Announcements & Events


(Note: Dates are subject to change, please check with the church office for details.)

9:00 am Contemporary Service
10:00 am Sunday School
11:00 am Traditional Service
4:00 pm Adult Handbell Practice
4:00 pm Confirmation Class
5:00 -7:00 pm RISE Youth - Middle & High School Student Worship

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry hands out food
6:30-8:00 pm, Volleyball
6:30 pm, Threads of Comfort
2:00 pm, Women's Prayer Group
7:00 pm, Men's prayer Group

9:00 am, Fellowship Center
1:30 pm, Exercise Class - Everyone is invited to join
7:00 pm, Choir Rehearsal
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry hands out food
6:30 - 8:00 pm Volleyball
6:30 pm Last Psalm Band Practice

Care Ministry Team
New Day, New Time
4th Tuesday Every Month @ 10:00 am

Join us on the Neutral Ground
A Coed Sunday School for 20, 30, 40, and 50- Somethings in the old Children's Worship Room.

did you know
We worship through songs, joys & concerns, scripture reading & discussion and a craft. We even have a monthly memory verse that we work on during the Children's Church service. Come join us during the 9:00 and 10:45 services!

9:00am Morning Worship
10:00am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
Promotion Sunday | Blessing of the Backpacks
4:00pm Handbells
5:00pm RISEyouth

6:30pm Volleyball


2:00pm Women's Prayer Group
7:00pm Men's Prayer Group

9:00am Fellowship Center Day
10:00am Peaceful Quilters
1:30pm Exercise Class
6:30pm RISEyouth Small Groups
7:00pm Choir Practice


6:30pm Volleyball

4:00pm Handbells
5:00pm RISEyouth

Tuesday, November 19
2:00pm Women's Prayer Group
7:00pm Men's Prayer Group

Wednesday, November 20
9:00am Fellowship Center Day
10:00am Peaceful Quilters
12:00pm Men's Lunch Country Kitchen
1:30pm Exercise Class
6:30pm RISEyouth Small Groups
7:00pm Choir Practice

Thursday, November 21
12:00pm Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry
6:00pm Finance Meeting
6:30pm Volleyball
6:30pm Last Psalm Band Practice
7:00pm Church Council Meeting

Saturday, November 23
Meal to Bishop Ott

First United Methodist Church Gonzales Breakfast with Santa!
Saturday, December 7th. 10am-12pm

Parents Night Out
Saturday, December 14th. 5pm-10pm. Open to kids prek-5th grade. Food, games, crafts, movies. Just what mom and dad need to go out and do some shopping or enjoy a Christmas party!

Christmas Cantata
The Fall season is upon us, which means that Christmas is around the corner. As usual, the choir is starting their rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas Cantata. This year, the Choir will be performing "Light Looked Down," a cantata that is sure to be fantastic worship event. If you are, or have ever been, interested in singing with the choir, now is the perfect time! We meet every Wednesday from 7:00-7:30 in the Choir Room. Whether you are a natural singer or just sing in the shower, we would love to have you come join us for what is sure to be a wonderful act of worship. If you are interested in singing with us this Christmas Season, flag me down after the service, or come out to our weekly Wednesday rehearsal.
Hope to see you all out there! Jesse White

Wednesday Exercise Class
As we get older, our balance tends to get worse. This can cause many accidental falls which in turn can be debilitating if you break a bone. As part of each class, we practice balancing in many different ways. If you feel you’re balance has become worse, exercising can help you with this. Strengthening, toning, stretching, and balancing, can improve your total body. Walking is a good exercise, but to get a full body workout you need to attend a fitness class. Simply once a week will help you. If you haven’t tried our exercise class on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM, please come and see what a difference it can make.

Exercising releases endorphins, which in turn can make you feel better and also have a real impact on your normal activities. I am a certified fitness instructor and I can modify any exercise to fit your ability. Come out and have a great time with us, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it!


Serve: Bishop Ott Shelter for Women & Children
On the fourth Saturday every month, our church needs 2-3 people to prepare food and take it to the Sweet Dreams Shelter for Women and Children in downtown Baton Rouge for their 6pm meal. This shelter is on the St. Vincent de Paul campus between Florida and Convention Street. All the St. Vincent shelters depend on volunteers in the BR area for all their evening meals. Preparers usually leave Gonzales about 5-5:15pm with the food, serve the meal, and return to Gonzales before 7:30pm. The meal requires a main dish, side vegetable, green salad w/dressing (or fruit), simple dessert, and ready-to-eat rolls. We usually prepare about 30-35 servings for the women and their children. Anyone can participate in this ministry, male or female, church member or not. If someone “isn’t a cook”, they can still participate in an important way by driving in or supplying non-cooked items. All you need is a heart for service, as we begin our 17th year of helping to feed disadvantaged women and children in our metro area.

We need people for these dates: NOV. 23, DEC. 28 Please contact Kaye Hertwig, 225-644-7923 or

Sunday morning Worship Center refreshments needed!
Sign up in the Narthex or contact Lee McKinnie at 225-202-3414.

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry
In September we were able to provide 292 boxes of groceries to Families! These boxes fed 104 people!!

Sweet Dreams Shelter

Bishop Ott Shelter for Women & Children every 4th Saturday of each Month. Click Here for more information.

Homework Help Tutors Needed!
In order to continue to offer weekly tutoring, we need you! Contact Melinda Robert at 266-5705 for more information.

Donation Wish List
Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry First UMC of Gonzales
Here are some of our needs:
Canned meat
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables
Canned spaghetti sauce
Canned tomato sauce
Canned tomato paste
Canned soup
Tomato product (spaghettiOs, ravioli's, etc.)
Bread mix (corn bread or muffins)
Peanut butter
Aseptic pack or canned milk
Boxed macaroni and cheese
Helper meals
Bag of rice
Dry or canned beans
Spaghetti noodles

Volunteer, We Need Your Help!
The church needs volunteers: Lay Readers, Greeters, Ushers, Media and Sound for the Traditional Service. If you would like to volunteer, please email the church at