Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser: Subs for Service

The youth will be selling subs to raise money for their summer service trips. Subs will be for sale on Jan. 13, 20, and 27 before and after worship services OR you can buy directly from the youth you know. Cost for a 6-inch (approx.) sub is $6.00 each. Look for more information...
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Summer 2019 Youth Mission Trips

Summer 2019 M.S. Mission Trip for Youth Grades 6-8: Matthew 25 Transform Week When: June 24-28, 2019 What & Where: Cedar Rapids Matthew 25 Ministry Hub Whom: Youth Grades 6-8 (current) Cost: TBD Fundraisers: Youth will do a variety of fundraisers to off-set the costs. For...
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Growing Through Grief and Loss Group

Does grief tend to permeate your life? Do many days leave you feeling blue? Have you lost a significant loved one? Have there been other losses in your life that weigh you down? Would it be helpful to gather with others who have experienced loss? Starting Jan. 22nd, Pastor Jenny...
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Commission on a Way Forward & General Conference Special Session

The Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO where hundreds of delegates from around the world will gather to receive and act upon a report* from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the...
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A Brand New Year

“I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5, NIV) Many of you remember the comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are discussing the New Year. Calvin says, “I’m getting disillusioned with these New Years. They don’t seem very new at all. Each New...
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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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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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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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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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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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