First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Loveland welcomes everyone seeking a spiritual home.
Thanks for stopping by our site! First UMC has a long and proud history serving the community of Loveland. In fact, we were established as a congregation even before Loveland became a city!
We have a motto: Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. And we try hard to be an open and accepting congregation.
It is important that we open our hearts wide – to each other, to the Loveland community, and to the world. It is not unusual for our congregation to be found sorting through food drive donations, volunteering for local non-profits, visiting folks in the hospital, hosting a homeless family in our building, or constructing a home in Guatemala. Whenever possible, we try to love our neighbors as best we can. That often means we find ourselves in service, in this community as well as around the world.
It is just as important that we open our minds wide. We are a diverse congregation. And because we’re not all cut from the same cloth, we want to learn from one another. This is a space where people can find opportunities to grow in their faith and to learn more about the abundant and joyful life God offers us all.
Finally, it is important that we open our doors wide. Wide enough for everyone. (Seriously. Everyone.) Whether you are white or black or brown or green, gay or straight or not sure, old, young or somewhere in between, whether or not you like “organized religion,” whether you like to attend church regularly or wonder if the building will collapse if you enter… you get the idea. It doesn’t matter who you are – we hope everybody can find warm friendship, genuine acceptance, and a spiritual home in this community of faith.
On this site you can find opportunities to serve, you can learn about our various ministries, you can search archives of sermons, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please call or email.
I hope you will visit soon!
Rev. Leslie Wood
We are here to serve.
Helping others through service: Food Bank for Larimer County, KidsPak, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army and many more ways
Meet the FUMC staff
Church Council Documents
Church Council Minutes
FUMC Church/Charge Conferences
Approximate location of property owned by FUMC indicated on the map outlined in blue. Possible sale of this property was the subject of the August 6th meeting.
Listening Session Responses
Compiled list of responses to questions posed in the Listening Meetings
There is a different color of print for each of the meetings
The ‘/’ symbol means the same idea was expressed by more than one person at the meeting
(click the question to read the list of responses)
- Question 1: What makes you want to come to church?
- Question 2a: What is FUMC doing well to meet your needs?
- Question 2b: What is missing? What is FUMC not doing to meet your needs?
- Question 3: How important is it to you that FUMC exists in ten years?
- Question 4a: What components of a worship service are most important to you?
- Question 4b: What is missing (from worship service)?
- Question 5: What number of worship services would you like?
- Question 6: Is there anything you would like to add that hasn’t been included in the previous questions?
Finance Meeting Notes
Click here to read the letter compiled by FUMC’s Church Council and Pastors in April 2023.
Click here to read Bishop Oliveto’s post Annual Conference 2023 reflection.
From Adam Hamilton. June 9, 2023
“I have never felt more hope for the future of the United Methodist Church.” This was the sentiment expressed last night as I met with Resurrection’s laity and clergy attending the Great Plains Annual Conference.
Despite the Annual Conference approving 155 disaffiliations, most of the delegates from the remaining 750 churches were energized. They are proud of being a church where all are welcome. They are clear that our work is to be used by God to draw people to Christ, to help people grow in their faith, to care for the people in the congregation, and to inspire and equip their congregations to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in their communities and throughout the world.
They also know that, despite claims from some in the GMC, United Methodists continue to hold to the historic essentials of the Christian faith as captured in the creeds.
There was excitement, too, as our approach to the faith seems to be drawing young adults to want to be a part of this new beginning for United Methodism. We have the largest class of newly ordained or commissioned people I can remember (nearly 50). Most are young adults who are committed to Christ and the future of the UMC.
It was fun to hear from pastors and churches that are growing and reaching new people. An African pastor serving a predominantly Anglo church in Kansas told me how they had tripled in size in the last couple of years, from 100 to 300 in worship. One female pastor working 1/4 time came to tell me that her church had grown from 13 people to 21 – her church had grown by 62%!!! Another pastor told me the church she serves has grown from 20 to 55 over the last couple of years! A lay woman with small kids shared her story during Conference reporting that, after her church voted to disaffiliate, she and 30 others from her congregation that wished to remain United Methodist started a new congregation in a borrowed space. Her enthusiasm was contagious!
There were, of course, pastors and laity that reported that their churches had gone through the discernment process regarding disaffiliation and had lost people, but most of these pastors and laity seemed hopeful too. One woman noted that the people who remained in the congregation were more passionate about their faith and that the conflict had actually led them to a deeper commitment to Christ and to the church’s mission and its welcome of everyone in their community.
I wish God’s blessings on each of the church’s that disaffiliated. These are our brothers and sisters and they will reach people our UM congregations may not reach. But I’m proud to be a United Methodist and excited about what God is doing, and will do, through United Methodist Churches in the years ahead!
The chart shows the latest data we have on disaffiliations in the US. Of those churches disaffiliating, it appears 2,000 to 3,000 have or will join the GMC and the GMC will have about 450,000 members. Another 2,000 will be non-denominational or join another Methodist denomination. The UMC will have 24,000 to 26,000 churches with about 4.5 million members.
FUMC Loveland Financial Information
through May 2023
Income YTD $ 420,995*
*Includes Dedicated Disbursements: $42,157
Expense YTD $ 367,250
Surplus/Deficit YTD $ 53,745
Budgeted Income YTD $ 388,190*
*Includes Dedicated Disbursements: $42,157
Budgeted Expense YTD $ 378,315
Budgeted Surplus/Deficit YTD $ 9,875
Thank you for your generous giving. Feel free to contact Karen Lumpkin at Business@fumcloveland.com if you would like additional financial information.
Sundays at 10:00am,
in person and online
We currently have one worship service at 10:00am. Fellowship after worship is held the first Sunday of the month.
Childcare is available on Sundays during worship, beginning at 9:45.
Our annual Season of Creation worship series is September 3-October 8! You’ll hear about “praying in color” from Rev. Leslie, and you can practice this method wherever you are. Click here to learn more. Click here for a printable coloring page.
Click the play button below to join us for our live-stream
Sunday Worship Service
at 10:00 am MDT on YouTube or watch later at your leisure.
Memorial Service for
Deborah “Deb” Lee Garst
Friday, July 15th, 2022
View the service live online at 1:30PM or play it back later
Explore our ministries
Click the photos below to learn more
New Member Classes are Postponed
But you can still join!
Should you have any questions about joining, contact the church office at 970-667-0876 or email@example.com.
How To Join
You can become a member of First UMC in one of the following ways:
• Confession of Faith – the initial entrance into membership in the church when you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
• Reaffirmation of Faith – renewing your initial confession of faith after a period of inactivity, or not being on a church membership roll.
• Transfer of Membership – from another United Methodist Church or a Christian church of another denomination. We recognize baptism from all other Christian churches.
The Church Comes to Larimer County
From memoirs of W. B. Osborn: “ln the month of June, 1863, a modest Methodist preacher by the name of Antes rode up to our door, and rapped thereon with his whip still sitting in his saddle. He made known his wants, informing me that he was a Methodist preacher and that he had been directed here by Captain Norton of Boulder, a fine Christian gentleman, whom I had met in the mining camp by the name of Gold Dirt in 1860. Here he was informed that he would find a Christian family to entertain him. He requested that I should announce a meeting for that evening. I did so by going to all of the neighbors and requested them all to come, as there would be but a few at most-if they all came. All told, there were 13 including the minister. The names of those at the first service in this county were: W. B. Osborn, Margaret C. Osborn, Millard F. Osborn, Milo Y. Osborn, Ella C. Osborn, Samuel Heffner, John N. Hollowell, John E. Washburn, Mrs. John E. Washburn, Winnie Washburn, and Joseph Markley and wife, and Brother Antes, the preacher. Here was sung the first hymn, the first prayer offered for church service, and the first sermon preached in Larimer County. Arrangements were made for services monthly.”
Our First Church Building
In 1880 David Barnes, on whose homestead Loveland is situated, extended the offer of a building site to any church that would erect a building in the new town. The three churches responding were the Methodists, the United Brethren and the United Presbyterian. The Methodists selected the site on Cleveland Avenue. It was dedicated on August 8, 1880. Loveland was three years old. A. N. Fields was Pastor.
Our Second Building
In 1887 Barnes Chapel was named in memory of David Barnes, “Father of Loveland.” Mr. Barnes had been killed by falling from a load of hay the preceding year. A generous gift by his wife, Sarah Barnes, made the chapel possible. She was for many years, until her death, a faithful member and liberal supporter of this building.
Our Third Building
Our third building was dedicated December 29, 1901. The “Loveland Reporter” of January 2, 1902, carried an account of the dedication. “The largest indoor audience ever assembled in Loveland was the one that gathered at the Methodist Church last Sunday morning to see the new edifice properly dedicated. Through professional courtesy, every minister in town abandoned regular service, and, with his members, attended the Methodist service and participated in the program.”
Tragically, 40 years later, the building caught fire on a Sunday morning and was completely destroyed. Thankfully, everyone was able to exit the building and there was no loss of life.
Our Fourth and Present Church Building
This building stands on the corner of Grant and Sixth Streets. It was consecrated on February 18, 1951. The sanctuary has a seating capacity of four hundred, a Fellowship Hall beneath the sanctuary, a well equipped kitchen, and a parlor with a seating capacity of one hundred. The building is of salmon rose brick, concrete and steel, as nearly fire proof as possible. It is of Gothic design.
On February 26, 1956, an educational wing to the south of the main building was dedicated, It matches the sanctuary in design. It was built on three levels. In 1976 the Florence Coy Memorial Hall was built and dedicated. Coy Hall now houses our kitchen, overflow for worship and our Youth Range. In 2008 we completed the redesign of our Children’s education area, updating both the look and feel of Sunday School and Children’s Education.
Charge Conference Documents
We look forward to hearing from you!
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Th 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
533 North Grant Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537
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United Methodists and others wishing to provide
humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake
of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to
This fund will provide direct assistance to those
in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.
Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:
● Online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450
● By toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174
● By check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to:
Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or given at or through any United Methodist church
One hundred percent of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause.
The United Methodist community in Ukraine, though quite small, is actively engaged in assisting neighbors in need. Global Ministries is in touch with the church’s leadership as well as with church leaders in countries welcoming those who are fleeing from violence in Ukraine.