CORALVILLE UNITED Coralville
“A farmer went out to
sow his seed. 4 As he
was scattering the
seed, some fell along
the path, and the birds
came and ate it up.
5 Some fell on rocky
places, … 8 Still other
seed fell on good soil,
where it produced a
crop—a hundred, sixty
or thirty times what was
sown. 9 Whoever has
ears, let them hear.”
An urban farmer
through the Coralville
Ec. Food Pantry.
If you have need,
help yourself, otherwise
this harvest will
be offered at the
A Message from Pastor Doug
Part of my capital campaign
commitment included planting a large
garden. As I was tilling, I reflected on
Jesus’ parable of the farmer and that
some seeds began to germinate right
then and there. A few “What if”
statements started to take root and
began to make my heart beat fast.
What if Coralville UMC expanded our
urban farming ministry to every
neighborhood in town? We had great
success last year with the Community
Garden project and that team has been
brainstorming how they might expand.
Colleen Kummet wrote a grant request
for a tiller (or tiller attachment for our
John Deer) last year without any luck,
but why should that stop us? She was
chasing a dream of establishing garden
plots throughout town to grow food
for the Coralville Ecumenical Food
Pantry. It’s a great idea and enables
the CEFP to live out their mission of
“Helping the community feed one
What if we approached each member
of this church and invited you to take a
4'x8' plot of your yard out of grass
production and put into vegetable
production (less mowing and fewer
lawn clippings). We would till the
plot plus an additional 4x8 feet plot for
your own use. We would plant it and
let you plant as you see fit. What if
we offered to test the soil and offered
to improve it as best we could by
tilling in lime or some of your lawn
clippings in the fall. The invitation
would be that when you water your
garden you would also water the
community garden. If you are able to
remove a few weeds there will be a
better harvest and we may even have
some volunteers that could help with
We could locate the 4 foot garden plot
right along your sidewalk out front
and place a sign in it saying something
like, “An urban farmer feeding
neighbors through the Coralville
Ecumenical Food Pantry. If you have
need, help yourself, otherwise this
harvest will be offered at the CEFP.”
You wouldn’t have strangers needing
to journey far off the sidewalk and you
wouldn’t have to get your feet muddy
when you harvested. The CEFP
would celebrate a large harvest or
even a small one depending on how
many people of need might pass
through your neck of the woods.
Either way, they and you have helped
the “Community feed one another.”
Iowa is the state that knows how to
feed the world. Just because we live
in town doesn’t mean we can’t play a
part. What if some of our master
gardeners held a class or two on
raising vegetables? What if the City
of Coralville’s literacy program
included reading about urban farming?
What if we perfected the art and
someone wrote a book about it? What
if Grace Garden Preschool graduated
children who know how to raise
enough food to feed their family?
What if? What if?
God, bless these seeds. As we consider
how we might live on less, how we might
accomplish your good work in bolder ways,
cultivate these seeds for it all belongs to you
and is all yours. Thank you for the great
privilege of being a part of this kingdom you
are growing! God bless the Kummet Family,
the Hanna's, Freidhof's, Hollenbeck’s,
Reichenbach’s, and all the people of CUMC
who labor in your garden. Amen
Grace and Peace,
Full Time: Grace Garden Preschool of Coralville United
Methodist Church is seeking a gifted leader to join the
staff. We are now opening Grace Garden Preschool as a
ministry of the church. The Director of Grace Garden
Preschool will be responsible for primary administration,
creating a safe environment, managing staff, and
connecting with parents. For position description and
more information, visit www.coralvilleumc.org or
www.gracegardenpreschool.org . E-mail/fax a cover letter
relating your vision for ministry and resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 319-351-3856.
Application deadline is May 2, 2012.
Celebration Choir: This has been
a great first year in the new sanctuary
for the Celebration Choir!
We have had the joy of having
new members join in singing, sung
some new songs, but mostly favorites
from the files.
Palm Sunday and Easter were great times of Celebration
with music being a very important part of it.
Thanks so much for all your support this year and we
hope that the harmonies and melodies that we bring to
you as a choir have enhanced your worship experience
and that God has been praised. We are working on a
double choir piece to sing sometime soon. This will be
a new experience for us and will be a new sound for
our new sanctuary. We look forward to each week that
we gather to sing. If you are a singer, just let me
know and plan to join in!
Bell Choir: The Handbells did some very challenging
music this year and we have great new players. It was
fun to be an important part of the Easter celebration.
God just seems to shine through when you have players
who care for one another like each of us do. If you
want to join in, just let me know. If we have enough
beginners, we could start a beginners bell choir. Just
gather a group together and let me know.
648-4777 or email@example.com
Alleluia Choir: We are still practicing on Thursdays
from 4:30-5:30 pm. “The Majesty of God” and “What
an Awesome Power” are pieces we plan to sing on
Mothers Day. We are up to eight singers now and
always looking for more to join in!
Wes and Larry
Kids grow best
in the Light of
New Start Time for Contemporary
Service on Sunday Morning!
Over the last few months the worship team has been
discussing the best time to begin the Sunday morning
contemporary service. Beginning on June 17, the
contemporary worship service will start at 10:00
am versus 9:45 am as it does today. (There will not
be any changes to the times for the traditional worship
service at 8:30 am.)
By moving the service back 15 minutes, it allows for
more transition time between the two services. In addition,
the extra time will give us the option to do congregational
meetings between the two services which
will make attendance easier for individuals attending
both services. Please feel free to let me know if you
have any questions or concerns regarding the new
New CUMC Website
We’ve changed our website address. Check it out and
bookmark it today!
The website designers will include a section entitled
"Commerce" where they would list businesses owned
by members of the CUMC congregation. If you'd like
your business listed in this section, indicate on your
Tab on Sunday or call the church office. We'll need
the following information:
name & address of business:
1 or 2 sentences about your business
The Brew Crew Café
Celebrating Our YOUTH
For the month of May stop by and enjoy a sample of a new flavor each week. The Brew
Crew Café is holding a fund raiser in the month of May to support our summer mission
trips. Now you can enjoy the great taste of Equal Exchange coffee in your own home. The
youth are selling bags of Equal Exchange 14oz bags of coffee for $9. There are multiple flavors to choose
from. The youth will be selling the coffee in the Kitchen on Sunday mornings from 8-11am.
The Brew Crew Café now has Equal Exchange chocolate mini candy bars wrapped together in a gift box. Please
stop by to enjoy a sample. Gift boxes are available for sale.
To Save A Life
Wednesday’s, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 5:30pm in the Community room. Each week the youth will come together
to talk about how they can be the hands and feet of Jesus and learn how to reach out to the hurting and
the lonely on their school campuses. It’s not too late to join and journey through the program. All youth grades
7-12 are welcome. If you did not get to see the movie at one of the previews and would like to do, please contact
Carrie Bopp or Kirk Harder. If there is interest a third showing of the movie will be scheduled or it may
be checked out.
Parents of youth grades 7-12: The To Save A Life program is also available to all parents. Parents and youth
will meet separately but experience the same program. If you are interested and would like to journey through
the program too please join us on Wednesday nights at 5:30. Our hope and prayer would be to form a support
group for parents.
For the Month of May there will be NO Sunday SH A2J or Thursday night JH youth group.
Sundays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 9:45am JH meets in the youth room and SH meets in the SE corner of the community
room. JH Curriculum Live B.I.G
SH Curriculum Why Jesus?
May 17, 6:00 pm - Operation Backpack Mission Night in the Parsonage
The JH and SH have Operations Backpack one more time before the end of the school year. Due to the To
Save A Life event we are going to hold a mission night on the Thursday before delivery. This will last about 45
minutes to an hour depending on how many volunteers are on hand. All JH and SH are welcome to and encouraged
to attend. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the April operation backpack night.
Mission Trip—Jr. High Students and Adults
What: Home repair, worship, and fellowship.
Where: Downtown Dubuque, Iowa
When: May 4 and 5. Drive up the night before, sleep in a church (campout) and then get up & go to the work site in the morning,
work through the day and travel home on Saturday night.
How Much: $50 per person
More explanation: http://www.thebigdayofserving.com/locations/spring-2012/dubuque,-ia
Contact Pastor Doug with questions about both trips!
Mission Trip—Senior High Students and Adults
What: Home repair by day and great worship and games at night!
Where: Joplin MO When: July 14--21
How Much: $450; Final Payment on June 15.
What next: Meeting on June 10
More explanation: http://www.groupworkcamps.com/register/camp-details?CampCode=12OH01
With warmer weather we are taking
advantage of the opportunity
to work outside to maintain and
beautify our church. So many
members offered their time and
skills to help us in these endeavors
on April 14 (Trustee Work Day) and April 28
(new Rain Garden). This included child care which
allowed whole families to attend. With the success of
the vegetable garden (parsonage) contributing to the
food pantry, the vegetable garden committee expanded
the plot this year. We are blessed to have such
wonderful, giving people in our community.
We continue to work on making our church more inviting
and safe including indoor signage and anticipating
maintenance issues. The corner stone was installed
by Chuck and Steve.
As always, volunteers can contact the office or Kirk
Harder to give of their time and expertise.
Trustees: Eyad and Emily Hanna
Amos Garrett (chp); Jeff Dill; David Kramer;
Steve Strah; Chuck Hatz; Thad Abrams;
Patrick Duerkson; Barb Dillon; and Kirk Harder
CUMC Vacation Bible School will be held June 10 - 13. Mark your calendar! If you
would like more information or would like to help with this annual event, contact Lynn
McMains at firstname.lastname@example.org. See Sunday School teachers or call the church
office for VBS registration forms. We encourage pre-registration!
In the Life of the Church
Frank Peters: The congregation & friends are
invited to an 80 th Birthday Open House Celebration
for Frank on Sunday, May 20, from
2:00 to 4:00 pm in the CUMC Community
Room (lower level).
Andrea Frantz: Please join Andrea and her
friends & family at a Baby Shower luncheon
on Saturday, June 2, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
(or drop in anytime) at the church in the Community
Room. Andrea and Mike are expecting
a baby girl in mid July and they are registered
at Target. RSVP to Jone Johnson (354-7542).
Kids grow best
in the Light of
Grace Garden Preschool
We are pleased to announce that
Grace Garden has a website –
Check it out! While there you will
see that we are advertising for a Preschool Director at
this time. Please pass this information on to any family
or friends who may be interested in preschool for
their children or anyone interested in the director position.
We would like to thank Faith Awero and Dave Spicknall
who both submitted entries for the logo contest.
We ended up combining the two into a beautiful logo!
The Preschool Board is looking for a few new members.
We appreciate anyone who may feel lead to help
with this important ministry. Please contact Pastor
Doug in the church office or Maureen Schafer at
Many thanks to those who helped on the Trustee
Work Day to level out the playground area. A chain
link fence will be going up in the next month or two
and any volunteers with experience would be greatly
The Memorial Garden Team needs volunteers for help in planting and maintaining the Memorial
Garden throughout the growing season in 2012. They will meet on May 19 and then do some
planting. The summer schedule requires a small commitment of one/two days each week (two
weeks maximum) of general maintenance in the garden. If interested in joining the Memorial Garden
team, please contact Barb Dillon at 351-5647 email@example.com.
United Methodist Women
We have had two excellent guests lead a panel discussion
about teens and children and a presentation on Elder Services
this year. It is amazing to learn what is happening in
our own community.
You are invited to join us for our next UMW meeting on
Tuesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room here
at CUMC. The program, Peace As Action, is being presented
by Lynn Calvert and Brenda Mayer. There is always
a hot pot of coffee brewing. The UMW make the best treats
and refreshments. Come and bring a friend. All are welcome.
Myrt Divelbiss and Christine Werling
Sunday Adult Sunday School 9:45 am NEW! When Godly People
Do Ungodly Things
by Beth Moore
Christian Conferencing as a Means of Grace
Last in the series on the Means of Grace is Christian Conferencing. Although I did not plan it, it is
interesting to consider this means of grace at this time as the General Conference of the United
Methodist Church is in session through May 4. The General Conference meets every 4 years and
practices this means of grace as it deliberates on issues important to the whole United Methodist
Church throughout the world. Every year John Wesley would meet with the Methodist preachers to discuss matters
of Christian beliefs and doctrine as well as the discipline of the church. It was during these conference meetings
that much of what Methodists taught and preached was clarified.
This means of grace also happens in smaller less formal contexts in the local church. Whenever we as Christians
gather in community there is an opportunity for spiritual growth as we share our spiritual struggles, support one
another, discern our thoughts on current social issues and hold one another accountable for our discipleship.
Christian conferencing does not assume that each participant is in agreement but it does assume that in our disagreements
God is present and actively working to increase our faith and relationships with one another. Coming
together to talk with one another in love is itself a means of grace. Ultimately, the aim of Christian Conferencing
is to help us grow in love and in the process help us to pray, worship, and serve more faithfully. The small group
setting offers the ideal context for this type of conferencing to occur. I would invite you to check out the small
group offering at CUMC.
Grace and peace,
Tuesday Christian Meditation
3 rd Tuesday
Wednesday Men’s Morning Group
7:30-8:30 pm Gather with others for a
time of discussion and
Jim Williams (351-7481)/
meets in the Reading Room
Corey Houchins-Witt (773-
726-8871)/ meets at the Parsonage
(812 14th Ave.)
7:00 pm Peace As Action Myrt Divelbiss (338-0566)
& Lynn Calvert (541-8367) /
meets in the Comm. Room
NEW! Measure of a Man
by Gene Getz
Steve Lorge (665-8499)/
meets in the Com. Room
Wednesday Youth Parents Groups 5:30 - 7:30 pm To Save A Life Karen Young (319)378-
0899) meets in Comm Room
Thursday Women’s Bible Study 10:00-11:00 am NEW! Christianity and
by Adam Hamilton
1 st and 3 rd Thursdays
2 nd Saturday
JOIN A LIFE-CHANGING SMALL GROUP
Women’s Coffee Shop
Book Study Group
Fun and Fellowship
Deb Hadenfeldt, Brenda
Albright (338-5963)/ meets
in The Upper Room at the
6:30 pm TBA Lynn McMains (338-0505)/
meets at Tierra Coffee Shop,
4:30 pm Play games, share snacks,
have fun! All ages are
invited to attend
Meets at the home of Eyad
& Emily Hanna (512-1505)
June 10 through 13
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Ages: 3 yrs old –
6 th Grade
VBS Registration forms
are available from Sunday
School teachers or call the
church office at 351-2446.
We strongly encourage
The last day of Sunday
School is May 20. We will
have a special party that day
to celebrate a wonderful
year of Sunday School!
Coralville United Methodist Church
Children’s Ministry Newsletter
May 2012 Lori Jarmon, Director of Children’s Ministries
No Sunday School
During the Summer
The last few years we
have not offered Sunday
School during the summer.
We do this for several reasons.
Primarily it is to give
our teachers a break from
preparing weekly lessons
and teaching. But more
importantly, it gives families
an opportunity to worship
Teaching children to worship
is essential and as
fundamental as teaching
them how to read or write.
As children learn the importance
of worship, they
should develop an understanding
of how important it
is to give the respect that is
due our awesome God and
our Lord and Savior, Jesus
There is great power in
Consistent with the way
children learn many things,
they also learn about worship
by watching their parents
and other members of
the congregation engaged
in worship. Children will
come to understand that
they are an important part
of the congregation and the
family of God.
Volunteers are needed to
help with Wild Blue Bible
Games, Sky High Imagination
Station and Skydive
Diner. We also need leaders
to guide a group of
about 5-8 children to the
different stations each
night. Please contact Lynn
McMains at 338-0505 if
you would like to volunteer
to help during VBS.
Sunday School Teacher
Recognition on May 20 during
the 8:30 am worship service.
Free Lunch Served
On May 1
Please consider donating fresh fruit, a
salad, or a dessert for Free Lunch
served at the Wesley Center on Tuesday,
May 1. Please leave your food
donation in the refrigerator at church
on Sunday morning, Monday 9:00
am to 5:00 pm, or between 8:00 and
9:00 am on that Tuesday. Thank
firstname.lastname@example.org or 354-6446
A Big Thank You to all the walkers
on April 1 and all the sponsors who
supported the walkers. $946 was
raised to help people in need throughout
the world, including people in our
own community (25% went to our
local Crisis Center). You do make a
Esther Drew and Gary Hug
Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry
There are lots of exciting things happening with the Coralville Ecumenical
Food Pantry! We have a new website! Check it out at www.cefoodpantry.org
and sign up for our e-newsletter to keep in touch with all that is going on.
We had a wonderful donation of 5,383 pounds of food donated to the pantry
from the Canstruction 2012. You can see pictures of the event on our Facebook
Are you a current volunteer for the food pantry or would you like to become
involved? We are having a Food Pantry Volunteer meeting on May 20 at the
church in the Upper Room immediately following the second service. Come
join us to find out how you can help. There are lots of opportunities to become
involved with varying levels of time commitment. For questions contact
Sally Strah, 338-1676 or Colleen Kummet, 400-7149.
CUMC Vegetable Garden
Thanks to some very hard work by Gary, the garden was plowed.
The plot is huge! We decided to go with the traditional rectangular
design since it was easier to till.
Thanks also to Katie and Christopher Mohr for helping seed the
early crops! We got the onions, peas, cabbage, collard greens,
swiss chard, lettuce, spinach and radishes planted. The crops are
grouped by harvest date, so that the plot can be replanted when the
early crops are harvested and out.
There is more to do:
1. Potatoes will go in the open space between the onions and peas.
2. We have room for additional varieties! Doug suggested arugula -
great idea! We still have room between the collard greens and
the lettuce/spinach sections. I love the variety we have this year,
each crop has a different mix of micronutrients that may really
benefit the clients at the food pantry/free lunch.
3. Be careful when weeding the spinach and lettuce sections! Katie
M. and I decided to take the "square foot" approach and sprinkle
seed these portions. Also some of the lettuce is a mix of varieties
so it won't all look the same.
4. We could use some compost and mulch before the mid-May
5. Mark your calendars for May 6 at 11:00 am in the fellowship hall
for the next vegetable garden meeting. Also on May 19 or 20,
we'll have a party at the garden to plant the later crops. The spinach
and radishes will be out by then.
Don't forget to pray that God will multiply the harvest for those in
need in Coralville!
Stuff, Etc: The Mission Committee would like to remind everyone that our church has an account at
Stuff, Etc. in Coralville. When doing your spring cleaning and need to get rid of some good used items,
whether clothing, furniture, or household items, please consider taking them to Stuff, Etc. Our account
number is #290 and the money will go to support our church's mission projects. Thank you.
Disaster Relief in Iowa: Financial assistance is needed to support the disaster relief work of the Iowa Conference
in the aftermath of the April 14 tornadoes that impacted Iowa communities. “We already sent funds to
Thurman for expenses they’ll incur as they help the community clean up, and to First UMC Shenandoah,
which will be housing volunteers,” said Rev. Karen Nichols Dungan, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional
Ministries. “This was possible immediately because of the generous donations congregations have given to
help support disaster response and recovery.” Online donations may be made at: www.iaumc.org/
disasterministries. Checks, made payable to the Iowa Annual Conference, with Advance Special #223—
Disaster Relief noted on the memo line, may be sent to: Iowa Annual Conference, 2301 Rittenhouse Street ,
Des Moines , IA 50321
Go online at http://forwardcumc.wordpress.com/ to keep up to date on the Forward in Faith Campaign!
Sunday, April 29
5:30 pm Campaign Banquet - Community Room
The doors will open at 5:30 pm for arrival, and the dinner will be served at 5:45 pm. The dinner will include baked
chicken breast, green beans with almonds, party potatoes, a roll & butter, and a beverage. Every family is invited and
encouraged to attend. There is no admission fee for either the main Banquet or the Children’s Party. This will be a great
opportunity for fellowship, inspiration, and information with the entire church body. The program will celebrate what God
has done through the ministry of our church, and focus on future plans and goals as we continue to seek His will for the
5:30 pm Children's Party - Sunday School rooms
While the adults and youth are enjoying the Banquet, our children will be cared for at the Children’s Party. Children may
be checked in at the church beginning at 5:30 pm. Parents will be required to sign their children in at arrival, and to sign
them out at the end of the party. The Children’s theme is "Noah's Journey: Forward in Faith." A variety of activities
are planned, including story time, games, and a movie about Noah. A meal of chicken strips, applesauce, baby carrots
with dip, and jello will be served during the party. A fun time is expected, not only for the children, but also for the adult
and youth volunteers who will be assisting. Children should be picked up no later than 8:45 pm.
Church Calendar available on website
Please keep the Forward in Faith Campaign Master Committee in your prayers!
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May 6: “What Can I Trust in the Bible?”
May 13: “How Can the Bible Transform Me?”
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May 20: “Seeing what the Bible Wants Me to See”
8:30 Service - SS Teachers/Small Group Leaders’ Appreciation
9:45 Service - Graduate Recognitions
May 27: “How to Study a Bible Passage”
June 3: “Understanding the Meaning of a Text”
June 10: “Integrating God’s Word into My Life”
June 17: New Worship Times 8:30 and 10:00 am! Father’s Day
To make Disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation
of the World!