Category Archives: Bright Spot

Aug 7 Worship Service

Global Leadership Summit Worship Service

Join us for a pre-Summit worship gathering Wednesday, August 7 at 7pm.  The worship service is part of the Global Leadership Summit kick-off, and is free and open to the public. You do not need to be registered for the Summit to attend.

The worship will be streaming live out of Willow Creek church in Chicago, IL.  Cedar Hills is blessed and excited to be a host site for this year’s Global Leadership Summit – August 8-9.

If you’d like to attend the Summit at Cedar Hills, you can register online.  Cedar Hills attendees are encouraged to contact the office for a special promo code.

Worship Ministries – Jump In!

Worship Ministries—Jump in!

If you have ever been interested in joining a worship ministry music team, this is the time of year to jump in.

Sanctuary Choir: This group sings about every three weeks in the 8:30 AM service. Choir is open to anyone high school aged and above who can read music (primarily SATB). Choir rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:40 PM in room 132A and will begin rehearsals August 21. All current choir members and any interested in choir are invited to sing at the Fall Kick-Off worship services August 18. The choir will sing along with the hymns at 8:30 AM service. Practice is just prior to the service at 8 AM that day. Choir is directed by Stuart Geiger.

1st Service Worship Teams: These SATB groups rotate and sing/play one week a month. Teams rehearse on Wednesday nights at 6 PM, prior to the Sunday they sing. Singers must be able to read music, as we sing parts on the hymns. We currently have openings for tenors and sopranos, but all are encouraged to apply, including pianists and organists!

2nd Service Worship Teams: These teams are a mix of singers and instruments (guitars, piano, keys, bass, drums, and occasional string instruments). Music at this service is led from chord charts, so some ‘playing-by-ear’ is required, and great for those who don’t read music. To participate in 2nd Service teams, the first step is to join a Worship Jam. (see below)

Worship Jams: Jams are open to all musicians and are held quarterly throughout the year. We pack all our voices and instruments on stage at the 2nd service and lead as an entire team! The next Jam is Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 PM and will lead the 2nd service worship on Kick-Off Sun, Aug 18. To express interest in worship ministries or for more info, contact Leah.

Leah
Director of Worship & Media

VBS 2019 Bright Spots

VBS Bright Spots

A 9-year-old girl came on Sunday to VBS and said, “This is the first time I‘ve ever been in a church.“ By the end of the week she said, “I learned that God is good!“ ~ leader at VBS

“I was excited to see all the new faces of volunteers, young and old, who chose to give up their week to pour love and invest time into this next generation of Jesus-followers! It‘s exhausting, but so worth it!“ ~ Leah C.

“What a joy to see all the smiling faces come into the craft station. I loved how they all knew the specific Bible point of the day, and would say it with me! My favorite one was: “When Life changes, God is good!“ ~ Lois D.

About 105 children were able to hear the good news about how God is Good! We had about 80 volunteers involved, with their combined service racking up several thousands of hours (42 Crew Leaders x 2.5 hours of VBS x 5 days = 525 hours!).

Throughout the week Pastor Kent, played a safari host, dyed his hair purple and had to make various animal  noises.

Consistory August 2019 Update

From the Consistory – News and Notes

Our vision as a congregation is to make disciples who make disciples in the everyday stuff of life so that every man, woman and child in our community has a daily encounter with Jesus in word and deed.

Our goal as Consistory is to work toward alignment of all our staff and programs with this vision. When Jeremy shared his calling to move to Allison to become the pastor at Trinity Reformed Church, we started our discernment process for seeking a new Director of Youth and Young Adults.

The Search team processed dozens of candidates, interviewed four, and recommended two candidates
to meet with our congregation, youth, parents and youth sponsors. After processing feedback from the
candidate visits as well as references from the candidates we concluded that we had two excellent candidates.

Both candidates loved the Lord, had a passion for student ministry, had successful experience leading and growing student ministries, have built and led ministry teams, communicated well publically, and have developed solid biblical/theological foundations for ministry. Both candidates were well qualified!

When we discussed vision alignment, discipleship strategy, and chemistry we agreed – unanimously – that Steve Poole was the best fit for our ministry at this time. Consistory unanimously agreed with this recommendation and offered Steve the position.

We are very excited for the gifts that Steve brings to ministry. Here are a few of the qualities that led to our decision:

 Steve has a highly relational approach to ministry.

 Steve’s focus on disciple-making, mentoring, and small groups fits closely with our vision.

 Steve has a humble, curious, and teachable spirit.

 Steve is youth culture savvy and also in touch with the latest youth ministry trends.

 Steve has current and past connections with RCA people, events, and culture. (Rocky, Power Connection, Central College, Adventure Life Reformed Church, Lakeview Camp, etc.)

 Steve’s camp experience offers unique opportunities and also represents experience working with younger children.

Please pray for Steve, Cathy, and their children, Abby and Christopher, as they relocate to Cedar Rapids. Steve will begin his ministry here August 11! Thanks to all who helped in this process and thanks for your prayers!!! God has blessed us!

New Director of Youth & Young Adults

Congrats to Steve Poole, who was selected as the best fit for our ministry! Steve will began at Cedar Hills on August 11.  Please pray for Steve, his wife Cathy and their children Abigail and Christopher as they make plans to relocate to Cedar Rapids.

Our vision as a congregation is to make disciples who make disciples in the everyday stuff of life so that every man, woman and child in our community has a daily encounter with Jesus in word and deed. Our goal as consistory is to work toward alignment of all our staff and programs with this vision.

When Jeremy shared his calling to move to Allison to become the pastor at Trinity Reformed Church, we started our discernment process for seeking a new Director of Youth and Young Adults.

The Search team processed dozens of candidates, interviewed four, and recommended two candidates to meet with our congregation, youth, parents and youth sponsors. After processing feedback from the candidate visits as well as references from the candidates we concluded that we had two excellent candidates.

Both candidates loved the Lord, had a passion for student ministry, had successful experience leading and growing student ministries, have built and led ministry teams, communicated well publicly, and have developed solid biblical/theological foundations for ministry. Both candidates were well qualified!

When we discussed vision alignment, discipleship strategy, and chemistry we agreed – unanimously – that Steve Poole was the best fit for our ministry at this time. Consistory unanimously agreed with this recommendation and offered Steve the position!

We are very excited for the gifts that Steve brings to ministry. Here are a few of the qualities that led to our decision:

  • Steve has a highly relational approach to ministry.
  • Steve’s focus on disciple-making, mentoring, and small groups fits closely with our vision.
  • Steve has a humble, curious, and teachable spirit.
  • Steve is youth culture savvy and also in touch with the latest youth ministry trends.
  • Steve has current and past connections with RCA people, events, and culture. (Rocky, Power Connection, Central College, Adventure Life Reformed Church, Lakeview Camp, etc.)
  • Steve’s camp experience offers unique opportunities and also represents experience working with younger children.

Welcome Steve and Cathy!

Bright Spot – Days for Girls Trip

Paula Blessman is preparing for her next Days for Girls outreach in South Africa. Her team will be gone from 7/18 – 7/30. They are hoping to distribute kits to 2,000-2,500 girls/women. The kits have been completed, packed, and transported already. The combined Cedar Rapids and Gold Canyon AZ DfG teams have now completed over 10,200 DfG kits since 2014 thanks in large part to the wonderful volunteers each month at Cedar Hills.

We’ve been able to send these kits to South Africa, Zambia, Liberia, Mozambique, Haiti, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, and beyond. We also recently committed to provide 500 kits to be part of a DfG International 11,000- kit distribution in a refugee camp this
fall.

Days for Girls is “Turning Periods Into Pathways” — “When we mobilize girls and women, their communities and our world grow stronger. We are changing the status quo through quality menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generating opportunities that give back days of opportunity and health.” Visit DaysForGirls.org

Ways to Lend a Hand – VBS

VBS 2019 is almost here! July 14-18. Here’s how you can help:

Fold your hands and pray for VBS. Pray that many kids will attend and experience God’s love. Pray that many helpers will volunteer.

Hand out VBS Invites to friends, neighbors, or relatives. Sign up your children online!

Volunteer at VBS. It’s exciting to be a part of VBS, you will see God’s work up close! Crew Leader Sign-up.

Be a helper with a crew of kids or help at an activity like games, Bible story, snack, or crafts.

Help prepare for VBS. Many basic tasks include projects like putting together name tags or cutting out crafts. Here’s the list of projects!

Donate supplies to help us stretch the budget to serve more kids and keep our VBS free to all families. Here’s the list!

Contact Kyle for more information. Together, we will ensure many kids learn of God’s love!

VBS Team 2019
Melissa Oberembt
Alisse and Kyle French

Corvette Club Car Show – June 8

The Cedar Rapids Corvette Club is hosting a car show Saturday, June 8 in the Cedar Hills parking lot.  This amazing show give its net proceeds all to local charities.  Cedar Hills will be running the concession stands – our proceeds go towards the ministry of Family Promise.

View the Car Show Flyer

Register for the Car Show

If you would like to help in the concessions, contact the office.  Otherwise, bring out the entire family on Saturday, June 8 for a great show! Lots to see and do.