Orchard Hill on a Mission

By Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, & Doug Tensen

Grateful

As we enter into a new year, we are again celebrating an impactful ending to 2017! Two events in December seem to capture the servant-heart and missional character of our church:  The Christmas stores in Waterloo and Grundy County and our Christmas Eve services.

The total attendance for all 7 Christmas eve services on 2 campuses was 4,440 people, the largest Christmas Eve attendance in our history! The impact of this worship event continues to grow and shows the influence of added space in our new facility in Grundy Center. With continued growth comes the opportunity for more people to encounter Jesus and be encouraged to follow him. Behind the numbers are many stories of God at work in big and small ways. It’s been fun hearing some of them from those who were impacted.

We are grateful for the amazing team of faithful servants & staff who willingly shared their time & gifts planning the services, greeting people with a smile & handshake, operating sound & lights, decorating, sharing invitations, singing in the choir, providing music before and after the services, parking cars, leading worship, helping people find seats & light candles, answering questions at the Welcome Center, providing our worship teams with food, and praying for & supporting the mission of the church with words of encouragement & financial gifts.

We are also thankful for another inspiring Christmas Store weekend in both the Walnut neighborhood and Grundy County. We were able to serve 480 families through the opportunity to shop for their own children by selecting new toys & gifts priced at a great discount. Over 325 kids were able to make gifts for their parents at the craft workshops, and there was a pancake breakfast served at both sites for shoppers & volunteers. We were blessed to partner with many businesses and churches throughout the Cedar Valley, both in collecting gifts and serving side-by-side at the Christmas Stores. Every family went home with a children’s storybook that shared the message of God’s gift of love to the world through his Son, Jesus. It was a beautiful morning where over 400 volunteers were able to bless others and in the process, be blessed in return.

We are amazed and perplexed by the faithfulness of our church family, our volunteers and our leaders & staff. Above all, we are grateful to God for his blessings, through this past Christmas Season and throughout all of 2017.

As we enter into 2018, we are excited for what is to come!

  • Our January series called Friends and Family will be a great way to start the year and to bring a neighbor on the arm of a trusted friend.
  • Our Leadership Huddle, Saturday morning, January 20, will be an important way for you to be encouraged, inspired, and challenged as we seek to continue to build on the ministry momentum of 2017.
  • New opportunities to Belong in Community! Look for ways you might invite and include others to grow in this journey of faith.
  • New mission and ministry opportunities we have yet to discover! We are ‘holding our hands open’ to the moving of the Spirit and are excited to see where God might lead us in 2018!

Thank you for your partnership as we seek to Help next generations encounter & follow Jesus to bless a broken world!

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Baptism class
 

Monday, January 22 | Cedar Falls Campus

If you would like to have your child baptized at OHC, make plans to join us for this class. This gives us a chance to meet you and talk about baptism. Our goal is to share what baptism is all about while giving you an opportunity to ask questions. Please register at orchardhillchurch.org/baptism.

Public baptisms will take place at all campuses on February 4.

bible sun
 

January 28 | All Campuses
If you have not yet registered your child, go to orchardhillchurch.org/biblesunday and get him/her registered today. This is such a fun morning for our 2nd graders to receive their Bibles and a great opportunity to invite family and friends. If you have any questions, Email Rendi.

dance
 

Save the Date | February 23

You do not want to miss this!!! Mark your calendars for the Orchard Kids’ annual Family Dance Party hosted by Lindsey Behrends. More information to come!

lunch
 

2nd Wednesday of the month | January 10 | 11:30 am | Whiskey Road
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, January 22 | 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.

point
 

Wednesdays, starting January 24

Starting Point, an 8-week discussion group, gives permission to question everything! Participants are encouraged to hit the restart button and ask questions that seem out of place in a church setting, whether it’s because Christianity is new to them or because it seems offensive to question certain things. This is an opportunity to explore faith freely with a group of adults whose questions about God turn into a conversation about faith. To sign up, go to orchardhillchurch.org/startingpoint.

walnut
 

Many thanks to the congregation for supporting Christmas in Walnut! What an amazing day it was serving alongside each other in the Walnut neighborhood. 357 families were able to purchase 5 gifts each because of your generosity! 391 people enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast and 216 kids made crafts to give to their family members. Thank you for giving, serving, praying, baking cookies, and purchasing books!

weather
 

Subscribe to our texting service for all weather-related closings. To subscribe, send a text message to 319.553.6690 with a message of WEATHER.

Cedar Falls Campus - OHC activities will be cancelled whenever Cedar Falls schools are closed or let out early due to weather.

square one
 

Wednesdays, January 24- March 7  | 6:30-7:45 PM | Room 109 | $5

Looking for a New Year's resolution?  Become more familiar with the Bible so that you can feel more comfortable studying it on your own.  Square One can help you! This class provides an overview of content and message of the Bible. You will emerge with practical information and resources that you can use in the future. This class is led by Sally Baker. Contact Sally via email with questions. Register online at orchardhillchurch.org/squareone.

small group
 

Take a next step to belong in community and grow in faith with a short-term winter small group.  Go online to view the wide variety of groups and classes beginning in January and February. Everyone is welcome; our adult groups are informal and relaxed. Take the risk to belong and invite a friend. Watch for more information.

Men's breakfast
 

3rd Tuesday of the month | January 16 | 8:30 am | Gravy’s Diner

Contact Marv Cook via email or 319.939.6890.

alternatives
 

Alternatives Baby Bottle Fundraiser

Bottles available for pick up on January 21, fill it with change, and return it to OHC as soon as possible. Thanks for your support!

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engage
 

Thursdays in Jan & Feb | 11:15 am-12:45 pm | Room 109

No Bible study experience necessary - everyone is welcome. Join us as we read and discuss the book of John together. No need to prep or do homework. This is a wonderful way to know Jesus more personally and to prepare for Easter since the Lenten Lunch speakers will focus on scripture from John.

road trip
 

Friday, January 12 | 6 pm | Commons

Can you name every car you’ve owned in your lifetime? Charlie Spicher (a Studebaker enthusiast) can, and he will share these memories. We hope you will share yours! Please bring photos, memorabilia, etc for display. Loose meat sandwiches, chips and root beer floats will be available. $3/person.

movie
 

Sunday, January 21 | 5pm (5:30 showtime) | Sanctuary

Feature: God’s Not Dead 2. Hotdogs will be served before the show and popcorn at intermission. Bring candy to share, if you like. Admission: Donation of any size will support the Cup of Cold Water fund.

motorcycle
 

Friday, February 2 | 6 pm | Commons

Jay Gaard will share stories and photos of the 200+ unique bikes that he has restored, bought and sold… several are in the National Motorcycle Museum. Are you a motorcycle enthusiast? We invite you to bring your own stories and photos. Loose meat sandwiches, chips and root beer floats will be available. $3/person.

lenten lunch
 

SAVE the DATE | Lenten Lunch | 11:30 am - 1 pm | Wednesdays, beginning February 14.

 

GRUNDYCOUNTYCAMPUS BANNER

bible sunday
 

January 28 | All Campuses
If you have not yet registered your child, go to orchardhillchurch.org/biblesunday and get him/her registered today. This is such a fun morning for our 2nd graders to receive their Bibles and a great opportunity to invite family and friends. If you have any questions, Email Rendi.

weather
 

Subscribe to our texting service for all weather-related closings. To subscribe, send a text message to 319.553.6690 with a message of WEATHER.

 

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2nd grade
 


If you have not yet registered your child, go to orchardhillchurch.org/biblesunday and get him/her registered today. This is such a fun morning for our 2nd graders to receive their Bibles and a great opportunity to invite family and friends. If you have any questions, Email Rendi.

if
 

Monday, Jan. 15 | 6-8pm | 211 W. Bremer Ave

Are you seeking a place to connect and belong in community? Join other women for conversation about life, relationships, faith and belonging. Bring an appetizer to share, friends, and an open heart. Everyone is welcome! For questions and more information, contact Meredith Smith via email

cafe
 

Wednesday, January 3 | 5:30-6:30 pm | Vineyard Church

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. 

chaos
 

January 3 | No activities
January 10 | Naz, Cedar Falls | 5:50 pm @ Prairie Links
January 17 | Waverly | TBD
January 24 | Naz, Cedar Falls | 5:50 pm @ Prairie Links
January 31 | Waverly | TBD
**Please note, we’ll go to Cedar Falls on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays just for January, to accommodate UNI’s schedule and having 5 Wednesdays in the month.

 
 
 

Congratulations to:

Geoff and Molly Juza on the adoption of their son, David, November 17

Tim and Shelby Walsten on the birth of their son, Anderson Cole, November 29

Sarah Van Maanen and Jay Morales who were married at OHC December 9

Tyler and Miki Granberg on the birth of their adopted son, Bryer Joshua, December 25

 

Statistics for December

Cedar Falls Campus           1,259
Grundy Campus                    301
Waverly Campus                   151

Total Ave Attendance         1,711

Christmas Eve (7) Services Total   4,440

  

Contributions

As of December 24:
Needed Giving: $2,070,093
Actual Giving: $2,089,879

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 
orchardhillchurch.org/give.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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