Category Archives: Advent

Dec. 12 Ugly Sweater Sunday

Sunday, Dec. 12th come adorned in your best or worst Christmas attire–ugly sweaters, Christmas ties, Christmas PJS, or Christmas best.  The choir will be singing at 1st service and the kids will be singing at 2nd service.

STAFF CONTEST

Vote for the best ‘nativity’ costume in the Gathering Space by putting cash or check in that staff member’s “Red Kettle” – a friendly competition that supports the Salvation Army.  And the winning staff member gets bragging rights for the rest of the year! 🙂

Enter the Nativity

“Enter the Nativity” – a new 5-week series begins Sunday, Nov. 28.  This series covers the season of Advent (the 4-week preparation for Christmas), Christmas Eve, and the Sunday after Christmas.

We will look at the different characters of the Christmas story – Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, the angels, Jesus and the Magi and discover together the grand invitation we each are extended to come and behold the Messiah.

We worship on Sundays at 8:30am and 11am, with classes for all ages in between services at 9:45am.  More About Worship

Christmas Eve services will be held Dec. 24 at 3pm, 5pm & 7pm.  The 5pm services will also be live on Facebook.  Nursery care for ages 0-36mo provided at 3 & 5pm.  More about Christmas Eve.

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army

Only two shifts left to fill!

The 7-8pm shift is open at both locations!
See link to online sign-up below.

 

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS – Over the next six weeks, Salvation Army will work to raise more than half its operating budget for the upcoming year. These funds will show the love of Jesus through feeding the hungry, keeping families in their homes and providing critical youth services. Cedar Hills has a long history of supporting the Salvation Army’s ministry in Linn County.

Again this year, you can help by taking a bell ringing shift.

This year, we’re ringing the bells at the Johnson Ave Hy-Vee and 16th Avenue Fareway from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, December 4.  You can sign up today or next Sunday in the Gathering Space, or go to RegisterToRing.com and search for the group code “CHCC” to signup online. If that date doesn’t work, reach out to Scott Drzycimski (319-540-2356) to get a time slot that works for you.

Pro tip: This is a great way for your small group to serve together.

“The Women of the Christmas Story” – Advent By Candlelight 2021

Registration is now closed for this event.

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4pm.  Doors will open at 3:30pm.

Join the women of Cedar Hills with a special “The Women of the Christmas Story” presentation at Advent By Candlelight.

Enjoy beautifully decorated Christmas tables, a special message with guest speaker Courtney Mesiner and music by the Lala Ladies.

Pre-registration is required.

Participants are asked to bring a donation to support Bridgehaven. Current needs: dish soap, laundry detergent, household cleaners, paper towels, hand soap, baby wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and snack food items. (All items must be new and unopened.)

The highlight of Advent By Candlelight is the intricately decorated tables and details put in by each table hostess.  Doors open at 3:30pm so participants can come and explore the room and enjoy the decorations before the event begins.

Guest Speaker

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Courtney Misener

We welcome Courtney Misener as our special guest speaker this year.  Courtney is am a writer, speaker, and emotional health rebel. She is an advocate for emotional wellness and truth telling and tackles unhealthy emotional behaviors that give us a seat on the crazy train.  She self-describes herself as “a rockstar/pastor’s wife and the head negotiator and biggest fan for their three very spunky boys.”  Between football games, hip-hop dance recitals and work, she enjoys rapping, car karaoke, dancing  in grocery store aisles, and generally doing everything in her power to embarrass her kids.

(taken from www.courtneymisener.com)\

Special Music

Music will be provided by the Lala Ladies – a trio of ladies who regularly perform and provide music in the greater Cedar Rapids area, all with connections to Cedar Hills!  This trio formed about 3 years ago and began with a ministry to local nursing homes and care facilities.

Past year’s table decorations

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

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Saturday, Dec. 5 is the Cedar Hills Day at the Kettle!  Each year, our church covers a day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser.  This year we will be at both the Johnson Ave Hy-Vee and the the 16th Ave Fareway stores.

Sign up online for a two-hour shift today.  Times begin at 10am. Due to COVID-19, only two bell ringers can be present at at time.

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Christmas Tie Challenge!

Wear a Christmas Tie on Sunday, Dec. 22!

An anonymous donor is challenging everyone to wear a Christmas Tie on Sunday, December 22nd.  Ten dollars will be donated to the Capital Campaign for every tie worn that day, man, woman or child! Wear a tie with or without your ugly sweater and support your church.  This could even become an annual event if there is enough interest this year.  Look for a special tally sheet in the Gathering Space to mark that you’ve worn a tie!

Sunday, Dec. 22 is “Joy” Sunday at Cedar Hills.  In addition to coming dressed in our favorite holiday attire and ugly sweaters, the children will be singing at the 11am service, choir will be singing at the 8:30am service, and members of the Cedar Rapids Orchestra will be provided music during the continental breakfast.

And also a reminder that another donor is matching one-time gifts to the campaign, up to $5000, through Dec. 31.  Learn more about our Grow the Good Capital Campaign.

Breakfast will be served throughout the morning and there are no Sunday Classes that Sunday.  The staff will be competing for the “Ugliest Sweater” award! Donations given to vote for your favorite staff sweater will go towards the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

It just keeps getting better! 🙂

Ugly Sweater Sunday

On Sunday, Dec. 22 we’ll be celebrating all things joyous!  A newer tradition at Cedar Hills is wearing our favorite holiday and Ugly Christmas sweaters.  Come adorned in your favorites!

There are no Sunday classes this day, but a continental breakfast will be served throughout the morning.  The choir will be singing a special Christmas song at the 8:30am service, and the younger children are singing a few songs at the 11am service.  One of our favorite Sundays of the year!