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Ashworth Coronavirus Official Response

Video Transcript Ashworth Family, The past few days have been a whirlwind of news reporting, closings, and cancelations surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Church staff and leadership have been in discussions over the past week in how we should respond and changes we need to make to keep our church family safe. Two very important things to remember during this time. One, Do not allow your fear to overcome your faith. These are scary times but our faith is in God…
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Deacon Nominations

Along with the addition of Elders to our leadership at Ashworth this year, we have also chosen to select and empower Deacons to serve and care for the families in the church. After prayer and discussion, the following individuals are nominated to serve as Deacons at Ashworth Church: Matthew Becker Janine Maynes Kim Runge Ilene Tuttle These Deacons (along with the Elders who have been nominated) will be voted on at a special business meeting tentatively scheduled for January 12,…
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Elder Nominations

One of the exciting changes this year at Ashworth is the addition of Elders to our leadership structure. This change allows us to empower our Deacons to care for the families in the church while the Elders tend to the mission, vision, and oversight of the church. After prayer and discussion, the following individuals are nominated to serve as Elders at Ashworth Church: Jude Ashwanth Don Peck Elizabeth Carman Suki Joseph Jerry Chapman All five individuals are either currently serving…

Welcome, Jordan!

As a part of our 2020 Ministry Plan and Budget presented in June, we shared our desire to add a new staff position in the area of worship to the church this ministry year. I am excited to announce that we have hired Jordan McDonald as our Worship Director. Jordan and his family have been a part of the Ashworth family and worship team since moving to Des Moines in August. Jordan comes to us with several years of experience…
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What to Expect

As you come to church week in and week out, you may notice minor changes here and there. Artwork in the coffee area gets changed depending on the season or special emphasis. The stage is modified now and then. A sign appears telling guests where to park. The kids’ check-in station is changed. While most of the time, we try to keep the changes to a minimum, in the coming weeks and months, more noticeable changes will be coming in…
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When You’re Finished Changing

Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” In January of this year, I wrote on this blog that 2019 would be a year of change for Ashworth Church. And it has. This year, we made changes to the leadership structure of the church and we changed denominations. These two changes were not small but will have a significant impact on our church in the future. As much as I would like to believe that we never have…

You’ve Been Lied To

No one likes to be lied to. Unfortunately, (and hopefully unintentionally) that may be what has happened with some messages you’ve heard from the church. In our excitement to be right and to please God, we have missed the heart behind God’s message to us. And we’re sorry about that!  Beginning Sunday, September 15, we’ll tackle some of the messages the church has to acknowledge weren’t fully true or weren’t presented in the same spirit that Jesus or the Bible…
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Vision and Leadership

Today marks the end of the ministry year. As we look forward to what the new ministry year holds, we pause to say Thank You to a couple of individuals who have served on our Leadership Council for the past three years. Donnie Moran and Don Peck have each served a three-year term as a deacon. Both of these men have been a huge asset to the staff team and also to our church. Their gifts and leadership have helped…
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Company is Coming

Did you know? Have you heard? Easter is THIS SUNDAY! We have spent the past six weeks encouraging you, reminding you, harassing you even, to invite family, friends, and neighbors to join you at Ashworth this Sunday. It is easy to forget why we would make such an effort to get as many people as we can here on Easter Sunday. It isn’t because I love to preach to a roomful of people. (If you know me, you know I…
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Who Will You Bring?

You’ve heard us talking about it a lot lately, but Easter is now just over a week away. We can continue to highlight how Google searches about religion, faith, and church increase during this time of year. We can also emphasize how people are extremely receptive to spiritual conversations and invitations to church services on Easter Sunday. But the one stat we can’t get away from is that 100% of people won’t join you for Easter at Ashworth if you…
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Stretching Past the Limit

As a pastor, it is always exciting to see new people come into the church, connect with those who have been a part of the church, and eventually, call Ashworth home. And over the past few years, we have seen this happen time and time again. As exciting as it is to see new faces at Ashworth, it does begin to present challenges we have to address if we wish to continue to be the same, loving, caring church we…