307 S Wilson Ave, Jefferson, IA 50129

307 S Wilson Ave, Jefferson, IA 50129

Weekly Update – Sunday, August 15, 2021

First UMC Building Front

Check out the upcoming events!

Upcoming Music for Worship

August 15 – Gary Haupert, Jim Rose and Sheri Sloan
August 22 – Brianna Blasnitz, Amelia & Adison Gallagher and Jenny Wills
August 29 – Gary Haupert and Bonnie Orris

Let Jenny Wills know if you have music to share for Sunday Worship. Thank you.

COVID-19 Policy Update

When United Methodists began wearing masks in public in 2020, it was based on a simple Wesleyan principle: Do no harm. When in doubt about what to do and what steps to take, to follow this simple rule means to err on the side of caution and care of others. In the spirit of not doing harm, Jefferson First UMC will be returning to mask usage in worship beginning August 8, 2021.

Jefferson First has striven to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Iowa Annual Conference, prayerfully discerning how to live out these guidelines in our own context. Last week, the CDC recommended inside mask usage for all people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, in response to new data and concern over growing COVID cases. In the past seven days, the number of positive cases in Greene County has shot up. At the time of this writing, the positivity rate is at 22%.

Last night, committee heads at the church had a virtual meeting to discuss the data and our next steps. The unanimous decision was to do no harm and return to mask usage in worship, effective this coming Sunday. The plan is to look at the data weekly and remove the mask policy when the Greene County numbers come back down. I hope that those at Jefferson First UMC will be part of the solution to bringing COVID cases down through vaccinations and mask usage in public. I will be in prayer for those who are ill from COVID and I am thankful that there are no local reports of hospitalizations or deaths due to COVID at this time.

We are not alone in our return to mask usage in worship and we are not alone in doing our part to care for others in the midst of the pandemic. This Sunday we will look at Jesus, our hope and our anchor in the storms of life. I hope to see your masked face in worship at 9:30 or to hear that you’ve joined us on YouTube live. As COVID cases surge in our country, we need the hope of Jesus more than ever.
Pastor Heather Dorr

Prayer Requests


Welcome to all the Greenbrier Church Families! Thank you to Ryan Van Gilder & Brightin Schlumpf for the wonderful music last Sunday at churchSuccessful surgeries. Ability and willingness of our church to help our very poor neighbors with shelter, food, other expenses.  


Blessings, Best wishes, and Safe travels for Barb Gorman as she moves: 333 West 86th Str, Apt 408,New York, NY 100214. Prayers for home loan and down payment for Paul Oyres to go through. Bart Blackburn (Deb’s son) to sell home in Algona and move to Jefferson.


Leon Meinecke, cancer, in hospital exploring more options; Avril Shahan (Will & Tabatha’s daughter) leukemia; Cheryl Riggs (Vicki Tronchetti’s cousin) cancer; Ken Hastings; Arlene Bigley; Rick Bawer, Jack & JoAnne Hawn’s son-in-law; Renee Carhill’s cousin Laurie Mills; Dianne Blackmer; Cathy Mooney; Mark Easterday; Linda Walker; Thomas Oyres; Marla Compton, Nicole Gohn’s mother

Health Concerns

Mona (Keri’s friend) fell & broke 3 bones her neck; Gary Schon (Keri Wolfe-Guess brother-in-law) Lewy Body Disease; Charlotte Blasnitz; Curt Nelson; Terry McCollom; Esther Kirby; Angela Milakovich, upcoming surgery; Alvie Millard; Christy Laabs; Laura Tucker; Cherie Roquet, fibrosis in the lungs; Sherie Harding; those in nursing homes; all suffering with dementia and their families; safety for those who are traveling; those suffering from mental illness and poverty.


Faye Willey and Family, at the loss of Faye’s mother Norma Neal; Sharon Fisher, at the loss of her brother Dwight Marshall; Family and Friends of Judy Peacock Wills, at her passing; Karen Shannon and Family as they mourn the passing of their great uncle Bill Raasch. Hofbauer Family grieving the loss of their great grandma. All those who mourn.

Prayers for our Troops

Health & Safety for all our troops:
Cindy Gliem Ore’s son, Cory Kokenge
Alison Gallagher, Army military police, CO
Natasha Groves Mays & her husband Lance, NV
Nic Killion, Marine, in CA
National Guard who are fighting COVID-19
Christopher Villalobos, Marine graduate soon!

Prayers for Iowa/U.S./World

Children at the border; Border police and ICE officers; An end to the drug trade and sex trafficking; Troops as they return home from Afghanistan; wisdom for elected officials; that all will get Vaccines.

Long Term: Mary Woodruff, Audrey Marshall, Jan Lane, Connie Neese, Marie Coon
Regency: Bob & Laura Tucker, Jeanne Beecher, Herma Parr
The Gardens: Arlene Bigley, Leora Davis, Louise Harris
Greenewood: Vicki Bishop, Wendell & Linda Emery, Dolores Mull, Lois Murphy, Berneice Taylor, Roz Faye
Ever Greene Ridge: Carolyn Houk, Mary Lynch, Velma Martin & Hubert Vanatter, Billie Pevestorf, Shirley Ross, Nola Wilson
Out of town: Jim Hanson (Iowa City)