Vacation Bible School

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. – Isaiah 43:2

Sunday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 18

5:30 pm Meal Served in the Fellowship Hall • 6-8 pm Activities in the Lower Level Classrooms

If you have just completed PreK-5th Grade, we invite you to join us on an action-packed VBS adventure! Rolling River Rampage will take children on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!

If you have questions, please contact Carey Garafalo, Broadway UMC Children’s Ministry Director or the church office.  Phone:  712-322-7741.


New Pastors Announced

New Pastoral Team Announced

At worship last Sunday, we learned the identity of Broadway’s new pastoral team effective in early July.  Marv Kieckhafer, SPPRC chair shared the announcement at both services followed by a video greeting from Pastor Alexis Johnson and Pastor Mark Johnson.

Transition Schedule

As we make this transition to new pastoral leadership, Broadway is making efforts that allow time for you to say good-bye to Pastor Lanette and Pastor Chris, time to welcome Pastor Alexis and Pastor Mark, and time for all to be together in worship and fellowship.

On Sunday, June 3rd you are invited to a special worship service at 5:00 pm.  Pastor Lanette and Pastor Chris will welcome Pastor Alexis and Pastor Mark along side them in a service that will include all four pastors.

Sunday, June 17 will be Pastor Lanette’s and Pastor Chris’ final Sunday preaching at Broadway.  Please be here to send them to their next call with your blessing.

Sunday, June 24th we are currently lining up a guest to share the message and share in a special event.

As the conference continues to set moving schedule, we will let you know Pastor Alexis’ and Pastor Mark’s first Sunday worship at Broadway.  Please check back in a few weeks.


Resources for Writing Representatives

On February 18th, Pastor Chris shared a message that addressed the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.   As promised, we are providing the names and addresses of Iowa’s and Nebraska’s elected senators and representatives as well as some tips for writing and sample letters.

The United Methodist Church and The Board of Church and Society

The United Methodist Church position on gun control can be read in paragraph 162 of the Book of Resolutions.

The General Board of Church and Society also offers suggestions for your education along with worship and prayer resources.

Addresses for Iowa and Nebraska Senators and Representatives

135 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington D.C. 20510

111 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

First District

1108 Longworth House Office Building

Washington D. C. 20515

2nd District

1527 Longworth House Office Building

Washington D. C. 20515

3rd District

240 Cannon House Office Building

Washington D. C. 20515

4th District

2210 Rayburn Office Building

Washington D. C. 20515 

136 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington D. C. 20510

454 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington D. C. 20510

1516 Longworth House Office Building

Washington D. C. 20515

320 Cannon House Office Building

Washington D. C. 20515

Tips for Writing Letters

The Iowa Nurses Association has proved the following tips for writing your senator or representative.  You can download a pdf here. offers tips to help focus your message.

Questions Jesus Asked – a worship series for Lent and Easter

Got questions?  Well apparently, so did Jesus.  In the Gospels, Jesus asked 307 question.

We know that all good teachers use questions to measure someone’s understanding of a subject.  Great teachers use queries to expose new and deeper levels of understanding.  Jesus used questions as a way to open our minds to the possibilities of God’s grace and God’s kingdom.  

During our worship time this Lent and Easter, we will look at some of the questions Jesus asked and see how they help us find the answers we seek today.   If you wonder about your faith, ponder God’s presence in current events, and think about the need for justice then join us on Sunday mornings at either 8:30 or 10:30.  Curious minds welcome.

This year the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday coincided with Valentines Day.  Our worship asked the question, “What ist it you go into the wilderness to look at?”  A reed shaken by the wind? (Matthew 11:7)  Pastor Lanette’s message focused on the greatest love story every told.

Ash Wednesday Worship February 14 from Broadway UMC Council Bluffs on Vimeo.

Why are you bothering this woman? (Matthew 26:10) As we continue our Lenten journey and in light of even more violence in our society, Pastor Chris challenges us to seek justice in our broken world

Feb 18 Message from Broadway UMC Council Bluffs on Vimeo.

Will you really lay down your life for me? Pastor Lanette explains that dying for Christ really means living for Christ. February 25, 2018 from Broadway UMC Council Bluffs on Vimeo.
Could you not stay awake for one hour?  Our worship this Sunday centers on the night Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gesthemane.

March 4, 2018 from Broadway UMC Council Bluffs on Vimeo.

Am I leading a rebellion?  What does it look like to be a part of the rebellion of grace?

March 11, 2018 from Broadway UMC Council Bluffs on Vimeo.

Broadway Kids of all ages led us to Jerusalem to welcome the King.  Pastor Lanette turned our attention to Holy Week as we prepared ourselves to follow Jesus to the cross.

March 25, 2018 from Broadway UMC Council Bluffs on Vimeo.


Outreach Collection for Longfellow School

On Sunday February 18th , the Outreach Team kicked off a campaign to provide health supplies to the classrooms of our partner school, Longfellow Elementary.  Over the next month, we are asking for donations of hand-sanitizer (the larger the bottle the better), tissues, and disinfecting wipes.  They will also accept free-will donations which will purchase the items listed above.  Please bring your donations to the church before March 18th and place them in the designated collection box or leave them with the church office during office hours.