Be a blessing this Thanksgiving by Setting the Table for a family in Black Hawk County. Cedar Falls Campus will be partnering with PLC Influence Partner, Northeast Iowa Food Bank to set the table with a Thanksgiving meal for families in our community. Grab a bag and card with items to pack in the lobby beginning THIS WEEKEND! Filled bags will be due back on November 16th.
Prayerfully consider how you can go deeper with Setting the Table by including others as you set your own table this Thanksgiving. Join us this Thanksgiving by living on mission by inviting and including others and being a blessing.
This weekend Pastor John is kicking off our Psalm 23 sermon series. We have a lot of impressive art work displayed in the lobby highlighting Psalm 23, so make sure you're here to hear the message and check out the display.
This morning we delivered the first group of Operation Christmas Child boxes to our local Samaritan's Purse representative to make room for all the boxes you'll be bringing back this weekend. Next Tuesday, October 7, is the last day to return your filled boxes to the church, which means this is the last weekend to bring them back. If you picked up a box (or two) and haven't gotten to fill it yet, now's the time!
Tuesday is also the night of our next Membership Class. If you'd like to become a Member at PLC, or if you're just curious to learn a little more about the church, this is a great opportunity for you. You can sign up for the class here.
See you this weekend!
Well not quite everything, but almost everything will look a little different this week. FX and Kidventure will be joining together for an Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing night.
Kids will still bring their parents.
There is still going to be a lot of fun.
There will still be a family meal at 5:00 p.m.
AND the worlds greatest Scottish rapper will be making a video appearance!!!
But the rest is a bit different.
We will start at 6:15 instead of 6:30.
Instead of hanging out in the Worship Center, we are going to gather for about 15 minutes and then head out to purchase items for an Operation Christmas Child packing night.
Then we'll come back together for a few minutes at the end of the night.
This is a great opportunity for us, as families, to be a blessing together. If you remember, the three practices of being a follower of Jesus we are all working to take steps in around PLC are Learn, Include, and Bless. Learn happens every week as we dig into the Bible and apply it to our lives through life apps. FX is also a great opportunity to open the door to including others in our lives...it's an invite step for us with our friends and neighbors. But Bless is one of those areas that can be hard to all jump in together an do. We are excited for this chance to gather our families and demonstrate God's loves with no strings attached.
See you Wednesday. Get there early, and get ready to have some fun while you Bless!
Starting on September 8, we'll be kicking off our classes for the Fall. We'll be offering Financial Peace University, GriefShare, and a Transformation Group (for those struggling with addiction).
For the first time we are offering a class for guys specifically called Stepping Up.
The goal of this class is to unpack what biblical manhood looks like and what it means to be a godly courageous man in today's world. You can learn more about this study on their website.
The group will be meeting in the Chapel here at the church for 12 weeks, and materials will cost $15. It is a "men only" class, but men of every age are welcome.
If you've ever thought about taking a class here at PLC, now is a great time to take the plunge and jump in! You can follow this link to sign up for any of our classes.
I don't know about you, but this week has started to feel a bit more "normal." School is back in session. Falls sports and activities are kicking off again. And, some of our ministries are starting back up after a few months off.
So here are some things you need to know:
See you this weekend!
Starting next Thursday students will be moving on to UNI's campus for the new school year. I've been told that UNI doesn't usually invite outside organizations to help with Move-In Weekend, but they let us give it a try last year. It went so well, that they've invited us back again this year! If you've already signed up to help, I'm looking forward to seeing you there. If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Head over to this page on the PLC website to let us know how you can help and when you can be there. There are literally things for everyone to do. You can greet families, direct parking lot traffic, or if you're a Cross Fit/Roc Fit/Next Level kind of guy or gal (or not) you can help carry lofts and boxes up to the dorm rooms with me.
Let's be a blessing to as many UNI students as we can next weekend!
I felt kind of bad last night. Twice I've joked about firing Dan Olsen for Christmas music related issues. Lots of people read those blogs for some reason! If you missed the most recent post, you can check it out here.
To make up for that post, here are the top 3 reasons I really don't want to fire Dan:
Plus, he's a Broncos fan and I'm pretty sure Pastor John wouldn't let me fire a Broncos fan...ever.
Dan Olsen almost lost his job last October when he played Christmas music in the lobby. October is way too early for Christmas music, even if it was snowing!! Well, it's happening again, but this time I can't even threaten to fire him because it's part of the weekend plan. He claims it's not his idea or his fault, but I am still going to blame him. On top of that, I had to do one of my other least favorite things...set up a Christmas tree! So yes, we are wrapping up our summer series, The Plan, by having Christmas in August. Come to a service this weekend and we'll explain why.
I guess I'll just embrace it. In the spirit of the "season", we got a couple nice gifts this week...
Unfortunately this is the second time this summer we've had to announce we are saying goodbye to one of our staff. This time it's Kyle Thomas, one of our Student Ministry Coordinators. These are never easy, but I know and trust completely that Kyle and Jill have been seeking God and this is the next step God has for them. Rather than me trying to describe the journey God has had them on, here is the info, straight from Kyle himself:
Over the past year, I’ve been on an interesting journey with God. He’s been building up a risky wrestle within me, and some of the truths I’ve been learning in this wrestle have been the same truths I’ve had the privilege to teach on lately. 1. God positions us for maximum impact. 2. We can live authentic lives with God.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Through this journey with God and after taking one scary step of obedience at a time, He has been clear that the Thomas family will be moving to the Des Moines area. This process has required an authenticity with God that I’ve never experienced in my relationship with Him so far (which has been so cool), and I trust God is perfectly positioning the Thomas family for maximum impact.
I’ve been in the Cedar Valley for eight years and on staff at PLC for five and I’ve loved every moment! Leaving the Cedar Valley will be hard, leaving PLC will be hard and leaving so many people I love and care for will be extra hard. I’m certain of God’s call, and I long to faithfully keep in step with Him.
Here are a few questions you may have:
What will you be doing?
I’ll be working for a real estate service group in Ames. I’ll be learning the industry and putting my skills and passions for real estate and construction to work. I haven’t lost my heart for the Church or youth and that makes me excited to connect, serve and lead in the Church as a lay leader. My wife, Jill, will be working as a counselor in Urbandale at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Des Moines area is also closer to family for both Jill and me, so we’re excited to have greater access to them as well!
Are you hiring someone new?
PLC will be hiring a new Student Ministries Coordinator. The job description will be posted on the PLC website soon. We’re hoping to have the position filled quickly, so we ask that you be praying with us for the right person!
What does this mean for me?
Get ready for a great year at theRock and theRoad! We’ll be kicking off theRock and theRoad Wednesday, August 27. Come ready to connect with awesome people, take next steps with Jesus and make theRock and theRoad a great place for your friends to encounter Jesus!
This can’t be good, can it?
This is so good! It might be hard, but it is good. I’m so excited for this next season both in my life and at theRock and theRoad! How cool that God is inviting YOU to join Him as a part of this transition in His Church. Keep journeying with Him. Keep in step with His Spirit!
If you have any questions, I’ll be more than glad to give an answer. I’ll be working through the transition and would love to connect!
- Kyle Thomas