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 Marketplace on Nov 3, 2018

2018   Events

Mar 11 (Sunday) ― Daylight Savings Time Begins, 2:00am

Mar 11 (Sunday) ― Young at Heart, 5:30pm, Bethany Room

Enjoy food, fun and fellowship on with Young at Heart this Sunday,March 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bethany Room! Ole Nelson will be sharing about this year’s upcoming Adult Retreat! Questions Contact Diane at 352-377-0302.

Mar 17 (Saturday) ― Children’s Home Day on Campus

On Saturday, March 17th, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home will host its annual Day on Campus at Enterprise. This is a day-long event in which all of the organization’s ministries will be on display in one place. At 9:00 a.m., campus tours begin with trams running continuously. At 11:00
a.m., the morning program will begin in the gym, including presentations and awards, testimonials, and music and dance by the youth living in the Home. At noon there will be a complimentary lunch under the tent. After lunch you will be able to visit cottages where the children live, and chat with some of them and the house parents. Questions?  Contact Jim Nation at or phone
386-418-3775 if you wish to go.

Mar 18  (Sunday) ― Bingo Night, 4:00pm

Come enjoy a fun night with our whole church family at this intergenerational Bingo Night! Please bring a snack to share. We’ll provide pizza, drinks and fun in the Bethany room on Sunday, March 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.!

Mar 25 (Sunday) ― Palm Sunday Services, 8:30am & 11:00am, Sanctuary

A celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and preparation for the events of Holy Week with special music provided by the Children’s Chimes and Choir at 11:00 a.m.

Mar 29 (Thursday) ― Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday is one of the oldest observances of Holy Week. This worship service will focus on the life of Peter, the disciple whom Jesus called “the rock on which he would build his church” and the one who denied Jesus three times when Jesus needed him the most. We are all Peter. Holy Communion will be served.

Mar 30 (Friday) ― Good Friday Service, 7:00pm, Sanctuary

A somber service from Light to Darkness featuring the Chancel Choir and orchestra performing, The
Seven Last Words of Christ

Apr  1  (Sunday) ― Easter Sunday Services, 8:30am & 11:00am, Sanctuary

A joyous service of Resurrection with the Chancel Choir, handbells and brass ensemble adding to the celebration!

Apr  1  (Sunday) ― Easter Egg Hunt, 12:15pm


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

 The Gainesville Pops! Band announces its 2018 Spring Art with the Pops! The GPops! invite you to join in at the 49th Annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, featuring a variety of musical selections, including Light Classical, Broadway Showtunes, Hollywood Soundtracks, Popular Hits, and Jazz Standards.
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

Apr 28  (Saurday) ― Voices Rising Concert, 3:00pm & 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Click Here for the Voices Rising website.

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

Click Here for the Gainesville Pops Facebook page.


Jun 18-22 (Mon-Fri) ― Vacation Bible School (VBS), 8:30am-12:30pm

This summer First United Methodist and Holy Trinity Episcopal are teaming up again to present VBS 2018: AMPED - Live fully alive!  Jesus wants us to live fully alive because we can believe that what He says is true! We want kids to know that:
• God is with you.
• God has a plan for you.
• Jesus is alive!
• You are part of a bigger story.
For more details and to register online go to:

Nov  3 (Saturday) ― FUMC Holiday Marketplace, Fellowship Hall

• To raise funds for FUMC mission projects—especially those involving women and children
• To allow greater connections to be formed among members of the church and others who join us in preparing for this event
• To provide an outlet for people to use their God given creative talents for pleasure and to help others
• To work, play, have fun, and grow in the spirit of Christ
• To showcase our church and its many programs to the community
Click Here for details or call/text Carol Morris 239 595-6714



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

Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall and Bible Study begins right at 6:00 p.m. in the Bethany Room. We are studying Make a Difference by James A. Harnish! Please remember to bring your $7 for dinner and to RSVP on your connection card today or by calling the church office at 352-372-8523!  We hope to see you there.  Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30pm on Feb 14.

Feb 27 (Tuesday) ― Companions in Christ, 2:00pm

Companions in Christ, a Small-Group Experience in Spiritual Formation, is a new book study on Tuesdays starting Feb. 27 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. The study lasts 28 weeks but we will be taking breaks based on needs on the group. Make sure to RSVP because space is limited! To learn more, RSVP, or get directions, call or email Susan Webb at 352-219-5672 or

Thursday Morning Edition ⇒ A New Women's Group, 9:00am, Conference Room

 Morning Edition meets each Thursday from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. in the conference room in Epworth Hall. The group is studying the book, Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado.  Carol Morris is facilitating. For more details,  call the church office (352-372-8523) or call/text Carol at 239-595-6714!

Music Program at FUMC
Join the Bells, Choir, and Ensemble
Click Here for video and picures of the music for Christmas 2017   

We are always looking for new members to participate in our musical groups. We invite you to give us a try  Contact Michael Ekbladh, Director of Music, at if you have any questions.

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.

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


Hurricane Preparedness List
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Families

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 12/17/17

150th Year Celebration
Pictures taken on  Sept 23, 2007

Old 1979 Sanctuary Organ, 1,960 pipes

Old Organ Removal Pictures, August 2006



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

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     

News from the Florida United Methodist Conference

Florida UM Annual Conference on June 7-9, 2018

Pastor Appointments, Fla Conference, for 2017-18

2017 Florida UM 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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