Month: May 2021

IARBC Prayer Requests

Russ Harris Update: From Pastor Matt Froah (First Baptist Church, Bloomfield), Russ’s home church:

Russ has been moved to Long Term Acute Care at Mercy in Des Moines. He was taken off the ventilator over a week ago and has been recovering well! The plan is physical therapy, speech therapy, and for him to get his strength back. The family and medical staff are encouraging notes, cards, and pictures to help his long term recovery. 
Russell Harris
C/0 Select Specialty Hospital, Room 415
1111 Sixth Avenue, Fourth Floor Main
Des Moines, IA 50314
We continue to praise the Lord for His goodness and grace.
Pastor Matt Froah

Original Post: Here is a new prayer request, and two updates for you to pray for:

1) Russ Harris (retired IARBC pastor, pastored in Norwalk & Russell, currently a member and serving at First Baptist Church in Bloomfield and as pulpit supply for churches around the state).

Russ Harris is recovering from being in critical condition at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City due to recent complications with COVID. Early medical issues were an infection in his blood, very low heart rate, and possible bleeding on the brain.

As of this evening, he is still on a ventilator. His condition has stabilized, though it is still an uphill battle for him. Joann asks for your prayers. She continues to trust and knows God is in control, yet needs our prayers as Russ’ conditions have moved from day by day to moment by moment. Pray for the God of all comfort to comfort Joann and the family and wisdom for those caring for Russ. Also, Joann tested positive for COVID. Her symptoms have not been as serious as Russ’ and she is able to be at home.

2) Ken Van Loon   (retired IARBC pastor, most recently at Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton).

Ken had double by-pass heart surgery this past Thursday. They had planned to do triple by-pass surgery but it was not necessary. Talking with his wife Sandy this earlier this evening, she reports that the surgery went very well, the doctors were amazing, and that Ken is doing well. It is possible that he may be able to go home by the middle of next week. There is a long ways to go, but she is praising God for His hand of blessing. The hospital limitation of one visitor per day has been a bit disappointing, but she is trusting God through this challenging time.

3) Darrel Mohler   (pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Manning)

Talking with Darrel, he told me that he has been home for a while after a life-threatening bout with COVID. He still has pneumonia in one lung, and a little remaining COVID infection in the other. He is doing much better, is stable, but the recovery is very slow. He asks that we pray for strength and wisdom for both him and his wife Jane through this time of recovery. Jane had tested positive for COVID right before Darrel, and was hospitalized for a few days.

All of these couples are grateful for God’s faithfulness, and for your prayers on their behalf.

Thank you for lifting them up before the throne of grace (Her. 4:14-16).

God bless,

Dave Perrott Installation Service

Calvary Baptist Church, Union, is pleased to announce that Pastor Dave and Wendy Perrott have accepted the call to their church in Union. Praise the Lord!

Dave was previously the Assistant Director of Buildings & Grounds at Faith Baptist Bible College for five years.  Previously, he served in pastoral ministry for 34 years, the last at Cincinnatus, New York.  The Perrotts have three grown children.

Calvary Baptist Church will be having a luncheon on Sunday, May 16th at noon. It will be followed by an Installation Service starting at 1:00 pm. Pastor Curt Fincham and our State Representative, Tim Capon, will be challenging attendees with God’s word during the service.

Calvary Baptist Church would like to welcome all those who can celebrate with them during this exciting time!

Calvary Baptist Church
404 Commercial Street
Union, IA 50258

Junior Taylor Ordination Council

True Bible Baptist Church is holding an Ordination Council to ordain Minister Junior Taylor. Minister Taylor has served as the Associate Pastor at True Bible Baptist Church since the fall of 2011. Minister Taylor holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Faith Baptist Bible College and his Master of Divinity degree from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary.

Along with other pastors, fellow ministers, and guest, the council will meet at True Bible Baptist Church in Des Moines Iowa, on Saturday June 5, at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and morning refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m. as well as a luncheon following the council.

As the church prepares for the council and luncheon to follow, please RSVP the number of attendees from your church or ministry by Friday May 28. Minster Taylor is making his doctrinal statement available later to those who RVSP. You may request a digital copy when you fill out the RVSP form online. Printed copies of his doctrinal statement will also be available the day of the ordination council. To assist our use of time on June 5, we encourage attendees to take the opportunity to review the doctrinal statement ahead of time.

Lord willing, True Bible Baptist Church will host an ordination service on Sunday. June 6, at 4:00 pm.

To view True Bible Baptist Church’s full invitation letter, please click here.

Pastor Robert Sauser Celebration of Life

The family of Pastor Robert (Bob) Sauser would like to invite you to join them in celebrating his life and ministry on June 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Harvest Baptist Church in Williamsburg, IA. This date would have been celebrating his 79th birthday and would have marked 58 years of service in ministry to his incredible Lord and Savior. The family requests that you RSVP (using the Facebook event link below) confirming your attendance so that the facilities can be prepared for the service and time of fellowship following.

Bob was a passionate leader, loving husband, amazing father, fun grandpa and great grandpa. Since his passing on Nov. 26, 2020, his family has enjoyed reliving many memories and stories of his great sense of humor, his infectious laugh, and his passion to impact the lives of those God called him to serve. If you would like to upload/post a brief video with a memory, story or testimony of Bob’s life and impact, family and friends would love to hear from you. There is a comment chain provided on the Facebook event page (click link below) where you can add those videos. Thank you!