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Weekend Worship Times

 

Main Campus

Saturday at 5:30 pm
Sunday at 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM
 

Valley Community Center

Maplenol Cafe
Sunday at 9:30 AM

Singles

SINGLE MOMS
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
(Valley Church - Dinner Provided at 6 pm)

Leader: Jennifer George

Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
Starts Wednesday, September 12
  
 

This Single Moms Life Group is for women of all ages who are looking to find rest, hope, and encouragement in a Christ-centered environment. This group provides the opportunity to share the ups and downs of single parenthood while developing meaningful, supportive relationships. Jennifer is mom to two rowdy boys. She loves writing, running, cooking, and working with kids.

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NO DOUBT  | SINGLE WOMEN 40+
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leader: Deb Hurley

Starts Wednesday, September 12
  
 

This Life Group is for women in their 40s and up who are single or single again. It is a place to cultivate deep friendships that are centered in God’s word. If you’re looking for a friendly, no pressure group, this Life Group is for you. The leader, Deb Hurley, has lived in Iowa for 35 years. Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Deb has two children and five grandchildren. She is a National Power Tumbling and Trampoline judge, which keeps her busy during the winter weekends.

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YOUNG ADULTS
Sundays at 6:30 pm (Various Homes)

Leaders: JULIA LANTZ and Ian Willard

Ongoing
  
 

This is a Life Group of unmarried young men and women (mostly recent college graduates / 20s) focusing on Christ-centered community. We strive to grow in our understanding and obedience to the truths of God's word and build friendships in a way that extends beyond just meeting on Sunday nights.

Email Julia or Ian!

 

Mondays at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Michelle Temeyer

Starts Monday, September 10
  
 

This Life Group is for young adults who want to get connected at church, the Des Moines area community, and with each other while growing deeper in faith. I look forward to joining with you all in fellowship, discussion, and fun activities.

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Women

YOUNG WOMEN
Tuesdays at 7 pm (Urbandale)

Leader: Amy Powell

Starts on Tuesday, September 11
  
Calling all young adult ladies! New and seasoned sojourners of the faith will navigate life together, centered Christ’s truth and love in this vibrant community. Amy has been in Des Moines for 10+ years. She uses exclamation points excessively, is a world explorer, and admittedly is a work in progress, forever thankful for God’s grace. It is a joy to meet you!

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YOUNG WOMEN - THE TABLE
Thursdays at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Enter on the Valley Stadium side of church

Leader: Karin Johnson

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Joe and Karin have four adult children. They have been attending Valley Church for over 20 years and have a heart to help young adults grow closer to God through His word and experience true community. We are a group of young adults who get together every week to learn, love, follow and do life together for the glory of God.

Follow @thetabledsm

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Men

YOUNG MEN - THE TABLE
Thursdays at 8:15 pm (Valley Church)

Enter on the Valley Stadium side of church

Leaders: Joe Johnson

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Joe and Karin have four adult children. They have been attending Valley Church for over 20 years and have a heart to help young adults grow closer to God through His word and experience true community. We are a group of young adults who get together every week to learn, love, follow and do life together for the glory of God.

Follow @thetabledsm

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Engaged & Young Marrieds

Sundays at 6 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Tim & Sanae Vaniman

Starts Sunday, September 9
  

We are Tim & Sanae Vaniman, and we were young once, just like you. We have a freshly empty nest, and are recent first-time grandparents. During the first years of marriage we lived in Japan. Sanae was a recent college grad, and Tim taught English. We were blessed with difficult and joyful times in those days – and also blessed by wonderful Christian couples who helped us thrive as we got to know each other, set up our home, and begin a family.

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Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: JON & EMILY FONTENOT

Young marrieds with or without kids
Starts Tuesday, September 11
  

Jon & Emily Fontenot recently moved from the San Francisco Bay area to West Des Moines. They’ve been married for 8 years and have three energetic kids (Amelia-4, Dominic-2, Eliana—newborn). Jon joined the Valley Church staff in August 2017, and Emily works parttime remotely for an organization that serves immigrants. This group is primarily for younger marrieds in their 20s-40s with or without kids. The Fontenot’s are looking forward to building rich community with people from different backgrounds in the Des Moines metro!

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Clive)

Leaders: Danny & Kristin Williams

Starts Wednesday, September 12
  
 

This Life Group is for engaged and newly married couples desiring to grow in their relationship with Christ and, with the support of others, to build a strong foundation for their marriages. This group is led by Danny and Kristin Williams who have been married for 18 years and have two children, ages 13 and 11. They have been in the Des Moines area for the past six years after relocating from Atlanta. Danny works in IT and Kristin is a stay-at-home mom. It is their desire that in the Life Group and in the important stage of life, you will find encouragement, a place to grow, and a chance to serve.

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Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Waukee)

Leaders: Keaton & Alyssa McFarlan

Young marrieds with or without kids
Starts Thursday, September 13
  

Keaton and Alyssa moved to Des Moines in June 2016 after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa and getting married. They have been married for two years and have a dog named Ollie. They both work in the insurance industry in Des Moines. This Life Group is primarily for younger married couples in their 20s –30s, with or without kids. They look forward to building a community that supports and encourages others in similar stages of life to grow in their relationship with God.

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Young Families

Sundays at 6 pm (Urbandale)

Leaders: Dave & Kelli Schoney

Starts Sunday, September 16
Childcare available with small fee
  
Dave and Kelli Schoney are parents to four kids ages 7 months-14 years. Dave is a computer programmer and Kelli homeschools their kids. They have been a part of Valley Church for 10 years. This group is for families who are wanting to pursue true community and do real life with each other. Our hope is to be a place of encouragement, fellowship, and prayer as we work through the parenting years together. Come join us!

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Bob & Stacey Bailey

Starts Wednesday, September 12
  
Bob & Stacey Bailey would love to have you join our Wednesday evening Life Group. We meet during the AWANA program, so you and your kids can be fed by God’s Word at the same time. We are new to leading the Life Group this year, but have been involved with the same group for several years. Our group consists of families with kids ranging in age from pre-school through high school. Our goal is to foster an environment where we can do life together, learning from God’s Word, sharing our life experiences and supporting each other through prayer. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Almost Empty Nesters

Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Grimes)

Leaders: MARK & MICHELLE NIELSON

Starts, Thursday, September 13
  

Mark & Michelle Nielson are 75% emptynesters with four children ages 15-25. New in the last year to Iowa and Valley Church, they discovered a wonderful, vibrant life group as a place to share life, study God’s Word, grow in Christ, and support one another for the glory of God. They strive to serve, fellowship, pray, and follow Jesus in community with each other.

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Empty Nesters

Mondays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: John & deborah Berglund

Starts Monday, September 10
  

Do you want a place to forge friendships and draw closer to the Lord? A place for prayer and praying for each other? If you are looking for a comfortable time to discuss God’s Word and be part of a caring community, this would be a great Life Group for you. John and Deb are married with 5 grandchildren. John taught Bible for years at Des Moines Christian and both love to travel. John has led groups to Israel many times and someday they would love to retire overseas and serve the Lord. Deb loves to make and sell gourmet caramel apples and recently became a flight attendant.

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Grandparents

Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 11:30 am (Corner Cafe - Urbandale)

Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Schultz

Starts Tuesday, September, 11
  
Our Life Group exists to give grandparents an opportunity to share the challenges that accompany being a positive influence in the lives of their grandchildren. We celebrate the joys of grandparenthood, provide listening ears for one another, study God's Word together, pray for each other, and provide support when needing. Our Caring Grandparents Life Group meets for an hour and a half on the first Wednesday and third Friday of each month. Singles and couples are both welcome.

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MULTI-STATION IN LIFE

Sundays at 11 am (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Darin & Erika Stevenson

Starts Sunday, September 16
  

Want to make friendships with people who attend the Maplenol service or are looking for a Life Group where all stations of life are welcome? Look no further because the Maplenol Life Group starts this September. This new Life Group is made up primarily of Maplenol attendees. Sign up today to get connected!

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Thursdays at 7 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: Richard & Molly Pierce

Starts Thursday, September 13
  

The Pierce family moved to Des Moines from Maine in 2016. Richard & Molly have two kids, Sophie (14) and Emerson (11). They look to grow closer to God together in fellowship with others. All ages and kids are welcome. They have two dogs and a cat.

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Saturdays at 7 pm (Waukee)

Leaders: Paul & Kari Nilles

Starts Saturday, September 15
  

Saturday Night—Live is a group for all generations of adults and teens looking for a place to gather after the Saturday night service. This group will meet weekly in our Waukee home for a fun time of fellowship, food, and developing deep relationships centered around Christ.

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SPECIAL INTEREST

Keeping Your Kids on God's Side
Sundays at 11 am (Valley Church)

Leaders: Steve Stratton

Starts Sunday, September 16
  

Today’s world will challenge your kids’ faith. Do you know what to do about it? It’s no secret that children of all ages are being exposed to negative criticism of Christianity as they spend time at school, with friends, or online. Research shows that at least 60% of kids eventually reject their faith as young adults. But there’s a lot you can do as a parent to spiritually prepare your kids for what they’ll encounter. This group will study and discuss the book Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith by Natasha Crain. You will learn how to talk with your kids about some of the most common challenges kids face concerning their faith. Learn more at an informational meeting on Sunday, August 26 at 11 am in North Point. Parents of children of any age, as well as anyone interested in how to address tough questions, are welcome.

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Reasonable Faith: Apologetics
First and Third Monday of Each Month at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Steve Stratton

Starts Monday, September 17
  

This group is for those interested in becoming better prepared to respond to questions and objections regarding the existence of God and the truth of the Christian faith. As a local chapter of Dr. Wiliam Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith ministry, our goal is to help make Christianity an intellectually viable option for thinking people in our community. Steve Stratton has developed a passion for apologetics and natural theology over the past few years.

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Financial Peace University
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Ryan & Lisa Handley

Starts Tuesday, September 11
Childcare Available
  

Ryan and Lisa have been married for 14 years have an 11-yr old son. They moved from Chicago to Des Moines a year ago to be closer to friends and family. Ryan and Lisa have followed Dave Ramsey’s principles for many years and are looking forward to helping others obtain financial freedom.

Cost: $93
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Hiking
Twice a Month on Saturdays at 8:45 am (Parks in Des Moines)

Leader: Jon Fontenot

  

Jon & Emily Fontenot moved to West Des Moines last August. Jon loves to hike and explore the outdoors. This group will meet twice a month on Saturdays at 8:45 am in the Des Moines metro at different parks. In addition to hiking, we will do a short devo and spend some time praying. This is a great way to get to know other outdoor lovers at our church and spend time in nature. Dogs are welcome as long as the park allows. Jon looks forward to meeting you!

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SUPPORT

Catalyst - Next Step after Divorce Care

Sundays at 11 am (Valley Church)

Leader: John Berglund

Ongoing
  
This Life Group is for Single Again people who have gone through Divorce Care and are looking to make friends that have had a similar experience and want to grow in their relationship with Christ.

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Grief Share

Mondays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Patti Abram

Starts Monday, September 17
  
If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. GriefShare meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

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Divorce Care

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: John Berglund

Starts in September
  
This support group lasts 13 weeks long and is for those who are going through the pain and trauma of divorce or separation. Find hope and healing as we begin our session in September.

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