Every event and activity in our church is structured around three simple movements to help you grow in faith:
2. Growing in Community: Small groups are a great place to ask questions, share our struggles and hurts, make some new friends, and discuss how concepts are put into action.
3. Giving out of Grace: God loves to show grace (‘grace’ is receiving an unmerited gift). After experiencing grace in our own lives, we are able to give back to the community and help change the lives of others. Mission projects, volunteer work, and outreach are all forms of giving out of grace.
How can we encourage you in your relationship with God?
For more information on these three movements, please
When does the church meet?
Office Hours are:
View Our Latest Sermon Video
Here is where you can watch the most recent sermon videos from Algona Methodist Church. Feel free to share these sermons with friends and family.
July 24, 2016 Worship Service – Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese, Pastor
July 17, 2016 Worship Service – Mr. Matthew Wester
July 10, 2016 Worship Service – Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese, Pastor
Each Week at First UMC:
5:00pm Casual Style Worship Service
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm (for other times, please call for appointment)
Church Location & Address: 201 E. Nebraska Street, Algona, Iowa 50511 (map)
Telephone: Tel: (515) 295-7241
If the case of death or emergency please contact one of the following:
- Church Office 515-295-7241
- Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese 515-295-7241
- In case of emergency: 515-868-7247
Reaching Out to Others
Feeding the World
For Those in Crisis
What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a free and confidential service offered by our church to anyone who is going through a struggle. For example, you may want to consider asking for a Stephen’s Minister if you have ever been hospitalized, bereaved, felt lonely or discouraged, facing a life threatening disease, in a job/employment crisis, facing a spiritual loss, separated or divorced, facing a difficult pregnancy, affected by an accident or disaster, new to the church family, empty nesting, coping as a single parent, struggling with aging, or any other type of stress or struggle.
Everyone goes through periods of difficulty or crisis at times. Having someone who cares enough to listen can ease these experiences of confusion, stress, or loneliness. And no problem is too small or insignificant to receive care. After you contact us, one of the Stephen’s Ministers will give you a call to set up a one-on-one meeting. The two of you will meet, probably weekly, until you feel like it is the right time to stop meeting. The Stephen’s Team is also making regular visits to our local Senior Care facilities. Stephen’s Ministers are compassionate individuals, trained to pray, listen, explore feelings, share Christ’s love, and walk with people journeying to wholeness.
To get started, refer someone you know, or ask any questions, simply pick up a referral form in the church office or click here and mention “Stephen Ministry” in the contact form. By filling out the form, you’re simply saying you would like to receive a call from one of our Stephen Ministers. We would love to be a support for you through this transition, thanks.
Algona’s WWII Nativity Scene
In December 1945, 6 Prisoners of War from Camp Algona presented to the public a nativity scene of over 60 half-life sized figures, ranging in height from 12 inches to 56 inches. It had taken almost 6 months, and $8000 to create this piece (and the POWs made roughly a dime an hour at their jobs). To the POWs who made it and POWs interned at Camp Algona, it was a way to remember and connect to the family they could not be with back home. To the people of Algona, it represented a common faith and humanity shared with the German captives living outside their town. As Marv Chickering says, “They came as enemies but they left as friends.”
Since 1945, the Algona nativity scene has attracted people from far and near. Recently it was featured on the channel 8 news, which can be viewed by clicking here. The scene has become an enduring symbol of unity for the people of Algona and reminds those who visit of the impact of war and the presence of the POWs held at Camp Algona decades ago.
The Nativity Scene is maintained by the Men’s Club of our church and can be visited from the first Sunday in December through New Year’s Eve. For more information please visit the nativity website: http://algonanativityscene.omeka.net/