A very successful two-day celebration was held to celebrate the retirement of Rev. Ken Rummer at First Presbyterian Church in Corning, Iowa. We wish Ken and Myrna well in their new adventures of building and moving into a new home in Ankeny!
From Rev. Rummer...
"To all who helped with the retirement celebration: Thank you! the open house, the extended worship, the gifts, and the dinner all worked together to make it a memorable weekend..."
Sunday, January 8, the First Arabic Presbyterian Worshiping Community in Des Moines celebrated an inspiring and exciting milestone during worship with the commissioning of its leaders. The service was jointly led by CRE Ekram Kachu, members of the congregation, and the Presbytery representatives: TE Jim Koopman (Interim General Presbyter); TE Shamaine Chambers King (Windsor Heights, Windsor); RE Sandy Wagener (Ankeny); and RE Ginny Hancock (Des Moines, Central). Those who were commissioned were: James Anaal, Magdy Kachu, Sabri Juma, Haidar Kokola, Jam Duany, Mono Ghono, and Ngor Jongbaai.
The 2nd Annual Our Sister Parish Medical Delegation traveled to Berlín, Usulután, El Salvador to the Pastoral House. They departed Tuesday, October 25 and returned to the states on Tuesday, November 1. There were 9 medical professionals and 5 support staff that made the trip. They visited a number of the small communities in the area, setting up clinics and working with the folks in need of their services. There were 747 visits made during 4 days of clinic time.