Being Present

One of the greatest gifts we can offer another person is “presence.” When we are present, we offer time and attention. We focus on the feelings and needs of someone else. Author and spiritual leader, Parker Palmer, writes about the need to be present. He writes that we need to be...
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Moved by the Spirit

A word I often reflect on is “safe.”  In a sometimes crazy, chaotic, and stressful world, many of us desire to feel safe.  Safety is a basic human yearning. For some of us a song or hymn makes us feel safe.  I love the hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love.”  When...
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Youth Activities

Middle and High School Youth   SUMMER YOUTH MINISTRY Regular youth group meetings take the summer off, but that doesn’t mean we don’t gather! One time per month there will be a youth night for games and fellowship.  In addition, youth are invited to join the TRANSFORM WEEK...
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Youth Activities – October

Middle School Youth PLEASE NOTE:  There will not be any Kid’s Club, family meal, youth group, confirmation, Adult Explo, or any other activities on Wednesday, January 2nd. Wednesday night activities will resume on Wednesday, January 9, @ 5:30 pm with supper. Grades 6-8,...
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UMW Tuesday Bible Study

We meet Tuesdays from 9:30-11:15 AM in Fireside. We’ll begin a study of the Acts of the Apostles on March 5th. We invite you to join with us for study and fellowship! We lug our mugs and fill them at home; so, bring your favorite beverage along. Call Cheryl Murphy (377-6205) with...
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WWW: Wednesdays Women of the Word

WWW: Wednesday Women of the Word is meeting Wednesdays at noon.  All women are invited to this study placed during the lunch hour. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN IN! If you can schedule your work day once a week to join us, please do. For those coming over the noon hour, feel free to...
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A Note From Home – May 2017

“Doing Small Things With Great Love” – that is the wise motto of one of my Colleagues in Ministry and a good friend. Although we’d rather be doing “the big stuff’, small things done with great love and an even greater God do not remain small for very long. In Elm...
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Justice for our Neighbors

Ann Naffier, a staff attorney for Iowa JFON who sets up office here at Lovely Lane one day a month and then helps in the evening’s clinic held in our Fellowship Hall, shared this story in April 2015 at Aldersgate UMC in Des Moines. It is an illustration of just one incidence of...
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Funeral Luncheon Volunteers-a Vital Ministry

The ministry of funeral lunches is important to our family and friends as they navigate the waters of grief and loss. Volunteers bring bars, help serve beverages at the lunches, and help with set up and clean up. If you’d be willing to assist with funeral luncheons, please sign...
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What Life is Like in a Refugee Camp

This article was written by Mary Mathis, University of Iowa Law graduate and published in the Daily Iowan. She describes life in a Syrian refugee camp in Northern Greece. She interviews Drew Craig follows him as he works with Lighthouse Relief, an organization Lovely Lane...
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