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Heartstrings is a worshiping community built around passionate preaching, uplifting bluegrass music and a challenge to be courageous followers of Christ. We meet each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the north Parking lot of First United Methodist Church. We are all about worship, bluegrass and wild hearts! JOIN US!!!

All prayer requests are handled with extreme care and confidentiality by the FUMC Praying Team. Click here to submit your prayer request.

Psalm 17:6 I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Chapel worship services with Bruce Phillips are live streamed on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. Watch it on Facebook or on the live stream website page.
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Bereans Sunday Class
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 
Led by Bruce Phillips 
824 9747 6664 

Jeannie Bray
Dorothy Phillips
Bill Lloyd
Margaret Knox
Margaret Long
Family of Bill Hoffacker

Margaret Knox

The first of our FUMC 2021 Family Promise Host Weeks is January 25 - 29.  During our host week, we will continue to provide dinner for each of the 5 nights for the dates noted above.
For our last host week in December, volunteers came up with their own ideas for dinners or parts of a dinner. Please call Katy Adams at 482-5091 (c) or 471-3484 (h) if you would like to volunteer with this mission and we will discuss your choices of how, when and what.
Also if you are interested in being a member of the Family Promise Mission Committee, please call Katy at either of the phone numbers noted.


Throughout the year of 2021 FUMC will be collecting non-perishable foods to be given to local food pantries. There are so many people in need, and this is a gracious way for you to serve others!  Thank you  Thank you Thank you for your generosity and compassionate acts of giving to those who are less fortunate.  Just drop off your food donations at the church in the Missions Donation boxes found by the door.  Thank you for offering love and hope to others through the gift of food, for we know that through serving others we are serving God!

In this pandemic year of 2020 many of the established mission programs of FUMC could not happen because of the need for safety and social distancing. We decided that serving in a different way was better than not serving at all! Thus, during the summer and fall months FUMC collected for various local agencies which serve the poor and homeless here in Colorado Springs: Care and Share (1000 pounds of food), The Place (536 items and $420 gift cards), Family Promise (747 items and $100 gift cards), Salvation Army (523 items and $133 gift cards), Westside Cares (978 items), First Stars (over 450 gift cards with a value of $11,400), Christmas in the Parking Lot (over 100 new sleeping bags). 

Thank you for your generosity as you gave and gave and gave to so many people in need. Your generous hearts impacted many people locally! The Missions Ministry team enthusiastically led these donation drives which blessed many people. Gratitude abounds as we consider how many lives were touched by your giving! Thank you for sharing from your servant-hearts!


Music History and Appreciation, Part Two
Leader: Rev. Steve Harter
Mondays at 6:30pm
January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
On Zoom

You must register with Jeanna Wearing in the Music Office at [email protected]

This class is "Session II" of Music History and Appreciation. Session I covered the earliest beginnings of Music History through the Baroque Era (the time of Bach and Handel), or "beginnings through 1750". Session II will cover Classicism (Mozart/Haydn, etc) through 20th Century. We will learn what "signature techniques" various composers used and what style was popular when they were writing as a means of being able to differentiate musical eras. We will listen to various examples of composers and musical styles. You need not have attended Session I of the class (late fall) in order to participate. However, you MUST email the Music Office to get your name on the list to receive printed materials needed for the class as well as zoom access numbers. Come and enjoy!
The Book Of Genesis, Continued
Teacher: Rev. Kent Ingram
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10
On Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87247121468)
Also on Facebook Live  

In this class, we are looking at the powerful origin stories and the stories of the creation of a called people.  In these stories we learn who we are, as created children of God and as a community of faith given the task to witness to God’s presence in the world. Even if you were not a part of this class in the fall, you are invited to join in. For more information, contact Rev. Ingram at [email protected]
I Thought It Was Just Me
Teacher: Rev. Tiffany Keith
Wednesdays at 6:30pm
January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10
On Zoom

You must register with Rev. Keith at [email protected] 
“We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world,” says Brene Brown, the author of the book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t), but “our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity.” Join us this January and February as we wrestle with this book and its implications for our lives, our relationships with God, and with the world. We will meet via Zoom on Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m. For questions or to let us know you plan on attending, please email Rev. Tiffany Keith at [email protected].
What Is the Bible and Where Did It Come From?
Teacher: Bruce Phillips
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10
On Zoom: 

We will discuss the origins of Scripture, (Who wrote the Bible? How reliable is it?), how it was passed down for thousands of years, and why there are so many translations and commentaries today. You will come away with a better understanding of how to read scripture and how to choose a Bible or commentary that may be right for you.


Happy New Year and we hope that you had a wonderful Christmas season!
We are looking forward to a blessed 2021 and hope to be together again soon!
As you are all well aware the Bishop, has asked for us to to refrain from in-person meetings until the End of January 2021. Although this means we will not be in the Awesome Zone, we will be finding ways to connect with those that we can in the meantime. We will continue to follow state, local, and church guidelines as we are still moving through this. 
Retreat Survey
We are hoping to still have another retreat this year! We were successful at being safe, having fun, and teaching wonderful lessons. 

Please take a second to fill this survey out, HERE.
Mission Trip: Alamosa
June 20th-27th
Ranch Time -2nd Saturdays of the Month will start up again in March 2021

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open.  Each year the Scholarship Committee of FUMC in conjunction with the Foundation, the Bereans Sunday School Class, and First Company present scholarships to active members, both youth and adults, who wish to pursue advanced education at technical schools, colleges or universities, as well as theological seminaries.

The process will be different than in the past. All brochure information and applications are available online only. See the links below. Please read the brochure carefully to determine your qualification for the available scholarships. Please return your application at [email protected] Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on February 28, 2021.

Scholarship Brochure 2021-22

Scholarship Application 2021-22

Celebration of God's Work in Our Lives Centering Prayer Retreat with Fr. Carl Arico 

Sponsored by FUMC and the Contemplative Journey Program
Friday, February 5-Saturday, February 6
On Zoom Video Conferencing 

Retreat Content
Many of you have experienced Father Carl Arico’s three questions – what needs to be healed, what needs to be forgiven, and above all what needs to be celebrated more? This retreat will focus on what needs to be celebrated. Fr. Carl will invite you to focus on those three questions and encourage you to look at your life through the lens of your human condition, daily routine, prayer practices, graces and the manifestation of God in your life. We will pray the centering prayer and Holy Scripture with lectio divina.

Let us come together to make a joyful sound of gratitude and appreciation in the silence for the gifts God gave us!

Retreat Schedule
Only Friday Evening: If you aren’t able to commit to the full retreat the Friday evening session is available as an option.

Full Retreat: February 5th-6th, 2021 (Friday 5:30—7pm MT and Saturday 8:30am—4pm MT) Space Limited.

Link to Online Registration
Register online at:  https://forms.gle/A2qFxFa4CEF5T9iA6

Please fill out a registration for each person who will log onto the zoom meeting. 

If your prayer group is gathering together in person for this event and there is only one computer logon, please register for the group only once.

Please contact Leslee Terpay at [email protected]

We are filled with gratefulness for our companions on the journey. Have a peaceful Christmas season. See you online in February.

Fr. Carl, Dr. Todd and Leslee

The John Wesley Ranch has been a part of all our spiritual lives for so many years. It has been a blessing to thousands of people who have come to experience nature and God in some pretty amazing ways. It is our mission going forward to continue to provide that encounter here, now, and forever. We are currently open to FUMC members, and there will come a day when we can open to a broader community. During this down time and in the coming months and years, we would like to enhance the 100 year-old property in ways that will better serve YOU. In order to do so, we are starting a fundraising campaign to support ongoing projects at The Ranch. We are currently in the midst of remodeling the kitchen in the Cottage. We will be removing old fixtures, reorganizing the overall kitchen flow, and replacing the carpet in the common areas. This project will cost approximately $6,000.  If you have had the opportunity to experience The Ranch, I am sure you would like it to be available for the next generation of youth and families. Your gifts will do just that. We also have future projects in mind, such as fixing the concrete walkway, the cottage bathroom, new carpet in the chapel, a new walk bridge, renovating the deck on the lodge, and many more projects. With your help we will be able to preserve, protect, and pass on The Ranch to our future generations. DONATE HERE!

Zach Walker, ATC
Youth/Ranch Minister
[email protected]
(940) 447-0782

Thank you for your continued support of FUMC. The easiest way to give is online. You can also set up your account for automatic withdrawals by checking the box that says "Make this Gift Recurring."  If you need assistance or have any questions about setting up your electronic giving, please contact Colleen Prior at [email protected] You may also mail in your checks to 420 N Nevada Ave.Colorado Springs CO 80903

What a joy it was to offer "Journey to the Manger," a live nativity, to the over 600 folks who attended last week.  A huge thank you to the scores of volunteers who gave so lovingly of themselves to give this gift to the community.  

Drive-In Church at the Prairie Campus this Sunday at 10 AM
Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy Parking Lot
9433 Vista Del Pico Blvd.

Drive-In church instructions, click HERE
The drive-in service will be live streamed to Facebook and the website at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.
  1. Prairie Campus Facebook
  2. Prairie Campus live stream page, click here


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