EVENTS
Every Sunday our worship service begins at 10:15 a.m.

Peace Camp 2017
​August 7-11th

Our annual peace camp was postpone from June to August because of a death in the family of Pastor Sue.  It now begins August 7th - 11th at 10 a.m..  5 year old - 12 year old children are invited to participate in this camp.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Thurs. and Friday 10 a.m. - Noon

Lunch will be provided.  Please register at the church.  You may leave a message on the church phone if needed.  Any questions email the church and we will respond back as soon as possible.  cedarfallsucc@gmail.com or call 319-266-9686.
Workshops and Theological Forums
Our Workshop and Discussion Group is now ready.

Workshops for 2017-2018



A free will offering is taken at each of these workshops to cover the cost of the food.

10.14.17 Prayers of Hand and Heart 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  (for all people interested in prayer)  This has been changed to take place on October 14th.

11.08.11.17 Wednesday 9:30 a.m - 2 p.m. Fresh and Faithful Resources for Advent and Christmas Worship (primarily for worship leaders and pastors)

11.4.17  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Studying, Praying, Chanting and Writing the Psalms

1.9.18  9:30 am - 2:30 p.m.  Tuesday Fresh and Faithful Resources for Lent and Easter Worship

2.3.2018 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Learning to Read the Bible

3.3.18 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Poetry as Prayer

4.7.18  9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Reframing Illness and Wellness:  A Broader Perspective
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Discussion Group
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Wednesdays

September 13, 2017  Exploring End of Life Issues
9.20.17 - End of Life Issues
9.27.17  Wills, Estate Planning, and Legacies
10.4.17  Laughter and Life
10.11.17 White Privilege (Exploring the Issue)
10.18.17 White Privilege
10.25  White Privilege
11.1.17  Saints, Spiritual Leaders, and Sojourners
11.8.17  Sacred Writings
11.15.17  Thanks-Giving
BREAK
1.10.18  Resolutions
1.17.18  Christian Responses to Terrorism
1.24.18  Social Justice Issues of Today and Our Response
1.31.18  Compassionate Actions
2.7.18  Drinking Water for Everyone
2.14.18  Ash Wednesday Service rather than discussion group
2.21.18  Quotes to Live By
2.28.18  Spirit Stories
3.7.18  Meaningful Music - everyone is invited to bring a piece of musical that they find meaningful to share and discuss with the group
3.14.18  Meaningful Art
3.21.18.  Meaningful Drama
3.28.18  Searching for Meaning
4.4.18  Media and Current Issues
4.11.18  Social Media and Sites that are committed to Lies
4.18.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue
4.25.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue
5.2.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue
5.9.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue
5.16.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue
5.23.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue
5.30.18  Favorite TV episodes that explore an issue


Discussion Group Schedule





The workshop link gives a description of the different workshops but the discussion group schedule does not.  We are intentionally not describing in detail the precise topic so we may go where the spirit or conversation takes us.

We are open to change and if you have a topic you would like to explore, let us know.  We do our best to create a safe place to share our thoughts and our experiences.

Discussion Group schedule
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Praying with a Labyrinth
A labyrinth used for prayer is designed for all the elaborate pathways to lead to the center.
Explored tools that enhance our prayer life
Drums in many traditions have been used for communication.  The steady beat of drums can help us go deeper in prayer.  
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Prayers of Hands and Heart
A      Adoration
C     Confession
T     Thanksgiving
S     Supplication
1     I ​Intercession
October 14, 2017     9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
We explored many ways to pray, experiencing prayers from Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Chrisitian traditions, and also from other world religions.  We also worked with some of the questions, experiences, and problems that prayer has raised for us.  We also explored ways to make our prayer life deeper and more meaningful.

"All are welcome at the table, but do I have to sit next to you?"

Workshop held Nov. 5th, 2016

 We know how to welcome the marginalized and include the excluded. We’ll help the widow and the orphan. We pride ourselves on accepting diversity.  But…the people who disagree with our politics or religion drive us crazy!

So how do we stay in community with the church member who opposes us on vital issues like gun control, gay marriage, climate change? How do we welcome our co-worker whose idea of God rubs us the wrong way? How do we embrace the brother-in-law who is against everything we are for? This workshop will help us figure that out.

We’ll go deeper into the spiritual discipline of welcome, the spiritual practice of love. We’ll listen and talk, laugh and share stories. We’ll look at our own hard places in our struggles to see in the other the face of Christ. We’ll take home tools to help us grow in our ability to welcome, our capacity to love. We’ll draw wisdom from various disciplines, but most of all from our world religions.

The evening news tells us of mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and war. We are disheartened by the accusations and attacks of our presidential election process. Our world is in need of peace, but what can one person do? This workshop is one answer: we can learn to live in our own lives the peace we want for the world.
    

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Interfaith Relationships
We are open to all people wherever they are on life's journey.

We have opened our building to have the monthly meeting of the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council.

We were present and participated in the Interfaith event held on November 13, 2016.  The Cedar Valley Interfaith Council invited people of all faiths to A Season of Prayer for out Leaders:  Interfaith Prayer Service
The November election motivated the Interfaith Council to plan for this event and months ahead of knowing the results, the Council began planning.

We invite people who visit this website to continue to pray for all our leaders.  
Because we are accepting people of other faiths, we work at creating safe space for people of diversity to meet and share with one another.

Learning to truly listen to one another and when needed "agree to disagree".

Our prayers and compassion reach out to the synagogue at the death of their Rabbi emeritus, Stanley Rosenbaum in December 2016.  The Rabbi was instrumental in forming the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council.  We open our building to host events and meetings here.

 
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Peace Camps are offered free of charge.  We have a week of camp during the summer and then 3 x during the school year we have a day camp.  We invite children ages 5 - 12 to participate and if older than 12, lead.  Our focus varies but we try and offer the children additional tools to be peacemakers.

Cooperation          Affirmation          Sharing          Conflict Resolution
Compassion           Listening               Giving             Accepting all

Sometimes we focus on peace within, peace in our family, peace in our community or peace in our world.
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Peace Camp 2016
We held 4 days of peace camp in July.  In this world of violence, skills to be peacemakers are essential.  As a result of peace camp, as a church we will be offering a day camp once a quarter for our children and youth throughout the school year.  We will focus on one aspect of peacemaking.  


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Peace Camp

November 12, 2016
10 am - 2 pm

We are offering a quarterly Peace Camp to focus on one aspect of becoming Peace Makers or Peace Builders!  For the 2016 - 2017 school year we will be meeting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

November 12, 2016 - Our focus was on affirming others and receiving affirmations

February 11, 2017 - Our focus will be on Communication

May 6, 2017 - Our focus will be on Cooperation
Sharing 

Creating message of welcome

Enjoying the outside
Peace Day Camp November 2016
To be peace builders we affirm and receive affirmations from one another.  We each have our own gifts that we give for the glory of God.  We are peace makers.

What makes for Peace?
We did different projects to communicate and learn what makes for Peace.
Activities during camp
Through art work the children found ways to create a message that it is all our responsibility to be peace builders!
Fun
Peace Camp  August 7th - 11th
Enjoying being outside and water games the children created games that required cooperation and yet allowed them to be creative and get wet.
As a service project during Peace Camp we pulled weeds to make the play ground more attractive.
Peace Day Camp 2017
November 11th
10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(for children 5 yrs - 12 years old)
Focus on Cooperation


We provide lunch and snacks.  We weave activities throughout the day with lessons.  All are welcome between the ages of 5 and 12.   Call the church to register so we can plan for the food and materials:  319-266-9686., 
 
Fun Time at ballgame

Enjoying the game
One never knows who you will meet up with at the ballgame!  
Family fun
Waterloo Bucks Baseball Outing

The congregation signed up for two ballgames in July.  The games were enjoyable.