Vicennium Weekend – August 24 & 25

Mark Your Calendars for Vicennium Weekend — August 24 & 25 (Noun. vicennium (plural vicennia or vicenniums) (rare) A period of twenty years.) This August, First Church will celebrate 20 years in our current location at 1700 Mitch Daniels Blvd. We have seen many changes over these years, including the name of our road changing twice! We invite you to celebrate this milestone with special events on August 24-25. Saturday, August 24 Pitch In Picnic at Wea Read more…

April 2024 Prevue

In this month’s prevue we celebrate Pastor Kory’s performance at the 2024 Lafayette Urban Ministry We’ve Got Talent fundraiser and lift up prayers for Pastor Duane and the upcoming United Methodist Church General Conference. Plus, read articles from congregant Diana Hoke and the Purdue OutCats (Outdoor Catholics). Download the April 2024 Prevue here or click on the image below to view the full issue. Scroll down to view past monthly prevues. Catch up on what Read more…

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will: Summer 2024 Adult Education Series

Where is God when the innocent suffer?  Where is God when my prayers go unanswered? Why is God’s will so hard to understand? These are questions that most likely you and almost everyone you know have asked at one time or another, sometimes aloud, sometimes silently.  Adam Hamilton, one of America’s most respected Methodist theologians, brings fresh insight to these age-old questions. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God’s plan for Read more…

Wesley Foundation Farewell Event to 435 on State Street — Saturday, June 1

The Wesley Foundation would like to invite you to its final farewell event to their beloved building at 435 W. State Street on Saturday, June 1, 2024. This will be a special time to reunite with old friends for the last time before their big move. Come back and share memories, eat, and learn about Wesley Foundation’s plans for a new ministry center at 2nd and Waldron. Wesley will be open from 11am to 8pm! See details below. Read more…

Join Us on May 19 for Pentecost Sunday!

Join us on Sunday, May 19, for Pentecost Sunday! We have two services: 9 AM First Up Worship and 11 AM Celebrate Worship. We sometimes call Pentecost Sunday “the birth of the church”—the day we celebrate the beginnings of a movement of God’s Spirit that spread around the world in a unique and powerful way. Symbols of Pentecost include flames, wind and descending doves in red, yellow orange and white. This year, in addition to Read more…

Purdue OutCats: Nurturing Nature and Faith

Purdue OutCats (Outdoor Catholics) is a student-led outdooring ministry for Catholic young adults in the West Lafayette area. Rooted in Catholic teachings, this ministry provides a unique space for young adults to deepen their spiritual connection through outdoor activities, prayer, and service. With membership nearing 100 Purdue students, OutCats has been proudly tending to three local parks and forests, nurturing these outdoor spaces while nurturing friendships of faith. At the heart of their efforts lies Read more…

A Humbling Evening

In this article, First Church member Diana Hoke recounts a poignant moment from our congregation’s recent past, where the symbolism of baptism merged with a powerful call to action. Inspired by the ceremony’s vows, Diana’s narrative illuminates the strength of collective action driven by love and compassion. You might recall this past winter when our congregation participated in a “Remembrance of Baptism” recitation on a gray and chilly Sunday morning. It was a lovely part Read more…

Lifting Up Prayer: General Conference 2024

The postponed General Conference of the United Methodist Church is just around the corner! General Conference is scheduled for April 23 through May 3, 2024, in Charlotte, North Carolina. There is much that can happen and many who are hoping and praying for change in our denomination. Pastor Duane is a delegate to General Conference and part of the leadership in both the Indiana Room For All Coalition and Indiana Reconciling Ministries Network. Please join Read more…

Congrats to Pastor Kory — Runner Up at 2024 LUM We’ve Got Talent

Celebrate with us as we congratulate Pastor Kory Pritchett for his remarkable achievement as the runner-up in this year’s Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) We’ve Got Talent fundraiser! We are so proud of Pastor Kory’s talent and dedication. This extraordinary event unfolded on Friday, April 12, 2024, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The generosity of all who participated ensured that over $18,000 was contributed to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, providing financial support to our Read more…

Register Today: Vacation Bible School 2024

Registration for First Church Vacation Bible School (VBS) is now open! Our JUST Like Me: Digging in & Growing Deep program is June 3-7, 2024, from 9-11:30 AM, and is open to all kids who have just completed pre-k through fifth grade. Register online here. You can also register by phone (765-743-1285) or email (Ronda at rkroeschen@fumcwl.org). VBS Volunteers Needed. If you are interested, please complete this form. In JUST Like Me VBS, kids will Read more…