Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am to 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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Easter Sunday Pictures and Videos  

Wednesday Night Suppers at 5:30pm

Wednesday Classes at 9:30am and 6:00pm

2017   Events

April 26 (Wednesday) ― Gainesville Civic Chorus Chamber Singers, FUMC Sancturary, 7:30pm
                                            Amahl Dido & Aenesas and Vivaldi Gloria with Orchestra

 We are incredibly blessed to have some musicians of our church, as well as many in community, share their talents in our Sanctuary this coming Wednesday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to invite your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to feel the love of Christ on our campus as music touches hearts in a way nothing else can.
Click Here for the Gainesville Civic Chorus Website.


Apr 30  (Sunday) ― Special Dinner, 5:00pm, Fellowship Hall

May  2
(Tuesday) ― UMW Spring Banquet for the whole family, Fellowship Hall

The United Methodist Women will be holding their annual Spring Banquet coming up on May 2nd! The FUMC Family are all invited to attend. Tickets are $12 each and the banquet will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Margaret Steptoe at 352.372.5879

May  7 
(Sunday) ― Voices Rising Community Chorus, Two Shows: 3:00pm & 7:00pm, Sanctuary

 VOICES RISING COMMUNITY CHORUS will present "Music of the People: Folk Songs and Spirituals" on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st Street in Gainesville. Suggested donation is $5 to $20. Half of all proceeds will benefit local projects of the Children's Home Society.
For more information, Click Here for the Voices Rising website.


May 20 (Saturday) ― Gainesville Pops, Arm Forces Day Concert, 3:00pm, Sanctuary

 The Gainesville Pops! is a performing wind ensemble comprised of professional musicians, music educators and serious hobbyists, all from the Gainesville area. Musical selections at a GPops! Concert may include light classical, Broadway show tunes, Hollywood movie themes, popular hits, marches, and jazz arrangements. Gainesville Pops! has been entertaining North Florida audiences since its formation in 2008.  
Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.

Jun 8-10 
(Thu-Sat) ― Florida UM Annual Conference, Orlando

Click Here for details.

Jul 31-Aug 4 
(Mon-Fri) ― FUMC Vacation Bible School

VBS is coming! Save the dates for the week of July 31st - August 4th. We will be teaming up with Holy Trinity Episcopal again this year to offer an amazing experience with “Gadgets and Gizmos” VBS! This year, VBS will take place at Holy Trinity from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with lunch included for only $35 per child Scholarships are available for those in need. After-care will also be provided by Holy Trinity for an additional fee.

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

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.

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

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.


2018   Events
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.

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

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.


Wednesday Night Suppers at 5:30pm

Wednesday Classes at 9:30am and 6:00pm

Wednesday Morning Study, 9:30am, Conference Room, Epworth Hall

A Wednesday morning group will begin a new series entitled “Half Truths” on April 5th. This is a DVD-based study featuring Adam Hamilton, one of United Methodism’s most dynamic pastors. Hamilton will lead the group to the “whole truth” of common phrases heard in Christian discussions.

This study is open to all and meets at 9:30 a.m. in Epworth Hall Conference Room. No registration is
required - just join us!


Lenten Bible Study, 6:00pm, Bethany Room

Pastor Beth and Pastor Kevin will be leading a Bible Study on the I AM sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of John beginning, Wednesday, March 8, at 6:00pm in the Bethany Room. The season of Lent is a time when all are encouraged to engage in intentional efforts of repentance, recommitment and renewal. Studying God’s Word with your faith family is a great way to do this… come and join in the journey! We will not be having Lenten lunches this year so join us for Wednesday dinner at 5:30pm instead!

Wednesday Night Dinners.  Don't feel like cooking dinner? Let us do it for you every Wednesday night at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall! Adult meals are $7 and children's meals are $3. Please sign up for dinner on the Connection Card, or call Wendy Callahan at 352-283-2997.


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

We are always looking for new members to participate in our musical groups. We invite you to give us a try.

The musical groups meet to rehearse as follows:

Instrumental Ensemble: Wednesdays, 5:45 pm, Sanctuary

Chancel Choir: Wednesdays,7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Celebration Ringers: Thursdays, 6:30 pm, Bell Room, 2nd Floor, Epworth Hall

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

Click Here for more details about the FUMC Music Program.

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


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
Mission/Goals of FUMC               Official Policies of FUMC
Service Opportunities at FUMC
FUMC T-Shirt Order Form
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)

Click Here to go to the FUMC Preschool Webpage


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
2016 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     

2017 Florida Annual Conference is on June 8-10, 2017

Pastor Appointments for 2016

News from the Florida United Methodist Conference   

2016 Florida Conference Journal

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