Congratulations Barb!

Congratulations on your retirement from Rainbow Promise Preschool. Thank you Barb for listening to, and answering, God’s call to begin a faith based preschool. You have touched many, many children’s lives through the years. Best wishes on the next step of your journey

Serving Beyond the Community

Pastor Melody and Don Newman meet Senator Dan Hughes at the legislature. Pastor Melody prayed for the legislature.

Pastor Melody at the Nebraska Unicameral
Pastor Melody Prays for the Nebraska Unicameral

We are not hiding our lights under a bushel in Imperial. Pastor Melody and her husband Don traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska where Pastor Melody had the opportunity to pray over the legislature. Pastor Melody says she enjoyed the opportunity greatly. What a great way to share God’s love with others. Way to go, Melody!

About Compassion

Mission beyond our doors and walls. Jesus Christ calls us to be in ministry to all the world. Compassion International is one of the ways we are living out Christ’s words.

The Imperial First United Methodist Church and several of its members and constituents sponsor children through Compassion International. What is Compassion International? It is an organization whose mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.  The organization is Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused. “Through a holistic approach to child development, we carefully blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together…in Jesus’ name.” Working through local churches in each country, Compassion International has helped thousands of children in twenty-five countries since its inception in 1952. They work primarily through child sponsorship. 

Compassion International
Pastor Melody passionate about Compassion.

The Imperial church sponsors children in Haiti and Mexico. People in our church family have sponsored children in Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Ecuador among others.  We write to our sponsored children, remember their birthdays, and send holiday greetings. We also pray for them and the money, $38 per child,  we send monthly helps provide for them, their families,  and for their education   They  pray for us and write us letters in return.   If you are interested in sponsoring a child or learning more about Compassion International, please go to or talk to Pastor Melody Newman.

The Goodwill Truck

The Goodwill truck comes once a month to the UMC parking lot.

The Imperial United Methodist Church’s parking lot hosts the Goodwill Truck monthly.

Goodwill Truck
Goodwill Truck

Dennis Batterman, seen here, and others contribute their time and effort to make sure our community continues to have this very valuable service.

The Goodwill Truck is just another way we as United Methodists have found to give back to our community.