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Issue: August 2013
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Guest Contributors: Denise Cardos Administrative Assistant | Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa | Omaha Community Foundation Dan Hardcastle Pastor, Frontline Church
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Contents Do We Need Another Church? Pg 4 Endowment Iowa Celebrates 10 years Pg 11 Prepackaged Salad Mix Implicated in Recent Cyclospora Outbreak Pg 13
Do We Need Another Church? by Frontline Church
“How many churches do we need in Glenwood (or Mills County)?” “Don’t we have enough churches already?” “Why do we need more churches?” “Why don’t people just go to the ones we have?” These are good questions. So is “Why do so few people come?” and “Why are so many people who come not involved?” “How do we get young families to come?” Or, “Why doesn’t my husband (or teen) want to come?” Or, “Why don’t people understand how important church is?” More good questions which I’m not going to answer. I’m just going to briefly describe what I’ve learned in the last year planting Frontline Church. Only about one in six people around here go to church. That leaves nearly 13,000 who don’t. And many of those who do go head to Omaha or Council Bluffs each Sunday. I don’t know that percentage, but based on my own conversations with people, it’s a pretty big chunk…of obviously dedicated Christians who aren’t helping our churches reach the 13,000 for Christ. Please, don’t misunderstand me; I’m not knocking anyone for going to church in Omaha. I understand how hard it can be, and how important it is, to find a church that fits your Spiritual gift, talents, life, and passions. It’s just an observation about Mills County. It can be difficult for a person to feel they can be a part of a long-existing church, even a very loving and welcoming one. This next statistic is particularly troubling to me, because they’re not statistics! Nationally, and considering the above (1 of 6) circumstance for us, we can only expect about four percent of our youth to attend church when they get old enough to decide for themselves. That’s less than 100 for all of Glen-
wood. That can’t happen! Again, don’t get me wrong. Neither attending church nor any other good deeds we do make us right with God. But, Christians are equipped by the Holy Spirit to, collectively, be a vital part of His purpose here through His church. (First Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesian 4 give good descriptions of this.) Furthermore, studies are showing what many of our regular church-goers have already begun to recognize in their own churches… the numbers are even worse for men and our sons. Beginning at about the age of seven, boys start pulling away from church. Many moms can attest to this. As the boys grow older, many wives can attest that the “pulling away” never ends. People in our society may not like to hear this, but I’ll state it anyway—I’m a pastor; I get to say things all the time that people may not initially like. Dads on fire for Christ are vital if our children are going to accept God’s grace for salvation and lead God-centered lives as adults! The difference a dad makes is incredible. I’m not going to state the statistics… I strongly encourage you to look it up yourself. You’ll be shocked! All this is why we started Frontline Church. Essentially, we’re no different than any other Christian church. We believe in one God (Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit) who out of His perfect love for us, paid the ultimate sacrifice and ransom for our sins…the only way to reconcile us back to himself. Even though as sinners each one of us deserves the punishment of death, Jesus Christ died for our (everyone’s) sins and was raised, defeating both sin and death. This gift is for any of us who believe this and turn towards God as our Savior
existence, but each one should have a specific vision, plan, and strategy for how they can best achieve it. So, why Frontline Church? The name is a military term for the leading edge of a war. (It has nothing to do with fleas.) As with the situation of our youth described above, we feel we’re being placed on the frontlines of a battle that is, let’s face it, currently being lost. The Iwo Jima image with the raising of the Christian flag falls in that same vein and points to the seriousness of the times and our purpose. Christ is already ultimately victorious and the mission He gave us is to go forward (in love) and tell people the Good News about what God did for us through Crist. Consequently, our logo displays the offensive emblems, shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, from Ephesians 6 (armor of God). (“Offensive” like in football, not disgusting or nasty.) We, and the other Christian churches, must win the battle here. What makes Frontline Church different and relevant? First, we are starting from scratch… no traditions, no set ways, no control issues,
and (with a great deal of faith) not even a group of people. You could say a church for those who don’t like church, or at least, for those who haven’t found a church they like…kind of a church for the rest of us. Therefore, whoever chooses to join us, is us. Secondly, 90 percent of church happens outside the church building (but we do have a church service, Sundays at 10am at the YMCA). Have you ever heard someone say (or have you said), “I wish we had this around here.”? The Glenwood Middle School core fitness program (UltraCore Blast) and the Loess Hills Monster 10K/5K (plus biking this year) are examples of things we started because people in the community wanted them and helped us. A lot of good ideas for the community come and go because no one takes the lead in making them happen. At Frontline Church, we won’t hand out beers to teens hanging out on Friday night, but we’ll do pretty much anything else to benefit the people in Glenwood and Mills County. An explosiveness training site for youth, a mixed martial arts school, and Movie Night at the Amphitheater are
some ideas that are brewing right now. If you would like to help with any of these or have another good idea that fills a need or desire in the community, you could fit in real well with us, today. Besides eternal value, we believe a church should make a huge impact in their community. We also brought in and organized the Todd Becker Assembly for the Glenwood High School where about 130 teens committed to making good choices (and right before Prom). In the community, we also saw over 100 people accepted or re-dedicated their lives to Christ…remember and don’t misunderstand; we are first and foremost a church wholeheartedly about building the kingdom of God. Thirdly, when we outgrow the YMCA, we won’t build a church (building) that only gets used a few hours per week. We’ll build a sports center that’s only closed a few hours per week…something the whole county desperately needs. Where? We don’t know. Our lot is right on the Hwy 34 Glenwood off-ramp, but it’s probably too small (only four acres), so if anyone has a great idea… Lastly, we have a Zorb—a 10-ft ball you may have seen around town…if you don’t know what it is, there’s only one sure way to truly know…get strapped in and get pushed down a hill! If you’re worried about getting killed, you should come check out Frontline Church first and we’ll introduce you to God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Then, if by chance it should happen, well…what a way to go out! So, do we need another church around here? New churches are a great place to fit in with people
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ENDOW IOWA PROGRAM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS & LIMIT INCREASES Endow Iowa Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary
DES MOINES, IA – (July 29, 2013) The Endow Iowa program is celebrating its 10th anniversary with new tax credit limits recently signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad. During the past legislative session, the annual tax credit limit was raised from $4.5 million to $6 million per calendar year. In addition, wagering tax receipts are no longer used to fund the Endow Iowa Tax Credit. This provision took effect June 17, 2013, and applies retroactively to January 1, 2012 for both credits authorized and applications received on or after that date. “The tremendous impact the Endow Iowa program makes on Iowa communities speaks for itself,” said Governor Branstad. “I am pleased to be celebrating the program’s tenth anniversary and to support the increase in available tax credits for this great initiative.” The Endow Iowa Tax Credit is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for gifts made to a permanent endowment fund, established for the benefit of Iowa charitable causes, at a qualified community foundation. The program is utilized by a wide range of donors, with a majority of donations at the $1000 level or less. Benefits include keeping dollars in Iowa and assisting communities statewide. The tax credits can be claimed by individuals, businesses, or financial institutions. Since 2003, more than $115 million has been invested in community foundations through Endow Iowa, improving Iowa residents’ lives both now and for years to come. The program is administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in collaboration with and the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICoF). The ICoF is a membership organization of grantmaking foundations across Iowa with a mission of promoting philanthropy and effective grantmaking in the state. “Ten years ago, our state leaders had both the foresight and vision to recognize the potential of Endow Iowa as a tool to support our communities in perpetuity and keep wealth from leaving our state. On behalf of the Council and Iowa’s vibrant network of community foundations, we are grateful for their continued support,” said Jerry Mathiasen of the Iowa West Foundation and chair of the ICoF Board of Directors. For more information on the Endow Iowa program, visit http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/CommunityDevelopment/Philanthropic or http://www.iowacommunityfoundations.org/endow-iowa-tax-credits.aspx article submitted by Denise Cardos | Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa
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Prepackaged Salad Mix Implicated in Recent Cyclospora Outbreak
DES MOINES, IA (July 30, 2013) – A prepackaged salad mix has been implicated as the source of the cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 100 Iowans last month, the State’s top food inspector said today. Steven Mandernach, chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), said epidemiological data and food history interviews conducted with ill Iowans links a bagged salad mix with the foodborne illness. “The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska,” Mandernach said, adding: “Iowans should continue eating salads as the implicated prepackaged mix is no longer in the state’s food supply chain.”
Once epidemiological results from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was provided to DIA, the Department’s food inspection staff traced potential products through the food distribution and production system. DIA’s investigation found an exposure to a common prepackaged salad mix from a single source in approximately 80 percent of the cases. “Additionally, food histories are challenging as individuals do not always remember the foods eaten during the past several weeks,” Mandernach added. Compounding the State’s investigation was the fact that by the time the parasiticinduced illness was identified, most if not all of the suspect product was no longer on the shelves. “Because it can take more than a week for the first symptoms to appear after ingesting the contaminated food, there
wasn’t a product on the shelf to be examined for the parasite. As a result, most of the foodborne illness investigation focused on trying to trace-back suspected food products through the food chain,” Mandernach explained. The statewide investigation was conducted jointly by DIA, IDPH, the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL), local health departments, and officials in Nebraska who were investigating a related outbreak. Despite the challenges of the investigation, Mandernach said a number of successes were also recognized, including the initial detection of the cyclospora by the SHL technicians. “Additionally, the investigation was helped by the excellent communication and collaboration between the involved local, state, and federal agencies, and the cooperation of the public, medical providers, and the food industry,” he added. Iowa’s public health and regulatory agencies have been working for several years on improving the investigation process for foodborne illness. “We saw those efforts pay off during this investigation, as all the players worked together seamlessly to the betterment of the public,” the food inspector said. Mandernach noted that Iowa received a three-year cooperative grant in 2012 from the FDA to establish a Food and Feed Rapid Response Team. The Team includes not only those agencies involved in the cyclospora investigation, but integrates the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the FDA into the State’s investigative and response process. “Our goal, when investigating a foodborne illness, is to as quickly as possible identify the source of the outbreak and stop the spread. The Rapid Response Team assists in this effort by promoting coordination and communication among the various agencies, and making available dedicated staff that are focused on the early detection of potential foodborne illness,” he added. The State will continue to work closely with local health departments, other states, and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and FDA as the investigation moves forward. For the latest cyclospora outbreak information, go to http://www.idph. state.ia.us/EHI/Issue.aspx?issue=Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation. submitted by Mills County Public Health
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