The History of P.U.N.C.H.
On the left,
Dr. Rev. Craig Anglin,
First Baptist Church
on the right is
Rev. George White,
St. John's Methodist.
Both are now retired!
PUNCH began with a coffee conversation hed by Pastors George White of St. John's United Methodist and Craig Anglin of First Baptist Church concerning the neighborhood and the Hilltop churches. At that time there was no regular fellowship between the Hilltop churches or any shared ministry in the neighborhood. They wondered if other churches might share their interest in the beginning a regular fellowship and ministry.
On October 27, 2004 at First Baptist Church representatives from several churches in the neighborhood met to get acquainted and discuss the possibility of sharing some type of ministry effort in the neighborhood. In addition to St. John's and First Baptist meeting. Eventually all seven of the historic Hilltop churches joined the group. We decided that we would find some neighborhood projects we could do together. These projects would be for our common witness to Christ and to help build goodwill in the neighborhood.
We discussed the model of the Good Samaritan and how help was extended to a neighbor that was in trouble along the road. The Good Samaritan became a helper because the neighbor was in need. We realized that by working together we could help our neighbors too.
January 26, 2007, PUNCH received standing as a corporation in the State of Iowa.
January 12, 2009, PUNCH was designated as a non-profit corporation (501c3) for by the IRS.
December 14, 2009, PUNCH became a United Way Organization and is eligible to be listed in their catalog of nonprofit organizations and able to receive funding through the United Way annual campaigns.
Our logo was created in 2010 and adopted by a vote of the membership
after a contest sponsored by the group.
The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, and spices.
According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his hospitality, and listen to tales of his voyage.
The pineapple seemed like an important statement of the hospitality that our churches and neighbors hoped to share. We place the cross in front of the pineapple because the cross speaks of the faith that inspires and defines the churches of our neighborhood.