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GC After Prom & LC Lock-in


For many years, Orchard Hill has valued sharing our buildings with the community. Offering our facilities to be used has helped us fulfill our mission of ‘Helping next generations encounter and follow Jesus to bless a broken world.’ This past spring, both buildings in Grundy County have been used to invest in the next generation.

The Grundy Center High School After Prom was held in the new worship center in Grundy County on April 22. Close to 100 kids, along with parents and volunteers, flooded into the new space to utilize it and have fun. “Using our facility in this way was the first step to being a place that is integral to our community activities, for everyone,” commented one parent volunteer. “I sensed that everyone was comfortable and felt welcomed to be there!”

The kids enjoyed a night full of bubble soccer, human foosball, sumo suit wrestling, a bungee run, a carnival, a photo booth, and food and prizes. “The kids had a blast!” commented another parent. “I’m thankful for being a part of a church that values reaching next generations far and above preserving carpet, or avoiding coffee spills.”

The Lincoln Center building was also the site of a youth event on May 5, when close to 40 Friends First students and 20 volunteers participated in their annual Lock-in. “It was a great night!” exclaimed Chris Henley. “I love watching students have an opportunity to pause and consider what Jesus did on the cross. One student talked about his experiences and frustrations with faith; his encouragement paved the way for a new level of vulnerability. It was a powerful night, thanks to the planning and preparation!”

The night included an Amazing Race scavenger hunt, a message with time of sharing, a bonfire, and great food.

For more information on Grundy County Student ministries, please visit cedarvalleystudents.org.

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.

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