This year will mark the sixth annual First Evangelical Lutheran Church Women’s Retreat at the Grey Goose Inn at Lake Rathbun.
Past topics have included “Moving Toward Spiritual Maturity and Wholeness” and “Healing Touch, Healing Prayer.” The subject for this year’s retreat is “Christ the Liberator” and will be held Oct. 19 – 21. In addition to this annual weekend retreat, the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association meet once a month for Bible study, service projects and refreshments. For more information on the retreat and other women’s services, click on www.firstlutherancenterville.org or call the church office at 641-856-3937.
Sharon Chapel Church, at the intersection of 260th Avenue and 540th Street southeast of Centerville, was burnt to the ground in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 7. The chapel, most recently unused, has served as a local chapel, church and home for funeral services to the adjacent Sharon Cemetery since the 1890s. The 100-year-old structure had seen several renovations since its construction, most recently in 1992 after a twister knocked it off its foundation. Local law enforcement is treating this as a possible arson case and are asking for help. Anyone with possible information about the fire is encourage to call the Appanoose County Sheriff at (641) 856-3134.
First Baptist Church, 603 West State St., Centerville, supports single-parent families through the bi-monthly Moms of the Community program. Single parents meet once every other month for fellowship, support and an informational program. Past topics have included a variety of helpful sessions from cooking to learning to make inexpensive laundry soap. In August the group hosted a “Back to School Blast” when children were provided coupons for haircuts and schools supplies. For more information, contact Cindy Johnston at 641-895-0861 or visit the churches website at www.centervillefirstbaptist.weebly.com.Spread the Word
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