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.




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.




Given by:                                                             In Memory/Honor of:

Damon & Pam Mooney & family                                           Loved Ones

Lance & Jackie Wedeking & family                                       Loved Ones

Rich & Jene Robinson                                   Wayne &Mildred Robinson

Gale Johnson                                    Sabeeha Johnson   & Cleo & Myrtle Johnson

Phyllis Davis                                                   Richie & other Loved Ones

Norm & Shirley Fanning                                                        Loved Ones

Russ & Liz Davis                                                                     Loved Ones

Neal & Cindy Johnson                               Raymond & Ellabelle Johnson

Arnie & Kelly Wiener                                                       Loved Ones

Kenny & Anita Hamm                                                      Loved Ones

Howard & Betty Mentzer                                                Loved Ones


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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Updated 11/30//2017

Updated 12/09/2017

Marlys Waters apologizes for the inactive links on the website. The old site crashed on February 7, 2016 (along with 7 other websites) and has only been partially restored.