Orchard Hill on a Mission

Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, Doug Tensen

Knowing our “Yes” and Let’s Go

In the weeks ahead, our Sunday morning teaching series will be exploring how we, as followers of Jesus, need wisdom and clarity in knowing what to say “yes” to. We know that our lives are filled with many, many great opportunities: Helping others, getting involved in activities, doing purposeful work, enjoying recreation, and learning all kinds of things. But every “yes” by definition means that we are also saying “no” to something else. This series will cover topics which will help us say “yes” in healthy and strong ways and promises to be a helpful guide as we seek to live faithful and fulfilling lives in response to all that God has done for us.

As a church, we are constantly discerning what to say “yes” to. There is no shortage of opportunities to start new ministries, engage with new partners, and respond to the needs we see in our world--all the while keeping up with the needs of a growing church and ministry. However, like any growing family, we recognize that when we say “yes” to one thing we are often saying “no” to some other good things. 

One clear “yes” we committed ourselves to is our Let’s Go Campaign. Let’s Go is our campaign to pay for our new building in Grundy Center. As we enter Year 4 of our 5-year commitment, we want to encourage our church family to remember the commitment we made so that we can complete this campaign well. It's a matter of keeping our commitments, being good stewards, and preparing for future ministry and mission.

Recently, the senior leaders were meeting with other staff and got super-excited - imagining what would be possible if we could pay off our mortgage fully! We could hire a full-time staff for student ministry in Waverly, we could launch a ministry for at-risk youth struggling with mental health issues; addictions; abuse; or neglect, we could prepare for the next project….the list goes on! So LET’S GO and get our mortgage paid down so we can be ready for God's next call!

We are one church on three campuses! Let’s build on our current momentum for the mission God has called us to. Our senior leaders, board members and staff are renewing their commitments to Let’s Go. We ask that every family join us by prayerfully asking God what they can do to help, giving a gift, and completing a pledge card. Our goal is 100% participation. Please return your pledge card by Sunday, June 3.  

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lets go

We’ve just finished building a permanent church facility for our Grundy County Campus which will be the base of ministry to that region over the next 50+ years. We are starting Year 4 of our 5-year fundraising campaign, Let's Go. We are asking for a one-year commitment with 100% participation from Leadership, Board, staff, members and regular attendees. To learn more about the campaign, visit orchardhillchurch.org/letsgo.

kids min

The last day of Elementary programming will be Sunday, May 20th. 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!


Saturday, May 12 | 10 am - Noon

Join neighbors and friends of the Walnut Neighborhood for their annual Miracle of Marigolds flower planting. We will meet at Grace Gardens, 316 Walnut St., Waterloo, at 10 am. Bring gloves and a hand trowel and join with partners to beautify the neighborhood. Contact Laura Hoy via email with questions or to let her know you’re coming.


Saturday, May 5 | 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

May is Habitat’s Women Build month. Each day of the month, volunteer groups of women from the community are working to build a home alongside Habitat for Humanity. No experience necessary; must be at least 16 years old. Volunteer Sign Up. Contact Laura Hoy if you have any questions.

picnic in the park

Sundays: June 3, 17; July 1, 15; August 19; September 2, 16

Orchard Hill Church will join with partner Harvest Vineyard this summer/fall for the 8th season of Picnic in the Park. Together, we will offer a meal and worship in Waterloo's Lincoln Park for the purpose of gathering together and building relationships. It is a chance to serve and eat together- a beautiful picture of the kingdom of God here on Earth.

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 in 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.  

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.


June 10 - 14 | Registration opens May 1 | t-shirt deadline is May 27

Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Join us for “Shipwrecked” Vacation Bible School! Kick-off is Sunday June 10 at 10:45 am in the Community Center (no night session), followed by a family picnic from 11:30 am - 1 pm on the west lawn. Nightly VBS sessions begin June 11th through the 14th. For more information and registration, go to orchardhillchurch.org/vbs.

golf tourney

Monday, June 25

OHC partners with Love INC to make an impact in the local community. Love INC networks 29 churches in the Cedar Valley to meet the tangible needs for the under-resourced in our community in the Name of Christ. This is a best shot tournament designed for all skill levels and the proceeds make a huge difference for this ministry. If you’re interested, go to golfloveinc.com for more information and to sign up.

lunch bunch

2nd Wednesday of the month | May 9 | 11:30 am | L J’s Neighborhood Grill

Meet at 11am at Orchard to carpool. Sign up in the Route 55 binder; contact Barb DeVries with questions.

mens breakfast

3rd Tuesday of the month @ 8:30 am | May 15  | Gravy’s Diner

Contact Marv Cook or 319.939.6890 for more info.


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winter study

Book of Acts | Thursdays | 11:15 am - 12:30 pm | Prayer Room  

Engage in God’s word with friends! Join us as we read and discuss the Book of Acts together. No homework. Men & women attend. Everyone is welcome. 


Wednesday, 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 via email or 319.290.5216. Upcoming hikes: June 20: Swiss Valley Trail (Peosta) & July 18: Backbone State Park


Trip to Edgewood | May 22 | Depart CF 8 am - Return 3 pm

We’ll tour Kendrick Forest Products (Sawmill to furniture showroom) and visit the new Markket Home Store, followed by lunch at the historic Cafe Rose. Cost: $11.50 (includes beverage & gratuity) plus gas donation. Space is limited. Contact Jean Gedlinske or 319.486.1340.


Wednesday, June 6 | 12:05 game

Sign up in the Route 55 Binder or Contact Marv Cook; 319.939.6890 for details.


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Greenhouse Road Trip | Monday, May 7

Join us for this women's event. Carpooling from Church parking lot at 8:30 am. Contact Karen Freed or 319.239.5615.

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Orchard Kids | Last Day May 20
Preschool & Elementary programming will restart in September.

Orchard Kids Summer Nursery | During 9:15 service only
Memorial Day thru Labor Day

food pantry

May 26 | 8:30 - 11:30am | American Lutheran Church, 1103 F Ave

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank supplies food to be distributed to under-resourced households in our area. Volunteers from area churches facilitate this distribution by unloading the truck, arranging the food, assisting with distribution, carrying bags and boxes to vehicles, and cleaning up. This takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours. It takes many volunteers to facilitate this food distribution. This is a great activity for families, small groups, and all age levels to serve together. To volunteer, please contact Mark and Shelly Kiewiet at 319.415.5513.


Stop in & see the finished space

Thank you to the many volunteers & business partners who have shared their time & talents to putting this space together. The kitchen in open & ready to serve the church, ministry groups, and people who use our spaces.


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Wednesday, May 2 | 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.


Friday, May 18 | 6:30-9:00 pm | 211 W Bremer Ave

All 5th & 6th grade students are invited for pizza and movie night. Bring a friend--all are welcome!


Monday, May 21 | 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.


May Schedule

May 2: CHAOS @ Naz, carpool at 5:45 pm at Prairie Links
May 9: Waverly @ TBD 7:00-8:00 pm

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The last day of Elementary programming will by May 20. Nursery and PreK will be available during the worship service throughout the summer.


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

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.


In Sympathy

We would like to extend our love and sympathy to the families of Chris Dreesman who passed away April 14 and John Campbell who passed away April 20.


Congratulations to:

Aaron & Bernice Ticknor on the birth of their son, Wyatt Kayhon, March 9

Dan & Kristin Humke on the birth of their daughter, Anna Kristine, March 14

Scott & Lynda Bohlmann on the birth of their son, Almerick Joseph, March 23

Hannah Mesch & Dillon Distler who were married at OHC, April 7

Dick & Karen Hensley on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, May 4



As of April 22:

Needed Giving:  $674,831
Actual Giving:    $713,355

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 April

(3 weeks Average)

Cedar Falls Campus             1,217
Grundy Campus                      269
Waverly Campus                     199

Total Average Attendance    1,685

Easter Service Attendance  3,330