September Sermon Series:  Liturgy of the Ordinary.  Everything that we do , there comes a pattern.  What  if we being to connect our ordinary day with the extraordinary sacredness of God.  Our secular lives outside of the church can make us disconnected to God and others,  The Pastors will be preaching out the liturgy of the ordinary during the month of September.  They will be looking at how God can use the simple moments of brushing our teeth and eating left overs to remind us of the grace and love that God has for us.
Community Meals will start up the 8th of ministry on September 4.    Please contact Lyn Evans at 641-373-4780 if you can help with this need.  All are welcome to help with the meal.  Food prep begins at 8 am on Wednesday, meal packaging  starts at 4:15pm,  with delivery starting at 5pm , carryouts from 5-5:30 PM and meal service from 5:30-7 pm.  In addition we are looking for those who would be interested in the fresh fruit and vegetable scraps for composting.  They would be ready for someone to pick up Wednesday mornings about 10 am.
Acolyte Training.  All 5th-8th grade students will be scheduled throughout the year to be acolytes on Sunday  mornings.  Two training sessions sessions will be held to go over the expectations of being an acolyte.  The dates are Wednesday September 18 at 6 pm and Sunday September 22 at 10 am in the Sanctuary.  If either of those times do not work contact Danita to schedule an individual time
Chancel Choir will begin regular rehearsals on Wednesday September 11 at 6:46 under the direction of Cheryl Growden and Barb Shultz accompanist.  New members will be welcomed.  Come and give it a try!
Open House at the Parsonage.  Staff/Parish team along with Pastor Erling and Barb Shultz extend an invitation to the open house on Sunday September 22 from 2-5 pm at 625 Forest Drive.  The parsonage has undergone updating  and needed changes, thanks to the Trustee team.  Now as a thank you to the congregation for First UMC, you are invited to see the finished work.
33rd Annual Pork Dinner has been scheduled for Sunday October 13 from 4-7 pm.  Co-chairs are Bob and Cindy Burns and Nate and Missy Crawford.  One of the ways you can ensure the success of this dinner will be to sell the tickets that will be mailed to you soon.  Watch for sign-up sheets and volunteer wherever you would like to help.
Pledge Plus is a new opportunity to share your gifts and help our church.  This a opportunity to support a specific ministry of the church.  There is a variety of ministries at a wide range of giving levels.  If questions contact a member of the finance team or church office.