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New Class: Ephesians

SUNDAY CLASS: Ephesians

Begins Sunday, January 7 at 9:45am

Imagine living in a city of 250,00 people and you are proud to brag that it is the 4th largest city in the known world. Rome is the government that currently rules you, but they have not restricted your freedom to worship in any of the magnificent temples that surround you. Then there came a hiccup in your life. A man name Paul came to visit and stayed for an extended time. He presented a message that changed your way of life. Now as Christian, living in Ephesus, the city has become a hostile environment, to say the least.

After Paul left, our question has become, “How do we live when the voices of those who surround us are no longer accepting and friendly?”

In 2024 there are times when the world is trying to change the course of our life. Paul writes letter giving us a renewed hope and focus. Bring your bibles. Experience truth that reaches out and touches us today.

Abundant Love

In 2024, we are focusing on growing to be a generous people — so confident in our knowledge of God’s love for us that we are freed to give of our time, resources and skills abundantly to our family, church, and community.  Free in such a way we can give without fear, anxiety, or worry that we’ll have enough.

We are declaring it a year of living with open hands.

Do not forget to do good and to share with others. Hebrews 13:16a

Overview: Focus on the spiritual practice of giving.

Generosity involves so much more than simply giving money. All kinds of giving flow from gospel-transformed hearts touched by God’s lavish love. Radical, whole-life generosity flows from a grateful response to God’s generosity toward us.  

Goals: Grow generosity.

  • Grow awareness of our dependence on God.
  • Grow our response of sacrificial generosity.
  • Do good to everyone. (and not grow weary). Gal. 6:9-10

Some key verses:

    • Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
    • For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:
  • Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6
  • They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts 2:45

Themes: Whole-life generosity.

  • Generosity and God’s Grace
  • Generosity and Relationships/Forgiveness
  • Generosity and Hospitality 
  • Generosity and Ministry/Spiritual Gifts
  • Generosity and Money/Wealth
  • Generosity and Power/Influence
  • Generosity and Justice

Connection Sunday Dec. 31

Come Sunday, Dec. 31 ready to connect with others over coffee and donuts in between services at 9:30-11am.  There are no Sunday Classes this Sunday.

If you are a Prayer Champion, makes plans to connect with your student or family.

We are focusing on intergenerational relationships at Cedar Hills, recognizing that the faith of the next generation can be greatly influenced by being surrounded by adults of another generation.  Youth and adults can be seen ministering next to one another in our worship ministries, youth ministries, food pantry and more!

One generation commends your works to another. They tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4

How Resilient Are You?

How Resilient Are You?

As one year rolls into another I like to do a review. How did I fair in the past year? How did our congregation fair?

We are on a mission to make disciples who flourish. I recently learned that some people call flourishing disciples “resilient disciples.” Resilient disciples…

  • …attend church at least monthly and engage with their church more than just attending worship services.
  • …trust firmly in the authority of the Bible.
  • …commit to Jesus personally and affirm that he was crucified and raised from the dead to conquer sin and death.
  • …express a desire to transform the broader society as an outcome of their faith.

Does this describe you? If not you might be a “habitual churchgoer.” (You have attended church at least once in the past month, but do not have foundational core beliefs or behaviors associated with being a resilient disciple.) Or you might be a nomad. (You have not attended church during the past month and have not been involved with a faith community for six months or more.)

If you are taking stock – this matters. Those who claim to be Christian but do not have resilience do not flourish. To see the data on why this matters, look at what the Barna researchers discovered.

How resilient are you? Right now is the best time to re-engage and find flourishing by following Jesus!

May the Lord be with you,

Pastor Kent

 

Kent Landhuis
Pastor of Teaching & Leadership

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    Pat Garwood Funeral

    Please continue to pray for the family and friends of Pat Goodwood as they grieve her passing.

    VISITATION
    4-7 PM, Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home

    FUNERAL
    11:00 AM, Friday, November 10, 2023, at Cedar Hills Community Church. (Another light visitation beforehand at 10am)

    OBITUARY

    Patricia (Pat) Ann Garwood, 86, of Cedar Rapids, passed away November 5, 2023. Visitation: . Funeral Service:  in Cedar Rapids. Interment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. In honoring Pat’s wishes, the family encourages everyone to dress casually for the visitation and service.

    Pat was born on April 1, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Lester and Helen (Parents) Melsha. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Cedar Rapids. Pat was united in marriage to Dennis Edward “Red” Garwood on April 22, 1963. He preceded her in death in 2015. Pat was a cafeteria worker for the Cedar Rapids Schools. She also worked at Flowerama and was self employed as a floral designer. Pat was a member of Cedar Hills Community Church. She was an animal lover. Pat enjoyed flowers, sewing, and making crafts. Most of all she loved her family and enjoyed attending their activities.

    Survivors include her children Gary (Joanne) Kohl of Cedar Rapids, Tracey (David) Johnson of Cedar Rapids, and Terry (Jeff) Stadler of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren Brandon, Kristie (Danny), Jason (Kirsten), Michael (Rachel), Lindsey (Matt), and Robbie (Kelsie), great-grandchildren Rylee, Evan, Olivia, Hannah, Charlotte, Clete, Elsie, Benjamin, Lucy, and Isaac, special friend and neighbor Connie Brown, and her beloved dog Baylee.

    Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and daughter Beth Ann Garwood.

    Memorials may be directed to Cedar Hills Community Church.

    My Favorite Things


    MY FAVORITE THINGS
    – October 26 at 6pm join the Women in Fellowship & Faith at the home of Lindsey Steinkamp (2093 49th St; Marion, IA 52302).

    Bring two of your “favorite things” to the party. They should be two of the same item, no more than $10 each (they may cost less and be something homemade or handmade).

    Plan for small bites and fellowship, followed by favorite things exchange.  See the Facebook event for more info or text Lindsey at 319-640-9147.

    Angel Tree 2023

    This year Cedar Hills will be focusing on a local outreach for the Christmas season:  Angel Tree Christmas gifts through Prison Fellowship.
    We will foster relationships with local families who have an incarcerated parent, buy Christmas gifts for the kids, and host a Christmas party for the families.
    Want to be involved?  Here are a few options.
    1. Join a planning team now: family relationships, gift management or party planning. (Contact Cathy using form below)
    2.  In the coming weeks, take an “angel tag” off the Christmas tree that details a gift to purchase.
    3. Support the December Christmas party through working in the kitchen or loving on families.
    Be watching for more info in the coming weeks about how to love these neighborhood families!

    JOIN THE PLANNING TEAM by using the form below: