Welcome to First United Methodist Church

Love God. Love People. Serve the World.
We welcome all to worship with us!


First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas offers two traditional services of worship every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The services include scripture, prayer, singing of well-loved hymns led by the Chancel Choir, a children’s message and a sermon by Pastor Karen Jones. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month during both services. Nursery is provided for both worship services. Sunday School classes begin at 10:00 a.m. Please stay for fellowship and refreshments in our Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. following our early worship service.

Sunday, February 2 | 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Sunday School
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service

Sunday, February 9 | 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Sunday School
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service

Sunday, February 16 | 6th Sunday after the Epiphany
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Methodist Men’s Breakfast
10:00 a.m. | Sunday School
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service

Sunday, February 23 | Transfiguration Sunday
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Sunday School
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service


Second Annual Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off Competition
Sunday, February 23

Save the date and join us for an evening of family fun, food, fellowship and a friendly time of cooking competition!  Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) Missions Committee will host their second annual Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off competition on Sun., Feb. 23, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall located at 211 Porter Street.  Visit the following First UMC News & Events page for all the details and the team registration form! Thank you!

FUMC Youth Group presents: The Envelope Challenge Fundraiser
Begins Sunday, February 23, 2020

Beginning February 23, there will be a board of envelopes labeled 1 through 100 in our Fellowship Hall. Each numbered envelope represents a dollar amount to be donated toward summer camps and our upcoming mission trip to Mexico. Follow these simple steps to donate to these amazing life changing trips for our Youth:

  1. Pick up envelope with the number of the amount you would like to donate.
  2. Put that amount in the envelope.
  3. Drop the envelope into the box beside the board.
  4. Yes, it’s that simple! 

This fundraiser will continue until every envelope has vanished off the board.  For details, please contact Faythe Abraham, Director of Children & Youth Ministry at (210) 487-0097 or at the church office (936) 598-2707.

Lenten Bible Study
Tuesdays Beginning February 25 through March 31, 2020

Please join us for our Lenten Bible Study to be held each Tuesday on February 25 through March 31, 2020 at Noon and 6:00 p.m. in the church parlor. We will be reading If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg and are available for $10 in the church office, but not required for the Bible Study. For details, please visit our Lenten Bible Study page under News & Events.

Ash Wednesday “Drive-through Ashes and Coffee” and Evening Service
February 26, 2020

First UMC of Center will begin the season of Lent by offering “Drive-through Ashes and Coffee” to motorists on Wed., Feb. 26 beginning at 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. All drivers need to do is pull up in the church parking lot and roll down their car window to receive a moment of prayer, ashes on their forehead and a cup of coffee. Later that day, First UMC invites everyone to their Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. For the full Ash Wednesday article, please visit here.

Acolyte Training Luncheon
March 1, 2020

Greetings parents, family, and friends of any young person from 2nd-6th grade!!! Did you know that when you see a young person serve God by serving as an acolyte, they are doing more than carrying a flame to the altar candle? This year’s training includes a luncheon and will be on March 1, 2020 right after 11:00 church services. Come have them participate and see how the future of our church can symbolically bring the light of Christ’s spirit into the worship service. By serving as an acolyte in the Methodist Church, they will truly be filled with a sense of spiritual meaning, fulfillment, and resolve. Contact the church at (936) 598-2707 to schedule or give Faythe a call at (210) 487-0097. It’s going to be a life changing adventure!

The First United Methodist Church (UMC) of Center and Polly McKissick Montemayor, First UMC Missions Committee Chair, extends an invitation to our community by joining the members at First UMC by becoming a pen pal and connecting with an individual in the congregation of Gold Creek Agape Church in Mezcales, Nayarit, Mexico. The goal is to establish a relationship between our two churches as well as our community by connecting members and residents directly and encouraging them to pray for one another. To discover how to become a pen pal and where to send your letters, please visit our Ministries page for all the details!

Walk to Emmaus – Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Walk to Emmaus weekend retreat. The Men’s Walk will be held February 20 through February 23, 2020; the Women’s Walk will be held February 27 through March 1, 2020. Please contact Pastor Karen for information and applications.

Dollar-A-Week Campaign

The Center First UMC Dollar-A-Week Campaign began in February 2017 with donations earmarked for awarding grants assisting our community in significant ways and allowing reachable goals for church ministries and organizations.  Have a passion for what hurts God’s heart in our community? Want seed money to kick-off a ministry that addresses that need? Know of an area non-profit organization in need? Know of a teacher that has a creative project that exceeds beyond the school budget? For details, past awards and how you can donate to this campaign, please visit our Dollar-A-Week Campaign link. Thank you for your donations and support!


  • Wednesday, February 19 | All youth ages 12-23 are invited to a special day out to help with the animals. Details coming soon!
  • Sunday, February 23 – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. | 2nd Annual Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-Off Competition
  • Tuesday, February 25 – Noon and 6:00 p.m. | Lenten Bible Study in the Parlor | You’re One Step Away from the Adventure of Your Life. Please visit the link for the details about our Lenten Bible Study!
  • Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday “Drive-through Ashes & Coffee” (7am-8am) and Evening Service (6pm)
  • Sunday, March 1 – Noon | Acolyte Training Luncheon – Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday, March 8 – Friday, March 13, 2020 | UMCOR Sager-Brown Mission Trip with the East District | UMCOR Depot, Baldwin, LA | Cost is $255 includes room and board excluding Wednesday evening. Create health kits, school kits and flood buckets. One Half of the fee is due by December 5, 2019 Spaces fill up quickly. Please contact Pastor Karen if you are interested!
  • Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 | Church Garage Sale | Donated items will be accepted on March 22; no clothes or shoes please.
  • Sunday, April 5 | Rise Up with Jesus, an Easter Event for Families! Details coming soon!
  • Wednesday, June 3 through Friday, June 5 | Inaugural Celebration of the Arts | Details coming soon!
  • Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, Friday, June 26 | Summer Camp at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center. Registration open to children entering 3rd grade and above. Your cost is $220/Church pays the remaining one-half!
  • Saturday, July 25 through Saturday, August 1 | Summer Mission Trip for Youth, Adults and Families! Watch for information from our Missions Committee. Prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this opportunity! We need Players (those who go), Payers (those who can help with another person to go) and Prayers (all of you who will pray for the trip beginning now through the safe return of the team)!


Our MYF meets in the Youth Area located in the Basement each Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We welcome youth in grades 6th through the 12th to join us each Wednesday for an evening of fellowship, activities and food! If you need additional information or have any questions about MYF, please contact Faythe Abraham, Director of Children and Youth Ministry at (210) 487-0097 or Rob and Kim Payne at the church office (936) 598-2707.

  • First UMC MYF Back to School Bash & Retreat, August 17, 2019