The very first members of Waukee United Methodist Church met nearly 145 years ago in the Valley Rail Depot in Des Moines under the name of First Methodist Episcopal Church of Waukee. Since that time, the membership at one of the oldest churches in town has grown steadily. Ultimately, the members have outgrown three spiritual houses — including their current location at 650 Ashworth Road in Waukee.
According to Senior Pastor Jamie Cutler, the congregational membership is warmly welcoming and embracing growth by hosting a steady stream of visitors each week and expanding its ministries at a healthy rate. Because of this, the church is actively working on a master plan for a new, larger facility.
“We recently paid off our debt on 10 acres of land on the corner of southeast LA Grant Parkway and S.E. Westown Parkway, across from South Middle School,” Cutler says. “Our goal is to launch a capital campaign later in 2014 and to break ground on our new church home in 2015.”
The plan is to build in phases, which will allow the congregation to grow its ministries and make room for new congregation members as well as more visitors to the church during a period of time. As the community continues to grow, the church plans to continue to grow right along with it.
One way the church is already accommodating and embracing this growth is with a new contemporary service offered each Sunday morning. The third and last service of the day, it features contemporary Christian music and, according to Cutler, allows it to make a new place for new people at the Waukee church.
“One of the things the Methodist faith embraces is connecting people,” Cutler says. “We believe we are better collectively — connected together — with God, with other people and with the community.”
For more information about Waukee United Methodist Church or its new contemporary service you can contact Pastor Jamie Cutler at email@example.com or visit the church website at www.waueechurch.org.
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