Saturday, May 6, 2017

Settlement Reached in Cono Case



An out-of-court settlement was reached, returning all the land and buildings to the Iowa Presbytery. WE ARE THRILLED. The transition of the property and buildings will take place on September 1. The current occupants' organization gets to keep the financial assets (about $650,000) and will receive an additional $350,000 over the next five years. While this part may not seem optimal, it is great that this chapter is over. Pray for the Presbytery, as they ponder the next step! The day that we are all welcomed back on campus, when God continues to be beautifully glorified and children fill the buildings -- is coming. Thank you for your interest and support.

Please keep praying : Pray for a vibrant restored ministry at Cono soon!

Sticking with it... You can still give to the cause. Any extra will go to the renewed work.

Give to:
Iowa Presbytery - Cono
1130 Main Street
Ackley, IA 50601

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dear Friends

Dear Friends of Cono,

Much has happened in recent months that adds to the drama and the importance of the future of Cono.

In recent days both sides have looked at ways to settle the matter out-of-court, something many would like to see. It would avoid some expense and also would reduce the spectacle of Christians who are grappling over what they think is the right thing to do. To date, no out-of-court settlement has been reached. A request for summary judgement by the other side is to be heard in late March, and the trial itself is set for April 17-29.

All of this reminds us to remain faithful in our support of the cause. This legal phase is nearly over (unless there would be an appeal). The future of Cono hangs in the balance. In particular, we have $32000 that will be matched if we donate. Please help claim this money that will help us end the legal season in a responsible fashion.

Send check (and make out) to:

Iowa Presbytery - Cono
c/o Kevin Schwab
1130 Main Street
Ackley, IA 50601

Please keep praying. Pray that the Iowa Presbytery will prevail, and that the Iowa Presbytery (PCA) can quickly move toward using the property --for God's glory-- in the near future. The PCA's Ridge Haven is the denomination's thriving camp and conference arm, and with input from historic Conoites, the Friends of Cono and the Presbytery, will decide how best to use Cono in the future.

signed,

Casey Reinkoester - caseyreinkoester@gmail.com
& Andrew Belz - abelz100@gmail.com


Friday, February 24, 2017

Mrs. Prue Dupee



Prue Warner Dupee
April 24, 1939 - February 21, 2017
With the Lord

Prue Dupee, wife of former headmaster David Dupee, has passed. Jamie Gienapp remembers:
Let me tell you about a special lady, Prue Dupee, who went to be with the Lord on 2/21/17.
In 1988, I moved to Iowa to attend a Christian boarding/day school, Cono Christian School, in the midst of cornfields. While there are many stories I could tell about many people that I would encounter at this school. One of the greatest and yet surprising sources of influence on my childhood came from a woman named Prue Dupee.
Prue Dupee was the wife of the school’s headmaster, Dave Dupee. I don’t remember exactly the first time I met or spoke to her but I do remember that my first impression was that this woman was someone with whom I should not trifle.
Prue was the “head chef” if you will, for the entire school. She was responsible for the feeding of around 100 people (depending on the day) for three meals a day, for most of the year. Anybody that knew Prue at Cono knew that the school kitchen was hers. Period. Don’t go in there, don’t touch anything, and most importantly, don’t you dare EAT anything. She was always in the kitchen. From the break of dawn until well after everyone had turned in for the night, Prue was either cleaning up from the last meal or prepping for the next one.
As was the Cono custom, all students were required to serve in some sort of working capacity, whether it was in campus maintenance or in the kitchen. I had, on several occasions, been tasked with washing dishes after the evening meal, but my duties did not involve working directly with Mrs. Dupee. It wasn’t until my senior year at Cono that they broke the news to me that I would be working with her in the kitchen. I had witnessed her barking orders in her kitchen and I was intimidated. She clearly had no tolerance for laziness, tomfoolery, or shenanigans. These were things in which I excelled and I was dreading what she would have in store for me.
I was a somewhat lazy teenager and the prospect of having to work hard and sweat in the kitchen did not appeal to me. I was not enthusiastic about the assignment. From the minute I walked into her kitchen, I knew I was being sized up. I had a sneaking suspicion that my reputation as a lazy teenager had preceded me. It was possible that Mrs. Dupee was just experienced and knew from a statistical standpoint that I was likely to be a lazy teenager.
Not wanting to get in trouble, I worked quickly and did as I was told. Mrs. Dupee was firm but fair with her expectations. As she got to know me better, she began to realize that I was not a completely lost cause. As I earned her respect through my hard work, our daily routine eventually transitioned from just giving orders to teaching. She began to give me tips about cooking and explain why she did certain things in the kitchen.
I began to see another side of Prue Dupee that most kids in that school never saw. She was so much more than just the cook and dietician. I saw her on good days and bad days. I witnessed the frustration that came with her duties and its demands. I saw both her temper and her generosity. I saw her be a mother to hundreds of students that walked through the halls of Cono. Not all of them appreciated her, but she was there faithfully every day.
Prue sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears for that school and so many people never noticed. I got to see it. I reached a point as a student that I would not tolerate listening to another student if they happened to criticize her. I would stop them and educate them on how much that woman really did for them. I knew what she was really like and I respected her.
In my own failure as a human being, I lost touch with Mrs. Dupee but I never forgot her. I wish I had been able to tell her that so much of what I learned from her example stayed with me into my adult years. Her legacy, in my opinion, is her example to everyone around her. I am honored and thankful to have worked beside her. I am blessed to have had her as an influence in my life. Thank you, Mrs. Dupee, for your years of service and the example you set for me as a person. May God bless your family and bring peace and comfort in this difficult time.






Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Latest Update



We are past students, educators, community members, and anyone who loves Cono Christian School. We have been influenced and our lives changed as a result from experiences and lessons learned at Cono. Together we are raising money for the Presbyterian Church in America for services needed to procure legal title to Cono once again. In the last few years the school's ownership became unclear. The church had always owned Cono. Now the church (the PCA) is reclaiming title to the property and ministry, and we support this effort.

The Latest Information
An Iowa judge is deliberating now on a couple of preliminary motions regarding Cono, with the main trial set for April, when that judge will decide if the Iowa Presbytery (PCA) can take its rightful ownership of this historic church-related ministry. Thank you for your help. We have so far attained more than $65,000 overall and $16,000 toward a new $50,000 of matching funds. This is progress!
You can send a check, and it will be matched, dollar for dollar, to Iowa Presbytery, c/o Kevin Schwab, 1130 Main Street, Ackley, IA 50601. You can also give online hereThank you for considering the cause, and for participating. We hope that methodical, steady support will win the day eventually.

Refreshed Ministry this Summer at Cono?
Pray that the Iowa Presbytery's legal effort will go quickly and smoothly. Assuming all goes well, the property will be overseen and used by the Presbyterian Church in America through its camp and conference center, Ridge Haven. Wallace Anderson, Director of Ridge Haven, says:
The more I consider the possibilities at Cono, the more excited I get! I would think if we knew something as late as May, we could still arrange for a few events this summer. We could host at least one "Yoke Week" much like in the early days of Covenant College when it moved to Lookout Mountain. It would be a combination of work and our popular Family Camp here in N.C. It would be a time where singles, couples and families would come to work half days to get Cono prepped for an onslaught of kids, and then we would spend the other half day playing and doing camp activities. Check out our Family Camp weeks at www.ridgehaven.com to get an idea of what this is like.
We would also want to start hosting summer camps as soon as possible. Even with just a couple of months’ notice, we could host one or two weeks of camps using some of our staff here to work in Iowa. That would be a great way to involve the Presbytery and the different churches in the area.
For the fall, we would want to have some retreat weekends. Eventually we are hoping to have an incredible corn maze, hay rides, create an obstacle course, and have something similar to a "Spartan Race" course. We would hope to host a Presbytery weekend. 
Our Winter Camp here in North Carolina is very popular, although the last three years have been a disappointment in that we have add such warm weather. Even though the kids have had a great time it hasn’t lived up to its name of “Winter” Camp. With an average winter temp of 32 degrees and an average snow fall of over 30" a year in Walker, Iowa we can't wait to have a "White" Winter Camp option...cross country skiing, winter camping, maybe even some outdoor ice skating a few weeks, and a bunch of snow ball fights.

—Wallace Anderson


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Case for Cono

Cono changed many of us forever. The legal case to restore a more traditional Cono ministry is nearing its completion in April. Please follow this progress at the Friends of Cono Go Fund Me site and keep up-to-date.   

 The Latest Information An Iowa judge yesterday denied one motion in the Cono case, but upheld another. The judge denied a temporary injunction by Iowa Presbytery (supported by Friends of Cono) that would have frozen and preserved the school's assets until the main trial in April. At the same time he will allow bank records to be disclosed so that a full and fair trial can take place. At the April trial, the judge will decide if Iowa Presbytery (PCA) can take its rightful ownership of this historic church-related ministry. Thank you for your help. We have so far attained more than $16,500 toward $50,000 of matching funds. This is progress, but the effort continues. You can send a check, and it will be matched, dollar for dollar, to Iowa Presbytery, c/o Kevin Schwab, 1130 Main Street, Ackley, IA 50601. You can also give online HERE. Thank you for considering the cause, and for participating. Methodical, steady support will probably win the day eventually. Friends of Cono is authorized and tasked by the Iowa Presbytery of the PCA to assist with fundraising and legal input in the Presbytery's ongoing effort to restore Cono to church governance and control. Please keep praying Pray that the Iowa Presbytery's legal effort will go quickly and smoothly. Assuming all goes well, the property will be overseen and used primarily by the camp and conference center of the PCA, called Ridge Haven. 

 Wallace Anderson, Director of Ridge Haven, says: The more I consider the possibilities at Cono, the more excited I get! I would think if we knew something as late as May, we could still arrange for a few events this summer. We could host at least one "Yoke Week" much like in the early days of Covenant College when it moved to Lookout Mountain. It would be a combination of work and our popular Family Camp here in NC. It would be a time where singles, couples and families would come to work half days to get Cono prepped for an onslaught of kids, and then we would spend the other half day playing and doing camp activities. Check out our Family Camp weeks at www.ridgehaven.com to get an idea of what this is like. We would also want to start hosting summer camps as soon as possible. Even with just a couple of months’ notice, we could host one or two weeks of camps using some of our staff here to work in Iowa. That would be a great way to involve the Presbytery and the different churches in the area. For the fall, we would want to have some retreat weekends. Eventually we are hoping to have an incredible corn maze, hay rides, create an obstacle course, and have something similar to a "Spartan Race" course. We would hope to host a Presbytery weekend. Our Winter Camp here in North Carolina is very popular, although the last three years have been a disappointment in that we have add such warm weather. Even though the kids have had a great time it hasn’t lived up to its name of “Winter” Camp. With an average winter temp of 32 degrees and an average snow fall of over 30" a year in Walker, Iowa we can't wait to have a "White" Winter Camp option...cross country skiing, winter camping, maybe even some outdoor ice skating a few weeks, and some great snow ball fights. —Wallace Anderson