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Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Appleton! We are a congregation deeply committed to the great task that Jesus put on his church’s heart: to make disciples and transform this world.

At First Church you can expect to find a successful model of an intergenerational church: We have a wonderful children’s ministry, a great junior and senior high youth program, an array of adult programs reaching from small group ministries to annual mission trips and an outstanding music ministry program for kids, youth and adults.

We’d love to welcome you among us. Know that you can come as you are so we can grow together and make a difference in God’s great world.





Contact Us

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

Church Office & Worship Schedule

Office Hours
  • Monday - Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - noon & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Friday 8:00 a.m. - noon
  • Saturday Evening Worship in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Worship in the Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. (Nursery Care 0- 2 yrs)
  • Sunday Morning Worship in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m. (Nursery Care 0 - 4yrs)
  • Childrens'; Sunday School - age 3 through grade 7 (starts in worship at 9:00 a.m.) September - May


  • Mid-Week Lenten Worship

    Our 2019 Mid-Week Lenten Services

    Please join us weekly for Wednesday night Lenten services from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. March 13th through April 10th.

    Consider having supper at church with friends and family at our Wednesday Night Live dinners, starting at 5:00 p.m.

    March 13 Christine Ladewig preaching; text: 1 John 2:1-2

    March 20 Bob Butler preaching; text: Matthew 18:21-35

    March 27 Pastor Dave Farina preaching; text: Luke 7:36-8:3

    April 3 Brian Stahl preaching; text: Luke 7:36-50

    April 10 Pastor Markus preaching; text: Colossians 3:12-17

  • Wednesday Night Live

    Wednesday Night Live Meal

    Serving from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    $6 per person or $12 max per family


    What's for Dinner?


    March 20 - Ginger Lime Chicken


    March 27 - Pulled Pork Sandwiches


  • Lenten Study

    Join us for our All-Church Lenten Study based on forgiveness. Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness.

    For more information see the Adult Education Page inside. The books are offered to those taking a class at no charge. There will be a freewill donation available for those who would like to keep our Free Books going for Lent and Advent.


    Information about the book, Forgiveness – A Lenten Study

    by Marjorie J. Thompson


    In six brief chapters, Thompson addresses such questions as the following:

    • Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances? Or are there situations Christians do not need to forgive?
    • Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
    • Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
    • How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?
  • Pastoral Response to General Conference 2019

    Members and Friends of First Church,

    Some of you have followed the coverage of the UMC’s General Conference these past 4 days. Pastor Liz and I felt it was right to contact you all regarding the decision that was made.
    In the end the Traditional Plan received the majority of votes. For the most part it will keep the denomination’s stance on homosexuality the same (in a nutshell: same gender weddings cannot be held in UM churches and not be performed by UM clergy; openly gay pastors cannot enter the ministry,...); in addition: church hierarchy is tasked to be more involved in enforcing these rules.
    The UM Judicial Council will meet at the end of April to discuss the constitutionality of all of the traditional plan’s specifications as there are still quite a few open questions.

    While many United Methodists expected this outcome there are also many that are upset by it and hurt. I would assume that the same is true for us as a local congregation. I want to encourage you to continue to hold the UM church in your prayers as we keep searching for ways on how to live with each other in the midst of disagreements.

    Maybe today is a good day for you to reach out to someone who feels disappointed about the GC’s decision. I’m sure God cherishes every effort you make to ask for the Holy Spirit’s leading in seeing a neighbor in every single person - especially those you disagree with.

    Pastor Liz and I look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend when we continue this conversation.

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you and in all you do,


    Pastor Markus and Pastor Liz.


  • Gift of Prayer for Our Church

    Praying for our Church

    Our prayer ministry is entering its 2nd year with the same goal, to cover First Church in prayer. Each day in 2019 we want a member of our congregation praying for our pastors and staff. We need you, yes, all of you, to sign up to pray for our church. Each month we will offer some suggestions for prayer.  

    Sign up by using this link Click Here 

    “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." Max Lucado

  • View our Worship Services here
  • Electronic Giving/Online Giving

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    We offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience and provides much needed donation consistency for our congregation. 

   March 2019   

Upcoming Events



Prayer Shawl Ministry
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Covenant Disciples Group
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Covenant Disciples Group
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Lenten Study - Forgiveness
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday Night AA
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Strong Bodies class
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Lenten Study - Forgiveness
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Strong Bodies class
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday Night Live meal
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lenten Study - Forgiveness
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Bass Clef Choir Rehearsal
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Youth Group
6:00 PM
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday Night Lenten Worship
6:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sonshine Singers Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Lenten Study - Forgiveness
6:45 PM to 7:45 PM


Al-Anon 12 Step Book Study
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
AA "Young at Heart"
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strong Bodies class
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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