Flood Buckets

Help for Hurricane Havey victims

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating march over Texas and Louisiana, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  What can we do in the face of so much destruction and suffering?  But as survivors of Iowa’s worst flood, we know paralysis and inaction will not do!   We know how...
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Ways to Give

Ways to Give Most of us only think about giving to the church in very limited ways.  We give each Sunday or we give to special projects, like missions or capital campaigns. There are, however, numerous ways to give that have enormous tax advantages and can benefit your church for...
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A Note From Home – August 2017

A summertime poem for you to ponder… When I am Among the Trees by Mary Oliver When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily....
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CHANGE A CHILD’S STORY (CACS) UPDATE

At the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference (IAC), Bishop Trimble gave the CACS Initiative and charged Iowa United Methodists to: *Give 1 million books to children in poverty *Read 1 million hours to children in poverty It was a BIG challenge! During the 2017 IAC, we celebrated that our...
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2017 IOWA ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATES

Mission of the IAC:  Inspire, equip and connect communities of faith to cultivate worldchanging disciples of Jesus Christ. Vision of the IAC:  God’s hope for the world made real through faithful leaders, fruitful communities, and fire-filled people. Wildly Important Goal (WIG): ...
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A Note from Home

A NOTE FROM HOME

The month of July brings some exciting opportunities to Lovely Lane!  Our Capital Campaign has been taking large “bites” out of our 55-year-old mortgage.  I think we have a good chance to retire our mortgage by the end of the year as more and more folks accelerate their giving. ...
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Mental Health Awareness

Although Lovely Lane focused on May as officially being “Mental Health Month”, we hope that you will continue to educate, advocate, and support mental well (being for yourself and others all year long!  You can be a part of the mental wellness solution by signing the NAMI Pledge to...
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“Music” poem

My heart is filled with music. It almost overflows. My life is on a music staff, And this is what it shows:   Staccato and legato, ritardandos too. An entire symphony, That plays my whole life through.   When somber times arise, The music plays real slow. Minor chords...
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A Note from Home

A Note from Home – June 2017

– Walter Brueggemann How comfortable is your faith?  When was the last time God touched your heart and moved you to do something challenging and even risky?  If it’s not happening, then maybe the god you’re listening to is not God at all.  I know that I tend to read...
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Lovely Lane Youth Present – “Yesterday’s News” – An Easter Play

The youth of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, presented an original play written by Pastor Paul Wilcox that takes a look at how the death of Jesus might have been covered by the news media, had they existed then but with today’s technology and...
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