First United Methodist Church, Dallas

First United Methodist Church, Dallas


OUT-OF-TOWN VARIATIONS YOUTH CHOIR ALUMNI! To those of you out of town, hello from FUMC Dallas! Believe it or not, my son Adler is (I believe?) in the first class of third-generation Variations this year! And in his first year, they're taking their first overseas tour in June (not first international trip, I know some of you most senior variations took a roadtrip to Mexico City back in the day!). This year's group will fly to England for their tour in June, and we are reaching out to see if you'd consider donating to this amazing group! As you can imagine, this is a huge financial undertaking. The singers will host their annual fundraiser show in the spring, but for those of you who can't make it... would you consider donating at the link below? No donation is too big or small! Please consider supporting this amazing group of Variations, and if you prefer to pay via check, you can contact me at [email protected] and we'll arrange for that so that you can avoid the online payment transaction fee. Thanks in advance for your support!!! Lastly, please forward this link to any other Variations alumni you may be connected with, or invite them to like this page. If everyone donated just $25 - $50 each, and invited three of your alumni friends to do it as well, we'd reach out goal before the holidays. Merry Christmas and happy early New Year! -Kevin Wortley, Variations '89 - '95
37 seats still available for tonight! For same-day tickets, please purchase at the door (not online).
Neil Simon's Broadway Bound at FUMC! Please mark your calendars and purchase tickets now! It's going to be a great show. May 10, 11, 16, 17, & 18 at 7:30 pm. You can get them online here:
AUDITION NOTICE: In May 2019, the Rotunda Theatre at FUMC Dallas will present Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, the 3rd in his semi-autobiographical BB trilogy. Rehearsals begin April 1st, 2019. Non-paid/non-equity roles are available for 4 men and 2 women. Auditions are Monday, December 3rd, 2018, at 6:30 PM in the Wortley-Peabody Theatre at FUMC (1928 Ross). If interested, please sign up below or e-mail [email protected] with questions:
My name is Evangelist Ifeanyichukwu Ota. I distribute gospel tracts in hospitals, markets, schools, orphanage Homes, as well as on the streets. There are many lost souls and people eager to read the gospel tracts that they receive. Please buy me a vehicle to enable the gospel tracts reach families living in the rural communities far from my house. God bless you as you help me take the Good News to lost souls.
Hello Dallas, Grapevine here. Just letting you know that the church family is an exciting one and it is good to know we have a 'location' in downtown Dallas.' Live in Bedford at the Tarrant County Parc Place.
I truly enjoyed sharing with the First United Methodist Church, Dallas family last week at the Americana Concert! Many of you asked about my next appearance, so I want to invite you to my upcoming concert #themusicstandrevue on July 15. Click link for details and ticket info Presented by The Music Stand Hello, If you or anyone you know is having a gathering or parties and have food left over, please post it here for those who are in need. Many people struggle everyday. Please don't waste food. May GOD reward you for your kindness. Please share so people know. I am working with agencies who support people in need. They will have access to this page as well. Please share and spread the word for this amazing act of kindness. Just a couple of suggestions. Please mention to the folks who are picking up about 1.Where it came from 2. How old it is. 3. allergy safety ( Nuts, Milk, Soy, Etc ) 4. Religious preference ( Halal, Vegan, Non Veg, Eggs Etc ) This is just so the person who is picking it up knows. Its always good to make sure you are helping someone and not causing more issues for them. May all of you be blessed with lots of happiness for participating in such a movement. Thank you.
Thank you for allowing Wesley "the dreamer" Stoker to bless us at St. Luke Community UMC today!
Where is SUSAN MONTS, was a minister in the 80's??
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of our Music Festival! There will be music to enjoy all weekend, starting with the Showcase Concert at 7:30pm on Wednesday night. The culminating concert, A Night at the Meyerson, will be at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. This landmark event will feature hundreds of choral and orchestra musicians from all over the United States. It will also feature the World Premiere of Kim André Arnesen's newest choral composition and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin as this year's featured soloist. Proceeds from the event will go to students scholarships and the student music experience at Southwestern Adventist University. It will be a night you won't forget! Weekend schedule coming soon. Tickets on sale at

We are an inclusive church, welcoming people from all walks of life to show and share God's love since 1926.

Mission: We are an inclusive church, welcoming people from all walks of life to show and share God's love.

Make a difference in the fight against inequality by learning about the impacts of poverty.
The Cost of COVID Experience is a 1.5-hour online experience designed to help your network understand poverty, learn how to make the most ​impact, and ​engage more with our community. This offering will also look at poverty through a racial equity lens and continue the conversation on how the church can grow in anti-racist witness and actions of justice. Wilshire Baptist Church & First United Methodist Church Dallas are joining together for this online experience. Register here:

This past weekend, a few sixth graders got a special surprise at home! Children's choir director Linda McClinchie and Director of Music and Arts Dana Effler made surprise deliveries of hymnals on Sunday, which is a traditional right of passage as sixth graders graduate from the children’s choir program. Since this is usually done after the Children's Choir musical, these home drop-offs were the COVID version of this special transition. Congrats to Wesley Stoker Cole Thomas, Emily Owens, Caroline Cummins , Emma Jett, and Vivian Winton.

We love hearing the beautiful prayers of Rev. JoNell each week, and are glad to share them with you! May this support your prayer and reflection time today!

This weekend, there are multiple ways to take a stand for #BlackLivesMatter and racial equity; FirstChurch has been directly invited to participate in two. You are encouraged to join what fits your COVID-19 comfort level.

If you're interested in being among the people, we are joining Faith in Texas Saturday morning for Never Again: A Pilgrimage - an intentional march to the sites of the lynching of Allen Brooks in 1910 and the murder of Diamond Ross in 2019. Sign up for this walk at FirstChurch members are planning to meet in the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to walk over to the starting point.

If you'd like to be active from your own home, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will host the Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Justice Gathering at 10 a.m. EST Saturday. It is the largest digital gathering of poor and dispossessed people — and all those of conscience — in this nation’s history. Learn more and register at

We are grateful for all of our members who are committed to working for justice!

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules

A note on today's ruling from Rev. Holly Bandel:

"We celebrate with siblings of the LGBTQ+ community, our church family and allies in this ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Church is called to advocate for equity and seek justice. “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation. We see a clear issue of simple justice in protecting the rightful claims where people have shared material resources, pensions, guardian relationships, mutual powers of attorney, and other such lawful claims typically attendant to contractual relationships that involve shared contributions, responsibilities, and liabilities, and equal protection before the law.” 2016 Social Principles of the United Methodist Church

Celebrate well this moment, friends, and may we continue to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all its forms." The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Worship June 14, 2020

Didn't get a chance to worship yet today? Watch it right here, right now! See any of our past services at

We have our first COVID-style baptism this morning! Come join us in worship - on demand now or stream with the rest of the family at 11am.

Urban Camp is in full swing...virtually! Campers are fully engaged via Zoom and are filling their days creating beautiful and exciting things! It's not too late to register - learn more at

Sermon from Dr. Andy Stoker

Here's a little "Wednesday night church" for you. In case you missed Sunday's sermon, check out these powerful words from Dr. Andy Stoker.

Just a little music from John Gould to brighten your day - may we all be still doing what we love at age 94!

Ready to dive into some resources to educate yourself on race and racial equity? The North Texas Conference compiled a few, and we added a couple of our own to this graphic. No time like the present to read and listen.

You can see the conference's original list here:

Rev. JoNell gave us another beautiful prayer at staff meeting today - enjoy this during your prayer time today!

It was a good first day back at the DLC! Rev. Ann Willet captured this photo of Rob Willis dropping off his two girls, Eve and Tessa, in the capable hands of director Quenetta Cox. All safety protocols are being followed to keep kids and staff safe- grateful to Quenetta and her staff for working so hard to ensure all operations were in place for a safe return!

Video from Julianne Harris

Member Julianne Harris participated in one of the many protests this past weekend, which happened to go past our church. She shared a series of videos with us from that protest, because seeing our church in the midst of this collective call to action gave her a new perspective - we'd like to share with you the message she gave to her FirstChurch family:

"I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart"

Being in protest felt strangely like being in church (except... on foot, a little sweatier, and with the occasional breakout dance party).

We prayed.
We preached.
We sang.
We marched as one body with one mission.
We marched as complete strangers, upholding one another and being equally held.

Each voice, step, and Samaritan reignited my faith in humanity. With renewed confidence, I maintain that justice, unity, freedom, liberty and peace can and will prevail.

But we have work to do.

We at FirstChurch have long been a steady and faithful heartbeat for our city. Now, we are poised to be a heartbeat for a movement - to fuel and spread its fire.

Headquartered at the corner of Ross & Harwood, may we stand firmly in our voice, our wholeness and our power as champions of God's love. It is my privilege to walk by faith with you.


We have a powerful service for you this week...we can’t wait to worship with you! Join us now on demand or stream along with the rest of the family at 11am!

Susan Interview

Missed this morning's email? Check out this brief interview with member Susan McIntyre, who talks about life during COVID, the events of the last few days, and what she's learned.

This is "Susan Interview" by FirstChurch Dallas on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Rev. JoNell Lindh has a lovely message for this week's mid-week check in. How are YOU holding up out there?

Last week, we had several volunteers help out at the Mayor's Milk Initiative - more than 700 gallons of milk were distributed, along with boxes of food provided by North Texas Food Bank.
Want to volunteer this Friday morning at Solar Prep? Sign up here:

A beautiful prayer from Rev. JoNell yesterday at staff meeting...continue to pray and take action!

Project Transformation has safe volunteer opportunities for the summer! Listen to Karen Kendall provide an update on how you can get involved!

Faith Forward Dallas

As a follow-up to yesterday’s events, Faith Forward Dallas issued this video featuring a number of Dallas faith leaders calling for compassion and justice, including our own Dr. Stoker. Take a minute to watch!

Faith Leaders call for compassion and justice and an end to white supremacy and racism in the city of Dallas.

Rev. Holly Bandel and Dr. Andy Stoker were among dozens of pastors from across Dallas who attended the Dallas Prayer Gathering at Dallas PD HQ in The Cedars this evening. Organized by the group Dallas Clergy, pastors representing denominations across the city offered inspiration and prayer to a large crowd covering the intersection of Bellevue and Lamar Streets.

[05/31/20]   FirstChurch family, the message below from Dr. Stoker was sent in an all-church email this morning. Please take some time today to worship, pray and reflect.

Living in the midst of a pandemic has brought issues of systemic racism to the forefront - we are seeing it in all facets of our communal life together. Yet, since Friday, we've watched our nation erupt in pain, trauma and fear as we see reports of the murder of George Floyd, larger issues of police brutality, and resulting protests take place in cities large and small. This further unveils the importance of our work as a community of faith toward a goal of anti-racism.

Racism is an ugly vestige of our nation's history that has consciously and unconsciously implanted itself into every layer of our society; we continually see it used to maintain structures of power and wield systemic discrimination and injustice. As United Methodist Christians, engagement in racist practices goes against the teachings of Jesus and our biblical mandate to love and care for our fellow siblings (John 15:12, 1 John 4:20-21). The images we are seeing on our televisions and device screens are evidence of how deeply entrenched racism is, and it remains imperative that we pray, reflect and take decisive action as individuals and as a collective (James 2:15-17).

It is critical we not minimize or downplay this most recent upheaval. I have recognized in my own conversations and on my own newsfeeds the tendency of people to speak badly of the protests and/or the protestors, reducing them to exercises in violence and damage to our communities by people who just want to cause trouble. While it is unfortunate that some capitalize on these opportunities to create mayhem, a majority of protestors are taking a legitimate stand on a real problem. Our neighbors here in Dallas and across the country have something to say — and this is an opportunity to listen. We who have ears to hear, listen. After all, listening is at the heart of our spiritual practice. Listening requires us to quell our own immediate responses and enter into deep and compassionate hearing of another’s external and internal experience.

In a previous response shared several days ago, Rev. Holly Bandel outlined ways we, as United Methodist Christians, can mobilize to help break down the Goliath of racism. Outwardly, there are a number of things we can do, including advocating for changes that make our systems and institutions more equitable. Yet, the real (and far more transformative) work begins within ourselves, examining our privilege and building a level of self-awareness allowing us to bolster our every action. There is work for each of us to do.

We pray for all the families affected by these killings, but also for all Black people in our country, who are experiencing trauma in the form of fear and angst as they watch these situations unfold day after day. And, we know in our heart-of-hearts, prayer is not enough. We must move forward in bold action—starting by examining ourselves more closely and call on those who look like us to do the same. Then, we must stand firm together in demanding that these structures that harm others be destroyed.

These are heavy times for our nation and our world. It is time to shine our Light. The world is looking to communities like ours to pray, to speak, and, ultimately, to act. I invite you to join me as we do the work to ensure a more compassionate and just-filled world for every one of God’s beloved children.

So glad to be participating this morning in the Mayor’s Milk Initiative!

Too much fun was had in the @dallasartsdistrict today celebrating the graduating seniors of Booker T Washington SPVA (of which a few are FirstChurch members!) Proud to honor everyone graduating and moving into the next chapter of their lives! 👨‍🎓🧑🏼‍🎓👩🏽‍🎓👨🏿‍🎓🧑🏼‍🎓👩🏻‍🎓👩🏿‍🎓

Join Tomorrow at 7 p.m.!
Rev. Holly Bandel is hosting a Mission and Advocacy Zoom Call with Dr. Pam Fields, Executive Director of Visible Unity, where they will discuss Race and the effects of COVID-19. Visible Unity is a new Rise Fund ministry this year whose purpose is to see more people united in their humanity regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status; affording grace, dignity and reconciliation to all.

Join us for this important time of learning and advocating for racial awareness and anti-racist policies in our community. Email Angie Connelly at [email protected] for the Zoom login!

See this week's mid-week check in with Rev. Holly Bandel!
How are YOU doing this week?

Want a quick, COVID-friendly volunteer opportunity? Project Transformation North Texas will distribute household supplies, food, books, and other fun and educational resources to PT participants and their families this summer, and FirstChurch has been asked to provide 100 bags of household supplies to help support the effort.

Get all the instructions and sign up by June 8!!/showSignUp/70a0b4aa9a82ca5ff2-project

It’s not too late to send a video! Be included in this week’s worship!

Enjoy this lovely prayer from our own Rev. JoNell Lindh on this Memorial Day!

Worship: May 24, 2020

Missed worship this morning? Watch it right here, right now! Feel free to share with friends and family!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and we’re excited to have you in worship today! Join us now on demand or stream along with the rest of the family at 11a.m.!

Thanks to Courtney Mitchell for talking about his experience during quarantine/COVID-19 to kickoff one of new video features! Our experiences are all different, yet so similar!

Class of 2020

We are so proud of our seniors! Check out this video to hear directly from them about their plans after graduation, and what FirstChurch has meant to them!

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Videos (show all)

Worship June 14, 2020
Sermon from Dr. Andy Stoker
Video from Julianne Harris
Worship: May 24, 2020
Worship, Sunday, May 10
Women of Faith: Karon Cogdill
Doug Kinzey Serenade From The Chancel Choir
Worship Sunday, May 3




1928 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX

General information

First United Methodist Church opened its doors in the heart of downtown Dallas in 1926. In that time, the neighborhood, the city and the world have changed around us, but our calling remains unchanged: To be an inclusive church, welcoming people from all walks of life to show and share God's love. Please join us for worship or view the 11:00 worship live online by clicking the worship link below. Service times: 8:45am & 11:00am Watch Live: Archive of worship services & sermons: Free parking: Bryan Tower 675 N Olive St Dallas, TX 75201 Free childcare available

Opening Hours

Monday 08:45 - 16:45
Tuesday 08:45 - 16:45
Wednesday 08:45 - 16:45
Thursday 08:45 - 16:45
Friday 08:45 - 16:45
Sunday 08:00 - 16:00
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