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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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.

October Lamplighters

Lamplighters, an adult fellowship group is eating out in October.

Meeting at Bandanas (1st Avenue in Coralville) at 5:30 pm on Friday, October 16.

Order from the menu at your own cost.

Reservations are needed by October 14.

Contact Rita Jensen at 626-2868 or Laurene Kincade at 430-1460 to reserve your spot.

Spanish Bible Study- Estudio de la Biblia en Español

Join us for a Spanish Bible Study on Sunday mornings.

The study will be led by Omar Paz and Lino Padillo.

The Bible study will meet in the MOC building.

Únase a nosotros para un estudio de la Biblia español el domingos por la mañana.

El estudio será dirigido por Omar Paz y Lino Padillo.

El estudio de la Biblia se reunirá en el edificio de MOC.

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study

Men, this spring we started a new Bible study that meets on Wednesday mornings at Hy-Vee in Coralville at 6:30 am and we have had a wonderful time getting to know one another better as well as learning from each other as we have studied the Bible. On September 2 we began a new Bible study on the book of Matthew. Matthew is the first Gospel in the New Testament and is rich in details about the life of Christ.

I encourage you to try our men’s group out if you haven’t yet; it truly is life giving to all who have joined. I am excited to begin this study of Matthew and I hope that we all can learn together. If you are hesitant, join us for 4 weeks and see if your spiritual life benefits from the time we spend together. If you can’t make it each week that’s okay, just join us when you can. We look forward to seeing you as enjoy some food, fellowship, and Bible study each Wednesday morning.

In Christ,

Pastor Josh

Any Interest??

To All Church couples,
I am sending this email to see if there is any interest in having a couples group.  This group could meet at any time, but I am proposing Sunday evenings from 6:15 – 7:45.  I would be willing to line-up a sitter for younger children (but would need to have someone volunteer their house for the children to be at).
The group would meet out in the MOC.  It would be an opportunity to do a bible study or book study or perhaps just time to talk to other adults.  I am open to finding whatever might be of interest.
Please let me know if you have an interest in participating in this opportunity.  If the time is not workable, please tell me when you DO have time.
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Ask Me

Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you have a heart for people to find a church home at North Liberty First United Methodist Church? If you answered yes to both of these questions then we are looking for you to help us serve on the welcome team. We are looking for people to assist welcoming guests to our church on Sunday mornings. No hard work attached, just need smiling faces and a welcoming attitude. We are looking for several people at each service to wear their name tags along with a button that says “Ask Me ” in case guests need information on the location of the nursery, bathrooms, etc. and to answer any questions they may have about the church.

The goal of this team is to make people feel welcome and at home at our church. We want people to have the information they need in order to feel comfortable and to help them find a wonderful life-giving church home. To Volunteer or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me by calling the office or e-mail me at pastorjoshrath@gmail.com.

In Christ,

Pastor Josh Rath

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Musical Offerings

ID-100260663Grace Notes meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00—7:00 pm in the music room. This is an adult choir that rehearses every week, singing at the 8:00 am service approximately once a month. A joy of singing is the only requirement. Questions? Contact Lynn Jansen at 936-7164.

Children’s Choirs rehearse each Sunday morning from 8:45—9:00 am. Preschool through 1st grade meet in the corner classroom and 2nd—6th grade meet in the music room. We will sing on the third Sunday of every month at the 9:45 am service and will be working towards presenting a Christmas Pageant in December as well. Questions? Contact Lynn Jansen at 936-7164.

Hand BellAcabella meets on Monday nights from 7:00—8:00 pm in the sanctuary. This is an adult bell choir that meets each week, adding their music to service as pieces are learned. Acabella plays at the 8:00 and 9:45 am services (occasionally at the 11:15 service). Fun, fellowship and making music to praise God! Questions? Contact Jen Richey at 430-6177.

Chime Bar Choir will begin on Sunday, September 27 from 5:00—5:30 pm in the sanctuary. This is for children in 2nd—5th grade with no prior musical bell ringing experience. We learn how to ring the chime bars, how to read the music and we play in the 8:00 and 9:45 am services when we have music prepared. Contact Lynn Jansen at 936-7164.

Youth Bells will begin on Sunday, September 27 from 5:30—6:00 pm in the sanctuary. This is for students in grades 5—12 who have some musical experience. We ring with the bells and play in the 8:00 and 9:45 am services when we have music prepared. Contact Lynn Jansen at 936-7164.ID-100212995

Drummers We are looking for people who have experience with the trap set to play with our Mission and Crossroads bands. Mission meets on Sunday evenings from 8:0010:00 pm and lead worship at the 9:45 am service. Crossroads meets on Thursday evenings from 7:009:00 pm and lead worship at the ll:15 am service. Please contact Lynn Jansen (Mission) at 936-7164 or Jen Richey (Crossroads) at 430-6177.

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