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May 2, 2020 Announcement
Beginning Monday, May 4th, church office staff will resume office hours from 9am-12noon Monday-Thursday. In an effort to continue to keep everyone safe and healthy we are still practicing social distancing protocol; please call first if you need anything.
March 22, 2020 Announcement
It is with great joy that the Accountable Leadership Board members and I announce that Associate Pastor Marsha Vincent will be appointed to First UMC Lebanon 3/4 time beginning July 1, 2020. Pastor Marsha has been serving First UMC in a 1/4 time appointment and has been an effective congregational care pastor during that time. With increasing her appointment to 3/4 time, Pastor Marsha will continue to focus on congregational care while adding to her duties assisting with Sunday worship and creating other worship, discipleship and outreach opportunities. I’m very excited to continue to have Pastor Marsha partnering with the church and I in ministry in our church and community, and I look forward to the many more blessings our church will experience through her leadership, compassion and enthusiasm. Please join the Accountable Leadership Board members and I in celebrating this joy with Pastor Marsha!
Grace and Peace to all,
Pastor Kathy Osiel, ALB Chairperson Karla Lowe-Phelps, Ginny Bounds, Ron Burnett, Chuck Christal, Brad Curl, Bill Ersery, Kathy Hough, Justin Johnson, Matt Michael, Jim Moore, Stan Moore, Susan Mott, Vanessa Ruble, Scott Shumate, and Rita Wall
March 18, 2020 Update
First United Methodist Church folks,
We continue to take guidance from our Missouri Conference of the UMC, the CDC and local agencies as we make decisions for in person gatherings at the church building due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Therefore, effective Wednesday, March 18th.
  • Worship and all other activities will be suspended. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus recommendations from the Conference, the CDC and local agencies and make decisions for when we will resume activities scheduled past March 31st.
  • An online worship experience will be provided through First UMC’s Facebook page and on First UMC’s website at 10am on Sundays. This can be viewed through your smartphone, tablet or computer. Pastor Kathy will also provide other connectional opportunities through teleconferencing and the church’s Facebook page throughout each week worship and activities are suspended.
  • Pastor Kathy and Pastor Marsha, as well as the church staff, will continue to be only a phone call, email, or instant message away if you have needs. Please contact us and we will be contacting you!
  • Please continue to support the church financially. You may drop off your financial giving at the church office entrance in the drop box or mail your giving in to the church at PO Box 470. Since there will be no activities in the church building spending should slow accordingly. However, if financial giving slows or ceases for a time, we’re prepared to slow spending even more. We’ll use emergency funds before making permanent changes in staffing or programming.
  • Please know that the Accountable Leadership Board has spent much time in prayer and consideration of this decision. The physical safety and health of our congregation is of the utmost importance to the board members, Pastor Kathy, Pastor Marsha and the church staff. The faith development and spiritual journey of each congregant is of equal importance, therefore alternate ways of gathering through teleconferencing and social media will be available to you as these two weeks pass. You will be notified as those opportunities develop.


Lastly, let us all remember that the Lord our God is with us. May God calm our fear and increase our courage as we make decisions for our church, our community and our families during this pandemic. Don’t forget the words of Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid. For I am with you. Don’t be discouraged. For I am your God.”

Our Staff

Pastor Kathy Osiel
Lead Pastor
Pastor Marsha Vincent
Associate Pastor
Cindy Page
Director of Family Ministries & Worship
David Clark
Director of Music Ministries
Afton Nordean
Office Manager – Communications
Jackie Brown
Staff Accountant
Casheena Hillme
Technology Specialist

Get Involved

Sunday School
9am-10am every Sunday.
We offer multiple classes for adults that are designed to enrich your spiritual walk and encourage you in your faith.
Jr. High & Senior High students gather together to explore the reality and relevance of Scripture in their lives and to explore God’s word through discussion, video, and prayer. 
PreK-5th grade for praise and worship, a Bible lesson, drama, hands-on activities, games, and crafts.
Adult Ministries
There is always something going on at First UMC. Contact us to learn more about the opportunities to serve.
Stephen Ministry
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Women
Susanna Circle
Wesleyan Circle
Crafts & Quilting group
Chancel Choir
Bell Choir
Care Team
House Rehab and Construction
Bible Studies
Youth Ministries
Methodist Youth Sundays                                                             Junior High and High School aged students meet from 5pm-7pm every Sunday. They share a meal, worship, study the Bible and play off-the-wall, active, and fun group games!

Emerge After School Program                                      Emerge is an after school study & tutoring space for all students in grades 6-12 that meets Mondays from 3pm-6pm. Contact the church office for information on transportation to the church from school.

Children’s Ministries
Children’s Time
During Worship Service, Children are invited to join Pastor Kathy for a short lesson. 
Children’s Church
After Children’s Time the kiddos will go to their own Children’s Church Service where they will participate in praise and worship, a Bible lesson, drama, hands-on activities, media, games and crafts! 
All staff and volunteer workers are screened and trained through Safe Gatherings.
If you would like to know more about what your child learns and experiences during Children’s Church contact us at kids@1umclebanon.com

Contact Us

300 N Madison Ave. 
Lebanon, MO 65536
P.O. Box 470
Tel: (417) 532-7153 
Fax: (417) 532-1857
 Office Hours: Monday-Thursday     9am to 3pm