Faith E-news        August 6, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Food Pantry Item for August is 100% Juice in cans or plastic bottles.
                               June Donated Totals were 81 items and $515.00

Two-Year-Old Associate Teacher Position Open

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Seeds of Faith is looking for a kind, caring, and loving associate teacher for our two-year-old program. The position is approximately 14 hours per week, Monday-Thursday mornings. Experience with children is preferred, but not required. A love for spending time with young children is a must! Please share with anyone who might be interested in applying for the position. For more information, please contact Heidi at 515-689-8334 or


 Ladies' Night Out is Back!   


Ladies' Night Out is back! It can be hard to find time for yourself to build and nurture your friendships, but it is so valuable. Join us once a month for dinner at a local restaurant. It is a great time to build friendships as we share the ups and downs of life. All are welcome. Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Draught House 50 at 6240 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines (former Bang Bang location). The next meetings will be Thursday, September 10, Tuesday, October 6, and Tuesday, November 3. Check the website calendar for locations. Please email Holly Meagher at if you can attend.


School Supply Drive  

We are accepting donations of crayons, No.2 pencils, markers, wide rule notebooks, safety scissors, colored pencils, Kleenexes, and hand sanitizer for Crestview Elementary School. Please drop your donation off in the church entry way. We will bless them during the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, August 23, at the 10:30 worship service. All donations need to be new.


Centering Prayer
Please come and join us for a time of rest as we sit in silent prayer. Silence, as it grows within us, has a way of finding our center and then in turn centers us. The gifts we receive in contemplative practice enable us to bring an attitude of humility, listening and willingness in all our relationships with ourselves, God and others. We meet every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Adult Education room. You may contact Jan Stegeman at 556-5587 for more information.


Sunday School and Wednesday Faith Night Registration Begins Saturday, August 22


Registration for the 2015-2016 Sunday School and Wednesday Faith Night classes will be held Saturday, August 22, Sunday, August 23, Saturday, August 29, and Sunday August 30, before and after all worship services. You may also fill out the registration form online and bring it with you to give to Rachel. The form is located on the website under Family Ministry/Children and Family Ministry/Forms and Policies and can be emailed to Rachel at or printed and returned to the church. This will be available on Wednesday, August 15. Don't forget to attend Children and Family Ministry Rally Sunday for a very special kick off to our programming year after church on Sunday, August 30, 11:30-1:00! All are welcome to this event. Come and enjoy lunch, fellowship, and fun!



Fellowship Golf Outing  

The Fellowship Ministry Team and the Golf Committee has planned the 2015 Faith Golf Outing. Everyone is welcome! All ages, all abilities. The event will take place on Sunday, September 13, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. (registration at 1:30 p.m.), at Hillcrest Country Club in Adel. Enjoy nine holes of golf and fun! There will be twosome teams, and we are limited to 22 pairs in a best-shot scramble. The cost is $40.00 per golfer, which includes greens fees, cart and meal. Or you can do a meal only for $10.00.
     Signup now by going to links/SignUp Genius. Please contact Mary Ellison at or 515-321-8616, if you have questions or need help. Please note that you are not officially registered until you make your payment. Payments can be made by check or cash. Please bring your payment to the church office or during sign ups in the Commons.

Blessing of the Backpacks  


Students of all ages are invited to bring a backpack (or any school supply) to be blessed by Rachel and our church members Saturday, August 22, or Sunday, August 23, at both services. We will also collect donations of school supplies for Crestview Elementary School. You can bring your school supply donation with your child's backpack to be blessed at service that morning. Please be present in service that morning so that we can infuse our students with the support of God and our church as they enter into a new year of learning!