Orchard Hill on a Mission

By Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, & Doug Tensen

Everyone Leads!

At Orchard, one of our core values is, “Everyone Leads.” We believe that everyone has influence, and at its core, leadership is influence. As Senior Leaders, we continue to ask God to help us identify, develop, grow, & empower leaders who will follow Jesus and steward their influence to bless a broken world. We believe that inspired, encouraged & equipped Christian leaders transform their spheres of influence and help us fulfill our mission.

We see signs of godly influence in our church family in so many ways: From the Kid’s Ministry Team that planned & executed a record-setting VBS week and will help resource equally impacting weeks in Waverly & Grundy County this summer, to the Life Group leaders meeting with friends, neighbors, students, or coworkers in homes and other places around the Cedar Valley. At the core of these and so many other tangible acts of ministry & service, there are individuals & collaborative teams of people who are stewarding their influence to bless our community and world in a God-honoring way.

As we continue to prayerfully discern God’s vision for Orchard Hill Church’s future, one thing that remains very clear to us is the ongoing need to identify, equip & develop Godly leaders who follow Jesus and are ready to steward their influence in our church community and in the world. We are excited to see our church take steps in encouraging more people to influence our world in Jesus’ name!

One clear way we can encourage & equip our body is through the Global Leadership Summit. The GLS will take place on August 9-10, and we are again serving as a Premier Host Site. The GLS is a great way to grow as a leader. From the opportunity to revitalize your relationship with God, to improving the quality of work on your team, the GLS encourages & inspires people to use their God-given influence to serve those around them. Now in its 25th year, the GLS has helped us grow as a church by inspiring & encouraging so many people to grow in their influence as Christian leaders. We hope you will join us for this two-day event.

Additionally, we hope you will continue to remember all the different ministries and events that are taking place this month.  Most notably are the VBS weeks in Waverly & Grundy Center. Also, CARAVAN (High School Students) and a whole host of volunteers & staff team members will be heading to Pensacola, FL. Your prayers & encouragement are appreciated!

Again, we are grateful to serve this body and partner with you to help next generations encounter and follow Jesus to bless a broken world!  


7th grade

July 18 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm | $45

Escape Room Game, Get Air, food, and messy outdoor fun. For more information and to register go to cedarvalleystudents.org/chaos/events. Register by July 15.

Baptism class

July 16 | Cedar Falls Campus | Room 150-152

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 during the worship service on August 5.


2nd Wednesday of the month | July 11 | 11:30 am | The Rice House, Cedar Falls

Sign up in the Route 55 binder at the Welcome Centers and note if you would like to carpool or meet there. Contact Sharon Johannsen at 319.472.4306 or via email.

Connect and care

Monday, July 16 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Room 111

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.

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July 13 | Hiking Day | Dunning Springs, Decorah

Join us for a day of hiking and exploring the beautiful Dunnings Springs in Decorah. Trails, streams and waterfalls. There is no cost to join, just bring money for a late lunch stop. Meet at OHC Cedar Falls at 8:00 am; we be home around 5:30 pm. Email Elliot Tensen if interested in joining.


Sundays: July 1, 15; August 19; September 2, 16

We are in need of 30 volunteers each Picnic to help serve between 11 am and 1:30 pm. Areas of service include hospitality, food service, children's activities, prayer, and clean-up. We also need food prep volunteers that come on Saturday mornings for a few hours in the OHC kitchen. PIP a great place for individuals, families, and small groups to step into service with our local partners at Harvest Vineyard Church. To sign up, go to orchardhillchurch.org/picnicinthepark or contact Kris Hoskinson via email.

We’d also love to invite you to just come and check it out, bring your family, come worship, and have lunch. This is also a great way to meet our partners and experience it for yourself.


There is no Elementary programming on Sunday, July 1st. We will resume Sunday, July 8th, during the 9:15 am service time only. This is a great time for families to attend worship services together!!

Men's breakfast

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

Contact Marv Cook via email or 319.939.6890.


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 $119 by going to our website and using the discount code found is each week’s Sunday program.

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bible study

Galatians | July 5 & 12 | 11:15 am—2:30 pm | Prayer Room

Join us for two weeks as we read and discuss the Bible together. Men and women attend. (Next up: August 16 & 23 / Ephesians)


Retrieving Freedom | July 2 | 2:00 pm | CC Coffee House Lobby

Join us for a patriotic-themed dessert fellowship followed by an educational demonstration from the Retrieving Freedom organization… A trained dog will be present! Note: We plan to tour the Waverly training facility on September 5.


July 18 | Backbone State Park

Details and sign up located in the Route 55 binder or contact Marilyn Jasper, 319.290.5216 or via email.


I Can Only Imagine | July 15 | 5:00 pm | Sanctuary

Hotdogs at 5 pm, showtime at 5:30 pm. Popcorn and pop will be served at intermission. Bring candy to share if you’d like. Admission & food: Donations of any amount will be collected to support the Cup of Cold Water fund.

bible conf

July 28 - August 5

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




Orchard Kids Summer Nursery during 9:15 am service only thru Labor Day.


Community Worship | July 8 | 10:30 am | 1006 M Ave, GC HS Auditorium

Join us as area churches gather for worship. 


August 5 | 10:30 am | Conference Room

Learn about Baptism and ask questions. Please register online at orchardhillchurch.org/baptism.


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

Mark your calendars 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.


Grundy Community VBS | July 29-August 2  |  Online registration is open

Visit grundycentervbs.net for more information and to register.


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Friday, July 20 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | 1003 Ridgeway Blvd, Waverly

Get to know others at OHC with a potluck dinner. Everyone is invited to a potluck dinner at the home of Jesse & Rachel Henkle to get to know others at OHC Waverly. Drinks and tableware will be provided. Bring a dish to share.


Monday, July 16 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | 211 W Bremer Ave

All women welcome for meaningful conversation!


July 23-26 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | W-SR Middle School

Registration now open at waverlyiowavbs.org.


Congratulations to:

Katie McMartin & Jordan Lewis who were married at OHCGC, June 2
Sydney Damm & Kurt Vavricek who were married at OHC, June 2
Megan White & Michael Bowden who were married at OHCGC, June 9
Carrie Spree & Kyle Muller who were married at OHC, June 16
Brooke Bottke & Brian Baird who were married at OHC, June 29
Allie Stoner & Andy Platner who were married at OHCGC, June 30

Statistics for June

Cedar Falls Campus           1,052
Grundy Campus                    224
Waverly Campus                   128

Total Ave Attendance         1,404



As of June 24:
Needed Giving: $1,054,423
Actual Giving: $1,066,239

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 









Our love and sympathy to the family & friends of Erma Christiansen who passed away June 8. Erma was a charter member.