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First Serve Opportunities: Serve the Church, Serve Locally or Globally
Orchard Hill Church's mission is helping next generations encounter and follow Jesus to bless a broken world through love and devoted service of others at home and around the world. Blessing a broken world includes serving our neighbors locally and globally.
We are led by a Mission Strategy Team to carry out our missional mandate by providing education, experiences, and environments for learning, story-telling, conversations, engagement, and growth. Current team members include: Megan Barnes, Dave Bartlett, Neil McMahon, Brian Carr, Laura Hoy, Brad Hillebrand, Kris Hoskinson, Karla Chestnut, Molly Juza, Sarah Turner, Emily Schut, Diane Adair and Jeff Mickey.
The quilting team meets regularly to make quilts that are given to young people who enter a youth detention facility in the area. The raw materials used are all donated cotton scraps of fabric remnants and come from the generosity of Orchard Hill atendees. The creativity used in putting the fabrics together into patterns is pure enjoyment. The labor involved in sewing the quilts together gets lost in the fun of doing it in the company of friends. The finished products are always amazing reminders of how God blesses the cooperative efforts of His children. And finally, the quilts themselves become a very tangible way of sharing God’s love with those in need. For more information, contact Sally Baker.
Harvest Vineyard Church - Orchard Hill Church Partnership
Harvest’s Children’s Ministry
Harvest Vineyard is seeking Sunday school teacher assistants for their Sunday morning children’s program. Volunteers needed in the 2-6 year old room and the 7-14 year old room. Volunteer 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. once a month. Contact Laura Hoy at email@example.com.
Harvest’s Community Breakfast
Harvest Vineyard hosts a community breakfast every other Saturday morning from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Volunteer to cook, serve, or greet! Contact Laura Hoy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picnic in the Park
This seasonal ministry goes from June through October on the first and third Sundays of the month. A meal and worship are provided for the community in Lincoln Park, and volunteers are sought to help cook and serve the meal, play with children, lead music, or greet and offer hospitality and prayer in the park. Contact Kris Hoskinson at email@example.com.
Link Christian Development Corporation
Link CCD is the community development arm of the Orchard Hill Church and Harvest Vineyard Church partnership with the Walnut Neighborhood. Based out of the Walnut Neighborhood, the vision of Link is that Christ will grow a reconciling community of hope and empowerment through a focus on neighborhood strengthening strategies, youth development, and jobs in order that all involved might flourish. Some of the programs of Link include: Jobs for Life, Try Pie, and Youth Art Team.
You can learn more about Link CCD and how to get involved at www.linkccd.org or www.facebook.com/linkccd. Contact Laura Hoy with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Local Partners
Alternatives Pregnancy Crisis Center
Alternatives is a pregnancy crisis center with staff and volunteers who counsel and support women throughout their unexpected pregnancies. Volunteers provide services such as office help, mailings, organizing the clothing closet, and being trained as a counselor. Orchard Hill Church supports their annual fundraising efforts. To volunteer or make a contribution, contact the office at Alternatives, 319.535.2720.
Love INC is a Christ-centered ministry aimed at mobilizing the Church in partnership to address the needs of the community. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. Please contact Holly Hartley at 319.266.1264 for more details or visit their website: http://loveinccv.org/get-involved/volunteer.
Help ensure the current and future financial well-being of low-income children in Waterloo! Short and long-term volunteer opportunities available including mentoring/tutoring, chaperoning fun outings, driving students to and from events, office detail, board and committee membership, and more. Visit thejobfoundation.org for more information. To volunteer, contact Jennifer Brost at 319.464.2389, email@example.com.
Foods Resource Bank
FRB raises money to help people in developing countries grow their own food. Each spring, Orchard Hill invites participants to sponsor a “row of crops” by donating $25 to purchase seeds for planting. In the past few years, around $10,000 was given to farm the 80 acres designated for the Foods Resource Bank. The money was given to the Orchard Missions Fund to help support our partners, both locally and internationally. While the seed is donated by the congregation of Orchard Hill, the harvest is dependent on the the local farmers. Many of them donate their time, equipment, and gas, as well as the use of the semis to haul the grain to sell at the grain elevators. Each year, the money has been used for different opportunities within our partnerships- for example, roofing a Mozambique school where we have sponsored children and finishing a cistern that our Haitian farmer friends are building. It’s also been given locally for Grace Gardens in the Walnut neighborhood. It is also invested back into FRB and the projects they are working on. It is a great partnership! For more information, contact Kris Hoskinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCI: One of OHC's missional partners is UCI (United Christians International), led by JeanJean and Kristie Mompremier. As a church, we regularly travel to UCI to encourage our partners and learn from one another. Orchard Hill teams help with work projects that include activities like painting, building, and cleaning. Teams also might help with the feeding program, English classes, pouring cement floors, and Vacation Bible School. Each trip, teams enjoy interacting with people around town, listening to the testimony of a former witch doctor, going to church, visiting the market, and listening to a men's choir. Visit them online, http://ucihaiti.org.
Home of Hope: Teams from Orchard Hill Church travel to Pignon, Haiti where we work with Haiti Home of Hope, an orphanage run by Bill & Jennifer Campbell. While there, teams help with the medical and feeding clinic, go on home visits, play with the children, and do projects around the orphanage. Teams are kept at a smaller number as Bill & Jennifer enjoy getting to know each team member during the week there. Go to http://www.haitihomeofhope.org to learn more about Haiti Home of Hope.
To learn of ways to get involved and/or to find out about the upcoming trips, contact Kris Hoskinson at email@example.com.
Orchard Hill Church joins with Food for the Hungry, working to end physical and spiritual hungers in a village in the Sofala region of Mozambique, Africa. “Our focus in this project is to equip and strengthen the Church to be Christ’s primary instrument of change within its community. Long term...we desire to be able to leave as an organization and continue to see the church meeting the needs of its community in a wholistic manner” (Stefan Kern, former FH missionary in Mozambique). The vision: Work in the community 10-15 years, enable the community to become completely self-sufficient economically, socially, and spiritually, and provide infrastructure to the community and individuals through child sponsorship. The Orchard Hill commitment: Sponsor 300+ children (Pray for your child, send your financial gifts consistently, and write letters) and send teams regularly to connect and minister with community members.
For more information about Orchard Hill’s involvement in Mozambique, contact Neil McMahon or Kris Hoskinson. Visit our child sponsorship page to learn more about sponsoring a child in Mozambique.
Buy a Pie! Support Try Pie by purchasing one of their homemade pies for Easter. Check out trypie.org for details.
Freedom Cafe at Harvest Vineyard - The first Saturday evening of the month (coming up on is a chance to join together with our partners and share singing, rapping, poems, and other forms of art. Or to listen:) Cafe beverages and desserts will be served. Contact Kris to carpool if you’d like.
Spring Clean Up - Harvest Vineyard and OHC partners are planning a joint event on Saturday, April 22. You are invited to a pancake breakfast from 9:15-10:00 a.m. at Harvest Vineyard, 715 E. 4th, and then small groups will gather after breakfast to walk through the neighborhood to pick up trash from 10-11 a.m. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. If you’d like to carpool, the OHC van will be leaving OHC at 9:00 a.m. and will return to OHC at 11:15 a.m. Please RSVP to Kris Hoskinson firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a part of this partnership opportunity!
Some OHC friends have started “Laundry Love”- a ministry encouraging people by paying for laundry expenses at a laundromat. They are looking for people interested in spending some time at the laundromat and/or giving resources to be involved in Laundry Love. Meets mostly on Saturday mornings.
Love Inc is a partner of Orchard that we are excited to work with and support. Their vision is to mobilize churches to transform the community. Right now they have weekly/bi-weekly volunteer opportunities that give a place to relationally connect to those in need in our community over the phone in their Clearinghouse Ministry.
Please contact Kris Hoskinson at email@example.com if you have questions or interest in any of the opportunities to give or serve.
Need More Information?
Kris Hoskinson at 319.266.9796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.