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First United Methodist Church


Bible Verse of the Day

Jul. 07, 2020 @ 1:22 am

Psalm 18:30

New International Version

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.


Church Service, Sunday, July 12th (online or in person)

Jul. 06, 2020 @ 6:21 pm

Join us Sunday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m. in person or online service with Pastor Luke Fillmore. Click here and join the service live on our Facebook page each Sunday. Service will also be posted on Youtube after service has been recorded. You are encouraged to have your Bible available and you can also sing along to songs during worship. A reminder of Lenten Prayer each morning at 7:00 a.m. Check out our "News" page for more information.


July 5th Order of Worship

Jul. 02, 2020 @ 6:12 pm

Order of Worship Service

Prelude: Greeting & Welcome:

Call to Worship:

Leader: Good Morning, we invite you to pause, stand as you're able, or center your hearts at home. And join us in the call to worship.

Leader: Our wills are bent and bound,
People: By the desires of our hardened hearts.
Leader: Who will rescue us from sin and death?
People: Christ Jesus the Lord.
Leader: Amen, so be it!
ALL: Thanks be to God!

Opening Hymn: “Morning Has Broken” # 145

Prayer of Connection:

Song: “America the Beautiful” # 696

Old Testament Scripture: Psalm 45: 10-17 Todd Maher

Prayers of the People

New Testament Scripture: Romans 7: 15-25a Elinor Sharp

Offering/Song: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” # 717

Prayer of Gratitude

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

Message: “Liberty”

Closing Hymn: “This Is My Song” # 437



*Pastor- Luke Fillmore *Pianist- Terry Stafford *Keyboard- Sarah Fillmore/Linda Haldane *Song Leaders- Jodi Anderzhon, Deb Finlay, Robin Hensen, & Jeff Hiser *Media- Pastor Luke Fillmore & Jeff Hiser.


Make Your Own Patriotic Pizza

Jul. 02, 2020 @ 5:17 pm

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD: 1 pizza.


1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
1. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2. 1/2 cup cold butter

1. 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese,
2. softened 1 cup sugar
3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
5. 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
6. 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1. 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese,
2. softened 1/2 cup sugar
3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4. 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
5. 3 cups halved fresh strawberries

1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press mixture onto a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Bake 10-15 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let cool.

2. To make an American flag, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla and lemon juice, mixing until smooth. Spread 1 cup cream cheese mixture over crust. Set the remaining cream cheese mixture aside.

3. Referring to the photo for the position, arrange rows of strawberries on top of the pizza to create the red stripes of a flag. Place blueberries in the upper left corner.

4. Cut a small hole in the tip of a food-safe plastic bag; insert a #21-star pastry tip. Fill the bag with reserved cream cheese mixture. For white stripes, pipe a zigzag pattern between the rows of strawberries.

5. To make a Canadian flag, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla and lemon juice, mixing until smooth. Spread 3/4 cup cream cheese mixture over crust. Set the remaining mixture aside.

6. Arrange strawberries in the shape of a maple leaf on top of the pizza.

7. Cut a small hole in the tip of a food-safe plastic bag; insert a #5 round pastry tip. Fill the bag with reserved cream cheese mixture. Pipe veins on the maple leaf.


the cat that walked by faith

Jun. 25, 2020 @ 3:37 pm

the cat who walked by faith

"So we are always confident; even though we know that while We are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-for we walk by faith, not by sight."
Excerpt from Corinthians 5:6-17

A container of Kentucky Fried Chicken appeared to be dancing in the middle of the dark street, with a life of its own, so we stopped to investigate. Out of the chicken, box crawled a terribly skinny kitten with long black fur and four bright white paws. She had been making that box dance, as she tried to lick out the last crumb for nourishment Now, she purred, leaning into me with her whole body. We adopted that little stray and named her "Little Boots.*

Little Boots thrived with cat food, a trip to the vet, and lots of love. But she remained very small and displayed the silliest behavior. She would sneak up on our other cats as if to attack them, but she would be right in front of them, in plain sight. By the time she pounced, the cats had moved away. She couldn't figure out how they knew she was coming.


Need Something To Do?

Jun. 18, 2020 @ 6:20 pm

Are you bored being inside and need something to do? Check these activites out by clicking here.


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Welcome Center (Coffee & Conversation): 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Worship Service: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Fellowship: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:30-11:30 a.m.(only during school year)

P.O. Box 394


Shenandoah, IA 51601