Last edited - 09-29-2015

Merkel,Texas First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 426
South 3rd & Locust
Merkel, TX 79536
United States


Merkel First United Methodist Church is located at South 3rd and Locust in Merkel,Texas. Merkel is 15 miles west of Abilene,Texas on I-20.

Our phone number is (325)-928-5333. Our e-mail address is

Our Pastor is the Rev. Rhonda Greenwood

The webservant of this page is Brad Banner

Worship Schedule:



Prayer Time 9:30 AM Sunday School 9:45 AM Morning Worship 10:50 AM United Methodist Youth Fellowship 6:00 PM


Youth 6:00 PM

Church Office:

Is open Monday - Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM

Clothing Outlet:

Open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month from 8:30 to 11AM

Upcoming Events:

Our calendar, information about upcoming events,
newsletters, devotionals, bulletins, news and other things
our members might be interested in will soon be posted on our new Facebook page at
If you wish to contribute to the Facebook page, please contact the church office.


Our church is one of over 41,000 congregations of United Methodism in the world. We hold to the basic teachings of Christianity, and consider ourselves part of the whole church of Jesus Christ, made up of many denominations.

We are followers of Jesus Christ; but the founder of our family of Christians, John Wesley, gave emphasis to certain Christian truths:

  1. Everyone can know God's love through Christ and be changed. This is God's "amazing grace."
  2. This grace fills us with an assurance that we are God's beloved children, and gives us courage to live our lives with strength, integrity, love and compassion.
  3. God wants us, both as individuals and as communities, to be better than we are. So we are active in applying God's truth to our own lives, and to the larger communities of which we are a part.
  4. While we are bound together by these truths, we celebrate a wide diversity in opinions about many matters. John Wesley said that Methodists are not defined by their opinions, but by how much they love God and "shed God's love abroad in the world."

United Methodists are tied together by a unique connectional structure enabling a strong presence throughout the world, and our local congregation is a vital part of that connection.

Sketch of Merkel UMC

Other Christian Links (note - United Methodist links are in the section below this one)

Merkel First Baptist Church:
Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church - Merkel:
Merkel Church of Christ:
Abilene,Tx Online - Church Guide:
KGNZ - Abilene's Christian Radio Station:
Abilene Christian University: Church of Christ sponsored university in Abilene,Tx
Hardin-Simmons University: Texas Baptist university in Abilene,Tx
ForMinistry: Build your free church web page at this site
Denomination's Web Pages:
Pastor's Pointers Religious Links: Large number of Christian Links - fantastic site!
Christianity on Yahoo:
Christianity - Open Directory:
Church Directory of the United States:
Texas Church Directory:
The Catholic Encyclopedia:
Christian Web Directory from Crosswalk:
Cross Search:
Religion Meta-Site - Aphids Communication:
Awesome Christian Sites:
Churches dot net Home Page:
Churchlink - Christian Resources:
HIS-Net Christian Network:
Church Links: Texas Church Links
Net Ministries Home Page:
Net Ministries Church Directory:
Best of the Christian Web:
GCN - Christian Resources:
Christian Resources on the Internet:
Christian Resources:
Boston University - Christian Resources:
Directory of Christian Organizations:
Zillions of Religious Links:
National Council of Churches:
World Council of Churches:
The Ecole Initiative Index Page: History of the early Church with hyperlinks
Hall of Church History:
History of the Christian Church:
Church History Online:
Bible Gateway - Search the Bible:
Bible Resource Center:
Bible Place:
Bible resources - from Nerdworld:
Bible Study Tools:
What the Bible Says About...:
WorldWide Study Bible:
Open Directory - Bible
Bible on Yahoo:
Blue Letter Bible:
American Bible Society:
Biblical Studies Foundation:
Biblical Hermeneutics Home Page:
The Revised Common Lectionary:
The Consultation on Common Texts:
Religion-Online - full text by recognized religious scholars: Christian On-line Superstore:
Open Directory - Christian Booksellers
Yahoo! Christian Book Companies:
A Guide to Christian Literature on the Internet:
Word Publishing:
Zondervan Publishing House:
CCLI - Christian Copyright Licensing: Fantastic site with many links to Christian music and books Home Page:
The Cyber Hymnal:
CCM Online:
The Official Alpha Homepage: A geat way to reach the unchurched & the nominal Christian
Alpha - North America:
C.S. Lewis Foundation - Living the Legacy:
C.S. Lewis Institute:
C.S. Lewis - Open Directory:
Oswald Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest:
Billy Graham:
Official Promise Keepers Web Site:
The Upperroom Walk to Emmaus Web Site:
The National Catholic Cursillo Center:
The Upperroom Chrysalis Web Site:
Kairos Prison Ministry:
Tres Dias Web Site:
Via de Cristo Web Site:
Retrouvaille - A lifeline for married couples:
Woldwide Marriage Encounter:
African Methodist Episcopal Church:
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church:
Church of the Nazarene:
Evangelical Methodist Church:
Free Methodist Church of North America:
The Wesleyan Church:
The Vatican:
Catholic Online - On the Web Index:
Texas Catholic Historical Society:
Catholic Diocese of San Angelo,Texas:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
U.S. Jesuit Conference:
Baptist General Convention of Texas:
Baptist Links:
Southern Baptist Convention:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Churches of Christ:
Restoration Movement:
Church of England:
The Episcopal Church:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
Presbyterian Church (USA):
United Church of Christ:
Assemblies of God :
Orthodox Church Links:
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:
Orthodox Church in America:
Christian Reformed Church:
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers):
Home of the Prodigal Son:
Fellowship of Christian Athletes:
FOCAS Ministries - Fellowship of Christian Anglers Society:
Parable Christian Stores:
Religious Icons and Images Archive:
Institute for Christian Leadership:
Reverend Fun:
ATS Member Directory - Theological Schools and Seminaries:
Virtual Jerusalem Channel Guide:
Fellowship of Christian Firefighters:
Christian Veterinary Mission:

United Methodist Links

The United Methodist Church
UMC official homepage
Unofficial United Methodist Church Home Page
A great site with lots of Methodist links
Pastor's Pointers Graphics-Rich United Methodist Links
Large number of very good links
Methodist - Open Directory
The Upperroom
The Upperroom web site
The General Board of Global Ministries
Another great site
Key United Methodist Connections
Just as the title says.
The Wesleys & Their Times
John, Charles & Susanna Wesley
The Wesley Center Homepage
John Wesley's Sermons
The Northwest Texas Conference of UMC
Our Conference 's page
Abilene District Office
The local UMC district office.
Camp Butman
Methodist encampment near Merkel
United Methodist Churches on the GBGM's Server
List of UMC's with web sites
Order of Saint Luke (OSL) Home Page
Cokesbury Stores Internet Home Page
Order from Cokesbury online
The Upperroom Bookstore
A wealth of material
McMurry University
McMurry is a Methodist university in Abilene,Texas
Walk to Emmaus
The Upperroom's Site on Walk to Emmaus - find out all you want to know about the Walk to Emmaus
United Methodist-Related Schools,Colleges & Universities
United Methodist Seminaries & Schools of Theology
Texas Wesleyan University
Southwestern University in Georgetown,Tx
Southern Methodist University
Wiley College in Marshall,Tx
Huston-Tillotson University
Perkins School of Theology
Asbury Theological Seminary
St. Paul UMC in Abilene,Tx
Ceta Canyon,Tx Camp & Retreat Center
Methodist camp in the Texas panhandle
Abingdon Press Home Page
UM Discipleship Ministries
Lay Witness Mission
Discipleship Resources Worldwide
UM Evangelism Ministries
UM General Board of Discipleship
UM's Faith Quest
UM Publishing House
United Methodist Reporter
Methodist Archives at JRULM
Methodist Related WWW Links
Extensive set of links dealing with Methodists world wide

Other Pages on the Banner Family web site

Home: The Banner family of Merkel,Texas Page
Big Country Emmaus Community Unofficial Site: Walk to Emmaus in the Abilene,Tx area & Emmaus related links
Relief Organization Contacts
Merkel Lodge #710 AF&AM - Freemasonry in Merkel,Texas: Info on Merkel's Masonic Lodge & freemasonry links
Merkel Veterinary Clinic:
Cal's Fishing Links:
Book Sellers, Newspapers and Magazines On-line:
Merkel and Abilene, Texas area links,plus Map and Weather links:
City Barber Shop of Littlefield,Texas:
Texas Links:
Brad's Hunting Links:
Barbara Jean's Children's Links, with a few for their parents:
Merkel Lions Club:

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