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January 2017
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Parenting Challenge

"Three New Year's Resolutions for Moms"
by Rhonda Stoppe

Click on the image below to find some resolutions that every mom and dad can make this new year.


Encouragement for a New Year
by Arthur Schoonveld

Scripture Reading — Joshua 1:1-9

"Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9


On the first day of a new year many of us wish each other a "Happy New Year!" But as we begin a new year, we need more than a hopeful greeting from the people around us. We need to listen to what God told Joshua about 3,400 years ago.

As Joshua was about to lead God's people into the promised land, he had reason to be afraid. He had an enormous task ahead of him, and he was well aware of the dangers that he and the people would soon be facing.

He needed God's encouragement.

A new year brings lots of questions: Will our health hold? Will our marriage last? Will I be able to hang on to my job? Will I get into the right school? Will I live to see the end of this year? Will the economy improve? Will there be a terrorist attack or some natural disaster that takes me or my loved ones?

The Creator of the universe comes to us and says, "Don't be afraid; don't be discouraged." What happens in this coming year is not left to chance. God is in charge, and he promises to stay close: "The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Many years later, the Lord Jesus made the same promise when he said, "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20). That's the reason we can wish each other a "Happy New Year!"


Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of a new year and for your promise to stay with us. We ask for your guidance and wisdom each day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Prayer Requests

Pray for swift and complete recovery for Central Iowa Administrative Assistant, Trisha Gray, as she recovers from her second hip replacement surgery in the past 6 weeks.

* Pray for Steve Sikkink as he takes over the reigns as the Central Iowa Area Director.

*Pray for Dave Turnball as he works to establish a State Board that will be working on having a greater FCA presence throughout Iowa and especially in those areas without current staff coverage.

*Pray for continued blessings of seeing new schools and communities organizing to establish new FCA huddles at the start of the New Year.

*Pray for the Drake coaches and administration and that God would continue to open doors for us to build relationships with coaches and athletes.

*Pray for all of our area coaches and huddles as they gear up for the spring semester.

*Pray that God will raise up huddle leaders for camp this summer as we start to recruit for this month for camp.


Pella Sports Camp
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July 10-14, 2017

Sports offered:

Boys:  Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field, Tennis

Girls:  Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field, Tennis, Volleyball

"I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith which is the Good News." Philippians 1:27

FCA Leadership Camp
July 28-30, 2017
Grades 10-12
University of Northwestern, St. Paul

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To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. 

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Des Moines, IA 50312

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