Creation Kids November News

ID-100173885   October is always such a fun and busy month for us at Creation Kids. The Preschoolers were busy learning about Fire Safety and enjoyed a field trip to the Coralville Fire Station. They also had an eventful week learning about Community Helpers. They had a visit from a dentist and a trip to Olive Garden and Fareway. They all had a great time this week.

ID-100196030They finished out the month learning about fall, pumpkins, and Halloween. We also enjoyed a field trip to Bloomsbury Farms Pumpkin Patch. We combined both sites and Coralville and North Liberty went on the same day. It was a great day, though very windy. The children enjoyed a lot of activities and lunch in the barn. It is always a fun trip to the pumpkin patch.

ID-100362062The preschoolers had a great time during our Halloween Party. They were all dressed in their costumes. We had a costume parade through the church, played some games and activities, went on a scavenger hunt and more.

ID-100119091As we move into November the Preschoolers will keep busy with moving into the Holiday season. We will be learning about families, Thanksgiving and what we are all thankful for. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. All of our parents and grandparents are invited to come in and join their child for a Thanksgiving Dinner.

The school age children have been keeping busy after school with doing their homework, spending lots of time outside and enjoying it. Although with the cool weather quickly approaching, staying outside all afternoon won’t last much longer. We will be spending more time inside with the cooler months which means a lot of indoor games and activities as well as having a craft for them to do each afternoon. It’s something to keep them busy and have fun after their long day of school.

Hand BellChime Bars has started and is going very well. The children are excited every Wednesday to practice. We look forward to having them perform at our Christmas Program.

We are having a Cookie Dough Fundraiser and Tupperware fundraiser that will end November 2 and the cookie dough is set to arrive November 19 and the Tupperware to arrive 4—6 weeks after the end date. There will be some order forms in the Narthex if you would like to purchase any. All proceeds will go towards new playground equipment.

Thank you for your support!


News From Pastor Alecia’s Study

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.

Expansion Update

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.

Charge Conference

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.




Meet the Nolte’s

Dave, Mari, Christen and Hallie Nolte

Dave is a retired Methodist pastor and Army Chaplain. He is active in Stephen Ministry and choir in our current church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He will be going back to New Mexico till his and Mari’s house sells.

Mari will be seeking employment as a unit secretary in the medical field. She enjoys cooking and reading books.

Christen is Hallie’s mom. She is a single parent who will be seeking employment in Early Childhood Education in September or October. She enjoys cooking, bike riding, reading and caring for the two family house rabbits: Blueberries and Blackberries.

Hallie is a busy 5-1/2 year old. She will start Kindergarten this fall at North Bend Elememtry School. She loves books, playgrounds and keeping everyone on their toes.

As a family we want to thank everyone for their support during our move in on July 1 and to let everyone know we can use the newspapers from your recycling bins for the rabbits, as long as it is clean an no ads (the boys would appreciate it). Our rabbits can’t handle cedar chips and they tend to eat the other litters. So we line their “Bunny Palace” with papers!
Again, we appreciate the warm welcome and look forward to getting to know everyone!


Dave, Mari, Christen, Hallie, Blueberries and Blackberries Nolte



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.


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


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.


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.


News From Pastor Alecia’s Study…….


With the exception of May 3, we will continue the sermon series on the Holy Spirit.

Often called the “forgotten God” of the Trinity, we are winding up a six week series becoming better acquainted. As we open more of ourselves up to the power of the Spirit, our ministries are moving forward. The May schedule is as follows:

May 3            Why Didn’t God Answer This Prayer? Psalm 22:2, John 17:15-24

May 10          Baptized                                                 Romans 6:1-4, 8:1-2

May 17          God’s Will for my Life                              Acts 16:5-10

May 24          Heroes

May 31          Pentecost                                               Acts 2:1-4

The scripture is listed in case you would like to read ahead.

In light of the recent death of Austin Schroeder, we will deal with the topic of God and Suffering at the 8:00 and 9:45 am services on May 3. The question as to Why Didn’t God Answer this Prayer has come up multiple times in the past days. Let’s wrestle with this question on Sunday.


Yes, it will be on May 3! Join us on Sunday May 3 to hear the Kayros Band at the 9:45 and 11:15 services. Pastor Edgar Solis will preach at the 11:15 service. There will be a church potluck beginning at 12:30 pm. All are welcome!

Confirmation Sunday 4/12/15
Confirmation Sunday 4/12/15


We were blessed as a congregation to see 8 students confirmed on April 12.

They were:

Elizabeth Davis                         Aiden Langridge                        Rhianna Maakestad

Kiley Piercy                               Maddie Reid                             Mallory Stanfield

Kendra Triggs                           Selena Wisner

Thanks to all of the work by the mentors: Kyra Corbett, Jon Maakestad, Judy McRoberts, Judy Bornkessel, Angie Wisner, Laura Bibby, Bonnie Winslow-Garvin, Alison Demory and Carrie McKnight. This was a wonderful class of young people.

Child hands at prayer


I can’t imagine a better place than this church. When the church lives into its mission, the Spirit of God moves powerfully. On Tuesday night, April 28, we hosted a Time of Reflection in remembering 15 year old Austin Schroeder. I love being in a church than can make events happen in a timely manner. We had 100 people attend the open-ended night, almost all young people. I am grateful for an amazing staff and volunteers that changed their schedules in order to make this happen: Mandy Moellering, Josh Rath, Bev Byram-Howe, Creation Kids afternoon staff, Sharon Ingle, Dale Ingle, Lucy Hershberger and Paul Meade. We saw the Spirit of God work in the lives of young people. It was a powerful night.


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How do you envision an inclusive North Liberty? – ¿Cómo ve un integrador North Liberty?

The First United Methodist Church of North Liberty is sponsoring a community forum to explore race relations in North Liberty.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend on Tuesday February 17, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the church, 85 North Jones Boulevard, North Liberty, IA 52317.  A panel comprised of four community leaders will each take 5-7 minutes and answer the question: How do we envision an inclusive North Liberty?   Additional guests will be available to facilitate the discussion.  The guests come from various walks of life: the city, business, educational, religious and community leaders.  The community leaders, invited guests and the public will have the opportunity for an open discussion of race relations.

Thank you to the planning team for organizing this Community Forum

Aldine Bell, Michael Garvin, Dave Jansen, Lyle Muller, Omar Paz and Alecia Williams.

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La Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de North Liberty está patrocinando un foro de la comunidad para explorar las relaciones raciales en North Liberty. Marque su calendario y haga planes para asistir el martes 17 de febrero 2015 7:00-20:30 en la iglesia, 85 North Jones Boulevard, North Liberty, IA 52317. Un panel compuesto por cuatro líderes de la comunidad cada tarde 5-7 minutos y responder a la pregunta: ¿Cómo nos imaginamos una sociedad inclusiva North Liberty? Los huéspedes adicionales estarán disponibles para facilitar la discusión. Los huéspedes vienen de diversos ámbitos de la vida: la ciudad, los negocios, los líderes religiosos y de la comunidad educativa. Los líderes de la comunidad, los huéspedes invitados y el público tendrán la oportunidad para una discusión abierta de las relaciones raciales.

Gracias a todo el equipo de planificación para la organización de este Foro de la Comunidad

Aldine Bell, Michael Garvin, Dave Jansen, Lyle Muller, Omar Paz y Alecia Williams.

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