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February Sermons

Feb 5    Luke 7:1-17   “Inside, Outside, Upside Down!”

 

Feb 12   Luke 7:18-35   “The Proof is in the Puddin’”

 

Feb 19   Luke 7:36-50     “Self-Talk”

 

Feb 26  Luke 9:28-45  “When We Just Can’t Seem to…”

 
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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.

What to expect when you worship with us.JoinUsforWorship

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 February!

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

 Sat, Feb 4 – Sun, Feb 5 – Lock-In! We will be having an evening full of fun, silliness, games, and putting the finishing touches on our Souper Bowl Soup Lunch on Sunday, February 5. There will be no CHAOS this evening due to the lock-in and the Super Bowl.    

    The rest of the month of February we will be focusing on YESS and doing another mission project for the youth at the shelter.

    Church family – please keep your eyes on your email and the Facebook page for ways in which you can help!

    As always, there will be some good fun and fellowship events thrown into the month of February for our CHAOS group!

    Keep your eye on the weekly email newsletter for continuing information! If you’re interested in being put on the weekly email newsletter, please email me at alisonaccdoc@gmail.com. 

 

 ALL Youth Sunday School continues as usual at 9:45 am
 
 
 
 

Children’s Schedule 

  Children’s Choir Sundays at 9:30 am in the santuary.  Sunday School at 9:45 am. See you there!

Mid-Week Mayhem

 We continue in February with Mid-Week Mayhem after a great start in the month of January. We will continue to meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. As a reminder, there will be tables set up in the Gym for families to eat at if they need a place to do so before programming begins.

    We are happy for a great start to Mid-Week Mayhem, and look forward to a fantastic month of February.

 

All Church Family Night

 This month, for our second Wednesday All-Church Family Night will be on

Wednesday, February 8 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. This evening will be Love themed to celebrate the coming of Valentine’s Day. We will be eating heart-shaped foods, doing some heart crafts, and maybe decorating some heart cookies. We will be thinking about those that we love, and talking about God’s love for us. 

    As a reminder – this is for our entire church family! ALL are welcome to these second Wednesday events!

    We hope that you can join us for this fun evening!

 

Junior Retreat at the Christian Conference Center

 This month, all 3rd-5th graders are invited to the Christian Conference Center in Newton for a weekend to talk about “Finding Jonah”! The retreat is February 10– 12th

and will begin around 7:00 p.m. that Friday, and will end Sunday around 11:00 a.m. The cost of the retreat is $30. Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. If your kiddo is interested, please let me know and I will provide you with the registration link.

    I hope you can make it for a weekend that is shore to be a whale of a time on Holy Ground!

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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 February

 You are here!

We all have, no doubt, stood in front of one of those wall maps that inform us that “WE ARE HERE!”  The next step is to take a look at where we want to be — to see how far, how long and how difficult it will be to get there.  This year’s Week of Compassion mission emphasis will be celebrated throughout the month of February.  Our focus is to discover how our congregation can get to where the needs for feeding, clothing, and serving some of our sisters and brothers who are the most vulnerable in terms of need.   When it comes to getting to where there is someone in need, our church knows how to do it.  When someone is ill, mourning, or facing crisis, we show up.  Doing that globally is a little bit more of a challenge.  But we know we can do it.  With the resources and services of Week of Compassion we all have the way to get from here to there.  Members of the congregation will find a leaflet and a giving envelope in your worship bulletins during the month of February.  You may also pick one up by stopping by the church or requesting one to be mailed personally to you.  When you donate through that envelope you find the way to get to fellow Christians anywhere in the world—your sister, your brothers, your children in Christ.  Let’s all get THERE! Please give with generous hearts.  In the midst of suffering, where is God?  God is here.  Where are you?  When you give to Week of Compassion, you are here. 

 

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“Bad Boys and Girls of the Bible” study

In conjunction with Mid-Week Mayhem, Pastor Owen will be leading a bible study exploring men and women of the bible who are of “questionable virtue”. We will take a look at Samson and Delilah, Lot and Lot’s Wife, and Annanias and Sapphira. What can we learn from these perfectly imperfect people about life, faith, and our own sense of God’s ongoing activity in our world? We will begin at 6:30 and go to 7:30 p.m. on
 

February 1, 15, and 22.

Remember, Feb 8 will be family night!
 

CHAOS’ Souper Bowl soup lunch fundraiser

 
Sunday, February 5 after the second service! Come and enjoy some tasty soups, even better company, and help support the youth’s summer mission trip and activity fund! Can’t wait to see you there!
 

Ash Wednesday service March 1, 2017

 “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).

March 1, we will set our faces toward Jerusalem and join Jesus on his journey toward the cross. We begin by observing Ash Wednesday with a soup supper (free-will offering) at 6:15pm followed by a 7:00pm service preparing us for the season of Lent.

A Prayer Shawl ministry

Prayer Shawls available
Do you know someone you would like to give a prayer shawl to?  You may pick one up whenever needed.  Sign in the book located above the display rack to whom it is going and select a card to enclose.  Pick a prayer shawl from the display rack or from the blanket chest in the entryway.  Any questions contact Pat Fliger or Carolyn Fisher.
    Next “Sit & Knit” group gathering is Thursday, February 16
at 1:00 p.m. in Rm 1.
 

Mid-Week Mayhem

 We continue in February with Mid-Week Mayhem after a great start in the month of January. We will continue to meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. As a reminder, there will be tables set up in the Gym for families to eat at if they need a place to do so before programming begins.

    We are happy for a great start to Mid-Week Mayhem, and look forward to a fantastic month of February.

All Church Family Night

 This month, for our second Wednesday All-Church Family Night will be on

Wednesday, February 8 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. This evening will be Love themed to celebrate the coming of Valentine’s Day. We will be eating heart-shaped foods, doing some heart crafts, and maybe decorating some heart cookies. We will be thinking about those that we love, and talking about God’s love for us. 

    As a reminder – this is for our entire church family! ALL are welcome to these second Wednesday events!

    We hope that you can join us for this fun evening!

Junior Retreat at the Christian Conference Center

     This month, all 3rd-5th graders are invited to the Christian Conference Center in Newton for a weekend to talk about “Finding Jonah”! The retreat is February 10– 12th

and will begin around 7:00 p.m. that Friday, and will end Sunday around 11:00 a.m. The cost of the retreat is $30. Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. If your kiddo is interested, please let me know and I will provide you with the registration link.

    I hope you can make it for a weekend that is shore to be a whale of a time on Holy Ground!

Sunday School News

 Sunday School continues as usual through the month of February.

    Our preschoolers and elementary school grades will be working on 1 Corinthians 13 “Love Is…”

Adult help needed

    Do you enjoy cooking, drama, games, or art? We invite you to use your talents to teach a Sparkhouse rotation which is a two-week commitment. If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please contact Pastor Alison at alisonaccdoc@gmail.com, call her at the church, or contact Angie Olson at angeleyes4379@yahoo.com or 706-424-5415.

    Our youth Sunday School classes are continuing along as well! The 6-8 graders
are in room 1 with Lori Krase-Cayton and Adam Olson. 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 with Shanon Buckroyd and Eric Lahart. They will continue to use the LinC curriculum, which sparks discussion about current events in our society and how they impact them as Christians.
    Our adult class will continue to be facilitated by Eleke Ukpabi in a classroom in the Community Life Center.

    Questions? Email Pastor Alison at alisonaccdoc@gmail.com or give her a call at the church.

CHAOS ensues in February!

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

 Sat, Feb 4 – Sun, Feb 5 – Lock-In! We will be having an evening full of fun, silliness, games, and putting the finishing touches on our Souper Bowl Soup Lunch on Sunday, February 5. There will be no CHAOS this evening due to the lock-in and the Super Bowl.    

    The rest of the month of February we will be focusing on YESS and doing another mission project for the youth at the shelter

As always, there will be some good fun and fellowship events thrown into the month of February for our CHAOS group!

    Keep your eye on the weekly email newsletter for continuing information! If you’re interested in being put on the weekly email newsletter, please email me at alisonaccdoc@gmail.com. 

Nebaj, Guatemala Adult Mission Trip February 17—26

There are 14 people going to Guatemala February 17-26, 2017.  It will be the third trip to Guatemala.  Nine from ACC, two from Highland Park, two from Waukee and Hazel (Angie Olson’s Mom) is from Georgia.  Details are being confirmed and a planning meeting was held Friday evening at Sawyer’s home. 

 Health kits are coming along and on February 5, the Sunday School classes will help put the kits together.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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January 2017

Guest Speaker Hser nay Htoo sharing story of resettlement



Come Home to a New Place:Home

Matthew 4:12-23



Come Home to a New Place: Stranger

Deuteronomy 10:12-19



Coming Home to a New Place: Flight

Acts 10:34-43



November 2016

Testimony





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     I got to spend the first part of this week on holy ground at the Christian Conference Center. It is always refreshing to be there. The space itself sings the presence of God. Maybe it is the echo of the souls of the thousands of children, youth, and adults who have gone to camp, sang, read scripture, prayed, experienced welcome, shared their stories, or sat and simply listened for God’s presence. Maybe it is the echo of my own soul reverberating with my past camp experiences: friends made, love shared, and first hearing the pull of God on my life to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Maybe it is just the decreased volume of the noise of the world. Or maybe all of those things together cause the place to sing God’s presence.

    Camp changes people. Sometimes it is the first place that a young person feels welcome in a way they don’t at school or even at home. Sometimes it is a place where a child first encounters God. Sometimes it is a place where an experience of redemption and reconciliation occurs. Sometimes it is a place where a person realizes that they are made in the image of God and that they are holy and beloved. Sometimes it is a place where the world stills enough for someone to have clarity about their life and place in the world.

    Each year Ankeny Christian Church sends children, youth, and adults to camp out at the Conference Center. Each year they know they are loved and beautiful and holy!

    The thing is camp doesn’t happen without volunteers. There are many adults who volunteer to share their time, along with the staff, with the young people who attend camp. These people fill different kinds of roles: counselors, directors, nurses, chaplains, and general workers.

    While all those roles are important and keep the camp operating, probably the role with the most direct impact on the lives of the campers is the camp counselor. They get up with the campers, eat with them, lead them in groups, pray with them, plan with them, play with them, and share their stories and faith with them. It is sometimes very hard work. It is also some of the most rewarding work.

    I remember a number of camp counselors from my days as a camper who remain some of the most important and influential people in my life. They are my mentors in faith. I know, also, the experience of being a counselor and have found it to be engaging, challenging, hopeful, and life-giving – almost always in ways I haven’t expected.

    We send lots of people to camp each year, a handful are counselors. Directors, like me, are almost always in need of good counselors; good folk who want to make an impact in the world. Pray about and ponder being a counselor this summer at camp! I can’t promise that it won’t be hard, but I can promise that it will be good, and I feel I can promise that you will make a difference in someone’s life!

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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