Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-4:00 pm
Church Office Phone: 352-372-8523

Whenever you need the comfort of a pastor ... Is there someone in our midst who may be in need of comfort, grief support or a hospital visit. Please call Pastor Beth Farabree  at  or 352-372-8523 Ext. 27. Contact Associate Pastor Kevin Johnston at or 352-372-8523 Ext 14.  Email is the best way to reach our pastors, who may be out of the office just when you need them or if you need to reach them after office hours. Rarely do our needs fit business hours!

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FUMC Flood Bucket Challenge

Wednesday Suppers & Classes for Fall 2017 begin

2017   Events

Sept 22 & 23 (Fri & Sat) ― FUMC Estate/Garage Sale

This Friday and Saturday there will be a huge estate/garage sale at Suburban Heights/Kingswood subdivisions. Proceeds benefiting First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, Florida ministries. Sale times are: Friday, 9-5 and Saturday, 8-4.  Cash and credit will be accepted and you're welcome to email Meredith Beaupre for the address. Mark your calendar now! We'll see you this weekend!

Sept 24 (Sunday) ― Flood Bucket Challenge  Note: Event has been changed to Sept 24
                FUMC Gainesville needs your help! We are packing flood buckets after 11:00 a.m. worship on Sunday 9/17 as part of the Florida UMC Conference Flood Bucket Challenge.  Click Here to get the Flood Bucket donation list.  The best part? Each full bucket donation will be matched, up to the first ten buckets, by Russ Golly! If you're nearby, come join us! Can't be there on packing day? Supplies can be brought to the Church Office or Sanctuary Narthex from now until 9/24! We're so thankful for all the UMC churches across Florida and beyond who are joining together in this effort we are with Texas!

Sep 24
(Sunday) ― Bible Sunday, 11:00am, FUMC Sanctuary

 Bible Sunday is coming up and we want to make sure all our FUMC kids get their bibles! If you have a child or grandchild in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade that has not previously received their Bible, please RSVP to Annette Johnson at Bible Sunday will be September 24th during the 11:00 service with a reception to follow. Please invite family and friends to be a part of this special event in your child's life!

Sep 25 
(Monday) ― Women's Connection, 6:30pm

Oct 1 & 5
(Sun & Thurs) ― Gainesville Civic Chorus Concert

Songs of the Fleet
Presented by the Gainesville Master Chorale and UF Symphony Orchestra
in celebration of Dr. John Duff of the University of Florida School of Music.
October 1, 2017, 4:00PM @ First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville
October 5, 2017, 7:30PM @ The University Auditorium, UF, Gainesville
Dr. Raymond Chobaz, Conductor
Click Here for Gainesville Civic Chorus website

Oct  6-8
(Fri-Sun) ― FUMC Annual Retreat

Oct  8
(Sunday) ― Festival of Choirs, 5:00pm, FUMC Sanctuary

Festival of Choirs: 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First St. (372-8523) Christopher M. Cock, guest conductor.

Oct 21 (Saturday) ― Gainesville Pops, Celebration of the Fall Season, 3:00pm, Sanctuary

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.

Nov  5
(Sunday) ― Daylight Savings Time Ends, 2:00am

Nov 19
(Sunday) ― Gainesville Civic Chorus Concert

America the Beautiful
Presented by the Gainesville Chamber Singers, a concert of classic
and new choral masterpieces by American composers.
November 19, 2017, 7:30PM @ Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Gainesville
Joshua L. Mazur, Conductor
Click Here for Gainesville Civic Chorus website

Nov 19-26 
(Sun-Sun) ― FUMC Hosts Family Promise

Dec  2 (Saturday) ― Gainesville Pops, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 3:00pm, Sanctuary

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.

Dec  3
(Sunday) ― Gainesville Civic Chorus Concert

Sounds of the Season
The Annual Holiday Extravaganza featuring the combined forces of
the Gainesville Civic Chorus, University Concert Choir, University Orchestra,
and guest soloist Mezzo-Soprano Kimberly Milton.
December 3, 2017, 7:00PM @ The Philips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville
Dr. Will Kesling, Conductor
Click Here for Gainesville Civic Chorus website


2018   Events

Feb 11
(Sunday) ― Gainesville Civic Chorus Concert, 4:00pm, FUMC Sanctuary

Valentines for Veterans​
The Gainesville Master Chorale and Chamber Singers present this eclectic program that honors the people we love and our love of country. Make this concert program part of yourValentines-week festivities!
February 11, 2018, 4:00PM @ First United Methodist Church, Gainesville
Dr. Will Kesling & Joshua L. Mazur, Conductor
Click Here for Gainesville Civic Chorus website

Apr  7 (Saturday) ― Gainesville Pops, Spring Arts with the Pops, 3:00pm, Sanctuary

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.

April 7&8  (Sat&Sun) ― Spring Arts Festival in front of FUMC

Click Here for the Spring Arts Festival Website.

Apr 21
(Sunday) ― Gainesville Civic Chorus Concert

A Prelude to Glory
The Gainesville Master Chorale and Philharmonic Orchestra present "A Prelude to Glory," a sometimes rollicking and other times pensive account of the people and times leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Full Orchestra and Guest Soloists along
with the Master Chorale bring the season to a thundering close.
April 21, 2018, 7:30PM @ Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Gainesville
Dr. Will Kesling, Conductor
Click Here for Gainesville Civic Chorus website

May 19 (Saturday) ― Gainesville Pops, Armed Forces Day Salute, 3:00pm, Sanctuary

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.


Wednesday Suppers and Classes Resume on September 6, 5:30pm & 6:00pm


Music Program at FUMC
Join the Bells, Choir, and Ensemble
Click Here for video and picures of the music for Easter 2016   

The Bells, Choir, and Ensemble season has begun. Please join one or more of these groups.  Check out the schedule below.
We are always looking for new members to participate in our musical groups. We invite you to give us a try Please be sure to attend the first rehearsal of your group. Bring your favorite treat to share. We'll have a meet-and-greet at the end of each rehearsal. Contact Michael at if you have any questions.

The musical groups meet to rehearse as follows:

Instrumental Ensemble: Wednesdays, 5:45 pm, Sanctuary
First meeting for Fall 2017 is September 6.

Chancel Choir: Wednesdays,7:00 pm, Sanctuary
First meeting for Fall 2017 is August 16.

Celebration Ringers: Thursdays, 6:30 pm, Bell Room, 2nd Floor, Epworth Hall. First meeting for Fall 2017 is September 7.

Please consider joining one or more of these groups, now is a great time!
This your invitation. Please contact Michael Ekbladh, Director of Music, with any questions related to the music ministry.

Click Here for the Practice Schedule of our musical groups:
Chancel Choir, Celebration Ringers, and Instrumental Ensemble. 


FUMC Meetings Calendar

FUMC Lay Leadership List for 2017
  For 2016     For 2015   For 2014
Church Council Agendas/Minutes/Reports for 
2017   2016   2015     2014   2013    
2013 Children's and Youth Ministry Assessment

2015 Natural Church Development (NDC) Profile
FUMC History 

FUMC Pipe Organ
Official Policies of FUMC

FUMC T-Shirt Order Form

Mission/Goals of FUMC           Service Opportunities at FUMC        
Usher List
Hurricane Preparedness List
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Families



Monday-Friday; 7:00am-6:00pm
Classes: Year Around

NOW ENROLLING INFANTS (starting at 6 weeks old)

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FUMC History


1874 Methodist Church

Epworth Hall 1883

Detailed History
1854-1990 by Bloodworth
102 pages, 8.7Mb pdf file
1854-1957 by Limper
87 pages, 10.6Mb pdf file

Description of Sanctuary
Stain Glass Windows

FUMC Pipe Organs

FUMC Organ History & Rebuilding

Sanctuary Organ
2007 Organ Stop List 2,241 pipes  
Detailed Specifications
Pictures of Organ Construction and Installation

Program for Organ Dedicatory Recital on 2/3/08

Chapel Organ
Chapel Organ Specifications   243 pipes


Cuba Mission Sept. 2013
More Pictures

Fellowship Hall

Renovation Celebration 9/22/13
Renovation 2011-2013

Renovation 2006-2007

Easter Sunday 2017
Christmas Music 12/18/16

150th Year Celebration
Pictures taken on  Sept 23, 2007

Old 1979 Sanctuary Organ, 1,960 pipes

Old Organ Removal Pictures, August 2006


Homeless and Hungry Web Sites and Newsletters
2017-18 Streetcard
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry    
Alachua County Services for the Homeless and Hungry        
Family Promise (formerly IHN) on Facebook  
Grace Marketplace Website 

Helping Hands Website                
FUMC Homeless Policies and Procedures     

Pastor Appointments, Fla Conference, for 2017

News from the Florida United Methodist Conference   

2016 Florida Conference Journal

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First United Methodist Church     419 N.E. First Street    Gainesville, Florida 32601      352-372-8523 
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