Norwalk United Methodist Church
Norwalk IA

50211





Who we are

What is "The Walk?"

It’s not a place, but a people. It’s not a meeting, but a movement. “The Walk” is what we call our church family and it is what we actively and intentionally do to express our faith. Most of all, “The Walk” is the joy of discovering who God created you to be.

“The Walk” is a Biblically-grounded, three-part process of growing in faith by seeking to:

Know God personally through a commitment to being in the Bible daily and worship weekly.
Love Jesus passionately through a commitment to fellowship, being in small groups with and caring for fellow church family members.
Live purposefully through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by seeking to understand how God has gifted each of us, the plan he has for us and committing to bring this to life through our time, gifts and life so that others might know Jesus, his salvation and the perfect plan he has for them.



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Norwalk United Methodist Church
1801 Sunset Dr
Norwalk, IA 50211
United States
Phone: (515) 981-4251
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Steven J McElroy
Steven J McElroy
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1801 Sunset Dr
Norwalk, IA 50211
United States
Phone: (515) 981-4251
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Psalms 17:8

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

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Background: I grew up in southern Iowa, married the pastor's daughter (Alison) and spent almost 20 years in advertising and marketing before experiencing God's life-changing call to ministry. Alison and I have been married for 35 years, have two wonderful adult children and are partners in chasing whatever Jesus wants us to do and wherever he invites us to go. I'm an Iowa State graduate and received my Masters of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology.

Role At Church: I'm a preacher, teacher, leader-maker and communicator of the vision and direction God is laying on our church family. Oh yeah, and I play drums with the praise band for some extra fun.

Favorites: I could eat pizza every day of the week (as long as it came from different places), enjoy a range of Contemporary Christian music from folks like Toby Mac to Chris Tomlin, love watching movies with my family (both at theater and home) and have a long-time love affair with the game of basketball. I eat home-made, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies with my wife every evening.

Favorite Bible Verse: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2   Edit
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Traditional Service
Sundays · 8:00-9:00am
Historic hymns with piano accompaniment.

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Sundays · 10:30-11:30am
Modern worship songs with a full band.

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History of Norwalk United Methodist Church

Norwalk Methodist Church, from the History of Warren County, Iowa, by Gerard SCHULTZ and Don L. BERRY, The Record and Tribune Company, Indianola, Iowa, 1953, pages 119-151

The Methodist Episcopal church was organized in Norwalk in 1856 with the following members: Benoni BLACK, Mary BLACK, Peter BLACK, Thomas M. WILSON, Eliza WILSON, Jane ONSTOTT, Jesse HUFF, Mary HUFF, George BLOSSER, Dorcas BLOSSER, John KERN and Mirian KERN.

Out of these class meetings the membership grew to where they built their first church in 1868 under the pastorate of D. B. CLARY at the cost of $3,600, and dedicated in 1869 by the Rev. A. C. WILLIAMS. The present church building was erected in 1896 at a cost of $7,000 during the pastorate of the Rev. A. A. THOMPSON. During 1938 the church was remodeled under the leadership of the Rev. B. W. McELDOWNEY. With an expanding church and parish, the circuit was faced with finding suitable living accommodations for the pastor and his family. In October, 1949, a new parsonage was built on grounds adjoining the church. The present active membership is 196 members. The annual budget exceeds $4,000.

Norwalk United Methodist Church history was written by Maxine WOOD and copied from History of Warren County, Iowa, compiled by the Warren County Genealogical Society, Curtis Media Corp., Dallas, Texas, 1987

In 1846 the early settlers were busy preparing to build a community which has become Norwalk; in northern Warren County. In 1853 church services were held in a log house, the home of Henry and Jane ONSTOT. By 1856 the church congregation had grown to the point of having a traveling minister come to preach. Eighteen years later they built their first church at a cost of $3,000.00. By 1896 they had outgrown this church building and built another in downtown Norwalk at a cost of $7,000.00. Membership at that time was 196. This three acres of land was sold to the City of Norwalk and is presently [1987] a City Park. George WRIGHT preached the first sermon in the first church and his son, John WRIGHT, preached the first sermon in the second church.

After 74 years in that building, our congregation is now over 400, and we have built another church on five acres within a few blocks of where the first church was located. All three churches have had parsonages on the same property as the church building, the last parsonage was completed in 1985.

The present church was built in 1970 at a cost of $197,000.00 and was paid for in 1982. Sections of the original stained glass from the sanctuary windows of the last church were remade and placed in the new building. The nave of the church seats 240 people. The multipurpose area could seat 250 more.

The first church bell and clock were still in the second church and moved to the third church. Later both were stolen. The present bell and tower, chancel furniture, pews and more were gifts. The newest addition of memorial gifts are two octaves of bells. We have three Bell Choirs and three active singing choirs. Our church school and United Methodist Women are all a vital part of our heritage. This heritage is our link with tomorrow and we are very thankful for it and all 40 some ministers who have served us the past 132 years. Our present Bishop is Reuben JOB. Our current pastor is Rev. Dwayne MADSEN. We pray we all continue to love as we would be loved.

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The power of Christian prayer With us night and morning
By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, and never fails to greet us each new day. Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented, still evil days bring burdens hard to bear; Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare. And when this cup You give is filled to brimming with bitter suffering, hard to understand, we take it thankfully and without trembling, out of so good and so beloved a hand. Yet when again in this same world You give us the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun, we shall remember all the days we lived through, and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.
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