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.

Music News

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 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”.

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.

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.

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
Email nlmfamilies@gmail.com


Children and Youth

What an incredible summer we have had in Children and Youth Ministry. From our Mission trip to Hannibal, Missouri—to Vacation Bible School and our Everest Expedition—it’s been a time of growth and fun as we celebrate our relationship with Jesus!

The Hannibal, Missouri Mission Trip offered us a chance to serve others as Christ’s hands and feet as we worked to “Re-frame” our relationship with God. The eight members of the Youth team experienced the joy and hard work of some pretty amazing home re-construction, as well as the chance to check out the sights of Hannibal. We have tons of awesome pictures that were sent to us by the Group Workcamps team, we will post the link on our Facebook page—check them out!

Thanks again to Lucy Hershberger and Mark Benton for spending a week of their summer serving with our youth! #GodSquad

God has the Power to PROVIDE, COMFORT, HEAL and LOVE FOREVER! It was an excellent Everest adventure at our VBS in July! We hosted over 200 kids, who wanted to learn more about God’s love through songs, games, Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. We are so grateful for the over 150 volunteers that helped make this week possible! From providing food for our family meals and snacks, to serving as crew leaders or station guides. Thank you everyone for your help with this tremendous ministry.

On August 23 we celebrated a “Blessing of the Backpacks” as we got ready to go Back to School. It was great to see so many kids with their backpacks, and we handed out over 100 Backpack blessing cards. We also provided Parent, Teacher and Kid Prayers to help give us ideas on ways to incorporate our prayer life in the school year. Our church community will continue to pray for all of our students of every age as they head back to school this fall. Thanks for sharing in worship with us.

Check out the dates below for Fall Kick Off dates. We have Sunday School Registrations available outside the office, or on-line. We are also still in need of a few Sunday School teachers for Pre-K music, it’s a small time commitment and great for someone who wants to get a start in Children’s Ministry! We also need teachers for our 10:00 am multi age classrooms. Please contact Beth at 626-2762 if you are interested in helping out.

Sunday School starts September 13.  Pre-K to 6th grade

8:45 – 9:40 am and 10:00 classes

EPIC starts September 13. 7th to 12th grades

6:00-8:00 pm Sunday Evenings

PEACEMAKERS starts September 18. 4th -6th grades.

meets on the 3rd Friday of the month 6:00-9:00 pm

Have a blessed fall everyone!


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Time Well Spent

Thank you to everyone for all of the gifts, well wishes and prayers for our family as we move to Mount Vernon. This has been an incredible two years of growth, faith and love for me and I am so incredibly blessed to have shared them with the amazing kids and families of our church. I look forward to joining you all again as a volunteer. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement of the Children and Youth Ministry programs. Today and everyday – we choose JOY!

Many Blessings- Mandy Moellering

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