Living Life Between Sundays: Christmas with a Broken Heart

The Christmas season is upon us as Thanksgiving comes to a close and Advent begins. Yet, I find myself a bit out of sorts, facing Christmas once again without my husband.  The Christmas classic, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to mind. Poor Charlie Brown is trying desperately to...
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The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. . .” (Isaiah 11:1-2, NIV)   The Season of Advent makes me think about a children’s story,...
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No Friendly Fellowship in December

There will be no Friendly Fellowship in December.  Our next luncheon and program will be on January 18th at noon.  Our program in January will be, ” A Missionary Life: Growing Up in the Belgian Congo” presented byJim and Jan Robinson.    Jim grew up in the Belgian...
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Living Life Between Sundays

It was an amazing experience to travel to England and learn about the Wesleys and the early Methodist movement. I could bore you with a travel log article, but that’s not generally my style. So instead, I will seek to share the impact the trip had on my heart, my ministry, and my...
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2018 Advent Offering Recipients

Our Missions Committee has selected the following to be the recipients of our 2018 Advent Offering:  1) Helping Hands Ministry serves people with limited material assistance on an emergency basis, helping with rent, utilities, and/or supportive services and advocacy. Staff and...
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Living our Vows

Living our Vows  “. . . an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” (Phil. 4:18, NIV) As members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, we support our church with our “Presence, Prayers, Gifts, Service, and Witness.”  A renewed attention to these historic vows can make a...
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News from Children’s Weekday Ministries

CWM– Children’s Weekday Ministries *Lovely Lane Preschool *Trinity Lane Preschool *BASE – Before & After School Daycare CWM always enjoys fall! We fall into our school routines and fall in love with the children as we plan instruction for almost 80 students at Lovely Lane and...
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Middle School Youth October Schedule

Middle School Youth Group, Grades 6-8, meets at the church on Wednesdays! Every week: All youth grades 6-8 will gather. Two Times per month: Confirmation youth (8th graders) will attend classes with Pastor Jenny to have the deeper conversations of faith. The 6-7th graders will...
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Senior High Youth October Schedule

Senior High Youth Group, Grades 9-12, meets on Sundays at the church. Things will look a bit different this Fall, however: We start at 6 PM with Supper and conclude at 7:45 PM, which is a bit later than last year. NEW this fall: pizza almost every week! We’ll have a standing...
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Civil Conversations

I recently attended two local presentations that connected with the theme of civility. One presentation took place in August at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The Ray Center at Drake University put on this event. The presenter shared the need to understand the viewpoints of...
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