It’s time to start packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child! Pick up your box at Connect Central today and return your filled boxes November 12–20. No candy or toothpaste are allowed this year. For more information or suggested items to pack, visit samaritanspurse.org. If you’re interested in helping during collection week, contact Children’s Director Becky Doubleday.
Nick and Julie Maile help with Zion Lutheran’s refugee ministries in Des Moines. They are collecting items for winter/Christmas, and could use your help! They can use LEGO sets (in the $20 range) and cozy plush blankets for teen girls ($15 range). Winter coats, gloves and hats are always welcome this time of year as well! You can drop any donations off in the tub in the Cafe.
Coming up November 6 at 7pm is our Men’s Go Cart Outing at MB2 Raceway in Grimes! This is a great opportunity to connect with other guys in our church, or to reach out to a coworker or a friend. If you have a child that would like to come, they are more than welcome! The requirements for adult karts is 13 years old and 58" tall. The height requirement for junior karts is 48". Meet the group there, or carpool from the church at 6:15pm. You can sign up at the bottom of the page. Contact Jeff Tibbles at for more information.
Date Monday, November 6
Time 7–8pm (check in is at 6:45pm)
Cost $30 for 2 14 Lap Races
Location MB2 Raceway Iowa, Inc.
1350 SE Gateway Drive
Grimes, IA 50111
Today, we begin our 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting, with the specific theme of personal revival as our focus. You’ll receive a simple jumpstart prayer each day in your inbox to nudge you towards both prayer and fasting in these 40 days. To aid you in preparing for this emphasis, please take a minute and read through our FAQs at firstfamily. church/40-days. There, you’ll also find a number of Scriptures, guidelines, and tips for praying and fasting that will help you throughout our church-wide journey.
We have more of the gray FFC t-shirts in stock, as well as two new colors: indigo and black. Visit Connect Central in the Cafe between Sunday services to buy a shirt (or shirts).
Join other women for Return in the Youth Room on Saturday, November 4th from 9am–2:30pm! There will be worship, teaching, praying, breakout sessions, and small groups. You will hear from a variety of women, and will have the opportunity to grow closer to many others. Lunch will be served. Please sign up at firstfamily.church/women, or on our FFC Connect app!
The week of October 22nd, we’ll be placing a special emphasis on missions. We’ll be commissioning some of our own people for international mission work, hearing from this year ’s missions trips, hosting an international dinner, and more. Pick up a card from the ushers to get all the details on events.