As the 2021 Thanksgiving Day approaches we are confronted with so much troubling news. Five people lost their lives in the Christmas Parade tragedy of Waukesha on Sunday, casting a layer of grief and concern over our own parade here in Appleton tonight in which First Church is involved through a parking lot fundraiser of the youth and giving out of free hot chocolate to participants in the parade and parade-goers. In the midst of life we are in death, so goes a saying from medieval times, but in the midst of death, we are also surrounded by the hope of new life in Christ. In his spirit we want to extend Thanksgiving blessings to all of you in our brief weekly greeting. Please join us in praying for those stricken by grief and hardship in this special week.





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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.

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Ways To Be The Church

  • Advent Devotional

    Our Advent Devotional is ready. Thank you to everyone who wrote a devotional with heart and sprit! Devotionals are available at the Welcome Desk, Brochure racks, in our Church Office or you can read it online below:

    2021 Advent Devotional

  • 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


  • Gift of Prayer for Our Church

    Our prayer ministry is entering its 4th year with the same goal, to cover First Church in prayer. Each day in 2021 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


  • 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.

    On Thursday, November 18 at 2pm we will prepare a meal at the First Church kitchen and deliver it to the Pillars Adult Shelter. We’ll need about 6 people to prepare and deliver the meal. We also need 4 people to prepare a dessert at home and drop it off at church.

    Volunteer with Pillars

    On Friday, December 10 from 1 – 3 pm we will be sorting donated food items at Feeding America’s warehouse at 2911 W. Evergreen Drive in Appleton. We’ll be able to have a group of up to 10 people. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old.

    Volunteer at Feeding America

    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


  • 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


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Verse of the Day
  November 2021  
This Week's Events


Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Women's Renewal Group
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Circles of Support
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Scout Troop 2
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Prayer Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Grace Choir
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Alanon Meeting
8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Advent Study via Zoom
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Advent Study
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Advent Study
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Choir Rehearsals
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kidz Konnection
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Men's Noon Advent Study
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Women's Noon Advent Study
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
AA Young at Heart
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Parent Connection Workshop
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Kiwanis Meeting
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM


Circles of Support
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Appleton Boychoir Performance
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Appleton Boychoir Performance
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Rehoboth Choir Rehearsal
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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