News and updates

Pushpay Online Giving

NEW! Here is a new way to give online using this website. Click on/Copy into your browser:    You may also check under GIVE at the top of the page.  Click on the link and follow the directions. Thank you for giving!  Contact to Sam Harding at for more information.

Worship in the Memory Garden

Watch our outdoor worship service on First United Methodist Church, Jefferson Facebook live.
We are now livestreaming every Sunday on the church’s Facebook page. June 30 we had our annual outdoor worship service at our Memory Garden.

Food at First

Youth Group worked at Food at First in Ames June 20 to feed the poor and homeless. We prepared the meal, served it, set up and worked at the Food Market (where people can pick up fresh foods and refrigerated foods gleaned from grocery stores and restaurants) and we ate with those who attended and then cleaned up. It was 5 1/2 hours of service and the youth and adults did a great job. Around 100 people were served supper and most of them went through the Market. It is a church based meal served daily in Ames.

Livestream Annual Conference

Go to for the special website where you can see the livestream of the Iowa Annual conference session. You may also see the Laity Session from Friday, June 7 with Margaret Borgen speaking. The Conference website has links to all the posted videos, photos, podcasts, resources, Iowa Conference news, and a Twitter feed.  All Iowa UM Pastors and lay members attend this annual meeting for worship, reports, legislation and this year election of General Conference delegates.

Greene Co Christian Action Resource Center

In May, 2019 the new location for the Greene Co Christian Action Resource Center (ARC) opened. It is a food pantry and clothing closet. It also has some household items like dishes and furniture. It is run completely by volunteers and is a non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible. Contact the ARC to find a time to bring donations of food, clothing, furniture. To get food and clothing please see New Opportunities first. There you will learn about all the resources of our county as well as receive a Voucher for milk and eggs plus a monthly appointment at the ARC. You must be a Greene County resident to receive our services. Thank you to all the volunteers from across the county who make this outreach available. We serve approximately 100 households per month.

NEW Church Picture Directory

It is that time again! Please call the office 515-386-4411 or use this link to sign up for a photograph for our new Church directory. You can also sign up on Sunday mornings! You get a free picture and a free directory. You have the option to purchase more pictures if you so desire,…

Children’s Church

For Children’s Church we use the Orange curriculum which combines the church and family in teaching our children to be followers of Jesus. Kindergarteners-4th graders will attend Children’s Church after the Children’s Story time in worship. Summer Sundays at 09:30-10:30 am.

Bell Tower Festival -Methodist Dinner

During Bell Tower Festival each year the Jefferson First U. Methodist Church has a homemade Chicken noodle dinner fundraiser. Chicken and noodles, homemade desserts and drinks for $7. June 8, 5-7 pm. Mission Team fundraiser. Public welcome.

CAMP Sunday

Our Annual CAMP Sunday is April 28. The Wesley Woods Camp Director will speak. Kids are invited to sign up for Camp. Pie auction and lunch fundraiser after Worship. Funds raised will send kids to summer church camp, Youth Quake and other youth activities.

Reception for Confirmation Class

Ice Cream Sundaes and brownies in honor of the Confirmation Class planned for Sunday, Easter at 10-10:30 am. Everyone welcome