Denver Days- Praise in the Park

Denver Days is full of fun, parades, and fireworks, but don’t forget to finish the fun weekend by joining us at Praise in the Park on Sunday night at 6:00 PM.   All are welcomed- young and old alike! There will be music for everyone.  Hotdogs and chips will be provided at 6:00 PM at Denver City Park, by Cyclone City.  At 6:30 PM, the praise will start!

Why We Do What We Do

Message from Pastor Zach:

I am excited that this Sunday, July 9th, we will begin our summer sermon series called “Why We Do What We Do.”  Many things we do as a church are good, but sometimes we go through the motions or just do things without even knowing what they mean. I hope that through this sermon series we can make what we do more meaningful and substantial, causing us to worship God all the more by what we do.

The bible gives great precedence for this as well. Right before the Passover, God told Israel that every year at this time they were to commemorate the Passover for seven days. And then in Exodus 12:26-27 it says this: And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. The point wasn’t just to teach kids; it was for all of them to have a way to remember God’s faithfulness, power and deliverance, not just for that week, but in all of their lives.

My hope is that through this sermon series we would all have a firm understanding of why we do what we do. And more so, that we would worship our God all the more for years to come by doing what we do with deeper purpose.

July 9th – Why Baptism? (Matt 3:13-17; 1 Cor 10:1; 1 Pet 3:21-22)

July 16th – Why the Word of God? (2 Cor 3:16-17)

July 23rd – Why Do We Sing? (Ex 15:1-21; Ps 40:1-3; Rev 5:9)

July 30th – Why Do We Gather? (Heb 3:12-14)

Aug 6th – Why Do We Take Communion? (1 Cor 10:16-18)

Aug 13th – Why Local Missions? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)

Aug 20th – Why Live Like Christ at School/Work? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)

Aug 27th – Why Cross Cultural Missions? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)

Sept 3rd – Why Do We Pray? (Jn 15:16; Eph 6:17-18)

Pastor Sommerlot

Denver Baptist Church is excited to introduce our new pastor!  Zach Sommerlot and his family have just moved to Iowa from South Dakota.  Zach will start his new position in July.

Zach Sommerlot grew up in Dunkerton, Iowa. He spent every summer, since he was a boy, working for his dad’s construction company (Sommerlot Brothers Construction – Commercial Grain Handling Systems) and was involved in most sports. He attended Ellsworth Community College and played football.

He then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa where he got involved with the Navigators college ministry. It was during this time that he felt God calling him to vocational ministry. Following this, Zach moved to Sioux Falls to attend North American Baptist Seminary (now Sioux Falls Seminary). There, he got involved with a church plant in a nearby town where he was mentored and gained a lot of pastoral experience. In May 2011,  Zach was commissioned by their church to plant another church in Brandon SD, a town nearby.

Denver Baptist Church  welcomes Zach and his family and looks forward to serving Jesus Christ together.   In addition to his and his family’s passion for Christ, the Sommerlot family loves being outdoors, playing at parks, barbecuing, having people over, and singing.

Women’s Bible Study

 Starting June 10,  Denver Baptist Church will have a women’s bible study that will dive into Beth Moore’s Study about Paul’s Life.  This study looks at Paul’s life from childhood to martyrdom. Paul was a person who formed many close friendships with both men and women, served faithfully, loved, and understood what it meant to “die daily, crucified with Christ.”


Ladies, join us in this 10- week study to learn how to better follow Christ daily. Summer is busy, so join us whenever you can.

Location: Denver Baptist Church- 725 S. Schneider St.

Starts:  June 10

Time:   8:00 AM

Call the church (319.984.5947) if you have any questions.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is  July 16-July 20  at 6:00-8:00 PM.   The Kids will get to be knights, princes, and princesses.  The Fortress awaits your little one!

At the Mighty Fortress, kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them. They may not ace their test or make the team, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation—their fortress and sure defense.  Jesus is our King! So raise your banner! In Jesus, the victory is won!


Megan Smith’s World Race

Our very own Megan Smith is ready to share her love for God in the world.  Please support her by praying for her and providing for her financially.  Her first trip will be heading to Haiti in May.    In September, she will be going on a mission trip called The World Race, and she needs our support.

The World Race is sponsored by an organization called Adventures in Missions.  The trip will take Megan to 3 continents in 9 months.  She will be going to Nicaragua, Swaziland, Lesotho, India, and Nepal.

You can support her in several ways.  Check out her blog at

 1. Pray–  Pray for her safety and for her to experience and share God’s amazing grace.

2. Financially– This trip will cost 15,000$.  We pray that you consider supporting her in any way that you can.  Donate by going to or simply write her a check.     If donating on the site, please make sure to include her middle name as another Megan Smith has been on the trip.

3. Buy a 20$ shirt from her Facebook page.

4. Buy a 10$ scarf.  Contact Wispy Willow in Denver or Deb Smith Studio.


Matthew 28:6: The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”


Jesus has RISEN!  Celebrate with us on Easter Sunday, April 16, at 10:00 AM. 





Denver Baptist Church will also have an Easter breakfast for anyone who wants to join us at 9:00 AM.

After the service, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.  When you see the children searching for the eggs,  think about how we all search for truth or for freedom from our burdens.   Jesus isn’t hard to find.  He’s waiting for you.   He died for our sins and rose from the dead victorious, so that we can have a relationship with God.    The bible, the word of God,  speaks the truth.  Jesus is the answer to all who seek.

Good Friday

Good Friday Service   
Friday, April 14, at 7:00 PM, we gather together to remember Christ’s sacrifice.
He shed His blood for you and me.

Hebrews 12.2-3:   Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Palm Sunday

Join Us This Sunday!

Palm Sunday is a day to remember how Jesus entered into Jerusalem triumphantly.  The people greeted Jesus, placing branches in his path, hoping he would be the next great leader to help save them.  Little did they know that Jesus would be the one to save us all!

Our King of Kings rode on a donkey as Zechariah foretold in Zechariah 9:9.  “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

This Palm Sunday, we will celebrate our King, Righteous and Victorious!  Join us in thanking Jesus for dying for our sins and for His amazing grace!