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Sara's Update 9-16-18

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It was a joy to hand out Bibles to our 3-year-olds and 3rd graders in August. I loved seeing the excitement on their faces when they received their Bibles. I want to let you in on a little secret. Ready? Illustrated children’s Bibles and Adventure Bibles for teens and tweens don’t...

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Sara's Update 7/18

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As I did a yoga-type stretching video the other month, something the instructor said caught me off guard. Of course he was talking about stretching, but his advice it can be applied to any situation in life. He said, “The stretch needs to feel right. These poses may not even feel good to...

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Sara's Update 6/19

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We learned a lot during our first season of gardening last year. We learned that growing pumpkins wasn’t the best use of our limited space. We also learned that while it was fun to grow a variety of herbs, it wasn’t very practical to pick, clean, chop, and store all of those herbs...

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Lessons from the Garden: Risks

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BE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS & EXPERIMENT ~ Now that another gardening season is upon us, I am learning new lessons from the garden. The first lesson I’ve learned is “be willing to experiment.” Karen Johnson gave me some gardening books and in one of them, a master gardener...

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Sara's Update 4/17

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On April 9th I received a puzzled look from 3 and 4 year olds when I told them: “we’re going to plant our garden today!” One of them responded: “but it’s snowing!!” I smiled and nodded. Then, I revealed that we would begin our garden inside in plastic cups...

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Sara's Update 3/20

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On March 15th, members of the councils of North Central Iowa Presbytery, Prospect Hill Presbytery, and Des Moines Presbytery met together to hear a vision of collegiality for the future. Over 30 pastors and ruling elders listened to this vision and heard the story of the 3-year-long process of...

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Sara's Update 2/20

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In January, representatives from the six Presbyteries in Iowa gathered in Perry, IA, for a 24-hour retreat. This group has been meeting every-other-month for the last 18 months to discuss the future and dream together. At first, we all came with our own desires and feelings, but through team...

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Sara's Update 1/15

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My role as Moderator of the Presbytery keeps me busy! On January 8th the Presbytery called a special meeting to examine two candidates for ordination. Janelle Groteluschen was the elder commissioner from our congregation. Ms. Erin Marth from Eden Presbyterian Church in Rudd, was unanimously...

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Sara's Update 12/6

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Sara’s article: As the moderator of the Presbytery, I get to chose a theme for the year. This theme is woven through our Pastor to the Presbytery’s sermons and throughout our Presbytery worship services. I chose the theme “finding joy.” When I think about finding...

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Sara's Update 11/14

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On November 5th I was installed as the Moderator for the Presbytery of North Central Iowa. This is a one-year position, from the 1st Sunday in November 2017 through the 1st Sunday in November 2018. This past year I was vice-moderator and watched Rev. Kerry Carson serve in the Moderator role. I...

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