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Announcements for week beginning Sun, Jan 10

Washington Chapel

Try something different: head about 3 miles north of Black Hawk Park to our sister church for a small, country church experience.  Washington Chapel is located at the intersection of Ford and Bennington Roads.  You’ll worship with a friendly bunch that loves to sing.  Worship leader is our own Jordan Derhammer, and the message will be be provided by one of these speakers: 
January 24 – Pat Cole
January 31 – Jake Sandvick
February 7 –  Rev David Glenn-Burns (communion)
February 14 –Lisa Congdon

Wednesday Nights Are Hot Again

Come for dinner and lots of other stuff.  Wednesday night is YOUR church night.  
5:15-6:00 Filling Station Meal, Gathering Place
5:15-5:45 children’s choir (grades 2-6)
6:00-7:15  Mommy Maintenance, parlor
6:00-7:15     BLAST
6:00-7:15  Youth Group, 3rd floor
6:00-7:15     Wednesday Men’s group, 059
6:15-7:30 Tower Bell rehearsal, sanctuary
7:15-8:00     FUSION-Pat Cole will speak
7:30-8:30 Chancel Choir rehearsal, choir room
8:15-9:00  Coffee talk with the Flock, Gather Pl

Filling Station

Everyone is welcome to attend. The meal starts at 5:15pm in the Gathering Place.  Wednesday Jan 27th we will be serving Mexican. The cost of the meal is free will donation to help cover the cost of the meal. Interested in helping? Please check out the tear off sheet to find ways you can become part of the serving group.

Jenna Needs Adult Help

See the note below about BLAST.  What are you doing on Wednesday?  How about having a blast with our kids?


Wednesday night BLAST is for students PK-6th grade.  We will be continuing our Journey with Paul with hands-on activities that do require more adult help. If you have questions about signing up please contact Jenna Engel. To join these servant teams please see the tear off sheet. 

Big Questions? (Youth)

Why Do Bad things Happen to Good People? How does Science fit in with God? If I fully believe in God will it make a difference in my life? All 7th-12th graders are invited to join us Wednesday nights as we kick off starting January 13th! Come for the Filling Station at 5:15, then stay for youth group at6:00-7:15pm. Our Wednesday nights will always be fun, will always allow for digging into the BIG questions that are heavy on our minds.

Souper Bowl Sundae -next week

Get Ready to Enjoy Chili, Soup & Sundaes on January 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a prize awarded in the soup category and in the chili category. Bring your best entry for us all to enjoy and judge. Sign-up at the Welcome Center so we know how many to expect….
Church members are asked to bring breads to share with the soup.
Fun & Fellowship Committee will be providing dessert--a Sundae Bar with Culver’s Frozen Custard.
The Youth will have a photo booth set up for fun photos...wear your favorite team shirt or jersey for our Souper Bowl Sundae Event!

Shake the Winter Blues

By the end of January it is looking like a loooong winter with dark, cold snowy days.  Both of our Traditional Services will be taken over by a Dixieland Band to help lift our spirits and shake the winter blues away.  The band will be made up of our very own Bill Shepherd, Les Aldrich, Doug Shaffer and Pastor Steve!   Join them in singing old toe-tapping favorites like “Just a Closer Walk” and “When the Saints Come Marching In.” Come dressed in bright colors and wear a warm smile!  

Discipleship Training in February

Our church is hosting the “From Membership to Discipleship” training on Tuesday, February 16. Developing intentional discipleship is at the heart of being a follower of Jesus. It is key to revitalizing our churches. Both laity and clergy are invited and encouraged to attend. Dr. Phil Maynard will lead us forward in ministry by helping us determine what it means to be a disciple and how we can assist God in the making of disciples.

We will gather at 8:30, and the training will begin at 9:00 and end at 4:00. Make your reservation for lunch by February 9 by sending a $10 check payable to Iowa Annual Conference to the NE District office (Thunder Ridge Ct, 2302 W 1st St Ste 2, Cedar Falls)

Camp Sunday and Super Bowl Bible Sunday

Camp Sunday will be on Sunday, Feb 7th. Picture Rock Camp Director Gabe Dorrell will here and sharing all the wondering opportunities Camp has to offer.

Super Bowl Bible Sunday is also Feb 7th. During the Sunday school hour the kids will be participating in Super Bowl games and trivia! Gabe Dorrell will also be stopping in and teaching the kids a game they will be playing at camp. If interested in donating a snack, please contact Jenna Engel.

Learn More About Reentry

A training is being held at Waverly Trinity UMC on Sunday, January 24 from 2:00-6:30p.  If you are interested in being on a team or know of individuals who might be interested in being involved in this ministry, come to the training to learn more.  A light supper will be provided.  Please contact Brenda Hobson if you have  questions or want to attend.  
Deacon Brenda Hobson
Reentry Coordinator, Women at the Well

LifeServe Blood Drive – January 25

We are now the official Cedar Falls site for Life Serve Blood Drives in our community. We’ll host almost every month, generally the last Monday afternoon of the month. Our Gathering Place has worked well for their mobile drives, and the LifeServe staff is always impressed with the cookies our members donate. 
We are hosting the blood drive on Monday, January 25 from 1:30-5:30. Donors, cookie bakers, and hosts are needed. Sign up to donate at  Use the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center to let Lisa know if you can donate cookies or chat and serve cookies to the donors for an hour or so.

Help House of Hope – January 30

Jason Rathjen from Troop 44 is hosting a household item drive benefiting the House of Hope in Waterloo for his Eagle Project. It will be held on Saturday, January 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gathering Place of First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. The most needed items are as follows: sensitive baby formula, children’s medication, all sizes of diapers, wipes, paper products, basic kitchenware (pots, pans, silverware etc.), and in season women’s and children’s clothing. All kitchenware, and clothing must be in like new condition. Formula, medication, diapers, wipes and paper product must be new and unopened. 

Help Make Lunch the “Power Hour”

As we kick off the new year and new school semester, once a month Becca will be sharing lunch with students at CF High School.  To make this new outreach a success we are in need of people who can help provide a simple lunch.  
If you are able to help provide lunch on any of these dates please let Becca know by email ( or by calling

February 23, March 22, April 26