Dr. Bettie Burres Youngs, author, to be in Clarion

CLARION - “Values from the Heartland” will be presented at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 25th at Heartland Museum in Clarion.  Eagle Grove native, Dr. Bettie Burres Youngs will present the program. The museum opens at 10:00 AM, and the program is included with the cost of admission. For more information, contact Mary Tesdahl at fourtfarms@hotmail.com

15th Annual Bash on the Farm

FOREST CITY - The 15th Annual Bash on the Farm is Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Heritage park in Forest City. Featuring about 50 bands on three stages both days including Audio Adrenaline, Jason Gray, Adam Cappa, and Manic Drive. Bash on the Farm also features many food vendors and games and inflatables for all ages! For more information visit bashonthefarm.com.

Fundraiser for the Joy & Keith Grandgeorge family,

CLARIONA fundraiser for the Joy & Keith Grandgeorge family, will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 5-9 PM at Dean & Athena Higgins' acreage, 1934 O'Brien Avenue rural Clarion. This is a freewill donation event with smoked pork loin, a campfire and games for all. Bring your lawn chair.

5th Anniversary Celebration

AMES - GoServ Global of Eagle Grove will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary in the Sukup End Zone, at the ISU Stadium in Ames on Saturday, June 25th beginning at 5:00 PM. There will be presentations from each of the countries currently being helped by GoServ including Emmanuel from India. RSVP (required) to 515-448-3131.

Remembrance and Celebration!

KANAWHA (RURAL) - Wright Christian Reformed Church, 1270 130th Ave, rural Kanawha will be having a Remembrance and Celebration event this Sunday, June 26th at 2 PM. Newly appointed Pastor Jason Semans will welcome 6 of the 7 former Pastors who will be in attendance. Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow.

Craig Kruse Gospel Music

DAYTON - The McGuire Bend UB Church 3138 McGuire Bend RD, Dayton, will be hosting gospel singer Craig Kruse on Sunday June 26th at 10:30 AM. Inspiring music with a twist of Southern Gospel, Light Country, and Big Band, this event is open to the public. Come and hear some good old gospel music. Free lunch will follow

Don Shire Ministries in Concert

HUMBOLDT - Don Shire Ministries will be performing at Oak Hill Church in Humboldt on Sunday, June 26th, during the Sunday School Hour at 9:15 AM and again in the evening beginning at 6 PM. Refreshments to follow the evening performance. For more information, call Dennis Day at 515-368-1156.

Driven 11 Performing

ELLSWORTH - Christian artist and speaker Dominick Cox, who goes by the band name Driven 11, will be performing at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth on Sunday, June 26th at 7pm. A free will offering will be held a the conclusion of the concert. He will also be one of the featured artists at Bash on the Farm in Forest City on Friday, June 24th. For more information call Trinity Lutheran Pastor Jon Rollefson at 515-836-4792.

Movie Premiere: Nail 32

EAGLE GROVE - The First Baptist Church on South Commercial in Eagle Grove will be playing the movie, Nail 32, on Sunday, June 26th at 6 PM. The movie portrays Jasper "Buck" Livingston who influenced & changed the cowboy culture. Just as 32 nails attach the shoes to a horse, Nail 32 shows the importance of men being courageous, honorable and truly God fearing! Following the movie, Jason Campbell, writer and producer, will be available for questions and general visiting.

Joyful Noyz

EAGLE GROVE - Joyful Noiz Gospel group will be singing at the 1st Baptist Church in Eagle Grove on Sunday, June 26th at 10:00 AM. For more information, call Betty Holmes at 515-432-7041 or the 1st Baptist Church.

Randy Davis - Chalk Artist

MANSON - Our Savior United Methodist Church in Manson will host Chalk Artist, Randy Davis of Drawing Closer Ministries as their guest speaker on Sunday, June 26th during the 9:00 AM worship service. Davis uses a unique visual method to convey Biblical principles and how they can be applied to modern day living. The chalk drawing is enhanced by colored lights and black light effects to reveal a "hidden picture" in the drawing.  A free will offering will be taken.

Children's Summer Adventures

FORT DODGE - The Fort Dodge Public Library will have the Children's Summer Adventures: 4th of July Celebration of crafts and fun on Tuesday, June 28th beginning at 10 AM at 424 Central Avenue in Fort Dodge. Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend.

Adventure Camp is Coming!

TWIN LAKES/MANSON - Adventure Camp is for all kids going into grades 4-6 and begins Sunday, June 26th at 3 PM and ends on Friday, July 1st at 1 PM.  To register, go to twinlakesbiblecamp.org/adventure-camp

2016 Family Caregiver Conference

FORT DODGE - The 2016 Family Caregiver Conference will be held on Wednesday, June 29th from 11 AM to 4 PM at Iowa Central Community College, Bio Health Science Building, 1 Triton Circle in Fort Dodge. For more information, call 1-800-243-0678 ext.7079. To register for the conference, call 1-800-362-2793 ext. 1322.

ISU Bug Zoo - Bug Olympics

CLARION - The ISU Bug Zoo - Bug Olympics will be at the Clarion Public Library at 1 PM on Thursday, June 30th. This event is open for children of all ages.


JUNE 2016
WRIGHT COUNTY - Wright County's RELAY for LIFE has been cancelled for 2016. If you would like to be involved with the planning of 2017, contact Heather Englin at 1-512-490-8722.

Staff and Volunteer Needs

JUNE 13-30
AMES & FORT DODGE - Informed Choice of Iowa is in need of prayers & volunteers at the Ames & Fort Dodge Clinics.  We need Volunteer Nurses, Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, RDMS’s & Physician Assistants. We also have a need for Non-medical volunteers like Church Liaisons, Receptionist, drivers, sidewalk counselors & cleaning. If you or someone you know would be interested in saving lives & partnering with this amazing ministry, go to http://www.informedchoiceia.org/volunteer-applications/  to fill out an application.  Nurse Managers who have a love for life & sharing HIS love, go to   http://informedchoiceia.org/  wp-content/uploads/2012/05/NEW-Nurse-Manager-Application-1_4.pdf  Thank you for loving the lost with His perfect love!

Summer Sunday Services return to Lake Cornelia for 8 weeks

LAKE CORNELIA - Clarion Church of Christ returns at the open air shelter on the north side of Lake Cornelia, NE of Clarion, beginning on Sunday, June 26th. Worship time is 8 a.m. Music will be provided and short messages will be given by pastor Warren Curry and other guest speakers. The final service is Sunday, August 14th.  In case of inclement weather, worship is cancelled.

Family Camp

TWIN LAKES, MANSON - Family Camp at Twin Lakes Bible Camp will be held on Saturday through Tuesday, July 2nd-5th. For more information, visit twinlakesbiblecamp.com

The 99 County Reading of the Bible Marathon

CLARION - Wright County is participating in the 99 County Iowa Bible Reading Marathon. The readings there will begin Tuesday, June 28th at 7 am and go through Sunday, July 3rd, on the grounds of the Courthouse in downtown Clarion. To participate, please call Donna Bailey at 515-293-0632. Also, the Bible Reading Marathon at Pocahontas County is scheduled to begin on June 30th at the Courthouse there. To participate in that one, call Dan Fullerton at (507) 399-9684.

Humboldt July 4th Parade

HUMBOLDT - Volunteers are needed for KJYL participation in the Humboldt 4th of July parade. Please call Jay or Melodee at 515-448-4588 to volunteer.

Storm Lake 4th of July Festival

STORM LAKE - Cornerstone For Life will be hosting a food booth at Sunset Park during Storm Lake's 4th of July Festival on Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th . For more information, please contact Sue Thayer at 712-299-4759.

"The Great Comeback" Youth Sports Camp

WEBSTER CITY - MAC Life Church is holding "The Great Comeback" Youth Sports Camp from Tuesday through Saturday, July 5th - 9th. This event will be held at the Webster City Middle School from 9:00 AM to Noon for ages 6-12. Register at  maclifechurch.com/the-great-comeback.html

Little Miss and Mister at the Wright County Fair

EAGLE GROVE - The Wright County Fair will host Little Miss and Mister. Contestants must be 4-7 years old and a Wright County Resident. Registration is Wednesday, July 6th at 6:45 PM at the Fair Office.

Women's Bible Study

BLAIRSBURG - MAC Life Church in Blairsburg will be having a women's Bible study on Thursday evenings beginning June 9th and ending July 21st. This study will be held at the MAC Life Church "The Cafe" beginning at 6:00 PM .

Annual CEF Garage Sale

BOONE - The annual CEF Garage Sale will be held at 1406 Boone Street in Boone on Friday and Saturday, July 8th & 9th. For more information, call the CEF office at 308-730-7986.

Family Leadership Summit

DES MOINES - The 5th Annual Family Leadership Summit – featuring Anne Graham Lotz, T.C. Stallings, Dr. Del Tackett, Bob Vander Plaats and more will be held at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Vets Auditorium) in Des Moines.  Doors open at 8AM on Saturday, July 9th with the Summit being from 9AM-6PM. For more information, go to thefamilyleadershipsummit.org

32nd Annual Bluegrass Festival

STRATFORD - 10 groups will perform at The Stratford Stride 32nd Annual Bluegrass Festival being held July 7th - 10th, with a parade on Saturday, July 9th at 10:30 AM. Volunteers are needed for KJYL participation. Please call Jay or Melodee at 515-448-4588 to volunteer.

Phil and Pam Morgan of the national

MANSON - Our Savior United Methodist Church of Manson will be hosting Phil and Pam Morgan of the "Amen" Ministry Tour on Sunday, July 10th during the 9 AM worship service. A free will offering will be collected. For more information, contact the church at 712-469-3510

60th Anniversary Celebration

TWIN LAKES/MANSON - Twin Lakes Bible Camp near Manson, will hold it 60th Anniversary Celebration the weekend of July 15th through 17th. To register, go to twinlakesbiblecamp.com. For more information, call 712-297-7714.

Community Clothing Sale

CLARION - St. John's Holy Cluster Church (Belmond, Clarion, Eagle Grove) will be having a Community Clothing Sale on Friday, July 15th from 2-8 PM and Saturday, July 16th from 9 AM - 1 PM at the church in Clarion (608 2nd Avenue). Everything will be extremely low cost. For more information call Jo at 515-448-3080 and leave message for return call.

Summer Camp

TWIN LAKES - Challenge Camp for grades 6-8 will be held at Twin Lakes Bible Camp near Manson, from Sunday July 17th through Friday July 22nd with registration beginning at 3:00 PM on Sunday. Speaker will be Brian Schrader, Bible teacher of New Life Academy in Woodbury, MN. For more information visit twinlakesbiblecamp.com

Hamilton County Fair Parade

WEBSTER CITY - Volunteers are needed for KJYL participation in the Hamilton County Fair Parade on July 19th in Webster City. Please call Jay or Melodee at 515-448-4588 to volunteer. Your participation is appreciated!

VBS - Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE - The First Evangelical Free Church of Fort Dodge invites kids K-6th grade to VBS - Expedition Norway, on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 AM June 22nd & 29th, and July 13th & 20th. Contact the church at 515-573-5763 for more information.

VBS - Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE - Barnyard Roundup is the theme for the Eagle Grove United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School on Sunday, July 17th - Thursday, July 21st from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM for children going into Pre-School--5th Grade. At Barnyard Roundup, kids discover that Jesus knows their name, rounds them up, and brings them home. A meal is provided each evening and the Finale Presentation will be Thursday, July 21st at 7 PM.

Summer Camp

TWIN LAKES - Impact Camp for grades 9-12 will be held at Twin Lakes Bible Camp near Manson, from Sunday July 24th through Friday July 29th with registration beginning at 3:00 PM on Sunday. Speaker will be Erik Raymond blogger and Sr. Pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, NE. For more information visit twinlakesbiblecamp.com

Lunch Hour Workshops

EAGLE GROVE/CLARION - Iowa Central Community College Triton Media presents one-hour weekly lunch hour workshops on social and digital media platforms to increase knowledge, consumer engagement and user experience.  Wednesdays in June & July from Noon to 1:00 PM.  Bring your lunch.  Held at the Career Academy in Eagle Grove or Clarion High School. A small fee will be charged.  Contact Heather Bacon at 1-515-574-1293 for more information.

Summer FunTastic

FORT DODGE -  Summer FunTastic will be held on Saturday, July 30th from 11 AM to  2 PM at Community Christian School (outside) in Fort Dodge. This is a FREE children's event! Bounce on the inflatable, play all kinds of carnival games, get a Gospel Facepainting, eat free popcorn and sno cones... Have a FunTastic Time! For more information,contact Rachel Brown at cefnorthcentralia@gmail.com

Fun and Games

EAGLE GROVE - The Eagle Grove United Methodist Church invites Youth and Families to the Robert Blue practice field on Wednesday evenings for fun and games beginning at 6:00 PM.

Saturday Services Beginning

FORT DODGE - Northfield Church,  in Fort Dodge, on 15th street, north of the Sports Page, will begin Saturday services this Saturday, from 5:30-6:30. This will continue through the end of July.

Preschool through 5th Grade Summer Free Lunch
CLARION - Clarion First United Methodist Church will be providing an outreach effort to the children in the Clarion area for ages preschool through 5th Grade. On Wednesdays beginning June 29th through August 3rd, lunch will be available from 12 Noon to 1:00 PM at Gazebo Park in Clarion. An interactive Bible story is included. Registration will be June 29th at Noon. Area church members are welcome to help out. Call 515-532-2845 for more information.

19TH Annual Guthrie County Southern Gospel Sing

GUTHRIE CENTER - The 19th Annual Guthrie County Southern Gospel Sing will be held in Guthrie Center on Friday, August 5th from 3 PM-9 PM and on Saturday, August 6th from 10 AM-8 PM. 20 Groups will be performing and a Salute to our Veterans is also in the program. For more information, call Dean or Mary Porter at 641-332-2550. You may also visit gcgospelsing.com

Christian Worship Fest 2016

WEBSTER CITY - All Cultures Equal, 1440 East 2nd Street in Webster City will be hosting the Christian Worship Fest 2016 on Saturday, August 6th from 11 AM-9PM. For more information, cal 641-251-4164

Benefit for Henry Shriver

Sacred Heart and United Methodist Church are planning a benefit for Henry Shriver who has ALS - aka Lou Gehrig's Disease, on Saturday, August 6th in the Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall in Eagle Grove from 4-7 PM with an auction beginning at 6 PM. There will be food will be available.  Also, a fund has been set up at Security Savings Bank under Henry or Ann Shriver Benefit.

10th Annual Twin Lakes Triathlon and Duathlon

TWIN LAKES/MANSON - On Saturday, August 6th, the 10th Annual Twin Lakes Triathlon and Duathlon begins at 7:30 AM. The Triathlon is a swim-bike-run format, while the Duathlon is a run-bike-run format. To register, go to twinlakesbiblecamp.org/triathlon/

Family Camp

TWIN LAKES - MANSON - Family Camp at Twin Lakes Bible Camp will be held from Sunday through Wednesday, August 7th-10th. For more information, visit twinlakesbiblecamp.com

Weekly Story Times and Activities

CLARION - The Clarion Library has added weekly story times and activities. Wednesdays is for children 2 years through pre-k from 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM. Fridays is for students K-3rd Grade from 2 PM - 3 PM.

HOPE Adoption Conference

DES MOINES - Join Walnut Creek Church at the Windsor Heights Campus in Des Moines for the HOPE Adoption Conference on Saturday, October 22. Doors will open at 8:15AM with the conference starting at 9AM and ending at 5:30PM. For more information and to register, please visit beautyamidsttheashes.com

Ongoing Events
ALGONA, STORM LAKE, & OTHER CITIES:  Cornerstone for Life is a pregnancy resource ministry in Storm Lake, Algona, and other cities.  They need volunteers, including publicists, counselors, receptionists, prayer partners, and even pregnant women who would like a free ultrasound to provide practice for volunteers. Call 515-448-4588 or 712-299-4759, or email kjyl@kjyl.org or thayer@iw.net for more information or to sign up.
ALGONA:  The First Presbyterian Church of Algona invites you to join other senior citizens on the second Sunday of the month at 3PM to participate in Sunday Senior Fellowship. Enjoy FREE fun, fellowship, and food. Call 515-295-2226 to request additional information. 
BLAIRSBURG:  Ladies of all fitness levels can have fun getting physically and spiritually fit on Saturdays at MAC FIT.  A certified instructor will help develop an effective workout plan, and a Bible study and fellowship will encourage all who attend.  MAC FIT is from 8:30 to 10AM at Missionary Alliance Church in Blairsburg.  Call 515-325-6210 for more information.
CLARION - The Clarion Churches, Rotary Club & CGD Elemetary School have partnered together to help fight hunger in the community. Families identified by the elementary school staff are supplied with a backpack of food each weekend to help supplement the nutrition needs in their home. Donations may be dropped off at the Congregational Church or First State Bank. For more information, contact Sherri O'Brien at sherrio@fsbwc.com
CLARION:  A Caregivers' Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30PM at the Clarion Wellness and Rehab Center.  
CLARION:  Toastmasters meetings can help you develop strong communication skills. Wright On Toastmasters meets every Friday from 7 to 8AM at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion at the boardroom across from Widflower Cafe. Visit them to see what Toastmasters can do for you.   
EAGLE GROVE: First Baptist Church of Eagle Grove has a full calendar of events scheduled for every Sunday night of the month.  The 1st Sunday is "Old Fashioned Prayer Time."  The 2nd Sunday is "Bible Topic Talks" with open discussions.  The 3rd Sunday is "Movie Night."  The 4th Sunday is "Sing Time." (Bring your musical instruments and play along with the singing.)  All events are open to the community and begin at 6PM.  First Baptist is located 1210 S. Commercial Dr.  For more information, you can contact the church office at 515-448-4612.
FORT DODGE - ICKY's is a youth center for 5-12th grade students, which they can come hang out, meet new friends, play games, eat food, or study in a quiet room. It is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights every week. Several area churches have gone together to get this youth center started. It is a great resource to not only give kids a place to hang out, but, also brings churches together in the mission of reaching our youth. Caleb Carlson of Humboldt is the director.
FORT DODGE:  Lifetree Cafe is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul.  Meet Tuesdays at Noon and 7PM at 18 South 3rd Street in Fort Dodge. For more information, contact Barbara Huisman at 515-571-9773 or go to lifetreecafe.com.
FORT DODGE:  Fort Dodge Community Choir hosts praise and worship services at Coppin Chapel every other Sunday. 
FORT DODGE:  Community Bible Study is a interdenominational Bible Study for adults with a corresponding children's program for kids ages birth through kindergarten.  Classes are located at St. Olaf Church in Fort Dodge.  For more information call Michelle at 515-570-5173 or Monica at 515-573-4406.
FORT DODGE:  Restoration Point Addiction Ministry meets on Friday nights from 7 to 9:30PM at Harvest Baptist Church in Fort Dodge.  Free child care is provided while individuals and families seek recovery from addictions of all types - drugs, alcohol, sex, shopping, and more.  Counseling is available for individuals and families, there is an accountability & support Group, many book & video resources, and even fun activities.  For more information or help, call 515-269-0297.
FORT DODGE:  Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge hosts a FREE family art day on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.  Families will be provided with art materials and instructions to create a project to take home that day.  For more information, call 515-573-2316.
FORT DODGE:  Those with a heart for prison ministry are encouraged to contact the Church of the Damascus Road for information about ministering to the imprisoned or becoming apart of the Outside Church Council.  The council meets every third Wednesday of the month.  Call 515-955-3579 for details. 
FORT DODGE:  St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge has a women's Bible study on Mondays at 1:30PM in the church library.  The men's Bible study meets on Mondays at 6:30PM in the church board room.  Another Men's Bible class meets on Tuesdays at 6:30AM in Conference Room number 1. 
GOLDFIELD:  Crossroads Youth and Family Center in Goldfield is open for activities and for kids to hang out on Friday and Saturday nights.  Kids 8th grade and younger are welcome from 7 to 9PM.  Youth in 9th grade through college age are welcome from 7PM to Midnight.  
OTHO:  The Webster County Museum in Otho is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM with admission by donation.  Volunteers are also needed.  Contact Phyllis at 515-972-4544 during museum hours or 515-972-4804 at other times. 
POCAHONTAS:  Pocahontas Bible Study is meeting every Friday at 7PM.  Communion is served the first Tuesday of the month.  For more information, please call Tim Douglass at 515-343-6654 or email pokybiblestudy@hotmail.com.
WESTER CITY:  The Asbury United Methodist Church in Webster City hosts a free meal on the last Wednesday of the month, beginning at 5:20PM.  For more information, call 515-832-5369.
WEBSTER CITY:  MAN TO MAN Bible Study meets at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Webster City on Wednesdays at 6:30AM.  Call 515-832-5369 for more information.