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May Calendar



Please remember those listed below in prayer:

  • Steve Shaw
  • Bess Uitermarkt
  • Randy Fisher (Amy Molyneux/Mary Fowler's brother)
  • Adam Brink & Nolan Stevenson (Randy & Kathy Pleima's nephew/Adam's stepson)
  • Jackie Homan (Larry's wife)
  • Lexi Wahlert (Elementary school teacher)
  • Kyler Lenox (Julie Spears' nephew)
  • Matt Saville (City employee)
  • Jennifer Matice (Lindsey Herny's cousin)
  • Ruthie Rossi (girl from community)
  • Tim Louderback (Nick's brother)
  • Jim Klampe
  • Penny Raymie
  • Darlene Veldhuizen
  • Kyle Simmons (Penny Raymie's nephew)
  • Betty Stanley
  • Burdell Hensley
  • Sheryl Shaw
  • Lance Conner
  • Tom Eveland
  • Roger Robinson (Donna Nicholson's brother)


William Augspurger, grandson of Nolen & Linda Forsythe

Jason Crile, Tara Crile's husband,

Kyrsten DeWees, daughter of Rick & Michelle DeWees

Kelly Lane, granddaughter of Phyllis Lane

From The Pastor

There have been many funerals I’ve done where the family talks about their loved one as someone who “NEVER complained”.


No one will ever be able to say that about me in my life or at my death.


Complaining is in my genetic make-up. I had to be reminded quite often in my 20s to stop complaining and being so negative. Since then, I’ve tried (tried being the operative word) to be aware of my complaining. I’ve tried to be a more active participant in giving thanks as a part of my daily routine. I’m trying because it’s real easy to look anywhere else other than toward the goodness of God and the life I have been gifted. 


With all of this in mind; the complaining (wailing) and the gratitude (life), I ran across a poem by Rumi that I posted in my office as a reminder to be re-membered to the one who gives us life. 

Pastor Molly


A Tender Agony of Parting

A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed,

cut holes in it, and called it a human being. 


Since then, it has been wailing

a tender agony of parting,

Never mentioning the skill

that gave it life as a flute.   


2024 Elders & Officers of the Board


1-yr term:

Kim Gile

RD Keep - Elders Chair

Kirk Shepard

Rhonda Taylor - Board Chair

2-yr term:

Kathy Butler

Tim DeJong

Gene Fynaardt

Sherry Langfritz - Elders Secretary

Eric Palmer - Elders Vice Chair


1-yr term:

Matt Denburger

Diane Hicks - Board Secretary

Nick Louderback

Jeremiah Zaldarriaga

2-yr term:

Carrie Bowie

Jon Butler - Board Vice Chair

Terry DeJong

Eric Held

Karen Rouw

Keri Shepard

Heather Stevens

Diane Stewart - Treasurer


Fellowship Lunch

Join us Wednesday, May 15 at 11:30 am for Fellowship Lunch. All are welcome to attend!

Church Women United (CWU) will be having May

Friendship Day at Homestead on Thursday, May 2 at 1:00 PM.



Church Library News

The calendar says it's Spring but the weather doesn't always agree. Stop by the library and see what we've added to the New Arrival shelf for those not so Spring like reading days. There are still a few books on the shelf that haven't been read yet. One of those is Always A Wedding Planner. It's a story about four wedding planners each with their own expertise to add to a wedding bringing chaos and romance along with them. We've also added some more books from your favorite authors. Her Heart's Desire book #1 in the Season in Pinecraft Series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer. A story of a women learning to love her husband's secret family. Colleen Coble's Fragile Designs, a mystery involving the Faberge Egg. If you like reading stories set in the past and in the present you will want to check out the new additions to the Doors of the Past Series. Each of these books are written by different authors and can be read in any order so you won't find them listed together as a series. Author Robet Whitlow has become a new favorite to our library. Check out his books, The Confession, The Trial, Waters Edge, and The Witnesses. We've also added a new book series #1 The Thief of Blackfriars Lane, #2 The Bride of Blackfriars Lane, and #3 The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane. These stories revolve around Constable Jackson Forge set in London. You might notice that we still do not have book 4 in The Magical Bookshop Mystery Series by Amanda Flowers. The book was ordered with book 5 and is currently on backorder hopefully arriving sometime this month. As always happy reading and puzzling.


Your Library Staff

Sone & Jeri 

Sympathies are extended to family and friends of Chuck Mick upon his death March 26, 2024.


Sympathies are extended to family and friends of Fran Knoot upon her death April 4, 2024.

Sympathies are extended to family and friends at the sudden death of 41 year old Andy Robinson. Grand nephew of Donna Nicholson.


Sympathies are extended to family and friends of Faye Knowler upon her death April 15, 2024.


Welcome Meyer James Sams!

Meyer was born April 1, 2024 to Rachel & Drew Sams.

Proud grandparents are Darrin & Lisa Alderson.

“Sisters In Spirit”

 Sisters In Spirit will meet Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 AM in the lounge.

Lydia Circle will meet Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 PM in the FCC lounge.

Our Service Personnel

William Augspurger

3D Intel BN Unit 356

FPO AP 96385-5606

LTC Jason E. Crile

PSC 808 Box 412

FPO AE 09618-0412 USA

Kyrsten DeWees

She is home now

Kelly Del Rio Lane

Do not have current address

Men's Ministry

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall for Men's Dominoes.

On behalf of Church Women United in Iowa (and Mahaska County), tabs from aluminum cans of all sizes are being collected to provide personal items for human trafficking survivors who are recovering in 3 safe houses in Iowa. Please bring donations in zipper storage bags and drop off in the basket.


1 - Ivan Haage

2 - Matt Denburger

Carter Huddleston

3 - Indie Comfort

4 - Irene Fisher

Henrik Stout

7 - Marshall Overturf

9 - Andrew Haage

10 - Mitsi Burnside

Shari Fynaardt

Sarah Huddleston

11 - Carole Comstock

Karen Rouw

Amy Molyneux

13 - Blakely Coffey

Oliver Hicks

Patty Sarver

15 - Deb Fisher

17 - Marty Ballard

18 - Liz Overturf

Joey Wilke

20 - Mya Helm

Scott Ginaven

Bev Kinkade

23 - Leesa Augustine

Kirk Shepard

24 - Chris McNulty

25 - Wade Bolibaugh

Kami Martin

26 - Spencer Owen

27 - Zeeva Zaldarriaga

31 - Erik Palmquist 


Nolen & Linda Forsythe

May 7, 1998

Gene & Shari Fynaardt

May 10, 1997

Michael & Katie Taylor

May 12, 2012

Paul & Brenda Callahan

May 18, 1974

Wade & Noelle Bolibaugh

May 25, 1996

Andrew & Mauree Haage

May 25, 2007

Randy & Kathy Pleima

May 26, 1978

Kevin & Amy Molyneux

May 26, 1979

Bruce & Michelle VanderMeyden

May 27, 1994

Kirk & Keri Shepard

May 29, 1993

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A welcoming place where people feel a connection to God through

Jesus Christ and a commitment to each other, our community, and the world. 

First Christian Church

119 A Ave E

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

(641) 673-4671

Pastor Robert
Pastor Molly
Financial Secretary
Amanda Doud
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