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At the 508th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Des Moines, following the All-Iowa Presbyterians Gathering at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames on June 2-3, 2017, PC(USA) Stated Clerk Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II was on hand to welcome the First Arabic Presbyterian Church into the Presbytery of Des Moines. 

Watch the following videos of the celebration:

First Arabic Children's Choir

First Arabic Adult Choir

James Anaal speaks from his heart.

 

The Presbytery of Des Moines voted unanimously on Saturday, June 3, to organize and constitute a new church in Des Moines, the First Arabic Presbyterian Church.  The church – whose members are primarily Sudanese immigrants and refugees – is a unique congregation, joined together by the common language of Arabic.* Under the Arabic umbrella, the church is able to bring together people from many different Sudanese tribes, as well as those from other Arabic-speaking countries such as Egypt, Syria and Iraq.

 

IT IS WINTER.

She came wearing sandals.  She needs boots.

IT IS COLD.

He has only a sweatshirt.  He needs a coat.

THEY LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND.

They are strangers in a strange land.  They need help.  they need hope.

 
 
Sunday, January 8, the First Arabic Presbyterian Worshiping Community in Des Moines celebrated an inspiring and exciting milestone during worship with the commissioning of its leaders. The service was jointly led by CRE Ekram Kachu, members of the congregation, and the Presbytery representatives: TE Jim Koopman (Interim General Presbyter); TE Shamaine Chambers King (Windsor Heights, Windsor); RE Sandy Wagener (Ankeny); and RE Ginny Hancock (Des Moines, Central). Those who were commissioned were:  James Anaal, Magdy Kachu, Sabri Juma, Haidar Kokola, Jam Duany, Mono Ghono, and Ngor Jongbaai.


Following worship the congregation enjoyed a delicious meal of Sudanese and American food.  Jim Koopman then led the congregation in a discussion focused on visioning and planning, with members of the Presbytery's Sudanese Support Team participating.

The newly commissioned leaders of the First Arabic Church, part of the 1001 Worshiping Communities of the PC(USA), are looking forward to the future with great faith and expectations!

 

 

The First Arabic Presbyterian Worshiping Community celebrated its return to the Cottage Grove Church building with a joyous worship service last Sunday, September 11.  The congregation had been holding services at Windsor Presbyterian Church for the summer while the Cottage Grove building was being renovated, but they are now delighted to return to their “home” worship space.  The Sudanese congregation members were joined by individuals from our presbytery, along with several visitors from the new Cottage Grove Church.  Please continue to pray for our Sudanese friends as they build their congregation here in Des Moines, and as they cope with the devastating situation in their homeland.

 

SEEKING REFUGE

The history of Sudan (and South Sudan) over the last century has been one of tremendous violence and suffering. Religious and cultural differences, tribal disagreements, conflicts over oil resources and border disputes have resulted in two devastating civil wars. It is estimated that more than 2 million people were massacred, and thousands of people fled, many walking hundreds of miles to refugee camps where they lived a desperate existence of hunger and poverty.

A WELCOME IN DES MOINES

In the early 1990s the United States opened its doors to Sudanese refugees, and Iowa began welcoming them and offering services. Many came to Des Moines and were provided with housing on Kingman Boulevard. The newly arrived refugees – struggling with language, bewildered by culture shock and suffering from post-traumatic stress – made their way to the nearby Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church where they found a welcome refuge and a healing community.

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Stated Meeting

Our Next Stated Meeting Is:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The 510th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Des Moines will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m.

You may make your reservations for the meeting here