Current PJC Happenings

Decorah Women’s March
Saturday, January 20th, Decorah celebrated the year anniversary since the first Women’s March. Speakers included Cerissa Snethen, a mother, writer and activist living in Decorah; Guy Nave , a professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah; Asha Aden of Rochester, Minn., a sophomore studying political science at Luther College; Tiwonge Chirwa, a Luther biology major originally from Malawi; Lori Egan, a candidate for Iowa House District 56; and Pranav Caton, a student from Decorah.

Food Security and the Decorah Community Food Pantry
The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church has been in the forefront of delivering economic and environmental justice for the past 20 years! Not only does the Pantry serve hundreds of families in need of good nutrition, it also saves food from Luther College cafeteria and Walmart from being wasted by a special program that preserves it for use at the Pantry. The all-volunteer staff has experienced continuous client growth and now serves folks from 11 counties. The space at First Lutheran is simply not large enough or configured well enough to allow efficient, day-to-day operations, logistics, and storage; therefore the Board is urgently reaching out to the public to restructure this important justice effort. The vision is to establish a new Board consisting of one representative from each participating congregation. These liaisons will invite members to form committees to address the tasks at hand: communication, site search, finance, fundraising, volunteer base. Whether or not one is active in a church community, we must all hear this call and help with this work of compassion for our fellow citizens. Jud Barclay, 387-3826 or is in charge of guiding this change. If you are willing and able to offer help, please contact Jud.





Upcoming P.I.E.S. Conversations will include:

Jan. 18, 2018 at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm  Julie Fischer will present “An Intro to Hemp” A history of hemp cultivation, a discussion of legislative context and needs for advocacy, as well as the benefits of a dual cash crop. Farmers are especially encouraged to attend and liven discussion 

Ongoing Monthly Meetings, NEIPJC:

    • Codependents Anonymous (CoDA): Every Sunday, 6:00pm
    • Immigration Working Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 4-5 pm.
    • NEIPJC Board Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, at 5:30 pm
    • Circle of Support: Thursdays, 6:30 pm, St. Ben’s Conference Rm (307W. Main, Decorah)
    • AA: Every Sat. 4 pm