THE ART OF DYING: Living Well
What happens after this life? What about difficult deaths, such as suicide or a tragic accident? What do the scriptures say about death? How do we care well for our elders? These and other questions swirl through our minds as we ponder the life beyond this one. Dying well involves living well.
Join us this January as we explore scripture and beliefs surrounding death.
January 3 Death and the Afterlife Revolutions 21: 2—5
January 10 Christianity and Suicide Psalms 13: 1—6
January 17 Comforting Those Who Mourn John 14: 25—29
January 31 The Art Of Dying Well John 11: 28—44
February 6 Caring for Aging Parents
Join us in worship as we talk about The Art of Dying: Living Well.
Watch your emails for an upcoming Leadership Retreat. We will send out the dates as soon as it is solidified.
We should receive the latest architectural plans mid-January. They will be about 90% complete. We will hold a meeting after they have arrived. Thank you for your on-going support of the Capital Appeal, We Are Called.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Christmas Eve Services. It takes a large team of people to make the services come together: The Worship Team, sound/video, greeters and ushers, chairs folks, musicians, musicians, musicians, readers, prayers and staff. Best Church Ever!
Remember Who We Are
We begin our fall looking at the very personal letters from St. Paul to Timothy. There is a great of wisdom to be gleaned from the ancient text, which is relevant to our current situations. This series delves into the core of our mission here at First United Methodist Church. If you are able, take time to read through the letters before we start the series!
We were privileged to celebrate the sacrament of holy baptism twice this month. On August 23, Maeven Egly was baptized. Her parents are Jess and Jason. Maeven has two older siblings, Ronan and Mia. Pastor Josh baptized Drake Smith the following Sunday. His parents are Kevin and Sara. His older sister is Zoey.
If you did not receive an Expansion update in the brown envelope during the first week of September, please let the church office know. We want to make sure the congregation is informed in each step of the process.
District Superintendent Installation
Mark your calendars for September 27, if you would like to attend the installation of Rev. Kiboko Kiboko as our new District Superintendent. More details will be forth coming as they are made available.
The date for our Charge Conference is Tuesday, October 15. The location will be at New Horizons United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend our yearly meeting. The Rev. Dr. Jill Sanders will be presiding over the time.
CONFIRMING OUR FAITH
We will wind up our series of Confirmation this month. Throughout the summer we have explored the fundamentals of our faith. Understanding and being able to name our core beliefs is part of our pathway to deeper discipleship. As we seek to become more Christ-like, let’s finish this series strong as we wrestle with the critical issues.
All are invited to attend an outdoor service on Sunday, August 9 at 11:15. Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in this service. If you would like to be baptized or remember your
baptism by immersion in the pool, please contact Pastor Alecia. This is a service everyone from any service is welcome to attend. A meal is following the service, with beef tenderloin or chicken breast as the meat. Tableware and beverages will be provided. If you would like to bring a side dish, you are welcome. Bring your swimsuit if you would like to join in the fun after lunch. Please RSVP by calling the church office and let us know how many in your household will be attending. The 8:00 and 9:45 services will be held at the church as normal. The outdoor service will be held at the home of Dan and Rhonda Bernacki, 2198 Hendershot Rd. NE in North Liberty. If you would like to carpool, be in the south parking lot at 11:00 am on Sunday, August 9.
While we are out of time to begin construction this summer, we are continuing to work towards that day. A 2015 build simply is not possible; however, we are continuing to work with the architects, the engineers, the city of North Liberty and our financial commitments. Watch for more details.
I BELIEVE: Confirmation Series in Worship
We are continuing with our summer series, Confirmation, in July.
Engaging in the spiritual foundation and practices of our faith is part
of the journey that we began at our baptism. The summer focus is
designed to move us into a deeper understanding of our faith life and
our baptismal vows. It is difficult to live out the Christian life without
wrestling with our foundation. Explore of who you are, the purpose
for which we are called and to whom we belong.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON CHURCH EXPANSION
Join us on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm at the church for a congregational
meeting. Glenn Siders, our Building Expansion Chair, will update
us on what is happening behind the scenes. In addition, we will
look at the numbers: cash on hand, amount pledged and what is
needed to start a build this summer. Plan on making this meeting a
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS is one of the most important ministries of the church. It begins
on July 19. Please start praying now. Pray for the children that they
might experience God. Pray for the youth and adults that are ministering
to these children. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the
lives of the families. This is a powerful week. If you would like to volunteer
or provide a scholarship for families without enough financial
resources, please contact the church office.
BUCKET LIST COFFEE
Due to scheduling conflicts on Mondays in July, Bucket List Coffee isnot going to meet on Mondays in July. We will resume meeting in theLibrary on August 3.
Easter Morning dawned sunny and mild. The morning began with a Sunrise Service at the outdoor sanctuary followed by a potluck breakfast. The following services were held indoors. The need for the expansion was readily apparent. The parking lot was spilling over and extra chairs and benches were needed for seating. Attendance at the four services was 467. The high attendance approaches numbers traditionally seen at Christmas.
The service at 9:45 am was a joyful celebration of Christ’s victory over death. This service provided an opportunity to present a third grade student with a Bible. Mandy Moellering talked with a very large group of children about the symbols of the resurrection. Alecia Williams discussed Psalm 118 and the resurrection. The service concluded with Communion where ALL were welcome.