Lent at Cedar Hills

The season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday and runs until Easter Sunday.  Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14, 2024.

During Lent, we will gather on Wednesday nights for a meal (5:15-6:15pm) followed by a short 30-35 min time of worship in the Worship Center. (Please kindly RSVP for the meal weekly in the Sunday bulletin using the bulletin response form.)

On Ash Wednesday, we will have a time of worship concluding with receiving the ashes on the forehead.

During Holy Week, we will gather on Thursday evening instead of Wednesday to celebrate Maundy Thursday together.

Easter services will be 8:30, 9:45 and 11am.  There will be no Sunday classes on Easter Sunday.

Wednesday Prayer Meetings


February 14, 2024 to March 31, 2024 we will be meeting on site in the back of the Worship Center following the midweek worship services.  (MORE ABOUT LENT AT CEDAR HILLS)

REGULAR PRAYER MEETINGS – Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Zoom app (details below). Everyone is welcome to come! Even if you are uncomfortable praying out loud, come and agree with us in prayer.

Join Zoom Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 524 352 9410
  • Password: Cedarhills


Galentines: Women’s Ministry Event


Join us for a fun, casual girl’s night! Come in your comfortable clothes and enjoy drinks, food, and fun with other gals.
The event will take place in Lindsey Steinkamp’s home in Marion. We’ll be serving a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, as well as some snacks and appetizer-type foods. Enjoy some conversation and we may have an organized game or activity (details TBD 😉).
All are welcome! Invite a gal pal to join!
Let us know if you’re interested in carpooling with others. Reach out if you have questions.
2093 49th St
Marion, IA 52302
Cell if you need to reach me (Lindsey): 319-640-9147

Pasta of the Prairie Feb. 18

Noah’s Ark preschool is teaming up with Pasta of the Prairie for a fundraiser!  Pasta of the Prairie will be on site Sunday, Feb. 18 selling their great assortment of pasta, soup and meal kits with 40% of the proceeds going to Noah’s Ark.

You can also order online Feb. 12-18. Online orders can be shipped to your house (for a small shipping fee) or picked up at the preschool the following week.



The in-person fundraiser will occur between services on the 18th, but people could also order online anytime from February 12th – 18th. Those orders will be delivered to the preschool for pick-up, or people can choose to pay to ship directly to their home. There will be special deals for the in-person event on the 18th. People can buy 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 5 for $40, or 8 for $60. Forms of payment for the in-person event will be cash, check, credit card, or mobile payments such as Apple pay.

How Do We Count Success?

How do we count success?

At some point, while suffering through the frigid weather last week – I think it might have been in the middle of Steve’s sermon on the abundance of creation – I wondered “How many snowflakes does it take to make a snowman?”

Google said it takes 10,000 but that sounds like way too few. Of course, it depends on the size of the snowman, doesn’t it? Snowflakes in a snowman seem like a tough thing to count.

It can also be tough to count “success in ministry.” Traditionally we count three “b’s” – bucks, buildings, and backsides. (ABC’s – attendance, buildings, cash.) That doesn’t really get to it because we are actually interested in fruit. We might invest a lot of money, steward fine buildings, and involve a lot of people, and not see any fruit.

I’ve been thinking about how we might count fruitfulness at Cedar Hills. (Things traditionally never on anyone’s radar.) What if we counted:

  • Shopping carts…
  • Butt cans (for cigarette butts)…
  • Pizzas consumed (or donuts)…
  • French reporters asking about our politics…
  • Intergenerational conversations…
  • Prayers (and pray-ers)…
  • Meals shared with one another…
  • Hugs…

These may or may not be things expected in ministry, but they are all part of ours – and part of our success in the past year! We like to count and we like to measure success. What would you count as a measure of our success? (Let me know!)

The Lord be with you,

Kent Landhuis
Pastor of Teaching & Leadership

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    Luminary Walk & S’Mores

    LUMINARY WALK & S’MORES – Our January Faith, Family & Fun event is Saturday 5-7pm at Wickiup Hill Learning Center.

    Enjoy a campfire, s’mores, and walk the illuminated trail as we celebrate the beauty of winter.

    Stop by for the family-friendly self-guided walk along the trail lit with luminaries and lights. Come and go from 5-7 p.m. Free. Registration appreciated for planning s’mores supplies.

    (Event is held by Wickiup Learning Center… we are just plugging into it!)

    Rise to the Occasion Sourdough Party

    January 25 – Rise to the Occasion Sourdough Party

    All ladies are invited to Lindsey Ungs’ house on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6pm for a sourdough party. “Rise to the Occasion”.  Please kindly RSVP on our Facebook event so we have a starter for everyone.

    Dive into the world of sourdough with our Beginners’ Sourdough Bread Class – it’s all about the good vibes and great bread!
    We will be gathering at Lindsey Ungs’ home where Lindsey & Lauren will spill their secrets, share their laughs and create sourdough magic!
    No experience needed – we’ll show you how to create that awesome tangy goodness from scratch. Get your hands messy, learn the tricks of the trade, and discover the joy of baking your own delicious sourdough bread.
    Come hungry for fun, leave with the skills to impress your taste buds and your friends.
    Everyone will leave with their very own Sourdough Starter so please RSVP to claim yours!  Let’s get baking!

    DIRECTIONS to Lindsey’s house

    Stay up to date with our women’s ministry by joining the “Women in Fellowship and Faith”  Facebook group.

    Super Bowl Subs Fundraiser


    Orders Due Wednesday, Feb. 7

    Order subs for the big game! The Journey youth prepare your sub orders fresh on the day of the game for pickup after either service.

    Subs are $7 each and directly fund trips, conferences and activities for our middle school and high school youth.


    Complete your order online and pay using our online payment system, or bring your payment to the church office.


    Print your order form and return to the church office by Wednesday, Feb. 7.  Cash or check for payment.

    High School Retreat

    HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT – January 20-21 at Lake View Camp in Pella.  Youth will join other high school students from around Iowa for worship, games and encountering God.

    REGISTER ONLINE or print and complete registration form and return it to the office.  For online registration, use code CH2023 for 1/2 off! (lowers cost down to just $37.50).

    Full scholarships are available if you contact Pastor Steve.   We will leave from Cedar Hills at 8am January 20th and return around 4pm January 21st.

    Love. Belong. Serve.