Month: November 2021

Pastor Doug Farrell

11/23 UPDATE from Lori: Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us and to those who are lifting us up before God’s throne. We continue to see God working things out for our good and His Glory. Please continue to pray for Doug. He is currently in the Mason City hospital’s Critical Care unit  with low blood pressure and low hemoglobin due to a bleed in the GI tract. Please pray those numbers to improve and for this bleed to stop and begin healing. Pray for his doctors to have wisdom as they move forward.

11/4: Lori and I would request your prayer support. I have been recently diagnosed with B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  I will begin Chemo treatments next week.  Treatments will be once every three weeks for 6 sessions.
-Pastor Doug and Lori Farrell, Calvary Baptist Church, Forest City

This diagnosis was a surprise to Doug, but was not a surprise to God. It is difficult news to process. So we rest our confidence in the Lord. His wisdom…His direction…His goodness…His grace & comfort, and all that He is (Pr. 3:5-6). He will provide all that is needed.

Please pray for Pastor Doug & Lori as they navigate theses uncharted waters…trusting God for all of these things.

God bless,

Alathea Baptist Church Hosts Open House

Alathea Baptist Church is excited to announce the completion of their new building! Below is an invite to their upcoming open house on November 20. Please consider joining them in their celebration!

We would be so happy to have you join us in celebrating the completion of our church building! You are invited to Alathea Baptist Church’s open house from 1:00-5:00 on Saturday, November 20. Our address is 10450 County Line Road, Des Moines IA 50320.

IARBC Churches Partner Together

Fellowship Baptist hosted Urbandale Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist (all from Des Moines) at a combined service this fall. The event featured Scripture reading, the Lord’s Supper, and FBBC’s choral ensemble, “Uplift.” The evening continued with a friendly chili-cookoff competition. 

Pastor Nathan Gast (Urbandale Baptist) remarked, “The opportunity to worship with other believers reminds us that we are part of a bigger body of believers, and will one day with these and many more worship together around the throne of our great God and King forever and ever! Our people love to join together for these joint services!” 

Pastor Dan Vance (Fellowship Baptist) agreed, “Watching the smiles and conversations around the chili was a delight, but the highlight of the evening was the sound of many voices praising God together and being reminded of our partnership in the Gospel.”

2022 Men’s Leadership Conference

Men are invited to the 2022 Men’s Leadership Conference at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church on March 4-5, 2022. God calls men of all ages and life stages to godly leadership—in their homes, churches, and beyond. Tim Capon, IARBC State Representative, will be sharing on the theme “Learning to Lead”.

*Please sign up online at on or before February 10th, 2022! (If you are unable to sign up online, please use the paper registration form below and email a copy of names to the church.)

**New for 2022, t-shirts will be available for $10!!**

Schedule (Tentative)
Save the Date Flyers
Standard PowerPoint Slide
Paper Registration Form

Bernie & Bev Tucker

UPDATE 11/13: Bernie Tucker went to be with the Lord late yesterday afternoon. We will keep you posted of any details as they come available. Please pray for his wife Bev, and his family. We will miss him, but he is with the Lord he knew, loved and served.

Bernie and Bev Tucker (retired IARBC Pastor and wife) both have Covid. Bernie was transferred to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines last night. He is on a ventilator and his condition is critical. Bev is home, but is quite sick. Please be in prayer for Bernie and Bev!

We will post updates above as we receive them.