Events

Jan
14

Register for Spring Discipleship Classes

Category: Adult Education  

Register for Spring Discipleship classes! A diverse course offering will feed your spirit and curiosity. Click here for more details and to register. read more

Feb
12

Caregivers Discussion Group

Feb 12 - Feb 26

Feb. 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The majority of us will at some point in our lives be family caregivers. There are blessings and there are challenges to care-giving. Come participate in an informal group discussion on ways we can handle challenges, solve problems, find resources,... read more

Feb
24

Variations Salutes Gershwin and Porter

Category: Music & Arts  Youth  
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Variations Youth Choir presents “Variations Salutes Gershwin and Porter” which will feature such familiar songs as “Anything Goes,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” and other Gershwin and Porter favorites. We hope you’ll join us! Donations will support Variations’ choir tour to West Texas and New Mexico in June. To... read more

Mar
3

Disaster Relief Trip to Rockport, TX Information Meeting

Category: Outreach  
12:00pm - 1:00pm

May 1 – 4 The United Methodist Men are sponsoring a disaster relief trip to Rockport, Texas. Join our team as we provide relief work for homes affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Rockport area. Come and learn about this opportunity and sign up to be a part of the... read more

Mar
3

UMW Community Gathering

Category: Adult Education  Outreach  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

All members of FirstChurch are invited to join in our meeting and lunch. Program: “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial”. Contact Phyllis Cummins with questions. read more

Mar
3

Goodrich Gallery Artist Reception

Category: Music & Arts  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist’s Reception Click here for more details about our current and upcoming exhibits. The Goodrich Gallery enriches our church with a new art exhibit each month featuring the work of gifted local artists. Gallery hours: Sunday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: ... read more

Mar
4

Serve Our Neighbors at Austin Street Center

Category: Outreach  
5:30pm - 7:15pm

Join us as we serve dinner to over 400 homeless men and women. There are two ways to help – you can donate items AND/OR help serve the meal. If you are donating items only, please leave them at the FirstChurch Information Desk no later than the Sunday prior to... read more

Mar
4

Called General Conference Update

Category: Adult Education  
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join Dr. Andy Stoker as he talks about what occurred at the Called General Conference in St. Louis Feb. 23 – 26 and discusses any next steps that may be appropriate. Please make time for this important discussion, and encourage your fellow church members to attend. Childcare will be provided. read more

Mar
5

HIV/AIDS Supper Club

Category: Outreach  
5:30pm - 7:15pm

Provide hot meals for men, women and their children coping with HIV/AIDS, and living below the federal poverty line. Residents of the Ewing and Revlon Housing facilities of AIDS Services of Dallas receive a potluck dinner prepared by volunteers. Contact: Grace McFerrin. read more

Mar
6

Ash Wednesday Services

Category: Worship  
12:00pm - 8:30pm

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Service of Ashes Begin the season of Lent with this special service which includes the imposition of ashes. Dickerson Chapel 7 p.m. Service of Ashes Beginning the sacramental journey means coming to grips with our humanity; touching our mortality means we see ourselves as God sees... read more

Mar
10

Costa Rica Family Mission Trip

Category: Outreach  
Mar 10 - Mar 15

March 10 – 15, 2019 “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 This verse is a reminder that we are called... read more

Mar
11

Lenten Study: Giving Up

Category: Adult Education  Children  Youth  

In 2019, life at FirstChurch is focused on honoring the past and pushing toward the future. While the Capital Campaign pushed us to consider what it means to give above and beyond, the Lenten season provides an opportunity to look at sacrifice in a different way. This season’s church-wide study... read more

Mar
13

Mental Health Task Force Meeting

Category: Outreach  
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Join this advocacy team as they explore mental health, mental illness and the Christian response. Contact: Ed Nace, epnace@gmail.com. read more

Mar
17

Take the First Step

9:30am - 10:30am

Continuing Visitors and New members… Senior Minister, Dr. Andrew Stoker, Rev. Ann Willet and your FirstChurch family invite you to join us for coffee! During our time together we will share a brief history of FirstChurch, ways to connect in mission and ministry, explain the value of membership, and tour... read more

Mar
17

JJ Rhoads Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

Category: Outreach  
12:00pm - 1:00pm

JJ Rhoads volunteers are invited to join us for lunch. read more

Mar
18

Serve Our Neighbors at Austin Street Center

Category: Outreach  
5:30pm - 7:15pm

Join us as we serve dinner to over 400 homeless men and women. There are two ways to help – you can donate items AND/OR help serve the meal. If you are donating items only, please leave them at the FirstChurch Information Desk no later than the Sunday prior to... read more

Mar
23

Church Council Retreat

Category: Adult Education  
9:00am - 12:00pm

Join Us for the Church Council Retreat. read more

Mar
24

Lent Family Food Drive

Category: Outreach  
Mar 24 - Apr 21

Bring items for an Emergency Food Kit to deliver to the Wilkinson Center Food Bank: 1 bag of rice 1 bag dried beans 3 cans of corn 3 cans of green beans 3 cans mixed vegetables 4 cans of soup or stew Box of cereal Shelf-stable milk 1 package of... read more

Mar
31

5th Sunday Mission Presentation

Category: Adult Education  Outreach  
9:45am - 10:30am

  Josh Cogan from Outlast Youth www.outlastyouth.org will be speaking. Mission – TO REDUCE AND PREVENT LGBTQ YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN DALLAS AND ITS SURROUNDING COUNTIES Josh Cogan – President & CEO Josh Cogan is the Director & Co-Founder of Outlast Youth, focusing on LGBTQ youth homelessness as an arm... read more

Apr
1

Serve Our Neighbors at Austin Street Center

Category: Outreach  
5:30pm - 7:15pm

Join us as we serve dinner to over 400 homeless men and women. There are two ways to help – you can donate items AND/OR help serve the meal. If you are donating items only, please leave them at the FirstChurch Information Desk no later than the Sunday prior to... read more

Apr
2

HIV/AIDS Supper Club

Category: Outreach  
5:30pm - 7:15pm

Provide hot meals for men, women and their children coping with HIV/AIDS, and living below the federal poverty line. Residents of the Ewing and Revlon Housing facilities of AIDS Services of Dallas receive a potluck dinner prepared by volunteers. Contact: Grace McFerrin. read more

Apr
7

Goodrich Gallery Artist Reception

Category: Music & Arts  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist’s Reception Click here for more details about our current and upcoming exhibits. The Goodrich Gallery enriches our church with a new art exhibit each month featuring the work of gifted local artists. Gallery hours: Sunday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: ... read more

Apr
14

Holy Week & Easter at FirstChurch

Category: Worship  

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday Service – 8:45 & 11 a.m. Children’s choirs and parade of palms at 11 a.m. commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Annual picnic & egg hunt in Shivers Park at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 18 Maundy Thursday Service – 7 p.m. FirstChurch children and families... read more

Apr
14

Annual Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt

Category: Children  
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Following the 11 a.m. worship service, you and your family are invited to join us for the annual Picnic and Egg Hunt. Bring your lunch, two dozen filled plastic eggs per child (or pick up your pre-ordered box lunch or eggs), enjoy the fellowship, and watch the kids collect hundreds... read more

Apr
15

Serve Our Neighbors at Austin Street Center

Category: Outreach  
5:30pm - 7:15pm

Join us as we serve dinner to over 400 homeless men and women. There are two ways to help – you can donate items AND/OR help serve the meal. If you are donating items only, please leave them at the FirstChurch Information Desk no later than the Sunday prior to... read more

Apr
21

Easter at FirstChurch

Category: Worship  

Sunday, April 20 Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m. The junior and senior high students of FirstChurch will lead a service filled with song, reflective prayer, and a message. Atrium Courtyard. Traditional Easter Services – 9 & 11 a.m. Dr. Stoker delivers the message “Presence of God” at this service... read more

Apr
23

Turning Prayer Inside Out

Category: Adult Education  
Apr 23 - May 14

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. April 23, 30; May 7, 14 Discover how to deepen and enrich your prayer life. The class will use Prayer by O. Hallesby and In God’s Presence by Marjorie Suchocki as resources. Participants will create their own prayer beads. Facilitator: Rev. JoNell Lindh Click here to... read more

Apr
27

Family Service and Spring Fling

Category: Adult Education  Children  Outreach  Young Adults  Youth  
9:00am - 11:00am

We will be putting together emergency food kits for the Wilkinson Center and learning about other ways we can help serve in our city. We’ll have a bounce house, cook some hot dogs and have fun family games for all! A great way to serve for families of all ages.... read more

Apr
28

Take the First Step

9:30am - 10:30am

Continuing Visitors and New members… Senior Minister, Dr. Andrew Stoker and your FirstChurch family invite you to join us for coffee! During our time together we will share a brief history of FirstChurch, ways to connect in mission and ministry, explain the value of membership, and tour of the church.... read more

Apr
29

Exploring World Religions

Category: Adult Education  
Apr 29 - Jun 10

Mondays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. April 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3, 10 Have you ever wondered why we as a church believe and practice as we do? Join this class to share a meal, view a video, and ask questions together in a discussion format. Participants will have... read more

Apr
30

Can I Get A Witness?

Category: Adult Education  
Apr 30 - May 21

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. April 30; May 7, 14, 21 Many faithful Christians hold a deep private faith but feel inadequate to share it with others. In this four-week class, Rev. Ann Willet challenges us to shed the negative notion of evangelism and reclaim the power of expressing how... read more

May
1

Methodism 101

Category: Adult Education  
May 1 - May 15

Wednesdays, Noon – 1 p.m. May 1, 8, 15 Join us for a lunch study where we will explore the history and beliefs of the United Methodist Church. This is “everything you learned about the UM Church in Confirmation, had you been paying attention.” Bring a sack lunch. Facilitator: Rev. Evan... read more

May
5

Goodrich Gallery Artist Reception

Category: Music & Arts  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist’s Reception Click here for more details about our current and upcoming exhibits. The Goodrich Gallery enriches our church with a new art exhibit each month featuring the work of gifted local artists. Gallery hours: Sunday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: ... read more

May
5

Christian Believer: Knowing God with Heart and Mind – Part 1

Category: Adult Education  
May 5 - Jun 9

Sundays, 12:15 – 2 p.m. May 5, 12, 19; June 2, 9 Have you ever wondered why we as a church believe and practice as we do? Join this class to share a meal, view a video, and ask questions together in a discussion format. Participants will have weekly readings... read more

May
18

Walk, Pray, Love Prayer Walk

Category: Adult Education  Children  Outreach  Youth  
9:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for a prayer walk downtown with stops that illuminate the history of our city and the need for advocacy and transformation. We will end with a picnic lunch for the whole family at the church. Adults, youth and children are encouraged to participate in this event fit for... read more

May
19

Take the First Step

9:30am - 10:30am

Continuing Visitors and New members… Rev. Ann Willet and your FirstChurch family invite you to join us for coffee! During our time together we will share a brief history of FirstChurch, ways to connect in mission and ministry, explain the value of membership, and tour of the church. There will... read more

Jun
2

Goodrich Gallery Artist Reception

Category: Music & Arts  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist’s Reception Click here for more details about our current and upcoming exhibits. The Goodrich Gallery enriches our church with a new art exhibit each month featuring the work of gifted local artists. Gallery hours: Sunday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: ... read more

Jun
3

Urban Camp

Category: Children  
Jun 3 - Aug 9

Join us for these fun summer camps at FirstChurch. Camps continue through the summer with camps for games, design, cooking and more! Click here for more information and to register.     read more

Jul
7

Goodrich Gallery Artist Reception

Category: Music & Arts  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist’s Reception Click here for more details about our current and upcoming exhibits. The Goodrich Gallery enriches our church with a new art exhibit each month featuring the work of gifted local artists. Gallery hours: Sunday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: ... read more

Jul
14

Back to School Drive

Category: Outreach  

Back to School Drive Through Aug. 4 Drop off located across from the Information Desk. Underwear and socks for JJ Rhoads – all sizes Donations for uniforms – leave at cash/check at Information Desk or to donate online, click here, choose Mission & Outreach and designate Back to School Drive... read more

Aug
4

Goodrich Gallery Artist Reception

Category: Music & Arts  
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist’s Reception Click here for more details about our current and upcoming exhibits. The Goodrich Gallery enriches our church with a new art exhibit each month featuring the work of gifted local artists. Gallery hours: Sunday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: ... read more

Oct
13

Fall Festival Family Mission

Category: Children  Outreach  
5:00pm - 7:00pm

A child-friendly mission supporting the Homeless Count our church hosts in January. Children and families will put together packages of needed items for our homeless neighbors. This activity will be one of the booths at the Fall Festival. For more information, contact Elise Daniel. read more

Oct
27

Thanksgiving Basket Collection

Category: Outreach  

Collection ends Nov. 17. Be a part of Wilkinson Center’s Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive and Distribution as volunteers collect and distribute baskets to hundreds of families. This is an inspiring volunteer opportunity for FirstChurch. On distribution day, Wilkinson Center volunteers will unload collected Thanksgiving baskets and distribute them to Wilkinson... read more

Dec
8

FirstGifts Alternative Gift Market

Category: Outreach  
8:30am - 1:00pm

FirstGifts Alternative Gift Market supports ministries and non-profit agencies by – Enhancing our awareness in our community and the world-at-large – Raising support for local and global agencies that share our mission – Providing an alternative to the experience of holiday shopping – Offering opportunities to purchase gift cards and... read more