Posted January 21, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

It Isn’t Easy: Intentionally

In a moment of near rage, I once had a parishioner holler, “Why does God make everything so hard?!” It is a fair question, but not one that should be answered while someone is irrational. So, in this article, I want to address all of us who, at one time

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Posted January 21, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Are You Sad?

Are you sad? As in Seasonal Affective Disorder? The experts tell us with limited sunlight at this time of year more people are prone to depression and dark thoughts. Could it be that since I didn’t shoot a nice buck this year, experienced our first Christmas without our son and

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Posted January 21, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Augie’s Diner

“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” - Psalm 33:3 There is great joy to be found in rejoicing, singing, and partaking in fellowship with one another. One local church is making learning and worship fun for all ages with an annual tradition

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Posted January 21, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Pleasant Hill

A Little Faith Goes a Long Way

When I was 6 years old, I watched Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. Since then, I don’t think I have ever missed a Super Bowl. It’s an incredible game and an even bigger production. Last year, there were

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Posted January 21, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

A Diner Dream, A Christian Community

Looking to try a new church this year? What about a worship community more different than any you have been to before? Not every church community comes from a traditional background, but neither does every Christian. 2015 marks ten years of worship and service for one Waukee church that operates

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Posted January 21, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Focus on the Future

In his biblical epistle to the Christians in Philippi (Philippians 3:13-14), St. Paul shared his take on the future as compared to the past (in part here):  Beloved, … this one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, ….  St. Paul was focused

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

Word of Life

Every Wednesday night, twelve months of the year, approximately sixty Word of Life kids, ages three through sixth grade, gather together for a time of praise and worship and bible lessons. Bruce and Nicole Wangler have pastored at Word of Life for the past eighteen years. Bruce is the head

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Posted January 14, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured, Email blast

Nothing / Everything New

Time to lose weight.  Time to try a new job.  Time to fix a relationship.  Time to start over. Time to forgive. Time to really live…its THAT time of year. With the new year upon us, some feel obligated or compelled to start something new.  2015 feels like as good

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Missionaries

  St. Peter Lutheran Church (1001 S James St., Grimes, IA) Roberta Yoder and her husband Reg went on their first mission trip to Tanzania in 2009 as members of a Des Moines church. Two other members of that team were St. Peter Lutheran Church members—Dave Eilers and Pastor Mark

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Webster City

Cross Generational Fellowship

  Almost every church on the map offers up special classes and programs dedicated specifically for Christians in different stages of life. From Sunday school to Wednesday worship and pre-school to adult ministry, it’s proven that age-specific classes give churchgoers a special interaction with the congregation and Christ and can

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