2019 Luncheons
2018 Luncheons

AugUST 8th Luncheon

Becky Starmer

Growing A Relationship

You can't grow any relationship without communication. Our relationship with God is no different. Talking to God is so important and yet so many Christians struggle with how to pray, including me. We are blessed to have multiple examples in scripture on how to pray and Jesus gave us very clear direction on how we should pray. I have been examining my own prayer life. In sharing my journey, I hope you will be a blessed.

Based on the foundational truths found in Matthew 6:5-15: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

About the Speaker

Becky is a lifelong Des Moines native who grew up on the north side of town. Her father owned a construction company but was also the associate pastor at the small Assembly of God Church the family attended. After high school she joined the Air Force as a vocalist and spent 4 years at Offutt AFB. "Join the Air Force and see the mid-west", is her motto.

After the Air Force she returned to Des Moines and joined the Iowa Air National Guard where she worked as a substance abuse counselor as well as an advocate for sexual assault/harassment and investigator for discrimination complaints.

While serving in the guard she attended DMACC and studied substance abuse counseling and social work. She then transferred to Grand View College where she received her degree in secondary education, certified in speech, theatre and psychology. She also has 3 Community College of the Air Force Associates Degrees in Information Management, Human Services and Human Resource Management and is a graduate of the Senior Non Commissioned Officer Academy and The First Sergeant Academy. She has worked as a choir/drama director at Fort Des Moines Open Bible and Director of Christian Education at Park Ave Presbyterian. She was employed with the Drama departments at Lincoln and Roosevelt High Schools.

In 2004 she went from being a drill status guardsmen (weekend warrior) to work full time for the 132d Wing. She currently is the Branch Chief for the communications flight plans and resources branch. In addition to her job she continues to volunteer as an advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military. She also volunteers time with the base chaplain's corps. She has worked with the Adam C Medina Foundation since its start in 2005. As of 1 October 2019 she will officially retire from the Iowa Air National Guard.

She and Russ, her husband of 26 years live on the south side of Des Moines. They have a blended family of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 5 grandchildren (2 girls and 3 boys) and their beloved chocolate lab Riley.

Two of her favorite scriptures are Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and all are called according to his purpose. And Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Join us for a message that is sure to encourage your heart.

Luncheon Menu

Entree: Best Ever Taco Salad
Bread: Buns
Bars or Cookies
Beverage: Coke, Diet Coke, and Water
Luncheon options:
Have us serve you lunch or bring your own lunch
(No Reservations Required)
Charge for Luncheon:
Your free will offering is greatly appreciated as it helps us meet our monthly fixed costs.