Justin and Megan Ruhnke had a baby girl on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:59 pm. June Catherine weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and is 21 inches long. The grandparents are Bob and Norma Ruhnke and Michael and Nancy Knecht.

Dear Algona Session Members and Pastor Loren, Thank you for gifting the Bible as it will help in my faith. I would also like to thank you for the cake reception. You guys are great! You made my day! Hunter Berry

Dear Pastor Loren, Becky, and Algona Ruling Elders, Thank you for the study Bible that was given to me for my confirmation. I appreciate the support during my confirmation. I am glad to be an adult member of this church. Sincerely, Kyle Simpson

Dear Algona Session, Thank you for the gift of the study Bible for my confirmation. Your support means a lot. Jesse Sassman

Dear Friends, Thank you for your donation. We are very grateful for your generous support. Being an advocate for our mission, our summer camps, our year round retreats, and giving time, and attention to our facility, are all among the many contributions for which we are grateful. It is because of supporters like you, that we are able to continually nurture and promote the potential of Lakeshore Center. Our ministry is blessed because you understand the critical importance of supporting the present programming, insuring the future, and building for the next generation. I hope you can imagine many happy faces of the current and future generations who will reap the benefit through the years. God is indeed good and God has blessed us with this beautiful, sacred space. Thank you for helping us to grow the potential of Lakeshore Center at Okoboji. The rich heritage of this very special place will continue with your gracious help. As Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” NRSV  I invite you to take time away from the busyness of life and come and experience that peace here at Lakeshore Center. Blessings, Beth Ehlers, Executive Director, Lakeshore Center at Okoboji

Dear Pastor Loren, Becky, and Rachel, Just a note to say thanks to all for your help at Second Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, National Day of Prayer, We had 103 people participate! Thank you, Dr. Dave Jenson

Rev. Loren Shellabarger, Thank you once again for the Mary Kuhlman Endowed Scholarship. It has made the last four years some of the greatest. I can’t say thank you enough! Thank you for your generosity! Sincerely, Alexis L. Beenken, Buena Vista University

By investing in other people, the richness of what you have grows many times over, Dr. Rick Lampe, Class of 1969, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Buena Vista University. Thank you for your generosity for the Mary Kuhlman Endowed Scholarship! Maxwell Herbst-Ulmer, Buena Vista University

So very happy that Jesse and I were able to attend the ALICE Training at the Algona First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 10.  There was a lot of great information we gained through this presentation. Please pass on our Thanks to the committee who initiated this program for us to be a part of. Jesse and Stacey Sassman

To the Algona First Presbyterian Church’s Session and Deacons and Congregation, Thank you for your thoughts, prayer and kindness during this difficult time, from the family of David Goodman. Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you sent to David’s funeral. It looks lovely in Mom’s house . . . she had to leave her plants behind when she moved from Arizona. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and love. Pastor Loren and Becky

Dear Algona Congregation, the Members of Session and Deacons, Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and kindness during this difficult time. I cannot begin to express my thankfulness for you, your prayers, the beautiful plant, the donation gifts in David’s honor, and mostly for making it possible for Loren and Becky to be with me. I have been blessed. I would like to thank all of you personally, and maybe someday I will be able to visit you again. My love to you all, Connie Goodman and the Family of David Goodman

Your contribution of $300 to the Y on April 10, 2017, strengthens our community and makes a difference in the life of each individual we serve. Thank you! Algona Family YMCA, Board of Directors and Staff, 2017 Annual Campaign

Thank you so very much for allowing us to have Brian’s Eagle Court of Honor ceremony and reception at the Algona First Presbyterian Church. Tammie and Terry Illg and Brian Mallia

First Presbyterian Church, Algona, Iowa: Dear Pastor Loren, We are making time in our council meeting to send personalized thank yous to all the churches who support the work of the Presbytery of North Central Iowa. We praise God for your partnership in the Gospel; we are grateful for our connections and your support through per capita and mission dollars making that possible. Please share our gratitude with your Session and congregation. Faithfully, Mary Woerner for the Council of North Central Iowa Presbytery