The Story of John Zickefoose

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Most likely, my first glimpse of St. Paul’s was in 1957 when my parents and I came to Des Moines to see the National Tour of My Fair Lady.  At the time there was only one theatre in Iowa which could accommodate the production, which required a revolving stage, and that was the KRNT...

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The Story of Jill Southworth

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A long time ago when my then husband and I moved to Des Moines, we could not agree on a church home.  We came from different religious backgrounds and sought different connections to a church.  This impasse continued for some time, and then I met Marion Jacobs.  She and I worked...

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The Story of Bruce Beeston

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Twice I’ve come to Saint Paul’s --- the first time was as an infant. My parents bundled me up for church every Sunday to attend St. Paul’s, where my dad grew up and his parents belonged.  My grandfather immigrated to America from England in 1903 and was a college professor...

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The Story of Mark Thompsen and John Fletcher

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On the first of September 2016, John and I moved from California to be near my family.  Leaving the ocean behind was very difficult.  We have been a loving couple for 25 years and legally married for five years on the 13th of September this year. Upon arriving in Iowa we began...

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The Story of Rich Jacobs

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I was brought to St. Paul’s by two forces, both turning out to have a great influence on my life. A love of God had been instilled in me as a Lutheran lad who grew up in Des Moines. And secondly was the love Cindy Morton had for St. Paul’s and shared with me.I began, in 2008, to...

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The Story of Jo Wetherell

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Having been a member of St. Paul’s at least 60 years, I should know everything about being an Episcopalian.  While growing up in Illinois and Pennsylvania, our family usually attended United Presbyterian Churches.  Services were fairly simple but nice for a growing child. After I...

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The Story of Carol Clay Hall

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I came to St. Paul’s in 1979 when my family moved to Des Moines.  St. Paul’s was my choice after visiting two other Episcopal churches.  The services felt so peaceful and dignified that I was happy to be here at 8 a.m. every Sunday, although my family thought this was too...

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The Story of Nancy Morton

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St. Paul’s Cathedral is a place of good news. My story of how I know this begins with a challenge posed at an Episcopal Church in Chicago: “In 25-words or less why do you believe the gospel is good news?” I don’t remember my first version but gratitude was a key word. In...

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The Story of Marilyn Sand

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I was raised an Episcopalian. My memories include St. Michael and All Angels in Kansas City and Trinity in Muscatine. My parents were very involved in the church with Mom serving in Altar Guild and Daughters of the King, Dad as lay reader. They also served on the vestry at various times. I even...

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The Story J. Barbara Alvord | The Message

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I finally managed to understand the concept of grace and hope during my second year of Education for Ministry (EFM) at the small St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. The year was 1981. A half-dozen of us parishioners had struggled every Monday evening through the first year...

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