Announcements for all KAPP Churches

Christ Wednesday Activities: The Younger Youth Fellowship will meet on October 18 at 3:30 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona. Family Supper will be served at 5:00 pm and Christ Worship Service will be held at 6:00 pm at the Algona Church. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

Older Youth Fellowship and Confirmation Class:  Confirmation Class will meet on Sunday, October 29, at 1:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. 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 be held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226.

Next chance to order a “Faith Moves” blue Parish T-shirts! Cost is $12 for youth medium to adult XL; $14 for 2XL through 5XL (sizes are YM YL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, and 5XL). Be sure to state the size you want and how many T-shirts you would like in that size. Please call your order to the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226; there is also a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Center in the Narthex of the Algona First Presbyterian Church. Final order date is Wednesday evening, October 25. 

Winterset Motor Coach Trip: Pastor Walt and Jan Reemtsma cordially invite you to join them for a one day trip via motor coach to Madison County on Thursday, October 19. You would board the motor coach at 6:45 am and leave from the Algona First Presbyterian Church parking lot at 7:00 am. We will journey to Winterset, Iowa, where we will see two of the bridges made famous in the book and the movie starring Clint Eastwood. In addition to seeing the bridges we will be touring the boyhood home of John Wayne and the John Wayne Museum. We will also be seeing a display of quilts, using the basket pattern, at the Iowa Quilt Museum. Unlike other bus trips that are filled with tours and sightseeing, there will be time for the trip participants to shop among the stores located on the town square. Among them is an old fashioned Ben Franklin Store which has one side devoted to the interests of quilters. Further down the block is another quilt store run by the people who have been on Iowa Public Television. In addition, there are a number of other quaint shops and an antique stores. We will be eating lunch at the First Presbyterian Church in Winterset where the ladies of the church will be serving us a delicious roast beef dinner along with salad and dessert bars and beverages. Yum!!! Yum!!!! The cost of the trip is $59. For more information call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052. Deadline for signing up was Monday, October 9.

“Around the Fire” is a food, fun, and fellowship gathering organized by the Evangelism Committee of the Algona First Presbyterian Church. This event will be taking place on Saturday, October 21, at 5:00 pm at the Smith Lake campground shelter house. There will be food, games and song “Around the Fire”. Sign up is requested but not mandatory. Please call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226 to sign up or there is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Center in the Algona Church’s Narthex. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs. Please join us for this fun Fall event!

The Presbyterian Women’s general meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, at 1:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. The program, “A Personal Visit to The Little Brown Church in the Vale”, will be given by Rachel Jones. There will be a Thank Offering Dedication. Shirle Beenken and Arla Gifford are hostesses. For more information call the Algona Church office at 515-295-2226.

The Irvington First Presbyterian Church is hosting a Halloween Party for children on Sunday, October 29, at 3:00 pm at the Irvington Church. There will be games and hot dogs with chips. Be sure to wear your costume! The Trunk or Treating is open to all who would like to participate. Please call Kim Benson at 515-320-2174 to RSVP and for more information.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, November 4, at 8:30 am. For more information please call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

Sunday Senior Fellowship will be held on November 12 at 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona. The group will be creating several holiday cards that can be sent to brighten the season of others. A light supper will follow their presentation. For more information call the Algona Church office 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: Disability Inclusion Workshop, November 11; Christmas by the Lake, December 9, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 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 November and December and These Days Daily Devotions for Living by Faith for October, November and December 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 be held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm at the Algona Church. For more information call the Algona Church office at 515-295-2226.

The Nominating Committee will meet on Monday, October 16, at 6:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

The Algona Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, October 17, at 10:00 am in the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s kitchen.

The Algona Session will meet on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona. For more information call the Algona Church at 515-295-2226.

The Algona First Presbyterian Church will hold its Prayer Service on Wednesday morning, October 18, 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, October 18, 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, as well as two special presentations during Advent and Lent. 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 .

“Stitchers on a Mission” will meet on Wednesday, October 25, 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.

Guild Circle will be meet on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. Shirle Beenken is the hostess and Judy Baerenwald will lead the devotions. If you have any questions, please call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

The Presbyterian Women’s general meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, at 1:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. The program, “A Personal Visit to The Little Brown Church in the Vale”, will be given by Rachel Jones. There will be a Thank Offering Dedication. Shirle Beenken and Arla Gifford are hostesses. For more information call the Algona Church office at 515-295-2226.

The Deacons will meet on Tuesday, November 7, at 5:30 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

The Evangelism Committee will meet on Thursday, November 9, at 6:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

The Algona First Presbyterian Church’s Missional Technology Committee’s next meeting will be held on Friday, November 10, at 12:00 noon in the church’s Fireside Room.

Announcements for First Irvington

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

Anyone interested in helping out with the Irvington Youth Halloween party please call Kim Benson at 515-320-2174….Also, even though we have a little more time, since it is a busy time of year, again anyone interested in helping with the Children’s Christmas program, potluck and grab bag may want to find a date and time that works. Bring ideas to share regarding the program.

The Irvington Women’s Fellowship and Quilting group will be meeting on Monday, October 16, at 7:00 pm.

The Irvington First Presbyterian Church’s Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00 pm. They usually meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm.

The Irvington First Presbyterian Church is hosting a Halloween Party for children on Sunday, October 29, at 3:00 pm at the Irvington Church. There will be games and hot dogs with chips. Be sure to wear your costume! The Trunk or Treating is open to all who would like to participate. Please call Kim Benson at 515-320-2174 to RSVP and for more information.

The Irvington Church’s Session members will meet on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 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, October 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, November 4, at 8:30 am. For more information please call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

Community Announcements

You are invited to participate in Burt’s Costume Crawl 5K and Bake Sale to be held on Saturday, October 28, at the Burt Shelter House. Registration begins at 5:00 pm with the race starting at 6:00 pm. Pre-registration fee is $20; the day of the race the fee will be $25 with children 5 and under free; groups of 5 are $90 pre-registration fee, day of the race $100. Cash prizes for all ages – Best Group, Best Couple, Most Creative, Spookiest! There will be a meal available for purchase. All proceeds will go towards keeping the Burt Summer Celebration free!

Children and their parents are invited to come Trick or Treating on Tuesday, October 31, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at VanBuren Terrace’s dining room (520 South Blackford) and to Huskamp Haven (300 West Riverview Drive) to greet the grandparents who live there. For more information call Annie at 515-395-3300.

North Iowa Community Action Organization will be taking applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from October 2 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.

The Medicare Open Enrollment period, October 15 – December 7, 2017, is the one time all year when you can review and compare your current Medicare Part D drug plan and make changes for 2018. You could find lower costs, better coverage, or both. Call SHIIP at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona at 515-295-4658 for free confidential help comparing plans.

The Algona Noon Kiwanis will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 4, from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Senior Citizens’ Center located at 1306 North Main Street in Algona. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverage.

The Algona Community Blood Drive will be held at First United Methodist Church at 201 East Nebraska Street in Algona on Monday, November 13, from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The Kossuth County RSVP Volunteer Program will host the May Algona Community Blood Drive by providing volunteers to work in the canteen area – 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.

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.

The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Support Groups will be held at the following locations: Second Thursday every month from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at VanBuren Terrace, 520 South Blackford Street in Algona; and also the Third Monday of each month 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 .