August 2022  
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 JUBILEE's VISION:  Jubilee will be the church known for its Love:  contagious hospitality, extravagant generosity, and a gracious commitment to justice.  Jubilee will witness for Christ in the North End, in the city of Waterloo, in the Cedar Valley, and beyond (based on Acts 1:8)




Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that gladly welcomes you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Loving leadership that creates "safe space" where you can be yourself
  • A craving for genuine freedom and compassion for our family members

I don't believe you came to this website by accident.  You are continuing a spiritual journey that could impact hundreds, possibly thousands of lives, whether you plan to or not.  So let's start that journey afresh right here! In the books of Psalm and Isaiah, we find passages of revival and renewal (Psalm 139: 23-24; Isaiah 58:6-10).  We pray that revival start in your heart and mind today--and remember, the Bible says that "wisdom is the principal thing, therefore, get wisdom" (Proverbs 4:7).

I am so glad the Lord sent you our way!  May his peace and grace be with you today.


Yours in God's Love,
Pastor Funchess


". . . but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. . ." (Isaiah 40: 31, NIV)

Contact Us  
Jubilee United Methodist Church Freedom Center
1621 East Fourth Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Map  •   Directions
Phone (319) 234-5307
Mobile 319-504-0081
Regular Schedule  


  • Sunday Worship (Presently meeting on Sundays; we abide by all CDC regulations/guidelines)
    – 9:30 AM to 10:40 AM


  • Mid-Week Bible Study and Family Movie Night
    – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Discussion of Jemar Tisby's "How To Fight Racism"

Dynamic discussion and study of Jemar Tisby's "How To Fight Racism:  Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice."  Participants will engage in embodied participation as we grapple with the "fierce urgency of now."  Primary facilitators will be Kathy Kratchmer and Abraham L. Funchess, Jr.  While possession of the book is not necessary for participation in this weekly discussion, participants are encouraged to purchase the book and study guide for enhanced appreciation of this video curriculum.

Starting weekly August 11 - October 13.

March Re-enactment

This is a re-enactment of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Our freedoms are still under assault and this reenactment allows for embodied participation and freedom-expressions of various constituencies across the city. We will hear from various leaders as the march - beginning at Lincoln Park downtown Waterloo - dovetails into Mike Robinson's "Take Back My Community" at Sullivan Park.

Rust College Full Scholarship

Jubilee is honored to be the conduit for a tremendous 4-year scholarship opportunity to HBCU Rust College in Holly Springs, MS.  Qualifying student must have a 2.8 GPA or better and demonstrate a willingness to excel.  For more information, connect with Abraham L. Funchess, Jr., at 319-504-0081, or 319-291-4441 (work).

Popular Children's book entitled "RISE!" by Abraham L. Funchess, Jr.

The first of three book installments for youth, Pastor Funchess' book entitled "RISE!" is designed to help young readers discover and rediscover the values

that have been proven to make community strong and allow young persons to tap into their vast potential.

DONATION:  $20 per book

Jubilee UMC is a registered nonprofit entity for charitable tax free donations.  In addition to connecting with the church via traditional mail (Jubilee UMC, 1621 East 4th Street, Waterloo, Iowa, 50703), one can also contribute to the church via cash app -

Cash App: $JubileeUMC1621

For more information, contact secretarial support at 319-504-0081 or 319-291-4441 (ask for Funchess).

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