Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ!

Join Us For the Lenten Season

Lent is the six-week period of the Christian year during which we anxiously await the triumphant resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is marked by some of the most important Christian holidays on our calendar including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Take a look at all the ways we celebrate this year.

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Palm Sunday, March 28


On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the triumphant entrance of Jesus and the start of Holy Week. We will offer two worship celebrations. Join us in person in the Chapel at 8:15 a.m. for a traditional worship experience or at 10:30 a.m. either in person in the Sanctuary or online for a more contemporary blended celebration. 

Maundy Thursday, April 1


Palm Sunday starts Holy Week on a high note but on Maundy Thursday we reflect on Christ's final moments with his Disciples captured in the story of the Last Supper. Join us either in person or online for a communion service at 6:45 p.m.

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Good Friday, April 2


On Good Friday we reflect on the death of Jesus on the cross and prepare ourselves for his eventual Resurrection over death and evil. Join us for a Tenebrae service in the Sanctuary or via  live stream at 7:30 p.m. This worship invites us to ponder the incredible sacrifice of Christ on the cross and what that sacrifice means for us today.

Sunrise Easter Celebration, April 4


Easter Sunday is the most significant of the Christian holidays.  We will begin our Easter Celebration with a Sunrise Easter Service.  This celebration signifies that Jesus no longer lays in the tomb. It was dawn when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus and found the rock rolled away from the entrance and the body of Jesus missing. This celebration will be timed as to see the sun rise as we celebrate. Dress warm and join us in the south parking lot at 7:00 a.m. as we face east for this special service. 

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Easter Sunday, April 4


Holy Week ends as exciting and triumphantly as it begins. On Easter Sunday we gather together to celebrate the triumphant Resurrection of Christ and his victory over death. As we celebrate Christ we reflect on what it means for us to triumph over evil and live as Christians today. Join us in person in the Chapel at 8:15 a.m. for a traditional worship experience or at 10:30 a.m. either in person in the Sanctuary or online for a more contemporary blended celebration. 

Spiritual Growth Opportunities During Lenten Season


The Sanctuary for Lent


The Sanctuary for Lent, by April Casperson, a Lenten Devotional Guide  is available at the church office.

The devotional will help us journey faithfully through this season as we look forward to the joy of the Resurrection! If you are unable to drop by the office to pick up your copy, you may call the office at 785.233.8100 and one will be mailed to you




SAVIOR, What the Bible Says About the Cross


Pastor Jeff Clinger will offer a  Lenten Growth Opportunity beginning  Sunday, February 21st for six Sundays, SAVIOR, What the Bible Says About the Cross, is based on the book by Margrey DeVega. The study dates are Sundays, February 21 and 28 and March 7, 14, 21, 28 via Zoom. There will be a short video followed by group discussion. 

If you are interested, please email Tiwana, and she will contact you with the Zoom link.




Sermon Field Guide and Growth Connection


Beginning Monday, February 22nd , the Sermon Field Guide will be available each Monday with the Weekly Worship Highlights which are emailed around noon. We hope that you will use this spiritual growth tool to reflect on the sermon and scriptures from Sunday and also to strengthen your spiritual weekly walk. If you would like to be added to our email list please contact Tina.


Tiwana Whitten, Director of Adult Discipleship, would like to offer another opportunity for growth and connection and invites you to join her on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for a seven week Zoom Connection Time throughout the Lenten Season. We will discuss that week’s Field Guide and reinforce what steps we are taking to move forward in our walk with Christ. We will begin on Monday, February 22nd, and go through April 5th.  Our connection time will last about 45 minutes. Don’t worry if you have to miss a Monday, attend when you are able. To join in, please email Tiwana and she will send you the link which will be good for all of the Mondays.  

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During Lent, the Topeka First UMC family is joining forces to walk the 13,169 miles from Topeka to Jerusalem. Every week, you are invited to complete this brief online log and track your miles. Submit this form weekly and we will track our progress week to week.


Miles are calculated as follows:


Adults & Youth

1 Mile (Walk, Jog, or Run) = 1 Mile

30 Minutes of Exercise = 1 Mile

Attendance in Worship = 2 Miles

Participation in Growth Opportunity = 1 Mile

15 Minutes of Devotion (Praying, Reading Bible) = 1 Mile

30 Minutes of Household Chores = 1 Mile

30 Minutes serving others = 1 miles



Attendance in Sunday School = 1 Mile

Going to Worship = 2 Miles

Wednesday Fellowship FaceBook Group = 1 Mile

Walk a Mile = 1 Mile

Play Outside for 20 Minutes = 1 Mile

Read Your Bible or Pray = 1 Mile

Helping another for 30 minutes = 1 Mile


Every time you submit this mileage log, you add your name to our weekly and journey's end drawing contests. Each week runs Wednesday to Tuesday. We ask you to submit your Mile Log by 8:00 a.m. each Wednesday to be eligible for a weekly prize. The weekly winners will receive a $5 gift card, and our journey's end winners will win a free Garmin Watch. Weekly winners will be announced each Wednesday in the Newsletter through Lent and the Garmin winners will be announced on Easter.


If you ever have mileage inquiries please reach out to DeAnna Guzman or call our office number (785) 233-8100.

As we spend extra time and energy focusing on our faith during Lent, Topeka First UMC wants to equip you with tools and resources developed to bring you closer to God and others. Whether you engage these opportunities on your own or as part of a Life Group or Sunday School Class, we hope you will find them helpful and meaningful.