Route 55

A Ministry for Adults 55+

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Orchard Hill recognizes the unique challenges for adults ages 55 & better to stay actively connected in a church that continues to grow and change at an amazing pace.

ROUTE 55 is Orchard Hill's senior adult ministry, offering regular social, service & spiritual growth opportunities throughout the year. Our purpose is to encourage adults to receive Christ, grow spiritually and to utilize their gifts and experience in active Christian outreach to people of all ages.

ROUTE 55 is led by Jean Gedlinske, along with a volunteer leadership team. The leadership team typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 pm at the church.

Upcoming Opportunities

Acts | April 5-May 24 | 11:15 am-12:30 pm | Room 141

Engage in God’s word with friends! Join us as we read and discuss the Book of Acts together. No homework or study experience required. We have plenty of copies of NIV Bibles to share. Everyone is welcome. (Will not meet on April 26)

Day Trip to Shellsburg | April 26 | Depart CF 10:15 am - Return 3 pm

We’ll visit the home of WWII survivor, Inge Schminke, who fled war-torn Austria as a child. Hear her story and enjoy a hearty home-cooked Austrian meal. Cost: $20 plus gas donation. Payment due by April 18 (Make check to Orchard Hill Church) Contact Jean Gedlinske at 319.486.1340 or via email.

Hiking Club | May 16 | Hickory Hills Park (LaPorte City)

This group carpools from church to a different park on the 3rd Wednesday May-Oct. Everyone welcome. Hike at your own pace. See Route 55 binder for detailed itinerary. To receive monthly emails, contact Marilyn Jasper 319.290.5216 or via email. Upcoming hikes: June 20: Swiss Valley Trail (Peosta) & July 18 Backbone State Park

Day trip to Edgewood, IA  | Tuesday, May 22 

Gather at CF OHC @ 7:45 am (Return by 3pm). Guided tour of Kendrick Forest Products (sawmill to cabinet showroom) & The Markket Home Store.  Lunch at Cafe Rose (See meal below). Space is limited.

Cost: $11.50 (plus $3 suggested gas donation) 

  • Roast Beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetable.
  • Family style salad and rolls on each table
  • Choice of pie (Lemon Meringue, Cherry Berry and Apple)
  • Beverage & Gratuity included

Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Game | June 6 | 12:05 pm game

We will carpool from church in the OHC van and personal vehicles. For Tickets and to learn more, contact Marv Cook (319) 939-6890 or via email.

Retrieving Freedom Educational Program & Dessert | July 2 | 2 pm | Commons

Join us from 2-2:30 for a patriotic dessert & fellowship, followed by an educational program @ 2:30pmpresented by a representative from Retrieving Freedom. A beautiful dog will be joining her, of course!

Annual Birthday Party | August 16 | 6pm | Commons

Save the date!  More details to come.

Sign up for these events in the Rt55 Binder at the Welcome Centers.

Need more information?

Contact Jean Gedlinske at jgedlinske@orchardhillchurch.org.

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