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Posted August 08, 2012 in Community Featured, Norwalk

It’s August, and to the youth of Norwalk, that means one very important thing: back to school.

Jessa Anderson and her husband, Jordan, will perform at the Back-to-School Bash on Sunday Aug. 19.

Kids are starting to pack away swimsuits and summer shorts in exchange for new first-day-of-school outfits. Stores are overflowing with school supplies and excited students, and the schools themselves are getting ready for the swarm of people that will fill the halls that have sat empty for months.

Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave, is ready to help with the back-to-school commotion.

On Aug. 12, Fellowship is hosting the Disciple City Meet and Greet, where students grades K – 5 can meet their teacher and see their classroom. Parents can also purchase a workbook and scripture cards for the upcoming ministry year for their children.

Additionally, on Aug. 19, Fellowship is throwing a Back-to-School Bash for students grades 6 – 12. Pastor Rob and Lisa Jones are hosting the party at their home, and the theme is Mexican Fiesta. Kids can come hang out to celebrate their faith and the upcoming school year in style at the party. Contemporary Christian recording artists Jessa Anderson (with her husband, Jordan) will provide musical entertainment at the party, Tropical Sno and Mexican food will be available, and students can partake in various outdoor games and activities before heading back to the classroom.

For more information about Fellowship’s summer send-off, call the church at (515)981-0699  or visit the website at

 New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Drive, is preparing for the upcoming school year as well by hosting a school supply drive, along with other local churches, for Oviatt and Lakewood schools. New Life encourages members of the congregation to bring in school supplies for the drive before the school year begins.

Additionally, Pastor Nate Liedtke recently returned from a trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and he was reminded of four important pieces of advice.

“Never travel alone, know where you are going, know where you are not, and come home safely,” he advises. “When traveling in unfamiliar territory it is wise to have direction.”

As students get ready to embark upon the journeys that the new school year will bring, perhaps those words of advice will help guide them.

For more information about New Life’s events, call the church at 285-5965 or visit its website at

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