Karen G


Dear Members and Friends,  How do we respond to COVID-19? Do we cancel worship? Do we wait to cancel worship until there are people who have the virus or are in quarantine in Marion or Cedar Rapids?  After extensive conversation with members and Session, I think the proper response is to cancel worship this week […]

Weekly Contact 2nd Addition – February 21, 2020

R A Y  B L U E Sunday, March 8, 2020               The world-travelling Ray Blue, performer/educator/composer, is coming to First Presbyterian Church Sunday, March 8. He will help us glorify God during worship, conduct a jazz workshop after worship, and perform in concert in the sanctuary at 3 p.m. We welcome him back and […]

First Press Weekly – 2-6-20

 Dear Members and Friends,              This Sunday following worship is an opportunity for you to participate in the self-study process, one of the necessary steps to take on the road to forming a pastor nominating committee.              We will gather around tables in the Social Hall. Bring something with which you can write or, if […]

First Press Weekly – 1-30-20

    Dear Members and Friends,             I am in Little Rock, Arkansas, my first visit to this city and state. I’m here for the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators annual conference. I’m guessing there are about 500 or more of us.             Ginny and I walked down a long street to the Clinton Library […]

First Press Weekly

 January 23, 2020             Session has met twice this month. Two items received particular attention: stewardship/budget and a self-study in preparation for forming a pastor nominating committee.              Roger Dana made an announcement last Sunday morning about stewardship/budget and he will make another this week. This Sunday he will use slides to illustrate the information […]

First Press – January 16, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,             I began a series of sermons last Sunday about aging. Here are three references I have found informative. Aging Together: Dimentia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities, Susan H. McFadden and John T. McFadden, 2011.  Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor’s Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a […]