Blue Zones researchers discovered that no matter which faith, people who show up to their faith community four times per month live an extra four to14 years.
Residents of North Iowa are deeply rooted in their faith. People embrace the religious diversity that exists in the community, where Catholic masses and Lutheran sermons are among the voices heard.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ built a chapel in Mason City shortly after the area was settled. Today, more than 55 congregations representing many denominations meet weekly to uplift, strengthen and support one another. Newcomers to the area are welcomed and are encouraged to find a worship service to meet their needs. Each congregation has its own personality, and you are sure to find one that suits you.
North Iowans are servant-leaders. Volunteers hold frequent food drives to fill the Hawkeye Harvest Food Pantry and serve daily meals at Community Kitchen. The homeless are offered shelter at Trinity House of Hope and the Northern Lights Homeless Shelter. In a time of emotional need, people can turn to their choice of top-notch counseling options.
Cultural diversity and religious diversity go hand-in-hand, as many faiths are represented in Cerro Gordo County. Recommit, reconnect or explore a new faith-based community. A congregation warmly awaits you.