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Harvest Rejoice

Posted August 15, 2012 in Ankeny, Community Featured

It’s the season for harvest. The summer is fading, school has arrived, the long days are getting shorter and Ankeny churches are transitioning to fall schedules as they send off the summer.

So St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 S.E. Sharon Drive, is emphasizing Christian education with “Planting the Seeds… Celebrating the Harvest,” a Capital Fund Drive as it celebrates its 45th anniversary this fall.

“As we serve our Lord at St. Paul, we encourage the families of St. Paul to serve him as well,” says Pastor James Fernandez.

St. Paul is also encouraging Christian education this fall in preparation for preschool classes starting on Sept. 5 and 6, as well as fall Sunday school, which starts on Aug. 26 with Rally Day. And, midweek Bible classes start on Aug. 29.

Area churches such as St. Paul Lutheran, are bidding adieu to summer with several events and schedule changes.

For more information about the events at St. Paul, call (515) 964-1250, or visit the website at

 Prairie Ridge Church, 825 N.W. 36th St., is also encouraging Christian education as kids go back to school. Prairie Ridge’s youth group, PRAY, is a chance for the youth of the congregation to meet with one another to discuss their faith in a fun and relaxed setting. Prairie Ridge encourages kids to make the weekly youth group meetings a part of their regular school year schedule.

The Prairie Ridge men are sending off the summer as well, with the 2012 Men’s Mission Navajo Wood Chopping Trip. The trip is slated for Sept. 9 – 15. The men will travel to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico to help and work alongside the residents there.

Learn more about Prairie Ridge’s summer send-off by calling (515)965-1737, or check out the website at

Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 S.W. Walnut St., is sending off the summer with vacation Bible school reunions on Aug. 19 and 26 and Sept. 2. The church is kicking off the fall with an adult co-ed volleyball league that will run from Aug. 13 – Oct. 11.

For more information about events at Ankeny First UMC, call the church at (515) 964-4249, or go online to

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