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District News & Announcements

May 2020

"District News and Announcements” is a monthly e-newsletter for members and friends of the Church of the Brethren in the Northern Plains District.  District Leaders, Commissions, Committees, and those doing special ministries share information on programs and activities.  Local churches share news and invitations.  Send submissions by May 25th for inclusion in next month’s newsletter to Hannah Button-Harrison, Director of Communications, communications@nplains.org.

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In this issue

  1. Change and Uncertainty During COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. Advisory to Refrain from In-Person Gatherings
  3. Online Resources and Worship
  4. Sharing the Joy: Mabel Fanks (Jay Steele's Granddaughter)
  5. Camp Updates: New Pine Lake Directors
  6. Global Women's Project Mother's Day Cards
  7. Witness Commission Update
  8. Moderator Message
  9. Holiness in our Midst
  10. Leadership Development Musings
  11. Pictures and Stories from Around the District
  12. Congregational Newsletters
     

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Calendar of Events | District Staff & Leadership Contacts | Documents & Resources

Banner photo: Blooming flowers on display at Dallas Center Church of the Brethren.  Photo taken by Laura Leighton-Harris.  Send in your photos for future newsletters! Email communications@nplains.org.

1. Change and Uncertainty During COVID-19 Pandemic

Tim Button-Harrison, District Executive
de@nplains.org

For most of us, the changes started happening the middle of March with social distancing advisories, business closures, meeting restrictions, and the beginning of online worship services.  The ministers in Northern Plains District started meeting once a week online and we still do.  Likewise, the District Executives are meeting once a week.  And this May 1-2 the Executive Committee and District Board will meet online.

As I write, the virus is still spreading, especially in some areas and industries.  And steps are being taken to lift restrictions and reopen businesses.  Out of concern for vulnerable members of our churches and society, we, as the church, are not impatiently rushing back to business as usual.  (See the statement below from Iowa’s Church Leaders.)  Instead, we are advising that churches continue to refrain from in-person worship, as we carefully look for the right time and the right way to return. 

In the meantime we are learning new ways to worship and be the church.  How many of you have now participated in online worship or been part of a Zoom meeting?  On Maundy Thursday, the Church of the Brethren held an online Love Feast that had over 10,000 views.  As part of the service, I shared some thoughts on handwashing.  Here is the link to that service (http://www.virtuallovefeast.com/) with my reflection starting at 57:00.

In last month’s newsletter, we shared an article with a list of many online resources, from the Facebook pages of the District and our local congregations, where online worship services are devotions are being posted, to webpages of denominational agencies, where special resources and information related to this pandemic are being shared.  That article is republished below. 

Finally, regarding uncertainty, at its May 1-2 meeting, the District Board will explore whether our 2020 District Conference should be held online and whether by second sabbath renewal period should be delayed until after District Conference.  Also, Camp Pine Lake leadership is discussing if our camps can be held as usual or if this camping season will need to be done in a different way.  Announcements on these matters will be shared as soon as possible.

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2. Advisory to Refrain from In-Person Gatherings

Tim Button-Harrison, District Executive
de@nplains.org

On April 28 I emailed Northern Plains ministers and District Board members advising that our churches continue to refrain from physical worship and meetings through May.  Earlier that day I had met with over 20 other Iowa leaders of Christian denominations on this issue.  The sense of that ecumenical meeting was expressed in the following statement which we signed and shared with churches and the public.


Denominational Leaders Unite:
Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings

April 28, 2020

As denominational leaders in the Christian tradition, we are united in our concern regarding Governor Kim Reynolds’ declaration to allow spiritual and religious gatherings in Iowa.

It was with surprise we learned of the Governor’s proclamation and, as such, we feel compelled to provide clarity and guidance of what it means for congregations to be faithful and safe during these extraordinary times.

In the spirit of ecumenism, we join together in asking congregations and members across the state to take faithful action by refraining from in-person religious gatherings, including worship. We encourage and hope that congregations will worship and gather in community from afar continuing the use of technology and other means. Decisions to return to in-person gatherings in our congregations should be based on science, the best practices recommended by public health officials, and in consultation with the leaders of our faith communities.

It is by our faith that we are compelled to love our neighbor. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that love comes to expression by remaining physically apart. Loving our neighbor, and thereby the whole community, includes putting public health and the well being of others ahead of the natural desire to be physically present together in community and in worship.

As faith leaders, our hearts grieve for the immense pain and suffering felt by so many during these times. Whether mourning the loss of a loved one who has died from the coronavirus; facing the economic stress due to the loss of employment,  business, or income; feeling isolated or alone; experiencing the stress of managing children and work from home; carrying the burden of uncertainty from the disaster and when a new normal may emerge, we pray you might find strength and hope in God’s unending and ever-present love.

For the sake of the common good, we ask all congregations, their leaders, and their members to prioritize the safety and well being of each other, those at particular risk, and those in their broader community. Please love one another and your neighbor by continuing to be in community together from afar.

  • Rev. Ian McMullen, General Presbyter, Presbytery of North Central Iowa
  • Bishop Laurie Haller, Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Brigit Stevens, Executive Conference Minister; Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota UCC Conferences
  • The Right Reverend Alan Scarfe, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
  • Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula, Catholic Diocese of Davenport
  • Bishop Michael L. Burk, Southeastern Iowa Synod - ELCA
  • Rev. Lorna H. Halaas, Bishop, Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
  • Bishop Steven L. Ullestad, Northeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Rev. John M. Richardson, Interim Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest
  • Rev. Jacquline L. Saxon, Executive Minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
  • Tim Button-Harrison, Northern Plains District Executive, Church of the Brethren
  • Rev. David Feltman, Ecumenical Connections of Iowa Coordinator
  • Rev. Kristin Pike, Presbyterian Church (USA), Stated Clerk of the Presbyteries of Des Moines & North Central Iowa
  • Pat Shipley, Stated Clerk, Presbytery Missouri River Valley
  • Rev. Richard Francis, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Prospect Hill, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Elder Amgad Beblawi, Interim Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Des Moines
  • Rebecca Blair, Ph.D., Stated Clerk, Presbytery of East Iowa
  • Rev. Chaz Ruark, Executive Presbyter, John Knox Presbytery
  • Nathan Luitjens, Executive Conference Minister, Central Plains Mennonite Conference
  • Susan Janzen, Conference Minister for Ministerial Leadership, Central Plains Mennonite Conference
  • Amanda Bleichty, Conference Minister for Christian Formation, Central Plains Mennonite Conference


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3. Online Worship and Resources

Tim Button-Harrison, District Executive
de@nplains.org
Hannah Button-Harrison, Director of Communications
communications@nplains.org

Church of the Brethren, Covid-19 Pandemic Response, listing financial resources and grants: https://covid19.brethren.org/

Bethany Theological Seminary, Ministering through Covid-19: https://bethanyseminary.edu/covid-19-resource-list/ -

Northern Plains District pastors and congregations, online worship and devotions.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthernPlainsCoB/ and “like” the District’s page and check it periodically for updates.  Do the same with Facebook pages of our congregations:

COB@Ankeny 

The Church on Northland (Cedar Rapids)

Dallas Center

Fairview

Hammond Avenue (Waterloo)

Hilcrest Baptist/Brethren (Fredericksburg)

Ivester 

Iowa River 

Lewiston

Libertyville

Living Peace (Sioux City)

Open Circle  (Burnsville)

Panora

Panther Creek

Peace  (Council Bluffs)

Pickwick  (Ottumwa)

Prairie City 

South Waterloo


Denominational listing of congregations posting worship online:

http://www.brethren.org/news/2020/church-of-the-brethren-congregations-worship-online.html

 

4. Sharing the Joy: Mabel Fanks (Jay Steele's Granddaughter)

Tim Button-Harrison, District Executive
de@nplains.org

We celebrate with the family of Jay Steele, Pastor of Open Circle Church in Burnsville, MN, that his three-year-old granddaughter, Mabel Franks, is now cancer free after two years of chemotherapy.  On April 26, the day of her last chemo pill, the community joined her parents Megan (Jay and Mary Ann’s daughter) and Michael to celebrate Mabel’s recovery with a drive-by parade that was reported on the news.  View the news video here: https://youtu.be/K-ulV1cbs44

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5. Camp Updates: New Pine Lake Directors

Matt & Betsy Kuecker, Camp Pine Lake Directors
camppinelakedirector@gmail.com

Matt and Betsy Kuecker have been hired as the camp directors. Matt has served as the property manager for more than 10 years, and he and Betsy worked as camp managers from 2009-2013. The whole Kuecker family is excited to serve the camp community.

Rhonda Pittman Gingrich will be the 2020 program director.

The camp board and staff have not made a final call on the 2020 camp season. Expect communication regarding summer camp dates in mid May. 

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6. Global Women's Project Mother's Day Cards

Global Women's Project Steering Committee
cobgwp@gmail.com

MOTHER’S DAY GRATITUDE PROJECT

Honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting mothers around the world!

Global Women’s Project announces our annual Mother’s Day Gratitude Project!
Rather than buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude
with a gift that helps other women around the world. Your donation allows us to
fund projects focused on women’s health, education, and employment. In return,
your chosen recipient(s) will receive a lovely, hand-written card indicating that a
gift has been made in her honor, with a brief description of GWP.

To participate, send a donation to:
Global Women’s Project
c/o Sarah Neher
541 W. 11th St.
Apt. 201
Kansas City, MO
(write checks to GWP)

Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may
also make memorial donations, which will be honored on our website:
www.globalwomensproject.org

Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request
to Sarah by May 1, 2020. After that date they will be sent as soon as possible.
This Mother’s Day, share a gift in honor of a woman you know and in honor of
women in Mexico, India, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United
States, who are improving the lives of women in their communities.

Global Women’s Project seeks to raise awareness of the poverty, oppression and
injustice suffered by women around the world; to recognize how our over-consumption and misuse of resources contribute to that suffering; to change our
way of living; and to support self-help community projects that are led by,
empower, and benefit women.

Additional information can be found at www.globalwomensproject.org

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7. Witness Commission Update

Terri Hansen, Witness Commission Chair
tah7100@hotmail.com

Since we are not able to meet in person for the district board meeting in May, we would still like to ask everyone to donate generously to your own local food pantry, as they are in great need during this pandemic. Our service project for this year, is again the clean up buckets. Since we will not be able to distribute empty buckets to board members this year at the May meeting, it is our hope you can get your own bucket and lid, and fill it, and bring it to district conference at Cedar Falls. I have included the list of needed items for each bucket. Checks are also welcome, to cover the cost of postage to send the buckets.  More info on the buckets here.
 
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Lets continue to remember all those on the front lines, working through this scary and difficult time. May God bless each and everyone.
 
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8. Message from the Moderator

Lucinda Douglas, 2020 District Conference Moderator
nightowl21@q.com

What are you holding onto? I ask this question as we are in changing times.  Things seem to change on a daily basis. At my work in the hospital, the changes come each day as things we can do and things we are no longer doing. Sometimes its hard to keep up with all the changes. I want to hang onto what I already know and am comfortable with doing. The changes are uncomfortable and unfamiliar, yet, necessary.

Changes bring uncertainty and sometimes we are afraid. The unknown and the unfamiliar can be frightening. Yet, fear doesn’t have to be the last word. The words from the Gospels are comforting and soothing. After Jesus rose from the dead, he met Mary Magdalene and the disciples. In the Gospel of Matthew, he tells Mary not to be afraid. In the Gospel of John, when he meets with the disciples, he says: "Peace be with you!" This was a difficult time for Mary and the disciples. Things were changing rapidly and they were afraid and possibly confused as to what to do now. Jesus wants to bring comfort and reassurance to the disciples and to Mary. He tells them not to be afraid and Peace be with you. Jesus was giving them something to hold onto as he was leaving. The Gospel of John, chapter 20: 21-22 says: "Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." Jesus was giving the disciples a direction, sending them out to let others know of his
peace and love. He gave the disciples the Holy Spirit for comfort, strength, and courage, supporting their faith and giving a gentle reminder of that Peace. Holding onto the peace which Jesus gives us is a good thing to keep close.  We don’t need to be afraid as Jesus is with us in every situation and we know he loves us and doesn’t want us to be afraid.

I will close with this prayer that Teresa of Avila wrote:

"Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing upset you.
Everything changes.
God alone is unchanging.
With patience all things are possible.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone is enough."
- Teresa of Avila

Take comfort in holding onto this Peace which Jesus gives us. Peace be with
you all.

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9. Holiness in our Midst - On Communion

Janis Pyle

janispyle@yahoo.com

Story Circle Prompt: Recall a memorable Communion service.

The Coronavirus has so upended my daily life that there is a clear dividing line (MSNBC Anchor Brian Williams calls it “a fence”) between life before the virus and life thereafter. Hence, I have a pre-virus answer in recalling a memorable Communion service and an after-virus one.

My B.V. (Before the Virus) answer might be titled The Milk of Human Kindness. It was a Sunday morning at LaSalle Street Church in downtown Chicago in the mid-Eighties. The church staff, known for living out its social justice mission, frequently invited national leaders. That morning, Pastor Bill Leslie had just introduced our guest, Christian author Walt Wangerin, one of my favorite storytellers. Suddenly, the door to the sanctuary opened and a disheveled woman carrying a brown paper shopping bag came down the center aisle, headed straight for the altar and placed a carton of milk next to the bread and “wine” (grape juice) set out for Communion. I was sitting on a pew next to the pulpit, having led a litany based on one of his stories. Being on the worship committee there had its perks: I had an unimpeded view of the congregants, who were looking around wildly and wondering how our speaker would handle the unusual situation. Rev. Wangerin, without missing a beat, lovingly welcomed the woman and wove the phrase, “the milk of human kindness and compassion,” into his talk several times. When Dr. Leslie blessed the elements for Communion that day, he also lifted the carton of milk to be blessed by God. During that Holy Communion, we all felt the barriers broken down between race, class and creed.

My A.V. (After the Virus) answer might be titled Zoom Room Communion. First Christian Church in Ames began meeting through Zoom technology on March 15. In one of the first Zoom Room worship services, Pastor Mary Jane Button-Harrison reminded us about securing Communion elements. I grabbed Diet Cherry 7-Up and Anderson Erickson Raspberry Yogurt from my refrigerator before the formal service began. I was “prepared” for Communion, but not for the strong connections I felt as we shared “the bread and the cup” together. During that Communion, former Pastor David Digby wrote these words in the online Chat Room:

Communion in Covid, 
O’er the Waves of the Web, 
Unhindered by Space or Wall
Community in Christ, 
Celebrate we All. 
(Used by permission)


In announcing the first online service, Pastor Mary Jane wrote: “Let’s think of (utilizing technology) as an adventure in faith. We’ll all learn something in the process.” What I have learned from gathering online is the visceral realization that our church is not the building. Our church is our unshakeable bonds solidified through ongoing community service, companionable friendship and deep faith.

FOR PERSONAL/JOURNAL REFLECTION:
Read the above reflection. In your journal, recall a communion service. What made it memorable? 

FOR GROUP STUDY:
      1.   Read aloud Session XCII.
      2.   Ask each person to answer the Story Circle Prompt. 


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[Past Sessions]

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10. Leadership Development Musings

Barbara Wise Lewczak, Minister of Leadership Development
bwlewczak@minburncomm.net | 515-240-0060
Laura Leighton-Harris, Minister of Leadership Development
ontheshortside@hotmail.com | 712-322-1872

As I thought about our article for this month, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to share about because, like many of you, our ways of doing church have been altered for the time being due to the Coronavirus and leadership right now has taken on a new and/or different look. Some folks may have had to step in who otherwise may not have; since we cannot have in person meetings, you may like us, have decided it isn’t necessary to meet via zoom or email, that things can wait a little bit. I have found the following is working for me (Laura) during this time and we would like to hear from you what leadership looks like for you during this time.

*Being adaptable: More use of email and phone calls to check in on folks and being reassuring even when I don’t know when we will be able to gather together in person again. Use of Zoom for Sunday school and Bible study. Some are using Facebook Live and other platforms.

*Being open to new ways of bringing the message to the folks: This, I think, has been the hardest as it requires me and I imagine a lot of folks feel this way, to step outside the box and provide a meaningful service for our congregations, our fellowships virtually. If you haven’t already, go to the Northern Plains District Facebook page and you will see the variety of services that have been done.

*Being open and willing to ask for/give help: This is something an effective leader should always do but especially so during times of uncertainty and when stress and anxiety is very high. I have appreciated the weekly check-ins Tim has set up for ministers to come together and share how things are going and ways we can be of help to one another in this time of learning the various uses of technology, other ways of reaching out to our congregants and our communities. Being open and willing to ask for help doesn’t make one a weak leader, in my opinion, it makes a leader stronger because I don’t have all the answers but if a colleague could help, why not reach out?  Reaching out for help benefits those you are leading and serving, it shouldn’t be looked at as a negative.

*Being present: Although we cannot be physically together, we can still be present through emails, texts, Zoom, Facebook Live. I agree these are not the preferred methods of being present, but going back to being adaptable, in these times, these are the best ways we can be present. In using these modes of being present with my folks, I have found they are just as happy to hear me and be in conversation about their joys and concerns; when we see one another on Zoom, it’s a comfort to physically see one another and that alleviates that ache of physical distancing a bit.

*Being willing to step up: This is a necessary leadership quality overall but especially so when the normal routine is altered and someone needs to take charge and get the ball rolling. For me, this has meant I’ve needed a couple people to step up and help me get my pastoral letter out to the congregation and to get our services on our Facebook page. Luckily, these folks are comfortable in stepping up and doing these two things but oftentimes people don’t feel comfortable and this is where we need to look at our gifts and our talents and say, you know I’m not really sure I can do it but I’m willing to since things are not the usual.

I think of Moses leading the Israelites through the wilderness and the uncertainty of that journey and how trying that was for all of them. I truly believe they went through what we are currently going through as the Israelites questioned Moses (their leader) all along the journey (happening in some situations both in the church and in secular settings/they worried about getting food/they complained about how long until they reached their destination (for us, it’s when will we be back to our regular schedules). But! They did reach the Promised Land, and God was with them the whole way!

Know that we continue in prayer for your leaders and your congregations and as you navigate leadership in these days and times.

Blessings on your ministries,

Laura & Barbara

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11. Pictures and Stories from Around the District


COB @ Ankeny

Here is a picture from Rhonda Bingman of the Church of the Brethren at Ankeny.  She has been sewing masks for friends, family, and the community.



Peace COB


Our board chair, Kathy Rowe, wrote this story from what she observed one Sunday morning.  Jane Zimmerman then illustrated Kathy’s story.

A Story of Nature to Cheer Us Up  in This Dark Time    

I know this is a hard time for all of us and I would like to tell you this true story.  I hope it touches your heart as it did for Bob and me.  We were both sitting in our favorite recliners on Sunday morning with our curtains  still shut.  We heard a loud bang—something had hit our front window very hard.  Bob looked out and saw that a pretty little robin bird had hit our window.  It landed on the bench outside our window and appeared to be badly hurt, holding its neck in a funny way.

When I looked out, one of his robin friends was sitting on our railing looking at the injured robin that we thought was dying.  There was also another robin sitting on the floor of our porch. I’m not certain, but think these robins were gathered there on my porch for several minutes.  Then the Robin sitting on the railing flew to a neighbor’s yard and within a short time the hurt bird flew over to the neighbor’s place to be with his robin friend.  I don’t know how birds communicate, but I was thankful this poor, hurt bird had these two other robins gathered around.   This whole thing lasted about an hour. We were so happy that the injured bird was able to rest on our bench, and then all of a sudden have his head and neck restored to normal shape, and have enough strength to go back to its family of robins.

This makes you think that we are all part of God’s creation and are here to take care of each other.  We need to be there for our families and church friends during this hard time and for everyone around the world.  


Sheldon COB  

The Sheldon church created a sign of hope for those who are passing by.  It says "Pray for an end to Corona virus, he arose a victor from the dark domain"

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12. Congregational Newsletters


In addition to the monthly District Newsletter, some of our churches have their own newsletters!  Check out what these congregations are up to this month:

English River Church of the Brethren
Ivester Church of the Brethren
South Waterloo Church of the Brethren

New - Spurgeon Manor Monthly Newsletter

If your church has a newsletter that's not listed here, make sure to forward it to communications@nplains.org.


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Calendar of Events

2020


May 1  District Executive Committee, online, 6 pm
May 2 – District Board, online, morning starts at 9 am, afternoon at 1:15 pm
We may need to meet online.  Stay tuned.
May 3 – National Youth Sunday
May 5 – District Conference Planning Committee, 9 am
May 7 – Ministers prayer and support meeting on Zoom, 10 am
May 12 – Cluster Ministers Meeting via Zoom, 8:15 pm
May 14 – Ministers prayer and support meeting on Zoom, 10 am
May 14 – Church Development and Renewal Committee, 7 pm
*May 18-June 21 – District Executive on Sabbath Renewal
May 21 – Ministers prayer and support meeting on Zoom, 10 am
May 22-25 – Young Adult Conference
May 28 – Ministers prayer and support meeting on Zoom, 10 am
*June 7-11 - Camp Pine Lake Summer Staff Training
*June 13 - Camp Pine Lake All Staff Training 9:30am-5pm
*June 19-20 - Primary Overnight Camp
*June 28-July 1 – Council of District Executives Summer Meeting
*July 1-5 – Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
*July 13-18 - Sr. Youth Camp
*July 20-25 - Jr. Youth Camp
*July 26-30 - Middler Camp
*July 31-August 2 – District Conference, The Church on Northland, Cedar Rapids
*September 5-6 - All Age Camp/Songs of the Pines
September 21-24 – Annual Retreat of Western District Executives
September 27-30 – SE Iowa Cluster Spiritual Renewal Circuit Ride
September 28-October 25 – District Executive on Sabbath Renewal
November 6 – District Executive Committee, 5-9 pm, Camp Pine Lake
November 7 – District Board, 8am-4pm, Camp Pine Lake

*Some events may be held online or postponed.  Watch for announcements.

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District Staff & Leadership

Tim Button-Harrison, District Executive
1211 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010
(641) 485-5604 | de@nplains.org

Hannah Button-Harrison, Director of Communications
(515) 460-5365 | communications@nplains.org

Ida Van Westen, District Conference Support
(507) 478-4552 | dc-support@nplains.org

Laura Leighton-Harris
TRIM Coordinator
Co-Minister of Leadership Development
(402) 595-0716 | ontheshortside@hotmail.com

Barbara Lewczak
Co-Minister of Leadership Development
(515) 240-0060 | bwlewczak@minburncomm.net
 
Lucinda Douglas, Moderator, 2020 District Conference
(712) 204-8950 | nightowl21@q.com

Paul Shaver, Moderator-Elect, 2020 District Conference
319-423-9034 | revpaul.ivestercob@gmail.com

Dave Kerkove, District Board President
515-313-3705 | davekerkove@gmail.com 

Paul Neher, Chair of Camp Pine Lake Joint Committee
319-824-3286 | neherfamily@prairieinet.net

Rhonda Bingman, Financial Secretary
820 Raven Lane Madrid, IA 50156
(515) 480-7017 | jbingman@mchsi.com 

Matthew Kuecker, Camp Director
(641) 640-1931 | camppinelakedirector@gmail.com

Betsy Kuecker, Camp Director
(641) 939-5334 | camppinelakedirector@gmail.com

Rhonda Pittman Gingrich, Camp Program Director
(612) 239-6214 | rpgingrich@yahoo.com


Cluster Ministers:

AREA 1: ENGLISH RIVER, LIBERTYVILLE, MONROE COUNTY, IOWA CITY, FAIRVIEW, PICKWICK, PRAIRIE CITY
Sharon Heien 
641-856-4030 | sharonheien41@gmail.com

Tim Peter
(515) 577-3926 | peter.timothy@gmail.com 
                   
AREA 2: IOWA RIVER, SOUTH WATERLOO, IVESTER, CEDAR RAPIDS, HAMMOND AVENUE, FREDERICKSBURG, GREENE
Paul Shaver
319-423-9034 | revpaul.ivestercob@gmail.com

Dave Kerkove
515-313-3705 | davekerkove@gmail.com 
 
AREA 3: LEWISTON, HANDS OF CHRIST (ROCHESTER), OPEN CIRCLE (BURNSVILLE), COMMON SPIRIT (MINNEAPOLIS)                           
Rhonda Pittman Gingrich
(612) 926-9460 | rpgingrich@yahoo.com

Beth Cage
507-951-4532 | marble@hbcsc.net

AREA 4: PANORA, PANTHER CREEK, DALLAS CENTER, CoB@ANKENY

Barbara Wise Lewczak
(515) 240-0060 | bwlewczak@minburncomm.net
 
Laura Leighton-Harris
(402) 595-0716 | ontheshortside@hotmail.com

AREA 5: WORTHINGTON, SHELDON, LIVING PEACE (SIOUX CITY), BIG SKY (FROID, MT), PEACE (COUNCIL BLUFFS)
Lucinda Douglas
(712) 204-8950 | nightowl21@q.com

Ida Van Westen
(507) 478-4552 | sivanwesten@gmail.com

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Documents and Resources

Recent Newsletters

April 2020
March 2020
Mid-February 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019


Documents

2020 District Directory
2020 District Prayer Calendars
District Constitution and Bylaws
Church Development and Renewal Charter
District History Archives 


District Membership Task Force Resources

Annual Conference Statement “The Meaning of Membership”
List of Resources for Membership Training
Background and Notes for Discussion

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