First on the Corner, A Foundation for Generations

Governor's latest restrictions 7/29/20

With the governor’s latest restrictions placed on July 29th, it has been questioned whether we would have “in-person” services this Sunday.
Since we have not received orders from the Bishop not to hold services, we are small in numbers anyway, and we have lots of room to spread out,
we will plan to continue to hold “in-person” services at this time.  We will also continue to “live stream” the services on Facebook for those who aren’t comfortable attending in person.
August 2
nd is also Communion Sunday.  To continue with providing as much safety as possible, Communion will be conducted a little differently.  When you pick up your bulletin from the table in the Narthex, there will also be a small bag with the communion elements (bread and grape) for you to pick up to be consumed at communion time.
If you have any questions, you may call Pastor Ryan or Lu.
Thank you.

Church History Book

The books are in! This is our 150th anniversary, and we have books telling our story. Included are a few biographies, list of pastors through the years, the 1907 church building (our current building), the "speaking choir" written for the 75th anniversary in 1945, etc. Cost is $20.
church book

Open Again

Church Services will be beginning again June 14. We hope to see you there.

New General Conference Dates

New General Conference dates announced MINNEAPOLIS (UM News) — Organizers have confirmed that the next General Conference will be Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, in Minneapolis, despite pleas that the decision-making body not meet at the start of the academic year. Heather Hahn reports.
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Methodists led response in earlier epidemic

PHILADELPHIA (UM News) — When yellow fever sickened thousands and ground government to a halt in 1793, a U.S. founding father turned to two trailblazing African American Methodist leaders for help. Heather Hahn has the story. Read story

Honor 2020 Graduates

We want to honor our grads in our video worship service on Sunday, May 17th! Please send your grad's
name, photo, school, and future plans to by Wednesday, May 13th.


Let's Honor and Pray for the Class of 2020!

Help Lead Worship

We'd love to have your face and your voice bless us in our time of worship!  Email Pastor Ryan at if you would like to help read Scripture or contribute music!


We know this is a tough time in so many ways, including financially.  First remains committed to being a beacon of help and hope in our community, especially now, and your tithes and offerings make that possible. We are especially grateful that many in our church have remained faithful in their giving even hile we have been unable to gather in person. You can still 

mail your offerings to the church at 302 S. 6th Street, Escanaba. You can also now give online through our secure PayPal link by clicking here.  Thank you for your stewardship of God's gifts and resources.

Upper Room Available

Upper Room Devotionals Available

Many in our community have found The Upper Room Daily Devotional to be a meaningful part of their spiritual life.  We typically have these booklets available in the narthex, but given our extenuating circumstances, the May/June issue is available as a free downloadable PDF that you can find by clicking here.  If you prefer the physical booklet and would like one mailed to you, please contact Pastor Ryan or Barb Snyder.