Friday, December 2, 2011

2011 Hanging of the Greens prep continues


Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
Food, fun, fellowship, decorating and practicing all came together at the second night of preparations for the Hanging of the Greens.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the work went well and easy.  Those participating in the service practiced while others worked on decorations.  For more pictures of this years Hanging of the Greens just click on this link.  Don't forget about the Hanging of the Greens service this coming Sunday, Dec. 4.  Come at 4:00 and listen to Christmas music before the service starts.  It is a beautiful service and we hope to see you all there.  God bless.  Merry Christmas to you all.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Michelle (Denning) and Kody Asmus were married November 13, at First Congregational Church. It was an intimate occasion as they exchanged their vows before relatives. The people of First Congregational congratulate Michelle and Kody, as they begin their life together as husband and wife. God bless them.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 Hanging of the Greens prep and new hymnals

FCC UCC McGregor began getting ready for Christmas by preparing for the annual Hanging of the Greens Ceremony.  Members and friends came together for a great potluck supper before getting to work on ornaments and cards to be handed out at the ceremony.  Everyone enjoyed the fellowship and the work went easy with so many hands.

As some worked on the preparations for the ceremony others were getting our new hymnals ready to be put in the pews.  FCC is getting ready for another great Christmas.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


First Congregational Church kicked off the healthy living initiative with a free health screening and complimentary massages. Eleven volunteers turned out to begin their journey towards living healthier between the hours of 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM. 

Kathy Wessels, R.N. offered free health screenings for each while Kelli Boylen provided complimentary chair massages to interested parties. This is the first of many health offerings to come at First Congregational, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to our congregation. 

 Health Corner display table in Fellowship Hall
Kelli Boylen of Indigo Sky Massage, offers a complimentary massage to Alice Staples.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Members of the diaconate committee partnered with Jerry Weiss to arrange the baptism of Phyllis Houg of McGregor, IA. The service took place in the Houg residence with members of her family present. Phyllis was graciously received in the church universal and we celebrate her expression of faith and desire to be baptized.
God bless Phyllis and her family.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Pastor Gentry announced the Healthy Living Initiative before the congregational on October 30th. The initiative organizers are (l-r) physical therapist Brittany Keyes, Pastor Gentry and Kathy Wessels, R.N. Together they have planned a program that incorporates theories and practices pertaining to diet, exercise and additional modes of healthy living. 

Drawing from the expertise of in-house and outside health professionals. The parishioners of First Congregational will be able to avail themselves of exercise programs and educational seminars designed to help them maximize their health in a variety of ways. 

First congregational is daring to style itself as a church that cares about the overall well being of the individual. The spiritual, mental and physical health of our community is our chief concern. Kathy Wessels will be offering free health screenings during the month of November so be certain to make an appointment.

Brittany will work with our congregation designing, age and ability specific, exercises that we can perform indoors and out. Her guidance will help us get moving while respecting our limits. 

This is an exciting opportunity for our congregation, so stay tuned as the program unfolds. Remember, a healthy body can do wonders for Christ. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Joyce Davies and Warren Wetherill were married October 22nd at First Congregational Church. It was a joyous occasion as they exchanged their vows before an intimate gathering of relatives. The people of First Congregational congratulate Joyce and Warren, as they begin their life together as husband and wife. God bless them.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Member Genna, and Nathan Welch were married October 1st at First Congregational Church. The people of First Congregational congratulate Genna and Nathan as they begin their life together as husband and wife. God bless them.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Susie (Larson) and Chad Thornton, were married September 17th in Prairie du Chien. The people of First Congregational congratulate Susie and Chad as they begin a new life together as husband and wife. God bless them.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


The people of First Congregational Church celebrate the baptism of Thadrick Lee Stumpf, son of Chelsey and Keaton. May the joy of the Lord be his strength, now and always. God bless Thadrick and his parents.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Church Picnic and a Cruise on the Maiden Voyage

Church picnic and a cruise aboard the Maiden Voyage on Aug. 21, 2011. Members met in the church basement for a potluck and chicken dinner after second service. Great food, as usual. After dinner 27 people boarded the Maiden Voyage at the McGregor marina for a 2 1/2 hour cruise. Captain Bob provided us with an interesting and scenic cruise. He told stories of some bits of history of the McGregor and Marquette area and the Mississippi. I even think a lot of the stories were true. At any rate, the cruise was really nice and very entertaining. The GOOD LORD provided us with beautiful weather. We did have a small shower at one point, but it didn't last long at all and certainly didn't dampen the spirits of anyone on board.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


The people of First Congregational Church celebrate the baptism of Sadie May Rippentrop, daughter of Ryan and Gayette and sister to Sophia. May the joy of the Lord be her strength, now and always. God bless Sadie and her family.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


We have been informed that the Food Bank is desperately in need of food items. The cupboard is bare, as the saying goes. The shelves are drastically low on supplies and there are many neighbors in need. We have been told that there are many new people applying for assistance due to the economic and jobs situation in our country. Will you please help with a bigger than usual donation of food or money? Reach deep into your hearts and find the desire to help at this time of extreme need. Thank you so much and GOD bless you all.

Friday, July 1, 2011


First Congregational Church congratulates the Rippentrops on the birth of their daughter, Sadie May Rippentrop. She arrived on Thursday, June 30. Mom and baby are both doing well.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Members, Crystal and Brian Priebe, were married June 18th at First Congregational Church. The people of First Congregational congratulate Crystal and Brian as they begin a new life together as husband and wife. God bless them.

Monday, June 6, 2011


MARION — The Marion Economic Development Co. has elected its first woman chairwoman in the history of the organization.

Anne Loomis, an attorney with Allen, Vernon & Hoskins PLC of Marion, will begin her two-year term on Jan. 1. Loomis will be the first woman elected to chair MEDCO, Priority One in Cedar Rapids or the Iowa City Area Development Group in Iowa City.

Loomis will succeed Dave Martin, owner of Martin Design, an architectural firm with offices in Marion and Strawberry Point. Martin will remain on the MEDCO board of directors and continue to serve as chairman of the MEDCO Holding Co.

Loomis, who has served on the MEDCO board since 1999, also was the first woman to be elected president of the Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club. She has been actively involved in community activities and in building a solid economic base in Marion.

“Over the course of the past few years, MEDCO and the City of Marion have taken steps to position Marion for sustained economic growth,” Loomis said. ”The state and national economy have been in recession for two years and we have used this time to create over 300 acres of shovel-ready ground in Marion. The economy is on the upswing and beginning to take off.”

Loomis, a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, has set certain goals for her term as MEDCO chairwoman.

“First and foremost we must facilitate expansion of Marion’s existing businesses. They are already vested in Marion, they are our friends and neighbors and are a sound investment for the future,” she said. ”MEDCO will market Marion to the world. We have a wealth of shovel-ready ground and Marion has a highly desirable work force that can attract new business.”

Loomis said she also plans to make greater use of the MEDCO board of directors.

“This is a very talented group of individuals who can work with the public and private sectors to help expand our local economy,” Loomis said.

George Lake, president of MEDCO, said Loomis brings organizational and leadership skills to the table that will be important as the economic development group works to assist existing business expand as well as attract new employers to the community.

Other newly-elected MEDCO officers include Treasurer Jennifer Decker, an accountant with Hogan Hanson PC, and Incoming Chairman Tom Barnes, owner of Barnes Manufacturing in Marion.