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.



Gears_HRGear up for  

    a world where kids become hands-on inventors and discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.




Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 27, 6pm- 8:30pm


Children ages 3 (must be potty trained) through rising 6th graders



 North Liberty Recreation Center


 $20 per child with a $40 family limit.  There are limited scholarships are available upon request. Payments need to be dropped off at First United Methodist Church office.

Make checks payable to North Liberty FUMC.



Registration will remain open until July 9. Spaces are limited due to the maximum capacity of the rooms at the Rec Center

Children and Volunteers can register HERE .

Have questions?  No worries.

Contact: Dani Gryp at (319) 626-2762 or nlmfamilies@gmail.com.



Blessing Bags

by Laura Bibby


Don Triggs and I are confirmation mentors for the current confirmation class.  This fall, we were blessed to be able to attend the Urban Plunge weekend experience in Des Moines.  In preparation for this trip, each student and mentor were asked to prepare a blessing bag that would include some items that would benefit the homeless, i.e. gloves, socks, hat, toiletry items, hand warmers, as well as a note or a scripture verse to share God’s hope and love.  Our plan was to give them to a homeless person that weekend, which we did.  It was amazing.

On Sunday in preparation for our return trip home, Don and I discussed doing something like this with our 4th-6th grade students in Sunday School.  Don Triggs and I gathered the items, and we had our Sunday School class pack the blessing bags.  We were able to arrange with the Shelter House in Iowa City an evening where the Peacemakers group could distribute these bags to the homeless.  It made a huge impact, not only on the homeless but with the kids as well.  Don Triggs asked the congregation for additional gloves and socks to be donated to the Shelter House as they hadn’t received any yet.

Last Sunday, Don and Rochelle Triggs and I planned to take the donated gloves and socks to the Shelter House.  On my drive to Iowa City, I noticed that I had a blessing bag in my car leftover from our Shelter House visit.  As I passed by Walmart, I noticed that there was a homeless man begging for anything you could spare.  Because I was running a few minutes behind to meet Don and Rochelle at the Shelter House, I thought to myself that I would give this blessing bag to the homeless man if he was still there when I returned.  I even stopped at Aldi’s to pick up some snack bars for him to eat, figuring that he would be hungry.  The homeless man was still there and I pulled into Walmart and was able to give him the blessing bag.  He was very grateful for the items I gave him.  He immediately went to put them in his backpack by his bike.  I was so thankful I had something to give him.

There have been many times when I didn’t have much to give a homeless person and wished that I had something prepared ahead of time and decided at that moment, I need to carry blessing bags in my car all the time.  I hope that this is something you will decide to do to give hope and share God’s love with someone in need.  The joy and peace you feel are beyond imagination.  And it is truly a blessing that only God can give.



Spring Make A Difference Day

April 9 is the date for our Spring Make a Difference Day
(formerly known as 3 Hours to Make a Difference).

This event will begin at 8:30 am and end at 12:00 pm.


Projects include washing windows, painting, raking leaves or making minor home repairs.

There are many projects limited only by the number of volunteers.


Join us and make a difference.

Sign up forms are available outside the church office.

Know of someone who needs help? Contact the church office at 626-2762.


Pantry Happenings

Review of the Past Year

In 2015, 299,000 lbs of food and toiletries and 11,000 items of clothing were distributed. The average amount of food received per visit was 34 pounsa. Also, special distributions of toiletries, coats, and socks & underwear occurred during the year.

Ilsa DeWald was hired to coordinate the Growing Together Garden, which had its first growing season in 2015, and a variety of vegetables were grown and distributed. A Pantry Farmer’s Market, which had produce donated by local gardeners, was available, and classes were given showing how to use some of the items.

Steven Williams was hired to be the Special Projects and Marketing Coordinator. The AmeriCorps Program which had provided 2 people to work in the Pantry ended September 30, and in order to continue the many activities with which Brandy and Becca had assisted, the board decided to hire someone to take over those responsibilities, as well as providing information to Pantry families and the community.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

This event was Sunday, January 17, and Red’s Alehouse catered a delicious meal. The Pantry has 140 volunteers, who logged 10,000 hours – the equivalent of 5 full-time employees. It would be impossible to do the many activities and services the Pantry offers without these dedicated people. Many of them were honored for their hours of service. For the first time, there was a volunteer who has accumulated 3000 hours.

Honored Volunteers

50 Hours: Kristen Allen, Nick Bergus, Carlyne Burge, Cindy Bys and Girl Scout Troop 1258, Kim Engler, JeanAnn James, Andy Knoedel, Cindy Malott, Linda Milder, Linda Miller, Rae Mosier, Sue Nelson, Jill Noel, Trissa
Pearson, Nancy Readman, Jeff Sorenson, Dotty Staniewska, and Joanne Tigges
100 Hours: Kristen Allen, Carlyne Burge, Don Cantrell, Clay Farebrother, Jennifer Gersten, Margaret Hennes,
Jean Ann James, Linda Miller, Sue Nelson, Jacquelyn Nielson, Sean Pearl and Jeff Sorenson
500 Hours: Barb Dixon, Jim Jedlicka, Paul Kaczinski, Drew Shaffer and Marlene White
1000 Hours: Paul McRoberts
2000 Hours: Judy McRoberts
3000 Hours: Judy Bonnet
Founders Award: Judy Bonnet and Greg Dils
Youth Award: Liz Walters

Current needs are canned meat (besides tuna), peanut butter and soup. The winter months can be difficult, and these items are important ones for feeding a family. Also, toilet paper is always needed.

The Pantry is an exciting, vital place, and volunteers are an essential part of the ministry. Volunteers are still needed, and there are places for everyone, individuals and families.

How do you serve? We are coming up on the holy season of Lent, a time of prayer and reflection, of growing closer to God, of committing our lives to become more like Christ. You can become the hands and feet of Christ by serving those members of our community who are struggling. If you aren’t able to work in the Pantry itself, upcoming projects such as the Golf Tournament on May 6th and Summer Lunch & Fun program are already being planned and in need of volunteers. The Garden, Thanksgiving in July and the Turkey Trot will be in planning stages soon.

For more information,
check our website , Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NorthLibertyCommunityPantry), or contact Tina at (319)626-2711 or at nlpantry@gmail.com.

Pantry Happenings

Donations Galore!

The Pantry received some amazing donations at the end of November and in December. In November, the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort delivered over 1,300 lbs. of food, and it was exciting to see so much variety.

The Colony Pumpkin Patch donated a portion of this season’s proceeds – another wonderful community effort.

In December, we were delighted to receive $5,500 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois to help provide coats, socks and underwear for our October distribution. This donation was obviously a big help, as we gave out items to 250 children and adults.

The Hawkeye Chapter of 100+ Men Who Care chose the Pantry to receive their 4th quarter donation of $20,000. This was another incredibly generous gift from individuals in our community.

An anonymous donor decided to donate to the Pantry instead of going to the Rose Bowl. This person donated 1930 lbs. of food and toiletries, and many of the items were things we often aren’t able to stock.

The Alliant Energy Foundation donated $1,000 to help us provide more healthy food for the families we serve.

“In Community” is a fundraiser where local businesses raise money from the end of November until Christmas Eve to donate to their local food pantries. Each business decides how they will accomplish this, often donating a portion of designated sales. From Italian food to popcorn, Hawk- eye, local school or running gear to portraits, exercise to eye exams, mailing to printing to advertising, North Liberty businesses are participating in raising funds for our Pantry. It’s a terrific community effort spearheaded by Lucy Hershberger at Forever Green Greenhouse and Garden Center.

It has been quite a year for the Pantry. Ilsa DeWald was hired to be the Coordinator for the Growing Together Garden, a teaching patio was built, and the garden and trees were planted. The Turkey Trot was run, and Lunch and Fun was one of our summer activities. Steven Williams was hired as our Special Projects and Marketing Coordinator. The kitchen was renovated and completed, which will provide good storage and work space and the ability to conduct more classes.

The donations and grants we receive allow us to provide so many services and be involved in many activities and events.

Volunteers are essential to the services offered by the Pantry. No matter what your skills and available time, there is a place for you at the Pantry. There are one-time projects and continuing opportunities for helping our neighbors who are struggling. The next New Volunteer Orientation is Monday, Jan. 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Put your faith into action and become a Pantry volunteer.

Check our website, Facebook, or contact Tina at (319)626-2711 or at nlpantry@gmail.com for more information about the Pantry.

photo: Freedigitalphotos.net

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

photo: Freedigitalphotos.net

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.

photo: Freedigitalphotos.net

Pantry Happenings

Donations and Fundraisers!!!
Lowe’s is contributing materials and labor for the Pantry’s kitchen. This includes many cabinets, countertops, shelving, a dishwasher, painting and some renovation. When the Pantry building was constructed, the estimated cost to finish the kitchen space was just under $10,000, so the decision was to postpone completing that part of the building. The Pantry has a sink, but the new kitchen will enable more efficient preparation of donations, as well as good storage and the ability to do more classes.

West Bank organized a community Thanksgiving Lunch at South Slope on Wednesday, November 18, with food provided by Red’s Ale House. The $1500 raised from the $10 ticket price was donated to the Pantry. Approximately 150 people heard speakers Gary Dolphin (the Voice of the Hawkeyes), John Lohman from Corridor Business Journal, North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar and West Bank president Jim Conrad.

Other corporate contributors in November were Target, which donated toiletries; Theisen’s donated money for educational activities at the Pantry; and Sandwich Brothers, which gave a large donation of Egg White & Turkey Sausage sandwiches.
North Corridor Rotary and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois donated some of the coats that were distributed during our October coat distribution.

InCommunity is a fundraiser where local businesses join together to raise money for local food pantries. Each participating business chooses what kind of fundraiser best suits their business. Last year 25 businesses participated and raised over $12,500 for local food pantries. The fundraiser runs from November 27 until December 24.

Coming Up – Toys and Food
The Salvation Army Toys for Tots will be hosting a toy distribution in North Liberty this year. Interested families can register at the Pantry the week of November 30 from 10:00 until noon. Toys will be available to be picked up on Wednesday, December 16, and Thursday, December 17.

From Monday, December 14, through Friday, December 18, the Crisis Center of Johnson County will provide food for a holiday meal to those in need. Project Holiday will have a distribution at the Pantry on Wednesday, December 16, from 10:00 am until noon.

The Pantry is an exciting, vital ministry, and volunteers are essential to the services the Pantry offers. There are one-time projects and continuing opportunities to help serve our neighbors who are struggling. During this Christmas season, you can put your faith into action by volunteering with the Pantry. The next New Volunteer Orientation is Monday, January 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Come join us.

Pantry Happenings

A New Employee at the Pantry

Brandy and Becca have been working for the Pantry through an AmeriCorps program, which ended September 30. Their assistance allowed the Pantry to provide services such as toiletry distributions, extra socks & underwear, educational opportunities for Pantry families and volunteers, and participation in the Summer Lunch & Fun Program. In order to continue providing these services and others,

Special Projects and Marketing Coordinator, Steven Williams was hired and began October 24. Steven will oversee special projects such as the coat distribution, toiletry distributions, socks & underwear distributions, Summer Lunch & Fun activities for the Pantry’s part, and more. He will also be responsible for providing information to Pantry families, as well as information we want to relay to the community.

Coat Distribution

The annual coat, mittens, and hat distribution was held Saturday, October 24. Approximately 250 children and adults received warm items for cold weather. Volunteers assisted families in finding the clothing that fit them and fit their needs.

The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is Sunday, January 17, 2016. This annual event recognizes the Pantry’s amazing volunteers, both youth and adult. Volunteers are recognized by the numbers of hours they volunteer and their outstanding efforts given to the Pantry and thus to their community.

The Pantry is a busy place and an exciting ministry where volunteers are vital to the continuing services the Pantry offers.

General News

The Pantry is open Monday—Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 until noon and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00—6:00.

There are many opportunities to volunteer during those hours or outside of those hours, depending on your time schedule. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus to help meet the needs of those in our community who are struggling.

For more information about the Pantry, visit our website at www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org,

facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthLibertyCommunityPantry, or

contact Tina at (319)626-2711 or at nlpantry@gmail.com.