News and updates


Human Trafficking Program for the Public

Kevin Schwendinger is an educator/presenter and cyclist.  Kevin is an Associate of the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Slavery & Trafficking in Dubuque, IA.  He will present a program at First UM Church called “Shedding Light on Human Slavery & Trafficking” in Jefferson on Sat., March 23 at 2-3:30 pm. Public is invited and welcome. Kevin rides his bike across the state and in other states to share the information about the human trafficking that is going on here in Iowa and the midwest.

Everyone welcome

Everyone is always welcome to worship and participate at First United Methodist Church. If you have questions about the church, our doctrine or beliefs or practices, please call the church office or email us. Our denomination is going through changes that are under review by our denomination’s Judicial Council. The Jefferson First UM Church welcomes everyone.

General Conference

Bishop Laurie Haller, Iowa United Methodist Church, gives a message to United Methodists at the end of the controversial General Conference meeting in St Louis, Feb, 2019. https://vimeo.com/320082244

Congratulations to Hannah

Congratulations to Hannah Curtis who was accepted into the 2019-2020 Simpson Youth Academy. Rev Eric Rucker, Simpson College Chaplain spoke at FUMC in September, 2018 inviting our students to apply. It is a spiritual growth and leadership training event that goes for a year. We are delighted for Hannah and proud of her accomplishments!

Paid In Full

In 2018 we paid our United Methodist Apportionments in full. Many thanks to all the generous givers who support the local church, state churches and the world mission for Christ. Learn more about apportionments. http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve/apportioned-funds. Link for totals paid in apportionments and special offerings in 2018. https://iaumc.s3.amazonaws.com/Church_Statements/2018/12/ch_stm_55088_12_2018.txt.pdf

Helping the Homeless in Greene Co

https://www.weareiowa.com/news/local-news/greene-county-homelessness-issues/1754931388
Check out our Pastor on helping the homeless in Greene County.

Youth Quake 2019

The annual Youth Quake in Des Moines had the theme “Diverge” in 2019. Youth and adults enjoyed the Christian music, speakers and fellowship over the weekend.

Israel Trip

Twenty-three went to Israel in January 2019 with Pastor Julie as the tour leader. They traveled with Educational Opportunities and had a wonderful educational and inspirational 10 days.

Christmas Cantata

Chancel Choir shared an uplifting cantata on Dec 9 during worship filled with familiar carols and Christmas songs. Bonnie Orris and Danille Curtis led the special music.