CENTER CHAPEL UMC
“A Welcoming Congregation”
Open Hearts ♥ Open Minds ♥ Open Doors
Rev. Angela Gafford Asmus, Pastor Joshua Brown, Editor
Church Phone: 961-5054 8120 Highway 92
Simpson Office Phone: 961-1610 Indianola, IA 50125
Home Phone: 961-0384 www.gbgm-umc.com/centerchapel
The last few weeks at Center Chapel, the sanctuary has been rearranged for several wedding services. The
new configuration of pews and pulpit have offered us a new perspective on a familiar space. The sanctuary
will soon be back to normal. I have been thinking about what we were able to see differently simply
because the pews faced the east. And I wonder, will everything simply go back to normal when the
furniture is returned to its former location of rest? No, I don’t think it can. We will have noticed a new
angle of the ceiling, considered a new insight, pondered a new question, all because we sat facing a
different direction. And so it is in our spiritual journeys. As people of faith, we are different once we
come to believe in the power, hope and love of Jesus Christ. We can never be the same again. And that is
Good News for us all, particularly in a time of change and transition of pastoral leadership. As much as we
might long for everything to go back to the way it was before, that is impossible. We have glimpsed a new
perspective. And God will allow us to await a new vision for the church. We are wiser and thankful
because of all that has come before. We are grateful for God’s steadfast love and presence in the midst of
JOIN THE MARCH!
AUGUST 2ND- 5TH
AMES TO DES MOINES
THU AUG 2 AMES HUXLEY
FRI AUG 3 HUXLEY ALLEMAN
SAT AUG 4 ALLEMAN SAYLORVILLE
SUN AUG 5 SAYLORVILLE DES MOINES
MEET UP AT BIRDLAND PARK AT NOON ON AUGUST 5TH
TO WALK THE LAST LEG TOWARDS…
FINAL RALLY: 3 PM, AUGUST 5TH AT NOLLEN PLAZA
(3RD AND LOCUST DOWNTOWN DES MOINES)
WALK WITH US FOR A FEW HOURS, A DAY, OR THE ENTIRE MARCH, AND ATTEND
DES MOINES ON AUGUST 5TH. BE A PART OF THIS HISTORIC
THE FINAL RALLY IN
GATHERING ON CLIMATE CHANGE!
REGISTER TO MARCH OR VOLUNTEER
DATE GREETERS & USHERS LITURGISTS FELLOWSHIP HOSTS
Aug. 5 Ed & Kay Foy Hatten MaryNell Caldwell & Deb Belieu
Aug. 12 Deb Black & Mary June Adams Sarah Vogel Marie Adams & Jean Reynolds
Aug 19 Rick & Ellen Gripp Kevin Hansen Deb Black & Jen Black
Aug. 26 Susie Young & Brenda Thompson June Wilson Ann Kirikegaard & Ilo Eveland
LECTIONARY August Birthdays
August 5, 2007 [Green] Tasha Knickerbocker 8/2
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Jay Franzen 8/5
Hosea 11:1-11 Kevin Lequatte 8/6
Psalm 107:1-9, 43 Dan Smith 8/6
Colossians 3:1-11 Darrell Labertew 8/7
Luke 12:13-21 Ellen Gripp 8/7
Bonnie Johnson 8/8
Carol Huffer 8/8
August 12, 2007 [Green] Raetta Kopaske 8/10
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Mary Nell Caldwell 8/11
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Lucy Vogel 8/12
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 Denise Amos 8/13
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Kina Gaskins 8/14
Luke 12:32-40 John Betts 8/16
Asa Lyddon Hatten 8/17
Angie Schumacher 8/17
August 19, 2007 [Green] Evelyn Hill 8/19
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost Dean Rodgers 8/26
Isaiah 5:1-7 Linda Brand 8/26
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Camille Telleen 8/27
August 26, 2007 [Green] George and Maxine Burns 8/3
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost Harold Dean & Mildred Amos 8/7
Jeremiah 1:4-10 John & Betty Betts 8/11
Psalm 71:1-6 Marv & Shirley Beakler 8/17
Hebrews 12:18-29 Ted & Lana Lyddon Hatten 8/20
Luke 13:10-17 Brian & Colleen Whitson 8/20
Veronica Knickerbocker had surgery on July 3rd, and Jean Reynolds is recuperating from knee surgery
done July 5th.
THANK YOU FROM TED
In June we served Dale Wagner’s sale and took in
Many, many thanks to Cathy Huffer, the members almost $300. There was quite a bit of meat left which
of PPR and all those who helped pull off the we used at the ice-cream supper in July and it was
ultimate barn dance, hoedown, celebration/send- estimated the crowd there was the biggest we have had
off. Words continue to fall short in their ability to for such a fund-raiser. The free-will offering
express my gratitude. I remained touched by the amounted to over $1260. After expenses, we should
effort and energy given by so many. I will treasure clear around $1300 from both fund-raisers. A big
the memories of the evening as I treasure the rich THANK YOU to all who helped with donations of
time we spent together. Thank you. Again, I say food and money and to those who worked at both
thank you. events.
Ted Another ice-cream supper has been scheduled for
Saturday, September 8th. Please put this date on your
calendar and plan to help with food, donations, etc. as
well volunteering your help at the supper. Our new
THANK YOU FROM LANA minister is scheduled to begin on September 1st, so this
may be an initiation for him/her!
Dearest Center Chapel family,
Noodle sales at Farmers Market are going well. A
I was touched beyond measure by the delicious, dozen “volunteers” met at the church on July 16th and
creative, incredibly well attended, and very fun had 50 trays of noodles laid out to dry when they
party you through for all of us in celebration of finished. The 25 pound bag of flour donated by
the time Ted has been your pastor. I hope others Shirley Beakler was all used. Thanks, Shirley!!!
were able to enjoy themselves as much as I did. I Also, thanks to those donating eggs.
know it was not a miracle to pull off so quickly,
but a miracle that took a lot work on many And Farmers Market continues each Saturday morning
people’s parts. Such kind words were spoken. I from 8 a.m. – noon. There are still lots of dates
am warmed each time I recall them. We will available to “man” the tables. The sign-up sheet is
treasure the memories through words and waiting at the church for your signature.
pictures in both the scrapbook and the video.
Since, unlike Ted, I have no change to look
toward, I choose not to imagine what it would be JUNE FINANCIAL REPORT
like without the love and joy and holding me
upright support the boys and I get from you. Total Offerings . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,188.64
With fondness and appreciation, Average per Sunday . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . 1,547.16
Lana Donations to Building Fund . . . . . . . . . . . 425.00
Peace with Justice Offering . . . . . . . . . . . 28.00
Vacation Bible School donation . . . . . . . . . 50.00
Mark Your Calendar
Charge Conference will take place on Thursday, Wagner Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287.45
October 4th at 6:00pm.
Donations for Ted’s party . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 25.00
Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 525.40
Several new books have been given to the library recently. “What These Girls Knew” tells how women of the
Bible were used by God in both large and small ways. Another book, “The Red Tent”, is a novel about Dinah,
the only daughter of Jacob, and the traditions and turmoil the ancient women endured.
Jerry Middleswart has given us a copy of “dsm”, a magazine about Des Moines. See page 102 for an article
about Rev. Ted and his mixture of love for religion and ceramics.
Are you familiar with the Mitford series of books by Jan Karon? The final novel of this series, “Light from
Heaven” is now in our library. If you read it, you may want to find copies of the previous novel (available at the
Indianola Public Library).
“What Preteens Want Their Parents to Know” is fund to read but also has excellent advice.
These books are all on the card table along the FAMILY NEWSnarthex.
north wall of the
Sara Lenze and Caleb Adams-Brown were united in marriage at 3pm on Saturday, July 21 at Center Chapel
with Ted officiating. It was a beautiful day!
Sara Brown begins her teaching career on July 23 at Oak Park in Des Moines, where she will be teaching K-
3rd grade special education students.
Caleb Adams-Brown works for Wright Tree Service in Waukee.
A honeymoon may be taken at a later date, when their dog "Lizzie" won't have to miss them for too many
My vision for the future of Center Chapel
United Methodist Church includes…
The Stewardship Committee invites each member of the CCUMC community to reflect and share your thoughts on this prompt.
You may respond on a pink card, which is available at church. You may also mail, email email@example.com, or post a
blog entry on the CCUMC website, http://centerchapel.blogspot.com/.
Over the next several months, there will be several more invitations to ponder. Anyone who wishes to share your responses during
worship is warmly encouraged to do so. Let a member of the Stewardship Committee know of your willingness. The members are
Rosie Babcock, Ellen Gripp, Brenda Thompson, Bob Burns, and Lana Lyddon Hatten.
Please continue to prayerfully consider your responses to the previous yellow, blue and green cards too. Complete multiple cards!
Watch the display of cards grow as we collectively consider what is important to us as individuals and as a community.
Articulating what we value and making it public is an important step toward making dreams grow and develop toward reality.
I felt God’s presence in this church when…
I have experienced Center Chapel UMC as a community of love and forgiveness through…
I have experienced spiritual growth/refuge at Center Chapel UMC through…
Hot Air Ballyhoo
Center Chapel Children Soar to New Heights
at Vacation Bible School
Approximately 35 young “Sky Scouts” (ages 3 to 11) and 15 “Sky Scout Helpers” (ages 12 to 18)
recently experienced high adventure and developed a stronger faith as they soared to new heights with
God at Center Chapel Vacation Bible School.
Vacation Bible School Director, Brenda Vinton, said, “We had a very exciting week, which included
Bible lessons, crafts, recreation, music, meals, and science demonstrations. Our theme for the week was
hot air ballooning, and on the first night we were treated to a real hot air balloon inflated on the Center
Chapel church grounds. Our thanks to Jamie Bishop and his crew for providing a colorful start to our
Each night a Bible story was re-enacted by the Center Chapel Acting Troupe illustrating a Flight Plan
related to a key word for the day: follow, trust, listen, repent, and serve. Children learned about
Abraham and his wife Sarah, Joseph and his eleven brothers, sisters Mary and Martha, the tax collector
Zacchaeus, and Peter, the fisherman Jesus called to serve. Children also learned a daily Power Prayer
Skylar the Sky Squirrel and Scoop, the writer of this story, opened each session with fun facts about hot
air ballooning before the children were dismissed to Bible stories, meals and activities. “It was really fun
to be a part of this year’s Vacation Bible School adventure,” said reporter and VBS enthusiast Scoop. “I
know I learned just as much as my young Sky Scout friends.”
One of the major components of this year’s VBS was the mission project. During each opening
assembly, the children deposited school supplies into the mission basket. Those items were delivered to
Helping Hand in Indianola. Brenda Vinton said they were thrilled because there are so many families
that can use the supplies, and they were touched that the children had collected so much.
At the end of the week, the Sky Scouts presented a program for their relatives and friends and shared the
songs they had learned. VBS Director, Brenda Vinton, thanked all of the children, volunteers, and the
entire church for supporting this year’s VBS. “Everyone is so enthusiastic about helping with this
important part of our Children’s Ministry.”
Photos taken by Scoop of the VBS activities are on display in the children’s Sunday School area in the
basement of Center Chapel.