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Castana Community UCC

Today, Sunday church services are held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is held at 9:30 a.m. for children 3 years to high school.

Pastor Bob Fritzmeier is the current pastor for our 79 members.

Nancy Hanson is the current Sunday School Superintendent. Teachers are Cathy Hanson, Kristi Knoff, Darla Lloyd, and Susan Steiner.

Organists for church services are: Benita Davis and Patsy Petersen.

The current Church Board members are:

Elaine Banks - President

Cathy Hanson - Financial Secretary

Travis Lloyd - Secretary

Kristi Knoff - Treasurer

Rosie Block - Trustee

Marge Erickson - Trustee

Harvey Hanson - Trustee

Patty Hanson - Trustee

Tonya Riddle - Trustee

Kim Yanak - Trustee

Upcoming fundraising events hosted by the Church Board include:

Feb. 8, 2004 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Annual Pancake & Sausage Supper. Free-will donation.

Mar.  2004 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Annual Chicken Noodle Supper. Free-will donation.

Oct. 2, 2004 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Annual Bazaar & Bake Sale

The Castana Community Church hosts Vacation Bible School each summer. For 2004, the dates will be August 2 - 6 (M-F) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Please contact Nancy Hanson at 353-6317 by July 15th to enroll your children age 3 - Junior High. Any volunteers from High School and up may also contact Nancy.

The Congregational Church of Castana was organized on August 14, 1886. In less than 6 months the building had been completed on the hill at Second and Linden Streets. The dedication took place on January 23, 1887. The present church building was orginially erected as a Methodist Episcopal Church in 1898. The union of Congregational and Christian Churches was in November of 1907. In 1910, the building was purchased by the Congregationalists, and in 1912 the Methodist organization was officially disbanded.

In 1918, the north wing was added to the church. In 1923, the Community Church was organized. In the early 1960's a new addition was begun on the east end of the church providing another entrance both to the upper part of the church and to the basement. It included an updated kitchen in the basement and additional classrooms upstairs.

In 1966, the yoking with St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Mapleton with the Castana Community United Church of Christ was approved.

The Castana Ladies Aid is a women's organization associated with the church. This group does many community services including serving meals and lunches following funeral services, taking fruit baskets and carols sung to shut-ins at Christmas time, greeting cards are sent to members of the community, supporting the church with regular monthly pledges, conducting meetings at the three area nursing homes each year, and many other projects.

The Ladies Aid has three meal fundraisers each year.

Apr. 2004 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Soup & Sandwich Supper

May 8, 2004 6:30 p.m. Mother-Daughter Banquet

Nov. 7, 2004 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Turkey Supper

They have also hosted a Father-Son Banquet every few years.

In addition, the Ladies Aid members have used some of the profits to purchase needed equipment such as tables, chairs, silverware, tablecloths, dishes, cooking utensils, vaccuum cleaners, etc. These funds have also been used in other ways in the community.

The Aid is a member of the Maple Heights Nursing Home Auxiliary. Duties include serving once a year by being in charge of lunch and having the prizes for the Bingo. In addition, if it is the monthly day to celebrate birthdays, a small remembrance to each one celebrating another year of life. They have served refreshments at Vacation Bible School and Sunday School parties, donated to the Sunday school fund when their treasury got too low, helped fire victims, the Goodwill, American Lung Association of Iowa, CROP, Crossroads of Western Iowa,  led church services, and donated to other causes.

The Castana Ladies Aid has been and continues to be an integral part of the Castana community by serving Christ and His church through the service of others.
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