Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Blog is

The Presbytery of Des Moines' blog is moving to a new and improved site on Feb. 29, 2012.

How appropriate to make this leap of faith to a new website and blog all on leap day. Please make note that our website and email addresses have changed too:

General Presbyter and Stated Clerk Rev. Phil Barrett

Sudanese Ministries Resource Person Rev. Goanar Chol

Director of Communications Kim Coulter

Office Manager Betty Dyer.

General office email

Let us know what you think of the new website and blog!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dresses Brighten Day in La Llanes, El Salvador

Left to right: Josseline, Marina, Marta, and Carmen.

Ismael (a leader in the La Llanes canton) called everyone near and said some beautiful words of gratitude. He mentioned that most everyone has clothing – but when they buy something “new” – it isn’t new. They buy used clothing that people sell on the streets of BerlĂ­n. This was a special gift to have something new.

I told them a little about you (Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Des Moines): ‘...that a group of women with the gift of their sewing hands and with their hearts full of love... made clothing for their brothers and sisters. You had heard about them in our stories and were moved to raise funds for their water tanks… and even after that, you kept them in your hearts and wanted to do more. So, here we were with these gifts made with love, and I told them again (they had your letter—see excerpt below) they are always in your prayers.’

During the give-away and as we were leaving, people came up to us for a hug and to ask us to tell you ‘thank you’. And that they are also praying for you. And to please greet everyone.

So, please, accept our words of thanks. With all our hearts (the community, the Pastoral Team and me) we say thank you. Thank you for your beautiful gift: for the time and effort it took to make them, for your hearts that were touched by God. And then so touched – moved to share with your new family in La Llanes.

Blessings to all of you. With great affection and gratitude,

(especially Blanca, Cecilia and Idalia who shared in this give-away)
“Today, I took a suitcase full of 85 little dresses, big dresses, and shorts for the girls, mothers, and boys of La Llanes. Our ladies of the church have been sewing dresses and shorts for sometime. Our church was so generous with providing money for the water storage containers, we wanted to do something personal. So we have sent these clothes with the delegation of the Dallas Center First Presbyterian Church, and are asking that you see they get to La Llanes. The dresses are so cute and we wanted the girls, moms, and boys to know that someone far away thinks of them, prays for them, and loves them enough to make them lovely garments to wear. We hope that they will enjoy them and get lots of good wear out of them... We just want them to enjoy their clothes. We appreciate your work and love of the people. The work you do is so important and I know that God smiles each time he sees you with the people. God bless you each and every day. Thank you for your help in getting the clothes to our friends.”
~Mary Lou Briles, Park Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Attend the Presbytery Holiday Open House

Merry Christmas!

The Des Moines Presbytery will host a Christmas Open House at the Des Moines Presbytery Office on Friday, December 2.

Everyone is welcome to join us and visit our office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll have appetizers, treats and punch available, so stop by and celebrate the season with the Presbytery staff!

From your Presbytery staff:
Rev. Phil Barrett, Rev. Goanar Chol, Kim Coulter, Nancy Lister-Settle and Betty Dyer