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Colene Brewer – Funeral Details

Colene Kay BrewerColene Brewer passed away on Tuesday, February 21. Please pray for her family in their time of grief.

Funeral Arrangements

Saturday, March 4 at Cedar Hills Community Church  |  map  |
  • 9:15a-10:45a Visitation
  • 11:00a Service
  • Luncheon to follow in the Gathering Space at Cedar Hills
*If you would like to join the Hospitality Team in helping in the kitchen or providing bars/cookies or a salad, contact Jennifer in the church office. 319-396-6608 or Email


Colene Kay Brewer, 84, of Cedar Rapids died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Cedar Hills Community Church. Friends may visit with the family after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be in Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion.  Teahen Funeral Home is caring for Colene and her family.

Colene is survived by two sons, Michael E. Van Dee of Williamsburg and Marc A. (Julie) Van Dee of Marengo; seven grandchildren, Cody (Maliah) Van Dee of Ely, Kala (Kody) Miller of Webster, Samuel Van Dee of Cedar Rapids, and Joshua, William, Madaline and Zachary Van Dee all of Parnell; two great-grandchildren, Tucker and McKinley; two step-daughters, Debbie (Roman) Routhe of Cedar Rapids and their daughters, McKenzie (Brady) Anderson of Fort Meyers, FL and Katie Routhe of Cedar Rapids, and Christine (Randy) Kray of Lisbon and their sons, Michal (Sammy) Kray of Mount Vernon and their children, Theo and Liam, Marshall (Nichole) Kray of Marion; sisters, Patricia Ritchie, Cindy Van Dee and Diane (Bill) Glenn; and brother, Dennis (Carman) Van Dee.

Colene was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brothers, Kenneth and Ronald Van Dee.

Colene was born on February 16, 1939 on the family farm in Iowa County near Millersburg and was the first child of Charles and Marjorie Van Dee.  She attended a country elementary school and graduated in 1957 from English Valley High School, where she was active in music and cheer leading.  Colene attended Ottumwa Heights College and received her Teacher Certification in Elementary Education. She began her first teaching position at the BGM Elementary School. Colene then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Drake University, Des Moines while teaching.

Colene married Ronald Brewer in Cedar Rapids and after retirement they purchased a Class A Motor home, and began going south in the winter.  She and Ronald loved camping in the summer with family and friends. Colene will be missed.

Memorials may be directed to Cedar Hills Community Church in memory of Colene Brewer.

Cricut Workshop – March 25

Do you own a Cricut but haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet? Saturday, March 25 Hailey Griffin will be holding a free workshop to teach you how to use your Cricut machine and software.

We’ll go through your machine,  accessories, materials, Cricut Design Space and answer any questions that you may have. Then we will go through an Easter project with the things that we have learned.

Sat., March 25th @ 9am-11am

Cricut machine, tools and cutting mat. Laptop or tablet, scissors,
power cord, and cardstock in 4 different colors (Spring colors).

In the Teal Classroom at Cedar Hills Community Church

If you’re interested, please RSVP by March 15th by emailing Hailey Griffin with subject line “Cricut Class” (You should receive an email back from Hailey in a couple days with some follow up information. If you don’t, please resend the email. Thanks and hope to see you at the workshop.)

Pasta of the Prairie and Noah’s Ark!

PASTA OF THE PRAIRIE – Support Noah’s Ark Preschool AND a small business in our church !

Pasta of the Prairie is own by Tyler and Lindsey Steinkamp. They started creating pasta out of a love of good food and trying new things. After taking a trip to Italy where they learned how to make pasta by hand, they brought back new flavors and ideas back home to Iowa.

This locally-made pasta includes a variety of easy-to-make pastas, meal kits, soup mixes, and pasta salad mixes!

Watch for the display fundraiser in the Gathering Space on Sunday, February 12.  Pasta can be purchased at the display, or ordered online to be delivered to the preschool. Be sure to use promo code “NOAH” to save on shipping and for your order to be delivered to the preschool/church.  Order by Saturday, February 18. *Pick-up your order after Monday February 20 at the preschool

Lifeway Women’s Conference

A group of women from Cedar Hills are attending the Lifeway Women’s Conference LIVE at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, April 28-29! The conference runs both days 8am-2:30pm.

$158 total, plus an optional $17 for lunch.  (For hotel accommodations with our group, it is an additional $129/night–see details below.)


If you want to sign up for both days, please let us know by Sunday February 12th and we will purchase your tickets through our church and you will pay the church. (Lunch is a gourmet turkey & cheese sandwich, chips, fruit, dessert & bottled water)

If you plan to attend only one day, you will need to purchase your ticket on your own. The Friday conference is $79 and the Saturday conference is $99. The Friday conference is advertised as a Leadership Training but that applies to all women in their faith.

There will be 4-5 of us driving and will coordinate carpooling. You are also welcome to drive yourself at your convenience. We 9 rooms reserved at the Drury Inn- West Des Moines for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. They have 2 queen beds for $129/night. Please let Carmen Gronewold know by Sunday March 12th if you need a room. She will be taking care of all hotel reservations. Priority will go to ones who are staying multiple nights.

Please let us know your plans ASAP so we can coordinate all the details! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! CONFERENCE DETAILS:

Super Bowl Subs Fundraiser

Orders Due Wednesday, Feb. 8

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. 8.  Cash or check for payment.

Parent’s Night Out Mission Fundraiser

Drop the kids off at the church Feb. 11, 5:30-8pm for Parent’s Night Out! We are launching a couple from our church into missions and want to support them financially.  Parent’s Night Out proceeds will go straight to funding their call to foreign missions!  The minimum donation is $20/child or $50/family, pay at the door.

We will be providing snacks, but not supper. Please plan on feeding your children before arriving.



Would you like to help with this fundraiser? We could use adult, high school and middle school aged caregivers to assist the event.


Chains Interrupted Presentation Jan. 8

January 8 during the 9:45am Sunday classes hour we will be hosting a special speaker from Chains Interrupted, a local organization that fights Human Trafficking.  We want to invite all adults to attend this event at 9:45am, in between the two services.  All regular adult classes will be attending this event instead of their regular class times.  Children’s classes and nursery will still be in session.

One Service Jan. 1, 2023

January 1, 2023 we will have one worship service at 8:30am.  Regular services will resume Jan. 8 at 8:30am and 11am, as well as regular nursery care and the 11am Children’s Worship.

Also Jan. 8, we will be hosting a special speaker from Chains Interrupted, a local organization that fights Human Trafficking.  We want to invite all adults to attend this event at 9:45am, in between the two services.  All regular adult classes will be attending this event instead of their regular class times.  Children’s classes and nursery will still be in session.

January 15, all classes resume, as well as some new classes beginning.


  • FaithQuest – Sundays at 9:45am for 8th graders – understanding foundations of our faith in the Gray Room. (This class will officially start January 15.)
  • Newly Marrieds – Sundays at 9:45am in the Loft Classroom. (This class will officially start January 15.)
  • Parenting TogetherSundays 9:45am (This class will resume January 15.)
  • Digging in the Old Testament and Finding JesusSundays 9:45am (This class will resume January 15.)
  • The Character of God –  Sundays 9:45am (This class will begin January 15.)
  • Romans Ladies Bible Study – Tuesday mornings 10am (This class will resume Tuesday, January 3.)

Support a New Global Mission

Support a new global mission we are launching at Cedar Hills as well as grab a few gifts for the whole family–all in one click. If you buy anything from our page at, 40% of the profits will go to our new mission at Cedar Hills.
If you’d like to avoid shipping fees, Beth Larson, a Cedar Hills member will be picking up the items weekly and bringing them back to the church for pickup  Beth will be in the Gathering Space to show you some of the fun items that are for sale Dec. 11 & 18.

The Holidays at Cedar Hills

November 23, 6:30pm – Thanksgiving Eve Worship: a light-hearted and family friendly worship service. Held in the Gathering Space. Bring a pre-cut fruit to share in a giant fruit salad!

November 27 – Advent Begins. Services at 8:30am and 11am.  No Sunday Classes. No Children’s Church.

December 4, 4:00pm – Advent By Candlelight – Rest and Rejoice: a women’s event with elegant Christmas-themed tables, desserts, and a program to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Pre-registration required – Due Nov. 27

December 18 – “Joy” Sunday – come to worship in your Christmas attire–ugly sweaters, Christmas ties, or dress up and take family photos at our special photo area.  Regular service times.

December 24 – Christmas Eve worship services at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. A celebration of Jesus’ birth with candles and carols. Live on Facebook at the 5pm service only.

December 25 – Christmas Day.  No worship services.

January 1 – New Year’s Day. Worship only at 8:30am. No Sunday classes.