Archive for August, 2010

>Status Update

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

>How are we doing?

Our vision is to be an energetic and growing church through our missional mindset and by our presence and ministry in the marketplace. We set out to not be an attractional church, as in, we would not do all the church programs that churched people like so we can draw churched people to our church. We want to read the 70% of the population that is not immediately interested in church. So, we’ve designed our ministry to connect with these folks. We have made a lot of friends who fit this description, but since these people at the present time and not ready for church, they are not attending our worship gatherings. I just counted the names on my prayer list. There are 26 people who I’m praying for, who hang out with us regularly at Ice Cream and Answers and most of whom I’ve shared the Gospel. There are about 25 others whose names I don’t know but I see and talk with often. This is just the people I’m talking with often. You have your groups who you’ve connected with and are sharing your lives with. (I’ve ended many sentences with a preposition, I’m sorry).

Bottom Line: We are doing well. We are seeing our vision become real.



Posted: August 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

>Dad is back home doing well.  The operation was a success.  Thanks so much to all of you for praying for him. – Jim

>Dad’s Operation

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

>I’m in Birmingham, Alabama this week with my father.  He is having an operation to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  Please pray for him.  Operation is Wednesday at 8.30AM.  Thanks. 

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

>Aug 6 and 7 are two very big days out at the mall.  It is Iowa Tax Free Days and the mall is busy with shoppers.  Ice Cream and Answers is expected to be very busy and we’ve lined up a motorcyle display for Sojourn.  I’m in Birmingham, Alabama on an emergency.  I’m very blessed to have to outstanding men who have jumped in to take care of business for me.  Darrell Payne has been with the church start since the beginning and is very skilled at giving away ice cream and relating to people.  Chuck Kizer is the Pastor of Ridgcrest Baptist Church and totally gets our vision and enjoys talking to people. I owe these two a lot for jumping in a running the show.  They are coordinating and setting up a motorcyle display in Sojourn AND out in the hall way of the mall.  Pretty cool.  Thanks, guys.