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Earlene Lekwa retires

June 28, 2017

“Seven years went by in a flash,” writes Earlene Lekwa in her final article to the Kingston United Methodist Church. She has been commuting about 40 miles from her home in Columbus Junction to serve in Kingston as a Certified Lay Minister. Now she retires from this ministry at the end of June.lekwa-earlene

Her training through the School for Lay Ministry required attending four weekend classes each year for three years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. She studied a range of topics with lay people from other communities in Iowa to equip her for leadership in a local church.

The Kingston United Methodist Church is nestled along the bluffs of the Mississippi River on scenic Highway 99. Although the church is a small and rural, Pastor Lekwa has encouraged the congregation to serve not only the needs of members but also the needs of their community as well. Their mission remains the same: to worship God, to serve others and to be Christian disciples.

In her final goodbye, she writes, “I hope I was able to serve you and help you just half as much as you have helped me in my faith walk. I thanked God every day I was here for giving me the opportunity to serve the Kingston church family as pastor.”

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