Relay For Life

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....
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100 Hours That Will Change Your Life – Summer Camp

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...
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Summit Ministries Scholarships Are Available!

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...
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SLEEPY HOLLOW ANNUAL EVENT

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 8 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 2014 Parental Consent Form and bring them the night of January 8.  DISCLAIMER: If you have filled out a 2013 Parental Consent Form from a previous event,...
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Adolescents Are Leaving The Church

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...
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2013 Fall Youth Convention

Here it is!  Download your application for this year’s exciting 2013 Fall Youth Convention.  Secure your $50 price with a $20 deposit and registration form for the early bird deadline Sunday, October 20. Cost goes up to $60 after 10.20.13.  Don’t miss this fantastic GROW event as we laugh hysterically, worship enthusiastically, and listen intently to God’s call on our lives to love him and others. For more information, email lcoop@desmoinesfirst.org or call 515.279.9766
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2014 High School Mission Trip Is Set For Dominican Republic

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.
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Serving Christ With Joppa Outreach

“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...
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The Bounce-Back Principle

“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. Show...
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Don’t Hate Me ‘Cuz I’m Awesome. Fighting Back Jealousy!

Jealous feelings can creep up unexpectedly, much like all other emotions.  You can try to control your emotions, but what we are truly saying is that we’re attempting to control our response to the emotion. A more important question to ask is, “What is the root to the rotten fruit that’s been revealed, in this case jealousy?”  Are you dealing with unmet expectations?  Often, we expect things should come easier or faster, and then when we see someone who has what we want, we feel the ugly, green monster of jealousy creep up!  Or, maybe it’s the sense of entitlement. ...
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