News and updates
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 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!
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
Check out our Pastor on helping the homeless in Greene County.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Program and Christmas Musical “We Three Spies” presented by the children and youth on Dec 12 & 16. Jenny Wills, Music Director led the 2nd-8th graders in the production of “We Three Spies.”
Roger Koppen, Robert Hemping and Marilyn Lawton were given Special Mission Recognition pins for their outstanding service to God and the Church by the United Methodist Women.
December study for parents on how to simplify your busy life. Meet in basement classroom #1 with Sam Harding. No class on Dec 30.