Orchard Hill on a Mission

Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, Doug Tensen

Entering Year 3 of “Let’s Go!”

"...And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:47)

Acts 2 records some pretty amazing events where the early church is born and experiencing the presence and power of the Spirit of God. It is here that the prevailing church is born and experiences waves of growth as it launches into mission in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Coming out of this Easter season, it feels like we too have experienced a fresh breeze of the Spirit as new people and faces graced all of our Holy Week and Easter services and we opened a new facility in Grundy County! Over the last 8 weeks or so, the opening of our new building in Grundy Center has exceeded our expectations and created a wave of ministry momentum. We have had many new families and children! And in a positive way, we believe we have captured the attention of the region and helped begin a whole new season of ministry in Grundy County.

Special thanks to those of you who attended, volunteered and welcomed people at the new facility in the last several weeks. There is no question this new space has fostered stronger community within our church family and served as a catalytic tool for outreach. In just a few weeks we have used the facility in multiple ways:  Bible studies, a birthday party, a community open house, our first funeral service, and even an “after prom” party! Stef Rohler, a current Board Member, wrote these words after last weekend’s events:

“I wanted to thank you all for allowing the use of the new GC facility for after prom last Saturday night. I also wanted to share a few things that affirm why we use our facilities the way we do, even though it creates extra work and maybe some anxiety!  We housed bubble soccer, human foosball, sumo suit wrestling, bungee run, a carnival, a photo booth, and food & prizes. Tons of activity! Here are some things that I saw happen:

1.   At set up the night before, parents took the opportunity to ask me about OHC, and were very interested in our values, and seemed to be sincere about trying us out.  

2.   At tear down on Saturday night (3AM), I heard the comment that not many churches would have allowed this in their church, let alone a brand new facility.  

3.   Close to 100 kids plus parents had the chance to be inside a church. When they are searching for God someday, it may be the place they come because it is familiar!

4.   It was a first step to being a place that is integral to our community activities, for everyone, not just for OHC members.

5.   Everyone was comfortable and felt welcomed to be there!”

As we enter the 3rd year of our Let’s Go Campaign, we have lots to celebrate! The impact is much more than a new building! It is a powerful tool to accomplish our mission. “Thank you!” for your strong support and partnership in in this campaign. We believe that together God has given the families of Orchard Hill Church the financial resources to complete this project and lay a foundation for the next. We hope every family that calls Orchard home, will prayerfully consider a financial commitment to our Building Fund by filling out a pledge card and returning it by Sunday, June 4. Your gifts will help us build on our current momentum to pursue the mission God has called us to in the Cedar Valley and ‘to the ends of the earth!’

We are one church on three campuses. We can do this -- Let’s Go!


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Building on a strong foundation

We’ve just finished building a permanent church facility for our Grundy County Campus which will be the base of ministry to that region the next 50+ years. We are starting year 3 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, visit orchardhillchurch.org/letsgo.


August 10 & 11 | 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 $89 by going to our website and using the discount code found is each week’s bulletin. The price will increase to $119 after July 11.


June 11-15

Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Join us for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School! Kick-off is Sunday June 11 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 12th through the 15th. For more information and registration, go to orchardhillchurch.org/vbs. Registration opens May 1! (t-shirt deadline is May 26th)  


The last day of Elementary programming will be Sunday, May 21st. We will resume Sunday, July 9th during the 9:15 am service time only. This is a great time for families to attend worship services together!!


Last CHAOS is May 3.


June 12-16 | Bolivar, MO | Any 7th, 8th or 9th grader | $375

Serve others, build friendships, & take next steps in faith. It will be awesome! Register: cedarvalleystudents.org/chaos/events.


Last BIGhouse is May 3.


All In Sports Camp is a place where Jr. High kids can come fellowship together and grow in both their sport and in their faith. We place a high value on fun, truth, and being a welcoming community. We are committed to bringing in coaches with valuable knowledge to pass on to the youth and speakers who will tell honest stories of how God has worked in their lives.

WHO: Jr  High Students (finished 6th grade - finished 8th grade)
COST: $60/camp
WHERE: Orchard Hill Church
Girls Basketball : June 19 - 22
Boys Basketball : June 26 - 29
Cross Country : July 10 - 13
7 on 7 Style Football (no pads):  July 17-20

Registration & more information online at cedarvalleystudents.org/allinsportscamp.


Stay tuned for upcoming Summer BASIC events! Be sure to get connected with us on social media.
Facebook: BASIC at Lang
Twitter: @basicatlang
Instagram: @basicatlang
Snapchat: @basicatlanghall


June 4, 18, July 2, 16, Aug 20, Sept 3, 17

Join in helping OHC and Harvest Vineyard offer the hope and hospitality of Jesus through a shared meal, conversation, and worship together in Lincoln Park, Waterloo. Picnic in the Park kicks off Sunday, June 4. Consider visiting to worship and have lunch and/or serving one of the 7 times offered this summer and fall! Learn more or sign up to serve at orchardhillchurch.org/picnicinthepark.


Saturday, May 13 | Miracle of Marigolds | 10:00 am-12:30 pm

pThe Walnut Neighborhood is planning an annual flower-planting event. "Miracle of Marigolds" welcomes neighbors and partners to come to the Community Garden at the corner of Clay and Pine St. in Waterloo at 10 am. Marigolds will be planted on several corners of the neighborhood. At 11:45 am, participants will return to the community garden corner to enjoy brats and burgers together! Please RSVP to Kris Hoskinson via email. and let us know if you'd like to carpool.

Consider purchasing a row of crops. FRB raises money to help teach people around the world how to grow their own food. Some of these locations include our partners in Haiti, Mozambique, and locally in Waterloo. You can be a part of this endeavor by purchasing the seed to plant a row of crops ($25 per row). You can give at any time in our offering by writing “FRB” in the memo line.


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Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18-May 30 | 8 am

Join us for a 2.2 mile loop around Prairie Lakes. We’ll also encourage one another with the Daily Scripture and pray together before departing. Men & women are welcome. Contact Terri Williams via email or Jean via email.


May 3 | Rock Creek State Park (near Newton, IA)

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month (May-Oct) as we explore trails around Iowa. See detailed itinerary and sign up sheet in Route 55 binder at CF Welcome Centers. Space in OHC van is limited ($4/person) or carpool. Contact Marcia Hansen via email. Next month: Pine Lake State Park | June 7.

lunch bunch

2nd Wednesday @ 11:30 am | May 10 | Peppers.
Sign up in the Route 55 binder at the Welcome Center or contact Barb DeVries @ 319.268.0814 for more info.


3rd Tuesday @ 8:30 am | May 16 | Gravy’s Diner.
Contact Marv Cook via email for more info.


Monday, June 12 | 12:05 pm game

Depart from church @ 10:15 am return by 6 pm. Tickets: $12 (plus concessions & gas donation). Sign up in the Route 55 binder or contact Marv Cook via email to reserve your spot. All ages welcome!


June 4 | 5:00 pm | Big House Lawn (Commons if rain)

Good food & good friends! Bring your lawn chair and a side or dessert to share. Meat & beverages provided. Sign up sheet in Route 55 binder at CF Welcome Centers.


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Men's breakfast

3rd Thursday of the month | May 18 | 8:30 am | Corner Café, Reinbeck.
Contact Louie Hartke with questions at 319.243.8974 or via email.


Building on a strong foundation

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 3 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 attenders. To learn more, visit orchardhillchurch.org/letsgo.


Friday, May 12 | 6 pm | 1800 G Ave

Our men’s retreats in the past have started with amazing times of food, fun, and worship on Friday nights. We’re taking it up a notch with a one-night-only dinner and worship event at our new building. We’ll be cooking up some great smoked meats and everything will be provided, you just have to come. We will experience some great worship utilizing our new worship center and we’ll close out the night with some hang out time and a few games. Suggested donation toward the dinner $5. Contact: Mark Kuiper via email or 319.415.9293.


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

The next Waverly Cafe served by OHC Waverly is May 3 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Vineyard Church in 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.


Thursdays | 9:30 am-11:00 am | 105 Eagle Ridge Dr, Waverly

Bonnie Deur is leading a Women's Bible Study on the Old Testament book of Esther on Thursday mornings through May 18. No preparation is required. Anyone is welcome to join in! Call 641.780.5111 for more information.


Tuesday, May 16 | 6:00-8:00 pm | 211 W Bremer Ave.

Are you seeking a place to belong? We invite you to come for a night of community and connection. Join us for conversation about life, relationships, faith and belonging. Bring an appetizer to share, yourself and friends, and an open heart. We welcome you with open arms. Contact Meredith Smith via email.


Save the Date for VBS!

The OHC Waverly Campus will again be partnering with other local churches for Waverly Community VBS on July 17-20 from 6-8 pm at the W-SR High School. Invites are now available at the Waverly Campus Welcome Center and at 211 W. Bremer Ave. Follow us online at waverlyiowa.vbs.org or Facebook at /waverlyiowavbs. Registration for both kids and volunteers will open June 1.


May CHAOS Schedule

May 3 | Finale in Cedar Falls - carpool leaves at 5:50 pm from Prairie Links parking lot
May 10 | Finale in Waverly - Backyard BBQ at the Hubbard's, contact Angie at hbbrd@aol.com for more information.


No Worship Service in Waverly on June 4 due to a basketball tournament at the middle school. Everyone is invited to attend the Cedar Falls or Grundy County campus for Global Leadership Summit Sunday. Service times and directions can be found at orchardhillchurch.org.


The final day of Orchard Kids PreK and Elementary programming will be May 21. Beginning May 28, the nursery and PreK will be combined during the worship service for the summer. All regular programming will resume in the fall.


Sunday, May 7 | 5:00-8:00 pm | 207 Greenwood Ln, Waverly

The Orchard Hill Waverly Prime Time group (formerly 50ish and Up) invites you to an evening of food and fellowship on Sunday, May 7 from 5:00-8:00pm. They will meet at the home of Bob and Sue Howe, 207 Greenwood Lane, Waverly.  Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish to share. For more information, contact Bonnie Deur at 641.780.5111 or via email.


Our Sympathy

We would like to extend our love and sympathy to the families of Jon Crews who passed away April 6, and Gary Johnson who passed away April 17.


Congratulations to:

Meghan Cain & Derek Newton who were married at OHC, April 7

Kyle & Abby Wood on the birth of their son, Atlas Campbell, April 12



Thank You

Gene Richardson is home recovering from his full knee replacement surgery and doing well. He would like to thank everyone for the prayers, visits, and cards. He would especially like to thank his amazing caregiver, Tena. Recovery will take about 2 weeks with therapy.



As of April 23:

Needed Giving:  $690,031 
Actual Giving:    $699,530

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

(4 weeks Average)

Cedar Falls Campus             1,465
Grundy Campus                      425
Waverly Campus                     177

Total Average Attendance    2,067