Monday's Here

MONDAY'S HERE Thank you, church, for giving yourselves away in worship yesterday.  What a sweet sound!  Thanks be to God!

We had a great day elsewhere, too.  Over 100 came to the class on racism, and 20 more in the spiritual disciplines class.  110 people sat in the Lobby for the 11:00 service.  While it is thrilling to have a very full house, there is room for about 150 people at 8:45.  If you attend 11:00, would you consider joining us at 8:45 a.m.?

I gave some tools for prayer, including some prayer books.  If you want to see more, check these Amazon links for details on the books I mentioned:

  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller.  Click HERE.
  • Seeking God's Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year by Philip Reinders. Click HERE.
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. Click HERE.
  • The Divine Hours...Manual for Prayer by Phyllis Tickle.  Click HERE.

This quote didn't make the final cut of the message, but I also enjoyed Mark Batterson's words: Who you are is determined by how you pray. Ultimately the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life.

In case you missed it or would like to view it again, you can view our online archive, click HERE.

Blessings on your journey,

Pastor Jon


  • 5:30 p.m. - Wednesday Night Meal
    • Menu: Lasagna bake, salad, and ice cream for dessert
  • 6:30 p.m. – Rainbow Club
  • 6:30 p.m. – Amistad Bible Study
  • 6:30 p.m. – Ignite Middle School Youth Group
  • 8:00 p.m. – Collide High School Youth Group
  • 8:30 p.m. – VP3 – Year 1


This week The Gospel Project for Kids continues with the two-part story of Joseph. Joseph had been placed in power in Egypt, and there was a famine throughout the world. Joseph had plenty of food, and the people came to him for it. When Joseph’s brothers arrived for food, Joseph recognized them and tested them to see if their hearts had changed.

Joseph recognized that though his brothers intended evil, God planned his circumstances for good—to establish a remnant of God’s people (Genesis 45:7). Likewise, although those who crucified Jesus intended evil, God’s plan for the sacrifice of His Son was for the good of all people. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God again saved a remnant of people.

Click HERE for this weeks Family Journal Page.


service_17694We express our sympathy to Marlon and Cora Haverdink, and family, for the loss of Maron's father, Virgil Haverdink of Des Moines, Iowa who passed away on Friday, January 16th.

Visitation is today, Monday, January 19 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church in Des Moines.  Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 20 at 10:30am at Bethany Reformed Church of Des Moines.  Funeral arrangements are being taken care of by Hamilton's Funeral Home.


Baby Shower3Come help celebrate new life within our church family.  We want to create a time to help celebrate, encourage, and support families of new babies in our church.  This will be a time of fellowship, sharing praise and prayer requests, and desserts.  Please join us this Sunday, January 25 from 2-4:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.  There will be a prayer and devotional time held at 3:00 p.m.  The following families will be honored:

  • Wyatt John Aalbers (of Brent and Brittany)
  • Jacinth Carryn Bogaard (of Steve and Rebecca)
  • Wesley Benjamin Vos (of Ben and Lisa)
  • Leo Wesley Willits (of Grant and Megan)
  • Rhett Derek Clarey (of Tom and Angel)
  • Avonlea Elizabeth Boone (of Adam & Courtney)
  • Joslyn Raenie Weber (of Jared and Sarah)
  • Ayla Gabrielle Nachtigall (of Chris and Marena)

There will be a card basket for each family, but we encourage this time to be about fellowship and prayer (so please don’t feel the need to bring a gift).  We hope to see you all there!  If you have any questions please contact Megan Willits at  712-360-0796.


The Valley MaleValley Male Chorus rescheduled Chorus of Rock Valley, IA has been rescheduled. They will be presenting a sacred music concert this Sunday night, January 25, 2015 at Trinity. A freewill offering will be taken for the benefit of children and adults with disabilities receiving services at Hope Haven.  Everyone is invited to attend this evening of praise and thanksgiving.