First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Vernon, Texas


Welcome to


First United Methodist Church 



Winning the lost

Building Believers

Serving Others

Lives Transformed 


  Our mission, based on Matthew 28:19-20, is to make disciples

for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We invite you to come worship, learn, and build friendships here at
First United Methodist!!!

  Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!


            Connie and I want to lovingly say a huge THANK YOU to this congregation for the wonderful, surprising, and encouraging cards, letters and gifts you gave us this past Sunday, June 24th!!  I’m not sure how she did it, but SPRC Chair, Cheryl Townson, stealthily enabled all of you to sneak all that encouragement into a basket that I probably walked by 10 times and didn’t notice! 
            Yes, we’ve now been in Vernon for a whole year and, except for the humidity, we can say gladly how good it is to be here!  We’re looking forward to the future as we seek to connect people with Jesus Christ together. 
            If you’re on Facebook, you may have noticed that the sermons from the 9:00 Service are now on Facebook Live!  At Annual Conference, the Daigles and Connie and I heard reports from the younger generations that we should be connecting with as many people as we can by any method that we can.  Facebook Live was mentioned as a great place to go.  Some of the younger pastors in our Conference already use Facebook Live on Sunday mornings, so I thought, “Why not give it a shot?” 
            Facebook Live is what it claims to be:  a live showing of what’s being seen through the lens of a smart phone.  And even though it shows live at the time of the recording, it stays ready to be seen at later times on our First UMC, Vernon Facebook page.  I’m thankful to Stephanie Gilchrist who’s been recording the sermons up to this point.  I’m also thankful for those who are watching on Facebook Live and have given such good and helpful comments that make me think that we’re doing a good thing to get the Gospel of Christ out in as many way as we can.  I’m also thankful for the radio in the second Service at 11:00 on KVWC Radio AM 1490!  Thank you to those who give $$ so that we can keep our 11:00 Service on the air!  If you’d like to give to the radio ministry occasionally, please just mark you check, “Radio.” 
            July 4th is approaching!  We will celebrate our country’s 242nd birthday this coming Sunday, July 1st.  As to the question of whether the United States is a Christian nation, Methodist Bishop Charles Galloway wrote in 1898: “The Christianity of the colonists taught the supremacy of conscience, the sovereignty of the individual, the blessedness of private rights, the sacredness of human life, and the brotherhood of man.  Out of these cardinal doctrines came the fundamental principles of our republican government: liberty, equality, fraternity, and the protection of life and property….(Our country’s fathers’ calling was) to show that their great desire and high intention were to establish a distinctly Christian commonwealth, in which righteousness should perpetually dwell, and the golden rule of Christ be made the royal law of personal and public life.”

May God abundantly bless you and yours!


Peace like a river,
Rusty Dickerson





The Church has reserved the Orbison Park Pool for the following summer dates:

July 25        August 15

All parties will start at 7:00 p.m.

Service Times

 9:00 am

10:00 am
    Sunday School

11:00 am
    Traditional Service


 3029 Wilbarger Street
 Vernon, Tx   76384
 Phone:  940 552 6281
 FAX:  940 552 8194

Office Hours

 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday