You and Your City: Confrontation [March 16]

You and Your City: Confrontation [March 16]

Here is the curriculum for the week of March 16. Our topic is “You and Your City: Confrontation” and our text is Acts 19:21-20:1.



  • Review your calendar for the next month. This week is Spring Break, March 17-21 and Easter is the week of April 14-20.
  • Fireside Chats–Your Elder will begin contacting you in the next couple of weeks to setup your Spring Fireside Chat sometime in April.
  • Utah Missions Trip–Are you planning your Summer? Consider going on a short-term mission experience to Utah. The dates for this year’s trip are June 16-23, and the cost is $400 per person. This includes all transportation, lodging, and most meals. This is also the official mission trip for FFC Youth (Jr. High and High School). This is a great opportunity for students to get missions experience at an affordable and safe location. For more information and to register, visit A deposit of $100 is due March 2 to hold your place on the charter bus. If you have any questions, please see Tom Urban or David Haines. If you have questions about the youth aspect of this trip, contact Kayla Nikkel (
  • YMCA Outreach–Every Saturday afternoon, various families and groups from First Family bring food to those staying at the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus in Downtown Des Moines. While sharing a meal, there are folks there to share the gospel with those eating. Tony Didlo coordinates this outreach, and is looking for families or Lighthouses willing to join him for a Saturday, help prepare a simple meal, and then take the food down to the YMCA Campus. You can plan on approximately four hours on a Saturday, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You meet here at First Family. For more information, please write YMCA on your Feedback Card or contact Tony at 419-3975 or
  • Outdoor Outreach Opportunities–Believe it or not, Spring is getting close, and it’s time to start planning this year’s outdoor outreach opportunities. Our first event is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Des Moines on Monday, March 17. Other events on the horizon include the Drake Relays Parade, the Pella Tulip Festival, the weekly Downtown Farmers Market, the Des Moines Art Festival, the Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, Ankeny Summerfest, and the Iowa State Fair. Training and outreach materials are provided. You can participate in one of these events or all of these events, the choice is yours! For more information, please write E-Team on your Feedback Card or contact Tony Didlo at 419-3975 or

Overview of this Lesson:

Few things in our lives can create divided interests for both Christians and non-Christians than money. Research studies into the various causes of divorce continue to list differences over finances as one of the leading causes.

In a perfect world, Christians would be immune from division over finances, but as any Christian will quickly tell you, money is often a dividing line within families and churches.

In this week’s lesson, we look at the conflict that arose in the city of Ephesus that erupted into a full blown riot. While the root cause at first glance may appear to be centered on the Ephesians’ devotion and worship of their god Diana, in truth, the root cause is money.

Started by the Silversmith’s Trade Union, the organizers use religion as a pretense to hide their real fear, which is that Christianity is cutting into their lucrative business of making and selling temple idols.

As you lead this week’s lesson, the application is simple–where Christian values and worldly values co-exists, there will be conflict. If there is no conflict, then–most likely–you will find compromised “Christian” values.

Sermon in a Sentence

“Confrontation with the culture is inevitable when there is spirit-driven transformation of character, not just an external protest of the culture.”

Upcoming Dates

Here are some upcoming dates that may affect Lighthouses this semester. Keep these on your radar.

  • Spring Break—March 17-21
  • Fireside Chats—April 1-30
  • Easter Experience—April 13-20
  • Easter Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—April 21
  • Mother’s Day—May 11
  • Graduation Sunday—May 18
  • Spring Lighthouse Season Ends—May 23
  • Labor Day Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—May 26

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