Dec
2
8:00 AM08:00

Gifts For Parents + More Christmas Giving Opportunities

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We will be helping with the Gifts for Parents (Dec. 2), a program that provides free gifts for low income children to give to significant adults in their lives. To contribute, you can:

 

1) Donate gifts.  Gifts should be new or gently used. Some ideas include: tools, kitchen items, Hawkeye items, wallets, flashlights, costume jewelry, but basically anything a child might like to give would be fine.  The only thing we can't accept are food and clothing. Gifts for men are always especially needed. Please bring them to the church in November and put them in the donation bin with the Gifts for Parents sign.

2) Volunteer.  Volunteer opportunities include: greeting families, escorting children to the gift room, assisting in the gift room, and helping wrap gifts on December 2, as well as behind the scenes support work in the days before. You can find details and sign up online by clicking here.

Also, the Kids Wing will sponsor a Mitten Tree in December, gathering kids hats, scarves, and mittens to help children stay warm this winter. Please keep us in mind as you shop for children's winter accessories! You can bring them to the church in December to decorate our tree.

If you have questions, please contact Judy McRoberts at judy@sanctuaryic.org.

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Jan
26
to Jan 27

Sanctuary Women's Retreat

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Sanctuary's Women's Retreat • Jan 26-27 • Hotel Renovo • Des Moines

Retreat with us to Des Moines where we'll make space to encounter God through worship, self-guided prayer and meditation stations, interactive discussions, and the beauty of just being with one another. 

Friday, 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday, 9:30am-5:00pm

Registration Cost:  
Before December 1st -- Early Bird $65 • Undergrad $45
Dec 1st and after -- Everyone, full price $75

Registration includes snacks, but does not cover meals. 

Please make your own hotel room reservations at www.hotelrenovo.com
Hotel room costs not included in registration. 

*Note: We are unable to authorize refunds for retreat registration cancellations after Dec 1st.
 

Register and Pay HERE

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Nov
19
12:15 PM12:15

Sanctuary Membership Class- November 19th

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We like to think of church as a great big party. And becoming a member at Sanctuary means committing to help host that party. Find out more at our next Membership Class on Sun. Nov. 19, 12:15-1:15 p.m. (following the second service.) The class covers our values, structure, service opportunities, and membership commitment.  This is a great opportunity to take the next step in joining - and hosting - the Sanctuary party. Lunch will be served as part of the class, and childcare is available upon reservation. RSVP to David and include information about childcare and any dietary needs or preferences (david@sanctuaryic.org).

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Nov
5
4:00 PM16:00

Trauma and Resilience Workshop - Nov. 5

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In conjunction with our current teaching series, we're offering a presentation and discussion on Trauma and Resilience for anyone who wants to go a little  deeper into understanding the effects of trauma and building resiliency.  The workshop will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 4-5:30 p.m. at the church and will be led by Sanctuary member Jan Powers whose background and research interests include trauma-informed practices.  RSVP's are required for attendance.  Childcare is available - please indicate that in your RSVP to phyllis@sanctuaryic.org.  

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Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Women's Breakfast

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Celebrate the beginning of fall with us at a Women’s Breakfast!  We know that juggling career or school, family, a social calendar, and all the required duties beyond basic self care can be daunting. Come hear how friends in the church are contending with the same challenges. We'll have great food, childcare, and time built in to pray and support one another. Sat, Sept 30th, 9:00-11:00 a.m Sign up here

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Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

Raising Race-Conscious Children

Led by Amy Kraber, Kids Pastor and Ali Borger Germann.  REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.

Children notice racial differences, and research suggests there are a number of good outcomes when parents talk to their children about race in healthy ways. How can parents do this well?  What are some things to say and not say?  Come to this 2-hr training session to learn - and practice - helpful conversations.  Pizza, fruit, and beverages will be served at 5:30 p.m. with training to follow.  Childcare will be provided during the training portion of the evening (starting at 6 p.m.).  REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  

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Sep
10
10:15 AM10:15

Small Group Fair

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Join us on Sunday, Sept. 10 in between Sunday services for our Small Group Fair, from 10:15-10:45 a.m.  This is a great chance to explore new groups, meet small group leaders, and sign up for a group.  And we're serving cinnamon rolls to sweeten the deal!  

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Aug
26
7:30 AM07:30

Northstar Men's Breakfast- Aug. 26

We’re glad to invite all men to our next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the church. Come enjoy free hot breakfast (and plenty of coffee), 2 engaging TED-style talks from Raesen Matutu on “My Immigration Story from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States” and Larry Meyer on “Finding Jesus in Prayer,” plus lively conversation to follow. RSVP by Aug. 22 to David (david@sanctuaryic.org).

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Aug
20
4:00 PM16:00

Baptism & Re-dedication Party!

Everyone is invited to our summer baptism and rededication party on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Rec Area. We will celebrate 5 (!) baptisms or rededications.  You can swim, play, or just hang out and enjoy good food and friends.  The church will provide sub sandwiches and beverages.  We ask that everyone brings a dish to share. Last names A-M bring a side dish; N-Z bring a dessert. Don’t forget chairs and blankets for a picnic. We hope to see you there!

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Party!

Everyone’s invited to a huge summer bash. Drinks, appetizers, games, campfire, & open swimming if you want.  Adults only (college age and up). Sunday, July 23, 7-9:30 p.m. at the home of Adey and Tom Wassink (4306 Pine Ridge Trl NE, Iowa City). Beverages and S’mores will be provided. Bring a fun food item to share. RSVP to phyllis@sanctuaryic.org.

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Jul
15
8:00 AM08:00

Habitat Build: July 15th

On Saturday July 15th, we’re joining Habitat for Humanity to participate in building a house.  Habitat is a nonprofit organization that works towards decent and affordable housing. We are looking for volunteers (ages 16 and older) for either the morning session (8 am-noon), the afternoon (1-5 pm) or both. To sign up, email Judy McRoberts (judy@sanctuaryic.org), or sign up on one of the clipboards at church on Sunday, June 18.

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May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Couples Seminar

Practical Exercises for Nurturing Love, Trust, and Vulnerability

Making time to nurture our marriages in the midst of busy lives can be hard, so we've created an evening designed to give you and your partner time to practice some healthy communication strategies.  While we wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of community and love a great social outing, this evening is geared toward you and your partner having time to work alone through the exercises.

Childcare is available, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot for your children.  

Sign up using the form below.  Questions?  Contact beth.faga@gmail.com

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May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Special Class: The Construction of Masculinity in Society

North Star Men's Ministry is glad to invite anyone interested in this topic to the first of a three-part series beginning on Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8:00 pm at the church. We will be watching the documentary The Mask You Live In (directed byJennifer Siebel Newsom) to facilitate the discussion-time that follows. At the first meeting, we will identify the false masculinity often reinforced by phrases like “Be a man” and discuss how these social pressures impact our lives. Our goal is to reconstruct a more viable masculinity in light of our faith, spiritual community, and relationship with Jesus. We think this series will be especially meaningful for families with young boys. The second and third meetings will occur on May 9 and May 16 (same time/same place).

RSVP to Jordan Grimm, jgrimm@vanmeterinc.com 

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Apr
30
12:30 PM12:30

K-12 Educators' Lunch

We are thrilled to have so many educators who call Sanctuary home! We know that education is pivotal in our community and that many of you are asking the same questions and struggling with the same issues. So, let’s do lunch! Join us Sunday, April 30 at 12:30pm at the Wassink’s for food and a chat about current issues relating to education. RSVP to phyllis@sanctuaryic.org.

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Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Graze Spring Social

Ladies, join us for this relaxed and welcoming social event where you can get to know the women at Sanctuary. There will be food, drinks and great conversation! Location: Tru Salon in the building right next to Sanctuary. Bring a friend!

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Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

Good Friday Service, April 14 @ 6:30 pm

Good Friday is the annual remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion. We mark this important date through a worship service that includes scripture readings, music, and imagery. As we contemplate Jesus’ suffering, we are drawn more into God’s fullness. This is one of the most important special worship services all year that brings the Lenten season to its climax. Please join us.  Childcare is available, but we ask that you RSVP to Amy Kraber to reserve a spot (amyk@sanctuaryic).

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Apr
9
10:15 AM10:15

Newcomers Welcome Event

Newer to Sanctuary? Have questions about who we are or how to get connected? Great! Join us Sunday, April 9 between the Sunday services (10:15-10:35) for an informal meet-and-greet with several members of our Sanctuary Staff. (There will be doughnuts!)

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