Orchard Hill on a Mission

By Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, & Doug Tensen

Stories of God at Work

Over the last few weeks, there have been some amazing happenings in the life of Orchard Hill Church!

On a grand scale, The Gathering; the celebrations of baptisms in Grundy Center and Cedar Falls; Leadership Huddles in Cedar Falls, Grundy Center, and Waverly; the fall starts to our student and kids ministries across our campuses; a variety of group events; and a number of Life groups forming or reforming have been fertile soil to see God at work as we seek to be a church on mission together in multiple locations.

In addition to some of these more visible ministry happenings, God has been at work in the midst of our many partnerships as well. In particular, we want to highlight the Walnut Neighborhood of Waterloo.

We just completed our 8th year of Picnic in the Park. This simple act of service and hospitality has been a great place for conversation and witness. Also, our nonprofit partner, Link, and its social enterprise, Try Pie, continue to expand their influence. Try Pie is looking to take some important steps to grow its business and ministry potential. Under Laura Hoy’s leadership, Link has continued to demonstrate redemptive influence and presence. Link has been a key voice in a new housing project and other development in the neighborhood, while working to keep the wider body of Christ a unified presence and leader in the community. We are grateful to see God at work in some very tangible and practical ways.

All across our church body, there are some terrific stories of God at work in our ministries and in individual lives! Where are you seeing God at work? Please let us know! And don’t be afraid to bear witness to our ‘broken world.’ People everywhere need to know that God is still moving and working to redeem our world.

Thanks for being on this grand adventure with us!

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Baptism class

Monday, October 16 | Cedar Falls Campus

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 November 5.

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1st Sunday of the month | Begins October 1 | 9:00 am | BIGhouse
All students 7th - 12th grades are welcome to join the student ministry staff (Elliot, Nikki, Whitney & Ben) for some Sunday morning hanging out! We’ll have some breakfast, of course some fun, and a RightNow Media video. We would love for you to come hangout with us!


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

Orchard Kids Christmas Mission Project | Begins Sunday, Nov 5th - Dec 3rd
Each year, Orchard Kids partners with Christmas in Walnut to support their mission of 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.

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Christmas in Walnut | Saturday, December 9

Connect and care

Monday, October 23 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Room 111

Do you enjoy visiting others? Does connecting and conversation energize you? Are you a good listener? 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.

Men's ministry

October 27 | 6:30-7:30 am | Commons

Join us for a great breakfast, 5-10 minute sharing, and a chance to get to know other men from the church. Everyone’s welcome, no need to register, come when you can. Contact Jeff Mickey via email with questions.

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Holiday Pies are for sale. Visit trypie.org to order a fresh, frozen pie ready to be baked for the holidays.


2nd Wednesday of the month | October 11 | 11:30 am | Pepper’s Grill
Sign up in the Route 55 binder at the Welcome Centers. Contact Barb DeVries at 319.268.0814.

Men's breakfast

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

Contact Marv Cook via email or 319.939.6890.




October 1 | after 10:45 am service | Nazareth - Bethel Hall | Buffalo Wild Wings
October 22 | after the 10:45 am service | Orchard Hill - Commons | Mexican Fiesta

Fall Bash

Thursday, October 26th  | 8 - 10 pm | Lutheran Student Center

Bring a costume and come to dance, win prizes, eat food, enjoy a bonfire and more!


Thursdays | 8-9 pm | Lang Hall

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Monday, October 9 | Depart OHC-CF @ 7:15am (Pick up OHC-GC @ 7:45am)

Join us for a fabulous homemade breakfast in the oldest hardware store in Iowa! Meal cost: Free Will Donation. Gas Donation: $3. We will return well before noon.


Superheroes | Sunday, October 15 | 2 pm matinee

An original musical comedy about life, love and our inability to save the day. Tickets: $18 - available at Lampost (204 W Seerley Blvd, CF) or call 319.277.8034. Tell them you are with the OHC group. Tickets are starting to go fast! Contact Jean at 319.486.1340.




Join us as we honor all that God has done through our Lincoln Center ministry! All are welcome for a service of celebration! Treats and coffee to follow!


October 29, November 5 & 12 | 2-5 pm

Whether you are new to our community, or have been around for awhile, we’d love to help you figure out what your next steps at Orchard could look like. Learn more about Orchard Hill Church at our membership class. There is no pressure to join following the class, but this will give you an idea of what we are about! Sign up online at orchardhillchurch.org/membership. 

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

1st Tues of the month | Oct 10 | 7:30am | Corner Café, Reinbeck  

Just show up or contact Louie Hartke via email.




Wednesdays, starting October 4 | 7:00-8:30 pm | 211 W. Bremer Ave

We will begin a Journey Group in Waverly to dig into three big questions: Who is God? Who am I? What does God want to do with my life? The group will meet weekly throughout the school year. Registration is available online at orchardhillchurch.org/leadershipclass. For more information or questions, contact Jesse Henkle via email.


Second Sunday of the month October 8 | 4-6 pm | 2011 Ivy Ave

Couples and families in their 20s & 30s are invited to belong in community through a new life group led by Sam & Meredith Smith. Childcare options may be available. We will begin with a five-session series by Andy Stanley called “Time of Your Life”, looking at what we actually do with our time. If you have questions or are interested in joining, please contact Meredith via email. .


Help make Orchard Hill Church a welcoming place by volunteering on a Sunday morning! We have lots of opportunities to be a part of a team. Join the set-up or production team, hospitality team, worship team, kids ministry team or the coffee house team. This is a great opportunity to invest in others. For help on finding a place to jump in contact Megan Lorenzen via email.


October 4 | Naz, Cedar Falls | 5:50 pm @ Prairie Links
October 11 | Hubbards', Waverly | 7:00 pm
October 18 | Naz, Cedar Falls | 5:50 pm @ Prairie Links
October 25 | Hubbards', Waverly | 7:00 pm


Go Out And Lead | October 15 | after the worship service | 5th Grade Lounge

The GOAL men’s group will be starting a 4-week Andy Stanley study called “Your Move”. All are welcome! A $10 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of materials. Contact Mark Hubbard with questions via email


Tuesday, October 10 | 4:30-6:30 pm | Vineyard Church

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


Wednesday, October 4 | 5:30-6:30 pm | Vineyard Church

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. There’s a place at the table for you! Follow the Waverly Cafe on Facebook @waverlycafe1. 


Congratulations to:

Jessica Phelan and Gary Foster who were married at OHC on September 16


Statistics for September

Cedar Falls Campus           1,115
Grundy Campus                    282
Waverly Campus                   163

Total Ave Attendance         1,560



As of September 24:
Needed Giving: $1,542,422
Actual Giving: $1,478,173
Shortage: $64,249

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 orchardhillchurch.org/give.