Vol. 38 Dec. 2011
Dear Friend,

Wow! I love Christmas in Adel! The downtown looks like a postcard. Folks are smiling as they travel between the stores and the Holidays are in the air! I don't even mind the fact that we don't have snow yet.

Over Thanksgiving we welcomed a new future staff member to the DiscoverAdel family, William, 8 lbs., 10 oz. 21 inches long. He looks like a future linebacker. "Santa" is excited as this makes three grandkids for Christmas this year.

This month we have an interview with Jeff Crowder of Fusion Church. There are great changes at Brick Street Cafe, an opportunity to get in shape from Anytime Fitness, and  the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and much more!

Have a great December, be sure to stop out to Adel this month, we're looking forward to seeing you!



In This Issue
Jeff Crowder - Fusion Church
Staff Changes at Brick Street Books & Cafe
Adel Business Holiday Open House
Care Packages for Our Overseas Military
Strengthening Families for Parents & Youth
Holiday Open House - November 12th
Holiday Open House - Adel HealthMart
Fitness Special!.- Adel's Anytime Fitness
BJeff Crowder - Fusion Church
Fusion Church - Adel Iowa
Jeff Crowder - Pastor at Fusion Church Adel Iowa
Pastor Jeff Crowder
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Pastor Jeff Crowder of Fusion Church, located just East of Adel, to discuss his new church.

Jeff grew up in Braidwood, Illinois and eventually lived in Chicago. He and his wife Tracey have three children, Stephen - 7, Sarah - 4, and Isaac-23 mos.

Having grown up in several different denominations, he was searching for a place that the truth of the scriptures could be fully preached.

He found that at the age of 20.

Jeff and Tracey married at 24 and he was a Youth pastor in Dubuque, Iowa. They've pastor-ed in Iowa for ten years, recieving the call to come to Adel this fall.

Although Fusion is located in the former Celebration Church building, Jeff wants people to know that it is a new church affiliated with the Assemblys of God.

Sunday services start at 10:00 with a praise and worship service. Jeff sits on the stage as he delves into the Bible. The scriptures are projected on the screen behind him, but he encourages everyone to bring their Bible and follow along in the Word.

Pastor Jeff Crowder - Fusion Church Adel Iowa

His attire is relaxed, he often preaches in his trademark black sweater, his doctrine is biblical. "We have a message for all people that you can be made right with God through Jesus Christ." adding that, "We want a church for people."

Jeff is concerned with local outreach, Fusion offered a 100 free turkeys with all of the fixings to the community this last Thanksgiving.

Having lived in Chicago, the Crowders are enjoying the friendliness of Adel and the smiles they receive in the community.

He and Tracey invite anyone looking for a church home to come out to Fusion this Sunday for fellowship.

Fusion Church
Sunday's 10AM
Hwy. 6 (just east of Adel)
Phone: 515.993.5438
BStaff Changes at Brick Street Books & Cafe
Brick Street Cafe - Adel Iowa

Travis Duke
Brick Street Books and Cafe in Adel would like to announce a few staff changes and an expansion of services.

Located on the town square, Brick Street is a great place to pick up your morning coffee and grab a bite to eat.

It is a division of Optimae Life Services, which provides residential services, therapy, employment services, and community services.

Travis Duke, formerly a team lead is the Cafe's manager.

Travis graduated from Ankeny and served in the Army. After leaving the Army, he worked for an Insurance agent. He applies his life experiences and skills in helping other clients with their goals.

Brick Street Books and Cafe - Adel Iowa
Joe Derifield
Joe Derifield, Team Leader, joined Optimae in December of 2010.

Joe and his family moved to Adel in 2004 when his wife, Samantha took a job at Adel Family Dentistry.

Joe and Samantha have three boys.

Joe is a 2009 Simpson graduate with a degree in Sports Administration. He coaches girls basketball in Madrid and is involved in Scouts with his son.

Duties- Works with clients in cafe . Job coaching in transferring the cafe skills to clients personal lives. He also works with individuals in the community.

The cafe is expanding to include a full bakery and is purchasing equipment and ovens.
Elaine Nederhoff
Elaine Nederhoff has joined the staff as the in house baker.

Elaine, a member of the Bread Bakers Guild, is currently providing the baked goods from her home bakery, Bread, Pies & Beyond.

Once the new equipment is installed she'll be baking full time at the cafe.

"Although it means closing the bakery part of my business, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work for Optimae." she said, adding that she'll still blog on her website about the joys of baking.

In addition to the baking, Elaine is learning how to make the various coffees and duties of working in the cafe.

Monday through Friday 7am - 6 pm.
Saturday 7am - 4 pm

Brick Street Books and Cafe
803 1/2 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50010
Phone: (515) 993-1811
Fax: (515) 993-4975

BAdel Business Holiday Open House
Adel Partners Holiday Open House

Come out and celebrate the 17th Annual Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House on Friday, December 2nd. 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Visitors young and old make their way along candle lit streets, stopping at Adel businesses to sample treats, collect holiday recipes, marvel at festive window displays and carolers, and watch the lighted parade through town!

Start your Tour at People's Bank and pick up your commemorative recipe envelope, then travel to each of the businesses, sample the recipe and your collect card.

At 6:45 gather at the stage for entertainment and get a great spot for the lighted parade at 7:30 p.m.

BCare Packages for Our Overseas Military

Care packages for the military men and women serving overseas
will be collected Dec. 2nd from 5-7 p.m during the Adel Holiday Open House.

For a list of accepted items, go to the Adel Partner's website, click on the Adel Holiday Open House page. Then find a list of suggested items to take to the drop sites.

Drop off your care items at; Raccoon Valley Bank, Captain's Quarters, HomeCare Services Inc., and Prairie Wind Arts.

Don't forget to sign one of the banners located at the drop off sites. Let the brave men and women serving overseas know they're not forgotten.

BStrengthening Families for Parents & Youth
Cheryl Weltha - The Dallas County ISU Extension Office

Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 years, offered through Iowa State University Extension

Strengthening Families is designed to help families build strong relationships. Parents/Caregivers learn to use love and limits in guiding their youth, in family communication and in problem-solving.  


Youth learn to set goals, understand stress, and practice skills to deal with peer pressure.
The program is structured such that in the 1st hour the youth and parents/caregivers meet in separate sessions. The parent session is discussion and video-based.  


The youth session involves role-playing, interaction, fun activities & games. Then during the last hour the families come together to practice skills, work on projects, and do fun activities.
Dates: Sundays Jan. 8th - Feb. 26th (no class Feb. 5th due to Super Bowl)
Times: 5 - 7:30 pm
Location: Adel Elementary School, 1608 Grove St., Adel
Cost:  Free!  Light Meal and Child Care for younger children provided.
To Register Contact:  Lisa Mickelson, 515.993.4281 or 


For more information, visit the Extension website.

Strengthening Families was developed by Iowa State University in the early 1990s as a preventative program. Through many studies, the youth who have attended the program have been found to use significantly less alcohol & other drugs, to display less aggressive behavior, and to show higher academic achievement.

Lisa Mickelson
ISU Extension & Outreach - Dallas County

BHoliday Open House - November 12th
Dallas County Home Care - Adel Iowa

Homecare Services. Fundraiser - "Best of Country Cookies" cookbook  

(over 250 cookie recipes from the national contest).  


The cookbooks are on hand already with an attractive price of $10.00.  


They can be given as Christmas gifts or use yourself to bake some special treats to give as gifts.   


Stop in anytime and see for yourself. 101 No 9th St, Adel.


Our treat for the Adel Holiday Open House on Friday, December 2, 2011, is an easy recipe called "Peanut Butter Brownies" from the "Best of Country Cookies" cookbook.    

We will also have several other cookie samples from the cookbook for your enjoyment.


Homecare Services, Inc. is a "drop site" for the care packages for the military men and women overseas. Go to the Adel Partners' website,  and click on the Adel Holiday Open House page.  


Then find a list of suggested items to take to the "drop sites." Or stop in at our office.


These items will be collected through Friday, December 2.


Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531 Ext. #6


BHoliday Shopping at Adel HealthMart
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Check out Adel HealthMart for a great selection of gifts for the holiday season, including Purses, Rings and other Jewelry, Willow Tree, Frames, Candles, Seasonal Home Decor, and much more.

We are also offering flu shots ongoing.

Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook! Watch for an upcoming giveaway.

Adel HealthMart
113 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3644
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There is a growing interest amongst commercial growers concerning High Tunnels. Tunnels are low cost, greenhouses that use passive-solar to produce crops in soil... Continue reading
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The Adel Public Library has several ways to make your Holiday season a little easier.


Hate wrapping gifts?
The Friends of the Adel Public Library will be on hand Dec. 7th-21st to tackle your wrapping needs, all for a free will donation.


Still shopping for that perfect gift?
Check out the selection of gift baskets available in our: 


Baskets of Christmas Silent Auction. 

Bids will be accepted through Friday, December 9th at 4 pm


All proceeds from the sale of these baskets will be used to buy new audio books for the library. 


'Tis the season for bad weather. 

We wanted to take a second to remind you that library programs will be cancelled if the ADM school district cancels classes due to weather. 


Please contact the library if you have any questions. 


We will also post all library closings and cancellations on our website at


The Adel Public Library will be closed several days in December for holidays. 


The days are as follows: 

December 23rd - 26th for Christmas * December 31st for New Year's Eve 



Friday, Dec. 2nd: Christmas Open House 5:00-7:00 pm 

Come see Mrs. Claus and her elf during the Adel Holiday Open House. 

Mrs. Claus will have free face painting and balloon art! 


Friday, Dec. 2nd: Scrapbooking 

- 6:00 pm 

Join us on Friday nights for scrapbooking. Bring your latest project and a snack to share. 


Wednesday, Dec. 7th: Early Out Craft 

- 2:00 pm 

Kids in K-5th grade can make a special holiday card with special guest, Andrea Juergens


Wednesday, Dec. 14h: Dallas County Storytime - 10:30 am 

Find out what the local wildlife is doing to get ready for winter as the days get shorter and colder. 


Stories, activities and the chance to touch various animal furs and skins will all be a part of this program! 


Monday, Dec. 5th: Preschool Storytime 

- 10:30 am 

Children will play games, listen to stories, sing songs and make crafts. Storytime will be on winter break until Jan. 23rd. 


Tuesday, Dec. 6th: Toddler Time 

- 10:30 am 

Join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts. Storytime will be on winter break until Jan. 24th. 


Thursday, Dec. 1st & 8th: Music Time 

- 10:30 am 

Join us for singing, dancing, and action songs. Music time will be on winter break from Dec. 15th until Jan. 26th. 


Tuesday, Dec. 13th: Teen Activity - 4:00 pm 

Stop in after school to make a fun craft!


Library hours are:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Laura Guth-Hanson
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Crock-pot Breakfast

This month's recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Nell. 

The recipe makes enough for 6-8, depending on your crew.

If you've ever seen my nephews,  you'll understand why Nell uses three crock-pots. 

She makes each one with different meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

12 Slices of Bread
12 oz. Cheddar Cheese
1 lb. Cubed Ham
9 eggs
2 1/2 C. Milk
1/2 C. Melted Butter

1. Pre-spray Crockpot.
2. Cube Bread.
3. Lay a third of the bread in the bottom, followed by a third of the Ham and cheeses. 
4. Repeat Layers.
5. Mix eggs with milk and melted butter. 
6. Pour over bread, meat and cheese.
7. Put the lid on the pot and don't take it off.

Cook on low for 4 hours.

Substitute cooked sausage, add onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. to taste.
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