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Friendship Center Meal Train

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Hello there!

Thank you so much for considering us! We are excited for this opportunity to meet you and have you serve our community. This is a great ministry for families, friends, neighborhoods, small groups, or sports teams. Anyone is welcome to serve with us! The Friendship Center is a faith based non profit community center. We are located in the heart of Des Moines, More specifically the Martin Luther King area. We offer many programs for our “friends” and community, from education, to fiances and more. The Friendship Center serves over 3,000 “friends” each year. All while sharing the good news of Jesus to Iowa.

One of our biggest ministries always in need is our meal programs. This is a great way to serve without a long term commitment. You can make this ministry fit into your schedule or season. We serve four meals to our community, newborns to elderly. No one is ever turned away.

“I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35

Meal times-

Monday- Dinner for the Youth Group at 4 pm (average 25)

Tuesday- Breakfast for the Community (average 30) at 9 am and Dinner for Kids Club (average 20) at 4 pm

Thursday- Dinner for Kids Club (average 20) at 4 pm

You are always welcome to use our full service kitchen. If you can not make it, we can serve your pre-made meal for you too.

We understand that sometimes cooking for that many people may be overwhelming, Listed here are some ideas.

* Bring a frozen meal and drop it off before, or meal prep a frozen meal to fill in when we have open spots.

* Order food to be delivered to the Center

* Pizza

* Breakfast for dinner

* Pastas

* Anything in a crock pot

* Soup

* Casseroles

* Easy kids meals ( Mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, cold meat sandwiches, hot dogs)

* Anything to be grilled in the warmer months (We have a grill on site!)

Listed below are the dates available. If you have any questions please reach out to me Ashton Haines at ashtonkempfhaines@gmail.com or my cell (515) 381-8618. We are so thankful for your partnership in loving and serving God’s people.

God Bless,

Ashton Haines

Program Director

Friendship Center

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Mental Health Support Class

Starting on Wednesday, May 8th from 6-8 pm, the Friendship Center will be hosting a seven-week Bible Study dealing with Anxiety and Depression by reading “When I am Afraid” by Edward T. Welch. Each participant will receive one copy. The class limit will be ten individuals. Each week we will discuss one chapter, talk about ways to handle Anxiety and pray together. If interested, please contact Joe at ministry@friendshipcenterdsm.org.

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Need an outreach opportunity in 2019?????

Sign up today as a Family, Small Group or Church Family to provide a meal at our Family Fun Nights in 2019!!!! You provide the meal, sides, and dessert and we will provide the rest!!! Come and share a 10 minute Bible devotion or highlight your local church!!!!!  Family Fun Nights start at 4 pm with a Bingo Tournament. Dinner starts at 5 pm and over by 6 pm. Great Community with fantastic people!!! Take this opportunity today by signing up on our volunteer page!!!

        • April 20th
          • Group: Karen Reese’s Family (Life Change Church)
        • May 25th
          • Group: Jerr Carr’s Family
        • June 29th
          • Group: Jimmy Lane’s small group from Cornerstone
        • July 27th
          • Group: Matthew Risberg’s Small Group from Soteria
        • August 31st
          • Group: Khoa Le’s Youth Group from Vietnamese Evangelical Church
        • September 28th
          • Group:
        • October 26th
          • Group: First Grace Baptist in Sheffield
        • November 30th
          • Group:
      • December 21st
        • Group:
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Sponsor our Teenagers for Winter Retreat 2019

 

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Disciples Teen Group will once again travel to Boone, Iowa and Seven Oaks for our annual Winter Retreat. Our group has grown to an average of 16 teenagers coming weekly to the Friendship Center, to play some games, share a meal and open God’s word together. For their faithfulness, hard work and add more unity, we will take them for two hours of snow tubing at Seven Oaks and buy them dinner. Would your family, small group or church family consider sponsoring one child at $25? The $25 will help cover snow tubing rental, dinner and provide winter apparel for those needing it.

If you would like to sponsor a child, please do so by January 28th.

Thank you,

Chris

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Thank you for supporting the Friendship Center

 

Merry Christmas and thank you for supporting the Friendship Center!!!!!

We had our annual Disciples Teen Group Movie Night on Monday, December 10th and took 15 teenagers to see “The Grinch” at the Altoona Movie Theaters. Chris, our leader, has done a fantastic job of reaching this community and giving the teenagers a safe place to hang out after school, complete a creation DVD series and share a weekly meal. The teenagers had a blast receiving popcorn and drinks while lounging out on the recliners. Some kids were so impressed that one said, “Even the bathrooms smell great here” while others tweeted out to their friends where they were and replied, “My friends are jealous of me.”

Our next trip will be to Boone, Iowa at Seven Oaks for our annual Snow Tubing Night. Each teenager will cost about $20 for two hours of snow tubing and their meal. If you would like to sponsor a child, please send your check to PO Box 41188, Des Moines, Iowa 50314. We could use your help to pay for 15+ teenagers to go snow tubing.

Thank you,

Joe Quick

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Adopt a Child for Christmas

Would you consider adopting one of our children for Christmas? We ask each adoptive parent spend up to $100 total for all three Christmas gifts. Each gift to be wrapped individually and with a nametag on them and please return all gifts by December 1st. We have 24 children that could use your blessing this Christmas. If interested, please email Joe at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org.

We are also in need of $25 Walmart Gift Cards that we will give each child to give to their parents for Christmas as well.

Thank you!!

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Shop on Amazon and Help Support the Center

 

Shop on Amazon? Sign into Smile.Amazon.com, and every time you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friendship Center.

Step 1: Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
Step 2: From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
Step3: Select a new charitable organization to support.

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Help us win 20K Grant

 

 

 

Please consider nominating the Friendship Center for this incredible grant opportunity. Help us secure our Future!!!! It takes 5 minutes to fill out the survey. Thank you

The Renewal Awards, a project from The Atlantic and Allstate, recognizes local organizations who are driving positive change in their communities—and helps them make an even bigger impact. In spring 2019, five winners will each receive a $20,000 award from Allstate, including the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award. Please complete and submit this nomination form by November 30, 2018.


To nominate the Friendship Center for this opportunity, click here.


If the link above does not work, copy and paste this address in your browser: https://therenewalawards.typeform.com/to/fAXLbR

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TRICK OR TREAT

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 27th at 4 pm!!!!!! The Friendship Center will be hosting our first annual Halloween Costume Party for both adults and children! We will start the evening with a Bingo Tournament, with the grand prize being a Wii System and games. Then we will have dinner provided by Londa Crigger’s Small Group from Soteria at 5 pm, and we will finish the night watching a kid-friendly movie at 6:30 pm.  Popcorn provided!!!!

For the best Halloween Costume, the winner will receive a $30 gift card. Please dress appropriately for an Adult and Kid-friendly party!!!!