August 2018  
Upcoming Events


Backpack Sunday
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Blessing for our children for the new school year


Camp Comeca
Youth one day event at Camp Comeca .6th-12th grade


Combined Worship Service at Williamsburg
9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
combined worship for the ECOW parish a pot luck luncheon & free will donation fundraiser for the youth group and parsonage floor


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Doug Gahn

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Pastor Doug has been given a new appointment and will be serving in the Cozad Methodist Church begining July 1, 2018,  




Born and raised with three brothers and one sister in Mason City, Iowa.  Married Anne 12 years ago with three daughters Allison Batenhorst at Omaha, Melissa Wright at Arapahoe, and Emmaly Wright.  Anne is finishing her MDIV at St. Paul School of Theology and Emmaly will be a senior while living together in Lincoln, NE this next school year.


BS agronomy from Iowa State University.  MS in public administration from the University of Kansas.  Completed Course of Study at St. Paul School of Theology and Advanced Course of Study at Asbury Theological Seminary.


Retired February 2015 from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service).  Served farmers in Iowa, Maryland, and Kansas to protect their soil, water, and other natural resources.  Also served as the national volunteer coordinator of the Earth Team in Washington DC.  He was the first president of the Heartland chapter of the International Erosion Control Association covering Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska and also the president of the Pony Express chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society in northeast Kansas.


Raised as United Methodist but was also a member of the ELCA Lutheran Church for about 10 years.  Recent activities at First United Methodist Church in Lincoln included serving at Matt Talbot soup kitchen, led a weekly United Methodist Men prayer meeting, co-led the Youth Group for five years including mission trips throughout the US, served three weeks in Central America on VIM mission trips.  Also active in the Heartland Faithful Walk to Emmaus retreats.

Doug’s Leadership Style as a Pastor

I get excited about introducing people to what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in order to receive all of God’s blessings for life today and for eternity.  It is a joy to observe God given gifts in people and encourage them to put those gifts to work in serving others in love.  Only when we give control of our life over to God and do the will of God do we experience true peace and joy in our lives. 

I am also passionate about sharing what I have learned about the importance of maturing our faith within a community of followers of Jesus.

See you in church,

Pastor Doug


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