November 2019


November 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 law of the church limiting a pastorate to two years was changed at the General Conference of 1864, so Elder Cameron was returned to the Elkader Circuit the third year. His pastorate in Elkader was a time of great family affliction. One of his children died, and his wife was so ill she was confined to her bed a large portion of the time. His three years were years of great care and anxiety as well as years of abundant labors in securing the erection of the Volga City Methodist Episcopal Church. The building of this church formed a new era in the history of this society, it becoming a center for the Methodists of the surrounding region. The Bonham Settlement, Volga Bottom and Hewitt Creek classes were united with the Volga City class, enabling the preacher to serve them at the same time and give them preaching twice every other Sunday. Cox Creek disappeared from the list of appointments of the Elkader Circuit in 1863. Pony Hollow and Patterson disappeared from the list in 1864.
At the close of his pastorate, Rev. Cameron reported 93 members and 6 probationers, and the Volga City church completed with the exception of seating and a church bell. The Annual Conference was held in Tipton, and the Rev. William Cobb was appointed to the Elkader Circuit, which now consisted of four appointments: Elkader, High Prairie, Highland and Volga City.” (To be continued)

We’re Live Streaming Our Worship Services!
Every Sunday, barring unforeseen circumstances, we’re now live-streaming our worship services! 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
You may also go to our website: where the Sunday worship service may also be seen live. Additionally, we have a Roku Channel under Volga United Methodist Church where all of the above may be viewed.
Our Sunday services begin at 9:00 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. 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


October 20, 2019
Seven members of the Administrative Council attended Charge Conference at the Arlington UMC on Sunday, October 20th. District Superintendent, Rev. Paul Wilcox, conducted the meeting. Pastor Dennis Gilbert will be staying with our two churches for the coming year. Because of Charge Conference, we did not have an Administrative Council Meeting.

September 30, 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 17,084.61
Monthly Avg. Giving YTD 1,898.29
Weekly Avg. Giving YTD 427.11

2019 Annual Apportionments 2,471.00
Apportionments Paid YTD 1,853.28

General Expenses Paid YTD 13,410.36

UMW Update
Our November meeting will be held on November 13th at noon at the home of Glenna Whitford. Bring childhood memories of Thanksgiving to share. We will also be taking a special offering for Shepherd of the Hills Christmas for Kids

Sunday, December 1st Advent Begins
After worship service we will have our annual “Hanging of the Greens”. There will be a soup and sandwich lunch and fellowship when decorating has been completed.

For Pastor Dennis, his family and the ministries of our churches.
For Nancy and Neal VanHorn’s son Matt.

To Pamela Follon for providing the Laity Sunday Service on October 20th
To Alice Miller for arranging the annual Amish farm luncheon.
To Ruth and Dave Pickar for their generosity in hosting us for the annual picnic at the pond.
To all who participated in the Charge Conference Meeting with our District Superintendent.

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

Mailing address: Volga United Methodist Church, 306 Washington St., P.O. Box 133, Volga, IA 52077-0133

Website: E-mail: Church phone: 563-767-3114

Pastor Dennis cellphone: 563-329-0731 Pastor Dennis e-mail:

2 10:30am Worship Service

Paraments: White 3
1:30 PM Fayette UMW Guest Day at Fayette UMC 6
7 UMC Annual Conference begins in Des Moines

9 10:30am Worship Service
5:00 to 6:00 PM Music in the Park Sing along with George
Paraments: Red
11 UMC Annual Conference ends

Craig & Tracy Anniversary 13
9:30 am UMW to Pinters followed by lunch in Decorah 14

10:30am Worship Service
5:00pm Prayer with the Pastor
5:45pm Admin Council
Paraments: White
Father’s Day 17
Summer begins 22

10:30am Worship Service

Paraments: Green 24

10:30am Worship Service

Paraments: Green