Announcements for all KAPP Churches

Christ Wednesday Activities:  Family Supper will be served from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm and Christ Wednesday Worship Service will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20, at the Algona First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona. Younger Youth Fellowship will meet at the Algona First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, December 20, at 3:30 pm to practice for their Children’s Christmas Program. The Children’s Christmas Program will be presented that same evening, December 20, at 6:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

Confirmation Class will meet on Sunday, January 7, at the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 1:00 pm. Older Youth Fellowship will meet following this class at 2:00 pm at the Algona Church. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

Adult “Monday School” will NOT be held on December 18, December 25, or January 1 at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226.

Let us Rejoice!!!!!! The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) delivered 111 shoeboxes to the Samaritan’s Purse Collection Center on Sunday afternoon, November 19. Thank you to each of you for your generosity in preparing a shoebox that will bring joy to some child someplace in the world. Over 1,000 boxes were prepared by area residents. Praise the Lord!!!!!

Needed for “Warmth For Winter”: The elementary schools of Algona are in need of basic items to replace clothing for their students. Items needed include: Bertha Godfrey, Pre-school through Kindergarten: Socks for boys and girls, small size 5 ½ to 8 ½ and medium size 9, larger size 2 ½; Underwear, boys and girls sizes 3-7; Sweatpants, this is the thing they need most, boys and girls sizes 3-8; Bryant, First and Second Grade: Sweatpants, size small; Underwear, girls sizes 6, 8, 10; Lucia Wallace, Third and Fourth Grade: Sweatpants, boys and girls, sizes XS-4/5, S-6, or 7/8, M-10/12; they have plenty of the larger sizes, Underwear, boys and girls sizes 6, 8, 10, and 12; they have plenty of hats, mittens and snow pants. You may put a donation in the offering marked “Warmth For Winter” or purchase something from the list and place it in the basket in the Narthex of the Algona Church. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

Pastor Loren and Becky invite you to their Christmas Open House at their home on Sunday, December 17, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226.

The All Church Christmas Caroling Party in Algona will be held on Sunday, December 17. The group will leave from Pastor Loren and Becky’s home at 5:00 pm. Everyone is invited to come and sing and enjoy the fellowship. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226.

The Little Al Foundation Christmas Celebration, A Night of Worship to Celebrate Christmas, will be held on Sunday, December 17, at 7:00 pm at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church. Specials guests include Glen Henriksen, Bill Hanson, Jessica Zotz, Gene Miller, Ivy Kitzinger, Kim Benson, Connie Peteritis, Melanie Mortensen, Mandy Kastendieck. Kent Madison will be directing the choir and the congregation will be invited to sing as well. The free-will offering will go to the Little Al Foundation. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments with decorated Christmas cookies following the concert.

The Algona Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, December 19, at 10:00 am in the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s kitchen.

Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. On December 24, Christmas Eve Day, the Algona and Irvington First Presbyterian Churches will again receive the Christmas Joy Offering during their Sunday morning Worship Services.

Christmas Eve Worship Services will be held on Sunday, December 24, at the following churches: Algona First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona – 5:00 pm; Irvington First Presbyterian Church located at 204 2nd Street in Irvington – 7:00 pm; Lakota First Presbyterian Church located at 409 Brewer Street in Lakota – 4:00 pm; and Lone Rock Presbyterian Church located at 407 Maine Street in Lone Rock – 5:30 pm.

Worship Service will be held on Friday, December 29, at the following nursing homes in Algona: 9:00 am Windsor Manor; 10:00 am Good Samaritan Society; and 10:45 am Algona Manor.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, January 6, at 8:30 am. For more information please call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

The Evangelism Committee of the Algona First Presbyterian Church is organizing a fundraiser for the Adult Mission Trip to Beaumont, Texas. We’ll go to Sundance Lanes in Humboldt at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 20. Cost is $10 for shoes and two games of bowling. Then we’ll go to Pasquale’s Pizza afterwards at your cost. Watch for details on the fundraising activity soon!

The Presbytery Mission Trip to Beaumont, Texas, is scheduled for February 3 through 10, 2018. We will stay at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Beaumont. The cost is $100 per participant and each person is responsible for lodging and travel to Beaumont and back (approx. $250 plus personal expenses). There are firm registration limits, so participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis – there is a sign-up sheet at Algona, Irvington, Lone Rock, and the Lakota Presbyterian Churches. For more details see Pastor Loren or call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226.

Lakeshore Center at Okoboji:  Have you ever thought about going on your own “mini retreat”? The Presbyterian camp at Okoboji would be the perfect place. You could book The Lodge for family gatherings and reunions, weddings and anniversary celebrations, youth group gatherings, etc. Call 712-337-3313 to make your reservation at the Lodge. EVENTS:  Winter Wondercamp, Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for 3rd – 9th graders, sledding, snowmen, snow forts, camp-wide snowball fights, winter hiking, broomball, and many other games, hot cocoa, hot lunch served around noon, wear your warm clothes and snow gear, cost is just $5 per person, deadline was December 2. Scrapbook Retreat, January 12-14, bring friends and all the supplies you will need for creativity, rejuvenation, and fun, inspiring view, good food, lots of laughter, prizes awarded, check-in is Friday, January 12 and supper served at 6:00 pm, check-out is 3:00 on Sunday. Lakeshore Center at Okoboji has a “wishlist” of needed items for the camp that can be viewed on their website, and, of course, donations are always accepted. For more information or to register for any of these events call 712-337-3313 or go to their website at www.lakeshorecenteratokoboji.org . Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98WY6s-F7Bo – you will be amazed! Lakeshore Center at Okoboji’s address is 1864 Highway 86, Milford IA 51351.

Announcements for First Algona

The Upper Room daily devotional for January and February and These Days Daily Devotions for Living by Faith for January, February and March are available in the Narthex of the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

WANTED: Computer and/or video technician for the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s Sunday morning Worship Service. Please see Chuck Redemske or call the Algona Church office at 515-295-2226.

The Algona Sunday School classes for the children and youth will be held on Sundays at 9:00 am. The adult education class, “Monday School” will NOT meet on December 18, December 25, or January 1 at the Algona Church. For more information call the Algona Church office at 515-295-2226.

Congregational meetings will be held on Sunday, December 17, and on Sunday, January 28, immediately following the Worship Service at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. For more information call the Algona Church at 515-295-2226.

The Algona Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, December 19, at 10:00 am in the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s kitchen.

The Algona First Presbyterian Church will hold its Prayer Service on Wednesday morning, December 20, at 9:30 am. You are invited to join the group in prayer every week.

To all current Algona First Presbyterian Church’s choir members and to anyone who would like to join us, The next Adult Choir practice will be held on Wednesday, December 20, at 6:45 pm and the next Praise Band practice will be held that night as well at 7:45 pm in the Algona Church’s Sanctuary. These choirs are open to anyone who is confirmation age and older. We have an enthusiastic, fun group who looks forward to bringing the word of God to the congregation through music during each Sunday morning service. The practices are held every Wednesday evening following the Christ Wednesday worship service. Don’t worry if your schedule does not permit you to attend every practice. We try to stay at least a month ahead on our music, to help everyone learn it around their schedules. We have fun and enjoy our time with each other. Please consider joining us! If you have any questions, please contact Becky Shellabarger at 972-743-9495 or becky.shellabarger@gmail.com .

The Algona Session will NOT meet in December at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona. Their next meeting will be a Session Retreat on Saturday, January 27, 2018. For more information call the Algona Church at 515-295-2226.

Guild Circle will NOT meet in December at the Algona First Presbyterian Church, see you in 2018. If you have any questions, please call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

The Deacons will meet on Tuesday, January 2, at 5:30 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

“Stitchers on a Mission” will meet on Wednesday, January 10, at 9:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am. New stitchers are always welcome to join the group.

The Algona First Presbyterian Church’s Missional Technology Committee will meet on Friday, January 12, at 12:00 noon.

The Evangelism Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 16, at 5:30 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

Announcements for First Irvington

Sunday School classes will be held at 10:00 am on Sundays at the Irvington First Presbyterian Church.

The Irvington Women’s Fellowship and Quilting group will meet on Monday, December 18, at 6:30 pm at Marvel Culbertson’s home. Meat and potatoes will be provided, please bring a dish to share. There will be a $5 gift exchange.

The Irvington First Presbyterian Church’s Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, January 9, at 7:00 pm. They usually meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm.

The Irvington Church’s Session members will meet on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 1:00 pm.

Announcements for Lone Rock

Sunday School classes will be held at 9:00 am on Sundays at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church.

The Lone Rock Presbyterian Church’s Session members will meet on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 7:00 pm.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, January 6, at 8:30 am. For more information please call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

Community Announcements

The Algona Community Blood Drive will be held at First United Methodist Church at 201 East Nebraska Street in Algona on Monday, January 8, from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. People will be serving juice and snacks to donors. To make an appointment, please contact LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

North Iowa Community Action Organization will be taking applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for senior citizens age 60 plus and/or disabled persons and for the general population from November 1 to April 30, 2018, at the Kossuth Outreach Office at 117 East Call Street in Algona on Mondays and Thursdays. LIHEAP is designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating.

Hospice of the Heartland is hosting a Grief Support Group the first Tuesday of every month from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm and also again from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The group will meet in the Community Health Conference Room at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. This free meeting is available to anyone experiencing grief, your loved one did not need to receive Hospice care to be a part of this group. Anyone struggling with a loss is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please call Kathy Dearchs at 515-295-4437.

One of the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Support Groups will meet on the second Thursday at 4:00 pm at VanBuren Terrace, 520 South Blackford Street in Algona. The other group will meet on the third Monday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Windsor Manor, 512 Finn Drive in Algona.

hawk-I offers free or low-cost healthcare coverage for kids and teens ages 1-19. It covers many health-care issues such as doctor’s visits, dental care, eyeglasses, vaccines/shots, well-child visits, etc. For income guidelines and more information call 1-800-257-8563 or go to www.hawk-i.org .

If you are 55 years of age or older, Kossuth County needs you! Get involved and make a difference right here in Kossuth County. Contact RSVP at 515-295-8522 to learn more about the following opportunities where you can access your interests and skills and find the volunteer activities right for you. Activities include becoming a Pen Pal with an area third grade student; Use your skills at the Exceptional Treasurers Store; be involved with the Kossuth Emergency Preparedness Team; find your niche at the Algona Public Library; make friendly visits or reassurance phone calls to homebound persons; plus many more places to volunteer.

Foster parents are needed in the Algona area to provide a temporary home for a child until he or she can be safely reunited with family or, if needed, find a new permanent home through adoption. If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent please contact Iowa KidsNet, a statewide collaboration of agencies that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa’s foster and adoptive parents. To learn more about how you could make a difference for a child call 1-800-243-0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com .