Bible Study

Bible study is central to a life of faith.

Currently, we have three Bible study groups to whet your appetite for God’s word and develop a stronger understanding of what God has in mind for His people. One meets on Sunday mornings during the education hour (9–10:00 a.m.) and the other two meet weekly on Wednesdays, one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 6:00 p.m. If you should have any questions about either, please contact the church office by email or at 515-279-3658. We look forward to meeting you!

Sunday Mornings Adult Education Class

UNPACK Sunday’s – 9:00 a.m., in the Fireside Room

In February, we’ll look at these topics.

  • February 2 & 23 – Celebrating the Centennial: The Role of Religion in Women’s Suffrage. You may already be aware that 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.
  • February 9 – Rev. Annika Lister Stroope will join the Adult Education class via video call from Our Sister Parish in Berlín, Usulutan, El Salvador.
  • February 16 – Hear about what is happening in the Des Moines Presbytery from Amgad Beblawi, new interim executive presbyter.


This class is facilitated by Central’s Parish Associate Rev. Annika Lister Stroope.


What We Believe Bible Class

Wednesday evenings, 6:00–7:00 p.m., Room 202 (begins November 6, meets weekly throughout  Fall/Winter 2019–2020) Click image at right for weekly schedule.

Join us for a new Bible class on Wednesday evenings, January 8 through May 20, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The class is facilitated by Central’s Seminary Intern Sheryl Puderbaugh.

Do you have questions about your faith? Perhaps you have doubts or even disagree with what you think Christians believe? This new Wednesday class, titled What We Believe, will explore the foundational beliefs of our faith.

If you have children attending our Wednesday LOGOS program, this is a chance for parents to gather and learn as well. If you come to choir rehearsal, come early and join in our discussion.


Bible Study on 10 Commandments

Wednesday mornings, 10:00 a.m., Room 112 (begins September 10, meets weekly throughout the 2019–2020 program year)

Facilitated by Sue Heggen, 515-222-5626, this group will be studying the 2019—20 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible study, Love Carved in Stone, written by Amy Poling Sutherlun. Love Carved in Stone is a study that may truly reframe the way you look at and live in the world.


Keeping God central in our hearts and minds is a loving response to our loving God. God calls us into deep relationship with God, which requires our fidelity. The second of the ten Words asks us—for our sake—to extinguish our desire to grasp or contain God.

Food for Thought

“Putting God first is easy when the choice is between God and something we don’t like or care about. It is hard when putting God first comes into conflict with our other loves.” What are your “other loves”? How does keeping God first in your life ultimately bring joy to you? How about your “other loves”?

Notable quote from Love Carved in Stone

“The Words remind us that the life of God’s people is always relational, always communal, always with and for others. God’s outreach to us with the boundaries we need to live lives of joy and promise is not quaint and of another age. The Words are eternal. This is who God is and what God desires.”

This group usually meets from September to May – taking a break during the summer months.