Announcements for all KAPP Churches

Christ Wednesday Activities:  Our Wednesday evening gatherings will take a respite for the summer but there will be special events from time to time throughout the summer. Please be on the lookout for these activities! The Elementary Fellowship, Middle School Fellowship, and Youth Fellowship will resume again in the fall. For more information call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226. Hope to see you then!

Join in the “Singspiration” at the Lakota First Presbyterian Church located at 409 Brewer Street in Lakota on Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 pm to enjoy singing the old hymns and a variety of special musical numbers. There will be fellowship and refreshments following the hymn-sing. For more information call Pastor Walter Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

The next meeting of the Family Fun Fest Committee will be held on Monday, July 10, at 6:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona. Those interested in helping with the Family Fun Fest are welcome to attend. The group is working to finalize games, complete with prizes, and other activities that will be held. The menu that will be served will include pulled pork, hot dogs, all the sides, desserts and lemonade. The goal of the event is to be a fundraiser for the Sudanese Education Mission Ministry of Rev. Paul Both from South Sudan for medical supplies and to assist in improving the Christian education and living conditions in this new country of South Sudan. This event is an opportunity for recreation and fellowship for those in attendance and is open to everyone living in Kossuth County and the surrounding area. For more information please call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226. 

The Algona Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, July 11, at 10:00 am in the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s kitchen.

Family Fun Fest will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 6, at 3:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona. This is a Mission Fundraiser with the free-will offering going to Pastor Paul Both’s South Sudan ministry, the South Sudan Education Mission. SSEM is dedicated to improving the Christian Education and living conditions in the new country of South Sudan. Games will include “Human Foosball”, “Supersize Jenga”, “Cornhole” (beanbags), and other interesting games – – prizes will be awarded! There will be great food to eat, pulled pork, hot dogs, all the sides, desserts, and lemonade. Watch for ways that you can contribute to Pastor Paul’s ministry prior to the event. For more information call the Algona Church office at 515-295-2226 or e-mail presby2@netamumail.com . Tell your friends, it will be great!

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. The booklets with information for “summer camp for all ages” have arrived at the Algona First Presbyterian Church, scholarships are available, stop by and pick one up or better yet go to the camp’s website to learn more about what is available and to register on line. 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 . Lakeshore Center at Okoboji’s address is 1864 Highway 86, Milford IA 51351.

It is that time again to consider attending Synod School 2017 from July 23-28 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. There are 81 different classes/activities that may interest you, your friends, and/or someone in your family. There are even events for children! First timers are always welcome and there are scholarships available for these people as well as other scholarships available! You can pick up a catalog at the Algona First Presbyterian Church office or go to www.lakesandprairies.org/synodschool to check out what is available and you can register on line. If you have never attended Synod School, now is a perfect time to “check it out”. Housing is available throughout the week or you can be a “commuter” since we in this area are so close. For additional information contact Deb DeMeester at 800-328-1880 or 651-357-1140, ext. 207. Registrations must be received by July 1, 2017.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish is offering you an opportunity to go to the South Pacific on Saturday, August 12, when we will be traveling via motor coach to see the live production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific” at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. Following the musical we will have supper at The Lodge at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, our Presbyterian camp, where we will dine on pork loin, potatoes, vegetable, and salad bar in addition to dessert. Cost of the trip, which includes your ticket to the production, motor coach fare, supper, and a tip for the driver, is $70. We plan to board the motor coach on August 12 at 2:00 pm. If you desire to be a part of this group please call Pastor Walter Reemtsma at 515-341-1052 or Bev Householder at 515-925-3598. If there is no answer please leave a message and phone number and we will get back to you. The deadline for this trip is July 27.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish is planning a motor coach trip to Branson, Missouri, September 12-15 and would love to have you join us for a time of fun and relaxation. We will be seeing four shows, the biggest of which will be the production “Moses” in the Sight and Sound Theatre on Thursday evening (complete with the parting of the Red Sea, the burning bush, plagues, and the Ten Commandments all coming to life before your eyes). We also will be enjoying a dinner cruise and show aboard the Showboat Branson Belle on Wednesday, in addition to the production of the New South Gospel Jubilee Matinee Show as well as The Brett Family Morning Show during our stay in Branson. We will have time for shopping in old Branson and at Branson Landing. There will also be a tour of the College of The Ozarks’ Keeter Center and culinary department where we will see the making of jams and jellies as a part of our adventure. On the way home we will be stopping at the Osceola Cheese Mart. Cost of the trip is $739 double occupancy per person with other rates for single and triple rooms. For more information call Pastor Walter Reemtsma at 515-341-1052 or Bev Householder at 515-925-3598. If there is no answer please leave a message and phone number and we will get back to you. The deadline for signing up for the trip is Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church will NOT be held in July or August but will resume in the fall. For more information please call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

Announcements for First Algona

The Upper Room daily devotional for May and June and These Days Daily Devotions for Living by Faith for April, May and June 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 First Presbyterian Church will hold its Prayer Service on Wednesday morning, June 28, at 9:30 am. You are invited to join the group in prayer every week.

The next meeting of the Family Fun Fest Committee will be held on Monday, July 10, at 6:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church located at 101 North Main Street in Algona. Those interested in helping with the Family Fun Fest are welcome to attend. The group is working to finalize games, complete with prizes, and other activities that will be held. The menu that will be served will include pulled pork, hot dogs, all the sides, desserts and lemonade. The goal of the event is to be a fundraiser for the Sudanese Education Mission Ministry of Rev. Paul Both from South Sudan for medical supplies and to assist in improving the Christian education and living conditions in this new country of South Sudan. This event is an opportunity for recreation and fellowship for those in attendance and is open to everyone living in Kossuth County and the surrounding area. For more information please call the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226. 

The Algona Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, July 11, at 10:00 am in the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s kitchen.

The Deacons will meet on Tuesday, July 11, at 5:30 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church.

The Algona First Presbyterian Church’s Missional Technology Committee’s next meeting will be held on Friday, July 14, at 12:00 noon in the church’s kitchen.

The Algona Session will meet on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona. For more information call the Algona Church at 515-295-2226.

“Stitchers on a Mission” at the Algona First Presbyterian Church will be taking the summer off and will return in the fall.

Guild Circle will be taking the summer off and will return in the fall on Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 pm at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. If you have any questions, please call the Algona First Presbyterian Church office at 515-295-2226.

Announcements for First Irvington

The Irvington First Presbyterian Church’s Bible Study group will NOT meet on Tuesday, June 27. The group will gather again on Tuesday, July 11, 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, July 16, 2017, at 1:00 pm.

The Irvington Women’s Fellowship and Quilting group will be meeting on Monday, July 17, at 7:00 pm.

Announcements for Lone Rock

The Kossuth Area Presbyterian Parish (KAPP) Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church will NOT be held in July or August but will resume in the fall. For more information please call Pastor Walt Reemtsma at 515-341-1052.

Community Announcements

The Kossuth Regional Health Center’s Auxiliary Garden Tour will be held on Wednesday, June 28. Join us on an Oak Lake pontoon ride to view lakeside gardens! This is a “Come ‘N Go” event from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be a free-will donation for the purchase of hospital bassinets. Come to the Oak Lake maintenance shed for nametags and refreshments. There will be golf carts available for those needing assistance to the loading docks. For more information call KRHC at 515-295-2451 or the Algona First Presbyterian Church at 515-295-2226.

The Algona Community Blood Drive will be held at First United Methodist Church at 201 East Nebraska Street in Algona on Monday, July 10, 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.

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 .