Our Church



A Christian Faith Community to Further God’s Kingdom


Dynamic Worship
Connecting members to one another
Working in the world beyond our walls


Are you new to First United Methodist?

We welcome all who would attend to join us in worship, fellowship activities, and supportive ministries of our church.
You don’t need to be a member to be welcome here, but if you want to join our church as a full member we would love to have you.
Simply contact the church office and let us know that you wish to join.  641-423-4905

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly
or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)​

Our History

Our present church roots go back as far as 1855, when a “staunch Methodist” by the name of Judge Elisha Randall came to Mason City, then called Masonville, joined with ten of his companions, and eventually formed what was then referred to as the first Methodist Class in March, 1857. They met in the loft of the John McMillen store, then, on August 25, 1872, the first church building was completed with a seating capacity of 400. The first pastor of record was Reverend Freeman.
As the congregation grew the need for a new church was identified and plans were made. On Mother’s Day, May 13, 1951, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at our current location. The cornerstone was laid on Sunday, October 14, 1951, and the building was completed and consecrated by Bishop Gerald Ensley on Sunday, April 26, 1953.
Since that time, many additions and renovations have occurred. The WAYside chapel was dedicated on April 19, 1959, with Dr. Truman Carl serving as minister. The pipe organ was purchased and installed in 1979. Our beloved Bell Tower was restored in 2016, and the Youth Room, formerly known as the East Lounge, was remodeled in 2017.
In late 2017, into the spring of 2018, members of our church participated in a series of meetings to identify and resolve issues from the past, develop plans to invigorate the membership of our church, and identify ways that we, as a congregation, want to move forward in the years to come. This effort become known as New Beginnings.

New Beginnings

The new beginnings initiative is a church wide commitment for spiritual growth and rebirth within the church and within each of its members. It is a framework to achieve our mission and vision. We invite all to share in this initiative.
It began in early 2018 as a way to add energy to our worship and service. We met bimonthly for 5 months and evaluated everything we do and want to do in Christ’s service. With church wide support, we developed 5 areas of focus. Our church is alive!
1.Gathering of Members: We look for ways to gather in Christ’s service because the journey is easier with those you care about and who care about you.
2.Connecting Members: We are a church family that worships and volunteers together.
We welcome new people no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.
3.Living Worship: The Pastor brings a focus on energy and meaning to our worship.
The services are very personal and we respond by caring for each other and committing to do God’s work.
Music is an important element of our spiritual life.
4.Reaching Others in Christ: We support worldwide ministries of the Methodist Church. Our church helped build a Methodist Church in Belzoni, Mississippi and continues to support the members of that church with clothing, toys and other necessities with a yearly delivery for over 40 years.
An annual Harvest Festival with music and food in August has been growing every year.
Our youth travel to Appalachia with adult supervision each summer to volunteer in restoring homes in need.
We have distributed a semi-truck load of potatoes to food banks and individuals across North Iowa as part of our local mission service.
We look to local needs and respond in a loving, Christian way.
5.Leading and Organizing: We have taken steps to enhance our youth and adult education which includes spiritual and social activities.
We have also developed the position of Christian Administrator who will manage all the resources of the church, including volunteerism, committees, staff, grounds and finance.
This allows our beloved Pastor to increase visitation and creative ministry while still being connected to the management of church affairs. 
All of our church committees meet simultaneously for 1 ½ hours after church on the third Sunday of each month.
We evaluate, manage and guide our church as a community with broad representation allowing busy families to participate.

Our Staff


Rev. Carol Kress


Email: pastorcarol@masoncityfirstumc.org


Lori Elbermawy

Christian Administrator

Email: lori@masoncityfirstumc.org


Brenda Young

Office Manager

Email: brenda@masoncityfirstumc.org


Lisa Bailey

Director of Christian Education



Troy Gobeli




Brian Snell

Organist/Bell Choir Director

Linda Jensen

Chancel Choir Director/
Music Coordinator

Betty Chipman

Events Coordinator

Mary Snell

Lay Visitation Servant

Sue Simmons


Carol Brady

Babyland Nursery Attendant

Keira McKelvey & Kameryn Nolte

Babyland Youth Helpers

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'”

~ Matthew 25:40 (NASB)

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