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An update from First UMC
Independence, IA

January 27th, 2021

A midweek update from FUMC
Independence, IA
Here are the events going on this week! 

  • Wednesday, January 27th
    • 5:00 p.m. Confirmation
  • Thursday, January 28th
    • 10:30 a.m. Funeral-Roger Noe
  • Sunday, January 31st
    • 9:00 a.m. Worship via Facebook Live
    • 11:00 a.m. Radio Broadcast
  • Monday, February 1st
    • 6:30 p.m. Mission Committee
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
    • 6:00 p.m. Trustee Committee
  • Wednesday, February 3rd
    • 6:00 p.m. Choir Practice
From the Kitchen Table Remember you can always watch the video later if you aren't able to catch it live.  No need to have Facebook to watch them, links are added to this page.

Church News and Notes:

Worship Update
In-person worship resumes February 14th with restrictions.

More information:
Link to the letter from Pastor Paul
Link to the Restrictions


Choir Practice starting back up  Music practice starts up again on Wednesday, February 3rd.  Practices will continue to be as follows: 

  • Chancel Choir 6:00-6:30

  • Men's Group will meet some Wednesday's from 6:30-6:45

  • Bell Practice from 6:45-7:15

As of right now, there will be no Band or GNS practices.  Practices will be held in the sanctuary for choir/men's group and Wesley Room for bells.

Funeral for Roger Noe  A private family funeral service will be held at the church. The service will be live streamed on our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28. Public visitation will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27th, at Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home in Winthrop.

Video to the January 24th Sunday service 
Here is a link to the worship service if you haven't had a chance to watch it yet. 

Bulletin for January 31st: Here is a link to the bulletin for this coming Sunday.

Office Closures If the weather is bad, the office might be closed.  If that is the case, I will put an announcement on our website right under "announcements." You can always call and leave a message or send me an email and I will get back to you.

Notary If you need something notarized, stop by the office.

College Students/Military
We are collecting donations for gift cards to go to College students and those starting their military service.  Make sure you write "gift card donation" to make sure it goes to the correct place.  We are planning on sending these out next month, so if you are planning on sending a donation, please do it ASAP.

Mission Committee Fundraiser
Items are in from the Mission Committee's fundraiser.  We have a few extra items.  Stop by the office if you would like to purchase something.  

We have one bag of:
-honey roasted peanuts                     $8
-milk chocolate peanuts                     $10
-mixed yogurt raisins                          $12
-milk chocolate raisins                       $9
-smoke flavored fancy pecans          $12
-milk chocolate pecans                      $12
-milk chocolate almonds                    $12
-fruit and nut mix                                $10
-sweet and salty trail mix                  $10
-Candy pebbles                                  $11
-colossal pistachios                            $12

We have two bags of:
-roasted whole almonds                    $11
-spicy party mix                                 $9
-honey roasted giant cashews          $12
-praline pecan halves                        $12
-deluxe mix- no peanuts                    $12
-black walnut pieces                          $12

Community Info
Independence Public Library: One Book One Independence 2021
The 2021 selection has been announced!  Pick up your copy at: the library, a little free library around town, Em's Coffee, Fabulous Fridays, Falcon Civic Center, or S & K Collectables.  Programing starts February 8th. 

Relay for Life Buchanan County Fundraiser: Valentine's Drive Thru Dinner
Sunday, February 14, 2021
3:00 – 6:00 pm @Immanuel Lutheran Church
Relay For Life Buchanan County will host a Drive Thru Valentine’s Dinner on Sunday, February 14th from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (back parking lot with the canopy).  The Pork Producers will supply Pork Burgers and the menu will include baked beans, potato salad, and a cookie. The cost is $5 per meal, or you can also purchase a rose to give to your sweetheart with the meal for $8.  They plan to accommodate 60 meals every 15 minutes, so please call ahead to place an order. They will only be taking orders for meals now through Wednesday, February 10th at noon.
Please call Don Mumm at 319-334-3888 or 319-334-8459 to place your order.  They will have people directing traffic, taking money at your car, and delivering your meal to your car as you come at the scheduled time. Please have exact amount ready as you drive in and stay in your car to have your meal delivered to you. Relay for Life of Buchanan County wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you to everyone who has been mailing in their pledge!
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