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Newcomers Lighthouse | October

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The next Newcomers Lighthouse, FFC’s 2-week small group for those new to FFC, is coming up in October! These meetings are broken up into 2 sessions, the first on October 16th and the second on the 23rd. Both will meet at 4:30pm.

Childcare can be provided at Newcomers Lighthouse; however, since it is a casual atmosphere, you are welcome to bring your children and watch them during the group, or even rotate with your spouse, utilizing another room where there are toys available. If you prefer childcare, let the Fortenberry’s know the name(s) and ages of your children.
Each week the Lighthouse covers a specific aspect of FFC, hands out some church-related material, and has plenty of Q and A time. So come with questions!

Interested? Contact Keith and Charis Fortenberry and they will be in touch with more details, or call the office at 515-965-8300 and ask for Cynthia Gregory, Pastor Todd’s admin, and she will assist you. You can also fill out the form below, and someone will be in contact with you shortly!


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Fall Festival

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Join us on Wednesday, October 26th, from 6–8pm, for our Fall Festival! There will be trunk-or-treating, carnival games, popcorn, snacks, refreshments, candy (of course), photo booth, and a special showing of The Amazing Chemistry Show! You can find out more about the show at his website. Best of all, everything at our Fall Festival is FREE and community-wide! All are welcome!

Don't miss this great event! Bring your family, bring a friend, dress up in your favorite costume and join us for a night of fall fun!

If you're interested in serving at our Fall Festival, visit our signup page below:

I'll serve!

GO Month

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GO Month is right around the corner! This special month of October is when we set aside a time each year to focus on missions. Some special things going on include FFC missions team reports, missions-based speakers, announcement of 2017 trips, and more. Here are some of the highlights of what we have planned for GO Month 2016:


Each service throughout the month will have a teaser report (5 minutes) from each 2016 missions team at the beginning of both services. At 10:45am, teams will have a full review in the Youth Room.

October 2

October 9 

  • Europe team presenting
  • Our partner in Sweden, Eric Haney will be here and sharing with us!

October 16

  • Utah team presenting

October 23

  • Berlin team presenting
  • 2017 missions trips announced
  • Philosophy of missions presented

October 30

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50 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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FFC's 50 Days of Prayer and Fasting has a simple goal: That God would move our heart and move our hands. We'd like to accomplish this goal by having an FFCer specifically praying and fasting one day out of the 50 days, beginning October 1st and concluding on Harvest Offering on November 20th. Yes, we're looking for at least 50 FFCers willing to fast one day (or more) during the 50 days. Will you embrace this spiritual discipline as we show God our true desire is for him and him alone?

If so, simply use the form below to indicate your willingness. You'll receive an email afterwards indicating which day (i.e., day 1, day 12, day 32, etc.) we have assigned to you, as well as the date of that day. If you prefer to specify your day and date, you can do so in the form below.

We, as a church body, want to be dedicated to praying and fasting, with the passion of God moving our hearts and moving our hands.

Please join us. You can sign up below:

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27th Annual Life Chain Event

On Sunday, October 2nd, from 2–3:30pm, Life Chain invites you to join other pro-lifers from the area in standing in unity against abortion. The event will be taking place at St. Theresa Catholic Church (1230 Merle Hay Rd). To learn more, contact Amy Sherwood at .

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FLASH Volleyball

1st–2nd Grade FLASH Volleyball begins October 8 on Saturday Mornings from 8:30–9:30am! This is a weekly volleyball practice and games for girls in 1st Grade and 2nd Grade. This is a beginner level team, so participants are not expected to have any experience with the game of volleyball. Cost is $30 per girl. You can find out more and sign up below!

Fill out my online form.

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Area-Wide Prayer Concert

On October 3, believers are invited to gather for a night of unified prayer, joining together in worship, repentance and renewal for our nation, state, city and churches. Pastor Todd is participating, and you’re welcome to join him there. It will be taking place at New Life Center, 1057 23rd Street, Des Moines, from 7–9pm. See the location below. Find out more on their Facebook page.

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Joy in the Mourning Women's Group

Beginning September 20th, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6–8pm, FFC Women will be hosting an event to lift up our mothers and mothers at heart in prayer and renewed hope in Christ in the midst of miscarriage and infertility. Please join us! If you’d like more info, or would like to be involved in any way, please contact Kelly Schuman.

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