Upcoming Events

FUMC is a vibrant, busy place. We hope you find a place to connect. Below are the upcoming events and ongoing events (scroll down). You can view all events on the FUMC Calendar. To submit a calendar event or request church space for an outside event, please contact the front office at 785-776-8821 or fumc@fumcmanhattan.com.

  • Community Lenten LuncheS

    This year First United Methodist will be privileged to host the Community Lenten Lunch series of the Manhattan Ministerial Association. The theme of our Lenten Lunches will be “The Final Words of Christ from the Cross.” During each luncheon we will hear from a Pastor of another Christian denomination here in Manhattan. They will plan a 30 minute worship service unique to their own worship style. We will have the rich diversity from Roman Catholic to Mennonite expressions. See below for our February worship leaders. 

    Every Wednesday we will gather for a church provided lunch in Fellowship Hall, followed by a 30 minute worship service. The food line will be prepared at 11:45 am with our worship service beginning at 12:15 pm. Everything will conclude a little before 1:00 pm so people can return to work. A free will donation will be accepted, with a suggested amount of $8.00.

    RESERVATIONS ARE APPRECIATED. Please call the church office, 785-776-8821 or click on the picture to the left to make your meal reservation every week prior to Monday noon.

    Our speakers will be:

    February 21: Father Kerry Ninemire, Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church

    February 28: Rev. Jerry Reynolds, First Lutheran Church

    March 3: Rev. Helen Hutchison, Trinity Presbyterian Church

    March 14: Richard and Barbara Gehring, Manhattan Mennonite Church

    March 21: Rev. Valencia Jackson, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

    March 28: Rev. John Parsley, First Baptist Church

  • Youth Family Bowling February 25

    Youth and their families are invited to a Family Bowling Party, Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 pm at Wabash Cannon Bowl inside the K-State Union. One game and shoes are covered for everyone! For more information and to RSVP, click here.

  • Value, Justice & Power: A Workshop Exploring Justice Ministry February 25

    The Micah Society will be sponsoring this event on Sunday, February 25 at FUMC from 4:30-6:00 pm with Shanae' Elem as the keynote speaker. A Soup Supper will follow. Click here for more information, or see the Facebook page. Click on the picture to the left to sign up.

  • United Methodist Men Chili & Vegetable Beef Soup Supper February 28

    UMM will hold their annual chili and soup supper Wednesday, Feburary 28, 5:15-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $7.00 for adults (12+), and $2.00 for children (11 & younger). Tickets available during Fellowship Time today and Sunday, February 25, at the door, or ask any UMM member.

  • Prayer Team Tour March 4

    The Prayer Team tour of the FUMC main building and Education Center is scheduled for Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 pm, starting in the Sanctuary. We will give descriptions of the present use of the various spaces and some of the history of their development and use in the past, and we will do our best to answer any questions you might have. The tour should last about an hour. If your contact with the church has been primarily in the Sanctuary, here is your chance to learn about the other parts of our facility and the many things that happen there.

  • Women’s Holy Yoga and Ponchos Group begins March 4

    Beginning Sunday March 4, FUMC is excited to offer Holy Yoga and Poncho Time (you’ll have to come see what that is all about) from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Harris Activity Center Auditorium! Women of all ages and stage are welcome, and you don’t have to be connected to FUMC to come and enjoy this opportunity to grow, stretch and move physically, mentally and spiritually. Please bring a yoga mat; ponchos provided! This new group is led by Rev. Amy Bowers, Registered Holy Yoga Instructor, and Sherri Massey, Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCAC, CEDS). Complimentary childcare is provided by making a reservation here at least 72 hours in advance. Got a man friend? Send him to the “Quest for Authentic Manhood” study offered at the same time!

  • Heaven Is for Real Movie March 6

    Join us for a showing of the movie, “Heaven Is for Real”, Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall sponsored by Jon Klimek and the Pathfinders Sunday School class. 

  • New Women’s Bible Study Series Begins March 7

    All women are invited to join us as we begin the series, “Fight Back with Joy“, by Margaret Feinberg. We will meet every Wednesday beginning March 7 in the Library from 9:30-11:30 am. Click the picture for more information on the study and contact Deanna Likes, dlikes@fumcmanhattan.com, to order a book. 

  • "Treat Yourself" Women's workshop march 10

    All women are invited to the second annual "Treat Yourself" Women's Workshop, Saturday, March 10, 4:30-8:30 pm!

    This year the focus will be the same - taking an evening to treat ourselves, relax and learn even more techniques for enjoying the minds, souls, and bodies God has gifted us with. Aren't you about due for a self-care check-up? Women of all ages and stages are welcome - both within and outside the church walls. I hope to see you there!

    The cost is $20.00 per person, and scholarships are available. Contact Pastor Melanie Martin, mmartin@fumcmanhattan.com, if you or someone you know could benefit from a scholarship. Registration deadline is Friday, March 2. There will be workshops led by Pastors, a Licensed Dietitian, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Yoga Instructor (If you plan to partake in the "Holy Yoga" breakout session, dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, if you own one. Extra mats will be available.)... to name a few! Delicious Coco Bolos catering is included.

    Click here to register.

  • Forté Handbell Quartet Concert March 11

    Inspired by the exciting advances and ideas of performers and musicians both within and beyond the handbell world, and staying true to our own mission of exploration, Forté is testing boundaries, questioning conceptions, and challenging ourselves and the whole handbell world to Rethink Possible. As we tour to and from the east coast, we will be presenting performances of a broad range of musical styles, including many not often heard on our instrument.

    Forté will present their concert Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

  • Forgiveness Study Offered Sunday Mornings

    “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Forgiveness is an essential part of our lives, and there are many dimensions to forgiveness. Our new Lenten study will look at the big concepts surrounding forgiveness through a DVD study of “Forgiveness” by Adam Hamilton. All are invited to attend this short course Sundays, 10:00-10:45 am in room 201 of the Education Center.

  • Care & Prayer group

    This group is currently studying “The Gospel of the Nobodies.”

    Here is the link and overview:


    The Gospel of The Nobodies

    Most of us have at some point felt like a nobody – insignificant, invisible, worthless. The Gospel of Luke is a first century portrait of Jesus with a particular focus on his ministry with those who were considered nobodies. Join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke together and turn our attention to specific stories that illustrate Jesus’ concern for those who were marginalized by society, and as we do, we’ll hear his word for our lives today. Join us for “The Gospel of the Nobodies.”

    Care & Prayer Group will meet from 6:30-8:00 pm in Classrooms 1&2 on the following dates:

    Thursday, February 1 - The Demon-Possessed

    Thursday, February 15 - Prostitutes and Prodigal

    Thursday, March 1 - The Homeless Beggars

    Thursday, March 15 - The Thief on the Cross

    Thursday, April 12 - The Worst Thing is Never the Last Thing

    Thursday, April 19 - The Discouraged and Disbelieving

    Thursday, May 3 - TBA

    Thursday, May 17 - TBA


    We had such a tremendous response to our fall Men’s Bible Study we are now holding our new spring Men’s Bible study Sundays at 5:30 pm using the Men’s Fraternity, Quest for Authentic Manhood study.  

    This is a six week professionally done DVD study following the lessons of Dr. Robert Lewis. We’ll meet in Fellowship Hall and every night we’ll have some manly food, challenging messages for men, and table conversations. We’ll conclude at 7:00 pm. Facilitators will be Brad Roberts, Mark Queen, and Pastor Troy.

    Join us. Come on! Be a man!

  • Travel to the Holy Land!!

    Pastor Troy Bowers and our 8:35 Worship Leader, Eric Martin, will be leading a trip to the Holy Land in November of this year. A journey following in the footsteps of Jesus will change the way you read the Bible, and you will learn why scholars refer to the Holy Land as the ‘Fifth Gospel”. More information is available by clicking on the picture to the left. We depart for 10 days on November 5! Join us!

ongoing events

FUMC has many ongoing events. Please contact the church for more information.

  • women's bible study

    Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the Library for study and fellowship.

    The Friendship Women's Bible Study typically does a DVD/book study.
    For information, contact Deanna Likes, dlikes@fumcmanhattan.com or 785-776-8821.

  • precept bible study

    Tuesdays at 2:00 pm in the Library. This group is going through the Bible using the Precept Bible study.

    For more information, contact Julie Kiracofe, kkiracofe@cox.net.

  • Senior Adult Council

    Join us on the second Tuesday of the month for FUMC Senior Adult Council Meeting, 10:00-11:00 am in the Library. Transportation can be provided upon request. Contact Pastor Melanie for more information.

  • Women's Cancer Support Group

    Second Thursday of the month, 10:00 am in Classrooms 1&2

    This group is for women who are going, or have been through, treatment for any type of cancer. Contact Pastor Melanie, mmartin@fumcmanhattan.com, for more information.

  • Bible Story Time

    Join us on the first Saturday of each month during the school year at 10:00 am in the Connecting Link for a fun, interactive Bible story lesson. The story will be geared for infant - third grade but all children and families are welcome to join in on the fun! There will be coffee and donuts following the story and time for you and your family to visit and play around on the great FUMC playground!

  • united methodist men

    UMM meets the second Thursday of every month (except August) at 6:45 am in Fellowship Hall for breakfast and to hear interesting and inspirational speakers. New members are always welcome!

    For questions please contact: Josh Roe, jroe445@hotmail.com.

  • sew sisters

    Sew Sisters meets the first Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Alan Lee Center. Bring your own project or work on a mission project.

    For more information contact Sherri Hooper at 539-6453.

  • divorcecare

    This group meets Wednesdays, February 7-May 9 at 7 pm in Classrooms 1&2.

    First United Methodist Church is committed to providing quality, confidential one-on-one and group support. Contact Pastor Melanie, mmartin@fumcmanhattan.com, for more information on the care available at FUMC and in the community.

    DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.

  • griefshare

    This group meets Sundays, February 4-May 6 at 5 pm in Classrooms 1&2.

    First United Methodist Church is committed to providing quality, confidential one-on-one and group support. Contact Pastor Melanie, mmartin@fumcmanhattan.com, for more information on the care available at FUMC and in the community.

    GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

  • Single & Parenting

    This group is not currently meeting.

    First United Methodist Church is committed to providing quality, confidential one-on-one and group support. Contact Pastor Melanie, mmartin@fumcmanhattan.com, for more information on the care available at FUMC and in the community.

    Other people don’t truly understand how tough it is to be a single parent—day after day after day. Sometimes you want to give up. And that’s a normal reaction—you’re doing the job of two people. You should be tired.

    The thing is, you deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, but you worry that you can’t. Sometimes it’s all you can do to survive from one day to the next.

    So what can you do?

    Single & Parenting groups address these concerns. You’ll discover how to deal with your deep-down worries and your day-to-day struggles.

    Click on the picture to the left for more information.