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Beth and I are very excited to let you know that God continues to keep open the opportunity for us to pursue a church consultation\revitalization ministry in partnership with Continental Baptist Missions.
An ongoing need of church planting includes periods of time to evaluate the progress and spiritual health of ministry. These times of purposeful examination occur at every stage of life. A church many decades old can realize the need for just such an assessment. This ought not surprise us, for it is the Apostle Paul who penned; “Not that I have already attained or am already perfected, but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12
In the coming months, I will detail why we use the title Ezra Ministries. I would ask permission to update you concerning the shift in ministry from pastoring one church to bringing multiple encouragements to God’s people and looking for Him to produce eternal fruit that remains unto His glory. We are praying for future opportunities to share this vision with local churches who will financially partner with us in this ministry of church revitalization.
Date: November 27 at 6:30 PM
Place: Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, 244 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines
Description: “Sgt. Lance Ripperger of the DMPD will be sharing security protocols and insights that every pastor NEEDS to be considered in light of recent events. I hope you will join me for this important discussion!”
Walnut Park Baptist Church of Muscatine is hosting a men’s prayer retreat in January 2018. The details of the event can be found below. If you are interested in attending, a link to register can be found here.
Get refreshed and motivated in prayer!
Join us on January 26-27, 2018 at
Spring Valley Bible Camp
2858 180th St, Muscatine, IA 52761
2018 Men’s Prayer Advance with Dr. Marty Von
Cost: $30 (includes lodging, Friday supper, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday pizza lunch)
Please sign up in advance by clicking the link below. Bring payment to the camp lodge check-in desk when you arrive.
Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018. Friday evening supper starts at 6:30 p.m.
We will be using the Spring Valley Lodge, a facility which includes a 2000 sq. ft. great room featuring a stone gas fireplace, an outdoor deck, a warming/staging kitchen, 3 private queen suites (sleep 2 each), and 8 cabin-style bunk bed rooms (sleep 12 each). Outdoor recreational activities (weather permitting) includes the use of mini golf, bb guns, archery, low ropes course activities and campfires. The game room includes ping pong, fooseball, and air hockey tables. Bring your own towels and bedding.
For those who are interested, we will also host a skeet shoot and small arms firing range session Saturday afternoon after the conclusion of the retreat on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Marty Von
Sessions on Prayer
Friday evening 7:30 p.m.
Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Center Street Baptist Church in Marshalltown is pleased to have Pastor Don Michaelsen serving as their interim Pastor. Pastor Michaelsen began his ministry late this summer. He brings with him many years of pastoral ministry experience and has been joyfully received by the church family. Thank you, Pastor Michaelsen, for your service to Center Street Baptist Church!
Slater Baptist Church uses a field of pumpkins as an outreach opportunity.
All summer Ron Stone, a member of SBC, tended his pumpkin patch with help from people from the church. Jay A. helped plant thousands of seeds. As the plants grew, so did the weeds. Weeds are a big deal—let them grow and they take over. Friends showed up to pull weeds, hoe weeds, and spray weeds. Then there are bugs that make holes in the pumpkins; they must be sprayed. The drought in July meant the end of the pumpkins until Ed S. and Marvin N. carried 2200 gallons of water to the patch and saved the crop. Lastly came raccoon attacks; they would come every night and take a bit out of the best specimens. But finally the pumpkins were ready for harvest. Church members became pickers who arrived to pick and sort pumpkins; soon pickups moved slowly into the patch to be loaded with beautiful orange and green, large and small pumpkins which were hauled to storage in a garage in Slater. The pumpkins were ready for the big day.
On Saturday morning, October 14, villagers and country folk arrived on Slater’s Main Street for the Firemen’s Breakfast, and down the street Slater Baptist Church was giving away pumpkins of every size and shape one could imagine. True, it was a drizzly morning but with tarps and umbrellas and happy faces and a determination to meet and greet new faces, church members young, old and in between helped folks pick out the perfect pumpkin and get it to a vehicle. It was fun to watch children try to carry away pumpkins that weighed more than they did.
We gave sacks to all visitors to our Pumpkin Give Away. All adults and children received in a tract; children received information about Awana, candy, a ball, a bracelet; adults were given general information about the church services, lotion, lip gloss, and candy. After all, everybody likes candy.
The Pumpkin Give Away was a bonding experience for the church members and friends and a successful opportunity to connect with the community. We thank God for a bountiful harvest.