WAYS TO GET PLUGGED IN
Our Ministries are resources to serve you, and also places for you to serve others. CREEKSIDE valueS:
- An “every-member” ministry, demonstrated by each person discovering and using their gifts to serve God in the local church.
- Community-oriented service, demonstrated by ministering to our community in practical ways and sometimes partnering with local organizations and other churches.
- Team-based ministry, grounded in the belief that we are more effective when we serve together.
- Authentic relationships, demonstrated by growing friendships inside and outside our church family.
- A reliance on prayer, realizing that apart from God we can do nothing.
Are Not Ashamed
Awana equips local volunteers in churches around the world with Biblical evangelism and discipleship solutions so that today’s children may become tomorrow’s Christian leaders, in every aspect of society and culture. We are planning an AWANA ministry at Creekside on Wednesday nights for the 2020-2021 school year, offering some vital children’s ministry during this temporary Coronavirus impact. Here is how it will look for the fall semester.
Wednesday evening 60-minute time block for children in Sparks (K-2nd) and T&T (3rd-5th), who have registered to have an opportunity to connect with an AWANA leader via Face Time, to continue memorizing Scripture and advancing through their handbooks until we can meet again on-site.
How? By video conference over a common phone application available to a majority of our church and non-church population and families, such as Face-Time.
By whom? Leaders will only be available this one time block each week. Leaders will call the students, and kids will show leaders their handbook on video while they recite verses by memory. Leaders will report progress to Mary Kline.
Mary Kline will prepare handbooks for pick up at the Creekside office for new or advancing kids.
We will re-evaluate our situation later in the fall concerning potential on-site AWANA activities for the spring semester.
Children in grades K-5th grades and leaders, please register online using this link to enable us to assign leaders to children.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
If you are willing to spend 1 hour a week to help out an AWANA clubber please register here and we’ll reach out to you: https://creeksidedm.com/awanavolunteer
We hope to begin Wednesday, October 7th, but that start will be contingent on having an adequate number of volunteers. Any questions, please contact Ryan Carter. Thank you!
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
Small group Bible studies are a vital part of fulfilling our mission of “leading people everywhere to a devoted relationship with Jesus.” Our two main goals are to connect and change. We want to build relationships, and we want to grow our faith in knowledge and fruitful service. At least two studies are currently meeting at Creekside with appropriate precautions with respect to COVID-19.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 6:30-8:00
Ann Carter is leading a women’s group in a study of 2nd Peter. Child care will be provided as needed, using a rotating schedule of the women participating the study. Any questions, contact Ann Carter.
Alec Packer is heading up a men’s Bible study the book of Genesis. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Alec.
We offer a New Camper Scholarship as well as financial assistance to any child or teen to attend camp.
The camps listed below are a few that we are affiliated with, but there are other Christ-centered camps available.
A number of children, young people, and adults from Creekside attend Iowa Bible Camp the last full week in June each year. Teenagers and adults also attend IBC’s winter retreat the third weekend in January. These events are held on the grounds of the Twin Lakes Christian Center located between Rockwell City and Manson, Iowa. Iowa Bible Camp has provided solid Bible teaching and unmatched recreation opportunities for campers from Creekside and similar churches all across Iowa, eastern Nebraska and western Illinois for over 50 years. Contact Tom Baird or Chris Swanson with questions, or visit IowaBibleCamp.org.
Koronis Bible Camp provides a Bible-centered, spiritual get-away on the shores of Lake Koronis near Paynesville, MN. It is a ministry for your family and friends, offering a week of spiritual growth as well as fun and rest for every age. Koronis is four camps rolled into one. That’s what makes is so unique and valuable as a family ministry. Each camp group is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the different age groups. Adults can hear nationally known speakers, while kids and youth can be apart of a camp program tailored to their age group. For more information about Koronis, visit KoronisBibleCamp.com or contact Rod Clarkson or Kyle Clarkson.
Pine Lake offers a variety of summer camps and retreats, operating year round. Since 1957 thousands of children, youth and adults have had the time of their lives at Pine Lake. In those years over 1500 people have made a significant spiritual decision at camp, making this a meeting place with God. PLC serves a broad faith community, majoring on the core elements of Christian faith and life, as an outreach of the churches of the Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference. Pine Lake Camp is in Eldora, Iowa, located 45 minutes west of Waterloo, adjacent to Pine Lake State Park. Visit PineLakeCamps.org for more information.
Willowbrook is located at 4375 NE 38th Street in Des Moines. For 2019, Junior Camp is July 7-12, and Teen Camp is July 21-26 (arrive 3-5pm Sunday and depart 7-8pm Friday). The cost is $225, with an early registration rate of $200 (before June 1). If you bring a friend (non-sibling) who has never been to Willowbrook before, you both get a free t-shirt. For more information and registration, visit WillowbrookBibleCamp.org
In July of 2006, a 10-year-old girl named Vera Nyaen drowned in Gray’s Lake while playing in the water with her friends. She could not swim. Vera came to our church after immigrating from Liberia with her family 2 years earlier. Camp Vera began in response to this tragic accident. We decided that the best way to honor Vera’s life was to, in partnership with the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Dept, offer swimming lessons to immigrant children, including Vera’s brother. In addition to swim lessons, we provide lunch, a Bible lesson time, crafts, and free time to just socialize. Our goal is to prevent further tragedy by teaching them how to swim, as well as provide a few days of fun afternoons for the immigrant children God has placed in our midst. See Marge McKeever to see how you can be involved with Camp Vera.
COFFEE & ENCOURAGEMENT
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10:23-25
Women of all ages are invited to an informal 2 hour coffee and fellowship time, usually the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Conversing about an area of growth or reviewing some insights from God’s word or from a Christian book are all ways to mutually encourage one another. Some time in prayer ends out the morning. Not comfortable sharing? Come anyway and get to know some gals in a more casual setting (which is typically a home or coffee shop). Meeting time is 9:15-11:15 AM. COVID has forced an unpredictable schedule, so please contact Marla Smith and Debbie Short to learn when we are meeting next.
FOOD & SHELTER
LITTLE FREE PANTRY
As you may know, people in Urbandale and the surrounding communities are struggling with hunger and meeting personal care needs. What you may not know is that right here at Creekside we have been working with The Reserve On Walnut Creek Senior Living Community to lessen this problem. In our parking lot, there is a “Little Free Pantry” to assist those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Previously The Reserve was stocking the pantry solely from the donations from their residents. As the awareness of the Little Free Pantry has grown, so has the need. We are starting a new quarterly campaign to “Fill the Little Free Pantry”. Creekside will be collecting dry non-perishable food, personal care items, and paper products. To donate, simply place items in the paper bags located in the Creekside lobby. Monetary donations will also be accepted, simply note “Little Free Pantry” on your check and place it in the offering. Thank you!
JOPPA OUTREACH COLLECTION
We have also partnered with Joppa Outreach to assist the homeless in our area. Check back for opportunities here.
“And if you only greet your brothers, what are you doing more than others..?”
You know how good it makes you feel to walk into a new place where you are immediately welcomed and made to feel at home, or you’re on your second or third visit and are greeted warmly by name. You also probably know how it feels when this doesn’t happen. We have a team of “greeters” who simply extend a friendly welcome to people, particularly newcomers, who come into our 10:30 service. We need a few individuals who can be available around 10:00 and during the service to greet people, provide basic information about Creekside and possibly usher them to a seat if necessary. The Greeters Ministry is simple, doesn’t take a lot of effort or time, however, is probably one of the most important ministries in any church. Let Gretchen Fousek know if you can help out.
“…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Women’s Missionary Outreach is a ministry dedicated to informing it’s participants of missionary works abroad and to helping our missionaries monetarily and in other practical ways. We meet at least once monthly. “Work days” consist of projects ranging from quilt-making to putting together small prizes for children, all designed to benefit missions work. At WMO, prayer and business meetings, we hear from missionaries and pray for them as well as take care of other business, and we hold an annual Women’s Missionary Conference.
Another missions-minded focus is our Cross-Cultural Missions Team. We have sent a short-term (10 or 11 days) missions team to Haiti each Fall for several years. Contact Bob Vaughn for more information.
HAITI MISSIONS TRIP
With much prayer and contemplation, Ryan Carter and Norb and Karen Metzler have felt led by the Lord to travel to Pignon, Haiti, this year on September 30 through October 9, as part of the Haiti Creekside Missions team. We will miss many team members who have traveled with us in the past. This year we will focus on 3 areas of ministry:
1. Visiting families in the countryside and bringing food, basic necessities, and encouragement to these families.
2. Norb will be doing a 3 day seminar with a local church in the countryside.
3. Karen will be teaching classes at the hospital on basic women’s health and hygiene and distributing hygiene kits to the women.
We will also have opportunities to visit children in the schools that are part of Promise for Haiti’s ministry. We look forward with anticipation to the opportunities God has in store for us as we continue to build relationships with the people in Pignon. We pray our presence will be an encouragement to them! Please keep us in your prayers, we will need God’s protection for our health and safety and His guidance and wisdom for the opportunities He has for us to show God’s love and share the Gospel.
If you would like to support this year’s team financially, you can give a check to Creekside Church with “Haiti Missions Team” in the memo, or give on line at CreeksideDM.com/give. The funds we receive will help us to purchase food and supplies for people in the countryside, purchase Haitian Creole Bibles, pay for our translators, drivers and cooks, pay the MFI baggage weight fees for supplies we are bringing, (Bible story books, crayons, pencils, reading glasses, hygiene kits) and the printing of Bible seminar booklets.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21) We keep this verse before us as we continue to plan our trip. Thank you for your prayers for us!
“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”
If God has gifted you with talent in the area of music or audio tech, consider how you might fit into our worship team or sound crew. Talk to Alan Crim.
We’ve also recently started a youth music program. Any middle or high school students who can sing or play an instrument can contact Dakota Derr. Students gather for practice and develop a heart for worship through music toward the goal of occasionally taking part in music on Sunday morning or Wednesday night during youth gatherings.
Your kids are important to us.
We have re-opened a “nursery zone” where parents can take their young children during our 10:30 service. Parents should remain with their kids and ensure social distancing between families. In January, we hope to be able to re-open a nursery staffed with volunteers so that parents don’t have to remain in the nursery with their kids. In order to provide that, however, we will need volunteers—at least 2 per Sunday when needed—who are willing to facilitate extra COVID precautions needed to provide safe childcare, such as temperature screening prior to child check-in, the use of masks by volunteers, maintaining appropriate distancing, sanitization, and any other guidelines in place. If you’re willing and able to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. Thank you!
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock…”Acts 20:28
Because we want a safe place for you and your family at Creekside, we formed a team of individuals who are intentionally observant of people and surroundings with the goal of safety and security of our people. Contact Mike Johnson if you’d like to know more or be involved. To report a safety issue to the team, email email@example.com.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
As of July 26th, we’ve re-introduced Sunday School during our 10:30 service on July 25th at Creekside with some social distancing requirements. Outlined here are the guidelines we will be following.
SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
• Kids should be healthy and not experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19.
• Hand sanitizer on ledge by entrance so it’s available upon entrance and exit of upstairs room
• Space children out for lesson
• Parents will be directed to pick up their kids at the bottom of the stairwell on their way out. Parents please remain seated until directed to leave.
• Writing utensils will be distributed pre-class and not shared during activities.
• Creekside will not provide snacks. Any snacks brought from home are not to be shared.
• If needed, kids should bring their own water bottle to class.
• Masks are fine but not required at this time.
Hard surfaces will be wiped down (doorknobs, light switches, countertops, any writing utensils used).
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example…”
1 Timothy 4:12
“…in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Our teen ministry is divided into two groups: High school and Middle School. Both meet Wednesday nights (6:30-8:00) at Creekside during the school year for a time of games, worship, Biblical teaching. Both groups also do occasional social activities and service projects. We are currently not meeting in person but plan to resume in January 2021 with social distancing and other precautions. Contact Alan Crim, Mike Johnson or Brandon Short for more info.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord…”
We have many ministries geared for women for the cause of serving God and strengthening unity and fellowship among the women of our church as we serve together.
Contact Karen Metzler if you are interested in serving on one of the following committees.
- Care & Concern
- College Companions
- Food & Fellowship
- Special Events
- Spiritual Growth
- Women's Mentoring
Care & Concern coordinates bereavement dinners and flowers for funerals, home-delivered meals for new parents and the disabled, sending cards of cheer and encouragement to our college students (“College Companions”) and also our sick, injured and shut-ins.
College Companions coordinates the linking of men and women of Creekside with one of our college students in order to encourage them through correspondence (monthly calls, letters, packages, etc.) and pray for them daily.
Communication organizes phone calling tree in order to contact all listings in the Cornerstone directory with timely information about meeting cancellations, changes, deaths, etc. Also initiates a prayer chain to pray for specific requests.
Food & Fellowship provides refreshments and food preparation for Sunday morning breaks as well as other functions. Also provides accommodations and/or meals for visiting speakers or other special guests of Creekside.
Nursery serves the needs of mothers of small children at Creekside by scheduling nursery volunteers and regular clean up of nursery facilities. If you’re interested in serving in this ministry please contact Kari Brockman.
Special Events coordinates social events such as bridal/baby showers for Creekside members, “Ladies Time Out” events and the Women’s Annual Retreat.
Spiritual Growth plans and schedules ongoing Bible studies for women.
Our Women’s Ministry Program is based on Titus 2:3-5 which instructs the older women to disciple younger women in both one-on-one mentoring and group Bible studies.