Sharing the conversation within the covenant community of the Presbytery of East Iowa


Sharing the conversation within the covenant community of the Presbytery of East Iowa

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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

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Upcoming Events

Would you like to…
• Better understand the Benefits Plan for your pastor(s)?
• Expand your network of colleagues with whom you can share ideas/challenges?
• Increase your understanding of the new options available for non-installed pastors and other employees?
• Have an opportunity to address your questions to knowledgeable peers facing the same challenges you have in the area of employee compensation and benefits?
• Have a chance to direct questions or concerns to senior leadership of the Board of Pensions?
• Come to Chicago in the springtime?
PUT MAY 9TH ON YOUR CALENDAR and bring a colleague to the one-day Benefit Connections gathering at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst, IL.
Go to to register or just find out more.
You’ll leave with newly established peer relationships, new strategies for being the best employer you can be, along with a better understanding of the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA).