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An update from First UMC
Independence, IA

November 25th, 2020

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

  • Thursday, November 25th
    • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Sunday, November 29th
    • 9:00 a.m. Worship via Facebook Live
    • 11:00 a.m. Radio Broadcast
  • Tuesday, December 1st
    • 4:00 p.m. Trustees Committee via Zoom
  • Wednesday, December 2nd
    • 4:30 p.m. Finance Committee via Zoom

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:

November 18, 2020
For immediate release
Important new pandemic guidance from Bishop Laurie and the Iowa Conference Appointive Cabinet
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.”
The Re-entry Team, Extended Cabinet and Communications Team will meet and discuss ways that the Iowa Conference can guide churches in resourcing technology and supporting shifts in ministry and planning from Advent, Christmas, and the Epiphany season. This will include providing ways to partner together across the Iowa Conference to provide virtual worship, small group opportunities, and resourcing local churches with pastoral care, stewardship planning and connecting with communities during this difficult time.
“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.”
More information will be released later this week regarding this directive.
This information is being reassessed weekly.

Video to the November 22nd Sunday service 
Here is the video to the service from last Sunday if you haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

Bulletin for November 29th: Here is a link to the bulletin for this coming Sunday. 

Office Closed The office will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving. Normal hours on Friday, November 27th.

Next week, November 30th-December 4th, Kari will be working different hours for the week.  (Due to the schools being closed and needing to do schoolwork with the kids.)  You can call the office (319-334-3689) or email ( and I will get back to you.  

Angel Tree
The Angel Tree is set up and located at the north door. This is for donating gifts to children in need in Buchanan County. As of today, Wednesday, we have 34 Angel tags left.  (We originally had 65.)
The north door will be unlocked daily from  8:30am-6:30pm so you can pick out your angel card / return the wrapped gifts with the angel card taped to the gift.  Please remember to write your name down on the sheet so all the angels are accounted for. All gifts are due back December 14th.

Children's Christmas Program Update

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

Community Info
Independence Jr/Senior School Play

Jingle on Main

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce


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