A Message from Bishop Laurie Haller
In light of worsening Covid-19 positivity rates, the crisis faced by our healthcare systems, and out of an abundance of caution and love for our neighbor, Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet is directing clergy and churches to cease in-person indoor worship and church activities through and including January 10, 2021.
The Appointive Cabinet met this morning to discuss current realities facing Iowa and how best to lead the Conference in the midst of these catastrophic numbers and in response to the genuine fatigue felt by so many across Iowa.
“We need to remember our neighbor during this time and John Wesley’s rule of Do No Harm,” said Bishop Laurie Haller. “This directive comes out of love for our neighbor.”
“One of the most comforting truths for the Christian is the ever-present reality that God is with us,” said Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck of the Re-entry Team. “God’s presence is one of the greatest gifts God gives God's people. God is personally near. Even now — when we are in these pandemic times — this is our truth and where we place our hope.”
Sunday Worship—9 a.m. Live Streamed and (past Live Streamed services) on Facebook
You can find our live stream (and past Live streamed) worship services on our church Facebook page on the "Live" tab.
If you don't have Facebook, you can still watch live (and see past live services) by going to https://www.facebook.com/Nevada-First-United-Methodist-Church-801001673281648/live_videos/
All are welcome!
Giving Back to God
Since we are not passing the offering plate, we encourage you to continue to remember your church financially during this time. Offerings can be mailed to 1036 7th Street, Nevada, IA 50201 or dropped in the mail box by the staff entrance on the north side of the building (the door that faces the public library.).
This might also be a time to consider electronic direct giving. Automatic Debit Forms are available from the office or click this form. Or, if you do online banking, you can set up your own one-time or recurring offering. Even after we resume services, the offering plates will be located in the back of the sanctuary for a while.
What's Coming Up
Christmas Eve Services
Sunset Caroling Service—Outdoors
5 p.m. in the Church Parking Lot and Live Streamed on Facebook
Gather in the parking lot to sing familiar carols on a conference call with care centers and persons with limited mobility. There'll be scripture with carols and a short meditation by Pastor Mike. Those who attend will need to wear a mask and be socially distanced.
For those with limited mobility or without access to our live stream, call 712-770-4908 and enter 9622210# to be part of the conference call. (If you do not have long-distance, contact the office by Wed. the 23rd.) We will also live stream this service to Facebook so that you can sing along at home. We will have electric candles for those attending the service. If you’re watching the live stream at home, have your candles ready!
First UMC Christmas Special
7 p.m. Live Streamed on Facebook
Join with us for a fun-filled time together, geared toward kids but enjoyable for all ages. Follow along to bake cookies, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy the music. The service will end with candlelight, so have your candles ready at home!
It’s still a work in progress, so look for more information later in December.
To bake cookies along with us, you will need these ingredients:
1 C. shortening
1½ C. sugar + 2 T. sugar (divided)
2¾ C. flour
2 t. cream of tartar (or less)
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
Christmas Eve Service
9 p.m. Live Streamed on Facebook
The 9 p.m. worship service will be live streamed from the sanctuary. For those who have attended our Christmas Eve Worship in the past, this service will look familiar. There will be all of the usual elements of worship—the lighted stained glass window, scripture readings, carols, sermon, and music. The service will end with candlelight, so have your candles ready at home!
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