United Methodist

Women at Worship


By Loretta Fulton

In her signature high-energy style, Felicia Hopkins captivated an all-woman congregation July 26 in the second of three special mid-week services Hopkins is hosting this summer at the church she pastors, St. Paul United Methodist.

The final installment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the church.¬†The services, which include a sermon by Hopkins, special musical presentations and congregational singing, are for all women of the community, regardless of denominational affiliation.¬†Refreshments will be served after the service. (more…)

Abilene Called to Church

First Methodist bell

By Jay Moore

Jay MooreIt was a series of C-sharps which first called Abilene to worship in 1883. The tone rang forth from the belfry atop the small Methodist church located at South Second and Butternut. That same note, from that same bell, continues to sound each Sunday as one of Abilene’s oldest congregations gathers for worship.

Just weeks after the founding of Abilene, local Methodists organized into a congregation in 1881. They would be the first group to construct a place of worship, with a building going up at South Second and Butternut beginning in 1882. The small frame church cost $2,000 to build and it stood ready for worship, weddings and funerals by the summer of 1883.