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Vital Men gathering at Bridgehouse Coffee Co.

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 10:58 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 11:41 a.m. CDT

The gathering of men has been a time-honored tradition for generations. The activities have been widespread and have been simply stated as “doing what men do.” This event takes place across the world in the smallest of towns to biggest of cities. The conversation ranges from activities that have occurred since they last met to the women in the mens’ life. It has become a vital part in the lives of men everywhere. In Newton on Thursday nights, a group of men converge on the Bridgehouse Coffee Co. in downtown Newton to discuss many of topics but also to celebrate their faith. The group has called itself Vital Men.

The group consist of men from multiple generations who come from as far as Sully and Pella to take part in the gathering. They represent many of churches and ministries from around Newton and the surrounding communities. The meetings are very non-traditional just focusing on the discussion, worship and coffee. The group has a theme each month to organize the topic of discussion. In November, the theme is “Going the extra mile — It’s never crowded.” The discussion talks of stewardship in their faith in all aspects of life. The definition of stewardship is the protection and being responsible for something in the context used by the group. 

Vital Men will be celebrating Black Friday with a work day a homeless shelter in Des Moines. They will be joined by multiple chapters of their group from all over central Iowa.

“It’s always a great to do service projects being involved doing the work,” Vital Men leader Jeremy Masterson said.

The group Vital Men is a ministry group based in Pella. Mike Sereg out of Oskaloosa heads the complete ministry. Vital Men has a group website at On the website, you can find the history of the group, local chapters, as well as a schedule of the events and meetings that are held.

For more information on Vital Men of Newton, contact Masterson by email at or by phone at (641) 521-4031. The Newton chapter also has a Facebook page at VitalMen Newton. 

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