Ankeny Presbyterian Church
Address: 317 
SE Trilein Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021 Phone: 515-964-0264


AUGUST 2010 Encounter

    9:00 am Traditional Worship            
11:00 am Contemporary Worship


Please plan to join us for a

APC Family BBQ at the church

Sunday, August 8, 2010

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Message, Music and Fellowship

Hot Dogs and Ice Cream provided by your

Discipleship Team.

Please bring a side-dish, your lawn chair and a donation

for the Food Pantry.


For the Food Pantry

July’s food pantry collection was lower than normal.  So..for

August we are challenging every family to bring in 2 items

(or more). If each family brings in 2 or more items of food by August 15th, we can quadruple our July count.


Emergency Food Pantry—Most Needed Items

100% Juice (tomato, orange, or vegetable in a can or plastic bottle)

Fruit (canned in water or 100% juice, not in heavy syrup)

Vegetables (tomatoes, green beans, mixed vegetables, or

sweet potatoes, canned with no salt added)

Beans (dry or canned in water)      

Peanut butter

Meat (tuna or chicken canned in water)

Spaghetti sauce

Whole-grain dry pasta or egg noodles  

Brown rice (regular or instant)

Vegetable soup (low-sodium)

Whole grain crackers (wheat saltines)

Cereal (instant or regular oatmeal with no sugar added, whole grain

cheerios, wheat chex, wheaties, granola or shredded wheat)

Infant/baby formula

Diapers and baby wipes

Fresh whole grain bread items (with generous expiration dates)

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Personal products (shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene, toothpaste, or deodorant)

Youth Mission trip to Milwaukee

          Ten weary travelers returned from Milwaukee amid a lightning storm late

on July 23.  Though tired, the youth and their advisors had a successful 2010

mission trip.  We made great friends and had an awesome time serving God and

the citizens of Milwaukee.  The theme for this years trip was “More Jesus,

Less Me”, so we spent a lot of time trying to focus more on God and His ways and

less on ourselves.

We did some great work in Milwaukee! One of our work crews served at Scott

Christian Youth Center, an inner city organization that serves the poverty

stricken neighborhoods.  In the afternoon, this same group worked with children

at the Boys and Girls Club.  The other work crew spent most of their time at an

area assisted living/retirement home.  They made good friends there and learned

the importance of patience and kindness in the lives of these people.  One

afternoon, this group served for “The Gathering”, a Wednesday night meal that

is served in a poor neighborhood.  Though none of the Ankeny group had the

opportunity to use the work supplies donated by our congregation, the items

were put to good use!  We donated them to another ministry site called

Gingerbread Lane, a community with low-income housing and a community center.

A lot of on-going work needs to be done on the buildings so the supplies were much appreciated!

Thanks for supporting and praying for us as we embarked on this adventure!



Women’s Retreat

 “Handing Your Heart to God”

a retreat with the Psalms.

October 22 & 23

At the Christian Conference Center in Newton.


Women will participate in a weekend filled with faith, fun and fellowship.

Pre-retreat begins on Friday at 3:00 on:

Psalm 42—This is the Pits But it Gets Better!

Registration for the weekend starts Friday night from 4:30-6:30.  The retreat will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. 


What an opportunity to get closer to God and build relationships with other women.  Johnston Presbyterian women have been invited to join us.  Visit with participants from previous years—you will discover you don’t want to miss it this year!




If you are going to college or moving  away from home and would still like to keep

up with your church by getting the Encounter, please email the church office at with your address for the fall of 2010. These addresses will also be put on a list that will be available on the bulletin board. 


O.W.L.S. August Outing

The O.W.L.S. from APC and the O.K. club from Holy Trinity are planning a tour of

the Ankeny John Deere Plant on Thursday, August 19th.  O.W.L.S. will meet at 9:30 a.m. at APC to car pool to the plant.  The tour begins at 10:00 to noon.  There will not

be much walking as the tour will be mostly on trams around the plant.  Those who

would like to do lunch afterward will be meeting at Old Chicago which is on

Delaware south of the Oralabor intersection and on the right.  We must have a list of

those planning on the tour to provide to John Deere for security reasons, and we also

need to know how many want to do lunch for reservations at Old Chicago.  Please let

us know if you wish to attend either or both by Tuesday, August 10th.  Contact Sue

Nelson at or 964-1546 or Jacque Hansen at 963-8531.


Worship Ministry Team News

The worship ministry team at its June meeting studied a document titled

“Invitation to Christ, Font & Table” a guide to sacramental practices. The team approved putting 5 practices in our worship services, beginning in September.

The 5 practices are:

Set the font in full view of the congregation.

Open the font and fill it with water on every Lord’s Day.

Set cup and plate on the Lord’s Table on every Lord’s Day.

Lead appropriate portions of weekly worship from the font and from

the table.

Increase the number of Sundays on which the Lord’s Supper is


We believe these practices will add spiritual dimension to our worship and

deepen our understanding of our Sacramental Practices.

We invite the members of APC to study this with us. Copies of the “Invitation

to Christ” are available on the table in the fellowship hall for your study.


Sandy Wagener, Worship Elder


Presbyterians believe in being a “connected” denomination.  We support the “wider

church” while creating local faith communities.  One way we do this is financially,

through our per capita giving.  For each active member (including our confirmed

teens), APC  gives Presbytery/Synod/General Assembly (a portion goes to each)

$30 annually.  In 2010 this amount was more than $10,000 of our budget.  If you

would like to pay your family’s per capita, you are invited to designate a

contribution and place it in the offering.  Thanks to the members who have

already done so this year.  So far it has made a $2,000 difference to us! 

(Last year’s gifts totaled $2,800 and our goal is to exceed that this year). 

Thanks in advance for your generosity.   ------ The Finance Ministry


Fiesta Fund-Raiser

Sunday, August 29, 2010

3 – 7 p.m.

Silent Auction, Music & Tapas

Visit with Kathy and the Pastoral Team live via web cam


Des Moines Social Club, 1408 Locust St

(across from sculpture park in downtown Des Moines)


Tickets: $20 each available from Marcia McAdoo (ph. 964-5244)

~~ Proceeds support the work of Our Sister Parish in El Salvador ~~

Evening sponsored by Compaņeros



Good News from Corozal, El Salvador!


After many years of frustrations the land has finally been secured for the community center we have promised to fund for our partner community!  This is a tremendous step forward for Corozal, and they are anxious to proceed with their plans for construction.  Their next step will be to develop their building plans and create a budget for the project.  We currently have $9313.16 in our El Salvador Fund for the community center.  This money was raised through the APC cookbook sales, proceeds from our annual soup and pie fundraiser and your donations.  Other projects we have supported in Corozal since 2003 include the purchase of fertilizer for their crops, chairs for their community meetings, water filters, health supplies, and school supplies.


We’ll keep you updated on the construction progress and further costs and needs for the community center building.  Our next delegation to El Salvador will be November 8-14, 2010.  Contact Marcia McAdoo for more information ( or ph: 964-5244).


Don Justo Coffees in one-pound bags (regular roast, French roast or flavors), A Just Cup of Coffee Mugs, and APC cookbooks are all available from the coffee cart in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Marcia McAdoo (964-5244) with questions or special orders.


Order forms are on the coffee cart.


When entering the Church for any function (Sunday worship, Sunday school, Logos, committee meetings, etc.) grab your name tag and wear it!

CHILDREN WORSHIP BAGS Children Worship Bags are available for children during the worship hour.  Your child may tear out a picture or activity they chose to complete.  All other items should remain in the bag and be returned to the tree stand in the center sanctuary entrance.

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Ankeny Presbyterian Church
317 SE Trilein Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 964-0264

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