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Adults With Special Needs




Nazareth recognizes the importance of reaching out to those in our community who have special needs so that they may continue to learn more about God's word and to grow in their faith in Christ.


Adults with special needs are encouraged to join our Alpha classes on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


With questions or to sign up, contact NAZ Director of Discipleship, Jenny Nelson, at


At Nazareth, we recognize the wealth of experience and wisdom possessed by our senior adult members. That’s why we offer opportunities for senior adults to use their skills, insights, and talents in service to others.  Through these activities and many more, mature adults at Nazareth live out their desire to serve Christ by serving others.


Our Nazareth members 55+ can be found

  • Leading Bible studies
  • Serving on Church Council and leadership teams
  • Visiting homebound members
  • Landscaping church grounds
  • Serving funeral luncheons and Lenten soup suppers
  • Knitting prayer shawls
  • Staffing the Nazareth library
  • Building Habitat for Humanity houses


Bible Studies for Adults 55+

MidKids - Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in Room 156

Prime Time - Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in Room 151

SEARCH - Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 160

Senior Adult Women’s Bible Study - 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month; 9:00 a.m. in Room 158

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.; College Square Hy-Vee


Service Opportunities

Shepherd’s Staff - This visitation ministry calls on homebound members and those who have suffered an illness or bereavement.

Home Communion - This visitation ministry provides Communion for homebound members.


Regular Activities

Thursday Fellowship is a luncheon served every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All members and their friends who are 55+ years are invited to attend. For the low cost of $5, you will enjoy a delicious meal in the company of friends.  Please call the church office at 319-266-7589 for this week's menu and to RSVP.


Nazareth offers opportunities for women to gain a deeper understanding of who Christ is, what He has done for us, and how He can inspire us to serve others, support each other, and share Christ with everyone.  Click HERE for the current Women's Ministry brochure.


Love Gifts Support Kits & Quilts

Love Gifts offer Nazareth members and friends the opportunity to support Kits & Quilts and Lutheran World Relief. Working together, these two groups provide basic necessities to people in need throughout the world. Love Gifts will help fund the purchase of materials for health kits, school kits, sewing kits, and baby care kits and will help pay LWR shipping costs.


Love Gifts can be purchased in increments of $5. When you purchase a Love Gift, you will receive a gift card that can be given to your loved one. The card explains the purpose of the Love Gift and lets the recipient know that the gift given in their name will touch the life of someone in need. You can purchase Love Gifts from Membership Secretary Deb Rhoades in the church office.  To learn more about Love Gifts, click here.


Bible Study Groups

  • Circles, six small groups associated with Women of the ELCA (WELCA), meet at various times and places on the second Wednesday and Thursday of the month for Bible study and fellowship.
  • A Senior Adult Women’s Bible study meets on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Room 158.
  • A Bible Study meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 156 on the first and third Thursdays of every month.
  • A Women’s Breakfast Group meets at various locations the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m.
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month during the school year at 9:00 a.m. in Room 155. Meetings feature speakers, devotions, craft projects, and refreshments. Expectant mothers welcome.


Service Opportunities

Kits and Quilts meets in the Underground on the first Monday (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.) and the third Monday (9:00 a.m. to noon) and next day, Tuesday (from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).   The group makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief and Bremwood Children’s Home in Waverly and assembles baby care, personal care, school, and sewing kits for LWR.  Women, men, and children (age 10 or older with adult supervision) are welcome to help for the entire day or part of the day.


The Caring Heart Quilters meet every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m.-Noon in Rooms 221-223 to make quilts for Lutheran Bible Camp auctions.


A Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 a.m. at NewAldaya to knit and crochet shawls for people in need of prayer and comfort. The group also makes baby baptism blankets, hats for chemo patients, and teddy bears for sick children.


The Sunshine Group helps with funeral luncheons.


The Bremwood Children’s Home Auxiliary meets in Waverly four times a year.


NewAldaya Lifescapes (formerly The Cedar Falls Lutheran Home) continues to need cookies for special events. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of activities.

Join with men of Nazareth as they grow together in God's amazing love and grace. We offer several ways to get involved with other guys and provide a chance to have fellowship with fellow men of God.


Bible Studies

Every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. in Cedar Falls Hy-Vee upstairs meeting room. Enjoy coffee and a roll, and don't forget to bring your Bible. Our Bible study is informal, and your insights and questions are welcomed.


Pastor Brian leads a Promise Keepers Bible study from 12:00 -1:00 on Wednesdays in Room 160 at Nazareth. Bring your Bible and your lunch.


Every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. in Room 158.


Every Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. in Room 156.


Service Opportunities

The Willing Workers team serves by assisting with repair, maintenance and building tasks around church and beyond.  Contact Pastor Denny Hanson at with questions.


Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church

7401 University Avenue

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Phone: 319-266-7589