Exegetical Bible Study Group: Wednesday’s @ 10:30 a.m., September – May

Short Term Groups: Meet periodically throughout the year, Check the Church Calendar or Upcoming Events

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BRAND NEW! – Crockpot Soup, Etc. at Noon / Book Club at 1:00 pm

Looking for readers: both fiction & non-fiction books, open discussion, all are welcome.  Join us for soup and fellowship in the Atherton Chapel area followed by the Book Club in Classroom 1 in the Office Area.  We’ll meet on Wednesdays (weather permitting).  For more information call the Church Office at 367 – 8384.

Two books being considered for January 24th Book Club, reading beginning January 31st —

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

SMALL GREAT THINGS is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written.  Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers … The difficult self awareness is what sustains this book … forcing engaged readers to meditate on their own beliefs and actions along with these characters … It’s also exciting to have a high-profile writer like Picoult take an earnest risk to expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.  —Washington Post

Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing, by Victoria Sweet

A radical new understanding of how medicine is best practiced, from the award-winning author of God’s Hotel.
Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency.  Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple.  Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career.  Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration.  Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science.  It is relational, personal, even spiritual.  To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing.

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If you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, one must follow, learn from, and obey Jesus’ teachings as well. Discipleship is also about relationships. We all need to build, repair, and strengthen those bonds as we take on more and more of Jesus’ character.  Let’s us be honest…Many of you are tired and worn down from all of the activities or things in your life. We spend so much time getting ready each day that we ask ourselves daily, “What’s next?” What do you do to stay encouraged throughout the rest of the day, month or year?

The Bible encourages you to become active members in the disciple making process even if you don’t feel as though we can. All followers of Jesus must go and make disciples – right now – putting aside your feelings of emotional, and/or spiritual fatigue: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you” (Matthew 28: 19-20). You may know this verse, but it’s up to you to put these words into action! Stay encouraged this day, and remember to take on Jesus’s character and follow him.

Discipleship Opportunities are as follows: 

One on One Discipleship: Individual time with a mentor is scheduled at your convince.

Group Discipleship: Men meet on the following Days for Group discipleship: Thursday @ 7:00 p.m. September – June – Bob Freeman

Group Women’s Discipleship Thursday @ 7:00 p.m., September – May – Felecia Freeman

Saturday “College Age” Discipleship Group: Saturday’s @1:30 – 3:30 p.m., September – May – Bob Freeman

Register today by calling 217-367-8484.



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We are happy to say the Young Adults of Urbana First are seeking to develop a community of trust, faith and spirit driven environment for all persons to grow in Christ.  They generally meet on Thursday’s at 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  They are currently looking at beginning a Sunday morning Discipleship Sunday School class.  For more information you can contact Jetwan Baines at 217-418-3486.

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We invite you to join the men of Urbana First each fourth Saturday @ 8:30 a.m., for food, fellowship and planning of small community projects at Perkins Restaurant on University.

For more information feel free to contact us or Pastor Freeman.

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Urbana First Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry Leader: Felecia Freeman  217-823-6854,

Urbana First Women Fellowship invites you to join them each fourth Saturday, @ 10:00 a.m., each month for fellowship, bible study and fun.





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September – May, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

In a world of video games, sports, social networking, and self-centeredness, it might be easy to overlook this simple reality: Even kids want to know, “What on Earth am I here for?”

It doesn’t surface as a deep theological discussion, and you rarely have a child come up to you and articulate that question. But kids want to know that their life means something. They want to know that they matter.  We here at Urbana First (First United Methodist Church of Urbana)  are single purposed in helping kids make this connection, to help them understand they are God’s masterpiece and that God has a specific plan and purpose just for them.

Think about it: What if all of our kids embraced this truth at a young age? At Urbana First Kids, we have a simple ministry objective that gives kids the opportunity to know for what on Earth they are here. That objective is reflected in our vision statement: “Connecting kids to God and others.”  Register your Kids now for this coming fall and let the journey continue.

Please list your children(s) names, birth date and year they will be in, or presently in, for this school year in the message field below.

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