Category Archives: Volunteers Needed

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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Volunteering, Prayer and a Midweek Update

PRAYER MEETING TONIGHT

Join us for prayer at the church, 6:30pm.  Stop in for as much or as little as you are able.  Due to the heat, we will meet in the Gathering Space.

VOLUNTEER – CEDAR HILLS WORK GROUP

Saturday, August 29, meet at church at 8am and we will split up into teams and go to two different locations to clean up branches and debris from yards of two locations in need of help. Bring gloves if you have some.

VOLUNTEER – MATTHEW 25 WORK GROUPS

With all of the recent storm damage and urgent needs caused by it, Matthew 25 is refocusing the August 31-September 4 Transform Week to derecho repair projects, targeting low-income homeowners with damage that won’t be covered by insurance as well as clearing of trees and removing debris from homes.  PARTNER WITH MATTHEW 25 next week.

SUNDAY CLASSES RESUME SEPT. 13

Our Fall season of ministry will begin Sunday, September 13. Classes for ages 3 to adult will be open, as well as the nursery.  Help us plan by registering the whole family for this new season of ministry. READ MORE

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MEDIA UPDATES

THE CEDAR CHIPS

The August Cedar Chips are online.  The Cedar Chips is the monthly newsletter of Cedar Hills Community Church and highlights reflections from each of our ministry staff members. READ NOW

Bright Spot – Food Pantry Moment

We’ve witnessed many bright spots this week in how neighbors are reaching out to neighbors.  This beautiful scene happened during the Food Pantry Drive Up this morning.  A food pantry visitor’s car had died in the drive up lane and another visitor immediately rushed to help and give the car battery a jump.

The Open Hands Food Pantry has remained open in the midst of many closings around us.  Volunteers are working tirelessly to meet our pantry guests with our new ‘drive-up’ pantry regimen while maintaining regular pantry hours.  Visitors remain in their cars while a pantry volunteer walks out to meet them and get their information.  Other volunteers rush back to the pantry to load the shopping carts with bags of food to be delivered straight to our pantry visitor’s cars.  It has been a beautiful system and helps to limit exposure to any potential COVID-19 concerns.

The need for food and assistance is great in these times! Thank you to our volunteers for stepping up their game and keeping the pantry open!

How We Continue to Be the Church in Light of COVID-19

In light of COVID-19, we are convinced and convicted more than ever the need to be the church beyond the walls of our physical church building.  While our building may be a bit quieter as we wait out the social-distancing rules, our roles as the hands and feet of Jesus increases that much more.

A couple of unique and powerful opportunities for us to continue as a church:

Open Hands Food Pantry

We anticipate an increasing need for food in the next few weeks.  It is our desire to keep the pantry open and switching over to a ‘drive-by’ solution where pantry visitors stay in their cars and we go out to meet them and bring the groceries to them.  This means we need the help of more able bodies, able to carry groceries (or cart them) to and from the pantry to the front doors.  If you are off work due to the virus or have extra time on your hands, this is a perfect opportunity!  If you are able to help, please email pantry leader Darlene DeVries.

Pantry Hours: Mondays 5-6pm, Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Fridays 10am-12pm

WORSHIP – ONLINE

We’ll be both uploading pre-recorded content and streaming our worship services online, and not physically meeting onsite for worship beginning immediately.  Sundays will be live at 11am on Facebook.  Our Wednesday Lenten messages will be pre-recorded and released on Wednesdays with announcements and encouragement! As part of our regular worship, we encourage you to give online via the app or website, or to take time to mail a check.   Please continue to support the ministry of our church!

If you are unable to catch the live feeds, we post all our sermons online. They can be accessed in iTunes, Buzzsprout, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartradio, and on the website. (There is also a button in the Cedar Hills Appget the app!)

Watch Parties

We encourage you to keep worshipping with us on a regular schedule, and taking “Watch Party” pictures of your family or group as you join together to listen/watch online, submitting them in the ‘comments’ of the video feeds.

Facebook Groups

There are couple of Facebook groups we want to draw your attention to that you might like to join. We believe within these groups we can support each other, hear of needs, and respond from what we have! Toilet paper, childcare, meals delivered, etc.  We are especially excited about how we can respond to needs as they arise.

Children Singing Video

The children ages 3 to 5th grade have been working for weeks on a song they planned to sing Palm Sunday.  We would like to collect videos of your child singing along with the song to create a video montage.  The recording and lyrics are here.  When completed, send your video recording to Leah Carolan by March 29 (email, dropbox, ishare… whichever way you prefer!)

Journey Youth

Pastor Steve has created a YouTube channel for the Journey Youth.  He’ll also be touching base with the youth via texts and email.

Zoom Meetings, Marco Polo and Other Video Apps

If your small group decides to forgo physical meetings, consider setting a time once a week where you will all login together for a Zoom meeting or other video meeting app.  Or begin a Marco Polo group and stay in touch via video messages with encouragement, prayer support and community.

Stay Connected

Please call your friends. Check on your neighbors.  Connect with those who live alone and let them know they are not alone.  Respond to needs you hear as best you can! (Or share them with us in the Facebook groups.).  We need each other.

Pray

Continue to pray.  Join our prayer chain to lift up others in prayer.  Pray that God would help our lights to shine brightly as we minister to those around us.

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook – @cedarhillscommunitychurch
Instagram – @cedarhillscr
Twitter – @cedarhillscr

 

The Coffee Shop Needs Your Help!

Jon & Jennifer Wagaman started the Coffee Shop here at Cedar Hills 10 years ago after a positive experiencing connecting with others through Orchard Hill Church’s Coffee Shop in Cedar Falls. We are praying for this to continue, but other than one shift March 8, we have no volunteers signed up for any shifts. We might have to close the Coffee Shop, but after brainstorming, we thought of having a Coffee Shop Training Sunday!

It’s easy and fun, and will take only about an hour and a half of your time. Pick 1st or 2nd shift (see times below) and come for training!

While serving in the Orchard Hill coffee shop as newlyweds, Jon and Jennifer were able to connect with others in their church and build new relationships that hadn’t had prior to being married.  Now with their hands full with 3-month old daughter, Mira they are praying for more volunteers to be able to keep the Coffee Shop open on Sunday Mornings.

This Sunday – Feb 23 – Stop in to work alongside Coffee Shop volunteers to decide if this is an area for you. Contact Jennifer so we know to expect you.  All attendees will receive a Cedar Hills coffee tumbler.

What does serving look like?

First Shift: 7:30a-8:30a, and 9:30a-9:40a

The first shift is two-fold. 7:30am-8:30am, they prepare the pots of coffee and set-up the cups, donation boxes, and supplies.  They turn on the Cappucino/Hot Chocolate machine so that it is ready to go for after the service. Immediately after first service 9:30aa-9:40am), the first shirt team helps for approx. 10 min the transition to the second shift.

Second Shift: 9:30a-11am

The second shift replenishes the pots of coffee after first service and serves cappuccino and hot chocolate. During the Sunday School hour, there is not as much to do so there is about an hour of down-time. It is still possible to go to Sunday class, leaving just a few minutes early to make sure all the coffee is replenished and ready to go before second service. Then, once the second service starts, the second shift washes all the pots that are empty (leaving approx. 3 or 4 out.)

Who can serve?

Adults of any age! “Older” children are welcome to help; the age to be “old enough to help” is up to the parents. Coffee/Cappucino/Hot Chocolate is VERY HOT.

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.

GLS Volunteers!

Global Leadership Summit Volunteers

Aug 8-9, Cedar Hills Church is a satellite location for this year’s Summit and we are expecting at least 100 attendees. To make this event a success, we are praying for volunteers gifted with gifts of: helping and hospitality to create a welcoming atmosphere. Many positions are available; catch the excitement at the table in the Gathering Space for details or fill out the form here.

About the Summit

Leadership takes perseverance, dedication and a commitment to stretch your mind, expand your heart and use your God-given gifts to impact your world in real and powerful ways.

Everyone has influence

No matter where your influence is — in your family, school, work or church — you are invited to join 405,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it.

  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from a faculty representing multiple sectors and backgrounds
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and community
  • Network with influencers in your community who are committed to living out God’s purposes in our world

CEDAR HILLS Attendees

Member or Regular Attender
If you attend Cedar Hills Community Church and would like to register for The Global Leadership Summit, please contact the office for our special discount code.

GUESTS & PARTNERS

Non-Cedar Hills Attendee
If you do not attend Cedar Hills Community Church and would like to register to attend The Global Leadership Summit at this site, please register here:

Volunteer

Cedar Hills attendees and friends – if you wish to volunteer for the Summit, use this form to let us know which areas are of interest to you.

Bright Spot: Caring Connections

Church Teams Take Communion to our Shut-in Members: Cedar Hills is blessed by the caring outreach of those who visit shut-in members on a regular basis. Although these members are unable to
attend Sunday worship due to physical disabilities, they are part of our spiritual family, and they are not forgotten. We are grateful for those who visit homes and care centers to bring communion to shut-ins.

Care teams include Crissie Rozendaal, Glenda Brislawn, Ken Viggers, Gary Mills, Ray Vander Wiel, Karen Bronkhorst, Collin Aarhus, and Al Avis. We can all have a part in caring for those who have lost their mobility. Please consider reaching out to one of the saints listed below. And thank you for sharing your time and love!

National Volunteer Month

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? At Cedar Hills, we are blessed with many volunteers who find great joy in serving the Lord with the varied gifts, talents and passions and we believe everyone is called and wired to find their specific role in serving the church.

We compiled the lists and starting Sunday, April 7, you can stop by the volunteering table and write a “Thank You” to a volunteer who is currently serving Cedar Hills.  All the supplies are provided! Won’t you take a few moments to bless the heart of another in our church family and thank them for their time?

Haven’t found a place to serve yet? We’ll also have a list of current needs and openings in our volunteer base.  Who knows? Maybe God will lead you into your area of passion and ministry with just the right fit.

Jesus answered, “The most important one is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)

Volunteering is one way to follow both commandments at the same time!  Through serving others you are showing your love to God by sharing His love with those in need.  Love God – Love Others.  BUT did you know that volunteering also shows your love for yourself which is part of God’s commandment as well?  He wants us to live full lives that honor Him, and volunteering is one of the ways we can do that.

Benefits of volunteering: 15 ways to feel healthier and happier

Community, loneliness, and bonding

  1. Volunteering builds community
  2. Volunteering ends loneliness
  3. Volunteering increases socializing
  4. Volunteering build bonds, creates friends

Mental health and happiness in volunteers

  1. Volunteering develops emotional stability
  2. Volunteering improves self-esteem
  3. Volunteering helps those most affected by mental illness

Overall Health Improvements

  1. Volunteering promotes longevity
  2. Volunteering reduces risk of Alzheimer’s
  3. Volunteering leads to graceful aging
  4. Volunteering burns that suborn belly fat

Future goals and career opportunities

  1. Volunteering improves school and college experience
  2. Volunteering provides better job prospects
  3. Volunteering develops corporate communities
  4. Volunteering adds fun to your years

How can I get involved:

In the church?

  1. Take the Spiritual Gifts survey to identify the gifts God has given you
  2. Fill out your profile in the Cedar Hill’s CCB to identify your gifts AND your passions
  3. Stop by the table in the Gathering Space to see the opportunities available and sign up to serve.

In the community?

  1. Contact an agency that matches your passions and ask about the opportunities to serve.
  2. Sign up on a volunteer app or website. There are several available, but to show how easy it is to learn about volunteering opportunities in the community, we will focus on the United Way’s website called “Volunteer Now”.
    1. Got to the Website https://unitedwayofeastcentraliowa.galaxydigital.com/
    2. Create an account
    3. Once you are logged in you can:
      1. Browse agencies and tag them as favorites – you will receive notification when a new volunteer opportunity is posted for your favorite agencies
      2. Respond (sign up to volunteer) to a need