Saturday, June 28, 2014

Church Picnic Sunday July 6th


July 6th following Worship in the back yard of the church, there will be a potluck and barbecue.  If you plan to bring food for grilling please let Jim Layman or Patty Bohlen know so grills will be furnished. 

If you have an ice cream maker and would like to provide a treat for all please contact Jo Ann Birkby.


Let’s enjoy an old-fashioned picnic together!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fathers are Wonderful People

     Fathers are wonderful people too little understood,
    And we do not sing their praises as often as we should.
    For, somehow, Father seems to be the man who pays the bills,
    While Mother binds up little hurts and nurses all our ills.
    And Father struggles daily to live up to "his image"
    As protector and provider and "hero of the scrimmage."
    And perhaps that is the reason we sometimes get the notion
    That Fathers are not subject to the thing we call emotion.
    But if you look inside Dad's heart, where no one else can see.
    You'll find he's sentimental as as "soft" as he can be.
    But he's so busy every day in the gruelling race of life,
    He leaves the sentimental stuff to his partner and his wife.
    But Fathers are just wonderful in a million different ways,
    And they merit loving compliments and accolades of praise.
    For the only reason Dad aspires to fortune and success
    Is to  make his family proud of him and to bring them happiness.
    And like our Heavenly Father, he's the guardian and a guide,
    Someone that we can count on to be always on our side.
Helen Steiner Rice
Happy Fathers Day

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pastor’s Thoughts

Storms have been part of our spring weather patterns and were
particularly true last Saturday, May 10th as tornado sirens sounded and
our cell phones informed us to seek shelter immediately. TV weather
broadcasters echoed that with “If you are in the path of this storm,
seek shelter!” So, Dale and I and our two quivering dogs went into the
basement for forty five minutes until the all clear was given. Power was
interrupted for eight hours, 10 to 12 power poles were leveled and a
roof blown off a new house, but other than that there was no real damage
or tragedy’s for which we are thankful.
Storms in life are also inevitable; they come in all forms and
severities, including financial, relationship, work, health, aging and
moral decline.  Jesus spoke in a well known parable about the storms of
life.  It told of a foolish man who built his house on sand; it
collapsed, where as the wise man built his house on a rock, Jesus Christ
that stood firm.   The picture is simple but accurate; life’s houses
which are built on the shifting sand of societies ebbs and flows of
moral change and acceptance will not stand.  Like a sand castle built on
the beach it will fall and blend back into the shore; however the life
whose house is built on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, the
Scripture, faith and obedience will withstand the gales and winds.
Jesus Christ is our refuge and strength. He is my shelter in the time
of storms; may He be yours too in life’s most challenging times.

Pastor Blaine

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Congratulations Aaron Zach!


Aaron Zach graduated from Iowa Western Community College with an Associates Degree in  Sports Media Technology.  He is the son of Jan & Mary Zach.  Aaron wrote the following:


I have been “living the dream” for the last two years as a student at Iowa Western Community College.  Last fall, I traveled to Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, North Dakota, Illinois, and all over Iowa to shoot the IWCC football games for live online broadcasts.  Since January, I have been an intern at KETV.  I worked with Andy Kendeigh and Thor Tripp.  We covered the Creighton and Nebraska basketball teams as they made their runs for the NCAA championship.  Probably the most exciting day for me was the day the brackets were announced and I got to meet Doug McDermott.  One day I was totally surprised  when I walked into the KETV station and someone asked if I was Thor Tripp’s brother.  I guess we look a lot alike.

I want to thank the Percival Church members and Pastor Blaine for your continued support.  I appreciate all of your encouraging words and the money you have given me.  ~ Aaron


Here is Aaron with his look alike, Thor Tripp.




Thank you Aaron for allowing us to share these pictures. Everyone here at the church is very proud of you and wishes you all the best!

We would also like to say Congratulations to a couple more Graduates.

~  Pv-2 Garett Graham United States National Guard Training.  Receiving sharp Shooter award and the Sgt. Major coin for his company.  He is the grandson of Jerry & JoAnn Birkby

~  Aaron Tiemeyer Bachelor of Arts-History Morningside College, Sioux City, IA.   He is the grandson of Joan Tiemeyer.