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Posted September 04, 2013 in Community Featured, Johnston

The people at Johnston Evangelical Free Church (JEFC) believe that God designed community into who we are as created beings.

God is described to us in the Bible as a community, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Godhead has a function in our salvation. Thus, we believe that each person in our community has a function in God’s plan for the world. JEFC has been serving the communities of northwest Des Moines for about 100 years, and we reach out to our community in many ways, some corporately, most individually. Below are just three of the ways we seek to impact the community around us.

First is our Community Group ministry. These are groups of adults that gather together at least twice a month. They encourage three things. First, they are missional, which means they are intentionally open to anyone, and they seek to grow by showing more people how to follow Jesus by faith in the Good News. Second, they encourage each other to serve neighbors and nations for the glory of God. Lastly, they cultivate a desire in each member that their personal network be influenced for Jesus.

Second, Ann Davis, our Women’s Ministry Director, leads the Newcomers ministry. Ann has a passion for women who are new to the community. Using her networking skills, she and her team invite women who are new to the area to work through a study called “After the Boxes Are Unpacked.” This interactive study has a workshop feel to it as they encourage women with biblical truths and equip them with practical advice and information as they adjust to their new surroundings. Join them on Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Nov. 19, from 9 – 11:15 a.m. or 7 – 8:45 p.m. You may contact the church office at 986-0306.

Lastly is our “Overtime” ministry. This is an event that is planned after Johnston varsity home football games at our church facility. It is meant to be a safe and fun place for high school students from any school to hang out. We have drawings for door prizes, and we provide free pizza, pop and snacks. There are many other options for students to connect with each other including video games and a dodge ball tournament. The doors open after the game ends, and the event closes at 11:30 p.m. Overtimes this year are on Sept. 13, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11. We would love to see your student at one of them.

Have you found your function in God’s plan for the world? Come and see us at JEFC, we’d love to help you find your place.

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