This Lenten season, we will read many stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking:  a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith.  In these interactions, an unveiling often occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.

The sermon series is founded on questions—many will feel restorative (“Can these bones live?”).  Our questions won’t necessarily lead to answers, but they can help us find
clarity and a new perspective.  Ultimately, we pray they lead to a new beginning, a restoration, a wider grace.
Pastor Erling will lead a Lenten Study called “Seeking: honest questions for deeper faith” on Mondays (beginning Feb. 27) at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room.  Study books are available.

Would you consider a gift to help provide a camp experience —Lake Okoboji or Wesley Woods— for those who may not be able to attend a session without some level of financial aid.  We believe that every individual that wants to attend camp and experience Christ in a camp environment should have that opportunity.  No gift is too big or too small.  We encourage you to be the difference for someone by writing a check (Camps in the memo line) to First United Methodist. 

Gifts will be shared equally between Iowa UM Camps and First UMC campers.  Thank you.  Oh, and feel free to sit around the Garden Room campfire and reminisce about your camp days!

Staff Parish Relations Team announces two open paid ministry positions:
Director of Audio/Visual Ministry supports and enhances the ministries of the church through audio and video technology. This person would recruit, train, and schedule volunteers in the use of A/V for worship, funerals, and events, including livestreaming and recording. 10-15 hours per week.
Director of Digital Communication Ministry contributes to the ministries of the church through digital and social media platforms. We would expect this person to keep our website up-to-date, create regular postings and announcements, and respond to viewers on those postings. 10-15 hrs per week.
Please contact Pastor Erling or SPRT member – Duane Kruckenberg, Mary Hatlevig, Tim Smith,
Mike Swartzendruber, Amanda Ubben – for further information.

Lenten Luncheons/Meditations

Sponsored by Iowa Falls Ministerial Association and Served at Bethany Lutheran (2712 Washington Ave.)

12 noon-1:00 pm Wednesdays during Lent


March 1           Evangelical Free, Rev. Jeremy Nelson

March 8           Iowa Falls Ministerial Association, Rev. Dave Schwechel

March 15 First United Methodist, Rev. Erling Shultz

March 22 Bethany Lutheran, Rev. Maureen Howard

March 29 First Congregational UCC, Vicar Lisa Robison

April 5 First Christian, Rev. TJ Norman