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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Children’s Weekday Ministries News – September 2018

CWM – Children’s Weekday Ministries *Lovely Lane Preschool *Trinity Lane Preschool *BASE – Before & After School Daycare Trinity Lane is in its new location! Thru the work of volunteers, parents, and teachers, we’ve packed, moved, cleaned, painted, unpacked, organized, and...
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Filled with Joy

Thirty years ago this month, Bobby McFerrin released a song that became the first a cappella single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song included the words, “In every life we have some trouble/ When you worry you make it double/Don’t worry, be happy.” I...
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Praying Our Way Forward

General Conference Special Session meets Feb. 23-26 ’19 to vote on how our United Methodist Denomination will Go Forward concerning the issues of LGTBQ church weddings and ordinations.  The Council of Bishops has proposed a way that allows for contextual differentiation, i.e. for...
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UMW Tuesday Morning Bible Study

In May, we had just started to look into the Gospel of John. Due to our taking a summer break, we don’t meet again until Sept. 11th, when we’ll continue our study and again meet weekly Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11:15 AM. Our group meets in Fireside, except on the third Tuesday...
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A Big Thank You!

I want to express thanks for the wonderful welcome you have given me and my family. The first worship service and the gift of a beautiful stole were a tremendous blessing. The ice cream social was a fantastic time to get better acquainted with many of you. The renovated offices...
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UMW Tuesday Morning Bible Study

We have begun to study the Gospel of John, but we will not meet in July and August. Beginning Sept. 11th, we will continue our study of the Gospel of John, meeting each Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. –11:15 a.m. in Fireside lounge. We invite you to join with us next fall....
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Note from Pastor Jenny

I am excited to be back at LLUMC in a pastoral capacity. A lot has happened since I left LLUMC in June of 2016. My daughter graduated from college in April, my youngest son graduated from high school in May, my oldest son and his wife made me a grandma last August, and my husband...
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New Beginnings

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I come to you as lead pastor of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Since 1962, this congregation has been a beacon of light and hope for the community of Cedar Rapids. You have been a welcoming congregation that truly embraces the...
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Note from Home – June 2018

It’s been 11 years since the moving van first arrived at the Wilcox home in Cedar Rapids. You welcomed us with open arms and made a place for us where ministry could flourish. That was quite an amazing thing, given how beloved Pastor Brian and Clint had been for 14 years before...
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