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Orchard Hill has a long-standing tradition of offering fitness classes several times throughout the week. The Fitness program strives to open the doors of the church in a non-traditional format, offering fitness classes that feature positive music, a great workout and an uplifting message.

The newest class offered is REFIT®, a life-changing fitness experience that rocks your body, heart, and soul with powerful moves and positive music, to inspire you from the inside out. This class has grown in popularity in the 2 years it’s been offered at Orchard Hill, with the class sizes ranging between 20 to 40 participants.

"REFIT® has been a great exercise program for me-both for my body and soul,” said Jane Eilderts. “The music is great as well as the friends I have met in the classes. They have been a great support to me!  REFIT® is for every BODY."

“I love that REFIT® has something to offer everyone,” said Hilary Clark, certified instructor. “It’s for every fitness level and it’s the connection and community that makes it feels more like a family.” Two Instructors lead each class to ensure there are always modifications to cater to every fitness level.

The class starts with a warm-up and builds intensity for a good workout with cool down and stretching at the end. The class ends with an optional community time called “pinky time”, where the community joins pinkies for prayer and to share what they are thankful for.

REFIT® strives to be more than fitness. “Community is not a by-product of REFIT®, it’s the purpose” explains Catherine Ballas, REFIT® founder and CEO.The physical changes are a side-effect of the heart changes. Classes are Mondays at 5:30pm and Tuesdays at 9:00am in the Orchard Hill Church Community Center Wednesdays at 10:30am in the Big House for Mom’s Morning Out, and Thursdays at 6:00pm at Celebration Church in Waterloo. Come for a class; everyone’s welcome!

Waverly Cafe


Every Wednesday night, people gather at Vineyard Community Church in Waverly for a free hot meal. Waverly Cafe is a partnership of four local churches and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank targeting the real, but often unnoticed, under resourced population in Waverly. Vineyard Community, Grace Baptist, Crosspoint and now the Waverly Campus take turns preparing and serving the meal.

“Our family has enjoyed eating at the Cafe. We get to enjoy a meal and meet people,” said Jesse Henkle, Waverly Campus Pastor. “It's also a great opportunity for our church to partner in the Waverly community with the other churches.”

Over a year ago, the Waverly Campus was asked to join this partnership by serving one week a month, but at the time it was decided there were not enough volunteers with the campus just launching. However, after helping serve a meal as a family Christmas project, Scott and Amanda Schara responded to a call from God to start a cook team. Now people from the Waverly Campus invest in others by serving on the first Wednesday of the month. “It is important to us to do something that is bigger than the both of us and our family,” commented Amanda Schara.

“God led us to Waverly Cafe to in order to help fulfill their mission and ours. We get to serve the community with not only our family, but with our amazing church community and other generous churches in Waverly.”

Everyone is welcome to come eat at the Waverly Cafe. Meals are served from 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesdays at the Waverly Vineyard Community Church. Come to serve or just come to eat. There’s a place at the table for you! If you have questions or are interested in serving on this team, please email Amanda at amandaschara@hotmail.com or call her at 319.721.2502.

Follow Waverly Cafe on Facebook at /WaverlyCafe1.

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