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Route 55


For nearly 15 years, ROUTE 55 has been an active and vibrant ministry of Orchard Hill Church. ROUTE 55 is Orchard Hill's 55+ adult ministry, offering regular social, service & spiritual growth opportunities throughout the year.

“I had been coming to Orchard Hill on Sunday mornings for 20 years, but I didn’t know people,” says Kathy. “When I started participating in ROUTE 55, it really changed my life because now I am involved in community and know what it is to have a church family.”

RT 55’s purpose is to encourage adults to receive Christ, grow spiritually and utilize their gifts and experience in active Christian outreach to people of all ages.

“We have fun together,” said Jean Gedlinske, ROUTE 55 Ministry Leader. “And we’re a diverse group - Men and women, working and retired, couples and singles. Events take place both during the day and evenings. People choose what interests them. There is something for everyone!”

This summer’s activities include a BBQ potluck, a Kernels baseball game, roundabout training, the annual Birthday Party, several day trips and monthly hikes. There is also a monthly Lunch Bunch (ladies) and Men’s Breakfast. Event details and signups are located in the ROUTE 55 binder at the Welcome Centers.

Deb, another RT 55 participant, commented, “I’m amazed by the variety of activities to pick and choose from. Some make you stretch your limits, but in the process you’re always learning and growing.”

“Orchard is a big church, so ROUTE 55 a great way to meet people,” said Duane. “Everybody is themselves and you can participate as much as you want or as little as you want.”

To learn more about the ROUTE 55 ministry, stop by near the Welcome Centers today and talk to the friendly people wearing ‘Ask Me About ROUTE 55’ buttons. Or contact Jean Gedlinske by calling or texting 319.486.1340 or emailing jgedlinske@orchardhillchurch.org.



Together We Can Finish This Project!

The opening of our new building in Grundy County 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.

“There is no question this new space has fostered stronger community within our church family and served as a catalytic tool for outreach,” said Stef Rohler, a current Board Member. “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!

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 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.

Will you consider stepping out in faith and making a one-year renewable pledge to this year’s campaign? We cannot do this without your help! Visit orchardhillchurch.org/letsgo for next steps in partnering with us to finish this exciting venture.

We are one church on three campuses. We can do this together-Let’s Go! Your partners,
Jeff, Doug, Brian & Orchard’s Leadership Board

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