Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedJan 5th, 2015 | No Comments
Everything is changing! (but you already knew that, right?) Think about it. Technology is changing literally every day. Your grade changes every year (you hope!) Science reveals that your body replaces almost every cell every seven years. Imagine that…a new you every 7 years! I’ve heard it said that if something’s not changing, then it’s probably dead.
Apply the “change” concept to your spiritual life. Is that changing? Is it alive and growing? Or unchanging and “dead?” And how do we make the kind of changes we know are best for our lives, both...
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedDec 16th, 2014 | No Comments
Kick the New Year off right by joining United as One Student Ministries on the tubing hill! You and 1,000 of your closest friends are invited to go tubing on Wednesday, January 7 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. Cost is $15 which includes pizza meal, lift ticket, and transportation to and from Sleepy Hollow. You & your friends must have 2 permission slips signed before you can hit the tubing hill. Download the Sleepy Hollow Waiver and the 2015 Parental Consent Form and bring them the night of January 7. See you there!
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedOct 8th, 2014 | No Comments
Here it is! Don’t delay! Download your application for this year’s exciting 2014 Fall Youth Convention.
“What’s a Fall Youth Convention?” you may ask. Hundreds of students from all across the state will get together for a powerful weekend to grow in their faith. It’s 24 hours jam-packed with one of the Midwest’s hottest worship bands, challenging messages, late night activities, and hanging with our host families, located just minutes from the convention site, 7 Flags Event Center in Clive.
Secure your $55 price with a $20 deposit and registration form...
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedAug 29th, 2014 | No Comments
It’s time to get off the couch and put your faith in action.
This fall, our students and leaders are on the verge of doing something historical. On Sunday, October 19, we are participating in the 2014 IMT Des Moines Marathon. Many have accepted the challenge to run the marathon as a five-member relay. (Download the relay details!) The shortest leg of the relay is four miles, the longest leg is 6.2.
Why are we doing this? Stuart and Jeanie German, missionaries to the Philippines since 1991, need a new vehicle to take them to cities and villages to share God’s love. This will cost $33,500....
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedMay 8th, 2014 | No Comments
It was the summer of my 7th-8th grade year when I spent 100 hours at Sunstream Retreat Center. I had no idea what to expect. My mom & a friend’s mom decided to take a van load of jr. highers to summer church camp and stay the week as counselors. “What were they thinking?” You’re probably wondering! As a parent of two teenage sons, I now know exactly what they were thinking. 100 hours of unplugging from the world’s influence & some focused attention on God might do a jr. higher some good. Mom was right.
Later on, in my young adult years, I began...
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedFeb 19th, 2014 | No Comments
Few students really know what they believe. Even fewer know why they believe it. Be equipped & learn how to equip others this summer at Summit Ministries.
For the past 2 summers, DSM First has helped make it possible for juniors/ seniors in high school & college students to attend a 2-week training seminar entitled Summit Ministries, located just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.
What is Summit? Summit is similar to an intensive college course. Each session holds 170 students and consists of 70+ hours of lectures and small group discussion, with excursions sprinkled through out...
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedDec 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments
I just heard it the other day on a phone call with a concerned parent. “My teenage son said he’ll come to church with me, but when he’s eighteen, he said he’s done.”
It happened to all of us if we call ourselves Christian. At some point in our faith journey, we doubted our faith. We pondered questions like, “Is the Bible reliable?” and “Is God real?” and came out on the other side with a faith of our own. The truth is that one cannot fully embrace faith in Christ and called it our “own” unless we first walk through the fire...
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedSep 16th, 2013 | No Comments
It’s the chance of a life time…to travel outside the country and demonstrate the love of Christ. Missionaries Matt & Carrie Love have invited our adult & student team to join them as they minister to the children of Dominican Republic. Click on Dominican Republic Promo to watch a brief commercial & learn more about the trip. Prayerfully consider this eternal investment for either you AND/OR your young person. Pick up your application on Wednesday nights at United As One or click on APPLICATION to download.
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedApr 6th, 2013 | No Comments
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Recently, 28 willing students rubbed shoulders with a few of the homeless living in Des Moines. Our mission was to demonstrate God’s love in a very practical way. With the help & organization of Joppa Outreach, a ministry to the homeless, we descended on several of the camp sites where the homeless of our community have been residing during the winter months and picked up the trash that had been left behind.
“We got a...
Posted by Pastor Jason in UncategorizedMar 14th, 2013 | No Comments
“Whatever measure you use in giving – large or small – it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Luke 6:38
You know what happens when a ball is thrown against the wall. Assuming the ball is properly inflated, it will bounce back.
Or, in the case of a Major League fastball coming in direct contact with a Major League home run swing, the ball will “return” with an even greater force.
So it is with your generosity according to Jesus. Your time, talent and treasure, when given to God for his purposes with the right attitude, will return to you in the same measure given.