JULY 2020

IN A PERFECT WORLD
BY PASTOR KENT LANDHUIS

I have one goal every summer – nurture the perfect pot of flowers. The perfect pot contains the perfect flowers, sits in the perfect spot on the patio, and grows in perfect symmetry. Flower paradise. Of course, the forces of evil align against the perfect pot. Weeds, pests, heat, wind, squirrels – these enemies of perfection collaborate to defeat me. Because of these wicked rivals, it is too much to hope for a perfect garden…  READ MORE

TURMOIL AS A TIME OF BLESSING
BY GARY SAGER

2020 seems to be slipping into deeper and deeper turmoil, and we as Christians are right in the middle of it, whether we like it or not.  Here’s the thing, this time of turmoil is really a time of blessing for we who belong to Christ. Right about now, there are some reading what I just said, who are ready to toss me out on my ear… READ MORE

WELCOME, HANNAH
BY KRIS CROWTHER

Welcome to Hannah Pelling, our newest staff member at Noah’s Ark! Hannah comes to us with her BA in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago IL. She recently did her student teaching at Isaac Newton Christian Academy in Cedar Rapids. She will help us with July summer school and lead our four-year-old class this fall.  READ MORE

AUTHENTICITY KILLER
BY LINDSEY UNGS

I started crying in my car as I drove past the NewBo area of town. I saw dozens of people enjoying each other’s company in the sunshine and it made my heart hurt. Gathering with friends is exactly what my heart needs to be healthy. Several of my friends are on the cautious side of getting together; which means they are not ready to make many social plans yet. As a fun-loving extrovert, this has been soul-crushing. READ MORE

MAKING LEVITICAL LAW FUN–SERIOUSLY
BY LEAH CAROLAN

On January 1 of this year, I started a year-long Bible reading program with the goal of reading through the entire Bible in one year. I’ve never done one before! And to be honest, didn’t know if I had the stick-to-it-ive-ness to keep up with the reading.  And the idea of reading certain portions of the Old Testament sounded… well, let’s be honest: Boring. Mundane. Humdrum.. READ MORE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLOOD DRIVE JULY 14
Noah’s Ark Preschool

July 14th is our next blood drive at church.  Walk-in’s are not allowed at this time, but you can go online and sign up for a time (or do so in their app!).  You can also email the Noah’s Ark office and Kris Crowther will help you get signed up… READ MORE

“ALEXA, PLAY CEDAR HILLS…”
CEDAR HILLS MEDIA

Now on Tunein! Try it – ask Alexa, “Alexa, play Cedar Hills Community Church podcast.” We’ve created quite the archive the extends back almost five years of audio. If you are a podcast listener, you’ll find Cedar Hills on most of the major podcast players: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts READ MORE

UPDATE YOUR APP
CEDAR HILLS MEDIA

Our Cedar Hills App just went through a major revision as requirements for apps have changed in the last year.  It’s a new platform and design program for us, so there are a few kinks in it! We’re working hard to get it fully functioning before Sunday. READ MORE or download below.