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January Sermon Series:
Coming Home to a New Place
 
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Everyone is on a Spiritual Journey. Whether you are just starting to explore what the Christian faith is about, or if you have been a part of the church for your whole life, we are all people on a spiritual journey, and this church is committed to helping you wherever you may be on that journey. You can join with fellow travelers in this journey where your gifts, questions, struggles, and hopes will all be honored.

 
Schedule:
8:30 am Worship
9:30 am Fellowship Time and Children’s Choir
9:45 am Sunday School all ages
9:50 am Praise Team practice
10:45 am Worship
 

Ankeny Christian Church

2506 SW 3rd Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: 515-964-1083
E-mail: ankenyccdoc@gmail.com

Get To Know Us!

Ankeny Christian Church is a group of positive people who don’t pretend to be 2641_1105210673746_84540_nperfect. We believe that being part of this congregation helps us to become better people. Our staff and programs are designed to assist you with the kinds of practical help that can help make the difference in your daily life. It’s not about being “religious.” It is about deepening our spiritual life in a way that affects other areas of our lives.

We are a church that is very engaged in reaching out to the community. We have many hands-on opportunities to get involved. We are a place where forgiveness is practiced, hospitality offered, and hope is alive.

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We want you to be comfortable when you visit!

 

 

We offer 2 Worship services 

8:30 am and 10:45 am in the fall
1 service summer hours at 9:30 am

 Our worship services are a Blended Worship service that combines elements of both traditional worship and contemporary praise worship. Each service will have a variety of worship elements and music styles that relate to the scripture lesson of each Sunday. On most Sundays the order of worship for the two services will be similar. The Worship Services continue to evolve in order to meet the needs and desires of the families it draws.

A special children’s message in included in both services.

Communion and offering is offered at each service either by the passing of the trays or by participants coming forward to give their offering and receive communion by dipping the bread in the cup.

 Fellowship Coffee: Coffee and refreshments are served between the services at 9:30 am. Everyone is encouraged to share in fellowship with one another.

How should I dress?
Ankeny Christian Church is a “come as you are” church. Jeans or ties
are equally welcomed.

What style of music is offered?
The style of music is an energetic and lively blend of praise choruses,
traditional hymns. A wonderful choir and special song selections by invited guests and church members bring God’s message through music. A song leader helps us get into the music.

What style of preaching is presented?
We strive to provide upbeat messages that are not only inspirational but relevant to everyday life. Messages touch the heart and give you something to think about all week. Messages are lively and have a sense of humor. No one has to feel as if they are on trial or judged. We are a church of grace.

How often do you have communion?
Communion is celebrated every week. You do not need to be a church member to receive God’s gift of the Lord’s Supper. Everyone (including children) is welcome to the table of forgiveness and love.

Is a nursery available?
Yes. A well-staffed, bright and beautiful nursery is available for children
during worship.

Are Children Welcome?
Yes. A special children’s moment is featured in every worship service. We have  activity bags at the entrance of the building for children ages 3 and up.

  

Ankeny Christian Church is accessible for those with physical needs.

 We have information for first time guests wanting to know more about our Church.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have! Please explore our web site, and always feel free to call the office with any additional questions.  515-964-1083

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There are many ways to get involved at Ankeny Christian Church:

Each Sunday we offer a coffee fellowship between services. This is a time to meet others in the church and to learn more about activites going on in the church. We invite you to join us!

Groups:

We offer groups for everyone. There are groups for fun and fellowship, bible study, games and sports, crafts, fund-raisers, work projects, trips, retreats and support. We invite you to explore our other pages to find out more about the groups offered at Ankeny Christian Church.

 

Help with the Sunday Morning Worship service:

Members of Ankeny Christian Church fill an important role. Here are few ways to get involved.

  • Hospitality: Do you love to welcome people & be a friendly face? Our hospitality ministry is a great place to begin serving. Greet newcomers, welcome worship attendees, and help create an environment that is  warm and friendly for everyone! Or if tasty treats are more your style, help with the meals, parties and coffee!        
     
    Kids: Kids are at the heart of ACC! There are so many opportunities to bless children in this ministry. Come hold babies in the nursery, play with toddlers, assist with a kids’ group, help with crafts or music, or lead a high school team. Talk with Pastor Owen or Lisa about your place in youth ministry!
  •  Behind-the-Scenes: There are plenty of ways to lend your hands at ACC without being in front of a crowd! Worship Set-up, Sound sytem and AV, Media and technolgy duties with website and facebook updates, Property, Administrative Help, Taking food to the food pantry, and bulletin boards. Contact the office for how to get started!
  •  Assisting with Worship:  You can become a part of the worship service by  providing meditations, serving communion and offering and giving children’s moment sermons. Not to mention special music provided by our church members.
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CHAOS Youth Group Sunday Nights
6:30 pm (Sept- May)

Sunday School 9:45am (Sept-May)

 

 Sunday School: Available for youth at 9:45 am September through May. The youth Sunday School classes takes more of a learning approach discussing topics that are important to youth of this age. Service projects are tied into lesson times at various times throughout the year.

 Mission Trips: 

Each year our youth go on a week long mission trip in the USA doing construction projects or working at social service agencies. Our youth look forward to this opportunity every year. This is a time of great growth for our youth along with a time of fun and fellowship!

 13592732_10153749887722776_7053594706809196796_nJune 2016 Youth Mission Trip Detroit Michigan

Our youth and adults participated in mission trip in Detroit helping in a variety of ways serving those in need in the city of Detroit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our youth grades 6-12th meet on Sunday Evenings  Sept-May for bible study, food, fun and fellowship from 6:30-8:00pm.

The focus and purpose of the program is to help these young people begin to explore their faith through fellowship, service, participatory learning and experiences appropriate for their physical and spiritual maturity. Fellowship and learning with a focus on faith application is the major purpose for this group. Activities include drama, local service projects, group discussions on everyday issues, high-energy games and exploration of spiritual faith. Social outings are scheduled every couple of months. Caring, supporting and nurturing adults are active participants along side the youth.

 Service Opportunities: Ankeny Christian Church is committed to reach out to the world with God’s spirit of love. We seek ways to share ministry with our members, our city and our world. We provide a variety of outreach opportunities both locally and globally.

church-campChurch Camp: Each summer adults and children from Ankeny Christian Church attend camp at our Christian Conference center in Newton Iowa. The week-long event involves games, bible study, creative activities, great food, good worship around the campfire, and the intentional influence of camp counselors. The camp counselors are selected, screened, and trained for this important camp ministry. They find that their ministry is personally rewarding, and both campers and counselors grow in the process.

 

 

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Sunday School 9:45 am for all ages ( Sept-May)

Children’s Choir 9:30 am Sundays (Sept- May)
 

Worship: Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. A special children’s moment is featured in every worship service.

Nursery: There is a well-staffed, bright and beautiful nursery available for children during worship.

Sunday School: Available at 9:45 am every Sunday morning  September through May. Age-graded Sunday school is offered for children in preschool through high school. In order to help families talk about their experience at church, our Sunday School uses curriculum which ties to the focus text of the morning’s worship service.

Wednesday Night children’s programming

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for children K – 5 in the Community Life Center. The time with the children will be spent playing games, doing interactive activities, and ending our time in prayer. The focus of these nights will be different from Sunday School as they will be more outwardly community and relationship building driven instead of lecture driven.
The second Wednesday of each month, will be an All-Church Family Night in the Community Life Center. During these evenings, ACC will host a free-will donation meal and come up with a fun theme for the evening – potential themes are a game night or a karaoke night. 

Infant/Child Dedications: Parents may bring their young child before the congregation for a special blessing and dedication. The congregation promises to love, teach and embrace the child, while parents commit to Christian parenthood.

 Second Grade Bible Presentation: Ankeny Christian Church recognizes the importance of teaching children the great stories of the Bible and how to use the Bible as a guide for their lives. Each year, our 2nd grade children are presented a Bible during our worship services.

Children’s Choir: The Children’s Choir is for children from preschool on up is welcome to come and sing! Our goal is to have fun doing actions songs and learning messages about Jesus and the Bible. Children perform every other month at the beginning of the 10:45 am service and a reminder letter will be sent home with the parents the week before.  Angie Schnurstein leads the singing and action songs and Lisa Duffy accompanies the group. Children’s choir meets Sept-May at 9:30 am

  Church Camp: Each summer adults and children from Ankeny Christian Church attend camp at our Christian Conference center in Newton Iowa. The week-long event involves games, bible study, creative activities, great food, good worship around the campfire, and the intentional influence of camp counselors. The camp counselors are selected, screened, and trained for this important camp ministry. They find that their ministry is personally rewarding, and both campers and counselors grow in the process.

 Vacation Bible School:  Vacation Bible School is a week long summer fun event! VBS offers the opportunity for children 3 years through 5th grade to explore the scriptures through study, song, crafts and games. Adult volunteers, along with sixth grade through Senior High youth assist with the younger children.

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C.H.A.O.S.  Schedule

 

CHAOS ensues in January!

Our 6th – 12th grade youth group or CHAOS (Christ Honoring and Others Serving) will be doing many great things within the month of January.

 Jan 1 – NO CHAOS due to the Holiday

Jan 8After-Holiday Catch Up: CHAOS will resume at its normal time (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.). We will be meeting up, sharing our favorite parts of our break, and playing a few games.

Jan 15 and 22Refugee Focus: During these two weeks, we will be focusing on refugees around our community and world. We will be discussing how to be informed about what’s going on around the world and how to be the most helpful and welcoming to refugees in our own community.

Jan 29Souper Bowl Sunday: The youth will be holding a soup lunch after the second service as a free-will donation fundraiser for their mission trip this summer. Also… it’s SUNDAY the 29th, and you know what that means… Dairy Queen! The youth will head to DQ right after we are done cleaning up our soup fundraiser. We will not have regular CHAOS this evening in order to watch some football, or watch some commercials.

 
ALL Youth Sunday School continues as usual on January 8th at 9:45 am
 
 
 
 

Children’s Schedule 

  Children’s Choir will resume on January 8th at 9:30 am in the santuary. See you there!
 
Wednesday Night Programming: ACC will begin holding weekly children’s programming on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for children K – 5 in the Community Life Center on January 11th We will have the Gym open at 6:00 p.m. for families who need a place to sit and eat before evening programming.
The first kick-off event will be held on

Wednesday, January 11

from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Community Life Center. At this event, we will be sharing in a meal together (free-will donation to help cover costs) and going over what this programming will look like, and what to expect for the rest of the year. I will be handing out a schedule, going over volunteer commitments, and going over what we will be doing with our time together on Wednesdays. Please come with your calendar ready as I will be asking parents to help me to take one Wednesday this spring to help me with crowd control during our evening programming

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Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Ankeny Christian Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation.

 Each month we choose a special offering that is our emphasis for the month. These vary from local missions to missions that offer support around the world

Special offering for January

Local solidarity, global leverage

    This month, in accordance with our worship theme for the month of January, our missions special offering will go towards Church World Service (CWS). CWS has partnered with DMARC to help aid refugees in our community. The group that they are focusing on are the refugees from Myanmar – particularly the people from the southeastern region of Burma.  Political unrest and natural disasters have brought many Burmese people here to Iowa, and there is a large Burmese refugee population right here in the Des Moines area.

    By donating towards CWS this month, we can ensure that the Burmese refugees in our community have access towards the foods that make them feel more at home, locally through DMARC. Globally, CWS is working on the ground in Karen State to help mitigate the need to flee through disaster readiness training and clean water development.  

    This month, your donation can make an impact both locally and globally! Your donation will make a difference in the lives of refugees settling in this wonderful and welcoming Des Moines community that we all know and love. Please consider donating to CWS this January.

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CHAOS ensues in January!

Our 6th – 12th grade youth group or CHAOS (Christ Honoring and Others Serving) will be doing many great things within the month of January.
Jan 1– NO CHAOS due to the Holiday

Jan 8After-Holiday Catch Up: CHAOS will resume at its normal time (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.). We will be meeting up, sharing our favorite parts of our break, and playing a few games.

Jan 15 and 22Refugee Focus: During these two weeks, we will be focusing on refugees around our community and world. We will be discussing how to be informed about what’s going on around the world and how to be the most helpful and welcoming to refugees in our own community.

Jan 29Souper Bowl Sunday: The youth will be holding a soup lunch after the second service as a free-will donation fundraiser for their mission trip this summer. Also… it’s SUNDAY the 29th, and you know what that means… Dairy Queen! The youth will head to DQ right after we are done cleaning up our soup fundraiser. We will not have regular CHAOS this evening in order to watch some football, or watch some commercials.

 

Sunday School: Resumes January 8th

Our preschoolers and elementary school grades will be working further into the story of The Israelites Escape from Egypt through different activities. Do you enjoy cooking, drama, games, or art? We invite you to use your talents to teach a Sparkhouse rotation which will is a two-week commitment. If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please contact Pastor Alison or contact Angie Olson.
 
Our youth Sunday School classes are continuing along as well! The 6-8 graders are in room 1.They are focusing on a curriculum called “Joining the Story” in which they have been walking through the Old Testament, and learning how to weave their stories into the ancient stories that we hear about so often in fun and interactive ways. They recently talked about creation and made their own creations individually, and talked about the importance of creating together.
The 9-12 graders are in room 5. They will continue to use the LinC curriculum, which sparks discussion about current events in our society and how they impact them as Christians. They recently talked about natural disasters and where we find God in tragedy.

 Our adult class will continue to be facilitated by Eleke in a classroom in the Community Life Center.

Wednesday Children’s Programming at Ankeny Christian Church Starts Jan 11

 After much information gathering, deliberation and discussion, the Christian Education committee and I have decided that ACC will begin holding weekly children’s programming on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for children K – 5 in the Community Life Center.

    We recognize that families have tight evening schedules, and in order to accommodate more families and make Wednesday evenings a bit easier, we will have the Gym open at 6:00 p.m. for families who need a place to sit and eat before evening programming.

    The time with the children will be spent playing games, doing interactive activities, and ending our time in prayer – much like CHAOS on a smaller scale. The focus of these nights will be different from Sunday School as they will be more outwardly community and relationship building driven instead of lecture driven.

    We have also heard a want and a need for family programming as well. Therefore, the second Wednesday of each month, we will be holding an All-Church Family Night
in the Community Life Center. During these evenings, ACC will host a free-will donation meal and come up with a fun theme for the evening – potential themes are a game night or a karaoke night. ALL congregants are welcome to these second Wednesday events, so get them on your calendar now!
The first kick-off event will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Community Life Center. At this event, we will be sharing in a meal together (free-will donation to help cover costs) and going over what this programming will look like, and what to expect for the rest of the year.
 
Souper Bowl lunch fundraiser:  Sunday, January 29
The youth will be holding a soup lunch after the second service as a free-will donation fundraiser for their mission trip this summer.

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Poured into our Hearts





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The images coming out of Syria, particularly Aleppo, these past few weeks have ranged from terrifying, to sad, to simply disturbing. It is enough to cause even the strongest of us to turn away filled with grief, shock, compassion, sadness, disbelief, and astonishment. It is enough to make me, at least, feel helpless.

    Multitudes of people are fleeing their homes because of the violent civil war going on in Syria. They seek refuge in other places. They seek safety…and life.

    We are knee deep in the Christmas story, both in worship and in the world today. Mary and Joseph must take the baby Jesus and flee to Egypt seeking refuge from the violence that Herod has made upon the people of and around Bethlehem. They seek safety…and life. The holy family is a refugee family.

    I imagine that many who heard the news of the goings on in and around Bethlehem in those days felt helpless. I imagine it reminded them of the stories they had heard while growing up of Pharaoh slaying the newborn Israelites in the land of Egypt. I imagine they were filled with grief, shock, compassion, sadness, disbelief, and astonishment.

    So, what can we do? Syria is so far away.

    Syria may be. But those seeking refuge are not.

    A great place to start is by working with and helping our neighbors and those who live among us. While Syrian refugees garner much attention in the news these days, they are not the only ones who flee their homes to seek safety and life.

    Over the past couple years, a large, worldwide push has been made to resettle Burmese refugees and close the refugee camps where they have been located. Some of those Burmese families have resettled in the Des Moines area. In fact, Burmese refugees are one of the largest groups of refugees resettled in our area.

    During the month of January, Ankeny Christian Church will begin partnering with a number of churches in the Des Moines area along with Church World Service to help refugees near and far throughout the year.

    Our worship and mission theme for January is “Coming Home to a New Place.” We will explore what it means to be a refugee and ways that we can do something to aid our local neighbors in making their home here. We will have a chance to hear a story of resettlement from a guest, Hser Nay Htoo, who resettled to the United States a few years ago. And we will have opportunities to share Christ’s love by serving our Burmese neighbors locally, and, through the work of Church World Service, globally.

    Let’s do something together!

Shalom,

Pastor Owen

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contactus

Phone: 515-964-1083

Pastor e-mail: : pastoraccdoc@gmail.com

Office Manager e-mail: ankenyccdoc@gmail.com

 

Church Location & Address:

2506 SW 3rd St,

Ankeny. Iowa 50023

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