June 2nd, 2022

Pastor Connection

Acts 2:1-21

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.

And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.

Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power."

All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"

But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

'In the last days it will be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

in those days I will pour out my Spirit;

and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood,

before the coming of the

Lord's great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the

name of the Lord shall be saved.'

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Pentecost Special Offering

The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.

investing in our greatest resource

Help youth begin a life with a solid foundation of faith.

Psalm 71 testifies that a foundation of faith established during childhood helps ensure lifelong faith and service. The patterns and lessons established during these formative years continue to bear fruit throughout a person's life. By receiving the Pentecost Offering, you are nurturing the faith of those who are the church to come - children, youth, and young adults.

your impact

Nurturing the faith of those who are the church to come

A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

First Church will be collecting this special offering THIS SundayPentecost Sunday, June 5. Please give as your heart leads. 40% of the Pentecost offering stays with First Church for local ministries with children at risk. You may also mail an offering to the church. Please write Pentecost on the memo line of your check.

Foster Care Graduation Reception

You are invited to a very special graduation reception tomorrow, Friday, June 2 from 4:30-6:00 pm at Hawkeye College's Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, 120 Jefferson, Waterloo. The reception is for young people who are also graduating out of Foster Care as well as High School.

As the eighteen-year-olds' placement in foster care ends, not all of them are able to celebrate the milestone of high school graduation. However, a group of local volunteers plan to honor these graduates at the reception. The public is encouraged to bring cards for the seven graduates. Through the mission team, First Presbyterian has donated to help provide the graduates with necessary items so that they can live independenty.

Please plan to attend and wish the graduates well!

Bring Your Own Picnic

First Church is planning the first summer "Bring Your Own Picnic" THIS Sunday, June 5, immediately following the Worship Service. The picnic will be held at Gates Park, off of Donald Street. Follow the hill up to the swimming pool parking lot and the shelter is right next to the pool. Any questions, please contact Terry Sage.

A Journey Through Parkinson's Disease

June 15, 22, & 29 at 4:00 pm. Located at the Black Hawk County Extension & Outreach, 3420 University Ave, Waterloo. This interactive program is designed to help participants:

  • recognize the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • understand what causes PD and how treatments work
  • learn about therapeutic activities that can be done in the home

Three 45-minute sessions will be led by a trained ISU Extension and Outreach staff. Registration deadline June 10 at noon.

For more information or to register:

Jill Weber, Human Services Specialist, Food and Health

jrweber@iastate.edu, 319-234-6811


Cunningham School Partners in Education

Our very own Marge Polacek attended a Waterloo Community Schools board meeting for First Church's official recognition as a Partner in Education with the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence. Thank you to our Mission Committee for reaching out and supporting our local school! From the release: 

First Presbyterian Church joins current Partners in Education Community Bank and Trust, St. Tim's United Methodist Church, City of Waterloo, Waterloo Public Library, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and VGM Group.

Celebration Ringers Heading to Handbell Festival!

Please pray for the Celebration Ringers as they travel to the Area 7 Handbell Festival in Duluth, Minnesota June 9-13. Pray for safe travels, a time of learning, fellowship, and a successful concert on Sunday, June 12.

Farewell to Melody Turnquist-Steed

After 4 years with First Church, Melody Turnquist-Steed has resigned from her position as handbell director. Thank you Melody for your years of faithful service and helping our Celebration Ringers contribute beautiful music to our services, and sharing your gift of exceptionally playing the organ. You will be greatly missed! If you would like to send a card to Melody, please reach out to Amber in the church office.

Church Choirs on Hiatus

After a very successful season of music, both the Sanctuary and Handbell Choirs will be taking their annual summer hiatus until the Fall. Thank you to all of our talented musicians for enriching our services with their beautiful music! Enjoy the summer break!

Antique Quilts: Stories

The quilt hanging in the hallway during May was made by one of Marsha Platt’s great grandmothers 60-70 years ago.  The quilt top was found in Marsha’s Grandma Brock’s trunk but was never finished.  Two colors of red are used in this quilt.  Each of Marsha’s grandmothers vow that their mother would never have used the two different reds.  So, who knows which great grandmother pieced this quilt?  Marsha’s Grandma O’Connor hand quilted the quilt for Marsha and Richard as a wedding present.  They used it on their bed for about 30 years until Marsha made a new quilt for their bed.  

This quilt is a 9-patch Beggar’s Blocks pattern.  The blocks are assembled with a Lightning setting also known as a Zig Zag setting.  The quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted.

First Church Supported Missionaries

Here at First Church, we directly support specific Presbyterian missionaries around the world through our National and Global Mission and Outreach budget.

James McGill

Water, sanitation, and hygiene specialist

Niger and South Sudan

Jim resources the water, sanitation, and hygiene programs of the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN) and travels to South Sudan to facilitate similar work with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. Home presbytery: Greater Atlanta

Dr. Larry and Inge Sthreshley

Country director for Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) World Health (Larry) and agricultural consultant (Inge)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Larry works with partner churches and organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help build capacity of health ministries. His work with IMA World Health assists partners implementing large, internationally funded health programs with positive impact on community health. Inge's work with the Presbyterian Church of Kinshasa and IMA World Health focuses on training volunteers to help communities address malnutrition through nutrition and home gardening education and improved cook stoves. She also assists the Methodist Presbyterian Hostel, a mission guest house and conference center, facilitating mutual mission between groups from the U.S. and Congolese partners. Home presbytery: New Hope

The Presbyterian Women also directly support missionaries 

Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez

Philippines and Southeast Asia

Cathy and Juan work to address the issues of migration and human trafficking. The UN's International Labor Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of coerced labor and/or forced into sexual exploitation. Recently, their work in this area has been challenged by the pandemic and destruction from typhoons. Juan has been working with colleagues to address the social and mental issues of children and teenagers caused by school closures and government restrictions forcing young people to stay inside for extended periods of time.

Updated Church Directory

An updated church directory is now available! There are printed copies available in the church office, or click HERE to access a copy. Updated April 2022. If you need one mailed, please reach out to Amber in the church office, 319-233-6145, or amber@1stpresby.org.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Please join us this Tuesday, June 7th, at 9am in Calvin Hall. All are welcome! Coffee will be provided. We hope you can join us!


We are now live streaming our Worship Services EVERY Sunday! The stream will start at 11:00 am on Sundays, and you can view it live on our YouTube channel wherever you have internet access!

If you are unable to watch the service live, the video will be recorded and you can watch at any time by clicking on the video on the YouTube page. The link is (Click Here) bit.ly/1stpresby

You can also find the link to the YouTube page on the church website.

Click HERE for the bulletin.

We look forward to worshiping with you every week!

PLEASE NOTE: We will continue to meet IN PERSON at the church every week on Sunday at 11:00 am.

Pulpit Flower Volunteers Needed

We are once again accepting donations of flower arrangements for our Sunday Services. We currently have openings Jun 19 (Father's Day), Jun 26, and July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. If you would like to donate, please contact Amber in the office to find a date that works for you. You can call the office or email Amber directly. 319-233-6145 or amber@1stpresby.orgAlternatively, you can let Nancy Valentine know on Sundays after service and she will relay your information to Amber. Thank you!

Upcoming Church Meetings:

Mon June 06: Stewardship and Finance 12 noon church office

Mon June 06: Christian Nurture and Fellowship 2:30 pm

Tue  June 07: Mission and Outreach 4:00 pm

Tue  June 21: Session 6:00 pm

*All meetings held in Calvin Hall unless otherwise noted*

Church Prayer List

Ongoing/Continuing Prayers:

Pat Narey, Kari O. Narey's husband, recovering at home from complications from his foot surgeries in February; Betty Wexter, dealing with health issues; Don Broadston had shoulder surgery on Friday, May 13, and is recovering at home; Joe Fernau, son of Marie Fernau, will be having a bone marrow transplant in the next few weeks; Don Broadston's friend, Jean Singer, struggling with lung health problems, Ed Halvorson, recovering at home from gall bladder surgery; Lorraine Baker, recovering from heart surgery; Richard Gajewsky, Tyler's grandfather, who was recently diagnosed with cancer; Sam Christensen, recovering from a severe fall at the Med Center in Friendship Village; Janice and Paul Graham, Jennifer Lightbody's parents, who are dealing with health issues- especially Paul who recently fell and severed a vertebrae; Sara Wexter, Betty's daughter-in-law, recently diagnosed with a severe health condition; Gloria Frerichs, recovering from a stroke and settling in to her new home at Friendship Village; Joann Lockard, health issues; Mable, great-granddaughter of Skip and Judy Mulock and their family, struggling with health issues; Steve Miller, ongoing health issue

Add to the Prayer List

Click HERE to submit a prayer request online. Our pastors will be praying for you and sharing concerns with the congregation as requested.

Church Family Birthdays

We celebrate our members with birthdays in June. If you get a chance, please join us in wishing them a very happy birthday!


01 Travis Bowers

04 Nancy Valentine

05 Jackson Bass, Marilyn Lottich, Samuel Smith

08 Judy Anders, Sarah Christensen, Steve Cose

09 Shirley Sorensen

11 David Kabel, Doug Newhoff

16 Theresa Ames

19 Jennifer Bass, Mark Fairbanks, Paul Mead, Kim Reisinger, Colette Shull

21 Lorraine Baker

25 Olive Whyte

26 Barbara Young

30 Theresa Braby

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