First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 19, 2024

* Church Announcements (06/12/2024)

First United Methodist Church - June 12, 2024 - Hymns, Scripture & Announcements

Weekly Worship Opportunities at First UMC
- In-person Worship, Sundays @ 9am (Traditional) and 11:15am (Casual)
- Holy Communion is served, at both services, the first Sunday of each month.
- (There is a Staffed Nursery at both services for kids 5 years and younger)
- Additional parking is now available in the new Hunt Elementary School parking lot.
- Online Worship, Sundays @ 10am on our Facebook Page (First United Methodist Church - Sioux City) 
- Worship any day @ Anytime online on our Website (  

Sunday, June 16, 2024 - Father’s Day
Preaching - Neil Peck
     - Sermon title: "God’s Gift to Fathers”
Worship Assistant (9:00 service) - Judy Wanned
Ministry of Music (9:00 service) - Eleanor May-Patterson & Caitlyn Marsh (strings duets)
(Online) Piano - Pat Harm
Organist (9:00 service) - David Chobar

Scripture  -   "Jesus Speaks of God's Gift to You" Luke 11:9-13 (NIV)
9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 
10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 
13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Preview Questions for this week’s sermon
✞ Who is or was a father figure in your life?
     - A Preview Question for Neil Peck’s sermon this Father’s Day Sunday, June 16.  In-person worship is at 9am (Traditional Worship) and 11:15am (Casual Service).  The service is also on Facebook on Sundays at 10am (Facebook page: First United Methodist Church - Sioux City), and also anytime on our website (  The scripture will be Luke 11:9-13.
✞ What do you ask for and seek in your life from your heavenly Father?
     - Another Preview Question for Neil Peck’s sermon for Father’s Day Sunday (June 16). 

Post-Sermon Focus Question
✞ How will you use the gift of the Holy Spirit this week to share God's love with others as God has shared his love with you?
     - A Focus Question from Neil Peck’s sermon on Father’s Day Sunday, June 16.  Watch the Online service (anytime throughout the week), listen to and/or download the Sermon Podcast, read the latest detailed newsletter, see whose birthday or anniversary is coming up, and much more on our church website at

Hymns for 9:00am Traditional Worship:
“This is My Father’s World”
“Be Thou My Vision”
“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”

Hymns for 11:15am Casual Service:
“This is My Father’s World”
“Be Thou My Vision”

Hymns for Online Service
Hymn #144 "This is My Father’s World” (All 3 Verses)
1. This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world: he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father's world. O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Hymn #451 "Be Thou My Vision" (All 3 Verses)
1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true Word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou and thou only, first in my heart, Great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

3. Great God of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

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✞ All announcements are also available on our website under “Church Announcements” and in the Sunday church bulletins.

Eleanor May-Patterson & Caitlyn Marsh Duets will be our Ministry of Music this Sunday, June 16, at the 9:00 Traditional Worship Service.  
     Caitlin Marsh comes from a not musical but very supportive family. She started taking lessons with Eleanor May-Patterson at 4 years old and has played for 28 years. She plays violin, viola, cello and piano. Caitlin is a member of the Cherokee Symphony, Morningside University's Kuchinski Symphony Orchestra, and teaches lessons with the Music Academy @ First. When she is not playing instruments, she is in Taekwondo and helps rescue animals, from cats to hawks and everything in between.
     Eleanor May-Patterson comes from a very musical family. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College, Masters of Music from USD and at least 30 graduate credits from Morningside University. She's taught for 37 years in Sioux Falls, Las Vegas and Sioux City. She retired in 2021 and is presently an adjunct instructor at Morningside College, Director of the Arioso Quartet, teaches private lessons at the Music Academy @ First, and a full-time babysitter to 2 energetic grandchildren! 

Day Tripping, June 20 at 10:00 am - Must sign up to attend
The next day tripping will be to KTIV, Channel 4, 3135 Floyd Blvd., Sioux City, on Thursday, June 20 at 10:00 am.  We are limited to 20 people.  There is only 3 parking spaces  available to park at KTIV.  Meet in the church  parking lot at 9:15 am to carpool.  Please sign up  on the sheet available on the rack outside the church office.  You  must sign up to go.  If you have any questions, you can call Lonnie Gustafson at 712-223-1218 or talk to him in church.

Jim Nixon’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 11:00am here at First UMC.  They will have a luncheon to follow.  Jim died on December 4, 2023.

June's "Monthly Mission" is SafePlace -  SafePlace serves 22 counties in helping survivors of domestic violence and their children become empowered in their quest for dignity and self-respect. The purpose of SafePlace is to provide a central agency where survivors can receive assistance, support, and a sense of stability. Find out more about their ministry on their website at (
     You can make a donation during church, mail it in, drop it off, or use the "BillPay" option on your internet banking.  In addition, we also ask that you keep them in your prayers each day this month. 

Treft’s Garden Tours Being Scheduled for this Summer - Next opportunity is Wed., July 3
     Dave and Terri Treft would like to invite the people of our church too experience a vegetable/flower garden tour at their home on the westside of Sioux City.  Previously, they would host one large group to their large garden.  However, it is felt that smaller groups (maximum 8 people) will make for a better visit and learning environment.  The Treft’s will freely share with those touring the produce that is ready to be harvested at that time.  This year, they have planted the following: Many varieties of tomatoes, pepper (sweet and hot), eggplant, cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, onions, beans, peas, and others as well as flowers (sunflowers, milkweed, roses, zinnias, marigolds, dahlias, and more).     
     To sign up for a tour (Please sign up a friend if one is coming with you) are placed across from the church office for the following dates: July 3, July 17, July 31, and August 21.  All tours will be from 7pm-8pm. Their place is located at 2333 Kellogg Street.  In case of rain, a “rain date” would be the following Wednesday at the same time.

Special Music this summer
Gene Wagner is organizing special music for the 9:00 a.m. worship services this summer. If you are interested or know someone who would like to share their musical talents for special music, please talk to Gene Wagner.

Have You Seen our nice Church Flower Garden? Lawn?
Peggy Mace and Dori Young have been tending our courtyard flower garden here at church, as well as the corner sign area.  Thank You to them for cultivating the beauty! 
     And also, a Thank You to Barry Enockson who keeps our church lawn looking good!

Music Academy @ First Receives a MRHD Grant
On Thursday, May 23rd, the Music Academy received a target grant from Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) for $25,000.  The grant is "targeted" for wiring and installing window air conditioning/heating units in the 2 music lesson rooms on the main floor and 3 lesson rooms upstairs to keep the rooms at a comfortable temperature for learning.  It also includes purchasing a cello rack and a violin/viola rack to provide safe, organized storage for the instruments that are loaned out to students who don't have access to appropriate instruments.  And finally, the grant includes money to help purchase more instruments for students to use.  We are grateful to MRHD for selecting the Music Academy @ First for this target grant.

The Personal Care Cupboard continues to operate on Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm and Thursdays from 2pm-3pm.  If you are interested in volunteering once or regularly, contact the church office. 
- Item of the Month (June): Toilet Paper
Fellowship Time Schedule - Here is the schedule, based on the last name, for families serving. Copies of the Fellowship Time Schedule through the end of the year are available to pick up by the bulletin board outside the Church Office.
June 16 - Mc, N & O
June 23 - P, Q, R & S
June 30 - T-Z
    Fellowship Time is each Sunday morning following the 9:00 a.m. worship service.  This is a time for folks to leisurely visit with friends and visitors.  This is also a very important time to create a warm and friendly atmosphere where folks will want to return and become more involved in the life of the church.
     Each Sunday, we need the following from the scheduled host families:
1.  Make one 50 cup coffee pot of coffee (coffee is furnished) and put out coffee cups.
2.  Have available a total of two gallons of juice or punch (not red).
3.  Each family that does not bring juice are to bring about 2 dozen cookies and/or goodies so we have enough to serve a total of about 100 people.
4.  Have at least 3 or 4 persons to be present to serve and greet folks as they come.
     We ask your family group to furnish the items.  The Fellowship Time is free of charge to all, so we will not be putting out a money donation basket.  

Additional Church Parking is Available in the Hunt School Parking Lot
     The Hunt Elementary School parking lot is located across the street from the front of the church on Nebraska Street.
Our Deepest Sympathy (Please keep their family and friends in your prayers):
- Death of Virginia Feenstra (Age 92).  Virginia died on May 18.  Services pending.
- Death of Liam Anin, 5 day old son of Paul & Sarah.  Liam was born premature on May 1 and died May 6.  Pastor Roger had a graveside for him on May 10.  Both Paul & Sarah are originally from the Ivory Coast of Africa.  
- Death of Dee Farrell (Age 69), the sister of Myna Sorensen.  Dee died on May 1.
- Death of Karen Loveless (Age 84), the mother of Dawn Kibby.  Karen died on April 6.

Did you know that you can add long-term impact for others by remembering First UMC in your will?
     Simply put one sentence in your will that says, “After all my bills are paid, I want 10-percent of my estate (a tithe) to go to First United Methodist Church of Sioux City, Iowa.”  Your gift will be added to the principle of our Endowment Fund.  The principle is never touched but the investment earnings are used each year for ministry through First UMC.  This simple gesture will help support your church for future generations to learn about Jesus.

Remember a Loved One on Our Memorial Wall
     First United Methodist Church is offering the opportunity for individuals to have a loved one's name placed on our Memorial Wall. The Memorial Wall is located in our church's courtyard on the Chapel wall.  It is intended to provide opportunities for First UMC members and friends to remember their loved ones near their church home.
The purchase price is $200 per inscribed plaque. You can reserve a space (or spaces) by filling out a "Plaque Inscription Agreement" form (You can get the form in the Church Office).

Are You Interested in helping with our church Media Team?
     With the addition of our online worship and opportunities through the internet, as well as the media in our worship services, we are seeking volunteers for our church “Media Team.”  Pastor Roger oversees the Media Team and we will train you in whatever area you feel gifted in serving your church as a part of the Media Team during the service.  We are not seeking one person to do all of this but a few people to do any of these.
The Puzzle Exchange is Open in the Church Library 
     Do you buy jigsaw puzzles, work them once and then store them in the closet never to be worked again?  Are you interested in new puzzles to do but don’t want to spend the money on them?  Your church is now providing a free Puzzle Exchange service for anyone who wants.  You take a jigsaw puzzle and leave a puzzle (if you have one to leave.  If you do not have one to leave, then just take a puzzle).  Stop by the church library and see if there is a puzzle that interests you and/or drop off those puzzles you’ve been storing in the closet for others to enjoy.

Check Us Out on Facebook (First United Methodist Church - Sioux City)
     You can "Like" us,  receive our daily "Prayer Prompts from Pastor Roger", find out about upcoming events, and see what has happened, on our church Facebook page.  Pastor Roger will also be reminding us of the previous week's sermon message as well as give us a question or two, later in the week, for the upcoming Sunday's message. 

Thank you for your prayers and support of our ministries! We have had members mail in donations, use their internet banking and set us up as a “Bill Pay” option to send their donations, and even had members drop off their donations in the Mail Drop - which is located right by the Maroon Canopy Entrance in the Main parking lot.  As you can see in looking above at all that continues to happen a your church, First United Methodist continues to “Make a Difference” in the lives of others.

If you have a prayer request or information to share, you can call the church (258-0119) or email us (

Pfishing Emails: If you ever receive an email from Pastor Roger, or anyone on the staff, asking "What's the best time for you to be free today?" or “I need you to buy a gift card for me.” - DO NOT CLICK ANY LINK and delete the email or report it as spam.  This does not come from Pastor Roger.
     If you ever have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us directly to confirm if you think something is suspicious. 

Weather Cancellation Notifications - In case of severe weather, we will publicize on our web site ( and on our answering machine whether we are or are not having church, Sunday School, or small groups as soon as we know.  

Do No Harm!  Do Good!  Stay in Love with God! 
    - (John Wesley’s 3 Simple Rules in living the life of a Christian and that will change your world)