Getting Settled In

Tomorrow will mark one month since my family and I drove up from Johnston, Iowa to spend the night here in Cedar Falls before our moving truck showed up on June 25th to move us into the First United Methodist Church parsonage.

It has been an exciting month.  I’ve had opportunities to preach, share my testimony, and share at the Lord’s table both in Sunday worship and in Wednesday night Ignition.  I’ve had a lot of fun getting acquainted with the wonderful church staff and church members of First Church.  And I have been pleased to see that First Cedar Falls is a church on the move, looking to grow and change for the future.

It has also been a good month meeting some of my new United Methodist colleagues both here in the Northeast District and from the Iowa Annual Conference center.

My family and I are starting to feel settled into our knew home.  We are seeing less boxes around the house.  We are starting to find our way around the community.  And we are beginning to adjust to our new a new place of ministry and service.

Sometimes change can be scary.  But I believe it is best to view change as an adventure.  And oh what an adventure it always is serving Christ in ministry!

Greenhouse – Contemporary Worship at First UMC

One of the ministries I am privileged to be a part of as the new Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church is Greenhouse.  Greenhouse is the Sunday morning contemporary worship service at First Church.  In Greenhouse we sing praises to God, share in prayer and praise, and focus on how God can touch our lives today is we hear a relevant message from Holy Scripture.

This Sunday I’ll preach my second Greenhouse service.  In the coming months there are a lot of exciting things coming up for the Greenhouse service.

First UMC is renovating Scott Hall, the church’s multipurpose fellowship space, to be the new home of the contemporary service.  There will be a new stage for the praise band, new lighting, a new sound system, and new projection equipment.  The location will give the service a new, fresh, and relaxed feel in a setting designed specifically for contemporary worship.  In the coming months I’ll be sharing more with you about exciting things happening in contemporary worship at First.

At this time Greenhouse is at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Or if you are looking for a more traditional style of worship First Church also has an 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. traditional services as well.