located in Baldwin Louisiana. This interactive time will last about 1½ hours as you learn more about the Depot and all the incredible work that takes place there. This would be a great introduction to the Sager Brown Depot if you are thinking of being a part of the First Methodist Waco team in October/November 2021. In October this will be the third time a group from First Methodist Waco has traveled to Baldwin and spent seven days working in the Depot and community.
 
Contact Pat Mears (pat@firstwaco.com) or Martha Palmer (Martha@firstwaco.com) for the specific information to participate in this great opportunity.
Stephen Ministry is privileged to be able to provide the GRIEF SHARE program to members of our church and community. The purpose of GRIEF SHARE is to provide help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. This 13 session program will meet weekly on Mondays, February 1, 2 pm, via Zoom. To register or ask questions, please contact Pat.
On Monday, January 18th, 2021 at 7:00 pm the leaders of the numerous adult discipleship groups are invited to attend a leadership zoom meeting as we discuss and dialogue about moving forward into the upcoming new year. Please make every effort to participate and if the leader of the group is unable to attend please have an alternative person attend this important meeting. If you have any questions contact Pastor Jon by email.
Virtual Sunday School for Grades 1 - 4
9:30 am: Children's Sunday School with Zoom, Grades 1 - 4
Downtown Campus
10:00 am:
  • Nursery available for birth - 3 years old
  • Preschool Sunday School - 3s (potty-trained), 4s, and Kindergarten
  • 1st - 4th Grade Sunday School
  • 56 Sunday School
11:00 am:
  • Nursery available for birth - Kindergarten
  • Kids 5 and up are encouraged to be in worship with their families!
Main Campus
9:30 am:
  • Nursery available for birth – Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten-6th grade Powerhouse with Laughing Larry
11:00 am:
  • Nursery available birth – Kindergarten
  • Kids 5 and up are encouraged to be in worship with their families!

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP Schedule available HERE.
Make Disciples, a Publication of Adult Discipleship, January 17

YOUTH
Sunday School
  • 10:00 Downtown Campus in the Youth Room
  • 11:00 Main Campus in the Youth Room
For more information, contact Hayley.

FIRST KIDS ONLINE
Children’s weekly Weekend Curriculum is posted online at First Waco. If you have any questions, contact Tara DeLeon.
Children’s Ministry is hosting a Toy Drive at the Main and Downtown Campuses. We will be accepting gently used toys to use in our South Campus Ministries. There are collection boxes located in the foyers of both campuses. The last day for collection will be January 17. (Please no stuffed animals due to sanitation concerns with Covid.) Questions? Contact Tara DeLeon.
PRAYERS FOR HEALING
Cindy Knapek, Jay Reinke, Sandi Snowden, Margaret Elliott, Ruby Kirkpatrick

PRAYERS OF SYMPATHY
Greg and Sara Holmes in the death of his father, Joe Holmes. Also to his grandchildren, Carsyn and Colt.
Family and friends of June Prather.
Family and friends of Margie Diggs.
Family and friends of John Gates.
Family and friends of Ruby Strange.
MONDAY, JAN 18:
  • Church Campuses closed for MLK Holiday--service opportunity with Mission Waco at noon.
TUESDAY, JAN 19:
  • Cub Scouts, 5:30 pm, Main
  • Girl Scouts, 6:30 pm, Main
  • Boy Scouts, 7 pm, Main 
WEDNESDAY, JAN 20:
  • Band of Brothers, 7-8 am, Garden Room, Main 
  • Worship & Lunch, Noon, Sanctuary, Downtown
  • Youth Bridge, 6 pm, Family Life Center, Main
  • Midweek Classes, 6-7 pm, Main, in-person, virtual, and on-demand
THURSDAY, JAN 21:
  • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 7 am, Garden Room, Main
  • Health Shapers will not meet until further notice.
  • Q&A on Facebook Live with Pastor Ryan, 12 noon, online
PRAYER REQUESTS
The First Methodist Waco Prayer Team is a group committed to praying for you and your needs. We believe in the healing power of prayer! If you would like us to pray for you or a loved one, please click here, contact Sara Holmes or call 254.772.5630.
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Main Campus Office Hours
Monday – Thursday, please enter through the main lobby doors located off Glen Lake Drive. If you have a pastoral emergency or urgent need, you can call any of the pastors’ cell phones. On Sunday all doors will be open.
To reach the pastors by email, click here or call the church at 254.772.5630. To reach the Business Office, call 254.772.5630 x202 or email. To give to church ministry, click here, use the app or call the church. Mail checks to First Waco, PO Box 7736, Waco, 76714. You may text to give at 254.306.0810.
First Methodist Waco Campuses
Main Campus: 4901 Cobbs Drive, Waco, TX 76710
Downtown Campus: 1300 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701
South Campus: 2801 Robinson Drive, Waco, TX 76706
If you need to reach a staff member by phone, please call 254-772-5630.
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