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Zamboni is a group for women to discuss work and faith over a relaxed lunch hour.  Beginning Sept 16, we’ll meet at the Newbo City Market, but this location may change down the road.  The goal is to stay near the downtown area as a central location for everyone.

This group is open to all women! Come and go as your lunch hour and work plans allow.  Contact Lindsey Ungs using the form below for more information or any questions.

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Mal Gould Funeral

Mal Gould Funeral

Funeral & Visitation

The visitation and funeral for Mal Gould will be Friday, Sept. 17.  The visitation will be at 3:30pm, with the funeral starting at 4:30pm.  The service will also be broadcast on Facebook on our live stream page: starting just a few minutes prior to the service.

The family is asking for face masks to be required of all in attendance.


Malverin “Mal” Gould, 81, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully at the Heritage Specialty Care Center on Monday, August 30, 2021.

Mal was born March 19, 1940, in Ottawa, Kansas to Glenn and Osa Gould. He was a proud Air Force veteran and served from 1958-1962, where he was a B-47 Bomber Jet engine tester.

Upon his return from the Air Force, Mal married his former wife Joan Spitzer, and together they had their son Jon and daughter Kelly. Mal then worked at Moore Business Forms until 1975, when he started his own print shop called Kalona Graphic.

In 1979 Mal met the love of his life and future wife, Lila. They were joined in marriage on January 5, 1980. Together Mal and Lila loved traveling and spent many years moving around the U.S., making homes in Florida, New Mexico, Michigan, and many other states.

In their later years, Mal and Lila settled in Iowa where Mal spent 12 years working at Hy-Vee Drugstore. Mal loved chatting with his coworkers and customers, and they all became a second family to him.

Besides his time at Hy-Vee, Mal loved woodworking and carving, taking care of his backyard birds, and reading books. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan and a proud member of Cedar Hills Community Church.

Mal is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Lila; his son, Jon (Brenda) Gould and his daughter, Kelly (Michelle) Gould; stepsons Gary (Rita) Yoder, Randy Yoder, and Larry Yoder; his brother Jim Gould; as well as 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many cousins.

Mal was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law Ada Mitchell; four brothers-in-law, Dellis Schrock, Leroy Schrock, Percy   Austin, and Bill Cannon; and his daughter-in-law Julie Yoder.

Mal’s final resting place will be in the Serenity Gardens at Cedar Memorial. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at Mercy Hospital as well as the staff at Heritage.

*New* Moms Community


Moms! Bring your coffee and meet other moms for great conversation, encouragement and discussions of faith and mommin’. Thursdays, starting Sept. 16, 9:30am-11. Childcare provided! If you have a kiddo in Noah’s Ark Preschool this works around their schedule!

If you have any questions, contact Lindsey Ungs using the form below.

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The Invitation

The Invitation

Something my husband and I are adamant about is fostering faith at home.  Not the usual morality-based do-this-and-do-that-because-God-says-so law-based faith, but a deep and life-changing faith based on how much God loves them, desires them, and is calling them to use their unique gifts even now to do miraculous things for His kingdom. We teach that we are not able to do good except for the good Jesus has already done for us.  We are not able to love God except that through Jesus, God made His love known and made a way for us to love Him back.  Our worship, our devotion, our love—all because of Jesus FIRST.

Jesus’ interactions with children in the Bible were also not morality based. “Come here, children, and sit on my lap because you do all the good things,” was not the invite.  “Come here, because I am done with my workday and have finished all my other tasks and finally have time for you,” also was not the invite.

The invite is this, “Children, I am pausing my work among these adults, in the middle of this giant crowd who thinks you have less worth as human beings and asking you to just come and enjoy my presence while sitting on my lap without having to prove you are good-enough first to earn it.” That was and is the invitation.

I haven’t always understood children.  I spent most of my adult life as a single or married-but-childless person. Our growing family came late in life, so I had a lot to learn about kids once we started our family.  But my heart is growing and my understanding of their role in the Kingdom is growing.  They are fertile ground for Kingdom principles.  Their clay is shapeable.  It’s not hard and resistant like the rest of us.  And they ask the best questions that I hadn’t even considered!

God’s invite to our children to come and be in His presence is the same He extends to us.  They are not an afterthought. They are not forgotten.  If anything, Jesus lets us know that their unique child-like brains can grasp the kingdom of God better than us.  We can learn from them, their deep trust and simple devotion to a God who calls them not as an afterthought, but as a treasured child of God.

Leah Carolan
Director of Worship & Media


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Newly Marrieds Community

Newly Marrieds Community – Register now

Sundays at 9:45am

An authentic community for newly married couples (married around 5 years or less!)  who desire to be infused with the life of Christ as we grow in our marriage relationships and support one another in the group with grace and truth.

Childcare for all ages upon request.

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The Wisdom Pyramid – Class Beginning June 6

The Wisdom Pyramid – Register now.

Do you have all the answers or are you looking for a few still? Where do you seek wisdom from regarding major life issues?

Starting Sunday, June 6 at 9:45am, a new class will begin.  In this class, we will walk through the book The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken. Ben and Melissa Harkness will lead us through the wisdom seeking process in a Post-Truth World.

Childcare available for all ages upon request.

Register now.