Thursday, July 2
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Presbytery of North Central Iowa
As part of our commitment to compassionate discipleship, our presbytery offers an annual mission trip in partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. While we always serve a location in need, our motives are not completely selfless: we usually head south in February for a brief respite from winter in Iowa.
In 2014, however, we deviated from our normal pattern and traveled to New Jersey to help with the rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. The gracious hospitality extended by Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, our host congregation, enabled us to serve. On one of the evenings, we enjoyed a community meal at St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, across the street from Point Pleasant. We learned that St. Mary’s had sent a team to Iowa in 2009 to help rebuild after the flooding of 2008.
Twenty-seven folks from nine congregations participated in our disaster-recovery trip to New Jersey. Traditionally, the mission team has been drawn from the retired crowd, but we have seen a change in the last couple years. We had four teenagers, three people in their 20s, and two in their 30s.
Morning prayer and evening group time and prayer helped us to listen for what God was doing in each of us throughout the week. When possible, we also include a side trip to help us interpret the work of the larger church. In 2014 we headed to Princeton Theological Seminary for worship and a brief tour.
The Presbytery of North Central Iowa is made up of 7,216 members of 53 congregations.
—Rev. David Feltman, pastor to the presbytery and stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. David Feltman, pastor to the presbytery and stated clerk
Kaylene Hoskins, administrative assistant and bookkeeper
Lee Nicholas, treasurer
Vicki Thordsen, secretary
Rev. Dr. Glenn Wilson, assistant stated clerk
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, we pray for those who are picking up the pieces of their lives after a disaster. We pray that out of chaos hope will rise, and we offer ourselves humbly in service. In Christ’s name. Amen.