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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 & Jim Kennedy. Orchestra – Gary Lambert, David Boon & Tracy Anderson. Costume Designer and helpers – Lynn Peterson, Cindy Knabe, Ruth Nolting & Ellen Williams. 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 Cafe
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.
First Presbyterian Church Spring Clean Up Day
The Building & Grounds Committee will be having the Spring Clean Up Day here at the church on Saturday, April 9th* from 9:00 am – noon. They are looking for help with cleaning up trash, washing the windows, weed pulling, garden clean-up, and removing of dead shrubs and bushes. They need your help – no special skills required! Men and women are welcome!
*If weather is bad, the clean up day will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, April 16th.
We would like to thank everyone so much for your prayers, phone calls and support during our daughter Tammy’s hospital stay and recovery. We have truly been blessed with a very supportive church family.
God bless you all,
Dave & Max Bartels and family
Working on Worship
Worship is the thing that often brings the most of us together. What is worship and how do we do it well? Join us in the coming weeks as we explore one of our most important tasks as the church.
April 10 – What doesn’t belong here?
April 17 – Who are we in worship? (Confirmation Sunday – one service at 8:50)
April 24 – How do we worship?
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.
Confirmation Sunday will be held on Sunday April 17th. Confirmation students are expected to join us as we celebrate the relationships, faith commitment, and new life that they bring to our congregation. You are also invited to join us during coffee and fellowship hour for a short time of reception and celebration including refreshments.
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!
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, April 6th
Meal Crew: Karrey Lindeberg
More Volunteers Needed!!
Only Two More Weeks of ReCharge!
- 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.
In May our church will deliver meals to community shut-ins. Delivering Meals-On-Wheels takes about 30-45 minutes. You may sign up for any amount of days. Maybe you prefer one day a week, for instance every Monday, or every day for a week or different days during the month.
Substitutes are available so don’t let the fact that you are going to be gone one time stop you from signing up. You pick up the meals at the hospital kitchen at 11:00am. This usually is done with a partner to make the job fun and faster. Meals are delivered every day of the week except Sunday.
Delivering Meals-On-Wheels to our community shut-ins is a rewarding experience and you will be glad you took part in it.
A calendar is placed on an easel in the Narthex for you to sign up. If you have any questions please contact Milt Nolting at 336-4336.
Upper Des Moines Food Pantry
The congregations of our county take turns supporting the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry. Long ago it was decided by the churches that the county would be best served by having this pantry. Our congregation has the opportunity to provide to the pantry for the months of April and October. Please consider donating your items during the month of April. Items may be placed in the wagon in the Narthex. Monetary gifts are welcome as well.
Please pick up your cake pans and bowls from the kitchen.
- Our sympathies are extended to the family of Michael & Rachelle Gewecke on the passing of Rachelle’s grandmother.
- Matt Jennings recovering from pneumonia.
- Clyde Gerth dealing with health issues.
- Velma Ashburn dealing with health issues.
- 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.
- Dave Dreeszen recovering from surgery.
- Judy Jensen recovering from back injury.
- Gene Krueger recovering from a stroke.
- 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
- Building & Grounds Comm Mtg – 6:30pm
- High School Youth Group – 6:45pm
- 2nd Service Rehearsal – 7pm
- Adult Handbell Practice – 7pm
- Chancel Choir practice – 8pm
- Men’s Bible Study – 9am
- PW Coordinating Team Mtg – 5:30pm
- FPC Spring Clean-Up – 9am
- Reformed Worship Service – 8:50am
- Coffee and fellowship – 10am
- Sunday School – 10:10am
- Reforming Worship Service – 11:15am
- HS Act II – 2pm
- PW Sewing – 9am
- Deacons Meeting – 6:30pm
- Christian Ed Meeting – 6:30pm
- Membership Committee Meeting – 7pm
- Women’s Bible Study – 1:30pm
Children’s Sunday School
Adult Sunday School Classes
- Faith & Modern Science – Roger Lahm
- The Book of James – Clint Loveall
Reformed (1st) Service ~ 8:50am
Pianist – Rachelle Gewecke
Ushers – Steve & Jan Richards & Ruth Ann Kelly
Greeters – Jack & Sherryl Jones
Video Taping – Dan Vicker
Nursery – Katelyn Brockmeyer & Amy Webber
Coffee – Ray Miller & Janice Clark
Reforming (2nd) Service ~ 11:15am
Praise Team – Pressley Cochran-Bray, Bart Duncan, Brianna Pratt & Liz Steiner
Greeter – The Pratt Family
Nursery – Sarah Dirks
Power Point – Logan Sill
Sound – Chris Sill
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