All posts by Cedar Hills

Joan Laughrige Funeral Details

Funeral: March 19, 2022 at 10:30.
Visitation at 9:30am before the service.

Mary Joan (Stark) Laughrige of Deltona, Fla., died on Feb. 6, 2022, after a short illness.

She was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Atwood, Colo., to Vera Diel and Lloyd McBride. She married Dr. Craig D. Stark

on Sept. 6, 1952, in Des Moines, Iowa. He died Aug. 11, 1980. She then married Robert J. Laughrige on Feb. 20, 1982, in Ottumwa, Iowa. He died Feb. 11, 2000.

Joan graduated from Eaton High School, Eaton, Colo., and attended Colorado State University. She lived in Traer, Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for many years before moving to Deltona, Fla., in 2019 to be near family. She was previously employed by Iowa State University, First Community Bank and Trust in Traer, and Union Bank and Trust Co. in Ottumwa, before retiring in 1990.

She was a former deacon, elder and member of First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa and a member of Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was a member of PEO Chapter HC. Special enjoyment came from her family, church, friends, bridge, mah jongg, college sports (football and basketball) and all music, but especially jazz.

She is survived by a son, John (Tina) Stark of Phoenix, Ariz., daughters, Dana Pherigo of Ottumwa, Iowa, Darla (Paul) Bastron of Kenosha, Wis.; Dr. Jennifer (Kevin) Johnson of DeBary, Fla., and Carrie (Keith) Douglas of Cumming, Ga.

She is survived by grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Thompson of Ottumwa, Iowa, Lucas (Annemarie) Johnson of Wheeling, Ill., Katie (Steven) Kerlin of Jacksonville, Fla., Philip (Ashley) Bastron of Winston-Salem, N.C., Patrick (Jen) Bastron of Racine, Wis., Kyle Johnson of Salt Springs, Fla., Lauren (Jacob Goodpasture) Douglas of Atlanta, Ga., and Samantha Douglas of Cumming, Ga. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Joan is survived by a brother, Stanley Haywood of Lanagan, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, James Stark (3/19/18); granddaughter, Anessa Pherigo; and son-in-law, Harold Pherigo.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Family will greet friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church before the service.

Burial will be at Buckingham Cemetery in Traer, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Online condolences can be left at

Fruit of the Spirit Prayer

For a time of confession and prayer:

Lord, Your Word says…

The fruit of the Spirit is love,
but we have loved darkness rather than light, and loved you too little and ourselves too much.

The fruit of the Spirit is joy,
but we have been sour, and bitter, and the joy of the LORD has been absent.

The fruit of the Spirit is peace,
but we have fretted and worried.  We have forgotten the finished work of Christ and doubted your fatherly care.

The fruit of the Spirit is patience,
but we have snapped at others, and questioned your wise timing.

The fruit of the Spirit is kindness,
but we have been harsh, cutting, and biting, So unlike our Lord Jesus Christ, who prayed for his persecutors.

The fruit of the Spirit is goodness,
but we have often chosen the passing pleasures of sin, over your good laws.

The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness,
but we have been unreliable; we have let others down, and not taken our baptismal vows and marriage vows seriously.

The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness,
but we have been unwilling to yield, and stiff-necked

The fruit of the Spirit is self-control,
but our wills have been weak, and our own sinful desires have got the better of us.

Lord, please show us your mercy.
Lord, have mercy on us
in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Easter Choir

Join the choir this Easter season! The choir will sing at the Maundy Thursday service (Apr. 14)  and the first two Easter worship services at 8:30am and 9:45am (Apr. 17).

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, starting March 16 in the Lime Room (right hallway, all the way to the end)

Choir is open to high school age and up.  If you know you part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) that is helpful! But we can also help you find your voice part by range.

Contact Stuart Geiger using the form below for more information.


    Pasta of the Prairie – Noah’s Ark Fundraiser

    Enjoy pasta while supporting Noah’s Ark and a small business owned by Cedar Hill’s very own Tyler and Lindsey Steincamp.

    Visit, order some pasta, and Noah’s Ark will receive 30% of the profits.  Order by March 18 and use code “NOAH”.  It will take off the cost of the shipping, and all the orders will be sent to Noah’s Ark Preschool for pickup on March 21.

    Want it shipped to your home instead? Pay the small shipping cost and make sure you say it’s for the Noah’s Ark Fundraiser in the “special comments” section on the order page.

    Buy 4 of any products, get 1 FREE!
    Buy 7 of any products, get 2 FREE!

    Have fun, enjoy your pasta, and thank you for helping Noah’s Ark continue to provide a Christian preschool experience at an affordable price!

    Glittering Vices: The Seven Deadly Sins

    A sermon series beginning March 6, 2022. Sundays at 8:30am and 11am

    We’ll be looking at the “7 Deadly Sins” and why they have such a powerful hook into God’s people – and how to combat them! In Christ, we have VICTORY! Amen!

    Sunday classes will continue at 9:45am in between services.  Nursery is available for ages 0-36mo at both services, and Children’s Worship is at 11am for ages 3 to 3rd grade.

    Small groups are meeting throughout the weeks of Lent. The videos for small groups are here.

    Ash Wednesday 2022

    Our Ash Wednesday worship service is March 2, 2022 at 6:30pm.  A dinner is provided beforehand 5:15-6:15pm.  An RSVP is helpful, but not required. (Call the office 396-6608)

    Nursery (ages 0-36mo) and children’s worship (ages 3-3rd grade) will be available starting at 6:15pm.  Children are always welcome to stay with their families in the service as well.

    Come, receive the ashes, and enter into this Lenten season of reflection as we await Easter Sunday together.

    Pure Gold

    in 2022, will be focusing on memorizing scripture. The sermon series will explore why this is an important habit for Christians. Our goal is to memorize two short Bible verses every week and have 100 memorized by the end of the year.

    if you’d like to start memorizing your scripture verses, here’s a document with the layout of the year, and also a link to YouTube where our Worship Director has set everything to music.

    Full year plan printable

    Scripture verses to music.