A little About Us
Monroe Presbyterian Church has been worshipping on this spot since 1861. This is the second church building to be constructed here.
The church’s pastor is Rev. Ann Johnson. Usually she is the one preaching and leading worship. Pastor Ann has been a pastor for 25 years, has three great daughters, and two awesome grandchildren.
If you want to reach Pastor Ann during the week, she has office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 AM to Noon. If you need to reach her by phone, please call her at either 641.259.8019 or 641.330.0441. Either number will ring through to her cell phone.
The Church Office is open on Mondays from 9AM to 1PM and Thursdays 10AM to 2PM. Our secretary is Christine Clark. If you need to leave Christine a message, please contact her at the church’s phone number of 641.259.2657
Monroe Presbyterian Church is the home of the PCM Food Pantry. The PCM Food Pantry is sponsored by the churches within the towns of Monroe, Prairie City, and Reasnor. Our church provides volunteers to work during the hours of distribution. Those hours are
Mondays from 9 to Noon and 6 to 8 PM
Thursdays from 9 to Noon
Warren County 9th Annual Tractor Ride
On July 23 we served up lunch for the Warren County Corn Growers Association Ninth Annual Tractor Ride.
It was a beautiful act of community and connection. As Pastor Ann noted:
In this past month, I’ve watched as our community of faith performed nimble actions as we transitioned from one event to another and back again all within just a few days. As many of you know, the Youth Group initially accepted the offer of providing a meal for the Warren County Tractor Ride that came through Monroe the day before all those bicyclists descended upon the town. In the end, we had some kids helping, yet an absolutely wonderful crew of people stepped forward to pull off a meal of roast beef, real
mashed potatoes, and the fixings for this group that was predicted to be around 130 and morphed into a group of around 160. In 65 minutes our people fed this group and got them on their way to head on down the road. The meal itself was wonderful and as with a ballerina’s work, it had taken effort to get everything together.
Yet the truly nimble act was watching the preparation for the meal proceed on Monday while the operations of the PCM Food Pantry occurred at the same moment. Our volunteers shifted our arrangements within the Fellowship Hall to allow for the volunteers to check in the Pantry clients and allow them to get downstairs to make their selections. The tables themselves in the Fellowship Hall stood in the midst of preparation while all of this proceeded. Two shifts of the Pantry occurred before the tractor riders made their entrance into the building.
And once the meal was over again, the Fellowship Hall transformed again as the crew put the tables in position and the station for the Pantry went back into position.
Being nimble speaks to more than just the movement of the furniture, it’s the ease that I saw the church move from making room for its ministry of housing and supporting the operation of the Food Pantry as well making room for this unusual event of feeding the group of tractor riders. The choreography of the movements proved that the church can move itself into new ways of doing ministry with ease.
God invites us to move through those sorts of movements all the time. And here’s one time when we did just that. Bravo!