Nemaha Iowa United Methodist ChurchWelcome to the Nemaha United Methodist ChurchNemaha Iowa UMC United Methodist Church

We welcome you and your family with open hearts, open minds and open doors.

This Web site offers a snapshot of opportunities for your spiritual growth and outreach to others, a reference of services provided by the church, contacts for you to obtain more information, and an invitation for you to explore new and deeper involvement in the life and ministry of our congregation.

Nemaha  United Methodist Church
October 22, 2017
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Adult Sunday School held at 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 24 Karen Wadsley
Oct. 27 David Cook, Shirley Welty

Concerns: Continue to keep those who are dealing with illnesses, in the nursing homes, undergoing treatments, hospitalizations, recovering from surgeries or the loss of a loved one, or are just unable to be out and about in your thoughts and prayers.

TODAY!!  2017 Charge Conference—OCTOBER 22, 2017

 NEXT SUNDAY!!!— The UMW will be doing their special Blanket Offering following worship service.  This offering helps supply blankets to those who are in need. Please help the UMW help others!!

 Lakes UMC’s Fall Bazaar will be held October 28 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Nov. 1—U.M.W. meets at the home of Pam Mooney   2:00 p.m.

–Administrative Board meeting  7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4— Thanksgiving InGathering at Cherokee.

Nov. 5—Daylight Savings Time ends. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

November 10— Veteran’s Day program at the Middle School in Early. More details soon.

November 19th will be our Lord’s Acre & Hour Dedication Sunday. You will be receiving your letter early in November.


U.M.W. October Bible Verse: John 8: 12

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Future Dates:

19–Schaller-Crestland Ministerial meeting @ Nemaha UMC 9 am

22—Potluck with Lakes UMC.  Charge Conference following.

31—Reformation Day


1— UMW meets at the home of Pam Mooney   2 pm

All Saints Day

4—38th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering @ Cherokee

5—Daylight Savings time ends

7—Election Day

8—Administrative Board meeting in church basement  7:30 pm

11—Veteran’s Day

12—Bible Study/Brunch in church basement at 9 am

23—Thanksgiving Day

26—Christ the King Sunday

Possible Lord’s Acre & Hour Dedication Sunday ***


3—First Sunday of Advent

6—Caroling and UMW Potluck– caroling @ 5:30 with supper to follow.

10—Advent Bible Study in church basement  9am  possible day for Crooners Concert  ***

13—Administrative Board meeting, church basement  7:30 pm

17—possible day for Crooners Concert  ***

24—Christmas Eve Day— regular morning worship services


31—Watch Night/New Year’s Eve

Sunday evening Crooner’s practices—feel free to join them at  Early Sacred Heart Church 5:30 pm.

*** these dates are yet to be determined.


ADVENT–The season of Advent has been with us since the fourth century, although it has not been a part of the liturgical observance of all denominations and churches. With the mixing of Christmas and Advent during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day, there is often confusion of the two. Here are the basics of Advent:

When. Advent marks the beginning of the church year. It begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends Christmas Eve. If Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, Advent will last four full weeks. If Christmas Day falls on any other day of the week, Advent will last less than four weeks. If Christmas falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, all of Advent will be in December. If Christmas falls on any other day of the week, Advent will begin in November.

What. Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus, meaning “coming.” It is a season to prepare for the coming of Christ in various meanings: the promised coming of the Messiah to the Jews, the coming of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, the promised return of the risen Christ in final victory, and the continual coming of Christ into the lives and hearts of believers.           Umc.org

Liturgical Context. Advent, which marks the beginning of the liturgical year, is part of the cycle of seasons that includes Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, all related in some fashion to the coming of Jesus. That cycle is followed by Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and the long Pentecost season.

WATCH NIGHT–John Wesley believed that Methodists, and all Christians should reaffirm their covenant with God annually, so he created a service in which an individual renews his/her covenant with God.

In 1755 Wesley held his first covenant service using words written earlier by Richard Alleine. Wesley published this service in a pamphlet in 1780, and this form was used without alteration for nearly a century in England. It has been modified somewhat in more recent years.

The covenant hymn, “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine,” was written for this service by Charles Wesley. The service is included in The Book of Worship under the title “An Order of Worship for Such as Would Enter Into or Renew Their Covenant with God–For Use in a Watch Night Service, on the First Sunday of the Year, or Other Occasion.”

This covenant service is often used in United Methodism as a Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve. The covenant service is observed in some local churches on New Year’s Day or on the first Sunday in January. The service focuses on the Christian’s renewing the covenant of response to the grace of God in Christ.

Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by Permission.

DID YOU KNOW??? The United Methodist Church plans to present a new hymnal to General Conference for approval in 2020. We want this hymnal to represent the whole denomination, and invite all United Methodists to participate in several surveys related to hymnal content. The first survey asked for favorite and least favorite hymns (We did a little survey of favorite hymns in our Bible Study a month or so ago and you will be singing some of them in the next few weeks.)

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10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Adult Sunday School held at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Laurel Westerkamp and the members of the
Nemaha United Methodist Church

Pastor Laurel Westerkamp

Pastor Laurel Westerkamp, Nemaha United Methodist Church
Position: Pastor Laurel Westerkamp, Nemaha United Methodist Church


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