West Union United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Luke 10:27

Home Branch News




St. Paul’s UMC  Worship at 8:00 am.

West Union UMC  Worship at 10:30 am.

Once again we are recommending a face mask. 
Sunday School is not meeting in September.


United Methodist Women

September 1st at 10:00am UMW will meet.


District UMW September 18th

The UMW District Officers have decided to hold the District Annual Meeting via ZOOM on Saturday, September 18th, rather than an in-person meeting at our church. 

Information will be forthcoming so that we can register and receive a link to the ZOOM meeting.



NFV School Collection

Lydia Circle Members and Church Members,

Here is the list of items requested for our NFV School Collection.

Things needed:
Headphones for K-3
Earbuds for Grades 4 / 5
plastic pocket folders in  primary colors
Clorox Wipes
paper towels
reusable water bottle with closable lid
dry erase markers
trapper keepers
post it notes
plastic rest mat

Things they do not need:

they no longer use flash drives

                  Thanks, Margaret 

 All items need to be here by September 9th.
                                                   The school supplies will be presented to school representatives September 14th.                                                                              

Iowa Conference of the UMC Ingathering

November 6, 2021

Yes, it seems like school was just dismissed for the summer, but the back-to-school sales for school supplies will begin already at the end of July! 

We have many beautiful school bags on hand, thanks to our sewing gals, so the rest of us need to get busy filling them with school supplies!

UMCOR School Kit
3 notebooks – 1 subject spiral, 8” x 10 1/2”
1 ruler, 12 inches long with metric
1 box 24 crayons
1 pencil eraser, 2” or larger

1 pair of student round tip scissors

1 pencil sharpener 1”

6 unsharpened pencils

1 box of 12 colored pencils

UMCOR Personal Dignity Kit (PDK)

1 Bath Hand Towel

1 Bath Washcloth

1 Adult Tooth Brush – No multipacks

1 bar soap – 3-4 oz

1 Shampoo – 15-18 oz

1 Deodorant – 2-3 oz. sticks, roll on, or pump

  If you would prefer to give cash or a check instead of shopping, a canister will be available on a table along the north wall of the Fellowship Hall. Checks may be made payable to the United Methodist Church, with “UMCOR Kits” written in the memo area.

Thank you in advance for your caring and sharing! God loves a cheerful giver!!

The purpose of Mission Ingathering is to show the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs.


UMW’s Annual Fundraiser, aka “The Nuts” 

It is that time again – time to order the nuts and candies! An order blank is included with this newsletter. We are keeping our prices the same, even though there has been a slight increase from the Terri Lynn Company.


Again, this year, and going forward, we will not be selling nuts and candies in the Narthex at church on Sunday mornings. This means that everyone will need to fill out an order blank for the items they wish to purchase. There will be a tray on a small table in the Narthex for you to submit your completed order form.


Please bring your order to the church by Sunday, September 19th. We will probably be sending in another Master Order to Terri Lynn Company in October, but please submit your order form(s) to us as soon as possible.


Thank you for your continued support of our annual fundraiser. We have experienced much success in the past, thanks to all of you, which has enabled our United Methodist Women to fulfill our Purpose of being in mission to women, youth and children.


Council met August 18th. Dates to be aware of were shared. September 5th West Union UMC will return to 10:30am Worship. Sunday School will begin October 3rd. Cluster Charge Conference will be held at West Union UMC October 24th at 5:30pm.

District Superintendent Colorado Moody will be presiding over the 6 churches involved.


Laurie shared that the youth participated at the School House during fair making loop blankets. They will have some to be dedicated and donated to Hospice later this fall. She expressed the need to begin Confirmation. The Council agreed.


Trustees are looking at painting or siding the outside of the parsonage. The parking lines will be painted on the back parking lot. 

Marlys shared that UMW will meet September 1st. The District UMW meeting that was to have been held here September 18th will now be held via ZOOM. The nut sale fundraiser is beginning. Order forms will be available. There will not be sales after church. 

Fran and Gay Bowden are serving on the Circuit Ministry Team. A meeting will be held August 25th at the West Union UMC. Fran and Gay will share information about that meeting later.

There was discussion of how to encourage members to return to worship and encourage others to join.   



 All-Church Picnic


It was a beautiful evening for the picnic August 4th with 52 in attendance. There was plenty of great fellowship and wonderful food. Art and Jan Roseland led us in a sing-a-long.


Pastor Rick shared a special celebration with us. It was the 30th year of his Ordination. Pastor Rick brought a cake to share to commemorate the occasion. Congratulations, Pastor Rick and thank you for the delicious cake.


Open Hands Food Pantry

Open Hands Food Pantry is in operation every Tuesday. There is a need for “as needed” volunteers to fill in when regular volunteers are unable to come. The pantry opens at 8:30am to unload the Food Bank truck. It opens to families from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Cleanings is done after that.

Garden produce is welcome. It may be dropped off Tuesday. Morning is best, but produce will be accepted throughout the day.

Here are a few items that can always be used: cake mix, frosting, pudding, jelly, condiments and personal items.

Monetary donations are also welcome. A check can be made to Open Hands Food Pantry. You may mail it to Open Hands Food Pantry, PO Box 63, West Union IA 52175. You may also drop your donation at the church during office hours.



Automatic Withdrawal for Offering 

If you would like to have your offering as an automatic withdrawal, please stop by the office to fill out and sign a form. This may be done weekly, bimonthly, or monthly. Information needed: name or names on bank account, account number, bank routing number, and the type of account. You also may choose the date for the withdrawal. 


Mobile Food Pantry 

The Mobile Food Pantry is now being held the second Monday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Crossfire Church.


 Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9:00 am to 1:00 pm



Offices will be closed September 6th.