For one day only, on December 1, 2015 as part of UMC #Giving Tuesday, gifts made towards the plight of trafficked women and children under “the project of assistance to trafficked women & children #advance project N° #3021031 will be matched dollar for dollar. As always, when you give to us through The Advance, 100 percent of your gift directly supports our ministry; overhead costs are covered through other channels.

Your combined gifts last year greatly impacted our work, through those generous donations of yours, smiles return to the faces of victims of human trafficking – we were able to provide accommodations, food as well as clothing while also supporting new graduates of our internship training programs with materials for them to start earning a living for themselves as a dignified daughter of God.

Thank you so much for your faithful support. This year we are inviting you again to doubling your impact by making a generous gift on December 1st please visit here for donations

You may go online to give or mark the memo line on your offering check.  Make a significant impact on a life.

Change A Child’s Story

One million books and one million hours for the at-risk and poverty-stricken children of Iowa – that is the goal of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church as part of the Bishop’s Poverty to Opportunity. We hope to accomplish this by June 2017. That means a lot of work but through this initiative, we hope to make a significant inroad in the fight against poverty. It is vitally important that children be reading on grade level by third grade otherwise, at this point they begin to fall further and further behind.ID-10075961
Did you know one factor in determining future prison beds is the number of children not reading at grade-level by third grade? I find that a horrifying measurement. We are asking every Methodist member to prayerfully consider and accept the challenge of being a reading partner with an at-risk child. It is one-hour per week commitment. One hour a week to divert a child from a future of poverty and/or possible prison.
Is that so much to ask? One hour a week, just one….please prayerfully consider how you might fulfill this pledge. You also just might make a new friend. There will be upcoming opportunities listed in upcoming newsletters or speak to Brenda Mayer (319-936-8118). For more information go to Poverty to Opportunity at


Morning Men’s Group

We have had a wonderful time in past month meeting on Wednesday mornings at 6:30am at HyVee in Coralville for breakfast and Bible study. If you are considering joining us, I would highly encourage you to do so; it has been a blessing for all of us. We have decided to continue meeting for the next five weeks and evaluating after that if we will continue throughout the summer, we will definitely begin again in the fall.

We have wrestled and discussed some great chapters in Ephesians over the past few weeks; it has been life giving to all of us. I am excited to say that we have three churches joining together for this breakfast; North Liberty First UMC, New Horizons UMC, and Coralville UMC. It’s wonderful to get men together from different churches so we can learn from each other. Even if you can’t make it each week, I encourage you to try and come to as many of them as you can.

Here is the schedule for the next month. I hope to see you there.
June 3 – Ephesians 6
June 10 – Philippians 1
June 17 – Philippians 2
June 24 – Philippians 3
July 1 – Philippians 4

In Christ, Pastor Josh

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