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February Calendar



Please remember those listed below in prayer:

  • Steve Shaw
  • Marion Williams (Margaret Chitwood’s brother)
  • Fran Knoot
  • Allan Rouw (Claudia Cubit's husband)
  • Bess Uitermarkt
  • Randy Fisher (Amy Molyneux/Mary Fowler's brother)
  • Laura Ginaven
  • Jim Klampe
  • Lisa Vohoska (friend of quilters)
  • Adam Brink & Nolan Stevenson (Randy & Kathy Pleima's nephew/Adam's stepson)
  • Blake & Gannon VandeWall (Pat Jacks' nephew/great nephew)
  • Louise Stout (Darlene Veldhuizen's sister)
  • Jackie Homan (Larry's wife)
  • Lexi Wahlert (Elementary school teacher)
  • Kyler Lenox (Julie Spears' nephew)
  • Trudy Larson (Grace Copher's sister)
  • Colt Polson (great grandson of Karen/Leroy Rouw)
  • Maggie Goodrich (Robert's mother)
  • Ray Boomershine
  • Matt Saville (City employee)
  • Jennifer Matice (Lindsey Herny's cousin)
  • Ruthie Rossi (girl from community)
  • Tim Louderback (Nick's brother)


William Augspurger, grandson of Nolen & Linda Forsythe

Jason Crile, Tara Crile's husband,

Kyrsten DeWees, daughter of Rick & Michelle DeWees

Kelly Lane, granddaughter of Phyllis Lane

From The Pastor

As we prepare for the season of Lent in the church calendar (February 14th through March 31st), I wanted to take a moment to explain what it is and why it is important to me, and hopefully important to you. The Catholic church describes Lent as “a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms (being charitable); and we practice self-control through fasting.”

           Being a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we do not follow the Lenten season exactly as our Catholic friends do, however, we hope to observe it and add (take away?) certain practices in our lives that will bring us closer to Jesus. We can do something as simple as giving up chocolate and replacing that food with something healthy, to something as life-changing as fasting one day every week for the 6-week period leading up to Easter Sunday. Regardless of what spiritual practices we may decide to implement, I leave you with this prayer from Henri Nouwen for the upcoming Lenten season (beginning February 14th – Ash Wednesday):

           “Please, Lord, be with me at every moment and in every place. Give me the strength and the courage to live this season faithfully, so that, when Easter comes, I will be able to taste with joy the new life that you have prepared for me. Amen”

           Please join us on Wednesday, February 14th at 6pm for our Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary.   


           As always, I look forward to seeing you, especially in worship,

Pastor Robert   

2024 Elders & Officers of the Board


1-yr term:

Kim Gile

RD Keep - Elders Chair

Kirk Shepard

Rhonda Taylor - Board Chair

2-yr term:

Kathy Butler

Tim DeJong

Gene Fynaardt

Sherry Langfritz - Elders Secretary

Eric Palmer - Elders Vice Chair


1-yr term:

Matt Denburger

Diane Hicks - Board Secretary

Nick Louderback

Jeremiah Zaldarriaga

2-yr term:

Carrie Bowie

Jon Butler - Board Vice Chair

Terry DeJong

Eric Held

Karen Rouw

Keri Shepard

Heather Stevens

Diane Stewart - Treasurer

Our Lenten book study book is ready for you to pick up! Plans are to hold the study during the Sunday school hour (9-9:45) during Lent (begins February 18th). 

If you’d like one, please contact Robert Goodrich at


Books are $5 each. We have 19 available. 


If there is enough interest, we can hold a separate group on Thursdays at 10am.

“Sisters In Spirit”

 Sisters In Spirit will meet Saturday, February 3 at 8:30 AM in the lounge.

Financial Summary


1/1/2023 Checking Balance




Miscellaneous Income






Transfer from (to) Savings


12/31/2023 Checking Balance

Our Service Personnel

William Augspurger

3D Intel BN Unit 356

FPO AP 96385-5606

LTC Jason E. Crile

PSC 808 Box 412

FPO AE 09618-0412 USA

Kyrsten DeWees

She is home now

Kelly Del Rio Lane

Do not have current address

Missions & Outreach meeting Sunday, February 11 after worship

Sympathies are extended to family and friends of Roy Hess

upon his death January 11, 2024.

Sympathies are extended to family and friends of Latosha Pace upon her death January 12, 2024.

Dear Robert and Molly Goodrich and Congregation,

Thank you so very much for your donation of eight sets of queen-sized sheets and some washcloths. We appreciate this gift very much as we strive to keep our facilities in the best condition for our guests by replacing worn linens. 

Throughout the year we serve Disciples and others alike. Retreat Season from September through May is especially busy with a variety of groups. This weekend we are hosting Rotary International new incoming exchange students and their family hosts.

Again, thank you for assisting us as we serve in this ministry at Christian Conference Center.


Jerry and Linda Wolf

Interim Co-Directors

Christian Conference Center

Men's Ministry

Join us every Tuesday at 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall for Men's Dominoes.

On behalf of Church Women United in Iowa (and Mahaska County), tabs from aluminum cans of all sizes are being collected to provide personal items for human trafficking survivors who are recovering in 3 safe houses in Iowa. Please bring donations in zipper storage bags and drop off in the basket.


1 - Quinnley Coffey

3 - Tiffany Carriker

4 - Jean Carriker

Harris Stout

5 - Jeremiah Zaldarriaga

6 - Judy Braden

7 - Kris Butler

Harold Comstock

Laura Ginaven

Bodie Palmquist

10 - Sheryl Shaw 

12 - Hannah Augustine

Ross Eveland

13 - Jay VanderMeyden

16 - Darrin Alderson

18 - Cael Butler

19 - Teresa Augustine

Steve Scholtus

Kraig VanHulzen

20 - Stephen Cronin

Lorri Grubb

Cindy Scholtus

Piper Pierson

22 - Hadley Myers

Brooks VanDerBeek

23 - Dennis Green

John McNulty

24 - Brian Myers

27 - Ruth Stanley

28- Owen Palmquist


Mike & Judy Braden

February 5, 1972

Jim & Ranae Banicky

February 20, 2010

Alex & Taylor Knoot

February 23, 2019

Jim & Sone Scott

February 24, 1993

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A welcoming place where people feel a connection to God through

Jesus Christ and a commitment to each other, our community, and the world. 

First Christian Church

119 A Ave E

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

(641) 673-4671

Pastor Robert
Pastor Molly
Financial Secretary
Amanda Doud
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