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An update from First UMC
Independence, IA

November 11th, 2020

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

  • Wednesday, November 11th
    • 5:00 p.m. Confirmation
    • 6:00 p.m. Choir Practice
  • Thursday, November 12th
    • 4:30 p.m. Finance Committee
  • Sunday, November 15th
    • 9:00 a.m. Worship via Facebook Live
    • 11:00 a.m. Radio Broadcast
  • Monday, November 16th
    • 7:00 p.m. Ad Council via Zoom
  • Wednesday, November 18th
    • 5:00 p.m. Confirmation
    • 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:
Video to the November 8th 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 15th: Here is a link to the bulletin for this coming Sunday. 
This Sunday we will have a special service from The Episcopal office of the Iowa Annual Conference.  Our worship will feature Bishop Laurie Haller, Rev. Doug Cue, and members of the Iowa Cabinet, who offer this service for your inspiration and encouragement.
This special service will air on the radio at the regular time, 11am on 95.3. A video of the service will also be available on our Facebook page at 9am as usual, and on our website.

Harvest Dinner
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Harvest Dinner another success this year!  We did not have any extra meals leftover, we sold out and served 601 carry-outs.  We are so thankful to have had so many of you who helped in a variety of ways, you are appreciated!

Cake pans & Roasters from Harvest Dinner.  Please pick up your cake pans and roasters from Harvest Dinner. The cake pans are located in the kitchenette next to the Wesley Room.  The roasters are in the kitchen downstairs.  The front door is unlocked during office hours (8:30-12:30, Tuesday-Friday.)  If those hours do not work for you, please contact the office or Pastor Paul so we can make other arrangements.  

Phone Tree   Page 1, Page 2, Page 3  A new, updated phone tree is in the works.  It will be mailed to you.

Poinsettias If you would like to order a poinsettia, please contact the office.  Orders will be turned in this Friday, November 13th. They are $9 each.  

Prayer Requests are added to our website throughout the week.

Mask Update  Due to the new COVID restrictions, we ask that you wear a mask if you come to the church, office, or stop by to see Pastor Paul.  Thank you for your understanding.

From the Office of Bishop Laurie Haller

In support of Governor Kim Reynolds’ Public Health Proclamation on November 10, 2020, the input that we are getting from health professionals, and the awareness that our Iowa hospitals are reaching or are at capacity to accept new patients, the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church has made the prayerful and careful decision to mandate masks/face coverings for all gatherings. This includes all in-person local church worship, meetings, and groups occurring in United Methodist Churches throughout the Conference. 
We have given consideration to Section 5.E of the Governor’s Proclamation that speaks directly to the faith communities of our state. In this section, Governor Reynolds clearly states that religious gatherings are not prohibited. Additionally, Governor Reynolds is clear that faith communities “shall implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure social distancing of employees, volunteers, and other participants, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.”
It is the position of Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet that while there are set aside considerations for faith communities in this proclamation, the following Sections do inform what is meant by reasonable measures: 
  • Section One speaks to the role all Iowans have in protecting vulnerable members of our community. Governor Reynolds encourages those over the age of 65 and/or those with pre-existing conditions to limit activities outside of their residence. Furthermore, in this section, the Governor’s request is for all Iowans to do their part in limiting events that would encourage vulnerable populations to participate.
  • Section Two mandates the use of masks, face coverings, and physical distancing as critical actions that mitigate the spread of this disease. 
  • Section Five speaks to protocols in gatherings of more than 10 people (5.A); what reasonable measures mean; and limits gatherings of more than 25 indoors/100 outdoors (5.B). Section Five also prohibits large group gatherings if they do not adhere to physical distancing and masking protocols, with the exception of those under the age of two, or those with medical conditions that limit their ability to wear masks/face coverings.
For these reasons, we advise that in-person worship be suspended if your county statistics are in the Red category. However, if church re-entry leadership teams determine that in-person church gatherings can continue, masks, physical distancing, and other hygiene protocols will be required in our United Methodist Churches, beginning November 11, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

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

Community Info
Independence Jr/Senior School Play
Change due to the new COVID restrictions:
Because of the new COVID restrictions, the general public will not be able to view the Fall Play “Ain’t She Sweet” in person.  Each cast member is only allowed to personally invite 2 people per showing as per the new guidelines set by the Governor.  Please do NOT show up at the door.  There WILL BE online viewing purchases available soon so that others may be able to see it and so that they are able to recoup some of the costs.  Stay tuned!

Buchanan County Salvation Army
Sign up for bell ringing has begun!
Here are the links for Fareway & Walmart.
**** Ringing at Fareway will be OUTSIDE this year.
**** Mask will be REQUIRED at both Walmart & Fareway

There are 3 ways to signup ...
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on - Walmart - Fareway
2). Send us a message to our Facebook page via messenger and we can help you!!
3). Call Julie @ 319-327-2072

Meals on Wheals
The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to help deliver hot meals during the lunch hour to home bound seniors. The volunteer's visit not only provides them with a nutritious meal that is an essential need to keep them in their home, but also serves as a check on their well-being.
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Missy Anders at 319-231-1623. 
Missy Anders BS
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Direct Line:  319-231-1623
Toll-Free:  800-779-8707

Buchanan County Health Center
Due to the increased number in COVID-19 cases and exposures in the Buchanan County and Oelwein area, BCHC has reopened its COVID-19 Call Center effective this morning. Please call 319-596-2180 with COVID-19 related questions and concerns to receive guidance from a provider. The BCHC COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm.

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