Rev. Paul Beard appointed to serve Ganado FUMC and Louise UMC effective July 1, 2018.  Click here to see announcements about the  clergy change at Ganado FUMC

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Welcome to the Ganado FUMC web site!    

Ganado First United Methodist Church is a community of faith offering open hearts, open minds, and open doors to all who desire a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the savior to all humanity.  We guide each other by “love, faith, baptism and service to our neighbors as commanded by our Lord.”

Our “style” of worship

At First United Methodist Church of Ganado, we consider ourselves a blend of traditional with a splash of contemporary.  Our goal is to share the good news and be disciples to all the nations.

On a weekly basis, we alternate the music used in worship services from timeless traditional hymns to current hits played by our praise and worship band.

The youth is our future …

We welcome young families in our worship service and have a special message prepared and delivered to our young disciples (from toddler to 18).  Our Youth Ministries includes Kids of the Kingdom for K-5, GCYF for Jr High and High School youth.  We support UMARMY Mission Camps youth leadership development.

Jeans, boots and button downs are welcome here!

We are more concerned about our visitors and members being comfortable and being present than we are about what you wear.  You will see our members dressed in a wide range of apparel including dress shorts, jeans to coat and tie.

The bread and the cup …

Our congregations celebrates the Great Thanksgiving (Holy Communion) each week with an open table.  You need not be a member of the church nor a member of the Methodist denomination to participate and receive communion during our worship services.  “Christ our Lord invites to the table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sins and seek to live in peace with one another.”


Special Upcoming Events:

Covered Dish Send-Off for Pastor Mark and Angel
Sunday June 24th, 2018 – immediately following worship in the Roberts Fellowship Hall.

Ganado Nursing and Rehab Worship Service
Sunday June 24th, 2018 – begins at 4:00 pm at Ganado Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Council Meeting
Monday June 25, 2018 – begins at 6:00 pm in the Large Classroom.
(This specific meeting was moved to the 4th Monday to help coordinate other schedules.  Council meetings are normally scheduled for the third Monday of each month.)

Called Church Conference
Monday June 25, 2018 – begins at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Conference called to address the issue of renting the church parsonage located at 405 S. 5th St, Ganado, Jackson County Texas as is required by the 2016 Book of Discipline.  Every member is invited to attend.  For more information, contact Dana Parks at 361-5655-3763.

First Sunday Worship Service – Food Pantry Sunday (tradition)
July 1, 2018 – 11:00 am – In the past, it was always a tradition at Ganado FUMC to bring nonperishable food items on each first Sunday to help restock the Ganado food pantry which is hosted by Ganado FUMC.  For some reason, that tradition has almost disappeared.  Won’t you help us restore that tradition?

Covered Dish Welcome for Pastor Paul and Mary
Sunday July 8th, 2018 – immediately following worship in the Roberts Fellowship Hall.

Our Recurring Sunday Events:

Kids of the Kingdom Lesson (youth K-5th grade)
Each Sunday beginning at 9:30 am in the large classroom.

DABS – Adult Bible Study (created as a beginner’s Bible study)
Each Sunday beginning at 9:30 am in the Parlor.

Adult Bible Study Class (suggested for intermediate study and up)
Each Sunday beginning at 9:30 am in the adult classroom.

First Sunday Worship Service – Food Pantry Sunday (tradition)
In the past, it was a tradition at Ganado FUMC to bring nonperishable food items on each first Sunday to help restock the Ganado food pantry which is hosted by Ganado FUMC.  For some reason, that tradition has almost disappeared.  Won’t you help us restore that tradition?

Traditional Worship Service in our Sanctuary
on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month beginning at 11:00 am.

Contemporary Praise and Worship Service in the Roberts Fellowship Hall
on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of each month beginning at 11:00 am.


Other Weekly Recurring Events:

Mustang Squares – Square Dancers
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Robert’s Fellowship Hall.

FROGS – Men’s Emmaus Reunion Group
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm in the Prayer Room

Holy Molys – Women’s Emmaus Reunion Group
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm in the Parlor.

GCYF (Ganado Christian Youth Fellowship)
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (during school year)


The Administrative Council
meets on the 3rd Monday
of each month  at 6:00 pm.

Council meetings are open to the public and church members are encouraged to attend and participate in the leadership and direction of the church.



Current ministries of Ganado First United Methodist Church

(youth ministry)

Ganado Christian Youth Fellowship (GCYF) is a non-denominational youth group sponsored by Ganado FUMC for Junior High and High School aged youth.

GCYF is held on 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings during the school year and provides our community youth with a lite meal, an activity, and a Christian message and or lesson.

Our GCYF groups regularly participate in Jr High and High School UMARMY mission camps held in the summer.

The GCYF program has many opportunities for adults including meal sponsors, meal prep help, guest speakers and adult leaderships.

Please use our contact form for additional information about GCYF.

Ganado Food Pantry
(community wide ministry)

Supplementing food and nutrition items to Ganado families in need.

Ganado FUMC maintains an off-site food pantry that is managed by a complete volunteer staff of one wonderful disciple.  The food pantry is stocked from donations from church members, community members and civic clubs serving the Ganado community.  Members and friends of Ganado FUMC are asked to bring nonperishable food items to worship on the first Sunday of each month in order to help keep the food pantry stocked.

If you or someone you know is in temporary need of supplemental food items, please contact pastor@ganadofumc.com for assistance.

UMARMY Mission  Camps
(youth and adult ministry)

Providing young people an opportunity to mature in their faith-walk and life skills through Christian service.

UMARMY LogoU.M. ARMY is an acronym which stands for United Methodist Action Reach-Out by Youth.  U.M. ARMY’s mission is: “To provide Christ centered quality youth camps that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth.”

U.M. ARMY mission camps are an opportunity for youth, college students, and adult leaders to experience Christian growth through mission, worship and fellowship.  Individual participants and church groups combine their strengths with those of other groups to meet home repair and maintenance needs of those unable to help themselves.

Click to read more about U.M. ARMY

U.M. ARMY has been holding camps since 1979 and our program is constantly growing in size and territory.  We have managed to touch many lives over those years. Annually we have 5,000 participants working on about 2,000 projects and now have mission opportunities during Christmas, spring break, summer months, and weekends throughout the year!

Our mission camps were originally designed for Senior High aged students who had completed at least one year of High School. Today, many of our chapters have expanded offerings specifically designed for Middle School Students (Basic), Mixed Age (Middle School/Senior High), and College/Young Adult mission camps.

Our mission is accomplished every summer when over 1,000 youth and adults throughout Central, South, and West Texas sacrifice a week of their vacation to give to others. Using a local church as a home base for camp, participants spend the week providing work for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in the surrounding areas. Projects include general repairs and clean up, building wheelchair ramps, porches, steps, handrails, painting, mowing, and being Christ’s hands and feet in the world. Daily worship and noon devotionals serve to focus everyone on Christ and promote spiritual development.


Kids of the Kingdom
(youth ministry)

crownOur “Kids of the Kingdom” is a Sunday School event for youth (K – 5th grade) is held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am before worship services.


Operation Christmas Child
(youth and adult ministry)

operation Christmas ChildGanado FUMC participates in Operation Christmas Child each year.  OCC is a ministry that collects gift items (many of which are hygiene items) to be placed into a shoe box sized container and shipped to children around the world who are not aware of what Christmas is.  These gifts are used to help introduce the Good News of Jesus Christ to children mostly in underdeveloped regions of the world.

Walk to Emmaus
(adult ministry)

Walk to Emmaus LogoThe Walk to Emmaus® is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate of being “a servant to all”.

Click to read more about the Walk to Emmaus

The Walk to Emmaus® gets its name from the story in Luke 24:13-35, which provides the central image for the three-day experience and follow-up.  Luke tells the story of that first Easter afternoon when the risen Christ appeared to the two disciples who were walking together along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  Like Christians and churches who are blinded by preoccupation with their own immediate difficulties, these two disciples’ sadness and hopelessness seemed to prevent them from seeing God’s redemptive purpose in things that had happend.   FUMC Ganado is very active and supportive of the Emmaus program.

  • We host weekly Emmaus reunion groups (small group meetings) form men and women.|
  • We regularly host gatherings for the Crossroads Emmaus Fourth Day Group.
  • Our congregation members have participated in leadership, sponsorship, team roles and preparing agape for Emmaus events.

To learn more, please use our contact page and let us know you are interested in learning more about the Walk to Emmaus.  Additional information about the Walk to Emmaus® can be also obtained from Upper Room Ministries® at http://www.upperroom.com  or locally from the Crossroads Emmaus Fourth Day group at http://www.cremmaus.org 


He-Brews Coffee Bar
Join us a bit early for a relaxed social time prior to worship.

Volunteers from our congregation stock and maintain the He-Brews Coffee bar. Consisting of a Keurig Coffee maker, supplemented with home made coffee and donuts donated by church members, we created the coffee bar as a way to promote a time for people to come a bit early, grab a donut and a cup of coffee and to take a bit of time to slow down and enjoy a brief amount of time connecting with members and visitors of the church.

If you would like to participate in supporting the He-Brews coffee bar, you may donate Keurig K-cups, donate to the He-Brews kitty or use our contact form to let the church  secretary know when you would like to  provide a box donuts.

DABS Bible Study
(adults of all ages)

Not sure about how to get started with Bible study?

We assure you, you are not alone and you need not feel left behind. 

Our DABS Adult Study is designed for those who are looking for a introduction to Bible study.  In the past, we use materials created by great writers such as Max Lucado, and selected programs that are focused towards families.  This is a great way to begin to explore the Bible with others!

Our group had labeled themselves the “DABS“.  We are going to let them explain that acronym to you.


Adult Sunday School
(adult intermediate study and up)

Our Adult Sunday School Class meets on Sundays at 10:00 am before worship service.  Adults of all ages are welcome and invited to attend.   Our leaders do an outstanding job of helping new and veteran bible students participate, share and discuss Old and New Testament lessons.  Group study opens our eyes and ears to learn and hear things in the scripture that we may have never considered until we consider a different perspective.  We encourage you to come and participate – or feel free to come and listen in on our lively discussions and readings as we learn more about what the old and new testaments teach us about God’s words.


Giving Opportunities

Our members and our guests support the ministries of the church!

Just like any home or business, Ganado FUMC has utility bills to run the air conditioner and lights, maintenance costs to keep the sanctuary, fellowship and parsonage in good condition, and salaries for the pastor and cleaning staff.  Not to mention, providing ministry to our youth, adults and community requires some amount of funding.  The reality is that the ministry of the church has very real costs associated with it.

Many people do not realize that Ganado FUMC is totally dependent upon income from 3 principle sources:

Building usage and rental fees.  The church receives income by renting of the  fellowship hall  and classrooms for special events.  This provides a limited and unpredictable amount of income.

Interests on savings and investmentsThat almost covers the utilities for January 1st and 2nd.

The most significant source of income for the church comes from our members and our guests.

That is it.  There are zero dollars that come from the church conference, the church denomination or any outside source other than a very rare blessing of receiving a ministry grant to serve a specific outreach of the church.

The Administrative Council and the Finance Committee of Ganado FUMC work hard to be the best stewards of your financial resources that we possibly can.  The reality is that each year we approve a deficit budget – a budget that is forecast to spend more than we anticipate receiving.  Our prayers include that our membership will continue to financially support the church to the best of their ability.

How can I give to the church?

Ganado FUMC takes a “loose plate offering” at each of our worship services.  Cash, checks and coins are collected during this offering.

Single gifts, Weekly or monthly contributions can also be mailed to the church at the following address:

Ganado FUMC
attn: Treasurer
PO Box 345
Ganado, TX 77962

 The church is currently researching electronic and on-line giving options.  Stay tuned!

Your financial support is what make Ganado FUMC’s ministries possible.


Pastor’s Blog

Asking for Prayer

Jesus said “Let the children come to me” (Mark 10:14).  Please join me in a minute each hour of prayer in the coming days leading up to our 2018 V.B.S. Registration begins at 8:45 this Saturday (or pre-register on the church web-site) up at the pavilion at Dever’s Park.  Bring the family for a fun …