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50+ Group

Adel UMC 50 plus Group

The 50+ group is excited about some places to visit this year!

We tentatively are planning for visits to the following local places of interest:

May              Heritage Art Gallery

June             Trestle Trail

July               Old Firehouse Social Club

August           Hoyt Sherman Place

September    Botanical Center

October          Apple Orchard

November      Central Library

In the other months, or when there is inclement weather, we will meet at the church for coffee,treats and fellowship. Our next meeting is April 3 at 10 a.m. in the coffee chapel.

Please feel invited to join us at one, a few, or all of our meetings. We welcome you and your friends to join us. Anna Lou Davis can answer any questions you may have. 993-4181

Adel Ministerial Association

Adel Ministerial Association

The Adel Ministerial Association is always grateful for the contributions of members in our community. The Association is made up of all the Adel churches and it does the best it can to help those who are experiencing financial crisis. 

The Association has provided stranded persons bus tickets home to their loved ones. We have helped people with their fuel expense to get to doctor appointments and jobs.We have helped with rental assistance, energy bill assistance, and medical emergencies. With your continued consideration we can keep assisting our friends and neighbors in the ADM school district with their basic, necessary obligations.

You can mail a contribution to Adel UMC, 115 S. 10th St, Adel, IA   50003 clearly marked Ministerial Fund. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

If you have questions please speak to Pastor John for more details, as he is the co-treasurer of the AMA.

Pastor’s Notes – February 2015

Pastor John Adel UMC

The Lenten season may not be the longest season in the church year but it is one of the most important seasons of the year.

It is a time for spiritual preparation through repentance and growth in faith for Easter.

It is the time of the church year when the passion and death of the Savior come into focus.

It begins with repentance and reflection on Ash Wednesday, and ends in the depth of sorrow and tragedy on Good Friday.

The name of the season means “the lengthening of the days” as spring appears. Ash Wednesday – February 18.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Our Ash Wednesday Worship service will be on that Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. It will include the Imposition of Ashes on forehead or hand.

The Wednesday Night Meal will be abbreviated, and some groups may meet for a short while and be invited in to the service.

Lenten Study: FEARLESS

Groups are forming for a Lenten study by Max Lucado, entitled Fearless. You probably know someone or are someone who lives in the shadow of fears.

Can you imagine how different life would be if we all could trust more and fear less?

All during Lent, we will be using Lucado’s book as a guide for our study – not of fear, but as a help in the midst of our fears; so that we may fear less.

We will have groups that will meet at the church and invite you to think about joining or hosting a home study.

Each week there will be a video with a study guide for the small group. The themes for the weekly study will also be the themes of the morning worship.

– Pastor John

Pastor’s Note – December 2014/January 2015

Pastor John Adel UMC

What Shepards Knew

Sometimes when I read the Bible, I come away thinking that maybe God needs to take a good marketing course.

Time and time again it seems that God passes up the most effective means of getting the message out and chooses something instead that is loaded with problems.

The Christmas story is a perfect example of that. God has some pretty incredible news to get out.

The Messiah is born. And God does prepare a pretty amazing ad for the event. God lines up a multitude of angels to sing a piece from the Messiah—they are rehearsed and ready to go along with an incredible light show. Pepsi never had such an ad during the Super Bowl.

But why tell shepherds? But Jesus said things like, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus came to bring a freedom that could not be taken away no matter what group might technically rule the place.

To shepherds it didn’t matter who ruled the country. They knew they wouldn’t count, no matter who was in charge. If you have a job; if you have a physical appearance or a certain lifestyle; if you have the money; then you have an interest in political freedom. Shepherds had none of that.

Shepherds knew that real freedom had to spring from someplace else, and any savior that shows up as a baby in a feeding trough would understand that.

So they hurried to see and came away rejoicing. I think God gave the message to shepherds because shepherds were some of the only ones able to both understand and appreciate what Jesus was coming to do.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Amen.

See you in church… John

Pastor’s Note – February 2014

Pastor John Adel UMC

Believe it or not, Lent begins this week!

Here’s a list of 10 questions that I hope will help you make the most of this season of reflection, penitence, and preparation. They are not all mine, but think about them and answer them for yourself. 

1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? 
2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that habit over the next 40 days?
3. Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation? 
4. What practical steps can I take to carve out time for daily contemplation? 
5. What spiritual discipline do I need to improve upon or want to try?                                                   6. What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t? Can I give one or two of them up for 40 days? 
7. Why am I giving this particular thing up? How does giving it up draw me closer to God and prepare me for Easter? 
8. What am I going to tell myself when self-denial gets hard? 
9. Is it necessary/helpful for me to share the nature my fast with others or should I keep it private?
10. What will the ashes mean to me this year? What does baptism mean to me this year? 

I invite you to get ready or at least get ready to get ready for the greatest chapter in both your story and God’s story: Easter.


See you in church!  Pastor John


Pastor’s Note – January 2014

Pastor John Adel UMC

Some people get wrapped so tight during this time of the year that they actually look and act like they are going to break.

For them it starts in late Oct., when the Christmas decorations come out even before Halloween is finished.

It continues through Thanksgiving when the commercialization increases and right away, everyone wants to sing Christmas Carols while they say, “No! It’s just barely Advent!” This year I haven’t heard all the fuss about political correctness and whether we should call the season by something other than Christmas.

That begs the whole question of why we celebrate anything at all during this time of year.

I for one just hate to see all the fun squeezed out of the celebration of Christmas. I like all the fuss, including Santa and the trees, although I confess a dislike for tinsel. I love the lights and ornaments.

I love the Christmas movies, whether it’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “Christmas Vacation.” I love the family gatherings. I love the Christmas Eve services and all the traveling and the kids out of school. I love Christmas. If you can’t have fun at Christmas, when can you?

This is no time for sour faces or legalism. The manger scene and the whole situation around the Holy Family just make all that so out of place.

The secularism of our day was no match for the fact that the first to receive the news of a savior’s birth were shepherds; the most secular and least politically correct of folks in Jesus day.

Sing the good news. A savior is born. Joy has come to live among us as a Prince of Peace and help us to live as we were meant to live. If anything about that first Christmas is true, then we, of all people, have so much to share with others around us. If that isn’t cause for joy, I don’t know what is.