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Chapel 8:45am

Sunday School 9:45am

Sanctuary 11am

Use elevator on 6th Ave side of church

Use elevator on 6th Ave side of church



 Mon–Fri 9am–2pm

OFFICE TELEPHONE  804-458-8076

You are welcome at FUMC!


Opportunities for worship, service, and fellowship for every member of the family

Connecting in Christ, Growing in Faith, Serving in Love, and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ!








Bring your donations with you to church and place in baskets at end of main hallway of education wing.



Here's a nice habit to get into:  every time you come to church, reach in your pocket or purse and locate the change you've accumulated during the week.  Put it in the red box just inside the parking lot entrance.  This money will be collected and donated to the Hopewell Food Pantry.

FRESH PRODUCE and non-perishable food items may be donated.

Fresh produce may be brought to the Hopewell Food Pantry, located at 212 E. Broadway, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-3 pm. 

Donations by checks should be made payable to "Hopewell Food Pantry" and may be dropped in our Red Box or mailed to P.O. Box 1532, Hopewell, VA 23860. Your food and monetary gifts are greatly needed for the HFP to provide for the growing numbers of qualified Hopewell residents. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Dick Commander at 804-530-3546.


The Missions Committee is giving you the opportunity to indulge in high quality coffee at a very reasonable price. Your orderentirely goes to support the small coffee farmer in developing countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru. Any additional tips you wish to add will go to our Missions Budget.

This UMCOR Coffee Project is an innovative way to reach out to small-scale farmers in the developing world while enjoying fellowship and an excellent cup of coffee. As Christians we can address a consumer dilemma by buying coffee that is fairly traded. United Methodist congregations that participate are helping small scale farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia earn a fairer share of income, obtain access to credit and technical support, and gain a trading partner they can trust, a fair trade organization called Equal Exchange.

Coffee sales will be available on the fourth Sundays of every month in our greetings foyer. There will be several flavors to choose from. The price of the regular flavors is $7 and the price of decaf flavors is $8. You will be impressed by this certified organic coffee flavor which undergoes strict regulation to ensure top quality coffee.

Volunteers are needed. If you would like to help with the coffee sales please contact Dale Lipke


Thanks to each and every one of you who is serving as a team member of the Ushers and Greeters Ministry at our church. You are a blessing to First UMC and your service is appreciated. If you are not already a member of this important ministry, please consider volunteering for this rewarding – and totally painless – way of making a contribution to our church.

The time commitment is approximately 30 minutes on Sunday morning and we ask that you make a commitment to serve at either the 8:45 am or the 11:00 am service for the entire month. We are also in need of substitutes who can fill in when needed.

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please call Verna Brundin (Greeters, 862-8749), Bunn Armstrong (Ushers, 541-8510) or you may leave a message for us with Warren Smith at the church office (458-8076).


To everyone who served as a Greeter this year, thank you for extending the hand of friendship to all who entered FUMC for either the 8:45AM or 11:00AM Sunday worship services and for special services. Your willingness to serve is greatly appreciated. To each of you I say, THANK YOU!

Verna Brundin


The UMYF were our hosts on Saturday, August 13.  The food was excellent, and the kids raised over $700 for various mission projects.

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In our efforts to increase our community outreach the Missions Committee is planning to place a Little Free Neighborhood Library bin outside our church for our neighbors’ use. There will be a lower section for children’s books.  Each book donated from our congregation will be labeled with our church name and with the invitation to “Pass it on”. This is an exciting way we can connect with all ages in our neighborhood.

Beginning in October, your donated books may be left at the end of the main hall near the Kelly Class. Our Little Free Library will be continually restocked so this will be an ongoing mission project.

There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually. For more information click here.


What is the Well?  Click here to find out!


Great grandmother, Glenda Barefoot, is happy to have her family at FUMC together at church every Sunday. Baby Olivia and big sister Abbigayle bring joy to all.


Due to the heat, we had to come indoors, but the July 23 Community Supper was great!

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If any month has 5 Sundays, on the 5th one the ladies step up!


The theme this year was "Cave Quest"!

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For over 30 years, the Crisis Assistance Response Emergency Shelter (CARES) has delivered critical support to more than 1,200 of the area's neediest residents each year. It operates the only emergency shelter for women and children in the Tri-Cities area. Last year, they provided 5,512 shelter nights to those in crisis as a result of homelessness or domestic violence. In addition, they provide non-shelter services including food, clothing, furniture, personal hygience and household items to low income community members who are at risk of homelessness: senior citizen, disable, veterans, single men, and intact families.

Your donations are critical!

Learn more about how you can help:

Click here to visit their website

Click here to read the full letter sent to Pastor Chris


She recently finished her second year at Temple University, and is spending the summer working at Camp Virginia Jaycee as the music counselor. This is a wonderful opportunity for Madison to share her many musical talents with children with disabilities.

Click here to learn more about Camp Virginia Jaycee


Rob Colwell, our District Superintendent, is very excited to announce that UMCOR is setting up a regional location on the James River District to help rebuild homes that were damaged by the tornado in Waverly. Currently The UMC James River District is converting the Dendron UMC into a mission center that will house the teams working at sites in Waverly.

The first team began work at the Dendron UMC (2912 Rolfe Hwy, Dendron 23839) on May 7 to tear down walls, remove platforms and pull up carpet.

If you or your church team are available to help our ongoing efforts in Waverly please notify the District Office by email  or call the district office at 804-732-2538 for more information.  Bring your breaker bars, hammers, saws and other tools. Any level of experience is needed.  First Church, this is our opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

In an effort to begin our plans to coordinate this mission, a signup sheet is posted near the prayer board. Please indicate which days of the week, Monday-Saturday, you might be able to occasionally help.

Donations by check should be made payable to UMCOR #5037, with memo: WAVERLY, and mailed to The VA United Methodist Conference Center, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606. Or you may leave your check to UMCOR #5037 in our offering plates on Sunday mornings.


The committee met on May 9.

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The FUMC United Methodist Men had their annual golf outing on May 27, 2016.


FUMC has recently received several letters thanking us for our support. The artwork above is sent from Clara Biswas, our missionary partner in Cambodia.  It was drawn by one of her young students.

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FUMC is beginning to mail Christian note cards to persons incarcerated. If you know of someone incarcerated please let Pastor Chris know the name and address so that FUMC can mail that person a note card. Strict confidentiality will be respected unless otherwise requested.

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) is a mission-based ministry of the UMC. In the prisons DBOM provides Bible studies to incarcerated men, women and youth. There are several areas that are included in Prison Ministries: (1) Disciple Bible Studies – Begun in NC it has spread beyond that into Virginia. It costs about $1,200 to put these materials in a prison. Both financial support and volunteers are needed. (2) Kairos – God’s Time – this is a 3 day weekend for volunteers to learn how to go into prisons once/month and counsel inmates (3) Grace Inside – this is the Virginia Chaplain Services. Chaplains are not paid state employees. Contributions can be made to a specific prison so that the chaplain’s hours could be increased. For more information please contact Gene Mimms of the James River District at 804-733-8632 or by email.

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Locally, prayers have been requested for a 16 year old boy.


Be sure to check the ARCHIVES!


FUMC will have its first ever Burger Bash Bonanza with School Supplies Giveaway at 5pm on Saturday, August 27. This year, we are expanding the project and giving FILLED BACKPACKS!

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FUMC currently has three Adult Sunday School classes: the Duncan, Kelly, and Martin classes. The first two meet at 9:45am, and the Milton Martin class convenes at 10am.

The Martin Class will resume on Sunday, September 11. The class welcomes adults seeking to learn about their relationship with God in everyday life. Members are a diverse group of all ages. We discuss the Word of God primarily from the Bible directly. The class meets in the Martin classroom on the second floor of the education wing. The book of Romans will be our focus for September. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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The excitement is spreading. Community gardens are springing up in church parking lots all over the country.
FUMC is now planning to transform our grass lot adjoining our parking lot on 5th Street. We will begin to install raised beds for our neighbors and our members to grow vegetables.
The garden teaches at least two key purposes beyond that of vegetables or lady bugs.  One is for our church: to share, to cooperate with, to relax, to enjoy each and everybody whatever their faith or worldview.  The other is for the community to get to know Christ through us.
Anyone who wants to participate with this project may contact Bunn Armstrong soon.


PETA’s mobile vet clinic is coming to the Hopewell Community Center for low-cost spaying and neutering of your pets on Friday, July 1. Only 28 appointments are available so call soon to schedule at 757-622-7382, ext 3.

NOTE: PETA has added another date (Thursday, July 21) to their schedule due to the high response.

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Historic Hopewell kicked off its annual Lunch and Lecture series on May 18.  These are open to the public and free - just bring your lunch!

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For your convenience, a donation bin has been set up near to crib room to collect items needed for the support of the private, non-profit Hopewell Humane Society, Inc. This will be an ongoing project. Some of the items needed are listed below:

  • Canned and dried cat or kitten food, any brand

  • Kitty litter, any brand

  • Cardboard scratching boards.

  • Towels, dish towels, paper towels

  • Pillow cases

  • Cotton balls

  • Peroxide, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, bleach, baking soda

  • Toilet paper

  • Old cell phones, used ink cartridges

The Hopewell Humane Society greatly needs volunteers. Pick up a volunteer application at 3412 Oaklawn Blvd. Opportunities include building maintenance, yard work, as well as animal care such as human socialization, helping with fund raising, and transport of cats. Volunteers may set up a specific weekly or monthly schedule or may help when they are available.


If you're interested in doing some research on our church - and have some time on your hands - you can do that in the archives of the Hopewell News, which is available on the Appomattox Regional Library website.  You can narrow down your search to specific time periods by clicking the dropdown box with the word "All" in it.  Have fun!

If you want to search older records, prior to the Sixties, change the search string to "Hopewell Methodist" or "First Methodist" (in quotes).

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Your gently used magazines are greatly appreciated by our local nursing homes. The magazines that are not of interest to them are enjoyed by the customers at the Shepherd's Place. Thank you for your continued support.


You may not think of it much, but your service to God touches countless others outside of our church! It is amazing that no matter how small our contribution (our money, work, and time), it multiplies so rapidly - because others in your church family are doing likewise!

Click here to see how we make a difference in our community


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the many migrants fleeing war-torn regions such as Syria. If you would like to make a donation to UMCOR for aiding the European refugees, you may make your check payable to UMCOR Global Refugee/Migration Advance #3022144. This specific wording will direct 100% of your donation to this mission.  You may put your check in the offering plate Sunday mornings or your donations may be made on line through the UMCOR website by clicking here

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. The conditions are becoming more dire as the count of refugees are ever increasing.  The vast majority arrived by sea but some migrants have made their way over land, principally via Turkey and Albania.  Winter has not stemmed the flow of people - with 135,711 people reaching Europe by sea since the start of 2016, according to the UNHCR. Hundreds have perished taking this dangerous journey. Those who do survive are facing dire conditions as they attempt to travel on to northern Europe.








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