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Posted August 22, 2012 in Community Featured, Boone

School’s back in session, but some students are looking for homes this semester, and Boone First United Methodist Churchis reminding its members to “open your heart and your home” to foreign exchange students this year.

Laura, from Germany, and Margot, from France, were two Educational Merit Foundation foreign exchange students who found host families in Iowa last school year.

The Educational Merit Foundation has 31 Christian students from Germany and France who are looking for host families in order to study in Boone for the 2012 – 13 school year. Time is running out. These students need to find homes by Aug. 31.

“I do believe that American students benefit from meeting foreign students,” Marie-Claude Dijoud, EMF program director, wrote to the church. “Caring host families, with or without children, are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the one or two semesters starting in late August. These students are anxious to learn that a home has been found for them. Your contribution to this cause is most appreciated. Please help us make their dream come true.”

EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life, including helping out with household responsibilities. Dijoud assures they speak English very well, are well-screened and “eager to experience life in America.”

Anyone interested should contact the church immediately at (515) 432-4660. Learn more about the Educational Merit Foundation at

In the spirit of learning, First Presbyterian Church welcomes participation in its upcoming Fall Bible Study, which begins in September. Classes will be offered on Monday evenings or Thursday mornings.

“Ask the question, ‘Who is the Jesus that you see?’ ” reminds Pastor Kristin Pike. Sign up online at, or for more details, call the pastor at (515) 432-2174.

Help is needed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the Farm Progress Show, Aug. 28, 29 and 30. Workers are needed to park cars from 6 – 11 a.m. each day and scoop ice cream for attendees. Workers will earn an hourly wage for the church, and everyone who works will get free admission into the show on the day they work. Anyone interested should contact Joyce Busch at (515) 432-8817 or email, or Dennise Behn at (515) 432-7327 or email

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