Thanksgiving Ingathering

Saturday – November 4, 2017

First United Methodist Church
718 Clay Street Cedar Falls, Iowa

The Thanksgiving Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists
to address hunger problems locally and around the world.

Projects supported by Thanksgiving Ingathering donations include:


  • 7:30 – 10:30 am
    Check-in kits, quilts, bazaar, and bake sale items
    Fellowship time with coffee and rolls
    VOUCHER room open
  • 8:30 – 10:00 am
    Self-guided tours of kit packing area
    Mission Presentations in library
  • 9:00 – 12:30 pm
    Bazaar in Parlor
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am
    Worship with Communion, various mission speakers
  • 11:00 – 2:45 pm
    Hot meat sandwich lunch ($6-adults; $3-age 5-12, under 5 free)
  • 1:00 pm
    Quilt auction-large & baby quilts, wall hangings, table runners

About the Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering

Last year’s 37th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering took place, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, helping raise over $980,000 in in-kind and other gifts. The Ingathering continues to bring people together across Iowa Conference districts, state and national lines.

“Sometimes you don’t feel connected until you go to these kinds of events and ah! There’s some other Methodists,” said Mary Davis, state coordinator for the Ingathering. “It’s just a lot of fun and you know what you have done is helping someone you can’t see.”

Ingathering sites were located in Cedar Falls, Cherokee, Greenfield, Mt. Pleasant and Webster City. Every year, school kits and disaster relief kits are put together and loaded onto trucks to send to Nigeria and UMCOR Sager-Brown Depot, respectively. In addition to the kits, Ingathering supports Church World Service, Heifer International, Self-Help International and P.E.T. (Personal Energy Transport). Additionally, using undesignated funds from 2015, each of Iowa’s eight districts received $4,000 to give to local food pantries and other organizations combatting hunger.

The experience brings together United Methodists from all across the state and gives communities a chance to learn more about the mission work of the United Methodist Church, said Davis.

Kris Rash, Cedar Falls site volunteer, said this year at Cedar Falls members chose to share several more mission displays in addition to the core missions that Ingathering supports.

“We had 11 different displays for people to see what they can get involved in,” she said. “We also had different presentations that people could participate in and a worship service.”

In other Ingathering sites, some people are inspired by the beehive of activity that they jump in on the action. Cathi Griswold, Webster City site, said they were able to do all their activities outside, which encouraged more participation.

“It was very neat to see all the cars pull around and they could drop off their kits,” she said. “We had some people who were very excited and they parked their car and they jumped in and helped!”

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