A Pastoral Letter to the Iowa Annual Conference from Bishop Laurie Haller

April 26, 2019 Grace and peace to the holy and faithful saints in Christ Jesus in Iowa! I share this letter with you in convicted humility, knowing that I am a sinner, continually falling short of God’s glory and standing in need of God’s grace. None of us knows the will of God...
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Life Between Sundays: The Life in a Seed

It’s amazing that a tiny seed, when placed in the dark soil, becomes a thriving plant.  We do this simple task with a measure of trust, and it makes all the difference. Every seed is different…different sizes, shapes, and fruit that is produced.  In the spring, the displays...
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The Glory of Easter

Bishop William R. Cannon was fond of declaring that our faith is based on three historical events . . . a manger crib, an old rugged cross, and an empty tomb.  On Easter Sunday, we declare the good news of the empty tomb. In 1 Corinthians 15:12-14 we read, “Now if Christ is...
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Forty Days and Forty Nights

“Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God.” – Brother Lawrence Lent is a period of forty days and forty nights that leads to Easter.  The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness facing temptation.  The season begins with Ash Wednesday. During this...
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Scouts BSA

NEW SCOUTING OPPORTUNITY FOR GIRLS AT LOVELY LANE! The Boy Scouts of America has rebranded to “Scouts BSA” and is now open to girls and boys. Troop 766G is open to girls in 5th-12th grade not yet 18 yrs. old. Contact Julie Hupp (319-560-7896; hupp2345@southslope.net) for more...
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Life Between Sundays: The Light of Jesus Christ in the Wake of General Conference

As some of you know, the 2019 Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church convened its work on February 26. The conference met to address matters regarding human sexuality. Three main plans were proposed to seek ways to move forward in unity as a denomination. The...
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Lenten Offerings

2019 Lenten Offering Recipients

Missions has picked the following as Lenten Offering recipients. Matthew 25 is a local non-profit that exists to strengthen core neighborhoods on Cedar Rapids’ west side. M25 partners with the west side to work in three program areas: Neighborhood Building, Youth...
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New Member Class

If you’d like to join Lovely Lane, or if you have questions about becoming a member, please contact Pastor Scott or Pastor Jenny. Current plans are for 3 classes from 4:30 – 5:30 pm on a weekday (TBD). Please sign up on the STUB or contact Pastor Jenny or Pastor Scott.
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“One Church Plan” does not pass

Dear Friends, As some of you know, the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church was completed today. Three main plans were proposed to seek ways to move forward as a denomination. The plan the Council of Bishops chose, “The One Church Plan,” did not pass. This...
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Life Between Sundays: Snow Days

January hit the midwest with a powerful one-two punch, over and over again. Plummeting temperatures, blowing snow, and treacherous roads led to many snow days, one after another. For those who are teachers or students, it might be a time for doing a victory dance. Yet, for...
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