September 2019


September 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: “Elder Mather was returned to the Elkader Circuit for the second year when the Annual Conference was held in Iowa City on August 24, 1859. During 1860, under the leadership of Rev. Mather, steps were taken to procure church lots for building a Methodist Episcopal Church near Volga City. When the 1860 Annual Conference convened in Dubuque, the Rev. Thomas More was appointed to succeed Rev. Mather. Elder More soon decided that the church lots purchased in 1860 were unacceptable, so they were sold again in 1861. The Annual Conference was held in Marshalltown in 1861. Rev. More was appointed to the Elkader Circuit for the second year. By this time, Hewitt Creek appeared in the Quarterly Conference minutes as another appointment in the Elkader Circuit.
The Upper Iowa Conference was only four years old, the people still living in their pioneer cabins with farms unpaid for and undeveloped, congregations still worshiping in schoolhouses and primitive churches, when in 1861 the country was plunged into the Civil War. It was a fearful fratricidal war and continued for four long years.” (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


AUGUST 18, 2019

The Volga Ad Council met at 5:45 p.m. in the fellowship room. Pastor Dennis opened with a prayer.
The Secretaries report was read and approved.
Elaine Follon reported that all bills and apportionments are paid.
SPPRC will meet on September 16th at the Arlington church to begin working on the forms for Charge Conference. The Nominating Committee will meet September 22nd along with Prayer with the Pastor and Ad Council at 5:00 p.m.
Pastor Dennis reported on his upcoming meeting with the District superintendent.
It was agreed to start the Heifer Project again. The quarter tower needs to be moved to a prominent area to be seen by all.
All agreed that the Music in the Park was a success. Good food, good music and great fellowship.
The electrical service for the new air conditioning unit needs to be upgraded. George and Tom Duff will look into getting the project done.
Dennis McElroy is nearly ready for the new church sign.
Just a reminder that the UMW Silent Auction is August 25th after church and the Music in the Park with a Box Social for the Library is September 15th.
Worship Service at Pickar’s Pond was discussed and a tentative date was set for October 13th. We will meet at noon for a potluck with worship services to follow.
Motion to adjourn was made by Ann Duff and seconded by Carol Armoto.

Nancy Berger

July 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 13,487.61
Monthly Avg. Giving YTD 1,926.90
Weekly Avg. Giving YTD 435.80

2019 Annual Apportionments 2,471.00
Apportionments Paid YTD 1,441.44

General Expenses Paid YTD 10,636.35

UMW Update
The UMW will meet at the home of Joyce McClintock at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11th. Following the meeting, we will go out for lunch in Prairie du Chien and then visit Shihata’s Orchard.


Your Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee will meet on September 16th to get us ready for Charge Conference. The SPRC will be completing all the required forms for subsequent review by our Administrative Council. The Nominations Committee will meet on Sunday, September 22nd to make recommendations about which of us will hold the various offices in the church for the year 2020. This is the time for you to tell any member of the Nominations Committee what your preferences are. Do you want to take on a different position or stay where you are? Please let us know. Members of the Nominations Committee are: Pastor Dennis Gilbert, Chairman, Carol Armoto, Nancy Berger, Ann Duff, Elaine Follon and Nancy VanHorn.


Sunday, September 15th, from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M. we will hold our annual “A Music in the Park Box Social for the Volga City Public Library” at the large shelter in the Volga City Park. Nancy and Duane Berger and George Duff will entertain us with Bluegrass favorites during the event. Delicious meals (in a box) will be available for purchase along with boxes filled with all sorts of interesting things to be auctioned. The exceptional and formidable auctioneer will again be Lee Wescott. Don’t miss the fun! (In case of bad weather, the event will be held at the Lutheran Fellowship Hall.)

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

To Mark Follon for taking such good care of the church lawn.
To George Duff, Nancy and Duane Berger for making our Music in the Park programs possible.
To all who made this year’s Ice Cream Social another wonderful 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: E-mail: Church phone: 563-767-3114

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