June/July 2019

Greetings to the Holy People of God,

Last year, the Lead Team invited you to attend a story telling retreat in June. This year, the Lead Team invites you to help in the planning and participating in the hosting of National Night Out for our neighborhood. This is a gentle way to meet our neighbors and explore with them possible partnerships for the future.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across communities from all fifty states on the first Tuesday in August – AUGUST 6.

We are looking for people to help us plan this event. Because it is the first time, we can create the kind of event we want.

The Lead Team has drummed up some ideas to begin with but would like your participation as we use the gift of King Park to welcome and get to know our neighbor. We have thought that this could be a trial run for hosting music in the park similar to Iowa City’s Party in the Park. Some of our ideas include live music, art & games for kids, invite fire & police departments, bookmobile, Iowa City Transportation as well as local business like Hartig Drugstore, University of Iowa Credit Union, Fareway and Java House and maybe a food truck or serve popcorn.

There is lots of planning and preparations to be made and we need your help and your prayers as we reach out to our community and trust God to guide us through the venture as our LEAD Team frequently prays:

O God you have called your servants to ventures on which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Believing it boldly loving expansively,

Pastor Connie Spitzack

And our LEAD Team –
Chris Rothfuss
Mary Knudson Dion
Susan Surom
Matt Orvick
Yvonne Page
Eric Klein
Intern Nicole Hanson Lynn