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!
Everyone is welcome to our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Church. Special readings, singing of carols, holy communion and lighting of individual candles as we sing "Silent Night" will highlight this special service of worship in honor of the birth of Messiah. You are cordially invited.
Yes! We are holding worship on Christmas Day, at 10:30 am. We invite you to come as you are that day. 9:30 am we will provide a brunch in Palmer Hall, after which we will gather in the sanctuary to sing, pray and hear God's Word. Everyone is welcome.
"Morning Star: Celebrating the Everlasting Light of Christmas" by Lloyd Larson, will be presented on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. December 18 in the sanctuary of First Church. You are cordially invited to join us as we worship God through music. The Handbell Choir will also be playing this day.
Our Children will be leading worship on Sunday Dec 11 at the 10:30 a.m. service. They are excited to be presenting a version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas. You are invited to join us.
The Men's group of First Church invites everyone to join in on our special project to help Bluefield Union Mission. Their pantry shelves get pretty depleted through the holidays. We are working on a food drive now in order to help with the needs after the first of the year. Bring non-perishable food items any time to the church office or on Sundays to the mission table of the church. Let's make a difference as we share with our neighbors in the name of Jesus.
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.