New Financial Peace University Jan. 29

Debt is a thief. Take back your life. If debt has robbed you of your freedom and stolen your joy, then it’s time to battle back.

Each year the Atchison United Methodist Church hosts a program developed by internationally-renowned finance expert Dave Ramsey. It is an ecumenical program offered to Atchison families regardless of your religious affiliation. We firmly believe that getting a grasp on your personal finances leads to a better path through Christ.

Scholarships are available from some of the local banks for attending this program. Free child care is available upon request.

Classes begin 6 p.m. Jan. 29 and will take place each Tuesday at 6 p.m. until March 26.

The first lesson is free to everyone.

For more information, Contact Mike Schaeffer at 913-367-5845 or register online at

Financial Peace University

Atchison United Methodist Church Starting Class, 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, at the church, 501 Kansas Avenue. First Lesson, “Super Saving” FREE, no obligation to continue. Customers of The Bank of Atchison and Exchange Bank can get a scholarship of 50% upon completion of the 9-week class. Other scholarships may be available. But the First Lesson is FREE to all. Free Childcare is available during each lesson, you must contact the office 913-367-1844 of your needs 1 day before each lesson. For more information contact Mike at Use this link to register on-line: http// answer “I have a kit.” if you want to purchase from us ($93, 6 available) or purchase on line ($109) you may do so. First Lesson FREE.

Join us at Juneteenth!

At their May meeting, Church Council voted to worship with our Christian neighbors at the Juneteenth Community Worship Celebration on Sunday, June 10. We will begin in our Sanctuary at 10:10am for a brief opening, sharing joys, lifting up prayer concerns, and receiving an offering. Then we’ll carpool and caravan to LFM Park in time for the community service at 11 a.m.

What is Juneteenth?

Known as Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day, it is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former confederacy of the southern United States.

Methodists on Slavery

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, opposed slavery in his written work “Thoughts on Slavery” published in 1774, later continued by Thomas Coke and the Methodist Episcopal Church. However, Methodist history is somewhat mixed on abolition in the United States. You can read about our history here:


Photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society. Built in the spring of 1859, the Kansas Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church was the first church built in Atchison, Kansas. Abraham Lincoln spoke here on Dec. 2, 1859 while campaigning for the U.S. presidency.

It was in our very own Atchison Methodist church, prior to moving to its current location at Fifth and Kansas, that Abraham Lincoln delivered a campaign speech while running for president in 1859.

About Atchison’s Juneteenth
Seating at LFM will be under large tents with big fans to help stay cool. Dress is casual. There is handicapped parking available on 7th Street by the former pool hall. Juneteenth organizers have indicated that everything is loud enough to be heard from cars parked in the area. Dress is casual.
Food will follow the service with Gospel music and a talent show. There will be a freewill donation to help with expenses and seed money for next year’s celebration.
For more information or to help with carpooling, contact Marta in the church office (913-367-1844), or one of the following members of Church Council or the Coaching Team: Larry BeesonJudy DentonAlex Gehring,Tamara HouseMerri LeachChristine McCoole,Carolyn MohlerColeen MurphyMike SchaefferPam SchwartzNancy Wheeler; or talk with Pastor Nancy.

Happy Easter!

Holy Week Services
Listed below are the special services for Holy Week. In addition to these, we will meet for Easter worship at our normal 10:10 a.m. time on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary.

Thursday, 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
This will be the last service with the prayer stations we’ve used throughout Lent. We will put a special focus on sharing the Last Supper.

Friday, 6:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden
Join us as we walk with Jesus through the last day of his human life. We will walk the “Way of the Cross,” similar to the more familiar Stations of the Cross. As long as weather will permit, we’ll start in the Rose Garden and work our way around the east and south sides of the church and finish our 14 stations on the west side.
If weather doesn’t allow, we’ll move it to Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, 6:45 a.m. at Independence Park
We’ll gather at the river as the sun rises to celebrate theSon rise in this early Easter worship led by the MWAW group. Right now the forecast looks dry, but cold; dress warmly Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be available.

Soup and Sermon
Today and next Wednesday at noon are the last chances to enjoy good soup, great fellowship, and an inspiring sermon from one of our local pastors.
Today, First Christian Church is making soup (that smells wonderful) and Rev. Paul Kelley will bring us the message.

If you can take an hour out of your busy day, we promise to have you out before 1 p.m.

I hope you’ll join me for as many of these special Holy Week services as you can. I know you will be blessed by the time spent in worship with brothers and sisters in Christ.
Have a great rest of the week, and I’ll see you on Thursday in the Sanctuary, and on Friday in the Garden.



Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patty’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a delicious baked potato bar!  The Atchison United Methodist Church youth and adults traveling this summer to Lake Junaluska, NC are planning a great lunch and/or dinner option for any/all throughout the community.  On Friday, March 16, lunch will be available from 11 am – 1:30 pm consisting of  a baked potato with your choice of toppings, cookies, and drink for only $8.00!  Or don’t want to cook when you get home? Pick up a baked potato plus the extras from 4:30 – 6:30 pm and take home for dinner!!  You are welcome to eat at the church, purchase for carry-out, or have it delivered for an additional 50₵ per potato.  Deliveries will be made to homes or businesses in or very near the city limits of Atchison.

You are welcome to call in your order ahead of time to the office at Atchison United Methodist Church at 367-1844, or email  It’s a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support those who will be attending the worship and music conference this summer.

In addition to Friday’s meal, the group will also serve on Saturday, March 17, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Serving will be at the church, 501 Kansas Avenue.  Please enter from the Kansas Avenue door.  Meals will be available for dine in or carry-out.  No deliveries are available on Saturday.

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina is the home of the Music & Worship Arts Week conference sponsored by the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.  Atchison UMC was blessed to have ten youth and adults attend the 2017 conference.  Everyone returned revitalized and excited to share.  Much of what they learned and experienced we have all enjoyed in our worship services.

This year, we have a total of 12 youth and adults planning to attend.  As before there will be opportunities to participate in choirs, handbells, drama, and band, as well as classes for bible study, visual arts, and more.

For more information please contact Marta Myers at 367-1844 or 367-6707.

March 16, 2018  available  11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

1 Baked Potato, dessert, bottled water = $8.00 (add 50per potato for delivery)


Lenten Worship Series

Lenten Worship Series
Next Wednesday, Feb. 14, is Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. Before you take your sweetheart out for dinner, join us in the Sanctuary at 5:30pm for our Ash Wednesday worship service, which will include the imposition of ashes.
Our worship series is “Listen,” an introspective series of worship services with special attention given to the practice of various spiritual disciplines. Be prepared to enter deeply into the heart of worship and to “Listen” for the still, small voice of God calling to you.

Worship This Week
This Sunday marks our last in the “Risky Business” worship series. We will look at two stories fromMark 8.27-9.8: Peter’s declaration that Jesus is the Son of God and Jesus’ mountaintop transfiguration in “Let Your Light Shine.”

>>>See more in our weekly newsletter.


Don’t miss this: Smart Money livestream event Nov. 7

Atchison United Methodist Church will be hosting a FREE livestream event for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 501 Kansas Avenue.

For many years, the church has hosted Financial Peace University courses to help families get out of debt and “live like  no one else.” We welcome participants of all religious backgrounds.


The Smart Money live stream is a one-night event to share Dave Ramsey’s seven-step proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth. You’ll leave with a clear vision for your family’s financial future.

Sign up here:

Our 100th Anniversary!

Building Celebration
Our celebration of the 100th anniversary of this building on Sunday, Sept. 10, is coming quickly. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Kay Scarbrough, and the Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Nancy Lambert, will be with us in worship at 10:10am with the message delivered by Rev. Scarbrough.
After worship, we will enjoy a fried chicken dinner. The day will culminate with a program at 1:00pm with dignitaries from around our community. Plan to attend and bring your family to celebrate our history.
If you haven’t yet made your reservatin for our catered fried chicken dinner following worship, contact Marta in the church office (913-367-1844) no later than this Sunday.