Your Weekly Update
From First Presbyterian Church
Confirmation students are expected to meet with Session this evening, March 15th at 7:30pm for their profession of faith. Confirmation Sunday will be April 17th.
The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, March 27 after the 1st service. Yes, I know – it’s Easter Sunday but Pastor Clint dropped the ball on getting the sale of some gifted church property approved and that is the only Sunday we can get it done before the sale. It will literally take 5 minutes, so if you are able and willing to join us about 10:15 on Easter morning, it will be appreciated very much.
PW Projects Day
Attention all Women!! Please plan to attend Presbyterian Women Projects Day on Thursday, March 17th from 9:30-noon in the Fellowship Hall. Morning coffee & treats will be provided. This is a fun morning to work on various projects with some great fellowship. If you haven’t attended before, we would love to have you join us.
Palm Sunday: Pre-School Thru 5th Grade
We’d like the kids to meet in the library just prior to the first service, so that they can wave palms and ring bells during the first hymn. Just a reminder, no Sunday School on Easter Sunday.
One Great Hour of Sharing
On Sunday, March 27th, we will be collecting our One Great Hour of Sharing offering during our worship services. One Great Hour of Sharing supports the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Self-Development of People, enabling them to bring the joy and love of Christ to some of the most vulnerable and desperate people and places around the world. Please give generously.
Again this year, our lilies will have even more meaning. We’ve decided to add to the cost of each lily and use these proceeds to benefit a mission project. So while we celebrate the resurrection, we will also be ministering to those in need. If you purchase the lily alone, the cost is $10.50. If you would like to help benefit a mission project the cost of your lily would be $15.00. Please call Cheri at the church office at 336-1649 to place your order, and please let us know if this is in memory of, or honoring someone. Thank you.
FPC is Collecting Freezer Meals
We have a some families in need of meals, so we are beginning to collect freezer meals again, casseroles or hot dishes here at the church and distribute them to the families in need. At this time we could use a few meals for families of two and three. Thank you in advance!
Lenten Bible Study & Soup Supper
Lent through Leviticus…
This year’s topic for our Sunday night Soup and Study during Lent will be the book of Leviticus. Though most often thought of as a weird book full of strange laws (which is kind of true) Leviticus offers us a good opportunity to consider how we find guidance for Godly living, what it means to be obedient and faithful, and the standards God calls us to as His people. The meals are great and the conversations are helpful. We hope you will join us.
Each week includes supper and child care (please notify us with the number of children) and there is no cost. The Soup Supper begins at 4:30pm followed with a Bible Study from 5:15-6:00pm.
There is a sign-up sheet for food in the Narthex. Each week we need three people to bring soup, one person to bring bread, one person to bring a veggie tray and two people to bring desserts. We hope to see you there.
Church School Snacks
A sign-up sheet and PEANUT/ NUT-FREE SNACK LIST has been placed in the library window. Please take a snack list and sign up for your favorite date!! 5 dozen snacks and 2 large juice (not red) are needed in the Cantina for Church School by 9:45am each Sunday morning.
Wednesday, March 16th
Meal: Ham & Cheese Potato Bake
Meal Crew: Karey Winkel
More Volunteers Needed!!
- Freezer Meals Class ~ Jane Loveall, Lisa Richter & Amy Benge
- The Book of Mark ~ led by Rachelle Gewecke
- A Guide to the Faith ~ Pastor Clint
Recharge Meal Servers Needed
A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex and ready for you to sign up to help set up, serve and cleanup for our weekly meals at Recharge.
POET Dinner in April
The POET Committee is very excited about our first attempt at an event that is more than just dinner! Iowa Lakes Community College will be performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in April. We would love to support this production and the many connections here at First Presbyterian. Joseph – Tyler Jenness; Brothers & Wives – Spencer Carlson, Maxine Butler, Doug Stueven & Serena Lynch; Orchestra – Gary Lambert, David Boon & Tracy Anderson; Costume Designer & helpers – Lynn Peterson, Cindy Knabe & Ruth Nolting; Director – Carol Ayres Stueven. While you can attend any of the performances, we would like to invite everyone to the dinner theatre night.
Sat, April 9 – 5:30 p.m., ILCC Cafeteria
Menu: Lettuce Salad / Relish Tray, Prime Rib, Tilapia, Chicken Breast (choice) must indicate choice at time of ticket order, Baked Potato, Green Bean Almandine, Roll / Drink / Dessert
Cost: for Dinner Theatre and musical performance Pre-school through Grade 12: $23 ($6 for musical ticket + $17 dinner) Adults: $30.00 ($13 for musical ticket + $17 dinner). Tickets will be at the door under your name and must be paid in advance. Call Linda Kautz, music office assistant, at 712-362-8345 to make reservations (you may have to leave a call back number) Doors open at 7pm, performance at 7:30pm in the Iowa Lakes Gym, Estherville campus. Please get your tickets ASAP. They are expecting to sell out. Let Linda know you are with the First Presbyterian group.
Interested in becoming a member of First Presbyterian?
On Sunday, April 24th, there will be a New Members’ Recognition for those of you who have recently joined the church but have not been publicly recognized. If you have decided to join the church, but have not yet completed the necessary paperwork, we invite you to stop in the church office and complete the required forms so that we can include you in the April 24th recognition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.
Children’s Quilts ready to finish
The children’s quilts are in the fellowship hall and ready for completion. Please take them home and complete one or as many as you like. In the past these quilts have been given to CAASA, DC Public Health for the New Moms program, LRH for the new babies, Kinship, SL Library, Prospect Hill Presbytery, Full Gospel Mission and the Parkersburg tornado victims. Lap Quilts have been given to Hilltop and Milford Nursing Center. Please help with this project which provides warmth to many members of our community and beyond.
Please pick up your cake pans and bowls from the kitchen.
- Our sympathies are extended to the family of Karen Holst on her passing this past week.
- John Calsbeek recovering from surgery.
- Kenny Beck fighting brain cancer.
- Judy Stueven recovering from health issues.
- Bennett Stecker for healing and response to treatment.
- Jennifer Dukes Lee’s father recovering from surgery.
- Tammy (Bartels) Martin recovering from an aneurysm.
- Pat Kelly suffering with health issues.
- Emily Butterworth recovering from surgery.
- Natasha Nelson recovering from a broken elbow.
- Dave Dreeszen recovering from surgery.
- Judy Jensen recovering from back injury.
- Gene Krueger recovering from a stroke.
- Marcia Hill going through radiation treatment.
- Dean Miller recovering from hypothermia.
- Mark Voss recovering from a blood clot in his leg.
- Betty Lamer recovering from an illness.
- Connor Rowley recovering from an accident.
- Talia Patton as she suffers kidney rejection.
- Jim Arens who has been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease.
- Mitchell Elmquist struggling with lymphoma.
- Jay Anderson as he awaits transplants and further recovery.
- Recharge – 5:30pm
- High School Youth Group – 6:45pm
- 2nd Service Rehearsal – 7pm
- Adult Handbell Practice – 7pm
- Chancel Choir practice – 8pm
- Men’s Bible Study – 9am
- PW Projects Day – 9:30am
- Reformed Worship Service – 8:50am
- Coffee and fellowship – 10am
- Sunday School – 10:10am
- Confirmation – 10:15am
- Reforming Worship Service – 11:15am
- HS Act II – 2pm
- PW Sewing – 9am
- Women’s Bible Study – 1:30pm
Children’s Sunday School
Adult Sunday School Classes
- Passing Down the Faith – various leaders
- The Book of James – Clint Loveall
Reformed (1st) Service ~ 8:50am
Organist – Charlene Radcliffe
Liturgist – Kirk Jensen
Ushers – Ryan & Erin Davelaar, Ron Niebruegge & Kelly Swancutt
Greeters – Mavis Palmer & Joy Albert
Video Taping – Keith Brockmeyer
Nursery – June Howatt & Lindsay VanderWolde
Coffee – Dayle Broocks & Jan Bowles
Reforming (2nd) Service ~ 11:15am
Praise Team – Kari Bruinsma, Pressley Cochran-Bray, Bart Duncan & Brianna Pratt
Greeters – Bill & Coral Cochran-Bray
Nursery – Stacy Howard
Power Point – Blake Tillotson
Sound – Craig Tillotson