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Announcements for week beginning Sun. May 7


Make a gift for Mom

 Need a special gift for mom?  Come to the FUMC Cancer Crusher’s Make & Take Bracelet Day.  Sunday May 7th in the Chapel starting at 9:30 a.m.  Children, both young and old, can make a beautiful bracelet for their mother or for themselves for only $10.  Karla Blackford will be there providing her design and crafting expertise.   No time to make a bracelet, other jewelry items made by Karla Blackford will be available for sale as well.  We will be happy to giftwrap any items made or purchased.  We can also hold the gift until Mother’s Day so you are not tempted to give it to your mom early! 

Spring Bell Concert Tonight

Our Bell Choirs have enjoyed enhancing our worship this year, and before they take their summer break, they have a gift for us.  The annual spring concert is here, tonight, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.  You’ll hear some familiar music, some new music, and some music that you didn’t think was possible on handbells!  Bring your friends and enjoy this free concert!

Vacation Bible School: Hero Central,  June 18 - 22

Discover Your Strength in God! We will take an adventure alongside a few favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God!  Get your kids registered using the form in the May Aboutfirst Newsletter, or online at   Forms can be dropped off in the office or mail to Jenna Engel at First United Methodist Church Cedar Falls IA 50613.  

UMC Summer Camps: 

There are three United Methodist campgrounds in Iowa and they all have great summer programming.  Pick up a camp catalog, or find it online at If you are interested in sending your child to camp let Jenna Engel know. Scholarships are available!

May 9  Sartori May Breakfast

Tuesday, May 9, 2017  6:00-10:00 AM at First UMC.   
Menu:  Scrambled eggs, Sausages, Homemade Baked Goods, Fresh Fruit, Juice and Coffee.  
Tickets $7.00 each, Preschoolers at the Door $1.00 each
Proceeds are used to fund scholarships for area students entering a health-related field, and to support the Sartori Health Care Foundation’s Annual Campaign.

Card-Making Party - May 9

Tuesday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm in the Gathering Place
It’s time for another card making party!  Come join the Congregational Care Team.  No experience or special skills necessary.  Bring a snack to share if you’d like, and you can even stay for a community meal.  

Last quarter’s profits from our card rack sales totaled $150.65 and were donated to Change a Child’s Story at Lincoln School.  This quarter we will donate proceeds to the Food Bank.  Watch for Mother’s Day, graduation, and our regular cards on the rack.

Our thanks to our Affirmation Team members for their dedication in keeping the card rack filled and sending cards to congregation members.  Team members are Laurene Bernard, Jean Richardson, and Pauline Harding.

50th Anniversary Open House

All are invited to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Rodger & Marlene Kruger. The Open House will be held in our church Gathering Place on Saturday, May 13th from 10am – noon. Marlene and Rodger were married in our church on May 12, 1967.

Habitat for Humanity Work Day

This year’s Fun & Fellowship committee Habitat for Humanity Build event is Saturday, June 17th from 8:30-3:00. There is room for 10 volunteers.  Since there are multiple Habitat for Humanity houses in different build stages going on in the area, details explaining the location and what we’ll be doing will be sent by June 10th.  Sign up at the Welcome Center in the Gathering Place. Any questions, contact Heath Wilken at 319-610-3424.

Relay for Life

Cindi Knox will be in the Gathering Place most Sundays taking donations and selling luminaria bags for Relay for Life in between services.  Jewelry handmade by Karla Blackford and stained-glass angels handmade by Shawna Brimm will also be available for purchase.  FUMC Cancer Crusher t-shirts will be available for only $5 while supplies last!  If you need information about joining the FUMC Cancer Crushers team, check in with Cindi Knox in the Gathering Place.

FUMC Cancer Crushers--Relay for Life is Friday, June 16 from 2:00-10:00 at Hawkeye Community College.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so by visiting  If you have questions or want more information, please contact Cindi Knox at or 319-230-5642.

Heifer Milk Menagerie

Our next Heifer International project for this year is to collect $1,000 for a Milk Menagerie. Check out the display in the church office window, and help us fill the milk bottles. Each filled milk bottle represents $20, and 50 filled bottles will complete our goal.

The Milk Menagerie represents a quality-breed heifer, two goats, and a water buffalo – four milk-producing animals that provide hardworking families with the start-up capital to provide a better life for their children. Each animal will produce gallon after gallon of wonderful, life-sustaining milk that can be turned into cheese and yogurt to sell for additional income. Plus, each animal’s offspring will multiply the blessings even further by Passing on the Gift.

Check out the display in the church office window for more information about our current Heifer International project and to note our progress on this goal. Offering envelopes are available near the office, or simply make your check out to FUMC with Heifer on the memo.

Hospitality for Our Friends

From Pastor Steve:
Janet and I took a big step on Saturday in purchasing our flight tickets for Nigeria.  There were some doubts, fears, and uncertainty throughout the past few months about going to Nigeria again.  We were running into obstacles that kept causing us to take a step back and ask, “Is this really what God is calling us to do?”

A door opened on Saturday, and a prayer was answered that moved us to take the leap of faith and buy the tickets.  I am looking forward to this “Pulpit Exchange”.  I believe it will be a wonderful blessing for our church.  

Our Nigerian friends John and Titi Pena will be living among you and preaching on Sundays during the two weeks he will be in Cedar Falls.  Meanwhile, Janet and I will be in Nigeria, working with our friends and continuing to seal the bond we began when we adopted Banyam Theological Seminary as a mission partner.  Janet will be working with the Nigeria Medical Committee and at the Clinic our church helped build.  I will be teaching at the Seminary and leading a Pastor’s Retreat for the Nigeria Conference.  Our hope and prayer is for our church family to continue to support the work of the seminary in bringing up educated and Spirit-filled pastors to serve their growing church.  John and Titi will be arriving in Cedar Falls on June 12, and returning June 27.  

We will be working out details for their stay in the coming weeks.  We would like you to consider inviting them to events such as potlucks, backyard picnics, community band concerts or barbeques sponsored by a Sunday school class, UMW Circle, or church friends for the opportunity to get to know one another.  Let us be good hosts, and help build on the work we are doing together in the name of Christ.

Our Sister Church

Washington Chapel is just north of Cedar Falls at 7035 W Bennington Rd (the corner of Ford and W Bennington Rd). Services begin at 10:30 every Sunday morning, and they are a friendly group of people. 
Here are the speakers for the next few Sundays:
May 7 – Matt German
May 14 – Pat Cole
May 21 – Mark Fransdal
May 28 – Jordan Derhammer

United Methodist Women

May 8 – Board Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Library
May 9 – Miriam Circle, 1:30 p.m., Library
May 11 – Unit Meeting, 12:00 Noon, Fellowship Hall, Salad Luncheon
May 15 – Deborah Circle, 10:00 a.m., Parlor
May 23 – Miriam Circle, 1:30 p.m., Library
May 25 – Mary Circle, 9:30 a.m., Parlor
May 25 – Joy Circle, 1:30 p.m., Parlor


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