Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Mission Opportunities

"In Joppa, there was a disciple named Tabitha who was always doing good and helping the poor." 
           Acts 9:36

The Park Avenue Presbyterian Mission Committee invites members and friends to reach out to our neighbors in need right here in Des Monies.  We have chosen to support a program headed by Joppa, a group that works closely with the homeless.

Joppa is about relationships, expressing Christ’s unconditional love and helping people off the streets.  Joppa is making a significant difference in the community.  They work closely with people living under bridges and in camps and also in shelters.

Among many things they do, they provide food, supplies and care, sometimes emergency relief.  During winter, they supply heat to tents and shacks and make sure every person has a good pair of waterproof insulated boots.

Among their needs are paper products.  Our committee is challenging this congregation to bring paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues to church leaving them in the Fellowship Hall during the Christmas season.  Because they will be distributed to individuals, it is best to avoid large packages.  Let us share the Christmas spirit by reaching out to our neighbors who live day to day in very shaky circumstances.
For more information about JOPPA, visit:
This offering is shared equally by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pension, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian Church workers and their families, and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enables students to develop their gifts and find their calling.
At some point in their lives, many ministers, other church workers and their families need help beyond what the Benefits Plan and personal resources can provide.  Some need relatively limited, yet critical, assistance to afford a hearing aid, for instance, to continue their ministry.  The Christmas Joy Offering recognizes the faithfulness of current and retired church workers through its gifts to the Assistance Program,  which in turn helps these individuals and their families through difficult times by providing shared, emergency and other types of grants.
The Presbyterian Church has long promoted education by establishing and supporting racial ethnic schools and colleges.  The Christmas Joy Offering funds provide scholarships to deserving students as well as helps with basic operating costs.  These institutions develop leaders in the church and in society, and they enable students to discover and pursue their professional goals.
You can bring JOY to deserving individuals by participating in this offering.
To donate to the Christmas Joy Offering,
Donate through your congregation  OR
During December, the PW will put up a "Mitten Tree" in Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited to put mittens, gloves, hats or scarfs on the tree for needy children.
Worship Committee is offering poinsettias to members and friends for purchase to beautify the sanctuary for the Christmas Season.  They may be purchased in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone.  They will be purchased from Goode Greenhouse at a cost of $10.00 in red, pink or white.  These will be in the sanctuary for worship Sunday, December 22 and Christmas Eve.  Following the worship service, they may be taken home for your own enjoyment.
In lieu of poinsettias, you may also donate funds to the Food Pantry in memory of, or in honor of, someone special in your life. 
Deadline for ordering poinsettias is Tuesday, December 17 by 12 noon.  Those honored will be listed in the Sunday bulletin.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

On Holy Ground

On Sunday, December 8, the Two Rivers Partnership is sponsoring an event titled "On Holy Ground" at the First Presbyterian Church, 3100 Easton Blvd at 3:00 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., a full dinner will be served.  There is no cost for the meal; however a free will offering will be received.

All funds received go to "Sole Hope", a Christian Faith and Medical Outreach to Africa.

For more information about Sole Hope, visit:

Saturday, November 30, 2013


“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return.

Watch, and Wait for Christ's Coming!

1st Sunday:  Hope
   In days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways an that we may walk in his paths."  For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
      Isaiah 2:2-4  NRSV

2nd Sunday:  Peace
   A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse's stump, from his roots a budding Branch.  The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, the Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God.  Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight.  He won't judge by appearances, won't decide on the basis of hearsay.  He'll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on earth's poor with justice.  His words will bring everyone to awed attention.  A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked.  Each morning he'll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.
  The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive, a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.  On that day, Jesse's Root will be raised high, posted as a rallying banner for the peoples.  The nations will all come to him.  His headquarters will be glorious.
       Isaiah 11:1-5, 9-10  The Message by Eugene Peterson

3rd Sunday:  Joy
   The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.  The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.  They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
   And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
       Isaiah 35:1-2, 10  NRSV

4th Sunday:  Love
   Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.  But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.  Then Isaiah said:  "Hear then, O house of David!  Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel."
       Isaiah 7:10-14  NRVS

The Story......pausing for reflection

During the month of December, we will set aside "The Story" while we turn our attention to Advent and Christmas, using the traditional liturgy.

"The Story" will begin again in January with Chapter 13. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Story (during November)

Ruth:  The Faith of a Foreign Woman
1375-1050 B.C.
The story of Naomi and Ruth
Elimilek and his wife Naomi went to Moab because there was a famine in their land.
Mahlon and Kilion were their sons who eventually married Orpha and Ruth in Moab.
After Naomi's husband died and her two sons died, she planned to return to Bethlehem alone, but Ruth refused to leave her side.
Back home, Ruth gleaned behind the harvesters to get enough for Naomi and herself to exist on.
A relative named Boaz bought the land that Elimelek had owned so Naomi and Ruth could be redeemed and secure.
Ruth married Boaz and had a son named Obed.
Obed had a son named Jessie whose son was David, and twenty-eight generations later, another baby boy was born in Bethlehem and his name was Jesus.

1 Samuel:  Standing Tall, Falling Hard
1105-1010 B.C.
The stories of Samuel and Saul
Hannah prayed fervently for a child.
Eli, the priest told Hannah, "may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."
Elkanah and Hannah became parents of Samuel.
Samuel means Heard From God.
Samuel served God as Eli's assistant in the Lord's House.
Samuel's sons, Joel and Abijah, were not holy like their dad.
The people of Israel demanded from God a King, just like their neighbors.
Saul looked kingly, and became king, but turned out less than ideal.
Saul misrepresented God as cruel and greedy rather than holy and just.

1 Samuel:  From Shepherd to King
1025 - 1010 B.C.
The story of David
Samuel went to  Bethlehem to seek a new king when the Lord told him that King Saul was not worthy to continue as King of Israel.
The Lord said to Samuel:  "Do not consider height or outward appearance when choosing the new king.
Samuel asked Jessie to bring all his sons to be interviewed for the job.
The Lord told Samuel to reject all seven of Jessie's sons and ask to see his shepherd boy son, David.
David defeated the Philistine giant, Goliath, with one smooth stone and a slingshot.
After much conflict and intrigue with Saul, David finally assumed the position of Israel's King.
King David organized an effective army with trusted leadership to stabilize Israel's borders and eliminate its regional opposition.

2 Samuel:  The Trials of a King
1010 - 959 B.C.
The Story of David, Bathsheba and Solomon
David went from shepherd boy to warrior to king chosen by the Lord through Samuel.
David committed adultery with Bathsheba and the Lord was not pleased.
Prophet Nathan used a story to illustrate a sin that David learned was his own.
The warrior husband that King David sent to his last battle was Uriah.
The child of adultery died.
David gathered all the materials for the Temple, but the Lord said that he would not be the one to build it.
Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba became the King who would see to the building of the Temple.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


On Sunday, November 24th, PAPC members and friends are invited to bring foodstuffs to share with the Des Moines Area Religious Council's (DMARC) food pantries.  This is an opportunity to help feed those who are hungry and homeless due to job loss, health problems or other financial reversals.

Let us fill the cornucopia during worship with any of the following most needed items:

100% fruit juice
Canned fruits/vegetables
Peanut Butter
Canned Meat
Canned Spaghetti Sauce
Hot/Cold Cereals
Baby Formula

"If you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will return to the brightness of noon."
                Isaiah 58:10

To learn more about the DMARC Food Pantry, visit

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sandwich Sunday

On Sunday, November 3, 200 sandwiches, chips, oranges, and cookies were prepared and delivered to Hope Café.  Hope Café serves three meals per day, seven days a week for homeless and needy persons.  To learn more about Hope Ministries visit  Hope Ministries

110th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 110 years of ministry!

Our Founders:
The Trustees were Joseph Fletcher, C.E. Pierce, John A. Smith and C.J. Mohr. The Reverend Alexander McConnell, D.D., pastor of Clifton Heights Presbyterian Church, is credited as Founding Pastor. The Reverend McConnell oversaw the development church as the church worshipped in homes, schoolrooms, the Bagg Brothers’ Store and other locations opened to the fledgling congregation.

1903- 1918:
Under the Reverend W.A. Coventry’s pastorate, land was purchased on Creston Avenue for a church building. Under the Reverend Thomas Hughes, this parcel was sold and a new lot was purchased at the corner or Boulder Avenue and Southwest Ninth Street—the present site.
                        May 19, 1911- Name Changed to Park Avenue Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Hughes resigned in Fall 1912. On May 1, 1913 the Reverend J.B. Howard came as Stated Supply Pastor and oversaw the October 27, 1913 groundbreaking for the new church (basement). Parishioners donated their share of allotted bricks from the SW Ninth Street repaving project for construction of the twelve columns. The Building Dedication was on January 25, 1914-debt free. On April 23, 1914 the Reverend Howard became the first installed pastor and led the church during World War I, until departing in April 1918.

1918 to 1941:
The Reverend Silas C. Wadding, D.D. became pastor in September 1918 near the end of World War I and the economic downturns to follow. The Reverend Wadding oversaw the construction of the new church at a cost of $80,000. Half the amount was from cash contributions and the remainder was met by Bond Issue. On July 28, 1923, the cornerstone of the present structure was laid.  Sunday, November 4, 1923 was the first service in the Spanish Mission inspired edifice that included a pipe organ from Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church, semi-circular pew seating and custom stained-glass windows from the St. Joseph Glass Company in Missouri. The Ladies Aid, Missionary Society and Janet Hutton [Wadding] Club (of Deaconesses) were organized during 1932-1934. The Senior Ladies Aid is credited with single-handedly saving the church throughout the Depression Era by serving meals at the Iowa State Fair. The Reverend Wadding discovered a fire on Saturday, October 5, 1935. Noticing smoke, he suspected the furnace and sought the help of janitor, H.C. Groves. By their return to the church, the fire was shooting from the windows, significantly damaging the interior at loss of $10,700 and burning many of the church historical records. Defective organ wiring was believed to be the fire’s source. The church met at Park Avenue Elementary and Park Avenue Christian Church until the church basement was safe for use. Services resumed in the rebuilt sanctuary August 22, 1937. The Ko-Workers Class, for Bible Study and Fellowship, was founded on February 23, 1938.  The Reverend Wadding resigned as pastor on October 1, 1941, just prior to Pearl Harbor and the US entry into World War II.

1942- 1962:
The Reverend Wilbur G. Hassebrock [D.D.] was called on June 7, 1942. The church began an era of tremendous growth in faith and church expansion. Youth Fellowship (1942), reorganization of ladies groups as Women’s Association (1943) and Mariner’s Club (1946) were added. A mortgage burning service was held October 5, 1947.  Men’s Fellowship was formed and the church stucco replaced in 1948. On March 1, 1950 plans were made for a new manse on Bell Avenue, freeing the Ninth Street manse for Sunday School classes. At the Golden Anniversary in 1953, around $2,000 of the $17,000 budget was devoted to Sunday School. Commercial Property was purchased in 1954. The Church Kitchen was finished in 1955. The Christian Education wing was built for $130,000 and dedicated on February 10, 1957. A proposal to erect a much larger sanctuary on the Commercial Property lacked support in the early 1960’s.  Dr. Hassebrock resigned on December 31, 1962.

In 1963 both the Reverend Ernst H. Michelis and the Reverend Howard B. Dukelow, were installed as pastor and assistant pastor (CE), respectively.  The churches voted to modernize the sanctuary and entrance floor plans, renovate Fellowship Hall, adding a front ramp and steeple moving the church offices to 3108 SW Ninth Street. Dedication was on January 23, 1966. The Reverend Melvin Meineke also came in 1966, followed by
the Reverend Ralph J. Cottier, as pastor, the first week in September 1968.  Assistant Pastor, the Reverend Thomas R. Henstock arrived in July 1971. The Reverend Bruce M. Giese came in August 1975 as CE Director, later as Associate Pastor. When the Reverend Cottier resigned, The Reverend Dr. Ward R. Conklin became as interim pastor in December 1981. The Reverend Harold E. Butz followed Dr. Conklin as interim pastor to 1983.

The Reverend Dr. John F. Nipper came on September 1, 1983. Under his leadership many changes were seen. The church added a parish associate, the Reverend Karen R. Moritz. English Handbell Choirs were created in 1990.  A new Organ Fund and Church Building Fund were established at the 90th Anniversary. In 1995 a major capital fund drive began a renovation of the physical structure to include repair work of the building, updating the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall, construction of a large drive canopy behind the church, installation of an elevator and creation of handicap restroom facilities. The Reverend Nipper ended his pastorate in 1999. In 2000 a former church member, the Reverend Dr. Robert C. Cook, became interim pastor. The Fall of 2001 brought the Reverend Melvin Roblee to the interim role. Both emphasized expanding mission aims. 

2002-2013…and beyond:
The Reverend David R. Stipp accepted the church call in November 2002 at the opening of memorable events for the 100th Anniversary Celebration Year (2003). In September 2004, the capital renovation loan was burned. To aid family retention, the church launched a new Children’s Church Ministry in 2005.  The Reverend Stipp-Bethune left in November 2010.  The Reverend Claude J. Jones came as Stated Supply in April 2011. He has guided the congregation to focus on God’s Living Story, reaffirm the essential tenants of faith and to renew our Boy Scout Troop 26 Charter. Additionally, the Reverend Jones has aided consolidation of children’s ministry and Christian Education. Park Avenue Presbyterian Church embraces God’s vision for increased discipleship opportunities in His Kingdom. Presently, we are in conversations to give home in our CE Wing for a new Preschool and Daycare private entity in Early 2014, reminiscent of our PAPC Preschool of yesteryear.

The Story - Weeks 9 through 12

During the month of November, we will be studying chapters 9 through 12 of "The Story".  Here are the weekly stories:  the first listed is the Worship study and the second is the Adult Sunday School class.

November 3 "The Faith of a Foreign Woman" and "The Things We Do for Love"
   "Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left yuou without a guardian-redeemer...He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.  For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."
         Ruth 4:14-15

November 10 "Standing Tall, Falling Hard" and "Royal Obedience"
   "For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's; on them he has set the world.  He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness."
          1 Samuel 2:8-9 

November 17 "From Shepherd to King" and "Kings and Cowboys"
   "The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
          1 Samuel 16:7

November 24 "The Trials of a King" and "A King-Sized Mistake"
    "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
           Psalm 51:10-12

The Story (during October)

Exodus:  New Commands and a New Covenant
1445 B.C.
The stories of Moses and the Ten Commandments, Aaron and the golden calf and the building of the Tabernacle
Aaron made a Golden Calf.
There are Ten Commandments.
God met Moses in the Ten of Meeting, also called the Tabernacle.
Moses led the people out of Egypt during the Exodus.
A cloud by day and fire by night was a symbol that God was present with the people.

Exodus:  Wandering
1446 B.C. through 1406 B.C.
The stories of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, spying on Canaan, moving into the plains of Moab, and both Aaron's and Moses' death.
The Hebrew people marched out from the yearlong campout near Mount Sinai.
Explorers were sent to check out the Promised land of milk & honey.
The report brought back by the explorers included a story of a big and fertile land with a sample of grapes.
A conflicting report stated that the inhabitants of the Promised Land were too big and strong to be defeated and made the Hebrews look like grasshoppers.
The Hebrew people decided not to enter the Promised Land and took a 40-year detour.
Only the younger generation was able to enter Canaan.  Moses could only view it from Mount Nebo.

Joshua:  The Battle Begins
1406 B.C. - 1375 B.C.
The stories of Joshua appointed as leader, Israelites entering Canaan, Conquest of Canaan, and Joshua's death.
After the death of Moses, the Lord said to Joshua, get the people ready to cross the Jordan River into the land promised to the Israelites.
The Lord told Joshua, I will be with you and never leave or forsake you.  Be strong and courageous and be careful to obey the law that Moses gave you.
The first twelve spies Moses sent into the Promised Land were not courageous, so forty years later Joshua sent only two.
The two courageous spies sent by Joshua to scout out the Promised Land were hidden and protected by Rahab.
Sometimes two courageous persons can work better for the Lord's upper story than a committee divided.
Jericho fell to the Israelites after they marched around the city wall for six days and on the 7th time around on the seventh day with trumpets blasting and the army shouting, the walls fell.
Praying and studying God's Upper Story can help us live our lower story faithfully.

Judges:  A Few Good Men....and Women
1375 B.C. - 1055 B.C.
The stories of the rulers:  Deborah, Gideon, and Samson
Moses taught the Israelites a song years before entering the Promised Land to help them remember God's leading them through tremendous difficulties.
After Joshua and the elders who outlived him died, the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord by worshiping Baal.
Deborah, a prophetess who led Israel, conquered Jael with the help of another woman, Sisera.
Gideon tested God's call to him by twice putting out a fleece looking for confirmation of the call.
Gideon conquered the Midianites with 300 warriors bearing Torch Jars and Trumpets.
Samson is known throughout history for his strength, not the weakness that eventually did him in.
Israel continually gets into trouble when they try to do things their way rather than God's way.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Story Continues....

We continue the 31 week study of "The Story" in both Worship and Sunday School.  Following are the stories we will study each week - the first in Worship and the second in Sunday School.

October 6 "New Commands and a New Covenant" and "Rules of Engagement"
    "Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.  Make this tabernacle and all its furnishing exactly like the pattern I will show you."
        Exodus 25:8-9

October 13 "Wandering" and "Are We There Yet?"
  Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, "O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?"
         Exodus 32:11 NASB

October 20  "The Battle Begins" and "They Might Be Giants"
  "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discourage, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
          Joshua 1:9

October 27  "A Few Good Men....and Women" and "Jars of Clay"
  "How can I save Israel?  My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."
          Judges 6:15

There are still a few books left for check-out. 

The Story so far.......

Genesis:  Creation and the Beginning of Life as We know It.
From the Creation through 2166 BC when Abram was born.
The Stories of the Creation, Adam and Eve, and Noah and the Flood
One way life is different today than in the original creation is there was nothing man-made in the original creation.
God created human beings in God's own image.
The root cause of Adam and Eve's sin against God was pride, in wanting to be their own God.
God put the tree of knowledge in the garden to test human self-will.
God brought the flood on Earth to destroy what was there and start over with a clean slate.
The flood tells us that God, the Creator, is still in charge.

Genesis:  God Builds a Nation.
From 2091 BC when Abram moves to Canaan to 1886 BC when Isaac dies
The Stories of Abram and Sarai, Isaac, and Esau and Jacob
The Lord said to Abram:  "Leave your country, your clan, and your father's household and you will be rewarded."
Abram's rewards for going were:  "The Lord God would give him a new land and a great nation, which will be a source of blessing for the whole world."
By faith, Abram obeyed.
The Lord God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac on Mount Moriah as a test.
The sign of the Lord God's Covenant with Abraham was circumcision.
The Lord God gave Jacob a new name, which was Israel.

Genesis:  Joseph:  From Slave to Deputy Pharoah
From 1898 BC when Joseph was sold into slavery to 1805 when Joseph dies
The Story of Joseph
Joseph's brothers wanted to get rid of Joseph because he was their father, Israel's favorite son who had dreams of the others bowing down to him.
Joseph's brothers faked his death and sold him as a slave for twenty shekels of silver.
God's Story of protection and redemption by means of Joseph was realized in th end.
In spite of betrayal by Potiphar's wife and being thrown into jail, Joseph's dream interpretation caused him to be freed and attain the high position of Deputy Pharoah.
In the midst of famine in Canaan, Joseph's family came to Egypt where they received forgiveness and fortune from Joseph.
God can be trusted with His amazing story and plans even when we're in the midst of failure, famine, and despair.

Exodus:  Deliverance
From 1526 BC when Moses was born through 1406 BC wandering in the wilderness
The Story of Moses, the plagues on Egypt, and the release of the Israelites from slavery under Pharoah.
After the time of Joseph in Egypt, a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, feared the Israelites and enslaved them.
Pharoah gave the order that every Hebrew boy baby must be thrown into the Nile.
Moses was protected by his mother who made a basket to protect the boy and save his life.
Pharoah's daughter found the baby boy and took pity on him to save him and protect him to be raised as an Egyptian.
Moses eventually led the Hebrew people out of slavery through the Red Sea where the chariots and the Egyptian army were lost.
God can be trusted to lead His people by faith if they will stop their grumbling, regretting and complaining and follow His lead.

Monday, September 9, 2013

"The Story"

On Sunday, September 8, we began the 31-week journey through "The Story" , a study of the stories of the Bible in chronological order. 

Adult Sunday School will be studying the companion series "The Heart of the Story" and the Youth Sunday School will study "The Story" in terms children can understand.  The Youth will have trading cards with Bible verses to memorize and fun activities to coordinate with the "The Story".

We began with "Creation - Life As We know It" (during worship) and "What's the Big Idea?" (in Adult Sunday School)
   In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
          Genesis 1:1

On Wednesday, September 11, there will be a Video Bible Study at 10:00 a.m.  (with coffee and doughnuts)

September 15  "God Builds a Nation"  and  "Birth of a Nation"
   I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
           Genesis 17:7

September 22  "Joseph:  From Slave to Deputy Pharoah"  and  "I Dreamed a Dream"
  You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
            Genesis 50:20  ESV

September 29  "Deliverance"  and  "Deliverance"
  Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.
            Exodus 13:3

Books are available at church for study.  Above are the first four chapters of each of the books.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"The Story" Begins

On Sunday, September 8, we begin following "The Story".  The adventure will begin to be swept away into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation.  You will realize the Bible is a good novel filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance and redemption; all based on a true story!

Sunday School will resume for the school year on September 8th featuring "The Story" on a level that makes it easier for the children to understand and adults to enjoy.

Come, enjoy the adventure of "The Story"!

For more information, call the church office at 515-282-8309.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Today's worship service will be at Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter House #2.

Service begins at 10:00 a.m., rather than our usual 9:30 a.m.

There will be a fried chicken dinner following worship.  No need to bring anything - it is all furnished - all you have to do is show up and enjoy!!

Friday, April 5, 2013


Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, $362.00 was received for the Blankets+ offering.  Because of this, Church World Service will be able to provide a blanket for at least 72 persons.  This means that protection and warmth are provided for those suffering from a disaster in their lives OR the funds could go toward buying seeds and tools which will provide for families enabling them to feed themselves and generate income.  The money could also go toward wells for families living in drought-prone areas providing safe water to drink and irrigation for crops and gardens.

For more information on Church World Service's Blanket+ program, visit:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sandwich Sunday!

 We're at it again!  200 lunch bags containing ham or turkey sandwiches, chips, an orange and a cookie to be delivered to Hope Cafe.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Sharing brings joy to others, to God, and to us.  On March 24th, we will receive an offering for One Great Hour of Sharing.

Your gift to this offering allows Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by disaster, including those now recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  It helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally and makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people.

Visit to make a gift online.

Zimbabwe Missionaries

On February 17th, the Mission Committee sponsored a luncheon and mission program with missionaries, John and Rita Beran.  They presented a program about life in Zimbabwe.  $255.00 was raised in a free-will offering to benefit the Lovemore Home Orphanage.

The women of Zimbabwe carry the babies on their back.  Hayden demonstrated this for us with a teddy bear.

Hayden, Jeanne, and Mary joined the Beran's in playing musical instruments from Zimbabwe while we all learned to sing a song.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Journey in Mission

February 17 - Missionaries John and Rita Beran.  Following fellowship coffee, a free lunch will be provided.  In conjunction with the meal, John and Rita will present a program on Zimbabwe.  Rita spent many years as a missionary there.  Before he met Rita, John was a missionary to the Philippines.  They have a Power-Point program that will be entertaining, informative and inspirational.  A special project of theirs is the Lovemore Home, an orphanage for children ages 8-18.  We will be receiving a free-will offering for this home that day.

February 24 - Blankets+ Offering.  On this day we will receive the annual Blankets+ offering.  Your gifts to this offering provide the means to transform lives and communities when they are faced with an emergency or simply struggling to put food on the table.  For 65 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build for a more viable future including:  blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of disaster; tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields; wells for families living in drought-prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens; literacy training and micro-credit for women struggling to feed their families.

March 10 - Sandwich Sunday.  A sign-up sheet will be posted for you to sign up to bring ingredients for sandwiches and cookies for sack lunches that will be delivered to Hope Cafe for Des Moines folks who are hungry and need help.  We will be making the sandwiches after coffee time on this day.  Please join us in preparing the sandwiches, filling the sacks and creating a wonderful feeling of good will.  You will be blessed!

March 17 - Goanar Chol, Sudanese Ministry.  Following worship and coffee time, a free luncheon will be served.  In conjunction with this, Goanar Chol, Sudanese Ministry Resource Person in the Des Moines Presbytery, will share concerns he has for his country.  This past year he spent several months in South Sudan as a peacemaker in the government.  His heart is heavy with the needs of his people.  We will be receiving a free-will offering to help meet some of those needs.

"God, you care so much for those who are poor, oppressed and in need.  Help me to have the same kind of heart in me, so that I may serve the people whom you love and help create a world that is more fair and just.  Amen."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lenten Activities

ASH WEDNESDAY - February 12
We will be offering a special service or the start of our Lenten Season.  Communion Services at 12 noon and 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

Starting on February 20th, we will offer a special Bible Study, "The Way, Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus" by Adam Hamilton.  This will feature DVD and discussion.  There is also a book available for more in depth study.  These studies will be offered at 12 noon and 7 p.m. for the remaining weeks of Lent.

We will offer a special Communion Service in the Chapel at 12 noon and 7 p.m.

There will be a breakfast offered before Worship.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Fellowship and Outreach Committee sponsored an event in Fellowship Hall called "A Trip Down Memory Lane to Remember Simpler Times!"  Tim Thompson and his instructor displayed and demonstrated wood carvings.  Tim had made several small hearts which were then used in hand-made valentine cards to be delivered to our shut-ins.  Another table was set up to sort through old photos and memorabilia to start a scrapbook.  Of course, there were snacks to munch on throughout the afternoon as retro commercials from days past played in the background.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Who will win the Souper Bowl?

PAPC Youth promote the Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday, February 3rd.  Following worship, they will be at each door to collect your donation (and vote) for the 49ers or the Ravens to win the Super Bowl.  The real winner of the "Souper Bowl" is Freedom for Youth Ministries.  Freedom for Youth, is a young organization serving the lost and hurting youth of Des Moines from ages 6-22.  It is located on a 6 acre campus that offers a welding shop, a woodworking shop, a teaching kitchen, a worship center, a computer lab, a recreational center, an art studio and a mechanical shop and much more.  Their programs include; "Whiz Kids' a tutoring program for elementary children including devotions and a meal.  "Discovery" for middle school children to learn God's word, develop goals, and explore different areas of interests.  "Journey's" is for the high school age to develop post education plans and learn life skills.  All programs are developed for children to learn that God has given us all gifts to use and to share with others.

In 2005, they opened Promise House, a transitional home for young men.  In 2009 the ministry began construction of a new transitional home for girls and also started a rural outreach ministry to empower rural communities to begin reaching the hurting youth in their own communities.

Freedom for Youth Ministries offers the love of Jesus Christ to distressed and impoverished youth which empowers them to break bondages in their lives, discover their God-given purpose and lead a life filled with faith, hope and love.  The vision of this organization is to unite the Christian community to reach out to our lost and hurting youth in Des Moines.

If you like working directly with youth, they also have volunteer opportunities available.


The 49ers kettle won our little competition with a total from both kettles of $385.36 which was donated to Freedom for Youth.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ordination and Installation

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 
(Ephesians 4:4-6)

On January 13, we ordained and installed our elders and deacons with prayer and the laying of the hands by the minister, ruling and teaching elders.

Installed as an Elder
Jeanne Burnett
Gary Modlin
Jerry Saunders

Ordained as a Deacon
Phyllis Danes
Joyce Hendrix

Installed as a Deacon
Donna Aldini
Jeanne Funaro

What's Next?

Pastor's Note, January 2013

What's next?  What did we learn this past year that can become a benefit in the New Year?

How are we different now because of our experiences in and through PAPC in 2012?

Does what we're doing, saying or thinking make us more or less like Christ?

How can PAPC make a positive impact for Christ in our lives, our Church, our community and the world?

If the goal of a Christian is to be a follower and imitator of Jesus Christ, are we any closer now than we were a year ago?  If we are, then I give God all the Glory.  If not, how can we become more like Jesus Christ in 2013?

The New Year of 2013 gives us another chance to grow in our faith, in our resolve, in our repentance, in the practicing of our faith so we can become more like Jesus Christ in the New Year.

How can we become more faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?  What do you think?  Do you want to?

In the Bible we read that we are to put old things behind and to reach for the goal of being more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Let us pray for God's direction and lead in becoming what and who God would have us be as His representatives in the New Year.

As your pastor, I will pray with and for you as we stop, look and listen for God's Word and lead for us in the New Year.

May God bless you in all our efforts to be more like Christ in 2013.

Sincerely in Christ's Love,
Pastor Claude Jones