October 2019

CIRCUIT WRITER

October 2019
VOLGA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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: “There were painful losses in 1862. James G. Whitford, son of the Rev. and Mrs. J.G. Whitford, was killed in action at Montevallo, Missouri, April 14, 1862. He and his buddy from Elkader were trying to protect the horses when they were killed by bushwhackers. James is buried in a Civil War cemetery east of Nevada, Missouri, where there is a Civil War bushwhacker museum. All of the letters written by soldier James Whitford while he was in the service are now owned by James Whitford of Volga, Iowa – the fourth generation to bear the name of James G. Whitford. Rev. Whitford preached a memorial service for his young son killed in the war.
In addition, three prominent members of the Elkader Circuit died. Dr. Ames Warner of Elkader was returning from a professional visit, and while descending one of the long and rocky hill roads leading into Elkader, his horses became frightened and ran away. He was thrown from his buggy and instantly killed. Brother John A. Dotterar, a very pious young man, had part of his foot crushed in the mill machinery in Volga City. He died a few days later. Sister Nagle, one of the original seven formed into the first “class” near Volga City, died at their new home in Alden after a lingering illness. When the Annual Conference was held in McGregor in September 1862, Rev. More gave a tribute to these people by saying, “Their lives proved that they were living epistles, and in their death we have hope”.
Rev. More gave a report on membership in the Elkader Circuit. It was the first one recorded. Four new classes had been formed, 63 persons had been added to the Methodist Church, and there were 17 probationers, making a total of 127 in the Elkader Circuit.” (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 http:sundaystreams.com/go/volgaumc
You may also go to our website: http:volgaumc.org 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 volgaumc@gmail.com.

VOLGA UMC ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
The Volga Ad Council met at 5:45 pm. in the fellowship room. The Secretaries report was read and approved with a motion made by Carol Armoto and seconded by George Duff. The Treasurer’s report showed that all bills, apportionments and district asking are paid to date.
Elaine Follon reported on the SPPRC meeting. Forms for the Charge Conference were worked on. Pastor Dennis reported that his meeting with the District Superintendent, Paul Wilcox, is at Manchester on Sept 23rd.
Elaine Follon will be attending Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute next week. Worship at Pickar’s Pond is October 13th. Potluck at noon and services to follow. Pam Follon has volunteered to do the service for Laity Sunday on October 20th. A motion to adjourn was made by George Duff and seconded by Carol Armoto.
Nancy Berger
Secy.

VOLGA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
OFFERINGS AND BUDGET AS OF
August 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 15,143.61
Monthly Avg. Giving YTD 1,892.95
Weekly Avg. Giving YTD 432.67

2019 Annual Apportionments 2,471.00
Apportionments Paid YTD 1,647.36

General Expenses Paid YTD 12,025.87

UMW Update
On October 9th the UMW will enjoy their annual lunch at an Amish farm south of Fairbank. The meal will begin at noon. Those who want to carpool should meet at the church at 11:00am. Please let Alice know if you are planning to attend. All are welcome.

CHARGE CONFERENCE IS APPROACHING

Your Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee met on September 16th to fill out some of the required paper work. The Committee completed the forms to ask that Pastor Dennis continue to be our Pastor next year. Pastor Dennis expressed his desire to stay, as well.
Several more forms must be completed prior to our Charge Conference with the District Superintendent. That date has not yet been set.

Picnic and Worship at Pickar’s Pond
Sunday, October 13, will be the annual picnic and worship service at Pickar’s Pond. The potluck picnic will begin at noon followed by our Worship Service with Pastor Dennis. Come early or stay late if you want to fish.

Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation month!

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

To Pamela Follon for providing the Laity Sunday Service on October 20th
To Mark Follon for taking such good care of the church lawn.
To Schelvie Chase and Nancy Berger for decorating the church so beautifully for fall.
To George Duff, Nancy and Duane Berger for making our Music in the Park programs possible.
To all who made this year’s Box Social for the Library another successful event.

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: http:volgaumc.org E-mail: volgaumc@gmail.com Church phone: 563-767-3114

Pastor Dennis cellphone: 563-329-0731 Pastor Dennis e-mail: revgilbert4@gmail.com

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1:30 PM Fayette UMW Guest Day at Fayette UMC 6
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5:00 to 6:00 PM Music in the Park Sing along with George
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Craig & Tracy Anniversary 13
9:30 am UMW to Pinters followed by lunch in Decorah 14
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5:00pm Prayer with the Pastor
5:45pm Admin Council
Paraments: White
Father’s Day 17
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CIRCUIT WRITER

October 2019
VOLGA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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: “There were painful losses in 1862. James G. Whitford, son of the Rev. and Mrs. J.G. Whitford, was killed in action at Montevallo, Missouri, April 14, 1862. He and his buddy from Elkader were trying to protect the horses when they were killed by bushwhackers. James is buried in a Civil War cemetery east of Nevada, Missouri, where there is a Civil War bushwhacker museum. All of the letters written by soldier James Whitford while he was in the service are now owned by James Whitford of Volga, Iowa – the fourth generation to bear the name of James G. Whitford. Rev. Whitford preached a memorial service for his young son killed in the war.
In addition, three prominent members of the Elkader Circuit died. Dr. Ames Warner of Elkader was returning from a professional visit, and while descending one of the long and rocky hill roads leading into Elkader, his horses became frightened and ran away. He was thrown from his buggy and instantly killed. Brother John A. Dotterar, a very pious young man, had part of his foot crushed in the mill machinery in Volga City. He died a few days later. Sister Nagle, one of the original seven formed into the first “class” near Volga City, died at their new home in Alden after a lingering illness. When the Annual Conference was held in McGregor in September 1862, Rev. More gave a tribute to these people by saying, “Their lives proved that they were living epistles, and in their death we have hope”.
Rev. More gave a report on membership in the Elkader Circuit. It was the first one recorded. Four new classes had been formed, 63 persons had been added to the Methodist Church, and there were 17 probationers, making a total of 127 in the Elkader Circuit.” (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 http:sundaystreams.com/go/volgaumc
You may also go to our website: http:volgaumc.org 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 volgaumc@gmail.com.

VOLGA UMC ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
The Volga Ad Council met at 5:45 pm. in the fellowship room. The Secretaries report was read and approved with a motion made by Carol Armoto and seconded by George Duff. The Treasurer’s report showed that all bills, apportionments and district asking are paid to date.
Elaine Follon reported on the SPPRC meeting. Forms for the Charge Conference were worked on. Pastor Dennis reported that his meeting with the District Superintendent, Paul Wilcox, is at Manchester on Sept 23rd.
Elaine Follon will be attending Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute next week. Worship at Pickar’s Pond is October 13th. Potluck at noon and services to follow. Pam Follon has volunteered to do the service for Laity Sunday on October 20th. A motion to adjourn was made by George Duff and seconded by Carol Armoto.
Nancy Berger
Secy.

VOLGA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
OFFERINGS AND BUDGET AS OF
August 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 15,143.61
Monthly Avg. Giving YTD 1,892.95
Weekly Avg. Giving YTD 432.67

2019 Annual Apportionments 2,471.00
Apportionments Paid YTD 1,647.36

General Expenses Paid YTD 12,025.87

UMW Update
On October 9th the UMW will enjoy their annual lunch at an Amish farm south of Fairbank. The meal will begin at noon. Those who want to carpool should meet at the church at 11:00am. Please let Alice know if you are planning to attend. All are welcome.

CHARGE CONFERENCE IS APPROACHING

Your Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee met on September 16th to fill out some of the required paper work. The Committee completed the forms to ask that Pastor Dennis continue to be our Pastor next year. Pastor Dennis expressed his desire to stay, as well.
Several more forms must be completed prior to our Charge Conference with the District Superintendent. That date has not yet been set.

Picnic and Worship at Pickar’s Pond
Sunday, October 13, will be the annual picnic and worship service at Pickar’s Pond. The potluck picnic will begin at noon followed by our Worship Service with Pastor Dennis. Come early or stay late if you want to fish.

Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation month!

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

To Pamela Follon for providing the Laity Sunday Service on October 20th
To Mark Follon for taking such good care of the church lawn.
To Schelvie Chase and Nancy Berger for decorating the church so beautifully for fall.
To George Duff, Nancy and Duane Berger for making our Music in the Park programs possible.
To all who made this year’s Box Social for the Library another successful event.

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: http:volgaumc.org E-mail: volgaumc@gmail.com Church phone: 563-767-3114

Pastor Dennis cellphone: 563-329-0731 Pastor Dennis e-mail: revgilbert4@gmail.com

2 10:30am Worship Service

Paraments: White 3
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5
1:30 PM Fayette UMW Guest Day at Fayette UMC 6
7 UMC Annual Conference begins in Des Moines
8

9 10:30am Worship Service
5:00 to 6:00 PM Music in the Park Sing along with George
Paraments: Red
10
11 UMC Annual Conference ends
12

Craig & Tracy Anniversary 13
9:30 am UMW to Pinters followed by lunch in Decorah 14
15

16
10:30am Worship Service
5:00pm Prayer with the Pastor
5:45pm Admin Council
Paraments: White
Father’s Day 17
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Summer begins 22

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10:30am Worship Service

Paraments: Green 24
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10:30am Worship Service

Paraments: Green