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Inspired by Matthew 25, Iowa PC(USA) church focuses on its community


First Presbyterian embraces ‘a good challenge’

January 19, 2024

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Volunteers with All God’s Creatures, a program initiated by First Presbyterian of Mt. Pleasant, talk to church members at a Matthew 25 fair. (Rich Copley | PCUSA)

When leaders at First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant first heard about the Matthew 25 initiative, they thought it was “a good challenge” to think about how their faith guides them to serve their community. The church has engaged in outreach to people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, who have immigrated to the United States and their community, and many others in this small Midwestern town. We caught up with the church as it was celebrating its embrace of the Matthew 25 initiative to hear how it has impacted it as a faith community and individuals.

The Rev. Trey Hegar is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. (Photo by Rich Copley/Presbyterian Mission Agency)

 Visit to learn about the Matthew 25 initiative.

Interviews and script editing by Melody Smith. Images and video editing by Rich Copley. Additional images from First Presbyterian Church Mt. Pleasant.

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Today’s Focus: First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant is reaching out to the local LGBTQIA+ community

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Beth Zornick, Vice President, Customer Business Systems, Board of Pensions
Princeton Abarahoa, Associate for African Intercultural Ministries, Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Let us pray

Gracious God, as we grow, may we feel your presence in our lives. As we discover who we are, give us the strength to go out into the world and share the gifts you have given us. Amen.