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  • Welcome! To the First United Methodist Church of Tipton, Iowa.


VBS Cave Quest

Register online now for VBS 2016. Join us July 25 to 27th for Tipton Community VBS, each night from 6-8 pm. Meal served from 5 to 5:45 each night. First night free, other nights are $3/person or $10/family for the meal. VBS registration fee is $5/child. We at Tipton UMC are looking forward to hosting this year, which mean around 175 children plus many adults and youth volunteers will have our church filled and full of fun! So please if you are able, we would love volunteers, you are the ones who keep this event safe and fun for everyone. For complete information, look up our Facebook Group or our Tipton VBS website.

There are many areas for helping children have a great experience: decorating, cleaning before and after…the list goes on and on of things we need help with to make this great! Again this year a t-shirt will be provided to volunteers to wear during VBS, and also a staffed nursery for volunteers with younger children. There will be a link posted soon of items that are needed for VBS.  Getting these donations is what makes this an affordable event for families. So thank you for your help in the past and we expect the same this year!

Signup can be done with the form in your newsletter, or online! If you register online, please mail in or drop off your check at the church office. VBS will be the same stations as in the past, and will be a fun theme of exploring caves!

Please contact Bobbie Lieser or Jen Johnson with any questions.

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble and the Cabinet have appointed Pastor Paul to become the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church of Spencer beginning the first of July 2016.  Pastor Paul has served for eleven years as the pastor of 1st UMC-Tipton.   The Disctirct Superintendent of the East Central district, Kiboko Kiboko, will be working with the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) to be sure there is an accurate profile for the church.  Then the Cabinet, consisting of the Bishop and eight District Superintendents, will sort through the profiles of many pastors, pray much, and then present to the SPRC your next pastor.  Prayers invited for your church, the SPRC, Jane and Pastor Paul as well as Grace UMC in Spencer in this time of transition.

The SPRC has also received the resignation of Karis Horstmann, who has served as the Administrative Ministries Coordinator since February of 2015.  Karis has procured an excellent fulltime position.  The SPRC has scheduled a meeting for this week to begin discernment for the best way to address this vacancy.

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Best! Week! Ever! – 2016 Summer Church Camps

It’s time to mark your calendar and register for Summer Church Camp. http://www.iaumc.org/campsor call 1-800-765-1651. Iowa UM Conference Camp Catalogs are now available in the office; and you can register for camp on the website. Or download the catalog and registration form here.

Note that the website recommends signing up as soon as possible, but as long as there is room you can register as late as noon on the Friday before the event (but the sooner you register the better!) The last camp starts the week of August 8th.

As a reminder of the usual camp scholarship:

The United Methodist Women (UMW) will pay half, or up to $100, for any child attending a United Methodist Church camp. Campers wishing a stipend for a campership are asked to submit a written request to the UMW President prior to the time of the camp.

If the cost of registration is still prohibitive and may prevent a youngster from going to camp, talk to Pastor Paul about some other options.

Okoboji – Okoboji.Camp@iaumc.org www.OkobojiCamp.com

Pictured Rocks – PicturedRocks.Camp@iaumc.org www.PicturedRocks.org

Wesley Woods – WesleyWoods.Camp@iaumc.org www.WesleyWoodsIowa.org


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