CROSS Outreach Announces Retirement of Executive Director

CROSS Outreach Announces Retirement of Executive Director

CROSS Outreach Announces Retirement of Executive Director

CROSS Outreach has been blessed with the leadership of Roberta Victor since 2005. Her career with CROSS began in 1991, this means over 31 years of dedicated service to the mission of the Des Moines Presbytery. She has been able to transition many changes through the years with CROSS, and she was able to do it so well. We are very grateful for the compassion, love, dedication, and energy that she has given to CROSS and the people that we serve.

We are sorry to say that Roberta will be retiring from this position, affective April 1, 2023. Roberta says, “the time is right for CROSS and for me. The time is right for a new leader with new ideas and energy and passion. The time is right for me to spend more time with my family, church and to energize my skills as an artist.”

“We wish her well; we ask for God’s guidance as CROSS continues to serve the underserved in our community.”
~Joyce Hoffman

FPC Knoxville Takes Church to Member’s Home

FPC Knoxville Takes Church to Member’s Home

FPC Knoxville Takes Church to Member’s Home

Stories emerge from the New Testament of faithful folk gathered in homes for worship. The Knoxville Church took a page from those stories as we met in the home of one of our members on Sunday, November 20. John Mertz, one of our Ruling Elders, suggested that we “take church” to Dorothy Borchert’s house as she had been unable to come to the church building due to recent surgeries.

One of our pianists, Rose Marie Briggs, offered to play the piano in Dorothy’s living room for worship. Dorothy had the piano tuned for the occasion. The congregation sounded great as we filled up Dorothy’s living room.

The beauty of a small congregation such as Knoxville is that we were able to make this change easily. The collective decision is that we will return to Dorothy’s house on another Sunday morning.

Online Workshop: The Past, Present, and Future of Giving and Generosity

Online Workshop: The Past, Present, and Future of Giving and Generosity

Online Workshop: The Past, Present, and Future of Giving and Generosity

3-part series
Tuesdays, January 17, 24, and 31, 2023
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Do you need to know how to communicate effectively about giving and generosity?

There are five generations worshiping in our churches right now. Three were born before the internet existed and two are digital natives. They all think about, spend, and give money in incredibly different ways.

This three-part workshop is designed to help churches plan for the future by better understanding how and why each of these generations give. Learn how to communicate about giving and generosity more effectively and spur creative thinking around available giving tools.

Learn more and register here

NCI Presbytery PDA Trip

NCI Presbytery PDA Trip

NCI Presbytery PDA Trip

The Presbytery of North Central Iowa’s 2023 PDA mission trip will be to Madisonville, Kentucky to help with rebuilding after the area was hit by a tornado outbreak on December 10, 2021. The cost will be $175 per person. Participants will also be responsible for the cost of their travel and lodging to Madisonville and back.

We will be staying at First Presbyterian Church in Madisonville, arriving February 5 and departing February 11. The church can accommodate up to 35 volunteers in converted classrooms with 5-8 twin beds in each room. Volunteers need to bring a pillow, twin size sheets and a blanket or a sleeping bag along with towels and toiletries. The site has a gym, kitchen, dining and laundry facilities. Photos are available at https://www.newfpc.com/outreach/helping-the-helpers. For those that do not wish to stay in a dormitory-style setting, there are numerous hotels within 15 minutes of the church.

Repair work is being coordinated by the Hopkins County Long Term Recovery Group and will be done in the Bremen, Barnsley, or Dawson Springs areas. Most work will be in 12-15 homes that have been framed up by Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged, but not required to participate in the trip.

Completed registration forms may be emailed to Jeannie at the Presbytery Office or mailed with your registration fee to Jeannie at the Presbytery Office (address on form). Applications must be received no later than January 6, 2023. Registration will not be considered complete without the full $175 fee and all completed forms. If you have questions or need more information, contact Angie Jewett by e-mail or phone (515-370-0839) or Dave Little by e-mail or phone (641-420-2816).

2023 Mission Trip Application and Release Forms

Hopkins County Long Term Recovery Group Waiver