Don't Wait Twenty Years

My next door neighbors are really cool people.  Sue was a teacher for many years and Bud was in the boat business. They have three grown children, three gandchildren and are both recently retired.  This winter while we were enjoying a bonfire on the frozen river, they mentioned that they bought a boat and planned to travel down the Mississippi river from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, over to Florida and if all goes well up the Atlantic seaboard, across the Erie Canal and back to the Lakes and eventually Minnesota.  Sue just turned 64, she likes the Beattles, so they named their boat, When I am 64. I enjoy following their blog Budsue When I am 64.  This week they posted this quote from Mark Twain. 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. 

This made me think of the promise of freedom and abundant life that comes from following Jesus.  James 1:23-25 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

In this Issue

College Lunch
Tailgate behind WRC Saturday
Women's Retreat
Haiti Dresses
335 Almond House Work Crew
Freedom Cafe
33 The Series Men's Small Group

College Lunch this Sunday at OHC

college lunch2 1Free and tasty lunch this Sunday at Orchard Hill Church.  Lunch will be served following the 10:45am service. Bring a friend, eat food, get connected.  If you need a ride to church click here for the UNI campus van schedule

Tailgate this Saturday - Everyone is Welcome


Rise and Shine Women's Retreatbreakthemold2

riseandshinegraphicclick here for tickets and more information
Women of all ages feel pressured to squeeze themselves into certain preconceived our culture, by our media, by the church and many times by ourselves. The pressure to fit in, to be accepted, or conform to someone's opinion can weigh us down.

Are you ready to bust out?  
Are you ready to break the mold?
Are you ready to become the person Christ calls you to be?
In Jesus, you are called to be free of those preconceived molds that weigh you down. Jesus not only broke the mold of who people thought he should be, but he broke the constricting, confining molds that the religious world of his day forced on women.
Jesus wants us to fully become who he’s called us to be. He wants to deploy us into the world as an army of love, daughters made in his image, called, equipped and gifted. He wants to send us out into the dark world to serve, love, convict, comfort and point people to him. To do this, we mustbreak free of the preconceived molds that hold us back!
We invite and encourage you to join us Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 to 3:00 for the Rise and Shine Women’s Retreat, called ‘Break the Mold... Not your typical church lady!’ Be ready to be encouraged and inspired in your life with Jesus, and be ready to impact the world with your calling.  Join in as we refocus our vision from the mediocrity our culture forces on us toward the exhilarating and purposeful calling we have in Christ... the call to redeem the world. 

Haiti Dresses

Pillowcase DressesProvide a pillowcase dress for a child in Haiti by coming to Orchard on October 15th or 30th to learn how to make a dress.  You may join a sewing group to make dresses at the following times:Tuesday, October 15, 6-9 p.m., Orchard Hill ChurchWednesday, October 30, 9 a.m.-Noon, Orchard Hill ChurchInstructions, materials, and sewing machines will be provided for all college students.  Feel free to bring your own sewing machine if you have one.  Please contact Megan Barnes at mbarnes@orchardhillchurch if you would like to sign up for either sewing date. 

335 Almond House

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On October 26th a group from BASIC will be going to 335 Almond St. Waterloo to help renovate a house that will be used for ministry in the Walnut Neighborhood.  When it’s completed, this house will be a place in the neighborhood for people to meet, small groups to gather, and neighbors to share a meal.   Our group will meet at Orchard Hill Church at 10:15am, carpool to the house, and work from 10:30 to noon.  After working, we will go to Harvest Vineyard Church for a free lunch at the Harvest Party!  Please contact Courtney Gross at if you would like to sign up to help.

Freedom Cafe 

Freedom Cafe 1On the first Saturday of each month from 7:30-9:30 Harvest Vineyard Church in Waterloo will be hosting an open mic night called Freedom Café.  Come bring a song, poem, piece of art or writing, or any performance to share…or just come to listen!  There will also be a guest musician there to perform during the night.  Come enjoy fellowship, food and drinks, and the talents of others.  There will be a freewill donation collected to support Rapha House to help rescue children from human trafficking. A group will meet at Orchard Hill Church at 7:30 and ride to the event together.  Contact Megan Barnes at mbarnes@orchardhillchurch if you have any questions.  

33 The Series - Small Group for Men 

Monday Nights at 6:30PM in the coffeehouse. Started October 7th but not too late to join. Great time of encouragement, coaching, and community for men, as well as some great teaching. First 6 weeks: A Man and His DesignExploring the basic foundations of God’s design for men will envision and challenge men in a clear and compelling manner.
Second 6 weeks: A Man and His StoryExploring how God has been and is at work in your life and the lives of other men will help you gain a powerful perspective on your “story" and prepare you to move in faith into the future. 
Volume 3: Coming in January
Cost: $25 per session (covers training guides, refreshments, and scholarships). Scholarships are available. 

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