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Weekend Worship Times

Main Campus

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

Singles

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

Leaders: Jennifer George & Tara Lawrence

Starts January 4
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. Tara enjoys reading, traveling, and playing outside with her two girls. Both are working, single moms who are excited about connecting with other moms who can relate.

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SINGLE DADS
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leader: ERIC REED

Starts January 4
  
 

This is a Life Group for single dads who are looking to grow in their faith with other guys who understand what it's like being a single parent. Eric accepted Christ at Valley when he was 15 and later joined the Marine Corps. Eric is an avid weight lifter, a diehard Cardinals fan, and likes to shoot at a local gun range. He's been divorced for seven years and has a beautiful nine-year-old daughter. In the face of life's challenges, Eric's mindset is to rely on his faith in Christ to adapt and overcome (1 John 5:5).

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

Leader: Deb Hurley

Starts January 4
  
 

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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MEN
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leader: Rod Reding

Starts January 4
  
 

Rod has been married to his wife Jill for 25 years and has four children. He has been attending Valley Church since the late 90s. With all the craziness and distractions of life, Rod has come to realize that to understand and know God more reveals clarity, purpose, and peace in a world filled with uncertainties and false promises. You are invited to join this men's Life Group as it kicks off with a study of the attributes of an almighty God who is our Creator, Sustainer, and Savior.

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Engaged & Newly Married

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Danny & Kristin Williams

Starts January 4
  
 

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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Young Marrieds & Families

Sundays at 5:30 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: Dave & Lindsay McQuarry

Starts January 8
  
 

We are Dave and Lindsay McQuarry. We have been married for four years and attending Valley Church for about the same time. Last month our son Max turned one and we're having a great time watching him grow. Our life group is made up of other young marrieds, some with children and some without. We welcome you to join us in studying God's word, growing our marriages, and sharing life. Kids are always welcome!

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Thursdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Paul & Dori Reno

Starts January 8
  
 

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

Sundays at 5 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Tony & Annie Stec

Starts January 8
  
 

Tony and Annie live in West Des Moines and have three young children (Sophia, 4, Weston, 6, and Sienna, 7). Tony has been on the Valley Church staff since 2008 and loves the opportunity to serve the church! Annie stays at home with the kiddos and runs a small business. Most of the people in this group have small children, but anyone interested in pursuing deeper community is welcome. This Life Group will meet on Sunday evenings and share a meal together into the fellowship time. If you're looking for a friendly community of people to grow deeper with through the study and application of God's word, then this is the place for you.

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Every Other Tuesday at 6:30 pm (Johnston)

Leaders: Chris & Debbie Krusemark

Starts January 12
  
 

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: Eric & Carissa Beer

Starts January 4
Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
  
 

This Life Group is for couples looking to grow their daily walk with Jesus and to encourage one another to know him more deeply. We look to share life and develop true community through weekly discussion and fellowship. Eric and Carissa have attended Valley Church for over ten years and are parents to four boys ages 8, 6, 4, and 6 months. Eric works for Wells Fargo and enjoys spending time with family and doing home projects. Carissa runs a part-time, home-based Pampered Chef business and spends her days keeping their boys busy and having fun.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Jeremy & Amanda Dyvig

Starts January 4
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 January 4
  
 

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 8 1/2, and Gemma, age 5.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Brian & Julie Moses

Starts January 4
  
 

Through the craziness of life (balancing careers, marriage, family, friends, and the other things), it is easy to lose focus on the greatest relationship: our relationship with God. This life group is a chance to share our lives together as we raise godly families. We will meet on Wednesday evening at the same time as AWANA and would love for you to join us. Brian and Julie have been married for 10 years and are the parents of two very active, young boys.

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Les & Tami Smiarowski

Starts January 4
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 January 4
  
 

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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Empty Nesters

Sundays at 9:30 am (Valley Community Center)

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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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Urbandale)

Leaders: Dan & Connie Anderson

Starts January 4
  
 

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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Grandparents

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

Third Friday at 6:30 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Schultz

Starts January 4
  
 

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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