Inclement Weather – Inclemencias del tiempo

Just to remind everyone – If Iowa City school is cancelled, the Church office and Creation Kids is closed and all evening meetings are cancelled.  If there is a late start the Church office and Creation Kids will be open.  If you have questions, please contact the person in charge of your meeting.


Sólo para recordar a todos – Si la escuela Iowa City se cancela, la oficina de la Iglesia y la Creación Kids está cerrado y todas las sesiones de la tarde se cancelan. Si hay un inicio tardío de la oficina de la Iglesia y la Creación Los niños estarán abiertas. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con la persona a cargo de su reunión.



Advent Study 2015

An Advent study will begin on November 29 at 9:00 in the library.

This DVD study is based on the book SENT-Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas,  by Jorge Acevedo with, Jacob Armstrong , Justin LaRosa, Rachel Billups and Lanecia Rouse.

Contact Sue Meade for more information at 319-530-0130.


For one day only, on December 1, 2015 as part of UMC #Giving Tuesday, gifts made towards the plight of trafficked women and children under “the project of assistance to trafficked women & children #advance project N° #3021031 will be matched dollar for dollar. As always, when you give to us through The Advance, 100 percent of your gift directly supports our ministry; overhead costs are covered through other channels.

Your combined gifts last year greatly impacted our work, through those generous donations of yours, smiles return to the faces of victims of human trafficking – we were able to provide accommodations, food as well as clothing while also supporting new graduates of our internship training programs with materials for them to start earning a living for themselves as a dignified daughter of God.

Thank you so much for your faithful support. This year we are inviting you again to doubling your impact by making a generous gift on December 1st please visit here for donations

You may go online to give or mark the memo line on your offering check.  Make a significant impact on a life.

Creation Kids November News

ID-100173885   October is always such a fun and busy month for us at Creation Kids. The Preschoolers were busy learning about Fire Safety and enjoyed a field trip to the Coralville Fire Station. They also had an eventful week learning about Community Helpers. They had a visit from a dentist and a trip to Olive Garden and Fareway. They all had a great time this week.

ID-100196030They finished out the month learning about fall, pumpkins, and Halloween. We also enjoyed a field trip to Bloomsbury Farms Pumpkin Patch. We combined both sites and Coralville and North Liberty went on the same day. It was a great day, though very windy. The children enjoyed a lot of activities and lunch in the barn. It is always a fun trip to the pumpkin patch.

ID-100362062The preschoolers had a great time during our Halloween Party. They were all dressed in their costumes. We had a costume parade through the church, played some games and activities, went on a scavenger hunt and more.

ID-100119091As we move into November the Preschoolers will keep busy with moving into the Holiday season. We will be learning about families, Thanksgiving and what we are all thankful for. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. All of our parents and grandparents are invited to come in and join their child for a Thanksgiving Dinner.

The school age children have been keeping busy after school with doing their homework, spending lots of time outside and enjoying it. Although with the cool weather quickly approaching, staying outside all afternoon won’t last much longer. We will be spending more time inside with the cooler months which means a lot of indoor games and activities as well as having a craft for them to do each afternoon. It’s something to keep them busy and have fun after their long day of school.

Hand BellChime Bars has started and is going very well. The children are excited every Wednesday to practice. We look forward to having them perform at our Christmas Program.

We are having a Cookie Dough Fundraiser and Tupperware fundraiser that will end November 2 and the cookie dough is set to arrive November 19 and the Tupperware to arrive 4—6 weeks after the end date. There will be some order forms in the Narthex if you would like to purchase any. All proceeds will go towards new playground equipment.

Thank you for your support!


Family Ministries

Our Family Ministries are really thriving. Within Children’s ministry, our nursery teaches also practice a curriculum aimed just for toddlers and little ones. Ministry to our youngest ones should not simply be childcare, it should be a launching pad for nurturing the infants and toddlers into an integral beginning—a place of prayer where young children hear the foundation Bible stories, learn simple truth statements, in a way catered to them.

We are also seeing this trend at EPIC, where we are seeing our students bring more friends each week as they dive mote into the Bible than ever before! At every EPIC meeting we have students bring their Bibles and highlighters in, volunteering to read, and answering some hard questions that help them discover and own their faith.

This is an exciting time to be part of Family Ministry, and we could not do it without all of our wonderful volunteers.

Yours In Christ,
Beth Botsford
Director of Family Ministries
Phone 626-2762

We Are Called Update

We Are Called” – Update

 North Liberty First United Methodist church is on a wonderful and exciting journey of faith!

 As of September 30, 2015

Commitments:      $1,688,172

Received               $1,174,628

Expenses:                   $96,602

(Building Design & Site Plan Costs)

 Our Vision: Growing Our Center of Mission

  • Build a new sanctuary.
  • Enlarge the education wing.
  • Expand the kitchen.
  • Providing additional adult classroom space
    and offices for our staff.

 You are encouraged to participate by

  • Staying informed of the process.
  • Praying for God’s guidance.
  • Making a commitment to the future of our church.

Current Status

  • Estimated Building Cost: $3.5 million – includes $200,000 construction drawings, permit & sound consultation
  • With commitments we have now, the church would need a $1.8 million mortgage.
  • Finance Committee feels our church congregation can support a $1 million mortgage (monthly payment of $5,300)
  • In the best interest of the church, we will continue raising funds and receiving pledges throughout the fall and winter.
  • We are confident that we will begin construction in the spring!

Three Simple Rules

Join us beginning Sunday, November 1 for an all-church book study. Small groups will meet for 3-4 weeks, dependent upon each group’s discussions. The Wednesday and Thursday groups may not meet on the 4th week due to Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving. See the small group times listed below.

The book that will be used for the study is “Three Simple Rules A Wesleyan Way of Living” by Rueben P. Job. Book distribution started Sunday October 18th.  English and Spanish books are available.

Sign-up sheets were made available starting Sunday October 18th. The sign-up sheets will be made available each Sunday.  Contact the church office for questions or to sign up for a class. Invite your friends to join your class and sign up as a group.  We would like approximately 10 people per section.

Join us as we deepen our understanding of “Three Simple Rules” as a congregation and as individuals.

Small Group Times:

Sunday 8:45-9:45 AM  Judy Bornkessel — Pastor Alecia’s office
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00 AM  Omar Paz – MOC
Sunday 6:30 – 7:30 PM  Dave Jansen – MOC
Monday 10:00 – 11:00 AM  Lynn Jansen – Library
Monday 7:00 – 8:00 PM  Paul Meade – MOC
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 PM  Dani Gryp – MOC
Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 AM  Pastor Josh – Crvl HyVee
Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 PM  Pastor Alecia – her office
Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 PM  Rob Wagner – his home


Junior/Senior High Sunday School

We have added a Junior/Senior High School Class on Sunday Mornings.

I know this is a last minute addition, but this was such a need that I scrambled to find us a space so we could meet. I hope everyone can make it on Sunday! Any senior high that want to attend are welcome to, as well.

Lastly, please make sure you follow us on social media:

Facebook: EPIC Youth Group North Liberty

Instagram: EPIC_studentmin

Beth Botsford

Final Wishes

What are your final wishes?

Who have you told?

Will they do as you ask?

Stop by the office and pick up one of our forms for you to fill out. Tell us your favorite Bible verses, your favorite hymns or music and any special requests you have for your service. Return the form to the church office and we will put it on file for use when the time comes.

Bad Girls

A Bible study called “Bad Girls of the Bible” will be starting on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm.

The study will be held at New Horizons United Methodist Church in Coralville.

Lynn Calvert and Aldine Bell will be leading this study.

All are welcome to attend.