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Baptism
Baptism is a sign of “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Baptism is also the act of entrance into the Christian fellowship. By baptism we are initiated into Christ’s Holy Church and marked as disciples (learners and followers) of Jesus Christ. Baptism brings a child into preparatory membership in the church. Baptism of an adult is typically followed by entry into full church membership by Profession of Faith. Youth and adults may receive Christian baptism after meeting with one of our pastors.

For a child’s baptism, parents are asked to call the church office to schedule the child’s baptism and an appointment to visit with the officiating pastor to discuss the specifics of the service. Call the church office at 466-1906 for information or to schedule a baptism.


 

Funeral, Memorial Services and Celebrations of Life
A Christian funeral or memorial service is an opportunity for people to gather in faith to praise God and celebrate the gift of life. It is also an opportunity to ask God for strength and courage to accept death. The pastors offer their presence at any time of crisis and especially when death is imminent or has occurred.

Funeral arrangements are made with the help of the pastor before information is given to the press and before the funeral director proceeds with plans. We understand and share your personal grief and strive to make this service respectful and memorial of your loved one. West Vestry may be reserved for receiving and greeting friends before or after the service and Fellowship Hall may be reserved for a luncheon if you desire. There are no charges for the use of the sanctuary or chapel for funeral or memorial services. Each year, in November, a special Celebration of Life Worship Service is held honoring all those who have passed during the year. Roses and candles are placed on the altar in their memory.

 

The Season of Advent and Christmas
The Christian Calendar year begins with the season of Advent, which starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve. It is a season of preparation and hope, and the time when we prepare our homes and hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ, our promised Savior. Christmas services include:

Christmas Eve Celebration Service with bells and Communion, is a festive and meaningful worship service at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and a Candlelight Communion Service - “Holy Hush” at 11:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve for a more traditional, liturgical service.


The Season of Lent and Easter
Lent is the period in the Christian year starting 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter to prepare to celebrate God’s marvelous redemption at Easter. It is a time for growing in our faith through repentance, community, prayer and fasting. Special services throughout Lent include:

Ash Wednesday, seven Wednesdays before Easter is typically known as the first day of the Lenten Season. This service is held  in the Sanctuary and includes Holy Communion and the “imposition of ashes.” Call the church office for time of service(s).

Maundy Thursday Communion Service is held at 7:00 p.m. the Thursday before Easter.

Good Friday Service to commemorate Jesus’ arrest, trial, suffering, crucifixion, death and burial, is held at 12:00 noon and at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday offers two Easter celebration Communion Services at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:45 both in the Sanctuary. Both services feature bells, choirs and brass followed with a First Church tradition of singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

First United Methodist Church  •  2723 N 50th St., Lincoln, NE 68504  •  402-466-1906

Worship Services: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.; Sunday School: 9:30 a.m