MARCH 2019


March 2019



The Volga United Methodist Church is 170 years old this year!  Part of our celebration will be to include a bit of the history of the church in the newsletter each month. These will be taken from the United Methodist Memoirs and Morsels, our UMW cookbook.

Continued:  “The Rev. James Grey Whitford, a superannuate of the Illinois Conference (a retired member of the Illinois Conference), came to the Volga Bottom area and purchased land in sections 8 and 9 of Sperry Township.  He was born at Crown Point, New York, November 8, 1810.  He was left fatherless at the age of six and afterwards, until 20, made his home with Thomas Jewett at Weybridge, Vermont, working on a farm.  At the age of 18 in Middleburg, Vermont, under the ministry of the Rev. John C. Green, Rev. Whitford was converted to God and at once united with the Methodist Church, remaining a consistent and devoted member for more than 70 years.  He early felt the call to the ministry and was deeply interested in the salvation of souls.  In 1830 he received his license to exhort and three years later he received his license to preach in Essex, New York.  At the same time he was recommended by the Quarterly Conference to the Troy Annual Conference for regular work of the itinerant ministry.  His first appointment was the Bridgeport Circuit with the Rev.  Henry Coleman, but Rev. Whitford was obliged to locate (the voluntary termination of a minister’s membership in an Annual Conference) when his health failed.

He decided to come west with his wife, Amanda, and several young children.  In 1837 Rev. Whitford joined the Illinois Conference and had several appointments, one of which was to the Crow Mission among the Chippewa Indians.  He was ordained a deacon on September 15, 1839.  Then Amanda Whitford died.  In 1840 Rev. Whitford married Betsy Leal Sales, who was widowed after only eleven months of wedded life.  On August 29, 1841, Rev. Whitford was ordained an elder by Bishop Morris of Illinois.  Elder Whitford’s health failed again just before he came to the Volga Bottom with Betsy and their growing family.  However, he soon felt better and began to do much for the spiritual wants of the people of both the white and red man.

By 1850 there were twenty registered voters in Sperry Township, which was organized at the election that year.  A log schoolhouse was built on the farm owned by Rev. J.G. Whitford.”


We’re Live Streaming Our Worship Services!

Every Sunday, barring unforeseen circumstances, we’re now live-streaming our worship services!  Thanks to the remarkable technical skills of George Duff, we have been live streaming for the past few months and, in addition to Iowa we have viewers in 15 different states and 3 countries.  This is a new outreach program for the Volga UMC.  It gives us the ability to get the word out to those who cannot attend services for one reason or another.  Tell your family, friends and neighbors!

Please try it out!  Go to

Our Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. central time if you want to join in for the live stream.  This website will also allow you to view the service at a later date.

We are in the early stages of live streaming and will be adding other exciting pieces as we learn and make adjustments.  It will be helpful if you let us know what you think.  We’re always open to suggestions that will make these services better for you.  Send an email to


FEBRUARY 17, 2019

(No meeting due to weather conditions)

VOLGA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OFFERINGS AND BUDGET AS OF January 31, 2019   2019 General Budget: Annual      $19,826.00 2019 General Budget: Monthly        1,652.00 2019 General Budget: Monthly           381.26   General Budget Giving YTD             1,740.00 Monthly Avg. Giving YTD                 1,740.00 Weekly Avg. Giving YTD                     348.00   2019 Annual Apportionments          2,471.00 Apportionments Paid YTD                  205.92  

General Expenses Paid YTD            1,131.20



UMW Update

Our next meeting will be March 13th at 1:30 pm at Elaine’s home.  The agenda for the meeting will be to plan for our 2019 activities.  Besides regular meetings and outreach/mission work, come with your ideas for interesting adventures for two or three of the regular meeting times during the year.

Saturday, March 9th @ 9 a.m. @Arlington UMC

First Annual Women s Lenten Breakfast

Invite your friends and family (no childcare available) If you would like to help or have questions, please contact Chris @ 319-560-5418 or

We would love to have some men to help with serving/clean up possibly program.  (They will get to eat too)

As always, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please talk with Pastor Dennis or contact a member of the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

The 2019 members of the SPPRC are:

Janis Breitsprecher, George Duff, Elaine Follon, Pamela Follon, Cheryl Handel, Summer Handel, Sharon Taylor, Lee Wescott and Forrest Whitford

For Pastor Dennis, his family and the ministries of our church.

For Betty Puffett and family.

To Mark and Pam Follon and George Duff for snow removal

Mailing address: P.O. Box 133, Volga, IA 52077-0133


Church phone: 563-767-3114

Pastor Dennis cell: 563-329-0731

Pastor Dennis e-mail:

Physical Address: 306 Washington St., Volga, IA 5207


◄ Feb 2019 March  2019 Apr 2019 ►
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2
3 10:30am Worship Service     Parament:s: White 4 5 6     Ash Wednesday 7     Schelvie Chase 8 9 10:00am Women’s Lenten Breakfast at Arlington UMC
10 10:30 am Worship Serv   Paraments:: Purple Daylight Savings Time Starts 11 12 13 1:30pm UMW Meeting at Elaine Follon home.  2019 Planning 14 15 16
17 10:30am Worship Serv 5:00 pm Prayer with Pastor 5:45 pm Admin Council Paraments: Purple 18 19 20     1st Day of Spring 21 22 23
24 10:30am Worship Serv     Paraments:Purple 25 26 27 28     Artella and Wayne Coonfare 29 30     Forrest Whitford
31 10:30am Worship Serv     Paraments:Purple