March 28th, 2024

Pastor Connection

A Note from Rev. Feltman

Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian,

What is saving you now? That is the question Barbara Brown Taylor was asked by a seasoned Episcopalian Priest as she was invited to preach/lecture in his church. It became the framework for her book AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD, which is her best book, in my opinion. Her “tentative” answers, for that season of her life became the chapters of the book – “walking meditation, pilgrimage, fasting, and prayer – have long histories in the religions of the world. Others are so ordinary that their names do not even give them away: eating, singing, bathing and giving birth….” (p. xviii) However Taylor suggests if the common practices have “run out of breath”, the book is for you as she affirms God at work in the real world and not just inside a sanctuary.

It is a powerful question. Sunday we will affirm again the salvation we claim by faith through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and we will be honest about the journey we must finish in this life.

What is saving you now? Please ponder that question. I would love to hear your answers. I hope to see you Sunday.

With love in Christ.

Dave Feltman

Contacting Rev. Feltman

Rev. Feltman will be in the office one day a week. He is hoping to address routine church business on that day. For care concerns you may call the church office or his cell phone, 319-231-3570; please leave a message if he is not able to answer.

Rev. Feltman will be in the office on Tues. Apr. 2nd.

A Note from Rev. Dr. Randall Argall

I am happy to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. I was baptized in the Episcopalian Church, confirmed in the Lutheran Church, and am honorably retired as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church. I retired in July 2019 as the head of staff at First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay, WI after 11 1/2 years.

I came to Green Bay from the University of Jamestown, a Presbyterian college in Jamestown, ND. The university hired me after I completed a PhD in the School of Religion at the University of Iowa. I served half-time as the chaplain and half-time on the religion faculty. The student body was largely Roman Catholic and Lutheran. After the move to Green Bay, I also taught theology as an adjunct at St. Norbert College and served as board president at the Mauthe Ecumenical Center on the campus of UWGB. While I am a committed Presbyterian (and somewhat of a Calvinist), my life and career demonstrate that I have a deep appreciation for ecumenism.

After I retired, I spent two months in Moscow, Russia working for Presbyterian World Mission and an international, English-speaking church. Then COVID-19 hit. More recently, I served one year as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Monticello, IA. I also just completed work on the Executive Capital Campaign Committee of the Domestic Violence Shelter in Iowa City. The new Shelter is now under construction.

I have been married to Ann for 50 years. Ann is a retired dental hygienist. We purchased a condo in Iowa City to be near our son Sam and his wife Ashley, and their two sons Fletcher (7) and Nelson (4). We live about three blocks from them! Our hobbies include biking, kayaking, reading, sports (Go Hawks!), and travel. Last year, we went to Lithuania with several Presbyterians. We are active with a Presbyterian group called the Eastern European Partnership Network.

The church in Green Bay was located in a near downtown neighborhood and faces many of the issues common to urban churches, including First Waterloo. My hope and prayer is that my experience there will translate into some beneficial steps that we can take together here.

One Great Hour of Sharing

During Lent, we will be receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For 75 years, the Offering’s purpose of helping neighbors in need around the world remains constant, giving the PC(USA) and other Christian denominations a tangible way to share God’s love. LINKS IN RED: One Great Hour of Sharing benefits the ministries of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP). Look for an insert on the entrance tables this week, and please click on these links to learn more about the ministries supported by our offerings.

Click HERE to view the "We Are There" Insert.

Joint Maundy Thursday Service

TONIGHT, March 28, 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian, 902 Main Street, Cedar Falls. Join us for a service of contemplation. All are welcome to partake in communion. This is the joint Maundy Thursday service of the local Cedar Valley Presbyterian Church (USA) churches. Participating will be First Cedar Falls, First Waterloo, Unity Waterloo, and Cedar Heights Cedar Falls.

Maundy Thursday encourages us to remember the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death.

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 113-116, 131-132):

The name is taken from the commandment of Christ that we should imitate his loving humility in the washing of the feet (John 13:14-17). The term mandatum (maundy), therefore, was applied to the rite of the foot washing on this day. *Please note, there will be no foot washing during this service*

To learn more about Maundy Thursday and its origins, please click HERE

Joint Good Friday Service

We will be holding a joint Good Friday Service on Friday, March 29. It will begin at 6:00 pm. This is the joint Good Friday of the five local Cedar Valley Presbyterian Church (USA) churches. We encourage everyone to join us! There will be a joint choir from all of the churches. 

The offering collected on Friday evening will be sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA).

Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. The hours of noon to 3 p.m. are particularly significant as these commemorate the time Jesus hung on the cross. It is an especially important time to pray for the church and the world for whom Christ gave his life. The Good Friday service is a penitential service, yet it is also a celebration of the good news of the cross. 

Good Friday is a day in which to allow for numerous contemplative moments, and to permit the power of silence to speak for itself. To learn more about Good Friday and its origins, please click HERE

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is March 31st. Come and join us at 10 am to celebrate the empty tomb and the resurrection of Christ!

The festival of the Resurrection of the Lord (or Easter Sunday) is the center of the Christian year. On this occasion the church joyfully proclaims the good news that is at the very heart of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. To learn more about Easter Sunday, please click HERE.

Coffee Hour Update

There will be NO coffee hour on Easter Sunday.

Farewell Potluck

We will be holding a true potluck in honor of Rev. David Feltman's final day. This is a true potluck, please bring a dish to share and say farewell and thank you!

Lunch and Learn Continues...

Lunch and Bible Study will continue the 1st Wednesday of every month at noon, beginning April 3rd in Calvin Hall. Bring Your Own Lunch (a microwave is available) and enjoy fellowship and the Word of God.

*For our First Wednesday on April 3rd, Rev. Brad Braley will be joining us at noon in Calvin Hall for lunch and speaking with us about his recent visit to the US/MEXICO border with a group from the North Central Iowa Presbytery. Be sure and join us for this very informative presentation.*

Sunday Supper Treat Drive

Do you have an urge to do some baking? If so, Sunday Supper would love to have some cookies or bars. We will freeze them until we need to use them. We really do appreciate the generosity of our bakers here at First Presbyterian!

Sunday Supper Can Drive

Sunday Supper is in need of your help! We will be holding a canned food drive, please place any donations on the cart in Calvin Hall. Thank you for your generosity for this important ministry to the people in our neighborhood!

This will run through the end of April. Thank you for your generosity!


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.

Please click HERE for the Good Friday bulletin.

Please click HERE for the Easter Sunday bulletin.

We look forward to worshiping with you every week!

Church Calendar


Thursday Mar 28: 6:00 pm Combined Maundy Thursday Service, 1st Pres Cedar Falls, 902 Main St.

Friday Mar 29: 6:00 pm Combined Good Friday Service, Sanctuary

Sunday Mar 31: 10:00 am Easter Sunday Service, Sanctuary

NO Coffee Hours NO Sunday Supper

Monday Apr. 1: 10:00 am NECC Painting Class Fellowship Hall

Tuesday Apr 2: 9:00 am Bible Study

2:30 pm Christian Nurture Team

5:00 pm Love Inc. Full Building

Wednesday Apr. 3: 12 noon Lunch and Learn (BYOL)

3:15 pm Try Pie Meeting

6:00 pm and 7:00 pm Handbell and Vocal Choir Rehearsals Sanctuary

Friday Apr. 5: 12:30 pm Walnut Collective Meeting

Sunday Apr. 7: 9:15 am Volunteer Meeting

10:00 am Worship Service Sanctuary

11:00 am Farewell Potluck for Rev. Feltman Fellowship Hall

5:00 pm Sunday Supper Fellowship Hall

Pulpit Flower Volunteers Needed

We are accepting donations of flower arrangements for our Sunday Services. We currently have April 28, May 5, 19, and 26 available. 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!

Elder Standing Team Assignments 


Stewardship and Finance:  Nancy Newhoff 

Mission and Outreach: Sally Davis, Mallory Sage, Sue Albright 

Christian Nurture and Fellowship:  Terry Sage, Dan Davis 

Worship and Music:  Mary Kabel, Marsha Muir, Sally Davis 

Personnel: Dan Davis 

Building and Grounds: Craig Cose 

Thank You

Thank you for your thoughtful prayers and words of sympathy upon the passing of my mother, Laura Osborn. She always enjoyed participating in the online services with me on Sunday mornings. 

And we are so grateful for your continued prayers and support during Pat's recuperation following surgery. We are truly blessed to have all of you in our lives!

Love and hugs,

Kari and Pat Narey

Church Prayer List

New to the Prayer List:

Marilyn Lottich

Ongoing/Continuing Prayers:

Pat Narey

April Wiles

Gerald and Regina Buls

The Gilles Family

Tom Wiles

Sherrianne Noyes

Steve Miller - Recovering at home


Jan Schwab - Recovering at Home

Joe Fernau, Marie's son

Prayer for Member Households:

Jean & Rick Curran

Dan Davis

Sally Davis

Prayer for Church in the Presbytery:

United Presbyterian Church, 219 1st St. NW., Clarion, IA

Click HERE to view their website

Prayer for Local Church:

Shiloh Baptist Church, 3525 Sager Ave., Waterloo.

Pastor Sean Scheele

Click HERE to view their website

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


24 Cody McDowell

26 Dale Lottich

27 Cindy Trepp


02 Brennan Shull

03 Bradley Mananga, Tommy Roberts, Sr.

04 Paul Kabel

07 Jim Christensen

08 Cathy Bowers, Alixandra Wimberley

09 Diane Ernster

10 Nicky Newhoff

11 Jo Beaver, Brian Powell

17 Gregory DeSerano

18 Peter DeSerano, Ryan Steere

19 Abby McClain

21 Charles Christensen

24 Karen Dew, Bradley Jessen

25 Tye Schellhorn

26 Molly Bovy

27 Nsiki Kukosama, David Schwab

29 Amanda Bovy

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