May 13, 2021
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A Monthly Newsletter of the Presbytery of Des Moines
May 13, 2021
Stated Presbytery Meeting

Presbytery of Des Moines Stated Meeting is Tuesday, May 18th.

Pre-Meeting Breakouts at 9:15am led by the Name Change Task Force.
Meeting begins at 10am.

Register here!
Summer Youth Camp

The Camping and Youth Ministries Committee is pleased to announce the dates of our Summer Fun and Friends Camp which will be held at Camp Wesley Woods, outside of Indianola, Wednesday, July 7th to Saturday, July 10th for youth that have completed 2nd through 12th grade.

Please check the presbytery website for registration material by the end of this month. Scholarships will be available for this camp as well as for Synod School. Feel free to contact Barb Britson with any questions:, 515-974-7326 (mobile).
Not-Your-Average Boundaries Training

MAY 19 & MAY 20
(1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Central Both days)
Online via Zoom $75

LeaderWise’s online boundaries training workshop is lively and interactive, full of reflection and conversation. Attendees have given us feedback that our boundaries training was a great experience, AND caused them to re-evaluate some of their own practices.

This live online boundaries training is 5 total hours split over 2 consecutive days (1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Central each day). Following the first session, participants are asked to engage in a bit of reflection work in preparation for the second session. This online boundaries training will be conducted via secure Zoom video conferencing.

Register Now
Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement Notice
The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The Board of Pensions offers comprehensive benefits to PC(USA) congregations and affiliated employers: medical, retirement, death, disability, and more.
The Dorothy Horn Scholarship provides financial assistance to women from Presbyterian churches who attend the University of Northern Iowa. Dorothy Horn attended the University of Northern Iowa and her estate established this scholarship endowment, which is administered by First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls.

Those interested in more information, or an application packet, should contact First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls. Materials can be requested by calling 319-277-3930 or by email: All applications must be returned by June 1, 2021.
Update Regarding Presbytery Committee Meetings:

The Crisis Team of the Presbytery of Des Moines met Tuesday, May 11, and decided that committees, commissions, and task forces of the Presbytery may resume meeting in person using CDC guidelines and must include an option to attend virtually.
The Crisis Team of the Presbytery of Des Moines met Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

Present were Executives Amgad Beblawi, Ian McMullen, and Annika Lister-Stroope, and committee members Myrna Rummer, Tim Maxa, Sandy Wagener, and Lynne Hanna.

Myrna made a motion: Committees, commissions, and task forces of the Presbytery of Des Moines may meet in person using CDC guidelines and must include an option to attend virtually. The motion was seconded by Tim Maxa and was approved unanimously.

Myrna made a motion: Once fully vaccinated, Presbytery of Des Moines staff may attend functions in person. Tim Maxa seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Hanna
Living Well, Leading Well Virtual Workshop Series

Healing Collective Trauma

Saturday, May 22, 9-11am

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Open House: May 25, 2021

Do you desire a more meaningful life enriched by a deepening spiritual awareness, new ways of building and contributing to community, or living authentically in an increasingly challenging and unpredictable world? Consider applying for Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s PrairieFire, a two-year program of spiritual renewal. A new class will be forming in the fall of 2021. For more info, see
Holy Walkamolies! Part II – Virtual Run-Walk-Roll

Celebrate 30 years with Our Sister Parish by walking, running, or rolling 30 miles or more during the month of June. Since May 1991, the Presbytery of Des Moines has been in ministry partnership with the community of El Tablón, El Salvador. Today, long-lasting and rewarding relationships exist between multiple churches and Salvadoran communities. Our Sister Parish has supported everything from water and agricultural projects to scholarships, and from building churches and schools to sending medical delegations. Click here to learn how you can get involved in this vital ministry.
Summer Camp at Lakeshore

Registration is open for all summer camping weeks. Register now to reserve your spot.
“Everything Old Is New Again!”
Or is it “Everything New is Old Again!?”
June 14, 2021 - 12:30-2:00pm

A gathering… for discussion…
for sharing ideas… for your soul and your ministry
Topics on the radar for this gathering…

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*Household items, kids' clothes, toys and more!
June 24 & 25 from 8AM to 4PM
June 26 from 8AM to Noon

Heartland Presbyterian Church
14300 Hickman Road
Clive, IA 50325
Virtual Tour of Jerusalem

June 24, 2021 @ 10:00-11:00 am Central
Join Churches for Middle East Peace for a virtual tour featuring the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem . In this tour, we’ll see an overview of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and visit key sacred sites, including St. George’s Cathedral and Gethsemane Church. We will also hear from church leaders serving in the Holy Land and learn how we might support their work for justice and peace there. Guests include Rev. Dr. Don Binder, Chaplain to The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem. Interviews will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of CMEP. For more info:
Synod School – July 25-30, 2021

“Called Out!” is the theme for Synod School 2021, July 25-30. Join us as we embrace the newness 2021 brings and what it means to faithfully wake up, rise and respond to God’s call. “Sleeper, awake. Rise from the dead. And Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14.

Synod School logistics in response to COVID-19 are still being finalized. We are anticipating a hybrid event that will welcome those who are comfortable coming in person to come to Buena Vista University and welcome others to join us virtually. Registration for classes begins April 1 at Registration for housing on campus will begin around May 1. There are two separate registration processes this year due to the uncertainties with regard to COVID-19 and expectations of the University.
Commemorating 45 Years of the Food Pantry

From 1976-1986 the basement of Central Presbyterian Church housed Des Moines Area Religious Council’s new mission: ending hunger and food insecurity in Greater Des Moines. This month marks the 45th anniversary of this interfaith outreach. Today DMARC assists over 58,000 unique individuals on an annual basis. Read more
The Presbytery of Des Moines' Committee on Preparation for Ministry would like to congratulate the following graduates for their recent honors:
Presbytery Office Manager
We are excited to post this opening for the Office Manager position to support the mission and ministries of the presbyteries of Des Moines, North Central Iowa and Prospect Hill. 

Job Description and Application Process
Open Position for University Ministry Director
Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, Iowa is seeking applicants for a University Ministry Director! This position will engage University students by providing programming, mission, and fellowship opportunities that align with the vision of the church.

The successful candidate will be energetic, self-motivated, and have a passion for outreach and recruitment of new members. The ability to lead a diverse group, while developing and maintaining an inclusive environment is also imperative to the success of the position. In addition, the candidate should have a desire to develop and cultivate a vibrant university ministry program through a variety of outreach, engagement, and leadership training strategies.

For a full position description, or to learn about the vision of the church, visit our website at

If you have any questions or wish to apply, email apply, please include your resume and cover letter.

For guaranteed consideration, apply by May 15th.
First Presbyterian Church, Grinnell
First Presbyterian Church is looking for someone to join the staff as a part-time team member in carrying out our mission and ministry. Our pastor will be going from full to part-time from August 2021 – May 2022. We are looking for someone with a broad set of skills, who is able to take on various aspects of ministry depending on the strengths of the individual and the needs of the congregation. This position does not require ordination but does require a deep appreciation for church.

Read more…
Our Sister Parish
Our Sister Parish (based near Des Moines, IA) is seeking a full-time designated mission co-worker in Berlin, El Salvador. A minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree is preferred. The position description can be accessed at in the "Seeking New Mission Co-Worker" section. For questions or to apply please contact us at
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