Monday, August 1, 2011


Mark your calendars now for a special weekend! To kick off our Sunday school year we will be having a joint Sunday service on August 28th at 9:30 am.  Come for a special service full of music from Central College’s Flying Pans.  This award winning steel drum band will be the centerpiece for the morning activities.  At 10:30 following the service we will be having a special picnic on the lawn with food and beverages as well as games for the whole family.  Registration for Sunday school will also be taking place during the picnic.  Everyone young, old, and in between are encouraged to look at the class list and sign up.  Sunday school classes will officially start the second Sunday in September.

The 2011 Next Step Conference will give those of you who attend practical ideas for strengthening and expanding your mission for Christ. 


Friday at the Christian Life Center, 710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny  

3:00-5:30  Ministry Sampler (The Friday afternoon Ministry Sampler has been expanded this year to include more snapshots of ministries you can take back to your church)
5:30-6:00  Ministry Displays
6:00-7:00  Dinner
7:00-8:00  Keynote Address “Five Questions for Congregations Seeking God’s Vision” by Lovett Weems
8:00-8:45  Evening Praise  

Saturday at the Uptown Campus, 206 SW Walnut Street, Ankeny

7:30 -  8:30   Registration
8:30 -  9:15   Worship
9:15 -10:00   Plenary Session
10:15 -11:30   
Breakout 1
11:45 -12:30   Lunch
12:30 -  1:45   
Breakout 2
2:00 -  3:15   Breakout 3
3:30 -  3:50   Closing Worship

Register Online: 
Please register by visiting

Registration by Sept. 30 - $45
Registration by Oct. 15 - $75
Registration after Oct. 15 - $100
(Registration includes all conference materials and activities, Friday night
BQ dinner, Saturday box lunch, snacks, and intrasite transportation)

You are invited to experience Discovery weekend worship services, September 17 and September 18, 2011, where you will receive invitations for spiritual growth.

You are invited to the Columbia UMC on Sunday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. to listen to Steve McBride sing with accompaniment by Geoff Shultz. Following the musical worship service, you are invited to a grilled brunch at the Columbia Community Center beginning at 11:30 a.m.are welcome!

Hope Ministries will be holding the third annual walk-a-thon to help the homeless in central Iowa on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Copper Creek Lake, Pleasant Hill.   You are invited to partner with us as we raise awareness about homelessness in central Iowa at our third annual walk. All proceeds will benefit Hope Ministries’ programs and services to homeless men, women and children. Last year’s walk-a-thon drew more than 800 people and raised over $67,000 in cash, pledges and in-kind contributions.  To register or for more information, visit or call 515-265-7272 or e-mail

Our Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund is used to meet our ongoing commitment to KAMA of $333.00 per month.   We only have funds to pay our pledge through August.   Please consider a gift to NHN to help us keep our commitment. 

Iowa Hospice is seeking several compassionate volunteers to provide companionship and respite services to patients and their caregivers.   Can you set aside 1-2 hours a couple of times a month to improve the quality of life for a Hospice patient?   Would you enjoy baking treats to send out during special occasions to brighten a patient’s day?  Then you could volunteer for Iowa Hospice!  Training is provided by Iowa Hospice free of charge and the volunteer coordinator will come to your town to provide the training.  The need is urgent so call today!   Call Maressa at 515-314-0143 or 641-676-1799.

Regular meetings will be held on August 7 and August 28 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the church.  A camping trip is being planned for September.  Come to the August meetings to help finalize the plans.  Youth Group is open to students in 7th through 12th grade.

MONTGOMERY STREET PRESCHOOL Believe it or not school is about to start.  MSPS is again asking for donations to help support our day to day activities at the preschool.   Donations from the list may be dropped off in the box in the Narthex.  The students and staff greatly appreciate the support from our church family!

Needs for this School Year:
-Glue Sticks (any size)
- Markers (washable 8 or 10 ct) normal & fine tip
- Crayons (24 count or smaller)
­-100% Juice (bottles or jugs)
-Kleenex boxes
-Paper plates
-Paper/Styrofoam bowls
-Plastic silverware (forks & spoons)
-Small paper cups (Dixie cups 5oz)
-Paper towels
-Clorox/Lysol wipes
-All purpose cleaner
-Craft items: buttons, fabric scraps, wiggly eyes   

Thank you for all the cards we received at the time of my brother, Corwin Mott’s, death.   Abe and Sally Synhorst

Thank you for the cards and prayers on the death of my brother.   Benny Mott

Thank you to Peace Tree Brewing for donating the keg of root beer to the Celebrate the Son event.   

Thank you to Leona Steele for making the new curtains downstairs.  

Thank you to Diane Crowell for setting up a Facebook account for FUMC.

Condolences to the family of Rowena Robinson on her passing.   

Condolences to Kevin Meyer and family on the passing of his father. 

Condolences to the family of Josephine Wilson on her passing. 

Condolences to Benny Mott and Sally Synhorst on the passing of their brother. 

Condolences to Bev Sterling and family and Erika DeGeest and family on the loss of their brother/grandfather, Ronald Arkema, Sr.

Did you know that FUMC-Knoxville  can be your Facebook friend?!  If you are on Facebook, you can "like" the church and receive these posts in your News Feed. To "like" the church go to and click the Like button.  The more members we have “like” our Facebook page, the Facebook will suggest our church to others!

SOMETIMES, when we love someone, we feel we just can’t give them enough.  We may even do without things we need ourselves.  I think most parents feel that way about their children.  Love makes us generous.  
But generosity is more than giving. If anyone could have showered gifts on those he loved, it was Jesus Christ.  But he didn’t.  He provided for their basic needs; he saw to it that they had shelter and enough to eat.  He watched them counting coins when he could have filled their laps with riches.  
Jesus gave something more precious and more lasting than gifts.  He gave understanding.   He knew how hard it is to live in this world. He felt what others felt and couldn’t put into words.   And out of his understanding he gave what people truly need, such as forgiveness for Zacchaesus’s guilt, hope for the cynical woman at the well, recovery for a dying child. 
The next time you want to give a gift to someone you love, don’t worry about how much you can afford to spend or how big the present ought to be.  Consider, instead, what generosity really means:  understanding.   That’s something each of us can afford to give – all the time. 

If you’ve ever had a print photo-directory, you know it is impossible to keep it up-to-date.  New members are added ... people move ... pastors and church staff sometimes change ... kids grow up ... people pass away and before long, your beautiful photo-directory no longer accurately represents the congregation.  We have decided to do our own electronic pictorial directory. A key benefit of an electronic directory is that it can easily be updated on an as-needed basis, which is particularly important to young families who are changing. New members of the church can be added to the directory immediately and no longer need to wait to be included with the rest of the congregation.

Every household that participates will receive a free CD version of the pictorial directory.   The CD provides the use of the image in anyway, anytime, anywhere you wish.   The directory on CD meets the needs of today’s computer-oriented generation and provides a great value to members of the church by being able to print full color pictorial directories on your own printer.
Please participate!  All we ask is that you complete the “Family Directory Authorization Form” in this newsletter and return it to the office as well as submit a recent photo in one of the ways indicated below. 
We Want to See Your Face in Our New Pictorial Directory! It's important that your photo is in our directory so people can match names and faces.  You may drop off a recent (less than 3 years old) photo or email it to the church at     We are asking for head shots of couples, individuals, and families (which include children high school graduate age and younger).   If your child is a post high school graduate they are welcome to submit their own picture to be listed in the directory.   Photography also will occur in September.   Look for dates and times in the September Newsletter as well as upcoming bulletins.  

 Family Directory Authorization Form

First United Methodist Church is developing a directory of families (parents and their children).  It’s a great resource for keeping in touch and acquainting new persons with the existing members of First United Methodist Church.  Please complete this form and return it to the church office as soon as possible.   

Directory Printing Options

____________YES, I want to be listed in the family directory.
____________NO, Please do NOT include me in the family directory. (Note: We still need your e-mail address for communication purposes.)

Please include me in the directory but DO NOT print the following information:
Address: ________ Phone number(s): _________ Email address: ________

Household Information: 
First Name ___________________________   Last Name ____________________________
Birthday ____________________  Occupation ______________________________________
First Name ___________________________ Last Name ______________________________
Birthday ____________________  Occupation_______________________________________
Street Address________________________________________________________________
City______________________________________________          Zip Code_______________
Home Phone Number:  __________________________
Cell Phone Number:  ____________________________
Work Phone Number:  ___________________________
Email Address:________________________________________________________________
Anniversary Date: __________________________

Children(s) names:(please indicate if child’s last name is different)  
#1:__________________________________ Birthday:  (mm/dd/yyyy)      _________________
#2:__________________________________ Birthday:  (mm/dd/yyyy)      _________________
#3:__________________________________ Birthday:  (mm/dd/yyyy)      _________________

August 7-8
Gen. 37:1-4, 12-28 Ps. 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Rom. 10:5-15 Matt. 14:22-33

August 13-14
Gen. 45:1-15 Ps. 133 Rom. 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matt.15 (10-20) 21-28

August 20-21
Exod. 1:8-2:10 Ps. 124 Rom. 12:1-8 Matt. 16:13-20

August 27-28
Exod. 3:1-15 Ps. 105:1-6, 23-26,45c Rom. 12:9-21 Matt. 16:21-28

No comments:

Post a Comment