Sunday Worship at 9:30 AM
In person or online


Welcome to
First United Methodist Church in Horseheads


“Working Together with All to Connect to God’s Love.”

We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. We have a long tradition of outreach and service to our members and the community. We hope you will join us for worship on Sunday at 9:30 am , either in-person or online to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.

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Meet First UMC

Meet the staff and clergy, read about our history, and find out about ministries and other activities.


Ministering to our congregation, our community, our world.

Contact & Directions

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads is located at 1034 W Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845.

Sunday Worship Service May 26, 2024

Did you miss our Sunday Worship Service? Want to experience it again? Check out our most recent available sermon right here!

Church News


Dear Church family:

At the request of the Church Council, I am forming a small team to

research what is needed in our staff positions and overall church strategy

(paid and unpaid) to reach a more diverse population with the Good News of Christ.

  If you are interested in creating and conducting surveys, interviews and studying

demographics over the next 3 months, please contact me. Our first gathering will be in early June.

  Pastor Jeff McDowell-  607-739-1943.


A Grief Support Group will be held in the Wesley Room for

four Mondays in June, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Please sign up by calling the church office or contacting Pastor McDowell.

We will be working through a book titled, “Turn My Mourning Into Dancing” by Henri Nouwen.


United Women in Faith:

The United Women in Faith luncheon will be held on

Wednesday, June 12th at the Clarion Inn Elmira-Horseheads,

760 E Water St, Elmira, NY 14901 at 12:00pm,

please contact Rita Colvin at 607-739-7857 or Carolyn Ryan at 607-259-2781

if you have not made reservations and wish to attend.


CPR TRAINING:  In May, our church will be offering  CPR training.

June 23 CPR training:

For people who wish to be certified or recertified for their job or volunteer position.

Sign-ups for this are in the entranceway.

Cut off for signing up for this class is June 8th

as materials need to be ordered 2 weeks in advance.





Karren’s Clothing Cupboard:  Please find the sign up for June posted in the entrance to the narthex.

We need Girls size 3-4 and Boys size 2T clothing. We cannot take any more clothing at this time.

We are looking for people interested in helping us with Saturday morning hours a couple of times a month.

If you are interested, please call Ande at 607-739-7082.  Thank you.


Outreach Committee:

The Annual Clothing Collection for Vets has begun and will run through June 16

when the items will be delivered to the Bath VA.

As in the past, they have asked for sweatshirts and sweatpants (Med. To 2x, plain, no logos.)

They are hard to find this time of year.  If you have been able to find them, they will be appreciated.

Additionally, they have also requested men’s underwear (med., Lg, xl, and 2x), men’s t-shirts (Lg, xl, and 2x), and socks.

They can also use new or gently used sneakers. The T-shirts can be white or colored with no logos or writing on them.



Missions Committee:

The Peace with Justice Sunday offering on June 2, 2024,

will be used to help encourage living the gospel of peace here in our own country

and all around the world.

Please consider donating to this cause.

Thank you, the Missions Committee


May House Bank for Hunger:  

This event will continue throughout the month of May.

 It has come to our attention that Meals on Wheels needs funds to meet the growing need for their services.

The mission committee has decided to give the funds raised this May to the local meals on wheels.

A wooden house bank will be in the narthex during the month of May, or you can place your gift in the offering plate.



Just a reminder…Church cookbooks for $15.

All proceeds will go to update projects in the kitchen.

Find them in the Church Office.



Casowasco Summer Camp registration is now open!

We will help you with the costs of attending!

Go to for information. Camp for all children’s ages is available!

Contact Pastor McDowell for more information about our scholarships.


Border Buddies Ministries Spaghetti Dinner: 

Saturday, June 8th from 3-7 P.M.

Dinner comes with spaghetti & meatballs, rolls, side salad, and a drink.

Here in the Fellowship Hall.  The cost is $10 per person, kids 8 and under are $8.

No presale tickets needed, pay at the door.

Thank you for your support of this mission team who will be traveling to Honduras in August.

Food Pantry Needs


Chicken Broth, Cans of Black Beans, and Jiffy Corn Bread

All the food collected goes to the Food Pantry at the Presbyterian Church on Westinghouse Road.

Please put any donation of food on the cart by the kitchen door in the Narthex.

This is collected each Tuesday and taken to the food pantry.

The Bridge News


A new Issue of the Bridge is ready for download.  Click here to select.  Hard copies are also available in the Narthex.

The Bridge is a communications tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and to the ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference and The United Methodist Church.

The Bridge is generally published the week prior to the first and third Sundays Sept.-May; in June-August, the Bridge is published the week prior to the first Sunday of each month.


The Faith Builders Group continues to offer activities throughout May. All are welcome anytime!

Tai Chi exercises for anyone over 50 years, every Wed. @ 10am in the Wesley Room.

Euchre: every Friday noon – 2pm. in the large conference room. Bring lunch if you’d like. There are always snacks!

Monthly book club: May 20 @ 1pm. The book for this month’s discussion is Becoming Madam Secretary by Stephanie Drays of the life story of Francis Perkins, the first woman to serve in US Government.

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