Reception for new Christian Education Director  A Welcome to Danita Janssen as our Christian Education Director will be held on January 21 between worship services.

New Sermon Series — We will begin the Season of Epiphany with Risky Business.  If Jesus had lived in our day, the risk assessment folks would surely he rejected his application for life insurance.  Time and again, he put himself in positions of risk—saying things that rubbed the rulers the wrong way, eating with people not fit for good company, and putting himself in harm’s way as he rubbed elbows with the sick and unclean.  Through his actions, Jesus proclaimed that living into the reign of God requires the willingness to carry out a bit of risky business.  Are we willing to take risks for love and justice?  What price do we pay by playing it safe?

Upcoming Bible Study  Sacred Rhythms:  Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

This 8-week study will meet on Tuesdays, beginning January 23, from 7:00 -8:30 pm in the Conference Room.

Do you long for a deep fundamental change in your life with God?  Do you desire a greater intimacy with God?  Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it?  This study introduces you to spiritual disciplines that open us to God’s transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives.

If you have an interest in this study, please call or email Regina at 641-780-5122 or  Books will be made available for $10 each; help us to order accurately!

Communications APP for your tablet or smart phone

The newest means of communication is an APP for your smart phone or tablet.  This can be downloaded for free from your App store on your phone or tablet.  Search for this by inserting IFUMC or Iowa Falls 1stUMC.  From this program you will have access to a Bible program, event calendar, podcasts of the sermon, connection options to the church by email for prayer requests, and to Pushpay, the electronic giving program.  If you have any questions or need help, contact Jane Schultz or members of the finance team—Mike Nissly, Brock Jacobson, Tam Elerding and Mitch Meyer.  Jane Schultz — or 648-9006