*** If you need to meet or talk with Pastor Luke please call the church office to set up an appointment."      |      Share your prayer request and praises at any time during the week by calling the church office or posting them on the church Facebook page.      |      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. ***
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Aug 03, 2020

1 Samuel 16:7 New International Version But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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Preserve Your Loved One's Memories (free)

Aug 01, 2020

Why not take advantage of extra time you might have because of COVID-19.StoryCircle preserves your loved one’s memories forever. Imagine listening to an aging parent's life stories, in their own voice, whenever and wherever you want. At your request, we send your loved ones story prompts by text message, after which they call a phone number and leave a voicemail to record their memories. Over time, you’ll collect a rich library of audio stories about their life. Get started by registering at StoryCircle.co And, your loved one’s recordings are private to those in their listening circle.Follow StoryCircle on Facebook

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Church Service, Sunday, August 9th (online or in person)

Aug 01, 2020

Join us Sunday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m. in person or online service with Pastor Luke Fillmore. Click here and join the service live on our Facebook page each Sunday. Service will also be posted on Youtube after service has been recorded. You are encouraged to have your Bible available and you can also sing along to songs during worship. Check out our "News" page for more information.

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August 2nd Order of Worship

Aug 01, 2020

Call to Worship Prelude: Greeting & Welcome Leader: Good Morning, we invite you to pause, stand as you're able or center your hearts at home. And join us in the call to worship. Leader: You have been called to feed the empty. People: Give us faith to share our bread, Leader: five loaves, two fish. People: Enough for us, abundance for all. Leader: Hallelujah! People: Hallelujah! Opening Hymn: “El Shaddai” #123 Prayer of Connection Song: “Open Our Eyes” #2086 Old Testament Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31 Deb Finlay Prayers of the People New Testament Scripture: Romans 9:1-5 Dan Finlay Offering/Song: “Let Us Break Bread Together” #618 Prayer of Gratitude “The Lord's Prayer” Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21Message: “We Are Able” CommunionClosing Hymn: “Still” #3134 Announcements: Benediction *Pastor- Luke Fillmore *Pianist- Terry Stafford *Keyboard- Sarah Fillmore/Linda Haldane *Song Leaders- Jodi Anderzhon, Deb Finlay, Robin Hensen, & Jeff Hiser *Media- Pastor Luke Fillmore & Jeff Hiser.

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July 29th Devotional - Calm in the Midst of the Storm

Jul 30, 2020

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention." (Proverbs 15:18) The eye of a hurricane is like the quiet center of a disagreement or argument. There is a definite though momentary pause in hostilities when antagonists take a "time-out" to soothe heated emotions and quieten racing blood pressures and heartbeats. This daily devotional message considers Proverbs 15:18 and what it takes to stay calm amid conflict storms. The Eye of the Hurricane Today's Scripture passage suggests that a hot-tempered person is like a violent hurricane with intense winds swirling in every direction. The person who remains calm equates to the eye of the storm where conflict and disagreements weaken. People during a hurricane find it hard to believe that turbulent winds and rain can suddenly stop for several minutes to reveal clear skies and a calm center. The temporary stillness does not signal the end of the storm. Once the eye passes, the ‘hurricane's intensity can become more violent. Hope In Conflict Storms After a cooling-off period, anger can re-surface quickly packing hurricane-force intensity. But, it's possible to curtail rage and resentment and prolong the cessation of hostilities with prayer and faith that God will supply the proper resolution. How can you use the suggestions in this daily devotional to seek stillness in the center of conflict and disagreement? Father God, My first response in an argument is to give my anger and negative emotions to You. I accept by faith that you will provide the calm necessary for me to see your answer to the problem.

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Find Help in the Bible When You Need

Jul 30, 2020

COMFORT Psalm 23 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 Psalm 55: 22 HOPE 1 Peter 1: 3-5 Hebrews 6: 9-12 Lamentations 3: 24-25 COURAGE 1 Chronicles 28: 20 Hebrews 13: 6 Psalm 27:1 LOVE 1 John 4: 7-21 1 Thessalonians 3: 12 Romans 8: 38-39 FAITH Joshua 24:15 Romans 10: 8-13 Hebrews 11: 1-6

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Evening Prayer with Pastor Luke

Jul 30, 2020

Click here to view July 29th Evening Prayer with Pastor Luke.

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Tips for When the Command 'do not be anxious' is Hard

Jul 23, 2020

A UMC.org feature by Crystal Caviness* Even when the Rev. John Stephens quotes the Apostle Paul's writings in Philippians 4:6 that say, “Do not be anxious about anything," the Houston area pastor recognizes the struggle. "One of the hardest commands is not to worry about anything," says Stephens, senior pastor at Chapelwood United Methodist Church (https://www.chapelwood.org/) in Chapelwood, Texas. "Worry is constantly deconstructing us, fragmenting us. We are distracted and scattered." Although anxiety is an understandable byproduct in a world living with the coronavirus pandemic, some United Methodist pastors say it's possible to limit or eliminate the fear and worry that threaten many. “People think peace is when all things get resolved," Stephens comments. "That's not what peace is. If you're just talking about the circumstances changing, then that's relief. Peace is a state of being and only God can give peace.” The Apostle Paul prescribes prayer So, where does that process begin and how? Scripture tells us, in the second part of verse 6, “...by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." "I think Paul is giving us a prescription for taking the worry and getting us to the peace, the oneness and the unity with God," Stephens teaches. When Stephens talks to his congregation about prayer, he usually directs them to a couple of types of praying: centering prayer, which can involve praying Scripture (also called Lectio Divina); and contemplative prayer, which involves sitting and listening to God. The purpose of the prayers, he says, is to "move yourself out of the way." In addition to praying, the apostle also suggests, in verse 8, to redirect your thoughts, writing, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." "Paul wasn't a psychologist, but there is all of this science about (your brain's) neuropathways and how changing your thoughts can change your neuropathways," says Stephens, adding that he believes Paul is telling us to think positively. Look for the beautiful Focusing on what is beautiful and good is how the Rev. Donna Pritchard chooses to combat worry. Whether that's a flower blooming in her yard or lines from her favorite poems, the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church (https://fumcpdx.org/) in Portland, Oregon, uses this coping mechanism to stay connected with God. 1. Pray 2. Focus on the positive 3. Find a reason to laugh 4. Take up a new activity 5. Turn off the news 6. Revisit something that comforts you 7. Create a to do list "These are signs of God's creative presence in this world right now," she shares. "Just because we're experiencing life in a new, strange and difficult way, does not mean that God is not with us. We need to remember that this moment is still God's moment." Just laugh In addition to looking at the positive in the world, Pritchard finds ways to laugh every day. "Don't forget the power of humor. Particularly at a time when people may be acutely aware of the pain in the world, it helps to say there are reasons to laugh," she explains, adding that laughter benefits a person's immune system too. The Rev. Matt Hall comes at this topic through the lens of recovery. As the associate pastor of recovery ministries at First United Methodist Church (https://1stchurch.org/), in Maryville, Tennessee, — and as someone in recovery himself - Hall understands fear and its pitfalls. "Something that I continuously tell folks is that the opposite of addiction isn't sobriety," he says. "The opposite of addiction is community." In the absence of physical community mandated by state and local governments, Hall works to keep an emotional connection through online meetings, regular phone calls and other creative means, such as Netflix viewing parties. Personally, he's come up with his own list of ways to push through the solitude so that it does not lead to fear. Try something new, revisit something old "I've taken up cooking," Hall shares, noting that he's never had the time to do that before. "This is a great opportunity to try new things," Hall suggests, saying that trying something new without an audience has advantages. "When's a better time - and safer place - to fail than when confined to you own house?" While Hall may be taking on new experiences, one way he is combating worry is by eliminating other things. "I'm being very intentional about not following any news outlets," Hall says. “I feel like any breaking news will come to me one way or another. It isn't healthy for me to be bombarded by it." Instead, Hall turns to items that have brought him comfort during past difficult times, such as books. "I'm revisiting Bob Goff's 'Love Does," he says. "It's one of two books I own on my Kindle. I've probably read that book 20 or 30 times." Of course, prayer is part of Hall's prescription too. "As I've prayed for God to take away the fear, then I do something," Hall shares. "In my own personal experience, I've found that my prayers are better when coupled with actions on my end." Actions, for Hall, include making a daily to do list, which always consists of a list of 10 people to call. "If they are in my phone," Hall says, “I believe they are in there for a reason and that reason may be to call and say, "Hello," today." Note: This article and the opinions from United Methodist pastors are not intended to replace medical advice. If you are experiencing depression or prolonged bouts of anxiety, please seek help from medical professionals. *Crystal Caviness works for UMC.org at United Methodist Communications. Contact her by email (mailto:ccaviness@umcom.org) or at 615-742-5138.

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Anxiety - Devotional

Jul 23, 2020

They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits'end. "Lord, help!" they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress." (Psalm 107:27-28 NLT) Like the Psalmist, we cry, “Lord, help!” when we are in trouble and can't find a way to get out of it by ourselves. We've exhausted our resources, stamina, skill, and patience, and are at the end of our wits! The devotional thought for today ponders what it means to be at wits' end, and what to do about it. Reeling, Staggering, and Don't Know What to Do! According to Psalm 107:27, a person who is at wits' end is like a drunkard who sways and stumbles and can't stay upright! Emotions like worry, anxiety, and anger battle for supremacy, leading to frustration and defeat. You consider and try out several options, but NONE of them work, and finally you've reached the limits of your physical and mental energy! There's no need for despair. The scripture references in this devotional thought for today offer hope and salvation! Psalm 107:28 is a timely cry for release from the distress. The Lord promises to help when you ask Him. You have a choice to continue wallowing in exhaustive misery at your wits' end or to release your burdens to God, who will rescue and save you from harm. After meditating on the Scriptures in the devotional thought for today, what will you do the next time you are at your wits' end? Father, I'm out of ideas and solutions to problems I thought I could fix. Help, please save me. I'm giving you my burdens and am waiting for Your Rescue!

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Free Virtual Summer Camps (Microsoft)

Jul 16, 2020

Make good use of free time with interactive online workshops for kids. They'll be having so much fun, they won't know they're building valuable digital skills. Find out more by clicking here

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Cooking Corn on the Cob (Slow Cooker & Air Fryer)

Jul 16, 2020

Do you enjoy eating corn on the cob? There is more than one way to cook corn on the cob, with a slow cooker or Air Fryer. Here are directions for both.Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob and Three Flavored Butters Mia ouvrayń tou The Foodie Corner - www.thefoodiecorner.gr. 3 large ears of corn, shucked (what a cool word) For the butters 150 gr butter, divided into 3 pieces of 50 gr each, softened 2 tsp chives, finely chopped 4 tsp sundried tomato, finely chopped (if it was in oil make sure you wipe it dry with kitchen paper first) 1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground 1/4 + 1/8 tsp smoked paprika 1/8 tsp coarse salt Step 1 For the corn: Check that the corn fits in the slow cooker. If it doesn't, break the ears in half. Wrap them loosely in tin foil and place them in the insert. Don't add anything else. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, depending on how you like it and how hot your cooker runs. Step 2 For the butter: Place the three pieces of softened (not melted butter in separate bowls. Add the ingredients you are using to flavor it, i.e. the chives in one, the sundried tomatoes and pepper in the other, and the smoked paprika and salt in the third. Mash with the back of a fork till well blended and turn out into mini serving bowls. If you want to you can make little logs by turning the butters out onto pieces of cling film (plastic wrap) and shaping with your fingers. Pop the butter into the fridge for at least a couple of hours or until serving. Air Fryer Corn on the Cob Sweet and crisp corn on the cob made in the air fryer in less than 10 minutes! Ingredients • 4 ears of corn, husked and trimmed • Nonstick cooking spray (I used Pam) • Salt and pepper to taste • Butter to taste Instructions 1. Preheat air fryer to 400º Fahrenheit. 2. Spray ears of corn with cooking spray. 3. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Place ears in basket of air fryer. 5. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping ears halfway through cook time. 6. Butter corn and enjoy!

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What the Bible Says About Making Today Matter

Jul 13, 2020

July 13, 2020 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. – Romans 11-12 Paul’s Challenge Can be Summarized in Three Words Continue Reading by clicking here.

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Shenandoah Methodist Church Celebrating 150 Years!

Jul 09, 2020

Needed - Your favorite, special, recipes for a "Sesquicentennial" celebration Cook Book. Please submit your recipe to the church by October 15, 2020. The Cook Book will be out by December 25, 2020 for the 150th Anniversary Celebration.

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Online Giving Now Available

Jul 09, 2020

It’s Here…It’s Here…Online Giving ("Giving" link located upper right corner of the church website) www.sheniafumc.org Thanks to the COVID-19 Virus our church has been forced to have remote “On-Camera” services on Sunday morning but… the news isn’t all bad. We’ve decided to take advantage of some of the latest technology and offer our members and regular Church-Goers an opportunity to make their regular Sunday Morning Offering ONLINE! With the help of the new group working with the First National Bank (formerly Century Bank) we now have a direct link for you, sitting at home, to the church to make your offering and regular Tithes. You’ll find a direct link on the Church's Facebook home page AND the Churches Website home page (upper right corner with red arrow) so just click it and select for a one-time giving, set up a regular Tithe, or make a donation and hit submit… It’s really THAT EASY!

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Need Something To Do?

Jul 09, 2020

Are you bored being inside and need something to do? Check these activites out by clicking here.

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Those In Need of Prayer July 9th Update

Jul 09, 2020

We need to continue to pray for our church, Pastor Luke, all those that attend in person and on-line. We also need to continue to pray for those in our care centers and prayer list. To view those individuals and families click here.

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the cat that walked by faith

Jun 25, 2020

the cat who walked by faith REFLECTION BY LILLIAN DANIEL "So we are always confident; even though we know that while We are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-for we walk by faith, not by sight." Excerpt from Corinthians 5:6-17 A container of Kentucky Fried Chicken appeared to be dancing in the middle of the dark street, with a life of its own, so we stopped to investigate. Out of the chicken, box crawled a terribly skinny kitten with long black fur and four bright white paws. She had been making that box dance, as she tried to lick out the last crumb for nourishment Now, she purred, leaning into me with her whole body. We adopted that little stray and named her "Little Boots.* Little Boots thrived with cat food, a trip to the vet, and lots of love. But she remained very small and displayed the silliest behavior. She would sneak up on our other cats as if to attack them, but she would be right in front of them, in plain sight. By the time she pounced, the cats had moved away. She couldn't figure out how they knew she was coming.

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Children's Sunday School Lesson Activities & Resources

Jun 09, 2020

When children can't attend Sunday School in person bring Sunday School into your home with lesson activities and resources. April 15th lesson, "Doubting Thomas Believes." Click here for activities & resources. Theme: Jesus has risen. Believe it or not! Scripture: John 20:19-31Click here for lesson activities & resources. April 22nd lesson, "The Road to Emmaus" Theme: Jesus reveals himself to his followers Scripture: Luke 24:30-31Click here for lesson activities & resources.April 28th lesson, "The Good Shepherd's Voice" Theme: We know Jesus' voice Scripture: John 10:4Click here for lesson activities & resources.May 5th lesson, "Jesus Is The Way" Theme: We can only come to God through Jesus Scripture: John 14:6Click here for lesson activities & resourcesMay 12th lesson, "Jesus Gives Us the Comfort" Theme The Holy Spirit is our comforter Scripture John 14:16Click here for lesson activities & resourcesMay 19th lesson, "Up, Up And Away" Theme: The Ascension of Christ Scripture: Acts 1:9Click here for lesson activities & resources.May 25th lesson, "Filled With the Holy Spirit" Theme: God sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:4Click here for lesson activities & resourcesJune 2nd lesson, "And It Was Very Good" Theme: The Creation Scripture: Genesis 1:1Click here for lesson activities & resources.June 9th lesson, "Issac is Born" Theme: God keeps His promises Scripture: Genesis 21:1Click here for lesson activities & resources.

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I Am In Good Hands

Jun 04, 2020

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -ROMANS 8:28 Read more

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Copycat See's Candy Fudge

Jun 04, 2020

Copycat See's Candy Fudge This food court's favorite recipe is melt-in-your-mouth good. Relive your childhood with this excellent Copycat See's Candy Fudge Recipe. The nutty and chocolate flavor is part of its signature taste. You can't find See's Candy everywhere, but now you won't have to worry about that, just make this copycat recipe. This recipe is simple and fun to make! This is a great fudge recipe to give as an edible gift during the holiday season. Plus: Take a trip back in time and enjoy some of the simplest, most comforting dishes around. This collection of 20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s are old school but can be updated to modern-day in a snap. Makes: 5 Pounds Ingredients • 41/2 cups sugar • 12 ounces can of evaporated milk • 7 ounces jar of marshmallow fluff • 2 sticks softened butter • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 36 ounces chocolate chips • 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts Instructions 1. Line a 9 x 13- inch baking pan with parchment, leaving sides overhanging the pan. 2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook at a rolling boil for 7 minutes. The mixture will bubble up, so be sure the pan is large enough to accommodate this and watch carefully, stirring often. 3. In a large bowl, stir the marshmallow fluff, butter, and vanilla together until mixed, then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the boiling sugar mixture into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or wide spatula until all white streaks disappear. Stir in walnuts. 4. Pour fudge into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Chill 30 minutes before cutting into squares to serve. *A lot of people have been making Christmas Candy during this time, so I thought I would send this recipe along.

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Re-Opening Information

Jun 02, 2020

With our state reopening portions of society, our board has to discuss what our timeline and procedures for re-gathering in our sanctuaries would look like. Before we enter into the details of when and how this will look, it is important to approach this from a common perspective.Our reasons for suspending, as well as resume, in-person activities have always been and will always be rooted within the love of God and love for neighbor. Whether you are following Wesley’s three general rules (do no harm, do good, stay in the presence of God) or Martin Luther’s (one of the founders of Protestantism) exhortation during his own pandemic of, “do not tempt God,” with carelessness, for the Christian our response should not come from fear or a sense of our own entitlements and rights, but rather from a place of deep of love and concern for the at-risk, the disadvantaged, and those that may not readily come to mind. This mirrors the own attitude of Christ, who gave himself up for the good of others, and is the attitude and spirit that will bring about the kingdom of God. Ours is the confidence that God, no matter the circumstances and no matter our lot, is turning all things towards good despite the situation; those who love Him will experience this sense of peace and courage regardless of what might be happening (or not happening), and it is from this position of trust that we walk with God through faith.So, from a place of love and care, your AdministrativeBoard has decided to invite those that feel comfortable to re-gather for worship in our sanctuaries to do so. This decision while not unanimous, was made while taking into consideration the current COVID-19infection and transmission rates within Fremont and Page counties, the emotional and spiritual wear from being dispersed, and recommendations from our own governing denominational bodies. What this does not means that you are required to worship with us in person; we will continue to stream our worship services so that those who are at-risk, uncomfortable, or unable to attend in person will still have the opportunity to worship with us. This is an individual choice and there will be no blame or judgment from me or our leadership if people decide to worship from home; the important thing is that you find a way to worship, regardless if that is in-person, online, or by TV or radio.Let me repeat what I’ve just said. If you are at-risk or frequently around people who are, we encourage you to worship with us from home. You are not required to worship in the sanctuary to still be able to sit within the Presence of God.Ifyou have decided to worship with us in person, there are a few changes that we will be making to continue to show our love and concern for those around us.• You will be welcomed by two sets of greeters as you enter that will be helping direct traffic. • We will be maintaining at least six feet apart in the pews, meaning that only every third pew will be available. One family per row, and if there is only a single person in a row, another single person may sit on the opposite end of the pew. The ushers will assist you if you are unsure of what is available. • Masks will not be required, but are highly encouraged. If you do not have a mask there will be some that will be provided at the door by our greeters. • Singing is allowed, however not encouraged. I invite you to join with me in clapping, humming, swaying to the music while tapping your fingers/toes to the rhythm, etc. as better, alternative ways to engage during worship. • The offering box will be in the back for you to deposit your tithes on the way out after service. • There will be no bulletins for service, however, the liturgy, responses, and order will be put up on the screen. We are suggesting that you also refrain from using hymnals during the service. • The Sacraments (communion) will be suspended until a way to honor their integrity while minimizing risk is discerned. We will let you know as soon as we will be resuming them. • The church will not be providing coffee fellowship before or after church at this time.Friends,thank you for your patience in all of this. There has been a great deal of change over these past few months and there will continue to change that will have to be made, but the core of our message and identity will remain the same. We are an Easter people, full of the hope of Christ and the possibility of the Holy Spirit. Ours is a message of love and forgiveness, of invitation and grace, and we will continue to honor our Creator and love His creation, especially those who bear the image of God. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me, but know that whether you worship from home or gathered in person that my heart and my prayers go with you and that God is present in the midst of all of this. Go with God, and we’ll see you soon.Faithfully, PastorLuke Fillmore

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FREE Pews & Kids Chairs

May 30, 2020

In the cleaning of Wesley Hall after the new furnaces were put in, we have realized we have several pews stored in different areas that are no longer being used. They are now FREE, you load and haul away.. We also have an overabundance of children's chairs on the 3rd floor of Wesley Hall (3rd floor only). These are FREE and come in 3 to 4 different sizes. If you are interested in either the pews or chairs please come in to take a look or call the church office for questions, 712-246-2081. You must haul the pews or chairs yourself.

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Items Needed

May 30, 2020

The Food Pantry has a need for the following items. Cereal Soda Crackers Hamburger, Tuna, & Chicken Helpers Canned Tuna & Chicken Corn Green Beans Pork and Beans Chicken Noodle Soup Spaghetti Noodles Spaghetti Sauce Pudding Peanut Butter Ramen Noodles PeachesMacaroni & Cheese Toilet Paper

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Bishop Laurie Statement on Protests in Des Moines

May 30, 2020

You are no doubt aware of the tragic death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday at the hands of a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s throat for at least eight minutes, causing him to die. This happened despite protests from onlookers that his life was in jeopardy. Floyd’s death has had a worldwide impact as we continue to wrestle with racism in the United States and has sparked protests and riots in Minneapolis as well as in other cities around the country, including Des Moines. Last night, a planned demonstration to protest Floyd’s death turned violent when some protestors refused to leave. With officers in riot gear lining the streets, protestors threw bottles and broke out windows. Others threw fireworks and bricks as officers fired tear gas. Most of the protestors left peacefully by midnight. “Racism, manifested as sin, plagues and hinders our relationship with Christ, inasmuch as it is antithetical to the gospel itself,” according to the Social Principles in our United Methodist Book of Discipline. As disciples of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to name and continue to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. I also pray that we will work toward the day when everyone in our world has just and equal rights and the opportunity to live fully and freely. Standing in solidarity with all marginalized communities, may God’s grace strengthen us to affirm the human dignity of all people. Lord, may each one of us be an instrument of your peace, justice, and mercy. Amen. Bishop Laurie Haller

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Seven Preventative Measures For COVID-19

May 28, 2020

Seven preventative measures for COVID-19. Read more

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I Am A Sheep

May 28, 2020

Why does the Bible so often compare the people of God to Sheep? Find out by clicking here.

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Remembering Our Veterans Past & Present

May 21, 2020

Remembering our Veterans Past & Present-Memorial Day 2020 Tony Adamson-U.S. Air Force Darryl Allely-U.S. Service Dennis Bailey-Vietnam Jim Baldwin-U.S. Air Force 1961-1964 Gregg Broermann-U.S. Navy Submarine Service 1967-1974 Robert Beach-U.S. Army Air Corps. World War II 1942-1946 Fred Cline-U.S. Navy 1955-1959 Donald E. Dailey-U.S. Marines-Private-1951-1952-Korean Conflict-Front LinesHenry DeLong-U.S. Army 1959-1962 Paul Foster-U.S. Corps. Reserve & Air Force 1943-1947 Robert Foster-U.S. Army 1957-1958 Zachary Foster-U.S. Army National Guard-Afghanistan War Ron Fox-U.S. Army 1960-1964 Bernard Giese-U.S. Air Force – World War II Merton (Gabby) Goodrich-U.S. Army Edwin R. “Pete” Hamilton-U.S. Air Force Craig Harris-U.S. Air Force Pilot-Vietnam 1968-1973 William C. Hutt-U.S. Air Force-Staff Sargent 1951-1955-Korean Conflict Darrell Jones-U.S. Army National Guard 1953-1959 Hayden Jones-U.S. Army Air Force 1941-1946 Duane Keyes-U.S. Army Neil Lashier-U.S.Army-World War II 1943-1946 Randall MacDonald-U.S. Army-Vietnam 1963-1969 John Mall-U.S. Army – Korean Conflict Eldon Manchester-U.S. Army Service Kenneth Mathis-U.S. Army Air Corps. 1942-1946 Keith McCall-U.S. Army-Korean Conflict 1952-1954

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Pray for Answers

May 21, 2020

A conversation takes two people. One speaks the other responds. One asks a question. The other answers. If prayer is a conversation between us and God, then God must answer us when we pray, right? While we cannot hear the audible voice of God, He DOES answer our prayers. Sometimes He says yes. Sometimes he says no. Sometimes he says...wait. Whatever the answer, God will reveal His will for our lives through the prayers that we pray. Read more

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Remembering Our Members Who Have Passed

May 21, 2020

*Remembering those church members and attendees who have left us this past year (6-1-19 to 5-21-20). Joan Schebaum- 7/22/19 Jerry Harrelson-10/10/19 Virginia McElroy- 10/27/19 D.B. Mullins- 12/16/19 Julia Sligar- 12/22/19 Diana Myers- 2/10/20 Bobbie DePrang- 2/15/20 Merrill McConkey- 2/18/20 Marj Wright- 3/5/20 Elaine Snyder- 3/6/20 Dorothy Cambier- 4/4/20

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Learning for ages 3 to 103

May 18, 2020

There is something for almost anyone who wants to learn something new or sharpen their focus. Explore free resources, apps, and games designed for any age. Find out more...

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Listen to Live Church Service On Your Phone

May 14, 2020

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.

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Prayer with Certainty

May 14, 2020

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

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Prayer of Courage

May 07, 2020

Introduction 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!

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3 Ingredient Banana Bread

Apr 30, 2020

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 Ingredients • 2 bananas ripe • 2 eggs • 1 box yellow cake mix Instructions 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.

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Thank God When We Pray

Apr 30, 2020

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.

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Free Educational Resources-McGraw Hill

Apr 24, 2020

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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Home Learning Activities by Microsoft

Apr 23, 2020

Learning at home has become a new lifestyle for you and your family, check out these free resources, and fun new experiences that help remote learning. Click here for more information.

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Take A Family Prayer Walk

Apr 23, 2020

Go for a walk as a family and use this guide to pray as you find each item. • Bird - Thank God for promising to always Il be with us. • Bug - Ask God to heal those who are sick. • Red Flower - Ask God to protect those in the medical field. • Evergreen - Ask God to give leaders wisdom. • Nut/Seed - Ask God to take care of your family and friends. • Fallen Leaf - Ask God to take care of your neighbors.• Butterfly - Ask God to use the church to share His love. • Yellow Flower - Ask God to bring revival through this time.

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Latest Upper Room Issue Available for Free Download

Apr 22, 2020

Since churches are unable to meet and gather safely in their buildings during the coronavirus pandemic, The Upper Room is offering the May/June 2020 issue, both in English and Spanish, as a free, downloadable PDF. The Upper Room also has created a web page featuring resources to help create and maintain spiritual wellness during anxious times. Click here for more information.

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Quarantine Prayer Checklist

Apr 16, 2020

Use this prayer checklist to pray every day. • Praise God for His mighty power and perfect love. • Thank God for promising to always be with us. • Ask God to heal those who are sick. • Ask God to comfort those who are afraid. • Ask God to protect those in the medical field. • Ask God to give leaders wisdom. • Ask God to forgive your sins and heal our nation. • Ask God to use the church to share His love. • Ask God to bring revival through this time. Read Psalms 121 out loud to close out your prayer time.

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Weekly 360 Newsletter Archive

Apr 13, 2020

Sign up to receive the Weekly 360° e-newsletter. It's the best resource for Iowa United Methodist news, events, reports and resources. Click here for the 360 Archive.

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Find Help In The Bible

Apr 09, 2020

Here is how the Bible can help you!ANGER Ephesians 4: 31-32, James 1: 19-20, Proverbs 15:1 GRIEF 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, John 11: 25-27, Matthew 5: 4ANXIETY 1 Peter 5:7, Matthew 11: 28-30, Proverbs 12: 25ILLNESS Acts 3: 16, James 5: 16, Jeremiah 17: 14CRISIS Jeremiah 29: 11-13, Lamentations 3: 55-58, Proverbs 3: 5-6 LONELINESS 2 Corinthians 6: 18, Deuteronomy 31: 6, Isaiah 43: 2DEPRESSION Nehemiah 8:10, Hosea 6: 1, Psalm 5:11 TEMPTATION Ephesians 5: 8-11, Hebrews 4: 14-16, James 1: 12-15DISCOURAGEMENT Romans 12: 11-12, John 14: 27, Deuteronomy 31: 8FEAR Isaiah 41: 13, Joshua 1: 9, Psalm 46: 1-3COMFORT Psalm 23, 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4, Psalm 55: 22 HOPE 1 Peter 1: 3-5, Hebrews 6: 9-12, Lamentations 3: 24-25 COURAGE 1 Chronicles 28: 20, Hebrews 13: 6, Psalm 27:1 LOVE 1 John 4: 7-21, 1 Thessalonians 3: 12, Romans 8: 38-39 FAITH Joshua 24:15, Romans 10: 8-13, Hebrews 11: 1-6 PATIENCE Colossians 1: 10-12, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, Romans 15: 4-5 FORGIVENESS 1 John 1: 8-9, Matthew 6: 14-15, Luke 6: 37 PEACE John 16:33, Philippians 4: 6-7, Numbers 6: 24-26 GRACE 1 Peter 5: 5-6, Corinthians 8: 9, Ephesians 2: 8-9 STRENGTH Philippians 4: 13, 2 2 Samuel 22: 32-33, Isaiah 40: 29-31

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Directions for Live Streaming

Apr 03, 2020

Click here to learn how to live stream church service every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.

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Learn More About Zoom

Mar 23, 2020

Pastors and lay leaders around the globe have found the need to engage with their congregations remotely. One tool many church leaders, businesses, and other organizations use is called Zoom. Learn more about Zoom by taking this short course. Click here.

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Just A Minute

Oct 02, 2019

"Take just a minute and refresh...Perfect for a morning pause or a midafternoon rest. Click on a subject and open your heart."Crashing, Joy, Kindness, They See You, Convictions, Love to Laugh, Waiting on God, Are You Dwindling, Are You Listening, He Loves Us, In Need Of A Friend, Quit Worrying, Say You're Sorry,

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Subscribe to United Methodist Now: Inspiration for Daily Living

Aug 29, 2019

United Methodist Now is a biweekly e-newsletter for church members to highlight examples of Christian living, share inspirational messages, and focus on what it means to be part of our connection. To subscribe click here.

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Iowa Conference Newletters & Announcements Sign-Up

Aug 11, 2019

You can choose from 14 different newsletters & announcements to be sent right to your email from the Iowa Conference UMC. Just click here and make your selection(s).

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