2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of First Federated Church, and Senior Pastor Mike Rose says the occasion will present an opportunity for the church to further strengthen and grow its presence in Beaverdale.
“We want to reach out and engage with our community,” Pastor Rose says. “We want to add value to our community whether people worship with us or not.”
The church was originally established in 1914 as Urbandale Federated Church and became one of the area’s most prominent non-denominational churches. The church did not ask new attendees to remove their membership from other churches, a rare practice at the time. Pastor Rose says this spirit of inclusiveness and encouragement is still a staple of the church’s philosophy today.
“We’re concerned about the needs of people, and we want to be a friend to people,” he says. “Our congregation is interested in relationships and growing spiritually, and we want to help people through all of life’s trials.”
First Federated Church will launch a teaching series in January called “The World’s Greatest Secret” and encourages community members to attend. The series is scheduled to run through February. For more details on the series or the church itself, please contact FFC church office by phone at 515-255-2122, or by email at info@FirstFederated.org.
Rod Stevens is part of Immanuel United Methodist Church’s community outreach team, and he says the group plans on expanding the church’s efforts in the Beaverdale community in 2014.
“Our congregation believes in respecting each other, respecting the environment and respecting our community,” Rod says. “It’s just part of the deal.”
In October, Immanuel’s community outreach team helped organize a Turkey Mission Dinner for the church that was a huge success; 117 people attended and more than $5,000 was raised for Imagine No Malaria, an international aid organization dedicated to eradicating the disease. In the coming year, Rod says he wants to help the church connect with more Beaverdale-based businesses. If you or your group are interested in working with Immanuel on a community project, you may contact Beth Williamson, director of lay ministries and programs, at BethW@iumc.org, or you may call the church office at 515-277-1100.
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