Urbana 1st United Methodist Church at Sunrise

(Sunday worship times listed below.)

Hi Friends at First UMC Urbana,

After moving up to Urbana in July, when I first met Pastor Steve, he had just been at FUMC-Urbana two weeks. And I was there the next couple Sundays for worship, but I have been making my rounds worshiping among the Body of Jesus including at on campus ministries including Wesley Foundation/Student Center where I am a new volunteer librarian as I have begun my MLIS studies at U of I.

But the main purpose of this email is to share these two sunset photos from my apartment a couple blocks due east of Lincoln Square, from which view from my window I see the top of the UMC-Urbana tower. The tower has become a symbol for me for a spiritual haven, a point drawing my spirit up to our eternal home with Jesus in His glorious Kingdom. Joining this thought and experience to have seen several beautiful sunsets since I moved here from FL where I also saw many beautiful sunsets, is a combined reminder of God’s enduring presence, mercy, and care. The photos would be even nicer without the wires/power lines.

Therefore, since I have been blessed by this, I wanted to share it with you too.

Paul W.


Always a seat for you…

Worship is the highest point of our week.  Here, you will experience a Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, Scripture-based, and music-enriched worship.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Psalm 100:4, NIV

Sunday Morning Times & Events:

8:00 am – Casual Worship Service (2nd Floor – in the Chapel – your first door to your right)

9:00 am – Sunday School for All Ages

10:00 am – Fellowship Time with Refreshments (in the Chapel)

10:30 am – Traditional Worship Service (2nd Floor – in the Sanctuary) with Children’s Church starting after the Children’s Message part of the worship service.

12:30 pm – Korean Worship Service (in the Chapel), followed by Social Time – Sang Won Shin, Pastor

Personal Experience Statements:

“Of all the paths I took in life God’s path is best.”

“God returned me to my faith.  God knew I was going to face challenges.  He wanted me to lean on him.”