Mission Together
Ministry Resources and Ideas for Church Leaders
April | 2022
Iowa State Fair Hymn Sing

Greetings, Regional Church,

As you may know, our Upper Midwest Region has hosted the Old Fashioned Hymn Sing at the Iowa State Fair for over two decades. It has been a fulfilling mission and an important ministry in exposing persons in Iowa to our Church. The late Rev. JoAnn Thomas coordinated the Old Fashioned Hymn Sing for several years. Don Hiscox, retired pastor living in Grimes who provided administrative responsibility for the hymn sing for many years, has re-assumed responsibility for coordinating this ministry.
Your help is urgently needed. We cannot find details about those who volunteered their time and skills to make the hymn sing a reality. We need to rebuild our list of people willing to serve as song leaders and people willing to serve as accompanists for the hymn sings. In total, we need of 22 song leaders and 22 accompanists. If you or others in the congregation in which you participate can volunteer your time, talents, and energies to this ministry, please contact Don Hiscox at your earliest convenience. He can be reached at don.b.hiscox@gmail.com or 515-865-1770.
In addition to the twice daily hymn sings in The Old Church, the ministry expanded last year to include a Children’s Time on the lawn outside the church building, introducing children to a Bible story through storytelling, crafts and song.  Gail Aurand, co-pastor with the Elkhart congregation, has assumed responsibility for coordinating the children’s ministry.  

Realizing the majority of the children walking by The Old Church have never been introduced to the Bible or Jesus, we are needing eleven (11) congregations to provide volunteers and funding for each day's lesson and craft, which Gail will coordinate. If you can help with this ministry please contact Gail Aurand at gailaurand@gmail.com or 660-785-0349.

Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide. The Iowa State Fair is only about five months away (August 11-21, 2022)!

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