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Easter 2018

Easter is right around the corner! Easter week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25th, with our services focusing on the coming of the Lord Jesus as Messiah. Also, our kids will join us in the services as they wave palm branches as the people of Israel did for Jesus. On Friday, March 30th at 7pm, we’ll have our Good Friday Night of Worship, where we’ll dwell on the crucified Christ in a night of prayer and worship while preparing for the glorious Easter resurrection. Easter week culminates on Resurrection Sunday, when we’ll celebrate and praise the risen Lord Jesus! Sunrise service with breakfast at 7am, then regular service times of 8:30am and 10:30am. We’ll see you there!

Family Easter Experience

Join us for the Family Easter Experience on March 24th at Sunrise Park. This is a come and go event from 11am–1pm. There will be games and activities for the family, as well as a free lunch. Invite your friends and neighbors! You can also sign up to help at firstfamily.church/easter-experience. If you’d like to donate individually wrapped candy for the event, you can drop them off in the children’s wing until March 21st.

CityPoint Church Launches March 11

Please be praying for CityPoint as they have their first service on March 11th at 5pm at the Ramada Conference Center in Urbandale, and consider attending!

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March 4, 2018

Family Easter Experience

Join us for the Family Easter Experience on March 24th at Sunrise Park. This is a come and go event from 11am–1pm. There will be games and activities for the family, as well as a free lunch. Invite your friends and neighbors! You can also sign up to help at firstfamily.church/easter-experience. If you’d like to donate individually wrapped candy for the event, you can drop them off in the children’s wing until March 21st 

Easter 2018

Easter is right around the corner! Easter week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25th, with our services focusing on the coming of the Lord Jesus as Messiah. Also, our kids will join us in the services as they wave palm branches as the people of Israel did for Jesus. On Friday, March 30th at 7pm, we’ll have our Good Friday Night of Worship, where we’ll dwell on the crucified Christ in a night of prayer and worship while preparing for the glorious Easter resurrection. Easter week culminates on Resurrection Sunday, when we’ll celebrate and praise the risen Lord Jesus! Sunrise service with breakfast at 7am, then regular service times of 8:30am and 10:30am. We’ll see you there!

Newcomers Lighthouse Group March 18

Whether today is your first time or your tenth, you can learn more about what we believe and what it means to be a part of FFC in this group. Sign up by speaking with a pastor at the front after the service, or visit firstfamily.church/newcomers

CityPoint Church Launches March 11

Please be praying for CityPoint as they have their first service on March 11th at 5pm at the Ramada Conference Center in Urbandale, and consider attending! 

France Mission Trip Info Meeting

Sunday, March 4 | Sunday 10am | Room 202 

The purpose of this trip will be to support and encourage the DeGraafs, our partners in France, and to learn more about what Christianity in Europe looks like today. If you’re interested in the trip but can’t attend the meeting, contact Chris Eller. 

Principles and Practices for Parenting Courses

If you’re a parent seeking to grow in raising your children up in the Lord, these courses are for you. There are three, 2-week age appropriate sections left (3–5, 6–11, 12–18), taught by Todd and Julie Stiles. The second section (3–5) takes place March 7 & 21. To learn more and sign up, visit firstfamily.church/parenting-course

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February 25

CityPoint Church Launches March 11

Please be praying for CityPoint as they have their first service on March 11th at 5pm at the Ramada Conference Center in Urbandale, and consider attending! 

France Mission Trip Info Meeting

March 4 | Sunday 10am | Room 202 

The purpose of this trip will be to support and encourage the DeGraafs, our partners in France, and to learn more about what Christianity in Europe looks like today. If you’re interested in the trip but can’t attend the meeting, contact Chris Eller. 

Foster Care Info Meeting TONIGHT

Have you ever thought about the ministry of foster care? There are so many needs in this area that the church has the opportunity to meet. Please consider joining us as we discuss foster care in Iowa. Bring your questions, because we’ll have plenty of Q&A time. The meeting is tonight from 6–7:30pm in Room 203. 

Return Women’s Event March 3

Women, please join us on Saturday, March 3, from 9–11:30am as we spend the morning focusing on prayer. Sylvia Wineland will be giving us a unique perspective on why prayer is not just a good suggestion, but rather, vital to our everyday life as believers. Then together we will worship our great Savior! Join us for a time of seeking our Almighty Creator, growing in genuine community, and reflecting on where our hearts are really at. In our busy culture, we are praying you'll consider gathering with us for a time that could change your perspective on prayer and truly see why it is essential in our walk with God. 

Principles and Practices for Parenting Courses

If you’re a parent seeking to grow in raising your children up in the Lord, these courses are for you. There are three, 2-week age appropriate sections left (3–5, 6–11, 12–18), taught by Todd and Julie Stiles. The second section (3–5) takes place March 7 & 21. To learn more and sign up, visit firstfamily.church/parenting-course

Explore Missions in Turkey with IMB and Todd

Join Todd May 22–30 on an exploratory and discovery trip to Turkey to see IMB (International Mission Board) opportunities up close, visit with Turkish, Brazilian, American, and Albanian church planters, as well as a day stop at the historical site of the church at Ephesus. We have six spots, so if interested, apply online at firstfamily.church/turkey, or apply on our app. Cost for the trip is around $1100, and the deadline for applying is March 1. An interview will follow once your application is received.

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February 18, 2018

Nick Reed and CityPoint Church

Speaking for us today is Pastor Nick Reed, who is planting CityPoint Church in Urbandale. Please be praying for CityPoint as they have their first service on March 11th at 5pm at the Ramada Conference Center in Urbandale, and consider attending! 

Baptism Sunday TODAY

We’re excited to be baptizing again on Sunday, February 18th! If you’re interested in being baptized or learning more about what it means to be baptized, speak with a pastor at the front after the service today, or visit firstfamily.church/baptism

Utah Mission Trip Info Meeting TODAY

The annual Utah Mission Trip is scheduled for the week of June 17–24. This trip is open to FFC’ers of all ages, from 12 years old (with parent) and up. We will have an informational meeting today at 10am in Room 202. If you are interested in going on this year’s trip but unable to make it to the meeting, please email Chris Eller at . If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Tom at or at (515) 306-0470. 

Mom’s Group Childcare Need

Do you love holding babies and loving on small ones? FFC Mom’s Group is looking for childcare help during bible study this semester! Contact Heidi Hight at for more details.

Foster Care Info Meeting February 25

Have you ever thought about the ministry of foster care? There are so many needs in this area that the church has the opportunity to meet. Please consider joining us as we discuss foster care in Iowa. Bring your questions, because we’ll have plenty of Q&A time. The meeting is on Sunday, February 25th, from 6–7:30pm in Room 203. 

Return Women’s Event March 3

Women, please join us on Saturday, March 3, from 9–11:30am as we spend the morning focusing on prayer. Sylvia Wineland will be giving us a unique perspective on why prayer is not just a good suggestion, but rather, vital to our everyday life as believers. Then together we will worship our great Savior! Join us for a time of seeking our Almighty Creator, growing in genuine community, and reflecting on where our hearts are really at. In our busy culture, we are praying you'll consider gathering with us for a time that could change your perspective on prayer and truly see why it is essential in our walk with God. 

Principles and Practices for Parenting Courses

If you’re a parent seeking to grow in raising your children up in the Lord, these courses are for you. There are three, 2-week age appropriate sections left (3–5, 6–11, 12–18), taught by Todd and Julie Stiles. The second section (3–5) takes place March 7 & 21. To learn more and sign up, visit firstfamily.church/parenting-course

Explore Missions in Turkey with IMB and Todd

Join Todd May 22–30 on an exploratory and discovery trip to Turkey to see IMB (International Mission Board) opportunities up close, visit with Turkish, Brazilian, American, and Albanian church planters, as well as a day stop at the historical site of the church at Ephesus. We have six spots, so if interested, apply online at firstfamily.church/turkey, or apply on our app. Cost for the trip is around $1100, and the deadline for applying is March 1. An interview will follow once your application is received.

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February 11, 2018

Family Camp Interest Meeting TODAY

If you’d be interested in doing Family Camp this year, please attend this meeting and give your input. We will discuss potential dates, cost and programming. The meeting is at 10am in the Youth Room. If you can’t make it but are still interested, please let Travis Walker or Becky Doubleday know. 

Newcomers Lighthouse Group

Today | Fortenberrys’ Home | 2:30pm

Whether today is your first time or your tenth, you can learn more about what we believe and what it means to be a part of FFC in this group. Sign up by speaking with a pastor at the front after the service, or visit firstfamily.church/newcomers

Baptism Sunday February 18

We’re excited to be baptizing again on Sunday, February 18th! If you’re interested in being baptized or learning more about what it means to be baptized, speak with a pastor at the front after the service today, or visit firstfamily.church/baptism

Utah Mission Trip Info Meeting February 18

The annual Utah Mission Trip is scheduled for the week of June 17–24. This trip is open to FFC’ers of all ages, from 12 years old (with parent) and up. We will have an information meeting next Sunday, February 18 at 10am in Room 202. If you are interested in going on this year’s trip but unable to make it to the meeting, please email Chris Eller at . If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Tom at or at (515) 306-0470. 

Foster Care Info Meeting February 25

Have you ever thought about the ministry of foster care? There are so many needs in this area that the church has the opportunity to meet. Please consider joining us as we discuss foster care in Iowa. Bring your questions, because we’ll have plenty of Q&A time. The meeting is on Sunday, February 25th, from 6–7:30pm in Room 203. 

Return Women’s Event March 3

Our next Return women’s event is coming up next month! The focus of this event will be prayer. Women, join us as we pray and seek to become better prayers together. Signups will be coming soon! 

Frostbite Middle School Retreat

Friday–Sunday | Iowa Regular Baptist Camp

Our annual middle school winter retreat is coming up February 16–18th! Our middle schoolers will head up to Clear Lake, IA for fun, food, preaching, and time with friends. Registration information is available in the youth room and at firstfamily.church/youth

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February 4, 2018

Women’s Bible Study Beginning February 6

The FFC Women’s Ministry will be holding an inductive Precept study of Ezra and Haggai. The workbook for the study costs $11.25. The study begins Tuesday, February 6th, and runs through March 13th. All meetings will be from 6:30–7:45pm in Room 204 in the Student Center. The leader of the study will be Carla Davidson. Find out more at firstfamily. church/women and sign up by contacting Kris Parlee at

Principles and Practices for Parenting Courses

If you’re a parent seeking to grow in raising your children up in the Lord, these courses are for you. They are broken up into four 2-week, age appropriate sections (0–2, 3–5, 6–11, 12–18), and taught by Todd and Julie Stiles. The first section (0–2) begins February 7. Each age section is its own course, so you only need to sign up for the age(s) that pertains to you. To learn more and sign up, visit firstfamily.church/parenting-course

Family Camp Interest Meeting February 11

If you’d be interested in doing Family Camp this year, please attend this meeting and give your input. We will discuss potential dates, cost and programming. The meeting will be February 11th at 10am in the Youth Room. If you can’t make it but are still interested, please let Travis Walker or Becky Doubleday know. 

Foster Care Info Meeting February 25

Have you ever thought about the ministry of foster care? There are so many needs in this area that the church has the opportunity to meet. Please consider joining us as we discuss foster care in Iowa. Bring your questions, because we’ll have plenty of Q&A time. The meeting is on Sunday, February 25th, from 6–7:30pm in Room 203. 

Return Women’s Event March 3

Our next Return women’s event is coming up next month! The focus of this event will be prayer. Women, join us as we pray and seek to become better prayers together. Signups will be coming soon! 

Daddy Daughter Dance

Friday | 6:30pm | Youth Room 
Dads, we invite you to bring your daughter(s) to a night of fun together! There will be crafts, games, snacks, pictures, and of course, dancing. This will be a night you won’t forget! Find out more and sign up at firstfamily.church/daddy-daughter-dance

Newcomers Lighthouse Group

Sundays  | February 11/25 | Fortenberrys’ Home | 2:30pm
Whether today is your first time or your tenth, you can learn more about what we believe and what it means to be a part of FFC in this group. Sign up by speaking with a pastor at the front after the service, or visit firstfamily.church/newcomers

Frostbite Middle School Retreat

Friday–Sunday | Iowa Regular Baptist Camp
Our annual middle school winter retreat is coming up February 16–18th! Our middle schoolers will head up to Clear Lake, IA for fun, food, preaching, and time with friends. Registration information is available in the youth room and at firstfamily.church/youth

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