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Brett Erickson serves as the Geneva Campus Ministry Director
for Geneva Campus Ministry
at University of Iowa, Iowa City
Brett, Leigh Ann, Abraham, Lazrus, Augustine, Llewyn

 

Geneva Campus Ministry is an approved student organization that has been active at the University of Iowa since 1971. We are a community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to serve Jesus Christ on campus. Geneva is supported by the "Reformed" branch of Protestant Christianity, plus friends from many other denominations. 

We believe that God is at work in us and through us for the renewed life of all people and creation through faith, hope, and love. Our vision is to help guide a Christian educational exploration at the University of Iowa, engaging learning and life with the good news of Jesus Christ.

As followers of Christ, we warmly welcome doubters, seekers, the curious, and those of other faiths (or none) to join us. Participate in any or all of our activities... We hope you'll have a great time, and make new friends as you do!


Dear Peace:  Thank you so much for your incredibly generous continued support of Geneva Campus Ministry!  It's a tremendous blessing and allows us to bring in notable speakers and put on events that engage the campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We're excited for what the Lord has in store for Geneva, and we rejoice for what He has done through Geneva these past 50 years, in part through your prayers and support!      ~ Blessings, Brett Erickson, Director, April 14, 2023

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you.
2 Thessalonians 3:1  ESV

Dave Potter, Chaplain
serving Fresh Start Ministries 
at Linn County Correctional & Juvenile Centers
Our Mission

The mission of Fresh Start Jail Ministries is to provide Spiritual and Emotional care to all inmates, their families and friends, and the staff members of the Linn County Correctional and Juvenile Centers.

Two Chaplains uniquely gifted for Corrections Ministry, a volunteer coordinator and dozens of volunteers work together with Corrections Officials and Administrators to provide this important service.

A Comprehensive Effort

The Chaplains offer personal, private and confidential counseling for individuals incarcerated in the Linn County Correctional Center (County Jail) and the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center. They also provide support and counseling to the staff of the Linn County Corrections systems.

This ecumenical program is focused on the needs of the individual. Weekly worship services are also provided at the Correctional Center and at the Juvenile Detention Center.


 

Dear Friends:  We are grateful for your generous gift of $900 to Fresh Start Ministries in January 2023!  Your support will help us maintain essential reentry services as we start a new year.  Your gift supported our jail ministry efforts.  Your investment in our services is, indeed, an investment in a stronger community.  Thank you for the continued support of our mission and for being a friend to Fresh Start Ministries and the clients we serve. ~ Thank you for caring, Laura Strait, Fresh Start Ministries Board Member, March 21, 2023

Following is a prayer I found in a Bible returned to me after the inmate left, it says a lot about our blessings we receive for faithful work unto Christ. God Help Me. We have all been hurt, we can be angry and think of revenge ------ or we can seek healing, PEACE, and forgiveness. Dear God, help me ----- I need You in my life. Please heal my troubles and put the joy of Your Spirit in me. Help me to learn in You. Teach me to understand Your Will for my life. I cannot learn from you unless you change my heart and help me to listen. Please come into my life in a stronger way, help my Faith to grow in Your peace and LOVE. I need Your LOVE Jesus. Thank you for always LOVING me. You will be my God for all the days of my life. Amen.
~ Chaplain Dave

We also support the following area ministries with our time and offerings:
  • Our Mission

    To empower choices for life through Christ-centered education and support.

    Our Core Values

    Christ-centered, spiritually and scripturally-grounded, client-focused, and life-honoring.

    We Believe In

    The sanctity of human lives.

    From all of us here at Bridgehaven, thank you for your generous gift of $250 on January 11.  Your support means so much and allows us to continue our mission to empower choices for life through Christ-centered education and support.  Our scripture theme for 2024 is “love your neighbor,” and we can't say thank you enough for the role you play in helping Bridgehaven share Christ's love with those we're called to serve.  ~ With deep gratitude, Chelsey McDill, Bridgehaven Executive Director, January 18, 2024


     

  • About His Hands

    Since 1992, His Hands Free Clinic has been seeking to honor God by helping the uninsured and underinsured in our community. The clinic is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry that provides free medical, chiropractic, women’s health, mental health, physical therapy, prescription assistance, patient advocacy and dental services near downtown.

    We are members of the Linn County State Innovation Model, Linn County Housing Continuum of Care, Free Clinics of Iowa,  Christian Community Health Fellowship, and the National Association of Free Clinics.

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to bring glory to God by meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those without adequate resources. We strive to treat patients with the dignity and respect that they deserve as children of God.

    Statement of Values

    Based upon the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are dedicated to serve a diverse community. We are committed to love and respect all persons of every race and creed, and to demonstrate integrity in our words and actions.

    Dear Congregation:  Your gifts in 2023 helped His Hands provide care to 1,339 people with more than 3,600 individual visits.  Thank you for generously donating to provide free health care, so families don't have to choose between food and seeking medical help.  Thanks to you, families did not have to choose between a roof over their head or purchasing medications.  Thanks to you, our community is a healthier place.  Your support has been life-changing.  Together, may we continue to provide healing and peace to those in need of hope and health in 2024.  Thank you for providing hope and healthcare for those in need. ~ Warmest wishes, Dawn Brouwers, LMSW, CFRE, Development Director, His Hands Free Clinic, January 26, 2024


     

  • Wherever there is a need in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, you'll find the Salvation Army.  Find out how you can help or be helped.

    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

    Peace Church:  Thank you so much for your recent gift of $250 to The Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids.  As you read this, your donation is working to help members of our community with food, shelter, and clothing.  But your generosity also offers something more--hope.  Your kindness and compassion help light the way for people in the midst of crisis and despair.  Thank you, and God bless you for your kindness.  ~ Sincerely, Lieutenants Jennifer & Marty Norris, Corps Officers, February 12, 2024


     

  • Providing women and families with children with emergency shelter and stabilizing resources, Waypoint's Madge Phillips Center Shelter (MPC) helps those in crisis rebuild their lives. Since opening in 1995, MPC has served as a vital community resource, providing emergency overnight shelter.

    Those staying at MPC are strengthened and empowered through basic needs, information, strategic referrals, one-on-one support, and skill development. Free drop-in child care is also provided at designated times to allow individuals to attend appointments with advocates, seek employment, and fulfill other obligations.

    While living at MPC for up to 30 days, households are provided a safe, supportive, and structured environment to help them achieve their goals.

    Dear Peace Church:  Thank you for making a $250 gift to Waypoint in January 2024.  With everything going on in the world, it can be difficult to keep moving forward.  Because you care, those experiencing a housing crisis, poverty, or violence, or families struggling to access quality child care can get the support they need.  When an individual is faced with barriers, taking one step forward can seem impossible.  You have helped give individuals facing trauma and adversity hope for a brighter future.  Your support has helped survivors of domestic violence to access advocacy, safety planning, and strategic referrals; families who have lost a loved one to homicide receive support with navigating the legal system, processing death, creating stability, and accessing support groups; individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis access emergency shelter, case management, and support with securing safe, stable housing; and children are able to attend quality child care, regardless of their family's financial situation.  Without you, we could not do the critical work that we do each and every day.  You are truly making a difference!  Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and belief in our mission. ~ With gratitude, Jaye Kennedy, CEO, & Autumn Paine, Chief Development & Marketing Officer, February 5, 2024


     

  • Mission

    To provide shelter and prevention services to the homeless and near-homeless.

    Vision

    To empower clients to break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient.

    Values

    Empowerment, Respect, Accountability, Compassion, Integrity, Acceptance, Education

    Dear Peace Church:  Thank you so much for your gift of $250 on January 5.  Because of you, Willis Dady Homeless Services is moving people from homelessness to housing every day.  Your support means we can continue to live out our mission to provide shelter and prevent homelessness for hundreds of people in our community.  Your gift allows us to provide children, parents, and single adults with a safe place to call home, while the adults work with skilled staff to find a stable, long-term place to live.  Your donation also helps any household in Linn County if they are faced with an eviction.  Our Prevention Advocates help in crises with resources to help people to stay in place or to find a new home without ever entering homelessness. Finally, your support allows us to reach out to people living on the streets of our community with emergency shelter on freezing cold nights, connecting them to health care, supportive housing, and other resources.  Our outreach workers are making sure people living on the streets know they are valued and that help is available.  Thank you so much for your support! ~ With gratitude, Aaron Amundson, Development Director, January 8, 2024


     

  • As of February 2023, Peace Church is partnering with our C Avenue neighbor, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, to provide food and household item donations to the Mt. Zion Food Pantry.  The pantry is open on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

    Like all HACAP-supported food pantries, no food with “Best by” or “Expired by” old dates can be accepted.

    Your donations of the following items will be gratefully accepted:  canned fruits/veggies; soups/meats; peanut butter; mac & cheese; canned tomatoes/sauces; white rice/pasta; cake mixes and frosting; toilet paper, laundry detergent, other cleaning and personal hygiene items.  Thank you!

    Thank You from the Mt. Zion Food Pantry:  The members of the Mt. Zion Food Pantry Committee and the entire congregation of your neighbors at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church would like to formally express our appreciation for your support of the Mt. Zion Food Pantry and your blessing of the C Avenue Churches Thanksgiving Service Offering.  The Mt. Zion Food Pantry began operations in December 2022.  We served 166 households (634 individuals within those households) since our opening day.  We have been open each and every Saturday in 2023, with a total of 675 neighborhood visits, an average of 14 visits per week.  On Nov. 18, 2023, we held our 1st Annual Turkey & Trimmings Event, where 38 households (156 individuals) received one turkey and 7 special “trimmings” food items each, in addition to our regular food pantry selections.  The turkey and trimmings distributed totaled more than 1,500 pounds of food.  The Mt. Zion Food Pantry blesses our community with food, but most importantly, we bless our community with love.  Your support of the food pantry makes this possible--thanks once again!  ~ Sincerely, Steve Hill & Teresa (Teddi) Smith, Food Pantry Committee Co-Chairs, Dec. 18, 2023