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Posted October 03, 2012 in Community Featured, Urbandale

New Hope Assembly of God, 6800 Townsend,  was founded in October 1990 by Pastor James Weaver and his wife, Susan. The former Bethesda Temple, at 6800 Townsend, became home of the church. The church membership has grown to more than 1,400 with an average Sunday morning worship attendance of more than 700.

The original 40’ x 80’ church building was expanded in 1995, which added 20,000 square feet. With the generous and faithful giving of its members, the 20-year, $1 million mortgage was paid in full in just five years. In 2004, a youth center was constructed with a full-size gymnasium, kitchen and youth chapel, which also serves as a banquet and reception facility.

With the continued growth of the congregation, a new, larger home was needed. A groundbreaking began construction of a new church home just north of the current location on 70th Avenue. A fall opening is planned.

In addition, a celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the church will be held on Oct. 7 at the current location on Townsend. Information can be found at or by calling 515-254-9094.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 8301 Aurora Ave., invites you to the 20th Annual Arts and Crafts Show on Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors will sell jewelry, holiday lighted blocks, cloth decorative and seasonal items, cards, photos, hair accessories, wood decorations, purses, calendars, dolls and doll clothing, books and much more. Vendors are encouraged to contact Deb Timmons for an exhibitor application.

In addition to the craft items, a baked goods sale will feature the favorite recipes of church members and include cookies, pies, brownies and breads. Other food items include fresh fall produce and preserves.

A cafe is also available with beef burgers, hotdogs and individual servings of pie, cookies and cinnamon rolls and drinks. For further information, go to or call the office at 515-276-1700.

Plan to join the Urbandale Church of Christ, 3530 70th St., in the 43rd Annual Des Moines Area Hunger Hike on Sunday, Oct. 14. Church members and guests will gather at 1:30 p.m. on the steps at the east entrance of the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates between Walnut and Locust in downtown Des Moines, and launch as a group at 2 p.m.

The hike is along the new Des Moines River Walk and is shorter than the previous year’s 10K distance. Walkers will return to the World Food Prize Hall for tours of the historic building, snacks, music and a short program. Packets for the Hunger Hike are available from Sandy Gahn and Kathy Marean at UCC. Plan to walk as a family, a group or with others from the congregation and hike to end hunger. If you can’t make it for the hike, be sure to sponsor a walker or donate online at To contact the Urbandale Church of Christ, go to or call at 515-276-0625.

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