The current Mission Statement of the Malvern United Methodist Church is to bring
Glory to God by helping others to know, love and follow Jesus.
Tanzania Orphan Project Pie Sales
Val Seevers and her mission group are again making pies for their yearly orphan fundraiser.
The need doesn't diminish. Pies will be apple, cherry and rhubarb at $12 per pie with ALL proceeds
going to the orphan fund. Val's phone is 712-579-0277 to text or leave a message with reply contact
number. Pies will be delivered the evening of Saturday the 14th or during the day Sunday the 15th.
Thanks to all who support this international mission.
OCTOBER NEWS ---
1. Each year UMW members have collected non-perishable items in November to donate to West Central. Since we have no November meeting, items may be placed in the boxes inside the church lower level door or given to Ardeth Henderson. UMW will not meet until 2021.
2. Blanket Sunday will be Nov. 1st. Each blanket donation is $10 or a general donation may be given. This will be taken to Ingathering. Anyone wishing to support Ingathering, please bring complete kits to the church by Nov. 1. View the list for kits in the picture above or call Sharon Chickering for more info.
3. The new video screen is working nicely for worship services. The images are much easier to see and read. This upgrade was possible with funds from the Memorial Fund.
4. The Cookie Walk will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 situation and because Festival of Trees is canceled.
5. Valerie Seevers will soon be taking orders for pies which support their Tanzania Orphan Mission Project. Pies will be delivered fresh or frozen on Nov. 15. Cost is again $12 for apple, cherry or rhubarb. How nice to know this opportunity is still available during these uncertain times. More details yet to come.
Last Wednesday, September 2, a group of volunteers from the Malvern UMC gathered to complete the technology upgrades in the church. A new Brother laser all-in-one printer/copier/scanner was installed which will take the place of the large leased copier that all three churches have shared for several years.
The biggest installation that evening was a new Samsung 75” HDTV which will be used to display the programs, song lyrics, videos, gospel messages, and other media for worship services, Faith Finders, and other church programing. The TV replaces the failing projector and white projection screen that has not been adequate since the recordings for the “broadcasts” of the weekly sermons have become necessary during the Covid-19 crisis.
Thanks to all the volunteers whose expertise and muscle power got the TV mounted and connected securely. Randy Hickey, Larry and Brenda Koger, Kevin and Valerie Seevers, Jill Cuff, and Bev Dashner were members of the crew who accomplished the task. The new Tech Director, Jill Cuff will test everything prior to the worship service to make sure the system works well with the other recording technology we now have installed.
The three churches shared the cost of the new laser printer. The TV was acquired with memorial funds in the church treasury.
Jenna and Zach were confirmed in a beautiful service on August 2nd. See more pictures in the gallery below.
* Malvern United Methodist Women (UMW) will not meet in September.
* The tree on the south side of the church has been removed. We thank Jim Irwin, Donny Schroeder and Larry Koger who assisted with the turf project after the tree removal.
*Faith Finders will hopefully resume in January.
* UMYF will now include youth starting with grade 5. They will meet Wednesdays at Malvern and have outdoor meetings and activities at this time.
Click the file below to download and see the current lay leadership in Malvern.
The pioneer settlement of Malvern (then called Milton) began in 1869. Soon after that, the first church service on April 10, 1870 was held in a local hotel called the Malvern House. Rev. E.A. Plumb from the Mt. Olive Circuit preached the first sermon in the town. By 1872 the congregation raised enough money to build a wood-framed church at 507 Second Avenue. Pastor J.P. Evans was the first pastor serving the Methodist Episcopal Church in Malvern.
After nearly 21 years the building was in need of many repairs and the congregation chose to build a much larger sanctuary at 5th and Prospect. The cornerstone for the building was laid on August 1, 1893. The building is still in use today.
The name of the church has changed a few times over the years due to mergers with other denominations and church groups. The name today is the United Methodist Church. In 1969 the First Presbyterian Church, one block to the south, had dwindling attendance and was joined with the Methodist congregation.
Over 50 pastors have served the Methodist congregation in Malvern. The current minister for the church is Pastor Joni Hickey. She and her husband, Randy, live in the rural Thurman area. The church is part of a three church charge that includes the Strahan and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Churches.
201 East 5th Street, Malvern, Iowa 51551, United States