UMCOR Sheltering in Love

We’ve heard this on the news. We’ve read this in magazines. We’ve seen demonstrations of correct procedures. The simple act of handwashing can stop the spread of COVID-19. Clean water, though, is not available in all communities—even in the United States. In many places around...
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A Conversation on Race – Iowa Conference, The United Methodist Church

Almost 190 people listened live on Facebook as Bishop Laurie hosted a Conversation on Race with members of our Iowa UM Conference family. This conversation is the 1st in a series intended to help all of us to see, listen and learn from our black brothers and sisters in Christ....
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From Associate Pastor Rev. Kristina Roth-Klinck

There we were, watching our dog strolling down the busy street, not seeing the car’s headlights coming up behind him, the wheels in direct alignment to his little body. This is how we found our dog after thirty minutes of searching around our new neighborhood. We never imagined...
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2020 VBS

This summer’s VBS program (if implemented) will need to be an in-home online program, with parents helping to view and complete projects that are presented. Options are still being investigated. Parents interested in participating in a virtual home-based VBS program should email...
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Moving Forward

Sir Winston Churchill took three years to get through the eighth grade because he had trouble learning English.  Life was not always easy for this leader.  How fascinating that many years later Oxford University invited him to give the commencement address at their graduation...
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Health-full Minute – Being Nutritionally Smart

~ by Katie Tritle RN Wellness Coordinator As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have emotionally moved through various phases; denial, panic, crisis, and now a sense of long-term coping. We are beginning to realize that this situation is going to continue for a...
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Help Fill the Truck for Midwest Missions

We will “Fill the Truck” for Midwest Missions in June 2020—just a little different this year. Drop off dates and locations TBA. For info., contact Pastor Cae Newman ( or 712-899-4067). The ongoing mission outreach at Midwest Missions continues and is...
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Youth Ministsry

We want to thank Amy Perry for leading our youth groups the last year. Amy did wonderful work; however, her commitment for the year has come to an end. Again, thank you, Amy, for your super work! Beginning in July, our new associate pastor, Kristina Roth-Klinck, will oversee the...
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UMCOR is Fighting COVID-19 with Food

UMCOR is receiving urgent requests from ministry partners throughout the U.S. and around the world. Sadly, an overwhelming number of these requests are to meet the need for food. Partners who operate or directly support food pantries are asking for help as the global fight...
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Associate Pastor Starting in July

Plans are being formulated to welcome the Rev. Kristina Roth-Klinck as our new Associate Pastor, starting July 1st. She will serve part-time at Lovely Lane and part-time at Matthew 25. In this COVID19 time, we are hoping to find creative and appropriate ways to welcome Kristina...
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