Wednesday, January 2, 2013



H old fast to your faith (Hebrews 4:14) A ssemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:25)
P ray earnestly every day (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
P ray for great blessings (Malachi 3:10)
Y ield not to temptation (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
N eglect not your talents and opportunities (Galatians 6:10) E xamine yourself daily (2 Corinthians 13:5)
W ork diligently for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Y ield your members to righteousness (Romans 6:11, 16) E xercise yourself in godliness (1 Timothy 4:7)
A im for a perfect, mature faith (Hebrews 6:1)
R edeem the time (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Eternal God, thank you for bringing us once again to the threshold of a new year. Help us dedicate each day of 2013 to following your will for our lives. Guide us, Lord, in all our decisions and actions, day by day and hour by hour. Help us accomplish all that you desire for us to do, until our mission on earth is finished. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

The bereavement committees are updating their volunteer lists.  Would you be willing to help with funeral luncheons and/or provide a salad or cake?  Please call Bonnie Crook at 828-8750 (ok to leave a message) and tell how you are willing to help.   Bless you for your contributions!



JANUARY 20, 2013
Human Relations Day is one of the six church wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Your gifts to Human Relations Day provide avenues to restored relationships through ministries like Youth Offender Rehabilitation, Community Developers self-improvement programs and United Methodist Voluntary Services community advocacy programs. It’s time to think and support justice, to become radical in changing lives and changing the world. Please give generously.

We will have a Lent planning meeting with St. Anthony at 6:30 p.m. in WFH on Wednesday, January 23rd with a light supper and then reading and studying the lectionary scriptures for Lent. Anyone from FUMC that is interested is welcome.  The supper will be hosted by the Patterned by Grace Committee.

5th/6th Grade Basketball Academy Celebration
Sunday, January 27, 10:45 a.m. service time.  All 5th/6th grade participants and their families are invited to join our congregation in a “Celebration” of the completion of our second annual academy.  Participants will be introduced and they will introduce their families, we will sing songs of praise, and a special video summary will be presented.  It will also be an expression of “appreciation” to all those unpaid servants who helped make it possible AND to give glory to God for His guidance and love.

Calling all 3RD and 4TH grade girls and boys for the 2nd annual FUMC Basketball Academy that will take place January 28-March 7.   Any and all skill levels are encouraged to participate.  This is a youth basketball skills and development program in a Christian environment with fun, fellowship, and teaching of basketball skills and good character!  Girls will practice Mondays and Wednesdays and boys will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall with transportation from school available if necessary.  To register or find out more information visit and click on “Youth” or stop by the church office.   In addition, all participants and parents are encouraged to attend an orientation meeting, Sunday January 13 at 5:00 p.m. at FUMC. 

We will be doing kitchen inventory and cleaning in January.  If you have dishes/pans in either kitchen, please come get them.  It will make our job much easier.  Thank you.  Dorothy Danner


MSPS will be having their annual Family Fun Night on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be having a pajama party with a movie and snacks in West Fellowship Hall this year as a fun, family friendly event for our preschool families and friends.

All students in 7th through 12th grade are encouraged to attend.  Friends are welcome to come too. Meetings will be held at the church.

On January 6, we would like to invite parents of those interested in going on the Summer Mission Trip to attend a short informational meeting at 4 pm for about 30 minutes.  We will then have a normal Youth meeting.

Ø  January 6 – 4 to 6 pm (Mission Trip discussion with parents at 4 pm for 30 minutes)
Ø  January 13 – 4 to 6 pm
Ø  January 20 – 4 to 6 pm

Saturday, January 26 – Make plans now to join the Youth as we attend Winter Jam at Wells Fargo Arena. Artists this year include Toby Mac, Red, Jamie Grace, Newsong, and others. More details to come or ask someone in Youth for details

Condolences to the family of Corky Ravera on his passing. 

Condolences to the family of Ted Dykstra on his passing.  
Condolences to the family of Darroll Bachman on his passing. 


Thank you to those who delivered poinsettias to our shut-ins.   Sharon Young

Thank you to all the 2012 volunteers who served as coffee hosts/hostesses after the 8:30 service.  The Hospitality Committee


Thank You!  The generosity of our congregation in sharing God’s gifts has been beyond measure!   2 Corinthians 9 12-15  12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God … 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.  Thanks to everyone with a hand in making it possible for FUMC to pass out 45 Christmas food baskets providing a Christmas dinner to more than 234 family members in our community.  This is in addition to our Christmas Day dinner.

The family of Ted Dykstra would like to thank all of our church family for love and caring that you showed to us during this difficult time.  A special thanks to Pastor Lane, Vicki King, and the UMW for your services.  Words cannot express how much your support has meant to us.

Heifer International gratefully recognizes Knoxville First United Methodist Church for your contribution of health animals and training in their care to help struggling families overcome a life of hunger and poverty. 

Thank you to the UMW ladies for allowing our students to come sing at your December meeting!  Also thank you for your continued support of our program and our scholarship students!


The Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers a number of scholarship opportunities to college-bound Iowa Methodists.   Methodist scholarships exist to assist members of the faith in attending college and achieving their educational goals.  Applications and criteria are currently available at  Applications and all required material must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2013 to be eligible.

On December 26th, I (Pastor Lane) will be having surgery on my shoulder which will require medical leave for 3 weeks.   Pastor Brent will be covering pastoral duties. If you are in need of assistance Heather will be more than happy to assist.  During my recuperative time we will have a number of guests preachers helping fill the pulpit.

Ø  December 30th Elizabeth Hadler (formally Haning) a UMC minister in Ohio that grew up in our church. It will be a blessing to welcome her back home.
Ø  January 6th Bill Poland our District Superintendent will be gracing us with the message
ØJanuary 12 & 13  Kevin Glesener, Chaplin at Vermeer, who is a favorite brings the message once again

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