Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Families

You are invited to a community prayer vigil in response to the separation of immigrant families at our border

prayer-vigil-prayer-from-pdaSaturday, June 23, 7:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
1702 Iowa Street

Join us in our sanctuary for a brief prayer service, candlelight vigil, and time writing letters of protest. All are welcome.

Parking will be available in the west lot. Please enter by the covered sanctuary doors at Kirkwood and Pershing Streets, or via the nearby elevator.

Contact Rev. Katie Styrt ( or 563-326-1691) if you have any questions.

Download a flyer to share (PDF).

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International Peacemaker Jerome Bizimana of Rwanda

International Peacemaker Jerome Bizimana of Rwanda is visiting our Presbytery Sept. 27 through Oct. 1, bringing words of hope and reconciliation where the deepest hurts once divided. Invite him to your church! Contact Lisa Ross Thedens at or 319-938-8807. Our Presbytery’s Peacemaking Task Force will assist you in transporting him to your church and do all we can to facilitate your event.

jerome-bizimanaRev. Bizimana Nkumbuyinka Jerome is President of Remera Presbytery in Rwanda and the initiator of the Light Group, bringing together survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide of Tutsi Rwandans. He will share how the church helps bring about reconciliation.

Rev. Bizimana Nk. Jerome studied Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Zambia in 2004 – 2005 at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. He is married to Jannette and father of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls.

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Pray for the General Assembly

The 223rd General Assembly will take place in St. Louis from June 15-23.  Please hold those who will gather to discern God’s leading in governance of the PCUSA, especially our East Iowa commissioners:  Teaching Elder Lisa Ross Thedens, Teaching Elder Trey Hegar, Ruling Elder Marta Pumroy, and Ruling Elder Kerry Jennings along with our Stated Clerk Rebecca Blair.

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Discovering and Claiming Our Common Calling–Information on the New Plan

At the 180th Stated Meeting on January 13, 2018, our Presbytery approved a new plan to help us revitalize our Presbytery culture and create broader, more flexible opportunities for service and engagement for everyone throughout the Presbytery.  As we live into this new way of being, information about the plan and the implementation process may be found here.

Discovering and Claiming Our Common Calling [the full plan description] may be found here

Discovering and Claiming Our Common Calling–ANNOTATED DESCRIPTIONS may be found here

DCCC Proposed Implementation Plan may be found here

Visioning within Covenant Community [a document relating the former Presbytery structure to the new approach and structure] may be found here

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