Author Archives: Pastor Julie

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,…

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.

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.