*** If you need to meet or talk with Pastor Luke please call the church office to set up an appointment."      |      We are open for Sunday morning services starting at 9:00 am or continue to watch us on our Facebook page.      |      NEW - Online "Giving" is now available. "Giving" button located in the upper right corner of the website. See the "News" section for more information.      |      Listen to Online Sunday Service by your phone. See "News" for more information and directions.      |      "News" page (updated daily & weekly) with Bible App for Kids, Lesson Activities & Resources for Children's Sunday School, activities for everyone, learning resources, and much more.      |      Extra pews FREE and free kid-size chairs. More information is available under the "News" section of the website. ***
First United Methodist Church


Listen to Live Church Service On Your Phone

May. 14, 2020 @ 8:25 pm

You are now able to listen to Sunday morning service on your phone through a service called "Zoom." To get the Sunday worship audio through a speakerphone, all someone has to do is follow these instructions:

Call +1 (312) 626-6799
enter 952 2032 6449# on your phone's keypad (included the # sign)
Press # again (you will not have/need a participant ID)
Enter the password 003100# on your phone's keypad (include the # sign)

You will be muted for the duration of the service. Enjoy worship!

as Please remember, with all new tech, it may be a bit rocky at the start. Thanks for your patience and the patience of those who have been unable to connect through the internet.


Prayer with Certainty

May. 14, 2020 @ 6:14 pm

Spoiler alert: God knows what you need before you ever pray for it. He knows what you want before you pray for that too. God still wants us to pray for these things. He wants us to be honest and direct with Him. There's no hiding the truth from God, so don't hold anything back. Read more


Prayer of Courage

May. 07, 2020 @ 3:26 pm


It is easy to talk about Jesus at church. It's easy for us to talk about faith with people we feel safe with and who share our beliefs. But how easy is it to talk about Jesus at school, or on the playground, or on the playing field? Jesus gave us the command to go and tell the world about Him. If we pray for courage, God will give it to us. He will make us bold so we can tell others about Jesus.

Question Time

Have you ever told someone who doesn't go to church about Jesus? What was that like?

Is there something that keeps you from inviting a friend like that to church?

When the disciples began preaching about Jesus, they knew that talking about Jesus could get them into trouble. Even after being thrown in jail, they prayed for the courage to keep sharing the good news of Jesus.

Scripture Acts 4:23-31

God is bigger than any foe. He can help us overcome any obstacle. His love is endless, and He wants to reach everyone. Through prayer, God can give us the boldness we need to share our faith.

Next Steps

Is there someone you know who doesn't go to church? Start praying for them. Ask God for the opportunity to tell them about your faith, and ask Him for the courage to speak up. Ask God to prepare their hearts so they will receive the message of Jesus with gladness!


3 Ingredient Banana Bread

Apr. 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 1 hr Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

3 Ingredient Banana Bread is a simple one bowl sweet bread that only has bananas, eggs and a yellow cake mix as ingredients.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, dessert
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 373 kcal

• 2 bananas ripe
• 2 eggs
• 1 box yellow cake mix

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, butter or Crisco if desired.
3. Place bananas into a mixing bowl and mash.
4. Add the cake mix and eggs to the mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
5. Bake for about an hour or until center is done and the top is light golden brown.

Recipe Notes: This makes one loaf.


Thank God When We Pray

Apr. 30, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

When someone does something nice for us, we say thank you. When we receive a gift at Christmas or on our birthdays, the polite thing to do is send a thank you note. How can we possibly begin to thank God for all the things He does for us? When we pray, we need to always begin with thanks, letting God know how grateful we are for His blessings.

Question Time

Has someone thanked you for something this week?
When was the last time you said thank you for something?
What is one thing you can thank God for right now?

At the end of his life, David said a prayer of thanks in front of his people for all God had done for him. David's life had as many downs as ups, but he never forgot all of God's blessings.

Scripture 1 Chronicles 29:10-20

Let's follow David's example. Let's thank God when we pray.

Next Steps

Every time you say a prayer this week, thank God for something. You can thank Him for Jesus, for our church, for our home, for family, for friends, for any number of things. The more we thank God, the more our faith will grow as we remember all His blessings.


Free Educational Resources-McGraw Hill

Apr. 24, 2020 @ 9:07 pm

Here are some free resources to help you support learning at-home during this time of school closures and remote and distance learning. Learn more by clicking here.


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Welcome Center (Coffee & Conversation): 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Worship Service: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Fellowship: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:30-11:30 a.m.(only during school year)

P.O. Box 394


Shenandoah, IA 51601