Screenshot of building renovation update video

[VIDEO] May 2021 Renovation Update

Take a look at the renovation work underway inside Lovely Lane UMC!
Read More →
Black eyed Susan flower

From Pastor Kristina – May 2021

After living three years in Texas during seminary, I forgot just how rough an Iowa winter was. It was SO cold this year with that large stretch of time of highs in the low single digits. For so long we were covered in a blanket of snow, and I don’t know about you, but I thought...
Read More →
Photo of columns or pillars

Considering Character – From Pastor Scott

In 1992, educators and leaders from various youth-related groups met in Aspen, Colorado to discuss character education and ways character could be emphasized in different environments.  A final result of this time together was a statement lifting up essential values and goals. ...
Read More →
Leave Only Footprints book cover

Book Review and Recommendation from Health and Wholeness

Book Review & Recommendation (book available from CR Public Library) Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton is part travel monologue, part heartfelt, and part healing memoir. It is essentially a love letter to America and to himself. Following a broken engagement, Knighton...
Read More →
Hands forming a heart

“Nourished” – from Pastor Kristina

What things in your life need to be in place in order to experience nourishment? This was the question that Pastor Scott, Clint, Bill Poland (Director of New Faith Communities in the Iowa Conference), and I asked ourselves when we met for a retreat the end of March. We asked...
Read More →
Zoom logo

Zoom Study with Pastor Scott

A new study group with Pastor Scott will start on Wednesday, April 14. The focus is the book  “A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity,” written by Cynthia M. Campbell. Groups will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM and 7:00 PM. All are welcome!
Read More →

Off-Site Worship Services

Because of construction taking place in our church building, we have scheduled some off-site worship services.  We ask everyone who attends these services to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  We hope to return to in-person worship services in our church sanctuary in...
Read More →

Holy Saturday

The Saturday following the death of Jesus must have been something.  While the Bible says very little about this day, we can imagine the Passover crowd in Jerusalem will return to their normal routines.  The Jewish people will observe the Sabbath.  Some might even be relieved the...
Read More →

Pews for Sale

We are in the middle of renovations at Lovely Lane. One step in that process is to refurbish our church pews. We have some pews that we are no longer going to use because of the new orientation of the sanctuary. Don’t fret, there will be as much seating as there was before. It’s...
Read More →

#BeTheDifference in 2021 – 5 Tips to Help You Practice Resilience

#BeTheDifference in 2021 – 5 Tips to Help You Practice Resilience Resilience was the word for 2020 because it reflects our ability to push forward in the face of adversity. Staying resilient will be key in 2021 as well, as we bravely face new challenges and celebrate new...
Read More →