1. Welcome to First United Methodist.
  2. Our mission is to follow and invite others to follow Jesus Christ.
  3. Our service times are 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Sundays.
  4. Our children’s ministry provides opportunities for children to experience in God’s love on Sundays, from age 3 to 6th grade beginning at 9:00 AM.
  5. Our youth ministry’s mission is to lead students to a strong and secure faith in God and Scripture.  We meet on Sunday nights at 6 pm.
  6. Our music ministry is for all ages.

Children’s Sunday School choir at 8:45 AM on Sundays


Youth Bells


Grace Notes

Bands and more

  1. Join in a small group.
  2. There are multiple ways to minister in the community.

          North Liberty Community Pantry, 5th Friday meal, Monthly Community Meal,  Summer Lunch and Fun.

Also – Prayer Shawl team, Bike Ministry, ELL classes, Haiti team and more.

  1. Like us on Facebook– First United Methodist Church of North Liberty.

  2. Want to know more?  Email us at nlmadmin@southslope.net.  Call us at 319-626-2762 or message us on Facebook.

Sunday School Begins

Fall Schedule


8:00 AM        Traditional  worship in sanctuary

 8:45 AM      Pre-school – First Grade music in Music Room

                      2nd Grade – 6th Grade music in the MOC

                      Adult Classes begin

 9:00 AM             Children’s Sunday School begins

9:30 AM              All Sunday School classes end

 9:45  AM            Contemporary worship in sanctuary

 11:00 AM           Bible study in Spanish in the MOC

                              (Estudio bíblico en español en el MOC.)

English Language Learning (ELL)

Hi all!

In addition to being our Director of Family Ministries, I also run our ELL program here at North Liberty United Methodist Church, where we offer English classes for French and Spanish Speakers. This year we have 25 people in our adult classes, and 20 children each week. We offer tutoring and homework help for the school age children, who often fall behind in school due to the the language barrier. We also have at least 10 children in our nursery rooms each week.

We are seeking your help as volunteers for this Spring.

We are in special need of:

Tutors for children.  We have a growing program for elementary-aged children that focuses on reading and homework help.  Our lead teacher will plan the activities and materials; all you have to do is come willing to help!

Nursery Workers: We have several young children who need someone to care and play with them while their parents are in the English classes. We have two nursery rooms: infant/toddler and preschool age.

Drivers: We are looking for adults who are capable of driving our church 15 passenger van to pick up ELL families in the North Liberty area. This is a 30 minute route. Volunteers can choose to drive the early shift (5:45-615pm) or late (8-8:30pm) or both.

The classes this year will be on Monday nights on January 25- April 18.  Class will be from 6:30p to 8:00p.

Service hours can be given.


I have created a Sign up Genius for you to sign up with. Our program is not possible without volunteers, and we hope that you prayerfully consider joining us for at least one night this Spring.

Yours In Christ,
Beth Botsford
Director of Family Ministries
Phone 626-2762
Email nlmfamilies@gmail.com

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New Adult Class

Join a new class that started on Sunday, January 17 from 9:00 – 9:45 am.

We will meet in Pastor Alecia’s office.

Have you ever wondered about Heaven?

Is it for real?  How do we know?

What do I need to do to get there?

Am I good enough?

We hope to be able to answer these questions and more in a seven week class.   We will have an outline of topics, questions and scripture references, but no book.  Along with Pastor Alecia’s sermon series, we hope to find our individual life-changing paths to better understanding of Bible promises about Eternal Life.

Peggy Jedlicka will be facilitator of this class.

The book, “Preparing for Transitions in Life” is available for purchase at $5 per copy.  The book is also available outside the church office for $5 as well.

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Having A Mary Hearth in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

Is your New Year’s “resolution” to develop a closer relationship with God?

Join us as we fellowship with other Christian women on this journey.

We will meet weekly on Tuesday nights starting

January 12 at 7:30 pm to 8:30-9ish.

The book we will use is: Having A Mary Hearth in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.

“The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.

Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose “the better part”-a joyful life of “living-room” intimacy with him that flows naturally into “kitchen service” for him.

How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Mary’s and Martha’s alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.”

Let me know if you would like me to order a book for you ($8.50) by email on or before Tuesday, January 5 at janddgryp@southslope.net.

Join us and invite a friend or anyone you think might be interested.

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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.

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

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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.