CENTER CHAPEL UMC
“A Welcoming Congregation”
Open Hearts ♥ Open Minds ♥ Open Doors
Pastor LaTonya Calderon Joshua Brown, Editor
Church Phone: 515-961-5054 8120 Highway 92
Home Phone: 515-288-1882 Indianola, IA 50125
A Time of Thankfulness
November is here which means we are coming to the end of another year. As we look back over
this year there are many things in which to be thankful for both individually and collectively. I am sure
there have been some low times as well as some high times that you have experienced this year, but thanks
be to God that he has been with us through it all. We all know that Thanksgiving began as that time of
year to celebrate the harvest, being thankful for the crops that God has helped us produce. However, I
believe the harvest is not all inclusive of just crops but rather all the things that we have been blessed with.
Therefore, it is so fitting that we give thanks for all of the blessings that have come from heaven unto us in
2007. As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with family, friends, or maybe by yourself, be
thankful for all that has come your way---Yes! Even the not so good--- for when we are weak He is strong.
I leave you with this personal testimony: When I look back over my life, and I think things over, I
can truly say that I’ve been blessed and I’ve got to thank God for it all!
Loving God heart, soul, mind and strength,
Please join us for a Celebration Breakfast
9:15 AM Sunday November 4th
The Stewardship Committee applauds your support and will be serving biscuits and gravy.
DATE GREETERS & USHERS LITURGISTS FELLOWSHIP HOSTS
Nov. 4 Lois Harvey & Evelyn Hill Don Freeman Sandy McGraw & Brenda Vinton
Nov. 11 Scott & Vicki Pierson Herm Lenze Lucy Vogel & Vicky Hansen
Nov. 18 Dave & Marlys Vinton Scott Pierson Harvest Home Potluck Dinner
Nov. 25 John & Betty Betts Joshua Brown Carolyn Brown & Rhonda Conner
Dec. 2 Karla & Kristine Labertew Marge Krumme Colleen Whitson & Brenda Brown
Dec. 9 Ken & Kathy Murrow Kevin Hansen Kathy Spick & Anna Brown
Dec. 16 Chris & Alisa Cashen Don Freeman Marge Krumme & Kyla Lenze
Dec. 23 Don & Linda Freeman Bob Burns Kay Foy & Kim Burns
Dec. 30 Eric & Brenda Vinton Kara Burns Vicki Pierson & Kathy Huffer
Brenda Thompson 11/4
LECTIONARY Megan Whitson 11/4
Caroline Johnson 11/6
November 4, 2007 Mildred Amos 11/8
Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Gabriela Hirsch 11/8
All Saints Sunday Jessica Babcock 11/13
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Greg Spick 11/15
Psalm 119:137-144 Rhea Gaskins 11/16
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Debbie Belieu 11/17
Luke 19:1-10 Caitlin Goodsell 11/17
Savannah Oakes 11/17
November 11, 2007
\Adam Middleswart 11/18
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Sam Lyddon Hatten 11/19
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 Taylor Foy 11/20
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Matt Belieu 11/20
Luke 20:27-38 Jack Cabanis 11/23
Emma Giles 11/23
November 18, 2007 Mary Sherer 11/23
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost June Wilson 11/23
Isaiah 65:17-25 Rob Brown 11/24
Isaiah 12 (or Psalm 118) Kiel Middleswart 11/24
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Maryellen Andersen 11/25
Luke 21:5-19 Kelsey Whitson 11/26
November 25, 2007 Maxine Burns 11/27
Christ the King/Reign of Christ Cassie Andersen 11/28
Luke 1:68-79 NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
Gary & Linda Brand 11/13
Kevin & Delpha Middleswart 11/16
Dean & Marjorie Rodgers 11/23
Max & Jean Reynolds 11/27
INTRODUCING OUR CHURCH FAMILIES FUND-RAISING EFFORTS
This month you are meeting the Labertew The church has been a busy place. Several have
family. Darrell (parents – Jim & Beverly) grew been meeting on Mondays to work on crafts for both
up in the same house in which they are now the Smorgasbord and the November Craft Sale. It
living – on Hwy. R57, three miles south of Hwy. was necessary to make noodles twice as many of
92. He has two brothers, Dick and David. them were sold at Farmers Market during Log Cabin
Darrell graduated from Indianola High School Days. There was also a day when 500 ham balls
and attended Iowa State University. He served were prepared for the Smorgasbord and jelly was
in the Army as a pharmacist and since then has made for the craft tables.
farmed. He enjoys raising cattle.
Speaking of jelly, please collect jelly jars – those
Karla’s parents Marvin & Junella DeGoey live that contain not much more than a cup. They will be
near Beech where Karla grew up with one needed in the future. Also, can use plastic containers
brother, Lyle. She graduated from Pleasantville (cottage cheese, cool whip, etc) as many were used
High School and attended DMAAC, learning for left-over food at the Smorgasbord.
upholstery. She has worked at Principal, Federal
Reserve Bank, Ten-X, and General Mills.
Currently she helps with the farm in spring,
summer and fall and from January through April SMORGASBORD REPORT
works for Jerri Hoover (tax specialist in
Indianola). She enjoys gardening and canning. THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!!!
Karla serves Center Chapel as a member of the to ALL who helped in any way to made this a
Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. success.
And there were many ways:
Darrell and Karla have two children – son Ryan, -- giving donations to help pay for food and supplies,
his wife, Christie, and their children, Faith and - furnishing delicious food,
Ryan; and Kristine, a junior at Indianola High -- decorating the tables (had many nice comments)
School. Kristine plans on going to Iowa State -- setting up
University. Karla used to play softball on the -- serving food, drinks, clearing tables, etc.
church team until Kristine made the High School -- and cleaning up (that is always a big job, but with
Varsity team, so now she goes to watch her. the many who stayed to help, it was accomplished in
a very short time),
We would like to recognize Kirk Kirkegaard who
SEPTEMBER FINANCIAL SUMMARY furnished all the pork, Marge Krumme who bought
the turkey, Ann Kirkegaard who cooked the pork
Total Offerings . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . $5776.00 and Vicky Hansen who cooked the turkeys.
Average per Sunday . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . 1155.20
Donations to Building Fund . . . . . . . . 320.00 Thank you from The Freeman’s & Eveland’s.
Ice-Cream Supper . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 1267.00
Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4287.36 Over 200 people were served. Ethel Smith,
Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367.15 Financial Secretary reported receipts over $2,000.
Smorgasbord donation . . . . . . . . . . 30.00 Following worship more was received for “left-
Church Use donation . . . . . . . . . . . . 55.00 overs”. Will give a final report on what was cleared
Builders’ Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50000.00 in next month’s newsletter.
Driveway asphalt donation . . .. . . . . 1000.00
Upper Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 2.00 One final note: Please pick up any dishes that
Average attendance . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 73 belong to you.
We are missing one wheel-chair from the church. Would like to trade it for the one that is at the church. The
missing one belongs to John and Betty Betts and they would like to be able to use it when they travel.
Sympathy also to Don and Rosie Babcock. Don’s
Rod and Mary Lou Chittenden recently enjoyed (a all brother, Robert passed away suddenly on October 11th.
too brief) visit from their son Mark, wife Stephanie,
and twin sons. Brighton & Everett really keep things Sympathy to Joshua & Anna Brown in the loss of Larry
lively as they turn two at the end of October. The Jenkins. Larry was an adopted grandfather to them.
family lives in Riodoso, New Mexico where Mark Prayers are appreciated for Georgia Wisdom’s daughter
works in construction and Stephanie has a pet supply who continues to battle cancer.
Prayers would be appreciated for Mary Lou Chittenden’s
Recent visitors at worship were Wyla Loomis, Ellen sister-in-law in Texas who was recently diagnosed with
Taylor’s sister from Wyoming, Freda Caviness, Alzheimer’s disease. This would also be George Burns
Charles Amos’ aunt and Cheri Tiedemann’s mother, and Ilo Evelands cousin.
Rayma Huggins. She even helped out at the
Prayers for Joshua Brown and family as Joshua under
goes test after going to the ER for chest pain. Also
prayers for a quick and full recovery after a car accident
Don and Linda Freeman and Harris and Ilo Eveland
with a deer.
recently met Don’s aunt and uncle at Pomme de
Terre Lake in Missouri to camp for a few days. THANK YOU – for the emails, cards, and words of
kindness and support in the loss of our sister.
Linda Freeman & Thelma Amos
SOMETHING ABOUT PASTOR LATONYA
Did you know that Pastor LaTonya has one brother named Kendall who is married to Abby and they have two
children Maxwell & Miles?
The trustees have put locked covers over the thermostats because too many times the thermostats were
either turned up too high or down too low for an extended time. It is hoped this will help reduce both the
heating and electric bill. If you are using the church and need the thermostats adjusted, please contact one
of the trustees.
If you have not returned your bright orange card of estimated giving for 2008, please do so as soon as
I can support the mission and ministry of Center Chapel United Methodist Church by my
If you did not receive an orange estimate of giving card and letter in the mail, there are extra copies available at
CCUMC. Please consider returning a completed card in the next few weeks. Information will be kept strictly
confidential and will greatly help the Finance Committee to prepare a budget for 2008. Sincere thanks for those who
have already responded.
The Stewardship Committee thanks each member of the CCUMC community for reflecting and sharing your
thoughts over the last several months. You may continue to respond on cards, which are available at church. You
may also mail, email email@example.com, or post a blog entry on the CCUMC website, http://www.gbgm-
You may have heard that CCUMC is a grateful recipient of the Spring 2007 Builders Call, which we have now
received. United Methodist Builders throughout the Iowa Annual Conference respond to a call from the Bishop to
assist in building and revitalizing churches. The Finance Committee together with the Trustees will make a fiscally
responsible recommendation to the Administrative Council as to how the $50,000 Builders Call funds should be used.
In light of the tremendous news of the Builders Call, you are especially encouraged to complete a pink card or
otherwise share your vision for the future of our church.
My vision for the future of Center Chapel United Methodist Church includes…
Since the October newsletter, a number of responses were submitted urging CCUMC to use the Builder’s Call toward
Please join us for the Harvest Home Dinner
Sunday November 18
Please bring a salad, vegetable or desert to share. The nurture committee will
supply the meat and drinks.