Free Lunch

Once again, January 29 is our day to provide Free Lunch at 1105 Gilbert Ct, formerly at the Wesley House.

We need volunteers to serve the meal and/or to provide a vegetable or meat dish for this meal. Sign up on the info stub on Sunday morning or email Deb Picone at  dpicone@southslope.net

Our church will be responsible for April, July, September and December in 2016.

For questions, contact Deb Picone at dpicone@southslope.net.

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Creation Kids January News

Happy New Year!

 The Holidays are such a great time here. We were very busy celebrating Christmas and the New Year The Preschoolers had a great time learning all about the birth of Jesus and making lots of Christmas crafts.

Our Christmas Program is such a heart warming time, everyone coming together to celebrate their children and Christmas. We had our largest turn out ever of about 350 people (250 from North Liberty and 100 from Coralville). We are blessed to have such wonderful families in our program. The Preschoolers entertained us with their songs. The School-agers sang a few songs and did a great job playing the Chime Bars. A special thank you to Lynn Jansen for volunteering her time throughout the year to teach the children chime bars. They all did a wonderful job and look forward to their practices every week. A  special thank you to Dale Ingle for running our music and sound for the night. It was a great night and all the children did a wonderful job.

We also had a great turn out for our Parent’s Night Out. We had over 100 children here that night from both centers. It was so much fun having both centers together, playing and meeting everyone. The children enjoyed playing with their friends, eating pizza, and watching a movie.

Our Santa’s Workshop was a big hit. We had a large turn out for this as well. We had a lot of families from both centers come in and participate in the crafts and activities we had planned. Santa Claus was a hit too. The kids loved seeing him and taking pictures. It was such a great time with a lot of our families.

The School-agers were excited for their Christmas Break. They kept busy making crafts, swimming and playing outside.

As we move into January the Preschoolers will be learning about heroes of the Old Testament, colors, shapes, opposites outer space, winter and arctic animals, families and much more. Also in January they will be taking a field trip to the Synergy Gymnastics.

The School Agers will be keeping busy with some fun crafts, games and trying to get outside.

We would like to wish you all a very blessed new year and thank you all for your continued support!!!

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NEWS FROM PASTOR ALECIA’S STUDY

THE ART OF DYING: Living Well

What happens after this life? What about difficult deaths, such as suicide or a tragic accident? What do the scriptures say about death? How do we care well for our elders? These and other questions swirl through our minds as we ponder the life beyond this one. Dying well involves living well.

Join us this January as we explore scripture and beliefs surrounding death.

January 3 Death and the Afterlife Revolutions 21: 2—5

January 10 Christianity and Suicide Psalms 13: 1—6

January 17 Comforting Those Who Mourn John 14: 25—29

January 24

January 31 The Art Of Dying Well John 11: 28—44

February 6 Caring for Aging Parents

Join us in worship as we talk about The Art of Dying: Living Well.

 

LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Watch your emails for an upcoming Leadership Retreat. We will send out the dates as soon as it is solidified.

 

EXPANSION NEWS

We should receive the latest architectural plans mid-January. They will be about 90% complete. We will hold a meeting after they have arrived. Thank you for your on-going support of the Capital Appeal, We Are Called.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Christmas Eve Services. It takes a large team of people to make the services come together: The Worship Team, sound/video, greeters and ushers, chairs folks, musicians, musicians, musicians, readers, prayers and staff. Best Church Ever!

Peace,

Alecia

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Creation Kids December News

It is hard to believe that it is December and Christmas is just around the corner. As we look back through November, the Preschoolers learned about manners, super heroes, Noah’s Ark, Old Testament Heroes, 5 senses, how we are all different, and Thanksgiving. They also spent lots of time working on letter sounds and how to
write them. We also got to go on a field trip to Air FX to burn off some energy, and
the kids had a blast. We had a great time at our annual Thanksgiving lunch with our families. We served 100 people; turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, applesauce and rolls. Wow, that was a lot of turkey and mashed potatoes!! We are so thankful all the WONDERFUL kiddos and families we serve on a daily basis, and our AMAZING teachers that give so much to the kids each day.
Thank you all!!!
Our Before and After School Kids have enjoyed the amazing November weather we were blessed with by spending some extra time outside. We started our Chime Bar Group with Miss Lynn, and have been enjoying time spent with playing with friends and doing homework. December will be busy preparing for our the special events, and look forward to serving the 100 plus kiddos this weekend at Santa’s Workshop and Parents Night Out. All Church and Creation Kids Families are welcome to join us at our Santa’s Workshop; Saturday, December 5th from 9:00-12:00 for a ton of crafts and a visit with Santa. The Cost is $5.00 per child to help cover the cost of materials. The Preschoolers and School Age kiddos are practicing singing their Christmas Songs for our Annual Christmas Program on December 18th. We also look forward to hearing our School Age Chime Bar Group play their songs with Miss Lynn. The Preschoolers will be learning about Christmas, Jonah and the Whale, Baby Jesus, Holidays Around the World, winter, and The Reason for the Season.
Creation Kids did their Annual Cookie Dough Fund Raiser and added Tupperware
in this year and added Tupperware in this year and made almost $3000 to put towards additional playground equipment

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District Superintendent Letter

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko is serving as the new District Superintendent for the East Central District of the United Methodist Church. Here is a letter of introduction written by him:

To the East Central District…

I would like to take this time to introduce myself and my family to all clergy and laity. I am married to Betty Kiboko. We have four daughters. Of all our daughters we only brought Grace, who is 13 years old, to Marion. Our oldest daughter works for Cerner in Kansas City. The one who follows her is a nurse working in Des Moines, IA. Our third daughter works for State Farm Insurance in Dallas, TX.

My office is the extension of the bishop’s office. My role would be to invite you into a special connection with God and with people. The United Methodist Church is a connectional church, a church that calls all the believers to connect to each other in a meaningful way. I found myself being called by God to invite each church to find ways to work with other churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

The role of the church is to help the people in their communities to experience God’s love and compassion, and to help put together their resources in order to make disciples. My goal is to encourage you to embody the presence of God where you are.

My ministry with you during our time together will revolve around four verbs: CONNECT, SHARE, CARE, and PRAY. First of all, you are called to stay connected to God and to the people of God. You should also share the good news of God’s compassion for humanity. You should care for your community because you are the embodiment of God’s love. Finally, you should pray with each other and for each other. As Jesus Christ asked the disciples 2,000 years ago to go, he’s still sending us to go. So, let us go.

I would like to leave you with this verse from Paul: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko

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Staff Parish Relations Committee

The Ministry Council has approved the SPRC’s recommendation of a 3% raise for the church staff. We continue to make efforts to compensate our staff in accordance with Conference requirements and regional wages. Pastor Alecia’s salary is just above the conference average for church’s our size and we are maintaining Pastor Josh’s salary slightly above the Conference minimum.

We believe that we have an above average staff in all capacities and wish we could offer more, but we also are realistic about the church budget constraints. Please remember that everyone’s stewardship is important to provide appropriate compensation for our staff.

The leadership of Alicia, Josh, Beth, along with the supportive work of Bev in the office, Lynn’s music direction, and Omar’s Latino ministry support, keep the North Liberty United Methodist Church vibrant in ministry and faith.

Richard Grugin, SPRC Chair

Music News

ACABELLA
Acabella will be playing two songs in the 8:00 and 9:45 am services on Sunday, December 13.
They will play a version of “Away In A Manger” and join with Grace Notes for a lovely version of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”. On Monday, December 14, they will travel to Windmill
Manor in Coralville to play Christmas music for the residents there at 6:00 pm that evening.

GRACE NOTES
Grace Notes will be singing at the 8:00 and 9:45 am services on Sunday, December 13. They
will be singing “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” with Acabella playing the accompaniment. They
will also sing “Child Of Peace”.

CHIME BAR
The Chime Bar Choir, with help from some older ringers, will be playing “Gentle Mary Laid Her
Child” at the 8:00 and 9:45 am services on Sunday, December 6.

CHILDREN”S CHOIR
The Children’s Choirs will join together to present a CHRISTMAS PAGEANT on Sunday, December 20 at 9:00 am in the sanctuary. There is a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 19 from10:00 am to noon. The children are learning the music for the pageant during rehearsals on Sunday mornings from 8:45—9:00 am. The children will also sing at the 9:45 am service on Sunday, December 20.

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Clear Creek Amana is putting on a fundraiser Pasta Dinner at the high school during the boys’ basketball gave on December 11 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for Jeff Astor.  The evening will include a silent auction and dessert auction.  Proceeds will go toward medical costs and travel expenses associated with potential Jeff’s last treatment option.

Jeff and his wife Jane attend church here.   Jeff was diagnosed with MDS (Myeloid Dysplastic Syndrome), refractory anemia with excess blasts, a type of Leukemia in the bone marrow in the spring of 2013.  Jeff was able to find a bone marrow donor and in May of 2014 had transplant.  In November of 2014 his cancer returned.  His diagnosis was grim with 55% of him bone marrow cells showing leukemia.  Jeff has spent numerous month long visits in the hospital with flu complications, to Graft versus Host disease and most recently the adenoid virus.  Jeff is currently pursuing a treatment option at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, after a referral by the U of I.