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The purpose of the Older Adult Ministries Task Force’s Faithful Through the Years award (formerly Outstanding Older Adult award) is to recognize older adults 55 years or older who exemplify positive images of aging personally, in the life of the church and also community. Further, this nomination process offers an opportunity for the Presbytery to recognize older persons who, by their example, serve as a role models to all the generations for growing older with a sense of God’s grace. We encourage you to honor your nominees. The deadline for nominating someone from your church for 2016 will be Friday, September 30.

The Presbytery of Des Moines' Older Adult Ministries Task Force honored the following nominees for the 2016 Faithful Through the Years award at the 506th Stated Meeting on November 15, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Perry, IA.

Honorees pictured:

First Picture/Top row: Rev. Bob and Jeanne Burnett (Des Moines, Park Avenue); Douglas Carl (Ottumwa, Westminster); Bob Lester (Indianola, Trinity United); and Robert and Marilyn Finney (Clive, Heartland).

Bottom row: Dorothy and Clifford Leib (Guthrie Center, First); Claren and Ruth Rawson (Hartford, Community United); and Don and Mary Lou Friar (Grimes, First).

Second picture/Top row: DeVonne Hatch (Oskaloosa, First); Shirley Havens (Des Moines, Fort Des Moines); Doris King (Dexter, First); and Joanne Locke (Des Moines, Central).

Middle row: Polly Munck (Johnston, St. Paul); Ann Sackett (Perry, First); Bonnie Rowell (Ottumwa, East End); and Rheta Sponsler (LeRoy, First).

Bottom row: Ruby Stephens (Creston, Platte Center); Arlene Swendsen (Dallas Center, First); Constance Banks (Winterset, First United); and Caroline Anker (Earlham, First).

The Presbytery of Des Moines' Older Adult Ministries Task Force  honored the following nominees for the 2015 Faithful Through the Years award at the 502nd Stated Meeting on November 10, 2015 at Heartland Presbyterian Church in Clive, IA. 

2015 Older Adult Nominees #2

Honorees pictured:  
First Picture/Top row: Melvin and Sue Beavers (Dallas Center, First); Jim and Jean Gilbert (Johnston, St. Paul); Bob and Sue Heggen (Des Moines, Central).

Middle row:  Donna Hall, Sandy Hammond, and Kathy McCaughey, The Hartford Trio (Hartford, Community United); Milo and Norma Jean Bettis (Allerton, United). 

Bottom row:  Earl and Doris Benjamin (Perry, First); Norm and Sherry Templeman (Atlantic, First United).

Second picture/Top row: Robert Young (Winterset, First United); Rose Anne Meisenheimer (Greenfield, First); Wayne Fastle (Earlham, First); Wilma Lumsdon (Ottumwa, Westminster); and Dr. Charles Argo (Oskaloosa, First).

Middle row: Connie Hendricks (Des Moines, Fort Des Moines); Rose Burnett (Des Moines, Fort Des Moines); Betty Molln (Greenfield, First); and Helen Ruth Boggs (LeRoy, First).

Bottom row: Betty Whitson (Ottumwa, East End); Margaret Mossberg (Indianola, Trinity United); Jan Smith (Ankeny); Dorothea Trotter (Des Moines, Park Avenue); and Carolyn Harris (Dexter, First). 

The Presbytery of Des Moines' Older Adult Ministries Task Force  honored the following nominees for the 2014 Faithful Through the Years award at the 498th Stated Meeting on November 11, 2014 at Heartland Presbyterian Church in Clive, IA.

Honorees pictured:  
Top row: Connie Kinser (Winterset, First United); Lodema Stewart (Des Moines, Highland Park); Martha Smith (Ottumwa, East End); and John Anderson (Indianola, Trinity United).

Middle row:  Lois Van Ness (Ottumwa, Westminster); Donna Vaughan (Winterset, First United); Jim and Elsie Mace (Perry, First); and Norma Jean Lister (Dallas Center, First).

Bottom row:  Mary Pettigrew Stoltz (Ottumwa, First); Donna and Ken Van Mersbergen (Oskaloosa, First); Earnie and Dorothy Kopaska (Dexter, First); and Joan Tyler (Newton, First).  

 

The Presbytery of Des Moines' Older Adult Ministries Task Force  honored the following nominees for the 2013 Faithful Through the Years award at the 494th Stated Meeting on November 12, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa, IA.

Those who were honored were:
Top row:  Wanda Osborn (Dexter, First); Bob and Doris Barton (Ottumwa, East End); and Elizabeth Wells (Dexter, First).

Middle row:  Carol Shaw (Indianola, Trinity United); Russ and Linda Francisco (Des Moines, Fort Des Moines); Martha Lorimor (Earlham, First); and Phyllis Rosenberg (Grimes, First).

Bottom row:  Ann McFarling (Ottumwa, Westminster); John and Dorothy Peak (Grinnell, First); Bob Barnes (Oskaloosa, First); and Maxine Lyon (Atlantic, First United).

The Des Moines Presbytery's Older Adult Ministries Task Force honored the following nominees for the 2012 Faithful Through the Years award at the 490th Stated Meeting at Community United Presbyterian Church in Hartford, Iowa, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Those who were honored were: 
Top Row:  Viriginia Kyner (LeRoy, First); and Marilyn Vanderlinden (Centerville, First)

Middle Row: Margaret Magill (Atlantic, First United); Neal Wolfe (Oskaloosa, First); and Dr. Al Wood (Indianola, Trinity United). 

Bottom Row: Ruth Tomlinson and Rev. Russ Tomlinson (Ankeny).

The Des Moines Presbytery's Older Adult Ministries Task Force honored the following nominees for the 2011 Faithful Through the Years award at the 486th Stated Meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

Those who were honored were: 
Top Row:  Bob Mahaffey (Des Moines, Union Park); Gene Freese (Atlantic, First United); and Madonna Jack (Hartford, Community United).

Middle Row:  Harriett George (Clive, Heartland);  Kathryn Renoe (LeRoy, First); Emily Wykoff and Al Wykoff (Ankeny); and DeVerne Dixon (Indianola, Trinity United).

Bottom Row:  Luree Baker Straup (Allerton, United); Dianne Van Gorp (Oskaloosa, First); Lola Timmins (Ottumwa, Westminster); Mary Lou Briles (Des Moines, Park Avenue); and Barbara Boatwright (Des Moines, First).

The Des Moines Presbytery's Older Adult Ministries Task Force honored the following nominees for the 2010 Faithful Through the Years award at the 482nd Stated Meeting at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

Those who were honored were: 
Top Row:  Ramona Knop (Atlantic, First United); Elsie Simpson (Ottumwa, Westminster); and Joyce Rash (Des Moines, Union Park).

Middle Row:  Hal Jackson (Winterset, First United); Arthur Heimann (Grinnell, First); Yvonne Scott (Des Moines, Fort Des Moines); Margaret White (Oskaloosa, First); and Margaret Batschelet (Guthrie Center, First).

Bottom Row:  Jane Thomas (Des Moines, First); Dru McLuen (Indianola, Trinity United); Loretta Wendt and Wendell Wendt (Newton, First); and Vern Benda (Des Moines, Park Avenue).

Also honored:  O.W.L.S. (Ankeny)

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The six Iowa presbyteries are joining together for a weekend of worship, learning, mission, and fellowship.  PCUSA Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson will be preaching and speaking as we celebrate our differences and share our common faith as the one Body of Christ.  Come celebrate being Presbyterian in Iowa!  Registration will be taken by each presbytery, and more information will be forthcoming soon!  Save the date for what will undoubtedly be an impacting experience.  The meeting will be hosted by Collegiate & Northminster Presbyterian Churches in Ames, Iowa.