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Lighten Up for Lent

The church where I participate, First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, has introduced a program for Lent called “Lighten Up For Lent.” This is a team-challenge program where teams of six compete against each other to earn points. Points can be earned by doing things like drinking more water, getting enough sleep, exercising and/or counting steps, and encouraging one another. Yes, you also get a weekly bonus point for attending church! (We’re also competing against the Methodists across town… .)

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Confirmation Class Learns About Muslims Firsthand

Monticello Presbyterian Confirmation ClassThe confirmation class at First Presbyterian Church in Monticello recently dove into what it means to be a Muslim living in the United States.

Twenty-six-year-old Reema Ajram from Cedar Rapids met with the eight confirmands (in grades eighth and ninth), as well as the church’s pastor, Rev. Emory Gillespie. Ajram and Gillespie knew each other prior.

Gillespie said she asked the confirmation class what they would like to learn more about.

“They said they enjoyed learning about our neighbors and different faiths,” said Gillespie.

(this article first appeared in The Monticello Express at http://www.monticelloexpress.com/content/confirmation-class-learns-about-muslims-firsthand)

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2017 Pastor Change of Call Forms–Please send these ASAP!

ATTENTION CLERKS:  There’s still time to send in these forms!  As your churches complete their annual meetings and reviews of pastoral terms of call, please remember to complete the 2017 Change in Terms of Call form for the Presbytery along with the ENR-111 form for the Board of Pensions.  You can access these forms by clicking on the links below:

Click here to access the 2017 Terms of Call form (Due: March 10, 2017)

Click here to access the ENR-111 form

If you have questions, please contact Stated Clerk Rebecca Blair at rblair@peia.org or 319-930-7470

Thanks!

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Statement on Justice and Immigration

The following statement was approved at the 175th Stated Meeting–

The Presbytery of East Iowa adopts the following statement as an expression of our witness as Presbyterians in eastern Iowa to follow the prophetic voice of Micah to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God in servant leadership within the realm of God:

Whereas, the President of the United States, by Executive Order on January 27, 2017 has suspended visas or restricted entry for Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen (in essence banning the majority of Muslim Refugees) entering into the United States, which serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war;

And whereas, this suspension contradicts the very foundations of our biblical faith to welcome the stranger and give safe haven to the refugee;

And whereas, Jesus himself, with his family, began life as a refugee;

Be it resolved, the Presbytery of East Iowa, of the Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting on this 11th day of February decries any policy that discriminates against refugees and asylum seekers by nationality, race, or religion, as immoral, and contrary to US tradition and our understanding of the Biblical Great Ends of the Church;

And further, urges the President to rescind this Executive Order and restore the integrity and values of compassion and hospitality essential to our identity as a nation.

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2017 Pastor Call Forms

ATTENTION CLERKS:  As your churches complete their annual meetings and reviews of pastoral terms of call, please remember to complete the 2017 Change in Terms of Call form for the Presbytery along with the ENR-111 form for the Board of Pensions.  You can access these forms by clicking on the links below:

Click here to access the 2017 Terms of Call form (Due: March 1, 2017)

Click here to access the ENR-111 form

If you have questions, please contact Stated Clerk Rebecca Blair at rblair@peia.org or 319-930-7470

Thanks!

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Christian Education Summit

March 10th and 11th! Come and learn, grow, and have fun with others who care about Christian Education! This event is designed for Volunteers, Pastors, and Educators who serve in the areas of Children, Youth, and Adult Education.

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