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Sign Up for Toiletries Donations

***With our attendance increasing dramatically in 2018, our monthly supplies of toiletries runs out very quickly. Would you consider collecting toiletries for a month in 2018-2019? The center will come and pick up donations on the last day of the month, and all donations are tax deductible. If interested, please email Joe at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org. ****


  1. October 2018
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  2. November 2018
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  3. December 2018:
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  4. January 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  5. February 2019
    1. Church Group:  New Bridge Church
  6. March 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  7. April 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  8. May 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  9. June 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  10. July 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  11. August 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  12. September 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  13. October 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
  14. November 2019
    1. Church Group:  Group Needed
  15. December 2019
    1. Church Group: Group Needed
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Fall Activities at the Center

Starting, Monday, September 10th, all fall activities will resume at the Friendship Center.  Activities include Monday’s Disciples Teen Group from 3:45-5 pm and English as a Second Language Classes from 5 to 6 pm.  Tuesday with Community Breakfast & Diapers giveaway from 9 to 10:30 am and After-School Kids Club from 3 to 4:30 pm. Wednesday with Ruby Van Meter from 9 to 11 am and After-School Kids Club from 2 to 3:15 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Joe at 515.244.1701.

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Back 2 School Supplies Giveaway


Please join us on Saturday, August 25th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm for our Back 2 School Supplies Giveaway night. We have over 90 school backpacks filled with school supplies for Elementary, Middle School and High School Students, along with bibles in each bag. Grandview Chrisitan Middle School football team will be handing out the bags to the community, and New Bridge Church will be providing the meal. Free to all.

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2018 Friendship Center Basketball Camp

Register Today for the 2018 Friendship Center Basketball Camp at John R. Grubb YMCA during July 23 through Friday, July 27 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This basketball camp is for grades K-5 Boys and Girls. Each athlete will receive their own basketball, T-shirt, water bottle, and award poster.  Upward basketball camp focuses on character development, drills, & gameplay skills training. If interested, please contact Joe Quick at 515-244-1701 or email him at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org by July 15th.

Cost of camp: FREE OF CHARGE!!!!!

Special Thank you to the Wilkinson Family for sponsoring this event.

***To register for the camp, please print and mail below this registration form to ***

***1526 MLK Jr Pkway, Des Moines, IA 50314. ***


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Financial Peace University

Thank you to the members of the Friendship 100 and supporting churches for allowing us to offer this 9-week Financial Peace University class free to the public. Starts May 16th from 6 to 7:30 pm and ends July 18th.

Last day to register for this class is April 25th. Spots are filling quickly, so please do not wait. Email Joe at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org to register!!!

The class will be presented by Jeff Jergens, an LPL Financial Planner with Five Talents Financial Management Group.

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Food Pantry & Family Fun Night Dates for 2018






BINGO TOURNAMENT at 4 PM, DINNER at 5 PM, and MOVIE at 6:30 PM (Summer Months Only)

  1. March 31st- hosted by Sara Struble-Osterloh Group
  2. April 21st- hosted by Dianna Sparks’s Sunday School Group
  3. May 26th (Movie Night)- hosted by Jared Segerstrom’s Small Group
  4. June 23rd (Movie Night- “I can only Imagine”)- hosted by Jene Knicely’s Small Group
  5. July 28th (Movie Night-“Inside Out”)- hosted by Matthew Risberg’s Small Group
  6. August 25th (Movie Night-“God’s Not Dead”)- hosted by New Bridge Church
  7. September 29th (Movie Night-“Cars 3”)- hosted by Van Meter Baptist Church
  8. October 27th (Halloween party) hosted by Londa Crigger’s Small Group
  9. November 17th (Thanksgiving Dinner)- hosted by Nick Harsh’s Small Group
  10. December 15th (Christmas Dinner)- hosted by Aaron Pal’s Small Group
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Facebook Invitation

146! Since November 1st, the Friendship Center has welcomed 146 new individuals to the center’s ministry. Thank you!!! The Center would like to invite all 546 facebook followers to consider joining the Friendship Center’s 100 for the 2018 Calender year. What is the Friendship Center 100?

The Friendship Center 100 is a group of 100 people who care about the Friendship Center and desire to see its ministries significantly impact the surrounding community. The basic structure of the Friendship Center 100 is that each member commits to an annual term of partnership in which they will be invited to quarterly events and will be expected to contribute $100-$150 each quarter.

For those that choose to support the Center in 2018, the center would like to offer you a Thank you gift. Each new supporter that commits to one year of support will receive a FREE Friendship Center T-Shirt, 5 Inspiring Films from the Kendrick Brothers and an ESV Bible.

Those interested, please contact the center at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org and be signed up TODAY!!!!!

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Christmas Season/First Month Recap

Good Afternoon FBC Family and Friends,

We have our Food Distribution this Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. All other activities from the center are closed until January 8th. During the break, I will be working on painting, organizing the diaper room, making Kids Club changes and schedule and reaching out to “The 100” on our first meeting in February 2018. If you have any suggestions on types of ministries the center could be involved in 2018, please send your suggestions to ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org. Here is a quick update on the ministries happening at the Center.

Kids Club (Avg 40 + for combined both days)
Had their Christmas party this past week and it was a joy to be a part of. Had some quirks that will be worked out before next year but overall a fantastic experience. Thank you, FBC family. We also had the Christmas brunch on Saturday and was filled at times. ***Side note, people, love popcorn*** Must have gone through 30+ bags of popcorn that day. It was a great blessing and thankful to the volunteers who showed up, made blankets and bought Walmart gift cards to be handed out.

Disciples Youth Group(Avg 13 kids):
Is moving to Friday’s in 2018. If you would like to volunteer to bring a meal, please email Chris at disciples@friendshipbaptistcenter.org and he will put you on the schedule. Disciples Youth Group will have its winter retreat at Seven Oaks on February 9, 2018.  Cost is $13 per student for 2 hours of snow tubing and $6 for each additional hour. If you would like to sponsor a child for this winter retreat, please write “Disciples Retreat” on the For line of the check. The center will pay for any child who is not sponsored, and for renting a van to get to Boone, Iowa. Also, looking for a Fall Retreat for the Disciples Group. So if you know of any camps or places we could take them too, please let Chris know.

Building Updates:
We now have ADT for the security of our building. As of this morning, a local non-profit was broken into and items stolen from their place. The FBC has offered to donate money for their repairs if needed. Have not heard back from them. So if you volunteer at the center and have a key, please call me before entering the Center so you won’t be visited by Des Moines’s finest!!!! My cell number is 515.729.3267

We are changing the Front Door entry and will be receiving a new door and entrance in January. We have been having issues lately with securing the door and will change the way it is swung. Please use the Front door for entering the Center.

Thank you for a fantastic month and a half here at the center, and I look forward to working with you all in 2018. If you have not donated in the fourth quarter, please consider doing so.



Merry Christmas,

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Christmas Time at the Friendship Center!

Christmas is almost here!! If you would like to help the Friendship Center here are some options.

The children and youth that come to the after-school programs are “adopted out” and fill out a wish list. These children and youth will also invite the family members living in their house to come to a Christmas Brunch.  Those children and youth who come to the brunch and have not already been “adopted out” will receive a Walmart gift card.

If you want to help us this year you will have two options:

(1)  adopt a child by calling us at 244-1701 for a specific child/children for their exact wish list or email us at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org


(2)  buy a Walmart $25.00 gift card for the Christmas Brunch on Dec. 16th.

The deadline for all gifts is December 4th!!!

We need around 40 gift cards and 30 children and youth to be sponsored!

If you choose to buy for a specific child, we ask that you get what is on the list spending approximately $75 per child. They will select items from the following three categories: 2 pieces of clothing, shoes and something fun. We will send you their “wish” list with their sizes listed.

*Please do not wrap items.

*Place unwrapped items in a gift bag.

*Place the child’s name on the bag.

*Include a detailed list of each piece purchased.

Thanks for all your help!!!

In many cases this is the only Christmas present these children will receive.

Each year we hope to build on positive Christmas traditions and memories – these gifts help us do that.  Thanks for your help in this significant and tangible way to show God’s love.