Waukee United Methodist Church

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Founded in 1869, the Waukee United Methodist Church is one of the oldest churches in Waukee, Iowa. [1]

Waukee, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Waukee is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 13,790 at the 2010 U.S. Census; a fast growth has been measured since as it is estimated there were 19,284 people living in Waukee in 2016. It is part of the Des Moines – West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The church first met in the Des Moines Valley rail depot. Under the name of First Methodist Episcopal Church of Waukee, the church moved into its own building in 1878, shortly before the town incorporated.

Buildings

Stained Glass Windows

In 1900 four stained glassed windows were given to the church as a memorial. In 1901 a cathedral window was presented to the church by the Epworth League, and in on completion of a league room in 1914 a memorial window showing Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane was installed.

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All the stained glass windows are now located in the sanctuary of the current church. However, the four windows donated in 1900 were stored in a corncrib for 16 years by a church trustee until a renovation in 1995. [1] [2]

The church today

Led by Reverend Jamie Cutler, the church runs a preschool, [3] sponsors a Boy Scout troop, [4] , has a thriving ministry in Change A Child's Story, and participates in area charities including the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry. [5] The church is a member of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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References

  1. 1 2 "History-Waukee United Methodist Church," church archives, author unknown.
  2. Corey, Michael, "Waukee Church 130 Years Old," The Des Moines Register , 2000-09-01
  3. Joyful Noise Preschool, retrieved 2008-05-09
  4. Boy Scout Troop 178, Waukee, Iowa official web site, retrieved 2009-05-12
  5. Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry, retrieved 2008-05-09

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