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


Jigging Discipleship

Last spring, in the early hours of a stormy late May morning, we were literally jolted awake by a blinding bolt of lightning and simultaneous explosion of thunder. The bolt had certainly struck close by, but we did not realize how close until we smelled the charred air and heard sirens approaching. A couple of houses down from ours, flames were already devouring the upstairs.

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Bring Good News from Malawi to your Church!

Our International Peacemaker, Mphatso Mary Nguluwe from Malawi, will be in East Iowa Presbytery from Wednesday Sept. 27 through Monday, October 2.

She can speak to your church, church group, your church’s community, or your community’s schools. Contact Lisa by email at or by phone at 319-938-8807 to schedule a visit from Ms. Mphatso.

Ms. Nguluwe directs the Livingstonia Synod Aids Programme (LISAP) for the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian, Synod of Livingstonia (CCAPL). She is working to improve quality of life for children living with HIV, preventing parent to child transmission of HIV, to improve gender equity and equality for boys and girls, to prevent child trafficking, and to change cultural practices that put girls at risk of abuse and HIV infection.

She holds degrees in Midwifery and in Nursing Education, Administration and Community Nursing Science, and is a researcher in community development work.

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The Voice of Presbyterian Women – Spring 2017 Newsletter

Download The Voice (PDF) today! This edition includes information about:

  • Summer Spiritual Retreat August 11th and 12th at Camp Wyoming
  • How to be an encouraging leader
  • Children’s books that teach peace
  • “A Cloud of Witnesses” 2017 Spring Presbyterian Women Workshop on April 29th (details and registration)
  • News from Bdecan Presbyterian Church
  • Opportunities for leadership
  • Save the date for 2018 churchwide gathering


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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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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 or 319-930-7470


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