Orchard Hill on a Mission

Doug Tensen, Jeff Mickey, Brian Steenhoek

Why do we have a Congregational Celebration?

Sunday evening, November 19, at 6 pm is our annual Congregational Celebration. It happens every year, and this year we are celebrating it in our new facility in Grundy Center! At a recent staff meeting, we took a moment to think about why we host this yearly event.

Probably the biggest reason can be found in the name. Congregational Celebration. We are coming together to celebrate! We believe that it is important to pause from time to time to celebrate what God has and is doing in our church family. And we always have a lot to celebrate! There are moving and inspiring stories we want to share about lives being changed and ministries that are having an impact for Jesus.

We also need to be reminded of who we are. God has called our church to a unique mission—helping next generations encounter & follow Jesus to bless a broken world. It’s so easy to forget who we are. The Congregational Celebration is a great opportunity for us to be reminded of our unique calling.

It is also a chance for us to be together. We believe in community. It’s one of our church’s top values. We are better together. Belonging in community is one of our 4 strategies of growing in our faith. Worshipping together. Sharing stories around tables. Eating terrific desserts together. Laughing with old friends. Meeting new friends. All of this is so important for us to be a healthy church family.

Each Congregational Celebration gives us an opportunity to focus on something important. This year we want to shine a bright light on the good work that God is doing in Grundy County. We have a lot to celebrate! A new facility, a growing ministry, volunteers and staff that are reaching out with the message of God’s love. It will be exciting to see and experience together what God is doing!

We used to call our annual celebration the Congregational Meeting, and there’s still some truth to that purpose. We have some important business to do. At each celebration we formally approve our annual budget and any changes to our Leadership Board and Nominating Team for the upcoming year. If there is any business we are required to vote on as a congregation, this is the time to do it.

But the Congregational Celebration is so much more than a business meeting. We have an opportunity to celebrate God’s good work, to communicate our church’s unique vision, to come together as a community of believers, to focus on our current work in the Kingdom, and to get some work done together.

We hope to see you at the Congregational Celebration on November 19, in Grundy Center. It will be a good night to be the Church together!

Thanks for your partnership.

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Cong celebration

Sunday, November 19 | 6 pm | Grundy County Worship Center, 1800 G Ave, Grundy Center

Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share. The  evening will include affirming the 2018 budget and celebrating what God has done at Orchard this past year. Nursery for ages 2 and under will be provided.


Wednesday, November 22 | 7pm | Community Center

Join us for worship and a time to give thanks to the Lord. We will be taking an offering for Cup of Cold Water as well as accepting toy donations for our Christmas Store. Nursery for ages 2 and under will be provided.


December 9 | Boys & Girls Club, Waterloo

The Christmas Store will be stocked with gifts and toys that are donated. The gifts will be sold at a 75-80% discount. Along with the Christmas Store, Christmas in Walnut offers a free breakfast to shopping families and volunteers, and it provides a craft workshop where children of shopping parents can make and wrap homemade presents for their family members. Everyone gets to give and receive at Christmas in Walnut!

*Volunteer- sign up is open! Click here to sign up.
*Bring gifts ( See toy List) or donate money and our team will purchase gifts.
*Get your business involved & do a toy drive or donation. The first night of taking toy donations at Orchard is on our Thanksgiving Eve service. We invite you to bring toys or donations that evening.
*Buy a book for the store/buy one for own family! We give the gift of a children’s book to every shopper on the day of the store to share with their family. This year’s book is a powerful story that shares the Gospel in a beautiful way.
*Make bars or cookies for the event. Questions- email Molly Juza.

try pie

Order online at trypie.org.

Pies are $15 and will be ready for pickup on November 15 & 19 at the CF Campus, and new this year pickup on November 19 at the Grundy County Campus. Place an order for an apple, cherry, pecan, pumpkin, peach-blackberry, raspberry pie or one of our new pies, pumpkin praline or apple pear cranberry, to be ready just in time for Thanksgiving.  


Family Movie Night | November 10 | Sanctuary | 6 pm - 8 pm (Doors open 5:30)
Join us for another fun-filled family movie night! Come enjoy a free movie theatre experience with your entire family. Featuring the film "Moana". Everyone is welcome! We provide popcorn and snacks. See you there!

Orchard Kids Christmas Mission Project: Sundays, November 5 - December 3
Each year Orchard Kids partners with Christmas in Walnut to support their mission in providing a free book or Bible for every family that visits the Christmas Store. This is such a fun project for our kids as they get to be intimately involved in moving Orchard's mission forward by helping other kids. Look for more information to follow.


Tuesday, December 5 | Orchard Hill Community Center

Come spend a 'Peace'full evening enjoying good food, music and an inspirational message to kick of your busy holiday season. Tickets will be on sale Sundays, November 5, and 12 at the Event Center in the Atrium.

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Sunday, November 12 | 11:45 am | OHC Commons

We will be serving our annual Thanksgiving Feast with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and MORE!  

Christmas Eve

Cedar Falls Campus - Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 24, 10 am, 2:00, 4:00, & 6:00 pm

Grundy Campus - Sunday, December 24, 9:15 & 11:00 am

Waverly – You are invited to the Cedar Falls or Grundy County Campuses for a Service


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book of matthew

Thursday, November 2 & 9 | 11 am-12:30 pm | Room 109  

We will continue our Bible reading & discussion that began in October - others are welcome to jump in for these last 2 weeks. Contact Jean Gedlinske via email for more info.

lunch bunch

2nd Wednesday @ 11:30 am | November 8 | Red Lobster

Carpool available at Orchard at 11 am. 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 | November 21 | Gravy’s Diner.

Contact Marv Cook via email for more info.


Sunday, November 12 | 5 pm | Commons

No program, just good food & fellowship. Bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. Table service and beverages will be provided. Invite a friend!


November 16 | 11 am | Room 109

Leslie Cohn (LMSW) of National Alliance for Mental Illness will speak about various forms of Mental illness and shed light on common misconceptions. She will also share about helpful resources available in our community. A free soup lunch will be served following the program.

Christmas party

Saturday, December 2 | 9:30 am | Commons

Join us for a delicious holiday buffet, beautiful music & festive fellowship! The Proud Image Chorus will provide musical entertainment in the Sanctuary following the meal. Meal donation: $4 per person. RSVP by November 30 in the Route 55 binder at the Welcome Center.


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craft night

Monday, November 6 | 6 pm | Free will donation

Come for an evening of community and fun seasonal crafting with soups and snacks for everyone. Childcare provided. Free will donation to cover expenses. Sign-up is recommended, near the Welcome Center where craft samples may be viewed. Contact Emily Strohbehn, via email for more info.

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Save the Date | Christmas in Grundy County | Saturday, December 9

Watch for more information on our website, or in the weekly bulletin.

office hours

Tuesday-Thursday | 9 am - 12 pm

Grundy County Staff is also available to meet with you by appointment. Staff contact info is on our website: orchardhillchurch.org/grundy/staff.




Wednesday, November 1 | 5:30-6:30 pm | Vineyard 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.


Sunday, November 5 | 7:00 pm | TBD

All college-age people are invited to come worship through music, teaching, and sharing stories next Sunday night at the Waverly Campus office. A FREE meal will be served at 7:00 pm. Program will begin at 8:00 pm. All are welcome!


Tuesday, November 14 | 4:30-6:30 pm | Vineyard Church, Waverly

If you are looking for a family-friendly serving opportunity, make plans to invest in others at the Mobile Food Pantry in Waverly. The truck is unloaded and food is organized at 4:30 pm with food distribution from 5:30-6:30pm. This community partnership venture has jobs for kids ages 5-99, so everyone is welcome!


No worship service on November 19 due to a youth basketball tournament held at the middle school. Everyone is invited to attend the Cedar Falls or Grundy County campus. Service times and directions can be found on our web site at orchardhillchurch.org.


Thursday, November 9 | 6:30-9:00 pm | Cedar Falls Campus

The Waverly CHAT group will carpool to Cedar Falls to join the Cedar Falls Campus group for a night of games and fun in the gym. Contact Kevin and Brenda Cummer via email with questions.


Thank You

Thanks for the prayers, words of comfort and cards following the death of my brother.  Joan Rozendaal


Congratulations to:

Elsa Jehle & Cody Vry who were married at OHC October 7
Kyle & Betsy Ross on the birth of their son, Heath Kohler, October 9
Luke & Ellie Myers on the birth of their daughter, Ingrid Mae, October 11
Jordan & Sarah Alborn on the birth of their daughter, Margaret Emma, October 11
Jared & Leanne Tucker on the birth of their son, Brooks Edward, October 18
Michael & Sarah Rueber on the birth of their daughter, Nora Grace, October 19
Anna Love & Kyle Sienknecht who were married October 21
Melanie Moench & Thomas Riley who were married at OHC October 21
Breann Luhring & Ben Miller who were married at OHC-GC October 28



As of October 22:

Needed Giving:  $1,745,372
Actual Giving:    $1,714,054

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 October

(4 weeks Average)

Cedar Falls Campus             1,155 
Grundy Campus                      274
Waverly Campus                     165

Total Average Attendance    1,594