First United Methodist Church Scottsbluff
Welcome to First United Methodist Church.  We are glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around, discovering our Church family.  Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed.  Check us out, but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known when one knows Jesus.

Worship Times

NOTE:  There is no Saturday Service December 31st, and only a 9:30 service on January 1st. 
Saturday Casual Service:
  • 5:00 P.M.
Sunday Traditional Service
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m.
Searching for hope? Seeking Answers?  Need a friend to support you through life’s challenges?  Want to help your community? Wherever you are from, whatever you are looking for, we welcome you to join us on a journey of loving, knowing and serving God.

This Week

Please join us in Welcoming our newest members.  This past Sunday we welcomed Tim, Erin, Aurora and Arick Atchison into our church family
We are excited to announce that all of our sermons will now be available online or on the church app.  Visit the sermon page under the media page to listen. 

Stay Connected.

Welcome to First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Scottsbluff.  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our faith community, Where our Hearts, Minds, and Doors are always open to any and all regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.

If you are new to FUMC or are considering joining us for a service, we hope you’ll find a place where you are warmly welcomed and feel safe and at home, even if you’ve never been to church before. Our services present God’s blessings and love in our lives in a way that makes sense in this world.

When are services?
  • Saturdays 5p.m.
  • Sundays 8:30a.m. & 10:45a.m.
What about my children?
  • Children are welcome to attend regular worship services.  In addition, we have a nursery available downstairs and a Cry Room in our balcony outside the Sanctuary up the stairs to the West.
  • We also have a lot of additional ministries for our youth.  Find out more.
What should I wear?
  • Dress comfortably. You’ll feel right at home wearing anything from a suit and tie, to jeans, to business casual.
What do I do when I get there?
  • Greeters are at the North Entrance doors and will welcome you and be happy to answer any questions you may have and direct you where to go. 
  • Ushers are located outside the sanctuary to help assist you in finding a seat or provide any assistance necessary.
  • Join us for fellowship hour in between Sunday services in the Fellowship Hall.  Enjoy refreshments and coffee, and get to know others from the church. 
  •  Youth Sunday School classes are from 9:30 to 10:30.  Click here for more information. 
How can I become a member of First United Methodist Church?
  • Stop by the office or call us at 308-635-2069.

Our Mission & Vision

Welcome to First United Methodist Church, where our Hearts, Minds, and Doors are always open to any and all regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.

If you are new to FUMC or are considering joining us for a service, we hope you’ll find a place where you are warmly welcomed and feel safe and at home, even if you’ve never been to church before. Our services present God’s blessings and love in our lives in a way that makes sense in this world.

FUMC is committed to

*Sharing God’s love and blessings to all

*Experiencing God in a Caring and Safe Way

*To build the kingdom of God by

  •     Gathering together
  •     Growing together
  •     Going out into the world

Hope to see you soon!

Leadership Team
Pastor Craig Collins
Raylene Gies 
Business Manager
Missi Iasillo 
Christian Education Director 
Lynn Doering
Director of Outreach
Marianne Chapman
Administrative Assistant
Kids First Director
John Lee
Corrina Douglass
Gary Bacon
Director of Music
Director of Bells
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.  (Proverbs 22:6)
Children’s enthusiastic expressions of faith can help transform the church and everyone in it.  Our hope is to partner with families to help guide the spiritual growth of our young ones.  To teach them of God’s love and his promises and to build on their desire to actively live and love as Jesus has taught us. 

Upcoming Youth Events

February:  Peanut Butter Drive for Cat/Pup packs
 Sunday Feb 5 – Souper Bowl of Caring
Sunday Feb 26 – Family Bowling Party (Detail to come)
March 19 – Spring Celebration VBS
March 25 – Family Fun Day (Location TBD)
April 16 -Easter!!!
April 23 – Talent Show and Dinner
May 7th or 14th – Youth Recognition Sunday
May 10 – Last Wednesday before Summer Break
Music Plays a vital role in the life of our church.


First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
Directed by Mr. Gerald Bacon. 
Practice is every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

First UMC Scottsbluff Chancel Choir


Chancel Choir 11/20/2016


Methodist Bells
Under the direction of Garry Teghtmeyer
Practice is every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

Methodist Bells on 11/27


Bible Studies

Long term and short term Bible studies are offered throughout the year. There are many ways to serve as we seek to spread God’s word to our community and beyond. Senior lunches, a monthly grief support group, Men’s and Women’s studies, and group trips are just a few of the activities that fill our church with life, laughter, and fellowship.  Some of the bible studies include, Monday Night Study, Rose Bible Study, Wednesday bible study, Women’s Work in Progress and Followers on Sunday.

Vacation Bible School

We typically have around 80 kids come to our Vacation Bible School, which this year’s theme was “Cave Quest.” For more information, contact Missi at 225-2527 or



Wednesday Night Supper (Fall/Winter)

Wednesday Night Supper is every Wednesday through the fall and winter months from 5:30-6:00 for $3.  Stay afterwards for our Youth Groups for Pre-K and up children.

Seasonal Children’s Festivals

We usually have a fall, Christmas and spring VBS. Spring VBS will be coming up on the afternoons of April 3rd from 1-3:30 and will include all of the usual fun fall activities—videos, snacks, games, crafts and, of course, learning the program.  You do not need to come to both weeks and you are not required to be in the Spring program.

Wednesday Afternoon Club (Summer)

If you are or know a kid who is too old for Daycare, but too young to work and just needs something to do……WAC is for them!!  We will be meeting this summer for the month of June and also July 9 and July 16 from 12-5 and just having some fun.  We will meet in Wesley Hall and we will have lunch and then do any number of activities.  We will be watching movies, playing games, service projects, bowling and just having fun.  Bring friends and meet new friends!!  EVERYONE is welcome.




United Methodist Women


United Methodist Men

Methodist Men meet every Thursday morning at 6:30 for breakfast and bible study.

Senior Lunch

Senior lunch is held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from September to May.  
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of GOD’S varied Grace. 

1 Peter 4:10

At First United Methodist Church, it is our hope that both members and visitors would find opportunities for fellowship and growth in our ministries.  From the youngest children to the oldest adults, we hope that you can find a ministry to provide you with the spiritual growth and shared experience you desire.  Click on the links below to learn about some of our ministry opportunities:
Stephen Ministries      
Mission Outreach         
Senior Lunch                     
Kids First Daycare        
The Mission Outreach project for January is………
Health Kits for the Mexico Mission.  
Our annual Mission trip to Mexico at the end of the month will be taking health kits to give families and the local church for distribution to those in need.  Completed health kits or items needed for the kits may be deposited in the Outreach box in Fellowship Hall.  The kits consist of a gallon zip-lock bag filled with a hand towel, washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and a comb.
Update:  We are extending our outreach for the Sock and Mitten tree for another week into January, in hopes we can get a few more donations. 
THANK YOU for your support of the mission outreach projects!
Fall Celebration Website Sidebar


Office Hours:

Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Church Location & Address: 2002 4th Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 (map)

Telephone & Fax:

Tel: (308) 635-2069| Fax: (308) 632-5723

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Dear Parents,


Thank you for your interest in Kids First Preschool and Child Care Center.

We understand that choosing where your child will be cared for while away from you is a very important decision.  Our hope is that this article will provide you with helpful information as you select the place for you child’s early childhood education.

Kids First accepts all children ages 6 weeks – 13 years, regardless of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap or medical condition provided the established program can meet the needs of the individual child with reasonable accommodations.

Our Philosophy-We believe that each child is a unique gift from God and should be treated with love and respect.  Our purpose is to nurture and guide them as they grow physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially and spiritually into the person God intends them to be.

Licensed by the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Please call 308-635-2060 or email to schedule a tour of the center.  We are happy to answer a
any questions you may have.

Kids First

Connecting People… First United Methodist Church and around the World




 January 12 – Bingo

January 17 Newsletter Deadline

January 18 – Senior Lunch

January 26 – Bingo

January 29 – Barnyard Fun Potluck







History of Our Church

The Scottsbluff United Methodist Church was organized in November of 1901. There were 17 original members (today there are more than 700 members). Services, meetings, and groups were conducted in rental buildings or homes around town. FUMC is well known for its choir programs, Kids First Preschool & Child Care center, mission ministries, and several outreach ministries.