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Grundy County Open House Shower


The keys to the new building were handed over, but the space was empty. Soon families and friends would come together to worship God, but before that happened, the building needed to be furnished.

With an ever-increasing list of needed items that seemed overwhelming, an idea was tossed out to have an Open House Shower for the new building. The list soon became
a registry where families could purchase items or donate money toward specific items.

“Wow! Our Open House Shower attendance was fantastic and the gift registry ‘blew up’ with the generosity of so many,” exclaimed Karen Freed. “The excitement was high as people selected items to be used in our ministry. God is good and it has been a true JOY to be a part of the transition into our new space...Praise the Lord!”

The items ranged from mop buckets to TV carts, from dry erase markers to signage for the building. There were gift options of a variety of price points so everyone who wanted to was able to participate. Each campus was invited to visit orchardhillchurch.org/grundy/party to view the gift registry and purchase an item. Then they could either ship the gift to the church or bring it to the open house. Monetary donations given toward specific items were also received.

“It was fun to hear stories from people on why they bought certain items on the list,” commented Jenn Venenga. “There were some definite passion-driven gifts and people were excited about what their items would be used for.”

Over $20,000 in items and financial gifts were received, but there are still items needed for the new building. If you would like to donate a gift or give money toward an item for the new building, please visit orchardhillchurch.org/grundy/party to view/purchase wanted items or contact Karen Freed at mlkfreed@gmail.com, 319.239.5625.

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