August 2022 Newsletter

Sunday Worship

10 AM

Sunday Fellowship

11 AM

Worship services will continue to be live streamed on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. You can either use the Facebook Link or the YouTube Link to see the live feed, or even worship a little later if you need to. Use the buttons below to choose which link fits your needs best. 

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Worship Series

'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

-Matthew 7:7-8

Whether you travel far away or see your local surroundings as if for the first time, pilgrimage has long been a spiritual practice, and "journey" a deeply-felt metaphor for our spiritual lives. "Quest" comes from the Latin root meaning "ask, seek". This four week worship series will encourage us to open ourselves more fully to the curiosity and wonder, reflection and transformation that travelers-not merely tourists-experience when they choose to immerse themselves in soul-widening adventures.

August 7

"Leaving Home" Exodus 13:17-22

August 14

"The Encounter" Parts of John 4:7-40

August 21

"The Reflection" Mark 9:38-41

August 28 "Returning Home" John 15:1-17

Worship Volunteer Schedule
Church Council Minutes May 2022
Google Calendar

Pastor Owen's Ponderings

“And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring;”

- Genesis 28:12-13, Jacob’s Ladder

“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me.”

– Kermit the Frog, The Muppet Movie

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.” – John Lennon,

Imagine in the bible dreams are important things! In them people find challenge, warning, revelation, vision, and transformation. Dreams guide and give identity. Dreams are important today as well. They can help us imagine what might be, remember what has been. They can guide, reveal, grant vision, and transform. Daydreaming is a pastime of children – I remember spending many a summer day with little to do, when my parents or babysitter thought I had watched too much TV and sent me outside to play, daydreaming – pondering what it would be like to be grown up and be able to go anywhere or do anything, pondering what I might do with untold riches, pondering grand adventures with me as the hero. Daydreams fed my imagination, but more than that, they were fun! They seemed to create an energy, a tingle of their own.

While I have grown up and realized that much of what I daydreamed about will not ever come true, I do like to think that in those daydreams the seeds were laid to what I have become. As an adult, I try to go places – to see new things and revisit old. I have even been to places I couldn’t have imagined as a child and they have a different meaning to me now than they would have then. I like to think that I have an adventurous spirit that has been enlivening and enlightening. And while I haven’t hit it rich in the lottery or a bag of money falling from the sky into my backyard, my life is enriched by other treasures: my family – especially watching my children grow and be active in things, the friendships that I have found, and the joy I find in being a minister and serving in ministry with Ankeny Christian Church and the region. For the past couple years it has been necessary in many aspects of our lives, and the church is no exception, for us to react. We have had to be nimble and change plans in such fashion that it has been a challenge to even make them – because we knew that whatever we dreamed up, the odds were that much of the work we put into them would be wasted. We’ve had to change times, places,

events at the last minute, and it has been grueling. It is not a lot of fun to have to be nimble all the time, ready to change and react, and it requires a lot of energy. We need the spark and energy of imagination. We need the guidance, revelation, and transformation that dreams can give us! It is time to dream, Ankeny Christian Church, to dream big dreams…to listen to those dreams and hear in them the voice of God.


Pastor Owen


Greetings Ankeny Christian Church!!

Now that I've had an opportunity to share some music with you in worship, I'd like to share a little bit of my vision. Just as Ankeny Christian Church's vision is POSITIVE PEOPLE DOING GOD'S WORK, it is my personal vision to "Change the lives of others through positive interactions." Musically, my vision is to "Change the lives of others through the art of music." I am blessed to have the opportunity to do God's work through my musical vision with you all.

I would really like to form a vision around how WE can DO GOD'S WORK THROUGH the art of MUSIC as a community. In order to build this vision together I have developed a small survey that I would love to have everyone fill out. This will help me get to know you.

You can find the survey here:

You don't have to be a musician to fill this out. You can be a part of the vision even if you aren't a praise leader, choir member, singer, instrumentalist, etc. Everyone is a child of God and everyone is a part of my vision, whether they know it or not.


Nate Green

Musical Director Ankeny Christian Church

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We will be celebrating the success of summer camp at the Christian Conference Center and the people from Ankeny Christian Church who helped make it happen and who attended.

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As Children, teachers, school administrators, and staff return to school we will bless backpacks, school supplies, and the children and adults themselves to have a good and safe year of learning.

Bring a backpack or school supply or something that symbolizes your role in school.

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Game Night and Ice Cream Social! August 27th from 5 PM to 8 PM.  Bring your favorite ice cream (store bought or homemade!) to share and come enjoy ice cream and games.  Toppings will be provided!  Bring your favorite game to play and share!

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Ankeny Christian Church (ACC) Covid Committee Update:

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated their covid recommendations due to a increase in transmission levels, hospitalizations, average daily cases as well as continued increase in vaccination levels specifically for Polk County.

The ACC covid committee continues to meet on a monthly basis monitoring and making recommendations in our ACC response based on information from the CDC and Polk County Health. With those meetings, we have recommended that we make some slight modifications to our services.

Communion servers will be required to continue wearing facemasks and gloves.

We continue to encourage members to not attend if they are not feeling well. Remember that we’re still in the influenza season as well as covid!

We continue to utilize air purification units in the fellowship and sanctuary areas.

We encourage vaccination, hand washing, and mask wearing if that is your comfort level.

Our on-line worship services will continue to be available for those who choose to attend in that manner.

Arnie Porath chair

July 28, 2022

Missions Committee:

It has become a tradition here at Ankeny Christian Church for us to participate in and have a big showing for Meals from the Heartland. The Missions Committee would like to challenge the congregation once again with this effort! The 15th Annual Hunger Fight will be held at HyVee Hall and transportation from the church will be available. Our time will be on Saturday, September 3rd sometime in the mid-morning or early afternoon. Look for signups online and in-person over the next few weeks! The funds and packaged food will go toward hunger needs created by the crisis in Ukraine. During August, our special offering will go to this effort.  

Church and Childcare Partners in Ministry:

Jesus told the disciples, "Let the little children come to me" (Mark 10:14b, NRSV)

As people of faith, Ankeny Christian Church provides space for children to be nurtured in faith and grow as children of God. One of the abiding means of doing this for 25 years has been the Ankeny Christian Child Care Center (ACCC), which serves 155 children from 127 families through a staff of about 35 adults. ACC has important responsibilities in ensuring the highest quality of childcare is provided for children and families. Several members of the congregation, along with Owen, are initiating, encouraging and participating in a renewed ministry of the church to ACCC. We began this deeper relationship by hosting a dinner to the childcare staff and families back in March. We are meeting with ACCC leadership to explore ways Owen can help childcare staff feel more at ease talking to children about faith and prayer.  Also to learn ways to support the needs of staff and show appreciation for the vital work they do every day in education and ministry, improve communication between the childcare center and the congregation, and grow in partnership.

This is an exciting time in our church. What could give greater hope for the future than to meet the needs of children? Look for more information to come, and opportunities to share and serve.

August Birthdays

3 Lori Krase-Cayton

Sarah Wright

8 Laura Dolley

13 Julie Garcia

     Alison Nicoll

14 Doreen Chatman

  Latisha Ukpabi

17 Tom Hanley

18 Jennifer Schroeder

24 Justin Schroeder

26 Suzette Hart

27 Bryan Jansen

29 Karen Rawson

August Anniversaries

1 Gladys & Jerry Sawyer

6 Jerry & Sue Woods

7 Lori Krase-Cayton & Owen Cayton

12 Ramon & Melissa Serrano

20 Karen & David Rawson

20 Latisha & Eleke Ukpabi

26 Tom & Sara Hanley

If you would like to continue (or begin) to contribute to the work of the church financially, you can mail in a check to 2506 SW 3rd Street Ankeny, Iowa 50023 or you can give online by clicking the link below.  There you can set up one time or recurring donations. 

Online Giving

Do you have a prayer request?

 If you have a prayer request, please email Laura at:

Current Office Staff:

Pastor Owen Cayton, Senior Minister

Nathan Green, Music Director

Kasey Romano, Office Manager

2022 Leadership


  • President: David Rawson
  • President Elect: Open
  • Past President, Chair Personnel Committee: Emily Porath
  • Treasurer: Jackie Black
  • Member at Large: Jennifer Koehler
  • Check Writer: John lee
  • Chair of PRC: Darin Leach
  • PRC Members: Sarah Wright; Terri Ostrem; Darin Leach; Randy Wehofer; Frank Prowant; Di Mathis
  • Nominating Committee: Annette Hunter; Rob Duffy; Lori Leach

Current Committee Chairs:

  • Christian Education: Cathy Helmke
  • Stewardship & Finance: Curt Narwold
  • Property: Tom Murphy
  • Worship: Karen Fausch
  • Social Life: Open
  • Evangelism: Open
  • Missions: Chuck Fausch
  • Endowment: Dorothy Mathis

Reminder: If you are not feeling well, please stay home and participate in worship online. The COVID task force would also like to encourage all of those who are eligible to get vaccinated.

Ankeny Christian Church

2506 SW 3rd Street

Ankeny, Iowa 50023


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