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Waverly Cafe


Every Wednesday night, people gather at Vineyard Community Church in Waverly for a free hot meal. Waverly Cafe is a partnership of four local churches and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank targeting the real, but often unnoticed, under resourced population in Waverly. Vineyard Community, Grace Baptist, Crosspoint and now the Waverly Campus take turns preparing and serving the meal.

“Our family has enjoyed eating at the Cafe. We get to enjoy a meal and meet people,” said Jesse Henkle, Waverly Campus Pastor. “It's also a great opportunity for our church to partner in the Waverly community with the other churches.”

Over a year ago, the Waverly Campus was asked to join this partnership by serving one week a month, but at the time it was decided there were not enough volunteers with the campus just launching. However, after helping serve a meal as a family Christmas project, Scott and Amanda Schara responded to a call from God to start a cook team. Now people from the Waverly Campus invest in others by serving on the first Wednesday of the month. “It is important to us to do something that is bigger than the both of us and our family,” commented Amanda Schara.

“God led us to Waverly Cafe to in order to help fulfill their mission and ours. We get to serve the community with not only our family, but with our amazing church community and other generous churches in Waverly.”

Everyone is welcome to come eat at the Waverly Cafe. Meals are served from 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesdays at the Waverly Vineyard Community Church. Come to serve or just come to eat. There’s a place at the table for you! If you have questions or are interested in serving on this team, please email Amanda at amandaschara@hotmail.com or call her at 319.721.2502.

Follow Waverly Cafe on Facebook at /WaverlyCafe1.

Global Leadership Summit


For many years, some of Orchard Hill’s leaders traveled to Willow Creek for the Global Leadership Summit. In 2010, Orchard Hill was given the opportunity to bring this content-rich conference to the Cedar Valley. Since then, Orchard Hill has partnered with Willow Creek to be a premier Summit location.

Every year we open our doors to hundreds of leaders in the Cedar Valley. Many churches and businesses in town use this event as their main leadership development training. This year, over 700 people participated in this two-day simulcast event.

“I enjoyed every one of the speakers this year!” said Tammy Chambers, and “Bryan Stevenson's session on justice and hope was eloquent and very challenging!!” said Katy Myers, both via Facebook comments during the day.

Speakers ranged from business and nonprofit innovators, to church leaders, and speakers from the education sector. "When I compare the Summit to all the other different leadership opportunities available to me, the Summit is the best. It's the best in terms of the quality, the experience and the people you get a chance to meet," said one Summit attendee.

Orchard Hill also has a huge group of volunteers whose focus is creating a warm and inviting space for attendees to enjoy the day. “A huge thank you to all the great volunteers that once again made the GLS happen. Your servant hearts and "can do" attitude makes it happen and creates success,” shared Pat Oehler, Summit Event Manager.

Next year’s Global Leadership Summit will be August 9-10, 2018. To register for the special price of $79, visit orchardhillchurch.org/summit.

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