Our congregation invites you to come join us anytime as we seek to serve God in worship, service, and prayer. You are welcome at First UMC!
We welcome Amy Horne to our staff as director of Children's Ministries. She will be directing all activities in our church for children from birth through grade 6. She is excited to start working on activities and meeting the children in our area. We invite you to come meet her.
Fall Sunday evenings will be very exciting as we offer activities each week for everybody! Kids for Christ will be led by Bronwyn Owen. Youth will be led by Jessica Blevins Cole. A Beth Moore Bible Study will be led by Tammie Scott and Robin Graham. Tom Graham and Pastor Brad Scott will lead a second Bible Study for adults. We will gather at 6 p.m. in Palmer Hall each week to enjoy a snack supper before going to our activities. Everybody is welcome to attend.
Did you know you can pack a shoebox with gifts for a child somewhere around the world and brighten not only their day but their whole life? We are collecting Shoeboxes now. Please help us make a difference in a child's life.
Chicory is a native plant to the area where our church is located. It is used for limited medicinal purposes and is even known to be used as a substitute for coffee. The blue flowers have a distinctive color that brightens the roadsides and fields where it grows.
According to one tradition, when the founders of the city of Bluefield were looking for a name, they noticed the lovely blue flowers of the chicory plants and decided that would be a good source of the name: "Blue-field." Others say the name refers to the Bluestone River which flows through town on its way to the Kanawah River in West Virginia. The Bluestone name refers to the plentiful limestone that serves as the foundation for our landscape in this region. In 1924 the Town of Graham, Virginia (which was the first name of our community) voted to change its name to Bluefield to become partner with Bluefield, West Virginia. It has been named that ever since. If the temperature gets above 90 degrees in "Nature's Air Conditioned City" and "Virginia's Tallest Town" the local Chamber of Commerce serves lemonade for free in both communities!
We are proud of our town and adore the lovely blue flowers that lend their influence on our name.
Churches exist and operate through voluntary donations as non-profit entities. Our church is no exception to that. We need the gifts of our faithful people to make things happen in and through our congregation. We invite you to consider giving to support our work through your offerings which we collect during our worship on Sundays. You can also mail a gift to us at First UMC, 200 S College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605. We also offer a fast, convenient, and safe online giving service through Vanco at this link on our website. You will have to set up an account with your email and your own password, which you can do in just a few seconds. Then you will have a choice to set up an electronic funds transfer, which you control the terms and amount, or you may use a credit or debit card. Use of a credit or debit card will require a bank fee which you will need to calculate into the donation, as bank fees are excluded from your charitable giving report. The ease of electronic giving is quickly growing to be a favorite among many folks today. You can also choose what you give to: general fund, missions, etc. Just type a note with your instructions. We are thankful for the support given to help the work of our church take place and effect lives here and around the world for Jesus Christ.