September 1st, 2022

Pastor Connection

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down,

and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,

O LORD, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;

you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.

In your book were written

all the days that were formed for me,

when none of them as yet existed.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

I try to count them-they are more than the sand;

I come to the end-I am still with you.

September Information

Be prepared to set your alarms - no more snoozing in on Sunday mornings! We will be worshiping at 10 a.m. beginning THIS SUNDAY, September 4th.

We have a great worship service planned for September 4th. Linda Wiles will lead us in a hymn sing. Be prepared to request your favorite hymn and please sit towards the front so we truly have a community hymn sing.

On September 11th we will welcome Rev. Kent Leydens to our pulpit. Rev. Leydens is a Presbyterian minister who is currently the chaplain for MercyOne.

Rev. David Feltman will be in the pulpit on September 18th. We look forward to and are grateful for Rev. Feltman's ministry with us from September to May.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will be hosting a Tai Chi class here at the First Presbyterian Church gym. The class will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 20 - November 17 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. To register call Missy Anders at 319-231-1623 or email

Classes are offered on a $4.00 per class suggested donation for those aged 60 and over. For participants under age 60 there will be a $4.00 per class charge.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program

Free Mental Health Education Program, Thursdays, Sep. 22 - Nov 10, from 6-8 pm. Held at First Congregational Church, 608 W. 4th St. Waterloo.

The deadline to register is Thu., Sep. 8th.

  • A scripted class created by the national office and offered around the country
  • A weekly eight-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions
  • A class that helps people in a confidential and safe environment
  • A program led by trained and certified peers with mental health conditions
  • A great resource for information on mental health and recovery
  • A course that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope
  • A class that builds on the strength and resilience of participants

To register or for further questions, please contact Leslie Cohn at 319-235-5263, or

Crop Walk to End Hunger

It's about that time of the year for the CROP Walk for Hunger! The walk itself is on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 PM starting at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo.

First Presbyterian is not specifically participating but we invite you to join the Cedar Heights Presbyterian's effort by walking or donating. 

Please use the link below to donate to the Cedar Heights Pres. team and/or sign up to walk with us!

If you have any questions please reach out to Pastor Johnny at Cedar Heights, 319-268-0153

Directory Information Update

Amber will be preparing an updated directory soon. If you have any changes that need to be made, such as address, phone number, or email, please email or call the church office at 319-233-6145.

Updated Church Directory

An updated church directory is now available! There are printed copies available in the church office. Updated April 2022. If you need one mailed or emailed, please reach out to Amber in the church office, 319-233-6145, or email

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Please join us this Tuesday, September 6, at 9am AT Dan Davis' home, 715 Central Ave. Apt. 108, Evansdale. 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 10:00 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)

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 10:00 am.

Pulpit Flower Volunteers Needed

We are once again accepting donations of flower arrangements for our Sunday Services. We currently have openings Sep. 18 & 25; and Oct. 2, 9, 16, & 30. 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

Tue. Sep. 06: Missions 4:00 pm

Mon. Sep. 12: Stewardship & Finance Noon Church Office

Mon. Sep. 12: Christian Nurture 2:30 pm

Tue. Sep. 13: Deacons 1:00 pm

Sat. Sep. 17: Piecemakers Quilters 9:00 am Fellowship Hall

Tue. Sep. 20: Session 6:00 pm

Wed. Sep. 21: Presbyterian Women 9:30 am

*All meetings held in Calvin Hall unless otherwise noted

Church Office Information

The church office will be closed Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day.


The office will open late, no later than 9:30 am, on Thursday, September 8th.

We thank you for your understanding.

With Our Sympathies

Darlys Varner's family will be holding a memorial service for her on Saturday, October 8, at 11:30 am at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, 965 Home Plaza Ste. 1 in Waterloo. Her burial is to follow at 1:00 pm at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 3669 Logan Avenue, Waterloo. All are invited to come.

Church Prayer List

Ongoing/Continuing Prayers:

Dee May, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and has moved to LaPorte City Specialty Care; Joe Fernau continues to fight cancer and has had a setback in his treatments, and will start a new round of chemo shortly; Christa Moravek, Stan and Diane Ernster's daughter, who is having health issues; George Day, who has been diagnosed with pneumonia; Sue Albright is recovering at home after she had her left shoulder replaced Tuesday July 6th, with 4-6 months of rehab to follow; Dan Davis, who fell and broke his femur, followed by surgery to repair it, continued prayers as he gets stronger at home and he hopes to be back with us soon ; 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's friend, Jean Singer, struggling with lung health problems; 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; 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

August and September. If you get a chance, please join us in wishing them a very happy birthday!


26 Stephen Quirk

27 Kari Narey; Mallory Sage

29 Pat Narey

30 Dennis Bunger; Will Kabel; Jennifer Lightbody; Megan Wheelock


01 Karen Deserano

02 Regina Buls; Mitchell Sage

06 Aimee Bowers

07 Sam Christensen; Cheryl Ersland; Colette Kukosama

08 Nancy Catterson

12 Julie Clarke

13 Carl Boice

14 Christa Moravek

17 Joseph Swallow

18 Jean Seeland

19 Paige Bass

24 Craig Cose

29 Ed Halvorson

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