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Sing to the Lord!

We are continuing our return to in-person worship with three worship services this weekend. 5 p.m. Saturday or 9 a.m. Traditional, or 11 a.m. Celebration Worship. This week we received the o.k. from our  Task Force to sing in worship as well!  To attend in person, we ask that you use the reservation link below, or call the church office for assistance with reserving in advance.
Make your Worship Reservation
Both the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services will be simulcast live on We encourage you to continue to use this as your primary worship experience until we reach later Phases for in-person activities (see more below).

A Number of precautions remain in place to protect the health of worshipers, volunteers, and staff.
  • Capacity is limited to 100 or fewer worshipers.
  • You must reserve your seat in advance on our website.
  • Masks are required at all times in the building.

May 15-16, 2021
Pastor Craig Brown
Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; John 17:6-19
Sermon: Four Tips to Help you Decide Your Future

The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love, and joy. This oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!

Are You Excited to Get Out More?

If your gifts of hospitality have been anxiously awaiting the end of this pandemic, then we have the perfect opportunity for you to be a little social in a safe way while helping others with our health and safety practices for worship.
We are currently seeking people to serve in this welcoming role for each of our worship times. Because our volunteer schedule system is being reconfigured, please contact Daniel Luepke in the church office.
If you have a smiling face with a helpful disposition, we have the place to show it off!

Worship Volunteers Preparing for the Next Phase

Since we have been away from in-person worship, our Ministry Scheduler software has had an entirely new update roll out and we will be re-building our old worship volunteer scheduling system. Watch for communications from Daniel so we don't miss your opportunities to serve!

Coming Soon (some real, in-person events!)


Introduction to the Enneagram

Have you ever wondered what makes people react differently in different situations, or when dealing with different people? The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world, manage their emotions, and relate to one another. Understanding our Enneagram type and how it colors our perceptions can help us to broaden our perspective and approach situations more effectively.

Learn More about The Enneagram during one of two identical sessions; Sunday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. or Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Michael Beckmann, a trained Enneagram Coach, will give an overview of the Enneagram and the 9-Types during this hour-long introduction via Zoom. Sign up at

Progressing on Habitat for Humanity Home

The foundation is poured and the walls are pre-built and awaiting installation. Progress on the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity "Faith Build" is coming along great. Your opportunity to contribute is coming up on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5. If the build is on-schedule, we should be mostly outdoors working on siding that day. Sign up online at If you have any questions, you can contact Andy Ostercamp from the Housing Team at 821-0151.

VBS 2021 Sign-up is OPEN!

VAHOY VBS logoBS will once again be offered as an at-home experience, but with two new twists! We will kick-off the week with an in-person family picnic and campfire sing-along on Sunday, June 27th from 5-7pm at Indian Creek Nature Center. At the kick-off event, your family can pick up their AHOY! Box, which will be filled with four days of activities ranging from arts and crafts, science, games, and more. Additionally, each day’s storytelling will happen online via Zoom with Miss Marissa!

We will all gather online together to hear each day’s story and share what we are learning about God. Sign up at

We can’t wait for you to hop on board with us this summer!

Make Family Memories at Father’s Day Campout

campersMake some family memories for a lifetime with your family on Father’s Day Weekend (June 18-20) at Yogi Bear’s Monticello Jellystone Park in Monticello, Iowa.We’ll have s’mores around the campfire, tube down the river, swim in the pool, and run on the giant floating Wibit obstacle course on the lake. Pitch some horseshoes, give Yogi Bear a hug, and enjoy a kid-friendly outdoor worship to close the weekend. Reserve your electric and water campsite today for $100 for two nights at or call the church office at 365-1494.
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1000 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

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