First United Methodist Church
Friday, February 22, 2019
Open Hearts — Open Minds — Open Doors
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Caring and Sharing Pantry
"For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome...." (Matthew25:35-36)

Wednesday — 12:00 Noon
Wednesday — 5:30 p.m.






We invite you to worship at First United Methodist Church.   FUMC is a friendly church where newcomers are always greeted warmly and made to feel welcome.  Our congregation has people of all ages and background seeking spiritual enrichment and fellowship.  No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

Rev. Tony Hill

608 South Grandview — De Witt, Arkansas    72042  

Church Office  (870)946-2328 — Fax  (870)946-2329

Office Hours:   M-F   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Sunday School  —  9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship  —  10:30 a.m.
Nursery  -  9:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.








 Christmas Eve Service

On Christmas Eve, 1818, Father Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber sang the hymn "Silent Night, Holy Night" for the first time.  Because the church organ was not functioning, they sang to the accompaniment of Father Mohr's guitar.     200 Years later, we begin our service in the same manner featuring Harlyn Padgett.


The digital edition of the Arkansas United Methodist is now available: To subscribe to the new Arkansas United Methodist magazine, contact Amy Ezell at or Caleb Hennington at for more details.

 Festival Choir Production “Straight Outta Bethlehem”




November 18




In September of 1992, this church building received the honor of being placed on The National Register of Historic Places, the official inventory of significant historic sites in the USA.  However, time had taken its toll on the building.  Structural damage from shifting ground caused dangerous cracking and separation of walls leaving the building unsafe in several areas.  The church membership voted to go forward with plans for construction of a new church.

On April 9, 1994, ground-breaking ceremonies were held at the site of the new church to be located on Grandview Drive on the western city limits of De Witt.  Funds have been continuously raised over many years including chicken noodle dinners by the ladies of the UMW, bake sales and wrapping paper sales by the your of UMY, donations by members, matching funds from the Godfrey Thomas Foundation, and memorials in honor or memory of loved ones.  Initial construction completed the Fellowship Hall which included Sunday School rooms, staff offices, a large kitchen and the exterior only of only of the sanctuary.  Chairs were placed and a temporary altar was constructed in the Fellowship Hall to enable the congregation to meet while raising funds for the completion of the rest of the building.   Much of the work was done voluntarily by church members.  In 2000, the final service was held in the building that had served the Methodist congregation since 1923, and members of the church traveled by caravan to the partially completed new building on Grandview Drive.  Symbols of faith including the pulpit Bible and the altar table were carried by young and old members of the church, and the new building became the new church home of The De Witt First United Methodist Church.

In 2002, a construction company was hired to finish the work on the new church including the sanctuary, parlor, chapel and choir room.  With construction complete in 2003, members of the congregation and the Building Committee followed through with the equipping and decorating of the church in preparation for its long-awaited use for worship services.   In 2007, plans were completed for a 2,316 square foot parsonage and construction was begun on the property just south of the church. 
In 1958, the Women's Society of Christian Service commissioned Jacoby Art Glass Company of St. Louis, Missouri to prepare eighteen windows of Blenko glass.  Memorial funds of the WSCS combined with gifts by members of the congregation paid the original amount of $7,830.00  These priceless treasures were removed from the Cross and Jefferson streets location, restored and reinstalled in the new church with contributions by many of the same families who purchased the windows originally.  Each beautiful window is titled and together they tell the story of the birth of Jesus, His life, crucifixion and ascension.

The magnificent pipe organ in the sanctuary is a source of great pride for the congregation.  The organ was built in 1949 by the Kilgen Organ Company of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the world's oldest pipe organ makers, at a cost of $11,250.  The tremendous value and significance of the organ to the church resulted in the decision to restore and move it to the new church on Grandview Drive.  The organ was disassembled, restored and reinstalled by Greg Koziel of Koziel Pipe Organ Services of Memphis, Tennessee.  New components added during the restoration process enhanced the performance of the 11 rank pipe organ now valued at $160,000.  The worship service during our First Sunday Celebration is the first opportunity the congregation has had to hear this wonderful organ being played.







Loma Essex Ministry

The  UMW began a "Loma Essex Ministry" to support our college students for which Loma had a great concern.   It was Loma's wish to keep in touch with these students from our church.  Please inform us of any change in your student's mailing address or if you have a freshman student to add to the list by calling the church office at 870-946-2328 or emailing the church at  
We ask for your prayers that this ministry will be the blessing we intend and we thank you for your support.

Carol Choir
Kindergarter &
First Grade
Tuesdays after school til 3:45 p.m.
Festival Choir
2nd - 6th Grades
Wednesdays after school til 4:00 p.m.
Chancel Choir
7:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


5:30 p.m.

United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas




Advent Wreath

The circular wreath represents God's eternity and unity.   Evergreens are a symbol of enduring life.

Advent is the first season of the liturgical year and is a four-week period in which the church looks forward to the birth and incarnation of Jesus Christ. This season is observed for the four Sundays prior to Christmas. The lighting of the Advent Wreath in our worship services and in our homes is symbolic of our preparation for the Christmas season. The traditional liturgical colors for this season are purple and/or blue. 
John & Lou Cree Schallhorn lights the first candle on the Advent Wreath.  The first candle is blue and symbolizes expectation.
The Steven Fisher family lights the second candle on the Advent Wreath.  The second candle is blue and symbolizes hope.
The candle for the third Sunday is rosecolore (a special shade of pinkish-purple), because it is lit halfway through the Advent season when we are starting to relax a little in anticipation of Christmas.  This candle symbolizes joy.
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Shan Rodgers family light the Advent Wreath.   The fourth candle on the wreath is blue and symbolizes purity. 
The Christ candle was lit on Christmas Eve by Laura Essex.  The Christ candle reminds Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.


Thank you for your support and prayers.