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Exploring love: A lenten journey

As we embark on the upcoming season of Lent, we find ourselves in a unique alignment of the liturgical calendar with the more secular calendar. This year, the season of Lent commences on none other than Valentine’s Day, with Ash Wednesday falling on February 14th. It may seem paradoxical at first – the juxtaposition of…

December Focus Mission: Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children

Our Outreach focus mission for December is the Indiana Conference Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. The offering will be divided to help meet the needs of 5 children’s ministry areas: The Indiana Conference camping ministry Indiana United Methodist-related children and youth homes: Bashor UM Home in Goshen; Indiana UM Children’s Home in Lebanon; andUMC Youth Home in Evansville. Local/district…

Unwrapping the meaning of Advent in the Morris family’s early Christmas spirit

This year, the Morris family broke an important tradition. Under normal circumstances, we decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a big deal for our family. We listen to Christmas music, enjoy some holiday treats and watch a favorite Christmas movie after we’ve finished our decorating. However, this year was different. We decorated the house before Thanksgiving!…

Break free, defy gravity

Dear Friends, During the month of September, we’ll be celebrating a churchwide stewardship program called “Defying Gravity.” We’ll examine the generous life—what it is and why it can be hard to experience. We’ll be studying the topic of generosity, including data from surveys, insights from experts, and conversations with generous people about their goals and…

Going beyond the numbers

I was never good at personal budgeting. I would, however, balance my checkbook and follow my dad’s advice to live within my means. As someone whose faith journey is not a straight path but one of ups and downs and switchbacks, I did not always attend church. When I finally got onto a better path,…

Children’s Sunday school integrating with worship hour

Starting this year, we’re thrilled to announce that Children’s Sunday School (ages 4 years-5th grade) will be moving to the Children’s Church hour during worship.  Sunday school sessions will begin Sept. 10, 2023. This adjustment aims to provide our children with an even more engaging and cohesive learning experience. Here’s how the new arrangement will…

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UWF Sunday 2023

First Wayne Street will celebrate the mission and purpose of United Women in Faith at worship on Sunday, September 17, 2023. The UWF seeks to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities. As part of UWF…

Gather programming resumes Sept. 13

There is something for everyone on Wednesday nights at First Wayne Street UMC. Our programming, known as Gather, will resume on September 13, 2023.  Gather is a time to enjoy friends, family,fellowship and food.  A light dinner is served from 5:15 to 6 pm in Fellowship Hall. There is no cost for the meal but…

Staff celebrate anniversaries

First Wayne Street UMC is known for the meaningful contribution that music makes to our worship. Throughout the years, some very important parts of the music in our church have been the performances of the children’s choirs and occasional youth musicals that have put smiles on the faces of the participants and of the congregation. …