Upcoming Events

Dear friends and family of First Church!

This coming Sunday we have an outstanding brass ensemble lined up to enrich our time of worship. See a special message about it from our music director, Dr. Matthew Harden below and a sneak peek of Copper Street Brass HERE:





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I also want to thank all of you who helped with our great Appleton Christmas Parade outreach last week Tuesday and “Bonnie’s Thanksgiving” meal on Thursday. Two wonderful events that ministered to and with our community. Thank you!

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Contact Us

First United Methodist Church

325 East Franklin Street
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
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Phone (920) 734-2677
Fax (920) 882-1461

Church Office & Worship Schedule

Office Hours

  • Monday - Thursday
    8:00 am - noon & 1:00 - 4:30 pm
    Friday 8:00 am - noon

    Worship With Us
    Saturday 5:30 pm in the Chapel
    Sunday 9:00 am in the Sanctuary
    Nursery care is available on Sundays.

Ways To Be The Church

  • Worship With Us

    Worship with us in person Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 9:00 am

    You can also watch us live on YouTube Watch us on YouTube

    or view our past services on Vimeo Watch Services on Vimeo

  • “Soaring With The Eagle” Devotion

    “Soaring With The Eagle” Devotion

    This video series will deepen your knowledge, through biblical literacy, of the Word of God. Pastor Hae-Jeong will share wisdom for your life, with the ultimate goal of helping you nurture an intimate relationship with God. 

    Devotion #6Devotion #5Devotion #4Devotion #3Devotion #2Devotion #1


  • Advent Devotional

    Advent Devotional


    It is with great joy that we share and hear the stories of our church family. While we read the stories of our friends and family, they will deepen our bonds in the Spirit and nourish our hearts even more.

    The Title of this year’s Advent devotional shares the same name as our Advent book study, “Prepare the Way of the Lord” by Adam Hamilton. Each week will lead us into diverse themes;

    Prayer, Hope, Transformation and Joy.

    We want to say “Thank You!” to the 24 writers from our congregation who have shared their stories and insights this year. Also, we want to send a special thanks to Jenifer Spangenberg. She worked diligently to contact people, gather the devotions, and compile the many writings in order. Also, thank you to Amy Concepción our office angel, who edited this heartfelt booklet with her excellent aesthetic! “Prepare the Way for the Lord” is ready. Please pick up the booklet in the office, at the Welcome Desk or read it HERE


    If you haven’t had your photo taken for the new pictorial directory- please take time to do so! The Photos Studio is open every Saturday before and after worship and Sunday after worship service. It takes only a couple of minutes. Please help us make the Photo Directory a success by stopping in for a photo (located in Fellowship Hall).

    Please call the church office to schedule your appointment, or schedule Schedule Here

  • Gift of Prayer for Our Church

    Our prayer ministry is entering its 5th year with the same goal, to cover First Church in prayer. Each day in 2022 we want a member of our congregation praying for our pastors, staff, ministries, and members. We invite you to sign up to pray for our church.

    Sign Up Here


  • Mission of the Month

    Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Fox Valley Community Services provides support to children and their families to enhance the overall mission to improve the health status of children throughout Wisconsin. They offer a variety of resources and programs for children, parents, health care providers, caregivers, teachers, law enforcement and other community agencies in order to increase the safety and well-being of their children from birth through adolescence. Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center is a safe place for children who may have been neglected or abused, and provides resources to help children and their families heal. Fox Valley Treatment Foster Care Program is home-based care for children and adolescents who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. Connections with healthy adults in a family setting help children heal. As our mission of the month, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Fox Valley Community Services is in need of the following: Sensory Objects; safe to chew jewelry (aka Chewlry), moon/kinetic sand, slime, Play Doh, stress balls, hand-held fidgets, Games and Crafts (all ages/non competitive); glitter/gel pens, markers/crayons/colored pencils, activity/coloring books, puzzles. Lego Sets, Cars (Remote control, Light up cars, Hot wheels), Character Items: (Paw Patrol, Barbie’s/Dolls, Frozen, Super Heroes/Minnie & Mickey). All Levels of Reading Books, Teen Items (nail polish, hair accessories, Ear buds, Outdoor items such as balls). Gift Cards; iTunes, Google Play, movie vouchers, passes to Children’s Museum, gift cards to Badger Sports, Zoo, etc. All items must be new. Please consider making a donation to this worthy organization. Donated items may be placed in the bin located next to the Wesley Room beginning December 1st. Let’s make this a special Christmas for these children!

  • Hands-On Ministry Opportunities

    Are you looking for ways to live out your faith by serving those in need in our local community? Does your employer offer time-off to participate in volunteer activities? Each month, First Church will provide opportunities for anyone to participate in hands-on volunteering opportunities throughout our local community.

    Opportunities to volunteer for Ruby’s Pantry will be the first Tuesday of each month at First English Lutheran. Be sure to enter Appleton, WI as your primary location, and indicate that you are part of a First United Methodist Church group, with Donna Frick as Contact Person. The volunteer coordinator from First English will be in contact to confirm your participation.

    Volunteer for Ruby's Pantry

    Pillars provides a variety shelter, support, and solutions to address the housing needs in our community, including more than 150 homes and 45,000 nights of shelter each year. Giving Tree is Pillars largest donation drive of the year. Donated items from across the Fox Cities will be dropped off at the Pillars location. First Church volunteers will be helping to receive, record, store, and organize donations that come to the Pillars Community Room at 609 E. Hancock Street at three different time slots in December. First Church will be providing volunteers for the following dates/times:

    • Monday, Dec. 19 from 1-3 pm

    • Monday, Dec. 19 from 5-7 pm

    • Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 9:30 – 11:30 am

    Sign up directly on the Pillars website at the link below which has been set-up just for First Church volunteers:


  • Prayer Request

    Our Befriender Ministry exists to pray with you and for you, and is honored to lift your concerns and joys to God in total confidence and without judgment.
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 4:6-7

    Prayer Request


  • Stay Connected With Us

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  December 2022  
This Week's Events


Sunday School
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Brass Rehearsal
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Puppet Practice
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday Advent Study
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Rehoboth Worship Service
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM


Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Encore Strings
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Prayer Meeting via Zoom
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Scout Troop 6002
6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Grace Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Monday Advent Study
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Alanon Meeting
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tuesday Advent Study
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Advent Study
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tuesday Evening Advent Study
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
AA Meeting
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Wednesday Advent Study
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sonshine Singers Rehearsal
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Group and Classes
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Bass Clef Rehearsal
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Pioneer Club
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Wesley Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Festival Choir
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM


MCCI Meeting
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday Mens Advent Study
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
AA Group Young at Heart
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Kiwanis Meeting
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM


Circles of Support
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Children's Play - Dress Rehearsal
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Drop and Shop
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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