bi-monthly newsletter
June 4, 2021
On *Sundays this summer, get ready for fun activities combined with outdoor worship! Each week will include an activity designed to help bring us together in-person and get to know one another while growing closer to God and each other. There will be plenty of fun for all ages! So mark your calendar, bring your own chair and join us! *Communion will be celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.

Children's Chapel will be offered each week; children will be dismissed with children's ministry leaders to the Wing in the Woods for the second half of worship where they will experience children's worship, messages & fun activities. Children will return to their families during the closing song. Masks are encouraged for all children's indoor activities
Bring a packed meal and your favorite yard games; enjoy food, conversations and fun after worship!
June 13 | VBS + CHURCH
Experience VBS in worship with a bible story, craft, mission activity & fun games!
Bring a pie or other dessert & your wallet; proceeds from this dessert-only auction help fund the youth summer mission trip!
June 27 | MUSIC + CHURCH
An all-music worship service, followed by a concert where anyone can share their musical talents!
Bring a packed meal and your favorite yard games; enjoy food, conversations and fun after worship!
July 11 | LAKE + CHURCH
Worship at Big Creek, followed by grilling, swimming & kayaking!
Putting our love into action with a mission project activity as part of worship.
July 25 | PET + CHURCH
Bring your pets to worship for the Blessing of the Animals. Enjoy a time of fun and play after worship.
Outdoor Sanctuary Dedication
On Saturday, May 29 the outdoor worship sanctuary was dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Joan Cupp. We are grateful for the vision and resources given by the Cupp family in order to build this space for prayer and praise! The family hopes that the congregation will continue to develop this space for worship, for the joining of people in marriage, and for the celebration of death and resurrection.
Summer worship will be held in the Outdoor Sanctuary, Sundays at 9:30 AM.
In the event of rain or extreme temperatures, we will worship indoors.
(masks are still encouraged indoors for worship and children's activities)
Mission and Service Opportunities
Read the updates from our church's NP Comet Cupboard food pantry and the DMARC Food Pantry Network to see how you can support local missions that feed the hungry.
Church Work Needed
OUTDOOR WORK DAY: Saturday, June 5 8:00 AM - Noon
Help rake leaves, pick up sticks, stain the swing set and ark playset, and power wash the back patio.

Read the latest news from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church:
2021 Iowa Annual Conference
Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6
Iowa United Methodist Board of Laity invites all laity (not just AC members) to the Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.
You will hear an inspiring message from Bishop Laurie Haller. A Conference Update will be followed by a live Q&A session with Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, incoming Assistant to the Bishop. Email your questions about what is new or changing in the conference to OR during the session. There is no registration or login needed. On June 4 at 7:00 p.m., just go to and click for a great start to Annual Conference!
Summer Bible Study | Begins June 9
Join Pastor Melody and Lauren Wilken, Director of Youth & Children's Ministry, for an every-other-week Bible study using the book, The Bible Tells Me So by Pete Enns.
If you've ever struggled with the violent or contradictory or just plain strange passages in the Bible, or wanted to learn how to faithfully read the Bible without checking your brain at the door, this study is for you! This will be a great study for both youth (6-12th grade) and adults who want to grow in their faith!

Every Other Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 PM, Wing in the Woods: Sign up here

Sunday, June 13 - Thursday, June 17 | 6 - 8 PM
Don't forget to register your PK-5th graders for VBS! We are forming crews to climb aboard the Rocky Railway now so make sure to sign up.

YOUTH GRADES 6-12 & ADULTS ARE NEEDED TO VOLUNTEER! (Volunteer meeting Sunday June 6th at 6:30 in the Wing!)
Provide snacks and other items for Vacation Bible School! Click the button to view our Amazon list.
Mission trip July 25-30, Lincoln, IL
Youth who have completed grades 6-12 have the opportunity to attend a mission trip this summer. Four experienced adult volunteers will lead students through mission work while staying at a local college in Lincoln, Illinois. It's not too late to sign up but the clock is ticking! If your student wants to attend or you have questions, email by next week. The link to register for the trip is located here:  Link To Participant Form