February 21, 2019
- WEEKLY NEWSLETTER -
As We Prepare For The
The Seventh Sunday After Epiphany
May our ministries bring the new life that you
intend for all people. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen
There is one thing that we all have in common. We will all die. One of the great mysteries of life is what happens to us after we die. In our Christian way of thinking we go to one of two places – we either go to heaven or we go to hell. So what does it mean to go to heaven and what does it mean to go to hell? Are heaven and hell real places? 
I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we tackle this question about what happens after we die. The weather gurus are talking about snow again on Sunday. Snow or no snow, we will gather for worship. Come if you can.

Blessings,
Are you getting notifications for the cancel of church activities? Do you want meeting reminders? If so please take a moment and look at the below file and sign-up for any "group(s)" that you belong to.
Click HERE

World Day of Prayer :
March 1st, 2019
at 1:30 pm at the Coon Rapids Annuciation Catholic Church

Are You Missing a Dish or Two?
There are several dishes that are unclaimed on a table in Fellowship Hall brought in for funeral dinners. Please check out the table and gather-up anything that
belongs to you



New Member Informational Get Together
Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 pm
This will be a short informational get together for anyone might be considering membership. This is also open to anyone who would like to know more about the United Methodist Church.
Attending this meeting does not obligate you to join the church.

New Member Sunday
March 17th, during worship
Please let Pastor Joyce
(call or text 515-480-8457 or email: revjlwebb76@76@gmail.com) or Mandy Smouse ( mandy.smouse@coonrapidsmethodistchurch.org) know if you are interested in becoming a member of the church on the 17th. Mandy can help with any paperwork on possible transfering from another chruch and also provide you with a new member informational form to fill out.
Please be sure to scroll down and check out the
Who?, What?, When? & Where?
on both the inside and outside of our church.
Lenten Bible Study Opportunity
In a few weeks, we’re going to be starting a 6 week Lenten study called Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple.
  It’s video based, contemporary, relatable, and provocative. We’re in the process of putting together some study groups. The hope is that each person will sign up to participate in one of these Lenten study groups.
Here’s what we need you to do in the next few days…
We would like to have you fill out a participation survey. This can be done online, via email answering the below information, or filling out a form this Sunday and put in the offering plate.
We would like to have forms turned in by Monday, February 25th
so we can prepare the groups.
Online Response Form: Click HERE

Email to: mandy.smouse@coonrapidsmethodistchurch.org t he following information-
Read through the options listed on the insert and check all that apply. 
o I will lead/co-lead a group Name:_________________
o I will host a group            Name:_________________
o I will participate in a group
These days/times work for me:
o During the day on _______________________
o Weekday evenings on ____________________
o Sunday mornings
o Sunday evenings
o On-Line Study Group
o I am not able to participate in a group at this time. 
THANK YOU!



General Conference
Friends, as many of you know, the United Methodist Church has struggled over the issue of sexuality, especially around whether a practicing, self-avowed LGBTQ person can serve as clergy in the UM Church and also whether same gender marriages can be performed in UM Churches. The current position as outlined in the Book of Discipline is that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. There are faithful people who agree with this position and there are faithful people who believe this position causes harm to LGBTQ persons and that we, as a church has failed to show love to one another in the way Jesus commands. 
This weekend, February 23 rd -26 th , there will be a Special General Conference in St. Louis, where clergy and lay delegates from around the world will gather to pray and discern a way forward for the UM Church. They’ll be reviewing several proposals that have been submitted. 
I don’t know how this will turn out. No one does for sure. I do know that when the General Conference is over, no matter what is decided, the church will continue to do the work of God here in this place. Some things will change, but the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world will not change.  
My invitation is for all of us to pray. Pray for the delegates, for wisdom and discernment, for holy conversation that is loving and respectful, for humility, and most importantly for God’s will to be done. If it’s helpful, I’ve included a prayer written by Iowa Bishop Laurie Haller. You can pray Bishop Haller’s prayer or a prayer of your own. If you have any questions, please know that I am available to talk (515-480-8457 or  revjlwebb76@gmail.com ).
In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Joyce   

Sunday February 24, 2019
A Congregational Prayer for United Methodist Church from Bishop Haller

Gracious and loving God, who leads, teaches and guides,
You who offer compassion, grace and mercy, be with us now.
We passionately seek Your presence during challenging times and circumstances and we trust that you are moving in and around our lives.
We, as one part of your Body, the Church, go into the days and weeks ahead seeking to discern Your deep desire for us as The United Methodist Church.
Give us courage as we continue to live and respond to Your invitation to be Your hands, feet and voice.
We ask for a fresh wind of Your Spirit and guidance for each of us as individuals, for the faithful congregations, and for this global community of United Methodists.
We ask for Your wisdom and presence for those among us who have been called to serve as delegates as the Special Session of General Conference gathers today.
Grant them clarity and a discerning spirit as they seek to listen for You in their midst.
Reveal to them Your deep desire for our future as a church.
Give them and us the faith to lay aside our personal wants and needs so that we can be truly present to You, sit with You in reverence and awe, and listen deeply for the still small voice that woos us, comforts us, and invites us to that place where we can live fully and wholly into the Kingdom life that You desire for us.
We lay all this before You as the deep desire of our hearts and minds in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Amen
2/24 What happens after we die? Is hell a real place?
3/3 Does God have a pre-determined plan for my life? 
Still Room For Volunteers
for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, March 5th—5:00-6:30 pm
Check out the signup sheet to donate items and/or time to help make this meal a success. 
To sign-up online click HERE and enter your name in a box under the item you are donating or the time you can help. Monetary donation to offset items purchased will be accepted, please note as "Shrove Pancake Supper".
We are in need of Worship Volunteers!
Please consider helping fill the calendar of open worship duties.

Offer a friendly "Good Morning", "Welcome to Our Church" or "Happy You Could Join Us For Worship Today"...Being a Host for a Sunday simply is providing a greeting with a bulletin and helping with offering-time, or hosting fellowship time.
It is a great feeling to know that we have the spots filled before Sunday mornings so that we have someone ready to do each thing and we are not looking around for people to do so.
If everyone took one of the worship duties every few months we could fill the calendar.
Fellowship time, is what YOU want to make it, it is totally up to the individual and what they want to serve. If you need help with making coffee, etc please feel free to ask and we will find the right person to show or help you.
We have split up the Hosts to Greet and Ushers, due to some people have expressed they are able to stand to greet but don't feel they can help with offering.

please check the following links for each sign-up list

Fellowship Time: click here
Worship Hosts to Greet: click here
Acolytes: click here
Liturgists: click here
Ushers: click here

Let's fill in more dates for 2019!
Movie Night at the Cretsinger Building
This Sunday, February 24th at 5:00 pm!
For people who don’t care about the Super Bowl, Wiltsie and Mary
Cretsinger are hosting a Christian based movie night and fellowship at their
office building., 120 6th Ave. The movie will be The Ultimate Gift. Feel free
to bring a crock pot of soup, some sandwiches or snack to share and enjoy with a
time of fellowship before the movie. If you have questions please get ahold of
Mary Cretsinger at 712-830-9595. 
If you would like to recieve your future church
Giving Statements via email place send Mandy an email stating: Please send my giving statements to my email address.

Mandy's Email

Getting Connected
How can the church help you accomplish your goals for 2019? Do you have ideas forasermonseries,smallgrouporservice/missionproject? Areyouinterestedin joining a visitation team? Let’s talk about it! Contact Josh Smouse- email: jsmouse@me.com or call/text: 712-790-0682 
Prayer Groups

Thomas Rest Haven- Mondays, 10:30am
Doris Meshek's- Fridays, 11:30am
Mary Cretsinger's- February 18th, 3:00
(every other Monday)
Prom time is coming up and
The Prom Closet is OPEN for free shopping by appointment. 
Please call Dona Tuel at
712-830-7825 or email
at  donatuel448@gmail.com  for appointments. Also, we are definitely still taking donations, especially sizes 14 & up at the following locations: Iowa Savings Bank, Carroll, Glidden, & Coon Rapids locations, People's Bank in Guthrie Center. Thanks!!  
Unfortunately due to the number of weather cancelations,
the Dynamite Disciples will NOT be
playing bells or singing this coming Sunday.
They will instead wait a month and sing & play bells on
Sunday, March 24th during worship, so save that date.
In the mean time we would love to still have all the kids
and their families join us for worship!
The weather has pushed back the start of our new Dynamite Disciples rotation so we will be starting the new rotation on February 27th, the Bible lesson theme will be "Jesus Feeds the 5000".

Reminders:
-Youth should not be arriving before 5:00pm on Wednesday evenings.
-Parents please pick-up your kid(s) at 6:30 pm. The kids are in music from 6:15-6:30pm and will be dismissed after that portion of their evening
with us .

Dynamite Disciples Yearly Calendar - Click Here

Those that signed up to bring supper treats on Wednesday
click HERE to see the dates you signed up.
Parents, Grandparents, Congregation Members, etc.
March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3, 10, 17 are open for helpers to join us!
Click this link for dates for the extra helper sign-up. click here
Email: mandy.smouse@coonrapidsmethodistchurch.org Call/Text: 712.790.9020
Save the date: End of the Dynamite Disciples church school year will be April 24th, we will have our potluck supper that evening.
Prayers
Luann Headley
Sam Cretsinger
Domynyck Petty
Darlene George
Karen Colbert
Dave Wiemers
Ron Brower
Charles Nepple (Glen & Janet Knight’s son-in-law)
Allia Janning (Gloria Dahl’s daughter)
Sue Oliver
Rich Wiskus
Bill & Katherine Howell - mission trip
Those whom are not listed here but need healing and prayers
The Family & Friends of Jeanine Bowman
The Family & Friends of Caroline Vaughn
Our Church
Our Community

TRH and Parkview Assisted Living Residents:
Merlin Sievers
Rich Wiskus
Connie McPherson
Lyle Knight
Betty Knight
Evelyn Long
Ron Barker
Sam Cretsinger
Darlene Bowman
Marilyn Taylor
Bethel Carpenter
Dean Lloyd

Shut-ins:
Dorothy Blanchard

Praises
Birth -

Baptisms-

Joys -

(please include name and relevent information)
Prayer requests will be listed for 2 weeks unless asked to keep on the list due to other reasons.
You may submit requests or changes to Pastor Joyce or Mandy Smouse . 
This Week's
Birthdays
21 Emily Baker
23 Megan Langel
25 Jan Brower

Anniversaries


Saturday, March 2nd - 10:00-11:00am
Worship Service
Sundays at
10:30 am
119 4th Ave., Coon Rapids