eDirectory Instructions

In order to read these instructions and simultaneously follow them, it is recommended that you open a separate window in your web browser and follow these instructions in that window.  That will allow you to refer back to these instructions as needed.

  1. On the homepage (www.hendersonfirstumc.org), click the light blue button labeled, “SET ME UP NOW!”  Your web browser should open up a new window.  At the top you will see the words “AccessACS Welcome to First United Methodist Church Sign In.”
  2. See where it says “Need a login? Click here?”  Well, click it!
  3. Enter your current email address, first name, last name and suffix (if applicable).  The email you enter must be an email address that we have on file in the front office (this is for added security).  If you do not have an email address on file with us or need to update it, contact at 270.827.9831 or firstunitedmethodist@gmail.com.  Once you have entered your information, click “Find Me.”
  4. As a security feature, you will be instructed to login into your email account in order to verify that you are who you say you are!  Click the link included in the email.  It will take you back to your web browser for account setup.
  5. You will be instructed to setup a password.  Please be aware that there are certain restrictions on what password you use.  This is for your protection.
  6. Once you have created your username (email address) and your password, you can log onto the membership directory anytime, anywhere that you have an Internet connection.  Simply go to the church website and select “eDirectory” under the CONNECT menu tab across the top of the page.

If you are someone who uses an iPhone or an Android powered smartphone, we also have an app for you to access the directory.  First, you will need to setup an account on your computer by the instructions above.  Once you have your username and password setup, go find the app on your phone.  Search in your App Store for “ACS Churchlife.”  Once you download it, enter your username and password and you are set to go!  With the app, you can find members’ contact info, contact them directly, and even get directions to their house!  It’s very user friendly.

We know that much of this new technology is a little scary to some.  Our system is setup with many security measures in place.  If you would like to know more about how we will respect your privacy and secure the information you give us, please feel free to speak to Matthew Vanover.

Messiah 2013

Messiah 2013 PosterChurch family,


Many of you remember just how successful the Cantata Choir’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah was last year.  We presented a few choruses and solos from Part I and sang the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”  If you haven’t heard already, I am very proud to announce that we will be presenting Messiah once again this year!  The concert will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 6PM in the First UMC Sanctuary.


Many communities have groups that present Messiah annually and I am very proud that First UMC is leading this initiative in Henderson.  After the success of Messiah 2012 and our spring performance of Haydn’s The Creation, we have attracted a lot of interest from community musicians.  Our Cantata Choir has grown to roughly 50 singers!   We have been practicing since August and the choir is sounding fantastic.  Regional professional soloists and an orchestra of about 15 players will join the Cantata Choir for what is sure to be an inspiring performance.


Not only will the choir present selections from Part I (the familiar Christmas section); the choir will also present a few selections from Part II and most of Part III. By presenting Messiah in a more complete fashion, my goal is to accomplish two main objectives: 1.) to place famous movements like the “Hallelujah Chorus” in their intended context; and 2.) to present the whole Christ story and, in doing so, connect the audience with the true evangelical nature of Christmas.   My prayer is that this performance will be a reminder that God loves the world so greatly that He sent his Son as a human child to share in the life of humanity that He might show humanity a path to God.


If you have any questions or would like to know more about this year’s performance of Messiah, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I would like to thank YOU, our listeners, for your love of music and you support of our church’s musicians.


Grace and peace,


Matthew Vanover

Director of Music Ministries


Homeward Bound!

After worship this morning we will depart Lake J (around 10:30 local time). Please be in prayer for safe travels and God’s guidance as we head home. As the kids packed up this morning, we believe they packed a great deal of new wisdom and Godly experience to brink back home. We hope to arrive sometime between 5 and 6 CST.

Last night we had a terrific worship experience that started with foot washing in our family groups. We had a very meaningful communion service and then our walk to the cross. Even though we walk up the cross every time we are here, it is always a powerful experience.

This has been a very meaningful trip – perhaps one of our very best Junaluska trips. We are so glad each of these 18 young people and 4 leaders were here.

See you later today!

Lake J Day 3!

Here we go at the beginning of day three here at the lake!

Yesterday, we enjoyed a mission afternoon (after morning worship and lunch) at the Black Mountain Home for Children. The home was started in the early 20th century as a place for at risk, abandoned, abused and mistreated youngsters. Today, many of their residents come to them via the court system. We were blessed to assist their one grounds keeper with his 90 acre job. This place is a dream – absolutely beautiful. Nestled in the mountains, the residents enjoy an amazing view, great facilities and residence halls, playgrounds, animals, and more.

We assisted with weed pulling, furniture moving, trail maintenance, burn piles, and even playground removal. We even found time for some fun team building exercises (see pic).

Last night we had a great worship experience as we remembered our baptism. Our kids are totally diggin’ it!

Pray for our adults – the busy schedule is wearing on some of us. These kids have an endless supply of energy!

P.S. We love you like a chicken. (If you want to know what THAT means, ask a kid!)

Lake J Day Two!

So far, our trip has been pretty exceptional. We have some pretty amazing young people.

Yesterday, our white water rafting trip was a blast. There were a few youngsters who were fairly nervous before we set out but about 10 minutes or so into the trip they relaxed and started having a blast. A few of the leaders might have initiated a splash war – don’t worry, everyone held their own! Some fun stories to come of certain adult leaders getting tossed out of the raft!! The leaders have all commented that we don’t remember having this much fun with our group in a while.

Last night, in worship we talked about God using the unexpected person for pretty great things and in our family groups we dug a little deeper into what baptism is all about.

We do have to point out that our kids are pretty exceptionally well behaved. We have the second largest group here this week and we’ve sensed that our group has been leaders in more way than one way.

Parents, thanks for lending us your kids this week!

– Jessica (Yessica), Matthew (MattMan), Joyce (J Mamma) and Bob (Bobbert)

First full day at Lake J!

Just getting started this morning with an early breakfast at 8am ET. Yesterday’s travel went exceptional smooth with some heavy rain just as we pulled into Lake Junaluska. Today we have opening sessions and then, this afternoon, white water rafting!

We’ve been very impressed with the kids that we are privelaged to minister to and with.

Keep us in your prayers as we continue to experience God and enjoy time together.

Rebecca Farley, Matthew Vanover in Concert, Sunday, June 2

imageSoprano Rebecca Farley, Matthew Vanover – in Concert

Sunday, June 2 at 2PM

First United Methodist Church

338 Third Street Henderson, KY 42420


A free concert by soprano Rebecca Farley accompanied by pianist Matthew Vanover is set for 2 p.m. June 2 at First United Methodist Church in Henderson.


Farley, whose operatic roles have included Nannetta in “Falstaff”, Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance” and who also starred as Christine Daaé in the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s groundbreaking production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UK. She is a 2008 graduate of Henderson County High School.


She is also a recent winner in the district Metropolitan Opera auditions and placed second in the regional auditions.


Vanover is Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist.


The concert will include classical music by Roger Quilter, Ricky Ian Gordan, Puccini and Mozart.  Musical theatre repertoire such as “I Feel Pretty” (from West Side Story) and “The Sound of Music” also will be performed.


The concert is free and open to the public.  A love offering will be collected to help support Farley’s summer plans to attend the Chautauqua Summer Music Festival in New York.


A reception will be held immediately after the performance.


For more information, contact Matthew Vanover at 270.827.9831 or mvanover@fumchenky.org.

Faith and Science Sunday – April 21

Church family,Gengerich Flyer

Our Faith and Science Sunday is just around the corner!
On Sunday morning, Dr. Gingerich will be speaking on the topic of “Do the Heavens Really Declare the Glory of God?” in both the 8:30AM and 10:45AM services.  In the 10:45AM service, the Cantata Choir will present a few choruses from Haydn’s “The Creation” (with an instrumental ensemble) to compliment Dr. Gingerich’s topic.
At 4PM, Dr. Gingerich will present a special lecture on the topic “Are we alone in the cosmos?”
Attached is an electronic copy of the flyer we have been circulating.  Please feel free to forward this message to your neighbors, friends and family.
We hope to see you Sunday!