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SERVICE & OUTREACH

Purpose: To identify and develop ways to serve our neighbors, our community, and the world and to help those in need.

Coffee Break strives to reach out to women seeking to know more about God's Word, and facilitate community among women of all ages. This study meets on Wednesday mornings and includes women from in our congregation and many from the community. Coffee Break also includes Little Lambs and Story Hour for preschool children. (more info)

Vacation Bible School (VBS) works to reach out to children of the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The churches in Pella all cooperate in this all-town event for one week in June. Each church hosts a different age group, Faith routinely hosting 3rd graders and usually hosts 90-100 kids. The congregation rallies around this outreach, volunteering in many ways to make VBS meaningful and fun for the kids.

Project Serve brings together those willing to serve God and encourage others in their faith by going out to serve in Jesus' name and working where there is a need. This team sends out two or three work teams each year to domestic and international locations. In recent years, mem- bers of Faith have served in Cary, Mississippi, Nicaragua, Honduras and Compton, California.

Backpack Program is a program that Faith supports, providing food to needy area school chil- dren. Healthy packaged food is sent home with specific children in backpacks for weekend use.

Kid's Hope is a program where adults mentor at-risk children, identified by teachers, from 3 community elementary schools. They aim to provide adult mentorship guidance and friendship. (more info)

Umbrella of Care encompasses several ways to serve at Faith. There are many ways members of Faith accel in service and this program helps them serve in areas where they are gifted. Whether it's home repair, car maintenance, food preparation and serving, visiting the elderly or sick, sending cards to church family members, there's a spot for all of Faith members to serve.

The Mission Team works to encourage the congregation to be personally involved with the missionaries we support and to encouraged them to be mission-minded. Opportunities include Project Angel Tree, Christian Reformed Home Missions, the Back to God Hour, and Pella Pro-Life.

COMMUNITY & GROWTH

Purpose: To challenge and help each other grow spiritually, to share our joys and sorrows with each other and assist in creating deep relationships and common purpose.

Daybreak Bible Study is a Bible study that meets every Tuesday morning at 6:15 AM helping women of all ages grow in the Word together. This group has members from in and outside the congregation.

The Fellowship Team works to provide Christian fellowship opportunities within the congregation. Some of the events routinely planned are the Fall Dinner, Pastor Appreciation lunch, the All-Church Picnic, game nights, senior citizen outings, and a graduation celebration for all graduates.

Friendship Bible Hour operates to help those with mental disabilities in their spiritual growth. This group of adults meets on Tuesday evenings for singing, Bible study, and fellowship. The group has members from Faith and other churches in the community.

The Prayer Chain works to encourage the congregation by supporting each other in prayer. It is a means used to circulate prayer requests or praises by email to all church members in a timely fashion.

The Prayer Team meets on Wednesday evenings to pray for our church and all of the groups meeting.

Small Group Ministries are in place to provide community within our congregation in a deeper way through relationships and "doing life together." These groups meet at times that work for each group and study Bible study material that is chosen by the group.

CHILDREN & YOUTH

Purpose: To create welcoming and encouraging ways to nurture the children of our church and community to love God and develop relationship with Jesus Christ.

Cadets helps grow boys spiritually, physically, mentally and socially through activities, projects and Bible lessons. It is a club for boy in grades 3-8 that meets every Wednesday evening. Faith's Cadets includes boys and leaders from Faith and other churches.

GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is a club for girls grades 3-8 that meets alternate Wednesday evenings. It's a group that encourages girls in their spiritial life, and includes girls from Faith and other churches. (more info)

Sunday School classes meet every Sunday morning after church for ages 4-adult. One Faith volunteer oversees the Sunday School curriculum and organization and works closely with Faith's Youth Director.

Faith Young People's is a youth group for teens in 9th-12th grades that meets Wednesday evenings for Bible study, service projects, fellowship and tons of fun! Through these activities the teens learn more about the Christian walk. Our youth group is led by our Youth Director and other adult leaders.