Church News

Informational Meeting with Pastor McDowell

Pastor McDowell is hosting an open meeting regarding the UMC challenges and conflict over human sexuality views and the Bible on Wednesday November 30 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to come and be informed of the history and substance of this conflict and the facts about proposed changes to our beliefs.

Lessons & Carols is Back!

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads
The 31st annual Service of Lessons & Carols will be held here the first Sunday in December. After a three year pause due to the pandemic, the choirs of St. Mary Our Mother and First United Methodist and friends will be joining forces to present a wonderful evening of song, carols, and readings. This service is guaranteed to put your heart and soul in the right place for Christmas. Mark your calendars and plan to spend an hour reveling in the joy of the Advent-Christmas season.

Be a Christmas Angel

The Outreach Committee knows that Christmas is not always a time of Joy for everyone as some families struggle this time of year.  Our committee is looking for your monetary support allowing us to purchase department and grocery store gift cards to help families this Christmas Season.  Donations may be made by check (writing Christmas Tree Giving on the memo line) or by putting cash in an envelop with Christmas Tree Giving on the outside of the envelope.  Donations may be put in the collection plate or sent to the office.  Donations are due by Dec. 11th.

Thank you from the Outreach Committee




Food Pantry needs for December are:  Fruit, especially pineapple.  Side dishers (ex: mashed potato packets, rice pilaf or stove top stuffing).  -Thank you.

Cottage Meetings

“Cottage Meetings” continue! Open discussion with Pastor Jeff will ensue with each host providing light refreshments. Meeting will last no more than 90 minutes and will consist of 8-12 people. To host this at your home OR in a church room, please speak with Pastor McDowell or email him at He will help you recruit people.