Lenten Encounter Table - A Symbol of the Lenten Journey


The season of Lent consists of the 40 weekdays (Monday-Saturday) and 6 Sundays before Easter.  These 40 days are a symbol of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness before his crucifixion.  One of the earliest traditions of the church has been to spend this season in reflection on the life and death of Jesus. During the Lenten season we are encouraged to go deep within our own heart and mind to make adjustments necessary to bring hope to ourselves and our world.  During this time, we listen more closely for the voice of God and His message of hope and redemption.

To set this reflective mood in worship, we will be featuring a Lenten Encounter Table featuring symbols of the spiritual journey we will take with Christ over the next 40 days.

The desert-like rocky landscape is symbolic of our journey into the wilderness that seems barren and unable to give us life.  The food and drink let us know that even when we experience fear and hopelessness, God will richly provide the sustenance needed to move forward in fearless faith.

As we start our Lenten spiritual walk with Christ, here are some questions to ponder:  How can I make my life shine brighter as a beacon of God's hope, healing, and forgiveness?  In what area do I need God's hope, healing, and forgiveness?  What can I offer as sustenance to others who may feel as if they are journeying in a hopeless and barren wilderness?


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Pastor Steve Holston delivers the message of Invitation
to the Observance of Lent.


Each person present came forward to receive
the imposition of Ashes on their forehead or hand.


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February 11th was Scout Sunday.
Ennis 1st United Methodist Church has continuously
sponsored Scout Troop 210 for over 70 years!

Alan Linson, Troop 210 Assistant Scoutmaster,
thanks the church for continuously
sponsoring the troop for over 70 years!



See MORE pictures at Scout Sunday Happenings!















Contact Information

First United Methodist Church of Ennis
300 N. Sherman St.
Ennis, Texas 75119
Phone (972) 875-7491

Regular Schedule

Office Hours
  • Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm
    Closed on Fridays
  • 9:00 am Sunday School
  • 10:00 Coffee & Donut Fellowship
  • 10:30 am Worship Service


  • Sermon Series - Biblical Portrayals


    People Who Crossed Jesus’ Path

    Pastor Steve will begin a new sermon series on
    Sunday, February 18th.

    He will be portraying three characters from the Bible
    who crossed Jesus’ path.

    On February 18th we will meet Nicodemus. 
    We will also meet Barabbas on our journey.

    Plan to attend worship and
    meet some interesting people of the Bible. 



  • United Methodist Men

    United Methodist Men

    Come and be a part of an organization of men,
    by men, and for men.
    Our first meeting is going to be on

    Saturday, Feb, 24, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in Memorial Hall

    immediately following the Men’s Prayer Breakfast.

    We are forming a men’s Bible study, have a spring fishing trip to discuss and are looking for unique men’s ministry opportunities.

    We need you!

    This will not be just another church meeting,
    but an adventure planning session!

    Come Join Us in forming a ministry and
    creating a legacy of Men’s Leadership in our church!!


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  • Family Fellowship Lunch

    February 25th

    Family Fellowship Lunch

    after church

    Chicken provided

    Bring a side dish or dessert

    Bring your family and friends, and join us for
    food, fun, and fellowship.



  • "Hunger Doesn't take a Spring Break"

    For the week of March 12th through March 16th

    We will be collecting food items for
    families in our church
    who might not have meals
    during the time that school
    is out for spring break. 

    Watch this space for the list of food items desired!



  February 2018  

This Week's Events



8:15 AM
Children's Day Out
Confirmation Class
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Word Classroom
Worship Team Practice
6:00 PM


Adult Bible Study
10:00 AM
Led by Pastor Steve
Kids L.I.F.E.
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Memorial Hall
5:00 PM
Lord's Ladies Classroom
Chancel Choir
7:00 PM
Choir room
Adult Bible Study
7:00 PM
Led by Pastor Steve
Youth Bible Study
7:00 PM
Upstairs - Youth Lounge


Emmaus Women's Walk #430
Brownwood - see Ministries section for more details!
8:15 AM
Children's Day Out


Church Office Closed
Have a great Friday!


Men's Prayer Breakfast
8:00 AM
Memorial Hall
United Methodist Men
9:00 AM
Adventure Planning Session
Memorial Hall
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