The Ottumwa Courier

September 14, 2013

Religion news briefs

Ottumwa Courier

---- — St. Paul kicks off anti-malaria campaign

OTTUMWA — The 10,500 churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are committed to raising $15 million by 2015 to support ongoing malaria-fighting programs in Africa.

The money raised will provide malaria prevention, education and treatment for people who are vulnerable to this curable disease. Last year, the ELCA raised more than $6 million towards its goal.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ottumwa is joining this effort and will kick off its three-month campaign Sunday during its 9 a.m. worship service.

Fellowship of Pastors to meet

OTTUMWA — The monthly gathering of area pastors will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Note this is a different day of the week and an earlier time that previous meetings.

The host church will once again be Davis Street Christian Church. All pastors in the community are welcome to participate. This is a time for area pastors to get to know one another on a personal basis without letting theological differences separate them.

Discussion at the gathering will also include plans for the community CROP walk against hunger, community Thanksgiving worship service, community mid-week Lenten and Good Friday worship and re-establishing a local meal site for those who are hungry.

Keosauqua UMC fall luncheon

KEOSAUQUA — The Keosauqua United Methodist Church is having its fall luncheon at 11 a.m. Sept. 20.

The meal will include hot chicken and hand-breaded tenderloin sandwiches plus salads and homemade pies and drinks.

The luncheon is a fundraiser for missions and church projects.

Ramsey classes begin Sept. 26

OTTUMWA — Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Faith Baptist Church.

The church is on the 73rd Street frontage road on Ottumwa’s east side. For registration information, visit or call the church at 641-682-2700.

Gateway Singers in concert Sunday

OTTUMWA — The Gateway Singers, of Centerville, will be appearing in concert at The Church, Fourth and Washington streets in Ottumwa, at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 for Friends Day.

The Gateways have ministered in music for 44 years, 7,450 concerts and traveled 3 million miles within the United States. Don and Vikki Hunt and Dave and Jan McSpadden comprise the group.

The program will feature traditional and contemporary Christian music. The Church is inviting all those interested to enjoy this free program.

Presbyterian Book club to meet

OTTUMWA — The First Presbyterian Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the First Presbyterian Church, 228 W. Fourth St., in the Chapel on the lower floor after the all-church supper.

The selection for June is “Travels with Charlie in Search of America” by John Steinbeck. The book club is led by the members of the club. If you would like to have a copy of this month’s selection and join in the discussion, call Connie Miller at 303-947-7304.

FPBC meets on the first Wednesday of each month. All types of books may become topics for discussion, including fiction, nonfiction, Bible-based or secular books. All are welcome to come and share the love of books and good writing.

‘Intercession for Ottumwa’ Sunday

OTTUMWA — Members and pastors from more than 17 churches in Ottumwa will be gathering at the Bridge View Center at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to pray for the city and for each other.

“Intercession for Ottumwa” is open to all that desire to see churches revived, the lost found and positive change come to our needy city. The gathering is interdenominational and free.

“This is not a spectator event but a participation event for everyone who feels burdened for our city and believes that through fervent prayer, God can and will change things,” said Shane Wilson, pastor of Arca de Salvación Church of the Nazarene, one of the organizers of the event. He believes that this is the first time an event of this stature has been organized.

A full house is expected, and child care will be provided.

For more information, call 641-680-9850.

Religion news deadline is Wednesday

The deadline for religious news items is noon on Wednesday, prior to Saturday’s publication, space permitting.

Those items submitted after the noon deadline on Wednesday will receive consideration, but there is no guarantee of publication. Religious news may be submitted via email to All submissions must include a name and phone number.

For more information, call the news clerk at 641-683-5363.

Questions or information related to the church directory should be directed to the Courier’s classifieds department at 641-683-5389 or 641-683-5357.