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Orchard Hill on a Mission

Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, Doug Tensen

Preparing for Easter

Just as we set aside time to spiritually prepare for Christmas and the coming of Jesus during Advent, Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to prepare for the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection. During Lent we are encouraged to come to terms with the human condition and our need for a Savior; to examine our hearts and understand the depths of God’s love a little deeper. When we do the work of self-examination and spiritual growth, Good Friday and Easter are not just another holiday but an amazing opportunity to receive the overflowing ‘buckets’ of grace God has to offer. Besides our weekend services focused on the book of James, we have a number of opportunities to help you prepare your hearts for Easter.  

  • Our Wednesday Lenten Lunch series in Cedar Falls and Grundy Center centered on the Gospel of John
  • Life Groups and short-term small groups across our campuses
  • Holy Week events and activities
  • Gospel mime presentations
  • Maundy Thursday Services
  • Good Friday Services
  • Special volunteer and service opportunities at each of our campuses
  • Additionally, a significant number of people going on Spring Break mission trips

There are 50 college students who will be traveling to Jamaica, a multigenerational group of 14 will be serving with our partners at UCI in Haiti, and about 40 high school students and college-aged leaders will travel to God’s Mountain in Rushville, Missouri. All in all, we will send more than 100 students and adults to serve at 3 destinations in the next couple of weeks! We hope you will participate in these Lenten growth opportunities, and join us in praying for the safety and kingdom impact of the mission trips in the coming weeks.

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Wednesday, March 28 | 7:00 pm | Community Center

David Brickner of Jews for Jesus will recreate the traditional Passover service, and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection.


March 29 | 7:00 pm | Community Center

Student-led service in partnership with BASIC. Five BASIC students will share personal stories connecting to Jesus' last supper with His disciples. This service is an intimate communion service. All are welcome.

good friday

March 30 | 7:00 & 9:00 pm | Nazareth Lutheran Church

You are invited to join us for this student-led Good Friday service. BIGhouse students will share personal stories, while reflecting on Jesus' infamous walk to the cross.

lenten lunch

Wednesdays | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm | Commons | $4

March 7: Katy Myers, OHC
March 14: Brian Steenhoek, OHC Grundy
March 21: Jesse Henkle, OHC Waverly


Saturday Night Service
March 31 | 7:00 pm | Community Center
Nursery available (ages 2 & under)

Sunday Morning Services
April 1 | 9:15 and 10:45 am
Nursery & Pre-K programming (birth - 4 years) at all services. No Elementary programming.

Live Streaming Live streaming of our Cedar Falls Campus Sunday Easter Services will be available online at

try pie

Order your Easter pies online at | Pies are $15

Try Pie is a social enterprise structured youth ministry that uses employment as an opportunity to engage and equip young women for their futures. If you’d like to place an order for an apple, cherry, peach-blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, triple berry or rhubarb-raspberry-lavender pie to be ready just in time for Easter.

men breakfast

3rd Tuesday of the month | March 20 | 8:30 am | Gravy’s Diner
Contact Marv Cook or 319.939.6890.


OHC is planning 3 Saturdays to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity this Spring:  March 3, April 14, and May 5.

There are 10 spots for each of these Saturdays. Sign ups are located here: Volunteer Sign Up.


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day trip

Tuesday, April 3 / 8am Depart from OHC

Day trip to Edgewood, IA
Tour Kendrick Forest Products (Saw mill to cabinet showroom) & The Markket Home Store in Edgewood. Lunch at Cafe Rose. Optional afternoon tour of Strawberry Hill Dairy Goat Farm & Soap Co. Return to CF by 3:30 or 5 pm, depending on your choice of tours. Cost: Less than $10 + lunch.


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March 4 | Following 10:45 service

Please bring a dish to share and plan to join us as we celebrate 1 year on our new campus!

craft night

March 19 | 6 pm

Light supper, devotion, string art craft, child care provided. Contact Karen Freed via email or 319.239.5615 or sign up at the Welcome Center.

try pie

Order online at | Pies are $15

Try Pie is a social enterprise structured youth ministry that uses employment as an opportunity to engage and equip young women for their futures. If you’d like to place an order for an apple, cherry, peach-blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, triple berry or rhubarb-raspberry-lavender pie to be ready just in time for Easter. Pick up will be on Sunday, March 25th, in the Lobby.


March 28 | 6 & 8:00 pm

Friends First and CHAOS-led Mime. I Am: Exploring the Identity of God & Who We Are.


April 1 | 9:15 & 10:45 am; 1800 G Ave

Nursery (Birth - 3 yrs old) available at all services. Pre-K & Kindergarten class at 9:15 am only. Elementary (1st-5th grade) during 9:15 am only.




Wednesday, March 7 | 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. Follow the Waverly Cafe on Facebook at /waverlycafe1.


Tuesday, March 20 | 8-10 pm | 211 W Bremer Ave

Join others to Worship God in a living room style setting at the downtown building across from Fareway. Everyone is welcome!


Sunday, March 18 | 10:45 am | Middle School

Join us in the commons following the worship service for lunch and fellowship. Subs and drinks will be provided. Bring a side or dessert to share. Everyone is welcome!  


No Elementary Programming on March 11 & 18 during Spring Break. There will be nursery and PreK programming on those dates.


March 7 | CHAOS @ Naz, carpool at 5:45pm at Prairie Links
March 14 | No Activities - Spring Break
March 21 | CHAOS @ Naz, carpool at 5:45pm at Prairie Links
March 28 | Waverly @ 211 W. Bremer 7:00-8:00pm


Monday, March 26 | 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. We celebrate the different life stages we may be in and different journeys we are on, but our intention and purpose will always be to point people to Jesus. Bring a friend and an appetizer to share. All women welcome! For questions and more information contact Meredith Smith via email.


April 1 | 9:30 am in WSR Middle School
Nursery & Pre-K programming (birth - 5 years) during service. No Elementary programming.


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

In Sympathy:

We would like to extend our love and sympathy to the family of Christina Rich who passed away
February 18. 




As of February 18:

Needed Giving: $295,238
Actual Giving: $293,047
Shortage: $2,191

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


Statistics for February 2018

Sunday Attendance (3 weeks)

Cedar Falls Campus                           1,239
Grundy Campus                                    269
Waverly Campus                                    195

Total Average Attendance                  1,703