Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Joy Offering

A Fifty-Fifty Gift

When you give to this offering you give two ways!
The Christmas Joy Offering helps fund the Assistance Program of the Board of Pension, which provides current and retired church workers with help they need to get through life's unexpected challenges.  Those who have given their lives in leadership in our denomination have unexpected needs arise that cannot be met by their fixed incomes.
Through this offering, we can say "thank you for your sacrificial leadership."  In 2013, Income Supplements from the Board of Pension s helped 304 households and 287 households received housing supplements.
The offering also supports education at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic school and colleges, promoting a commitment to higher learning and leadership development for all students regardless of race or economic standing.  Many of the students attending Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges are the first in their families to enroll in higher education.
"Presbyterians who contribute (to this offering) should know that no matter how big or small the donation, they are doing something good.  It's more than an opportunity for education, it's an opportunity to expose a child to the Christian faith."
                                                               Patricia Hsu Payan
Offering will be received December 21st

Saturday, November 22, 2014


On Sunday, November 23, we will fill the cornucopia with food to be donated to the DMARC Food Pantry.  We are thankful God has so richly provided to us so that we are able to share with others.

Here is a list of the most needed items:

  • 100% Juice (tomato, orange, or vegetable in a can or plastic bottle)
  • Fruit (canned in water or 100% juice, not in heavy syrup)
  • Vegetables (tomatoes, green beans, mixed vegetables, or sweet potatoes canned with no salt added)
  • Beans (dry or canned in water, not pork and beans)
  • Peanut butter
  • Meat (tuna or chicken canned in water)
  • Whole-grain dry pasta or egg noodles
  • White rice (regular or instant)
  • Vegetable soup (low sodium)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Cereal (instant or regular oatmeal with no sugar added, whole grain Cheerios, Wheat Chex, Wheaties, granola or shredded wheat)
  • Shelf-stable lo-fat UHT milk (in aseptic packaging, no canned milk)
  • Infant/baby formula
  • Diapers (large) and baby wipes
  • Personal products (shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene, toothpaste and deodorant)
  • Fresh whole grain bread items (with generous expiration dates)
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables (potatoes/sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, carrots, grapes, oranges, tomatoes, melons, broccoli and bell peppers)
Please donate far before xpiration and prime ripeness.

To learn more about DMARC , visit their website at:

Operation Christmas Child

On Sunday, November 16, we received almost 80 shoeboxes to be donated to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

PAPC Website

PAPC has a new website.  Bookmark our site and visit often.  We have the latest information on activities, worship, mission, fellowship, Christian education and more!  You can find our service of worship, scripture readings, sermon brief, mission projects and photos.  We are excited to share our church life and ministry with you in this new way!

The blog and our Facebook page aren't going away!  Check us out in any of these places!



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rural Harvest Offering

Here is an opportunity to share in three areas of ministry in our Presbytery:

1.  Partners in El Salvador.  One third of this offering is designated to support this long-time partnership between Iowans and Salvadorans, working together to bring hope and opportunity to the campesinos in the Berlin cantones.

2.  Partners in Iowa.  Thousands of children go hungry every day in Iowa.  Children in rural communities are not immune to hunger, and often do not have convenient access to assistance programs.  The United Christian-Presbyterian church in Bedford, IA has provided nutritious food items and snacks to sustain 32 students every weekend.  When kids eat well over the weekend, they go back to school prepared to learn.

3.  Partners in Egypt.  Attention is given to improve education for children with disabilities and issues dealing with children at risk, namely street children.

This offering is administered by the Presbytery's Compassion, Peace, and Justice Task Force with minimal expense incurred for printing materials which means your gift goes directly to where the help is needed.

Your generosity is welcomed by God!
The Rural Harvest Offering will be collected on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sole Hope

In Africa, there is a tiny flea called jiggers or sand fleas and they reproduce by attaching themselves to warm-blooded mammals.  Once found, she burrows in looking for blood and her first choice is unprotected feet.  At first, there is no pain until a blister is formed.  The longer the flea is in her host, the more painful and difficult it is to walk.  Eventually, this female flea produces literally hundreds of eggs, which hatch more fleas, which preside in the same host and the cycle continues, until the host is no longer able to walk.  So what can be done?  Something so simple and so easy as cutting material.

On September 21st, we are inviting everyone to join us during fellowship hour to do just that!  We will have the pattern, all we need from you is to bring quilting cotton, denim material, pinking shears and regular sewing scissors.  Once the fabric has been cut, Two Rivers will be given what we have completed and mail on to the women in Uganda, so they can sew together the shoes.  The children who have their feet cleaned and fleas removed will be given a new pair of shoes, so that the cycle can be broken.

We will have people who will help you with any questions you may have during the cutting process and trust me, this is a very easy project.

If you're interested in what other ways you can help Sole Hope help the children, check out the display in Fellowship Hall.  There are other supplies that are needed after the fleas have been removed such as bandages, tape, etc.  Any questions can be directed to Dorothea Trotter.

For more information on Sole Hope, visit their website at:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World's Largest Christmas Project

Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts is a project of Samaritan's Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and not forgotten.

Samaritan's Purse is an international relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.  The non-profit specializes in meeting critical needs of war, poverty, disease and natural disasters in order to demonstrate God's love.

Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts are collected in 13 countries and Samaritan's Purse's international partners will hand deliver each of the 8 million plus shoe box gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Once the gifts are transported to countries around the w2orld, Samaritan's Purse teams and partners distribute them by bus, train, helicopter, boat, elephant, mule and even dog sled.

On September 14, boxes will be distributed to anyone interested in participating.  You will need to decide who you want to give to:  2-5 year old boy or girl, 6-9 year old boy or girl, or 10-14 year old boy or girl.

Samples of boxes for each age group will be o display in Fellowship Hall when you pick up your box.  For each box sent, $7 is needed to pay for delivery.  If you are not interested in filling a box, perhaps you would be willing to give cash for the delivery.  After you select an age category of a boy or girl, shop for new items (no used, please), such as toys, stuffed animals, balls, games, candy, T-shirts, coloring books, school supplies, hygiene items, such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, sturdy combs.  Children also enjoy personal notes and family photos.  If you include your name and address, a child may write back. 

DO NOT INCLUDE:  used or dangerous items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out of date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globe containers or aerosol cans.

Sandwich Sunday

Fellowship Hour on Sunday, August 17 included preparing sack lunches to be delivered to Hope Cafe.  Several members supplied food, assembled sandwiches and filled sacks with a sandwich, orange, chips, and a cookie.

Hope Cafe serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to those who suffer from addiction, abuse, bad choices, or simply a cycle of poverty that has people in its grasp.

For more information about Hope Ministries, visit:

Cross Ministries Back to School Project

On July 27, several members of our congregation, along with other churches in the Two Rivers Partnership, spent the afternoon organizing school supplies at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church for the Cross Ministries Back to School giveaway. 

1,200 backpacks filled with new grade-appropriate school supplies were handed out on July 31 to families with low or no income.  We continue to pray for those families who want the best for their school children but have little funds to aid their education.

For more information on Cross Ministries, visit their website at:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Worship in the Park

On Sunday, August 24, our worship service moves to Fort Des Moines Park where we can enjoy nature as we praise God.

August 24, 2014
Fort Des Moines Park
200 S.E. 5th Street
Shelter #2
10:00 a.m.
Following worship, the Worship Committee is hosting a Fried Chicken Dinner.  Everything is furnished, you do not need to bring anything!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Salad Luncheon

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a refreshing salad luncheon.  Choose from over 20 salads:  Taco Salad, Hot Chicken Salad, Pasta Salads, and many more!!
$8.00 per person

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hunger Knows No Season

Food Donations are Needed!

In the summer months, donations to the DMARC Food Pantry Network slump.  We are currently in great need of donations to stock our shelves.  Please consider donating today.  Below is a list of some of the items in greatest need.

Canned Soup (low sodium)
Cereal (whole grain or healthy options)
Fruit (canned in water or 100% juice)
Large-size diapers

If you are not able to bring in a donation, please consider a monetary donation to DMARC.  With our new 6,000 square foot warehouse, we are able to buy food wholesale at a good rate.

Your help is needed and greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Silent Auction Items for Bidding

There are lots of items to bid for at the PW Silent Auction!  You're certain to find that one thing you just have to have, so come to Fellowship Hall on May 11 and May 18 to bid on your favorite(s).