Weekday Life Group Sign Up

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

Starts September 6
Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
  
 

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 September 6
  
 

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.

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Women

YOUNG WOMEN
Thursdays at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Karin Johnson

ongoing
  
 

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. This group is approximately "post grad" to "pre mini-van" single or married. We combine with the young men’s group for a social time once a month.  

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Men

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

Leaders: Joe Johnson

ongoing
  
 

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. This group is approximately "post grad" to "pre mini-van" single or married. We combine with the young women’s group for a social time once a month.

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Engaged & Newly Married

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Danny & Kristin Williams

Starts September 6
  
 

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 (Johnston/Urbandale)

Leaders: Jeff & Leslie Pepping and Scott & Juli Longstreet

Starts September 7
  
Jeff & Leslie Pepping have been married for 24 years and have moved 7 times! They are no strangers to starting fresh and getting connected.


Scott & Juli Longstreet have been married for 36 years, and they have a fun and God-filled life together.

They want to use their experience to help you as you start your life together! Both couples are looking forward to building new relationships in Life Group.

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Young Marrieds & Families

Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Paul & Dori Reno

Starts September 7
  
 

Paul and Dori met in college at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, and have been married for 25 years. They have two sons Anthony (freshman at Northwestern in Orange City) and Aaron (junior at Valley High). Paul works in IT and Dori is an educator. The Renos are a delightfully quirky couple who enjoy things that are not boring and traditional. They tend to question the 'whys' of life, even though experience has taught them that 'because God...' is pretty much the answer. If you are newly married, in your late 20s/early 30s, have little ones or not, and are interested in a Life Group that looks for the path of discovery between the 'why' and 'God,' then this group is for you.

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Young Families

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Johnston)

Leaders: Chris & Debbie Krusemark

Starts September 5
  
 

We're Chris and Debbie Krusemark. We have been married for 15 years and have been attending Valley since August 2015. We are the proud parents of four boys (two sets of twins) ages 9 and 7. Chris is in the Marine Corps and is currently stationed at Camp Dodge in the recruiting department. Debbie stays home and enjoys volunteering at school in the boys' classrooms and at church. We are lookiing forward to hosting a Life Group in a relaxed atmosphere where we can make new friendships and grow together spiritually. Childcare will be provided in some fashion based on need.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Jeremy & Amanda Dyvig

Starts September 6
Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
  
 

Jeremy & Amanda have been married for nearly 17 years. They are the parents of two amazing blessings, a 12-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. This Life Group is made up of families with school-aged children, with some of us moving into the hallowed grounds of middle school parents! That's one of the reasons we love being able to connect with other people in similar life stages, so we can study God's word together, strengthen each other, and encourage one another in our lives and in our walk with Him. We would love to have you join us.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Andy & Sarah McCoy

Starts September 6
  
 

This Life Group is for couples with small children who want to be challenged and encouraged in their walk with Christ. We are committed to sharing life together, especially as it relates to having young children, and making it all work, or at least staying committed to Christ and then filling in the rest. Sarah owns and operates her own graphic design and letterpress printing studio, and Andy is a Water Resources Engineer. They have two daughters, Charlotte, age 9 1/2, and Gemma, age 6.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Les & Tami Smiarowski

Starts September 6
Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
  
 

With today's craziness...are you working, raising children, maintaining a home, visiting family and friends and then trying to fit in a date night? If this sounds like you, then Les and Tami would like to invite you to a relaxed atmosphere to unwind for 90 minutes and regain your focus on the Lord. They have been Valley attenders for 11 years, married for 37 years, and are the grandparents of six. It is their desire to lend you comfort, hospitality, as well as an open mind and heart to grow in fellowship and freedom in Christ.

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Parents of Teens

Wednesdays at 6:29 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: Dirk & Jill Roghair

Starts September 6
  
 

We're Dirk and Jill and we've been happily married for 26 years with five kids, too many unicycles, and a love for serving others. We've all heard about service, love, compassion, and other nice cliches, but we'd like to see what happens when the ups and downs of life meet up with a down to earth approach to biblical truths. If you're looking for a little excitement on Wednesday nights, come and join us for getting read and admitting we aren't perfect but striving to honor and glorify God in the process. If you have more questions than we do, please join this Life Group!

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Parents of Teens-College

Every Other Sunday at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Tim & Lori Yates

Starts September 10
  
 

Tim & Lori Yates have been married for 25 years, have attended Valley since 2008, and serve on the worship team together. This Life Group is for people who are looking to develop friendships in a small church setting, serve others, have fun, and study God's Word together. 

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Empty Nesters

Sundays at 9:30 am (Valley Church Office)

Leaders: Dave & Kathy Turnball

Ongoing
  
 

Dave and Kathy Turnball have two grown daughters and live in Indianola. We have attended Valley for about 10 years and enjoy our fellowship here. This Life Group is for couples or individuals in their 40s, 50s, and 60s that want to build solid Christian friendships in a smaller Sunday morning setting. We will discuss different topics when not following along with the Life Group study guides. Our desire is to have a group that loves Jesus and each other and is willing to pray for each other's needs while honoring Christ with our lifestyles.

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Mondays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: John & deborah Berglund

Starts September 11
  
 

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 five 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 also on the side does quality assurance for a medical transciprtion company.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Urbandale)

Leaders: Dan & Connie Anderson

Starts September 6
  
 

This Life Group is for couples looking to take a deep dive into God's amazing Word through studies that center on specific books of the Bible as well as relevant topical studies for couples in or close to the empty nester stage. We will focus on God's Word, developing relationships, prayer, and support. Dan has a Masters in Christian Leadership from Liberty University and has been leading groups with his wife Connie for almost 10 years in the San Diego area. They have been married for 31 years and have three sons in their mid to late 20s. Dan and Connie serve together on the Board of Directors of Momentum Europe, a ministry of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ).

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Waukee)

Leaders: Jerry & Renee Chiaramonte

Starts September 6
  
 

This Life Group works to build relationships and grow faith at the same time. Jerry and Renee, who lead the group, have three children and (almost) nine grandchildren! Jerry works for Life 107.1 radio and was previously a high school psychology teacher. Renee is a Newborn Intensive Care Nurse at Mercy Hospital.

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Grandparents

First Wednesdays at 11:30 am (Baker's Square - Clive)

Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Schultz

Starts September 6
  
 

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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Special Topic: Financial Peace University

Sundays at 10:30 am (Valley Church)

Leaders: Bob & Linda Lyons

September 10-November 5
  
 

Bob and Linda have been married for eight years and are parents of a six-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy. They moved to Des Moines from St. Louis in early 2015 to accept a job offer and have been attending Valley church since that time. The Lyons have been through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) as students and have been debt free since 2010!

Cost: $109

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