First United Methodist Church Lodi
Worship services are held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Services typically include hymns, scripture readings,
a time of sharing celebrations and concerns of church family and friends, a message delivered by Rev. Lori Sawdon or a guest speaker, and prayer.
A time of fellowship follows the service.
Adult Sunday School begins at 8:30 a.m.; Children's and Jr. High Sunday School begins at 9:30.
Child care is offered for infants and toddlers (up to 3 yrs) of parents attending worship.
The church offers van service for those in need of transportation to worship, and the sanctuary is handicap-accessible with wheelchair seating.
Family and Individual Counseling can be arranged with Rev. Lori Sawdon.
Handbells date from 17th-century England. Our handbell choir began in 1991, and plays regularly in worship services. Experienced handbell players are encouraged to join.
A happy group of singers who enjoy serving the Lord through music, the Chancel Choir provides choral music for Sunday worship and annually presents a "gala" of sacred and secular songs.
Youth Group - Grades 7 - 12.
Meridians - Fun fellowship for the 50+ crowd.
4th Saturday of each month.
Warm Hearts - Senior Adults
Warm Hearts was started in 1993 by the Rev. Dr. Earnest Troutner and Dorie Troutner. The objective: to provide Christian Fellowship for our senior FUMC members and friends, and to help support the work of our pastor and of the church.
We have been gratified by enthusiastic attendance, good programs supplied in part by our own church members, and by a widening circle of friends as we meet and become better acquainted.
We invite all senior members and friends of FUMC to join us for lunch and a program starting at noon on the third Friday of each month in the Fellowship Hall.
RSVP requested. $8 lunch donation.
Contact the church office.
Gift of Love Knitters
This ladies' group meets 5 or 6 times each year to knit sweaters for needy children in the United States and worldwide. These ladies welcome anyone who knits or wishes to learn! Contact Anne B.
Sacramento Street Ministry
The Sacramento Street Ministry prepares and serves hot breakfasts and sack lunches the 3rd Sunday of every month. Meals are served at the Salvation Army building on Sacramento Street.
Contact Jim or Jean.
Health issues and programs in the church are under the guidance of our Parish Nurse.
Some of the programs we offer are:
• "Energizers" Senior Exercise Program
Ladies: Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.,
Gentlemen: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 a.m., and
Co-ed Energizers on Fridays at 9:00 a.m.
in the Fellowship Hall.
Nominal fee; doctor's release required.
• "PaceSetters" Seated non-impact Aerobic Exercise
Mondays, Wednesdays and most Fridays 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. Nominal fee; doctor's release required.
The church also has various medical aids (such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, shower chairs and raised toilet seats) available for loan to members.
Children's and Jr. High Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.;
Adult Sunday School at 8:30 a.m.
Small Group Opportunities
Men's Prayer Group:
Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room
Men's Breakfast Bible Study
Mondays at 6:30 a.m.
Vacation Bible School – An annual week-long event for children held in the summer.
Our fundamental goal in Christian education is to provide opportunities for
individual spiritual nurture and community.
Opportunities to study together help us recognize, deepen, and celebrate our commitment to Jesus Christ.