Orchard Hill on a Mission

Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, Doug Tensen

Invest in Others

Just last week, a friend rallied a small group of us to help a family friend clean up following the tornado that hit in Marshalltown. It was a happy and sad moment. We were sad for all the individuals, families, and businesses affected by the storm’s devastation, but glad to see the support and love of neighbor helping neighbor. It was a great time for my son and I to serve alongside my friend and his son.

From July 21 - 29, we had a number of Big House staff and volunteers lead the Caravan trip to Florida, while another staff team helped lead Power Connection, an event for Junior High Students in Kansas City. Both of these events would not have happened without the talents and passions of many, including many of our staff and faithful volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.

So what do these events and countless others like it in our church body have in common? They are catalyzed and organized through ordinary people, leaders who decided to get outside themselves and make an investment in others.

As one of our key strategies we believe will help you follow Jesus faithfully and experience the fullness of life that Jesus would want for you, ‘investing in others’ is not just a one-time event, but a way of life. It is exactly the kind of life Jesus lived and asked us to emulate as his followers. It is a willingness to go beyond ourselves and pay attention to and invest in those around us.

In order to help you find your passion and grow as a servant leader who is investing in others, we have a number of opportunities to be well equipped-- especially in the month of August! The first great opportunity is The Global Leadership Summit, August 9-10. This world-class event will gather more than 300,000 leaders from around the globe to inspire and challenge us to be a better people of influence in our homes, neighborhoods, churches, and workplaces. You might even consider serving these two days. Our team still has room for some help and each year our volunteers do an incredible job of hosting guests from our community and beyond.

Sunday, August 26, is The Gathering, at the Gallagher Bluedorn on UNI’s campus. The Gathering serves as an engaging time of worship as all our campuses gather under one roof. We want to give praise to God, celebrate his goodness, and consider how we might live out of the overflow of God’s grace. It is yet another opportunity for you to consider how you will invest your life in the days ahead.

Another learning and equipping opportunity, is the Leadership Huddle, Tuesday, August 28. It is a time to gather with our ministry teams across our campuses to be inspired and challenged as we get ready to launch into our fall programming season.

These next several weeks are critical times for many of our ministries to be finding people who have a desire to make a difference in the lives of others and courageous enough to step out and invest themselves. From hosting a group in your home, to volunteering with one of our student ministries, to serving on one of our hospitality teams, we hope you will step up and out in faith.  

Please join us in praying for a great start to our fall ministry season!



Wednesdays starting September 5 | 9:00-11:30 am | Coffee House

If you would be interested in helping with childcare (infant-Pre-K) from 9:00-10:30 am on Wednesday mornings while moms meet, email Emily Wellnitz.

kids min

No Elementary programming August 19, 26, or Sept 2. These weeks are great opportunities for families to worship together. Elementary programming will resume on September 9. Join us for our Kick-off picnic following the 10:45 am service. There will be no Pre-K programming for The Gathering on August 26th, nurseries (0-2 years old) will be available.


August 5 | 3:00 pm | 2020 Cottage Row Rd, Cedar Falls

Each summer, Orchard offers baptism by immersion in a Celebration of Baptism. Many have never been baptized, while others see it as an opportunity to publicly renew their baptism and to reaffirm their decision to follow Jesus. The Celebration of Baptism is for people of all ages. Contact Doug Tensen for more information or to sign up, via email or 319.266.9796.


Sunday, August 26 | 9:00 & 11:00 am | Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Once a year in the fall, we join all of our campus locations to worship together on the UNI campus. Join us as we kick off another great year of ministry! Free college-age lunch right after the 11 am service on the lawn.

lunch bunch

August 15 | 11:30 am | Southtown, 2026 Bopp St, Waterloo

To carpool, meet at the church at 10:45 am, sign up in the Route 55 binder. Contact Sharon Johannsen at 319.310.6931.

picnic in the park

Sundays: August 19; September 2, 16

PIP a great place for individuals, families, and small groups to step into service with our local partners at Harvest Vineyard Church.  

We’d also love to invite you to just come and check it out, bring your family, come and worship and have lunch. This is also a great way to meet our partners and experience it for yourself. To sign up go to orchardhillchurch.org/picnicinthepark. Contact: Kris Hoskinson via email.


Wednesday, August 29

BIGhouse- 10-12th grades - 7 pm at Orchard Hill Church

Join us for kicking off another great year of student ministry!

love inc

Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) networks churches across denominational lines and blesses those in need in our community. We are able to partner with Love INC often through our Cup of Cold Water ministry.

Love INC has a great next step for people who are interested in intersecting their lives with people whose challenges may look different from their own. Their Begin Now ministry is a great learning environment for both participants and volunteers. Participants attend Begin Now to find community and build skills necessary to find a greater level of stability. Volunteers learn how to become thoughtful, present, long-term, holistically-minded, healthy givers and servants in the community. If you’d be interested in learning more, the Volunteer Orientation is Tuesday, September 4, and the Fall Session start date is Tuesday, September 11. For more info, contact Kris Hoskinson via email.

local mission

National Night Out | Tuesday, August 7 | 5-7 pm | Harvest Vineyard Church
Join with our Walnut Neighborhood partners by sharing a meal together, getting to know a few new faces, and also playing with neighborhood and Harvest kids. Bring a side dish or dessert to share! Contact Laura Hoy via email with questions.

Habitat for Humanity | Saturdays Sept 8 and Oct 6 | 8:30am-3:00 pm
Orchard friends are invited to form a 10-person work crew to serve with Habitat.   Must be 16 years or older to serve. Sign up at: iowaheartlandhabitatforhumanity. Contact Laura Hoy via email with questions.


Informational lunch with the Mompremiers | September 9 | 11:45 am | Commons

We have partners at United Christians International (Jean Jean & Kristie Mompremier) and we’d love for you to come hear about the amazing work UCI is doing in Haiti. We often share about our mission trips to UCI and about Child Sponsorship opportunities with children in Haiti. This is a great first step to understanding and getting involved with our partnership. You can just show up, but to help with food planning, send your RSVP to Kris Hoskinson via email.

mens breakfast

3rd Tuesday of the month @ 8:30 am | August 21  | Gravy’s Diner

Contact Marv Cook or 319.939.6890 for more info.


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BASIC Kickoff: Thursday, August 23 | 8pm | Lang Hall Auditorium UNI campus

Join us for our kickoff worship gathering with hundreds of college students! Music, games, teaching from the Bible, amazing music and a bunch of ways for you to get connected with other students and get involved in our community!


Thursday, August 23 | 9:15 pm | Lang Hall Lawn right after BASIC

Dance, meet new people, meet our teams and student ministries and get plugged in to a Life Group (small group Bible studies).


Sunday, August 26 | 9:00 & 11:00 am | Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Free college-age lunch right after the 11 am service on the lawn. Once a year in the fall, we join all of our campus locations to worship together at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus. Join us as we kick off another great year of ministry!

outdoor basic

Thursday, August 30 | 8:00 pm | Lang Hall Lawn

Bring a blanket and a friend and join us for our annual outdoor worship gathering! ALL are welcome!


We will meet regularly during the school year for our worship gathering and have weekly Life Groups available for students at UNI, Hawkeye, Allen, Wartburg, University of Iowa and Mankato State in Minnesota. Sign up at basicatlang.org and follow @basicatlang on all social media to stay tuned during the year for our events and trips!


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bible conf

August 1-5  

Contact Steve & Doris Heerts via email to carpool from the church. Go to: cedarfallsbibleconference.com. to see the line-up of speakers.


Wednesday, August 22 | Wapsipinicon State Park (Anamosa)

Everyone welcome. Hike at your own pace. See Route 55 binder to sign up. To receive monthly emails, contact Marilyn Jasper via email or 319.290.5216.

birthday party

August 16 | 5:30 pm | Commons

Theme: Getting to Know You… Bring one photo that shares something about you. Join us for a special dinner and birthday cake, of course. Space is limited - sign up by August 12 in the Route 55 binder.

bible study

Ephesians | August 16 & 23 | 11:15 am-12:30 pm | Room 141

Join us for two weeks as we read and discuss the Bible together. Men and women both attend.

square one

Old Testament | starts Sept 6 | 11:15 am - 12:30 pm | Room 141

Join us for this 8-week study led by Sally Baker. Sign up in the Route 55 binder. All are welcome to attend.



Baptism class

August 5 | 10:30am  | Conference Room

Register at orchardhillchurch.org/baptism for the upcoming pool baptisms on August 12.

baptism pool

August 12 | 6:30pm | GC Pool & Park

Join us for our annual celebration of Baptism by Immersion at the GC Swimming Pool. This is a 2-part event beginning with a potluck picnic at the swimming pool park followed by baptism by immersion at the pool. We will cover the main dish; plan to bring a side dish to share along with your lawn chair. Free swim after baptisms until 9 pm.


There will be only one service on Sundays at 9:15am with a 0-2 yr old nursery available now thru Labor Day.


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Monday, August 20 | 6-8 pm | 211 W Bremer Ave.

Join us as we have meaningful conversations through thought-provoking questions to deepen our faith, grow our relationships, and challenge ourselves. Bring a friend and an appetizer to share. All women welcome! For questions and more information contact Meredith Smith via email.


No worship service in Waverly Sunday, August 5

Join us in Cedar Falls or Grundy County.


Saturday, August 25 | 6-8 pm | 2011 Ivy Ave, Waverly

Get to know others at OHC-Waverly Campus with a potluck dinner. The whole family is welcome!


Congratulations to:

Daniel & Carley Van Hal on the birth of their son, Austin Seth, June 3
Grant & Therese Stevens on the birth of their daughter, Harper JoAnn, June 4
Todd & Nicole Henningsen on the birth of their son, Graham Willis, June 5
Tyson & Christie Roberts on the birth of their daughter, Hazel Margaret, July 10
Brady & Madison Hook on the birth of their son, Tucker, July 17
Dana & Danielle Schmidt on the birth of their son, Lukas, July 18
Jill Johnson & Thomas Walker who were married at OHC July 7
Gabby Wagner & Brennen Pruisner who were married at OHC July 14
Kaitlyn Gillett & Aaron Rosenstiel who were married at OHC July 21
Kortney Taylor & Ben King who were married at OHC July 28



As of July 22:

Needed Giving:  $1,223,131
Actual Giving:    $1,223,366

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 set up electronically through Pushpay at orchardhillchurch.org/give.


Statistics for July

(4 weeks Average)

Cedar Falls Campus               900
Grundy Campus                      185
Waverly Campus                     120

Total Average Attendance    1,205