For Spirit Lake UMC Weather-related

Sunday Morning Cancellations:

 Since there is no way available in SpiritLake to broadcast a Sunday morning church activity cancellation, please do the following to check on our church’s status:

 1) Listen to Spencer radio station KICD (1240), which will broadcast Sunday morning cancellations or check their website at:

2) Watch Sioux City channel 4 (KTIV TV), which will scroll weather-related cancellations for churches on the screen (although these scrolls will likely not be on until after 7am) or check their website at:

If we have to cancel one or more Sunday morning church activities, that information will be available at both of these places.   If there is no info broadcasted concerning our church, then that means that there is no change to our Sunday morning activities.  Thanks for your patience!!

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Each Friday, 7:00 am, Fireside Room

During the Lenten season we will be viewing a segment each week from the Louie Giglio Passion Talk Series. The first of the series (which begins on 2/27) is called “Indescribable” and this is how it is described in the intro: “Indescribable takes us on an image-rich journey through the Cosmos, allowing us to peer into God’s universe to discover the amazing magnitude of His greatness and grace.” Men, join us for coffee, treats, and fellowship time, Fridays at 7:00 am.

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                               Welcome Our New

 Ministerial Assistant / Visitation Pastor

 NOTE FROM REV. MILLER: My name is Ray Miller. Marilyn is my wife of 54 years and she was a Special Ed teacher. We both graduated from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE. Marilyn earned a Master’s degree from Morningside College. I earned a B div from Central Seminary in Fremont and a D.Min from L.S.T.C. in Chicago. We were 5 years in Canada, 20 years in Nebraska in Lutheran churches, and the rest in Iowa. We moved to Spirit Lake just before the big flood here in 1993. After Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to help in recovery and went solo to Ocean Springs for a month to help.

       I found out the Presbyterians had a group going to Ocean Springs and joined with them for the next five trips. We became involved in the choir and eventually joined that church and became active.     We have been to Israel and Greece (the journeys of Paul) with a United Methodist ministry called Educational Opportunities. We also have traveled to other countries. I was part of an Episcopal mission team to the Dominican Republic and a Presbyterian team to Guatemala. I hope to go on another one this year.

     We have 2 boys, 2 girls, and 8 grandchildren. We hosted 4 exchange students and were parents to 4 foster kids, one at a time. We do a lot of volunteer work. My interest is bike riding and Marilyn’s passion is quilting.   -Rev. Ray Miller

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     Our church will be giving several college scholarships again this year.   All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need; scholastic records; church service or community service. Applicants must be members of the Spirit Lake UMC. Scholarship applications are available in the church office.     

                                           Deadline: April 1, 2015

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     The Iowa United Methodist Foundation awards scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and seminary education.   Go to www.iumf.organd click on Scholarships. You may read the scholarship criteria and decide which conference scholarships to apply for on-line.    Deadline: March 15, 2015 





























































































































In downtown Spirit Lake, Iowa
On the corner of 18th Street
(Hwy 9/71) and Gary Avenue

1812 Gary Avenue
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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