For more than 150 years, Eufaula residents have congregated at First United Methodist Church of Eufaula. Over the decades, the physical structure, the pastors in the pulpit and the times have changed, but the love for the community it serves has endured.
Dr. Alan Cassady has served as pastor of the FUMC for a little more than a year but has been involved in ministry and church activities for more than three decades. After serving churches in Kentucky and Florida, Cassady came to Eufaula in 2017.
In his short time in the community, Cassady has developed an understanding of the role the church plays.
“I think the role of the church is to be the heart of the community in a lot of different ways,” said Cassady. “The church is not only a place where people worship, but also a place where they are transformed to go live out their transformed lives in the community.”
Eufaula First United Methodist has an official vision statement “to be an outward-looking church where we love God and others and seek to build a better world for all.” To do that, the church uses mission work and several community programs to build a bridge to other members of the community.
Eufaula FUMC has a very active youth ministry and participates in mission work across the southeast and abroad.
The church also has children’s choirs, Sunday school and small group classes. A dinner theatre event is planned for the fall, and everyone in the community is invited to join the local dominoes group on the second Saturday of each month at Brickstone.
In addition to church-related groups, members of FUMC take part in Eagle’s Rest after-school program, Christ Child Circle, Rotary and Lions clubs.
Cassady loves to see the members taking and interest in the community.
“We are a church that believes in community involvement,” Cassady said. “A lot of the members of the church are involved and engaged in the community.”
Traditional church services are held on Sunday’s at 8:30 and 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
If you have questions or seek more information, call the church office at 334,687.8227,
“We have a place for anybody and everybody,” said Cassady. “We have many out-of-town visitors that are staying the weekend or travelling. We welcome everyone.”