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Youth Grants

The College Avenue UMC Youth Group has over $17,000 in grant money from football parking to share with other non-profit organizations. If you are associated with an organization that would benefit from a monetary grant, please download the application form from the website, or contact the church office at 785-539-4191. Grant applications are now being accepted through February 20, 2023.

Human Relations Day Next Sunday

This Sunday, January 15, we will have a special offering for Human Relations Day. What is Human Relations Day? Human Relations Day is a denomination-wide Special Sunday designed to celebrate and raise awareness to further the development of better human relations by involving congregations in community and youth outreach.

A special offering is taken the Sunday before Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Gifts received for the offering build King’s vision of “the beloved community” through programs such as Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services, and Youth Offender Rehabilitation Programs.

Fifty-seven percent of the funds received support community development programs that strive to build, maintain, promote and strengthen racial-ethnic minority congregations through local UMC congregations. Thirty-three percent of the funds received support The United Methodist Voluntary Services (UMVS), which serves as a resource to congregations, volunteer-based groups, and programs that challenge unjust political, social, and economic systems which threaten the livelihoods of people.
Ten percent of the funds received support rehabilitation programs. These programs work to strengthen youth empowerment programs that provide positive avenues for youth participation in their communities through churches, mentoring programs, and boys/girls clubs.

For more than half a century, United Methodists have observed this church-wide special Sunday in recognition of the message Jesus demonstrated during his life: all of God’s children are important.

One of the wonderful aspects of The United Methodist Church is that we can do so much more together than we ever could do on our own. Our gifts are part of building “the beloved community.”

2022 Christmas Offering Results

The College Avenue UMC Christmas Offering this year (2022) went to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, a non-profit food pantry. Together, we raised $1052.04 to help further their cause. Please see their mission statement below.

Flint Hills Breadbasket – Our dream is that there is no one in need among us. Our mission is to provide reliable access to healthy food, build connections with community partners, and empower neighbors to meet their basic needs.

You can learn more about them at:

Friday Office Hours

The College Avenue offices will be closed tomorrow morning (Friday, December 23, 2022), but we will be open from 1:00 until 4:00 in the afternoon. Please plan accordingly.

  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be on Saturday, December 24, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Our Christmas Day Service will be on Sunday, December 25, at 10:30 a.m. There will be no Sunday School.

Please remember that there will be no childcare for either service, but the service will be available via Closed Circuit TV in the comfort room just north of the Sanctuary.

Additions to the Nativity Scene

The beautiful outdoor Nativity has three new pieces that were added this year in memory of Ramona Woodhouse. The standing Wiseman, the oxen, and the camel were purchased using funds from the Woodhouse Memorial Account. Ramona loved Christmas and was instrumental in starting many of the decorating traditions here at College Avenue that are still in use today. She worked closely with Mildred Odom Bradley to design and coordinate the decorations for the very first Service of Decoration. The Chrismons used on our tree were all made by Ramona and other volunteers. We are pleased to be able to add these new figures to the Nativity in her honor.

Goody Bags for College Students

The CAUMC Family & Friendship Commission will be providing goody bags for college-aged students again this year. If you would like to sign up either yourself or your student, please reach out to the office at (785) 539-4191 or email at The deadline to sign up is Friday, December 9.

Tree of Warmth

The CAUMC Tree of Warmth is up! Please feel free to drop off your donations M-TH 8-5, Friday 8-12, or Sunday during the Worship Service.

The CAUMC Outreach Committee thanks you for supporting this annual event.