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This summer the PCUSA Stated Clerk is coming to Iowa, and all Iowa Presbyterians are invited to join him in Ames for an inspiring weekend gathering.  The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson was elected Stated Clerk last June in a historic vote by the General Assembly, becoming the first African American to hold this top ecclesial office.

Presbytery of Des Moines Newsletter 3-21-17

Presbytery of Des Moines Newsletter 3-7-17

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:09

Retired Pastors Christmas Luncheon

Once again, but for the last time on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Rev. Bob & Jeanne Burnett hosted a wonderful Christmas luncheon for the retired pastors, spouses and surviving spouses.  Jeanne always outdoes herself each and every year by preparing a scrumptious meal for the entire group of 20-30 folks , depending on how many are able to attend.  The Presbytery staff are always invited and a wonderful time of food, fellowship and singing Christmas carols is had by all!  This was the last one to be hosted by the Burnetts and a big thank-you goes out to them for all the wonderful hosting and fellowship times over the years.  As far as we can estimate, this was the 13th year for them to host.

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.


Following worship the congregation enjoyed a delicious meal of Sudanese and American food.  Jim Koopman then led the congregation in a discussion focused on visioning and planning, with members of the Presbytery's Sudanese Support Team participating.

The newly commissioned leaders of the First Arabic Church, part of the 1001 Worshiping Communities of the PC(USA), are looking forward to the future with great faith and expectations!
Friday, 24 February 2017 10:41

Sudanese Refugee Assistance

IT IS WINTER.

She came wearing sandals.  She needs boots.

IT IS COLD.

He has only a sweatshirt.  He needs a coat.

THEY LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND.

They are strangers in a strange land.  They need help.  they need hope.

IT IS WINTER.

She came wearing sandals.  She needs boots.

IT IS COLD.

He has only a sweatshirt.  He needs a coat.

THEY LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND.

They are strangers in a strange land.  They need help.  they need hope.

SEEKING REFUGE

The history of Sudan (and South Sudan) over the last century has been one of tremendous violence and suffering. Religious and cultural differences, tribal disagreements, conflicts over oil resources and border disputes have resulted in two devastating civil wars. It is estimated that more than 2 million people were massacred, and thousands of people fled, many walking hundreds of miles to refugee camps where they lived a desperate existence of hunger and poverty.

A WELCOME IN DES MOINES

In the early 1990s the United States opened its doors to Sudanese refugees, and Iowa began welcoming them and offering services. Many came to Des Moines and were provided with housing on Kingman Boulevard. The newly arrived refugees – struggling with language, bewildered by culture shock and suffering from post-traumatic stress – made their way to the nearby Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church where they found a welcome refuge and a healing community.

The First Arabic Presbyterian Worshiping Community celebrated its return to the Cottage Grove Church building with a joyous worship service last Sunday, September 11.  The congregation had been holding services at Windsor Presbyterian Church for the summer while the Cottage Grove building was being renovated, but they are now delighted to return to their “home” worship space.  The Sudanese congregation members were joined by individuals from our presbytery, along with several visitors from the new Cottage Grove Church.  Please continue to pray for our Sudanese friends as they build their congregation here in Des Moines, and as they cope with the devastating situation in their homeland.

 

Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:15

PW Purpose Awards

The Presbyterian Women (PW) of the Presbytery of Des Moines establishes the PW Purpose Awards.  The PW Coordinating Team recognizes there are women deserving of these awards throughout all the churches of the Presbytery; and are requesting nominations.

The awards will honor women of the Presbytery who have distinguished themselves in one of four categories taken from the PW Purpose statement.  All women who are nominated will be honored.

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Our Next Stated Meeting Is:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The 509th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Des Moines will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church, 1500 Industrial Ave., Bedford, Iowa. The meeting will be hosted by the Southwest Regional Partnership of the Presbytery. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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