Orchard Hill on a Mission

By Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, & Doug Tensen

Everybody Loves a Good Story!

As Lent and Holy Week have culminated in celebration on Easter Sunday, we have again been reminded of the incredible power of Jesus’ dramatic ‘story’ to impact and change lives. Through the unspoken retelling of God’s plan of redemption played out in mime and music, the reenactment of the Passover and the beginning of what we know as Communion, the testimonies of students at our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, and the proclamation of the Good News of the Resurrection at all of our Easter services, thousands of people all over the Cedar Valley (and beyond) had powerful encounters with Jesus and heard, saw, and experienced the gospel story.

We are grateful for an army of devoted staff and volunteers who worked hard to prepare, plan, pray and provide warm hospitality at all our events across our campuses during Holy Week and Easter! We know many people came ‘on the arm of a trusted friend or family member’ to hear the amazing story of God’s love for them. We continue to collect stories of how God is at work in people’s lives, even as we are celebrating and remembering some of the most important and impactful services of our Church year. Thank you to all for helping make this Lent and Easter season such a meaningful time in the life our church and community.

As we turn the page into April and this spring season, we are excited about the upcoming Sunday series “Stories from the Seats.” Over the years, this has been one of Orchard’s favorite and most sought after (on our media page) teaching series. People love to hear stories of God’s transforming work! So over the next three Sundays, we will have the privilege of hearing the stories of people from our midst tell their stories of how they have encountered and followed Jesus. We believe that in hearing these stories, many will realize how God can be and is at work in their own lives. Please join us in praying for and thanking these courageous people for opening up their lives to us over the next few weeks.

As leaders, we continue to be ‘amazed and perplexed’ at all that God is doing in our midst. We count it a privilege to serve alongside a talented staff team and a wise Board who are deeply committed to ourion of helping next generations to encounter and follow Jesus to bless a broken world. Thank you too, for being on mission with us!

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Wednesdays, April 4- April 25 | 6:30-8 pm | Big House

Whether you are new to Orchard Hill or if you have been around for awhile, we invite you to participate in our Membership Class. This 4-week class is an opportunity to learn about Orchard Hill Church in a classroom setting where you can ask questions. Visit orchardhillchurch.org/membership to register.

Men's early Breakfast

Friday, April 6 | 6:15-7:45 am | OHC Commons

Join us in the Commons for a great breakfast, 5-10 minute sharing, and a chance to get to know other men from the church. All men are welcome, no need to register, come when you can. Contact Jeff Mickey: via email.


August 9 & 10 | Register online at orchardhillchurch.org/summit

You're invited to gather with thousands of leaders across North America for The Global Leadership Summit. Regular attendees of Orchard Hill can attend for $89 by going to our website and using the discount code found in each week’s bulletin (Starting April 8). The price will increase to $119 after July 11.


2nd Wednesday of the month | April 11 | 11:30 am | Famous Dave's
Sign up in the Route 55 binder at the Welcome Centers. Contact Barb DeVries at 319.268.0814. Carpool available from Orchard Hill at 11 am.

Connect and care

Monday, April 23 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Room 111

Do you enjoy visiting others? Does connecting and conversation energize you? Are you a good listener? The Connect and Care Ministry is all about relationships with people in our congregation who aren't able to get to church very often anymore, largely due to age or illness. People of all ages are invited to serve on this team and new volunteers are always welcome. Please contact Jennifer Van Gent at 266.9796 or via email with questions or to find out more about this ministry. More information is also available on OHC’s website under Resources.


Saturday, April 14 | 8:30 am-3:30 pm (half or full day) | 4 spots left

WOMEN BUILD DAY | Saturday, May 5 | 8:30 am- 3:30 pm (half or full day) Women around the community will be building alongside of Habitat for Humanity in May. Sign up here: Volunteer now.

Build a wheelchair ramp | Thurs, April 26, Fri, April 27, Sat, April 28 | 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to build a wheelchair ramp on Pine Street in the Walnut Neighborhood. Ten volunteers needed each day/half or full days! Sign up here: Volunteer Now.

Contact Laura Hoy with questions: via email.


Saturday, April 28 | 9-10 am | Harvest Vineyard, 715 E. 4th St

Free community breakfast 10 - 11 am. Teams will form at Harvest to canvas the neighborhood and pick up trash. Contact Laura Hoy with any questions via email.


SAVE THE DATE | June 10 - June 14

June 10 - VBS Kick-off Service and Family Picnic with nightly sessions June 11th - 14th. Grades K through 6th - 6:15-8:15 pm (Pre-K 6:15-7:45). Registration open May 1st! This is an island adventure you will not want to miss!

Men's breakfast

3rd Tuesday of the month | April 17 | 8:30 am | Gravy’s Diner

Contact Marv Cook via email or 319.939.6890.

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bible study

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. Everyone is welcome. (Will not meet on April 26)

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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) This trip is nearly full. Contact Jean Gedlinske at 319.486.1340 or via email.


May 16 | Hickory Hills Park (La Porte City)

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. 


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

Contact Marv Cook (319) 939-6890 or via email.


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Begins April 8 | 4 weeks | 9 - 10:30 am

Please sign up online at orchardhillchurch.org/membership. This is a great first step outside of a Sunday morning; please join us!


Lock-in | April 6 | Lincoln Center

Please contact Stef Roehler via email.


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Monday, April 16 | 6-11 pm | 211 W. Bremer Ave

All college-age students are invited to come hang out downtown and study for finals at the 211 office building. Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you are interested in hosting a shift, please contact Jesse Henkle via email.


April 4 | CHAOS @ Naz, carpool at 5:45 pm at Prairie Links
April 11 | Waverly @ 211 W. Bremer 7-8 pm
April 18 | CHAOS @ Naz, carpool at 5:45 pm at Prairie Links
April 25 | Waverly @ 211 W. Bremer 7-8 pm


Wednesday, April 4 | 5:30-6:30 pm | Grace Baptist Church, Waverly

Waverly Cafe is a partnership of local churches serving a FREE community meal every Wednesday night. If you are interested in helping prepare or serve the meal, contact Amanda Schara via email or 319.721.2502. Come to serve or just come to eat. There’s a place at the table for you! Follow the Waverly Cafe on Facebook @waverlycafe1. 


Tuesday, April 17 | 8-10 pm | 211 W. Bremer Ave

Worship God in a living-room style setting


April 8 | 8:00 pm | St. Andrew’s Church, Waverly

All college-age people are invited to come worship through music, teaching, and sharing stories at St. Andrews Church in Waverly (717 W. Bremer Ave). Bring a friend--all are welcome!


Friday, April 13 | 6:30 pm | 211 W. Bremer Ave

Everyone "50ish and older" is invited to a Prime Time potluck and a time of connection and community. Please bring a dish or two to share with others. For more information contact Bonnie Deur via email or 641.780.5111. Tableware and drink will be provided.


July 23-26 | 6-8 pm | W-SR Middle School

Mark your calendars! The Orchard Hill Waverly Campus will be joining other local churches again for the Waverly Community VBS. Registration for volunteers and kids entering grades K-5 will open June 1.


Sundays, April 15 - April 29 | 6:30-8:00 pm (3 Weeks) | 211 W. Bremer Ave

Do you want to "get to know" more about Orchard Hill Church and meet other people who are a part of our Orchard community? We will be hosting a three-week Get to Know: Membership group on Sunday nights beginning April 15. Sign up at orchardhillchurch.org/membership or contact Jesse Henkle via email with questions.


Congratulations to:

Jake & Brittany Liekweg on the birth of their son, Brock, January 22

Alex & Rachael Wiebke on the birth of their daughter, Jemma Lee, March 1

Statistics for March

Cedar Falls Campus           1,140
Grundy Campus                    266
Waverly Campus                   157

Total Ave Attendance         1,563



As of March 25:
Needed Giving: $506,123
Actual Giving: $525,375

We encourage every follower of Christ at Orchard to give generously to provide for the needs of the church. Financial contributions may be placed in the offering on Sundays, sent to the church office, or sign up for electronic giving through Pushpay at