Men, join us for a 2-day retreat focused on the topic of spiritual practices. There will be lots of great teaching and practical exercises + plenty of time for recreation and hanging out. :::UPDATE:::LOCATION CHANGE::: We've changed the location to Sanctuary with the option of camping out 1 or 2 nights at Sugar Bottom Rec Area. Click HERE for more information and registration info.
Sanctuary Upcoming Events
See calendar at the bottom of this page.
Hopeful Directions in Theology & Church-featuring author and speaker Brian McLaren along with Sanctuary’s own Chris McMillan
On Sunday, May 6, 2018, everyone’s invited to an evening on the hopeful directions of theology and church in the 21st century. We extended this invitation to other churches to invite their clergy and lay leaders but everyone at Sanctuary is welcome to attend. The event will be held at Sanctuary, and the program starts at 6:30pm with doors opening at 6:00pm. To reserve childcare for this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newer to Sanctuary? Join us for our Sanctuary 101 Class on Sunday, April 29th, 12:15-1:15 p.m., following the second service. This class provides an introduction to Sanctuary and some of our values. Lunch will be served and childcare provided. Use the Sign Up below. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Celebrate the beginning of spring with us at a Women's Breakfast here at Sanctuary Church where we'll be talking about identity.
Different stages of life bring changing identities -- student to employed, married to single, employed to retired, etc... These changes can feel daunting and we can find ourselves asking, "Wait, who AM I?" Here's the good news: God knows who we are and welcomes the opportunity to call us beloved! Come hear how women in our community are contending with the same challenges and seeking God's voice. We'll have great food, childcare, and time built in to share.
RSVP Below. Please note if you'll need childcare.
Please join us for our Good Friday Service on Friday, March 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Good Friday is the annual remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion. We mark this important date through a worship service that includes scripture readings, music, and imagery. As we contemplate Jesus' suffering, we are drawn more into God's fullness. This is one of the most important special worship services all year that brings the Lenten season to its climax. Please join us. Childcare is available, but we ask that you RSVP to Phyllis (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a spot.
We’re glad to invite all men to our next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, March 24, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the church. Come enjoy free hot breakfast (and plenty of coffee), an engaging talk from David Drake called “Jesus and Me” followed by a short prayer exercise, plus lively conversation to follow. RSVP by March 21 to David (email@example.com).
A group from Sanctuary will visit Hope Lodge on Wednesday, Feb. 21 for their bingo games and have a chance to talk with the people staying there. Hope Lodge provides housing for cancer patients and their families while they are undergoing treatment. This Game Night is a great family activity that everyone can participate in. You can sign up by contacting Mim Winn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign the clipboard at the Welcome Table. We will also be collecting prizes for the bingo games: stationary, Hawkeye stuff, nail polish, or other small gifts. You can drop them off at the box by the Welcome Table. Thank you!
Newer to Sanctuary? Join us for our Sanctuary 101 Class on Sunday, Feb. 11, 12:15-1:15 p.m., following the second service. This class provides an introduction to Sanctuary and some of our values. Lunch will be served and childcare provided. Sign up today. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Sign up HERE
- Thursday, February 8th 6:30-9:00 PM
Friday, February 16th 6:30-9:00 PM and Saturday, February 17th 8:30-noon
Thursday, February 22nd 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Sanctuary Community Church, Coralville, IA
- An engaged couple?
- A couple in a long term relationship?
- New parents navigating your new normal?
- Expecting your first child? New Grandparents?
- Empty nesters?
- Married 10+ years and looking to enrich your relationship?
Then this course if designed with you in mind.
Based on The New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, this seminar was developed from Dr. Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. Over the years, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have continued to fine-tune their innovative method of disrupting negative behaviors that send marriages onto the rocks. Showing partners how to work with the small daily moments that make up the heart and soul of any relationship, The Seven Principles Marriage Course brings you proven, practical, and effective strategies for making marriage work.
Early Bird Couple (By Jan. 10) - $80.00
Couple (After Jan. 10) - $95.00
To Register and Pay: Sign up HERE
NOTE: The seminar is not for couples with severe relationship distress, emotional or domestic violence, active addiction, or other serious mental health problems.
---THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT---
Sanctuary's Women's Retreat • Jan 26-27 • Hotel Renovo • Des Moines
Retreat with us to Des Moines where we'll make space to encounter God through worship, self-guided prayer and meditation stations, interactive discussions, and the beauty of just being with one another.
Before December 1st -- Early Bird $65 • Undergrad $45
Dec 1st and after -- Everyone, full price $75
Registration includes snacks, but does not cover meals.
Please make your own hotel room reservations at www.hotelrenovo.com
Hotel room costs not included in registration.
*Note: We are unable to authorize refunds for retreat registration cancellations after Dec 1st.
Register and Pay HERE
Join us for a Contemplative Service on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. The service will include readings, music, and guided contemplative prayer practices. We recognize that contemplation can be challenging and even unnatural in our over-stimulated culture. But when we quiet the chatter in our minds, we can meet God in new and life-giving ways. Whether you’re new to contemplative prayer or experienced, you will find this to be accessible and helpful. Childcare will be provided, but please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly: RSVP to Phyllis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’re offering a Cultural Sensitivity Training, a workshop to help increase cultural awareness and our understanding of the impact of cultural differences. The training will be led by Joe Hunt Wassink on Sunday, Jan. 14, 12:15-2:15 at the church. Lunch will be provided, and childcare is available. RSVP’s to Jacki Marquardt (email@example.com) are required so that we have an accurate count for lunch and childcare.
Join us Sunday, Dec. 24 at 4:00 or 5:30 p.m. for a traditional, family-friendly Christmas Eve service with carols, candles, Scripture readings, and a story for children. Cookies and cider will be served after each service.
*Pleae note these other service updates
• Sunday, Dec. 17: 9 a.m. service only
• Sunday, Dec. 24: No Sunday morning services.
• Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 31: 9 a.m. service only
Newer to Sanctuary? Join us for our Sanctuary 101 Class on Sunday, December 3rd, 12:15-1:15 p.m., following the second service. This class provides an introduction to Sanctuary and some of our values. Lunch will be served and childcare provided. Sign up today using the form HERE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We will be helping with the Gifts for Parents (Dec. 2), a program that provides free gifts for low income children to give to significant adults in their lives. To contribute, you can:
1) Donate gifts. Gifts should be new or gently used. Some ideas include: tools, kitchen items, Hawkeye items, wallets, flashlights, costume jewelry, but basically anything a child might like to give would be fine. The only thing we can't accept are food and clothing. Gifts for men are always especially needed. Please bring them to the church in November and put them in the donation bin with the Gifts for Parents sign.
2) Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include: greeting families, escorting children to the gift room, assisting in the gift room, and helping wrap gifts on December 2, as well as behind the scenes support work in the days before. You can find details and sign up online by clicking here.
Also, the Kids Wing will sponsor a Mitten Tree in December, gathering kids hats, scarves, and mittens to help children stay warm this winter. Please keep us in mind as you shop for children's winter accessories! You can bring them to the church in December to decorate our tree.
If you have questions, please contact Judy McRoberts at email@example.com.
We like to think of church as a great big party. And becoming a member at Sanctuary means committing to help host that party. Find out more at our next Membership Class on Sun. Nov. 19, 12:15-1:15 p.m. (following the second service.) The class covers our values, structure, service opportunities, and membership commitment. This is a great opportunity to take the next step in joining - and hosting - the Sanctuary party. Lunch will be served as part of the class, and childcare is available upon reservation. RSVP to David and include information about childcare and any dietary needs or preferences (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In conjunction with our current teaching series, we're offering a presentation and discussion on Trauma and Resilience for anyone who wants to go a little deeper into understanding the effects of trauma and building resiliency. The workshop will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 4-5:30 p.m. at the church and will be led by Sanctuary member Jan Powers whose background and research interests include trauma-informed practices. RSVP's are required for attendance. Childcare is available - please indicate that in your RSVP to email@example.com.
Celebrate the beginning of fall with us at a Women’s Breakfast! We know that juggling career or school, family, a social calendar, and all the required duties beyond basic self care can be daunting. Come hear how friends in the church are contending with the same challenges. We'll have great food, childcare, and time built in to pray and support one another. Sat, Sept 30th, 9:00-11:00 a.m Sign up here.
Led by Amy Kraber, Kids Pastor and Ali Borger Germann. REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.
Children notice racial differences, and research suggests there are a number of good outcomes when parents talk to their children about race in healthy ways. How can parents do this well? What are some things to say and not say? Come to this 2-hr training session to learn - and practice - helpful conversations. Pizza, fruit, and beverages will be served at 5:30 p.m. with training to follow. Childcare will be provided during the training portion of the evening (starting at 6 p.m.). REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
We’re glad to invite all men to our next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the church. Come enjoy free hot breakfast (and plenty of coffee), 2 engaging TED-style talks from Raesen Matutu on “My Immigration Story from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States” and Larry Meyer on “Finding Jesus in Prayer,” plus lively conversation to follow. RSVP by Aug. 22 to David (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Everyone is invited to our summer baptism and rededication party on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Rec Area. We will celebrate 5 (!) baptisms or rededications. You can swim, play, or just hang out and enjoy good food and friends. The church will provide sub sandwiches and beverages. We ask that everyone brings a dish to share. Last names A-M bring a side dish; N-Z bring a dessert. Don’t forget chairs and blankets for a picnic. We hope to see you there!
Everyone’s invited to a huge summer bash. Drinks, appetizers, games, campfire, & open swimming if you want. Adults only (college age and up). Sunday, July 23, 7-9:30 p.m. at the home of Adey and Tom Wassink (4306 Pine Ridge Trl NE, Iowa City). Beverages and S’mores will be provided. Bring a fun food item to share. RSVP to email@example.com.
On Saturday July 15th, we’re joining Habitat for Humanity to participate in building a house. Habitat is a nonprofit organization that works towards decent and affordable housing. We are looking for volunteers (ages 16 and older) for either the morning session (8 am-noon), the afternoon (1-5 pm) or both. To sign up, email Judy McRoberts (firstname.lastname@example.org), or sign up on one of the clipboards at church on Sunday, June 18.
Practical Exercises for Nurturing Love, Trust, and Vulnerability
Making time to nurture our marriages in the midst of busy lives can be hard, so we've created an evening designed to give you and your partner time to practice some healthy communication strategies. While we wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of community and love a great social outing, this evening is geared toward you and your partner having time to work alone through the exercises.
Childcare is available, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot for your children.
Sign up using the form below. Questions? Contact email@example.com
North Star Men's Ministry is glad to invite anyone interested in this topic to the first of a three-part series beginning on Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8:00 pm at the church. We will be watching the documentary The Mask You Live In (directed byJennifer Siebel Newsom) to facilitate the discussion-time that follows. At the first meeting, we will identify the false masculinity often reinforced by phrases like “Be a man” and discuss how these social pressures impact our lives. Our goal is to reconstruct a more viable masculinity in light of our faith, spiritual community, and relationship with Jesus. We think this series will be especially meaningful for families with young boys. The second and third meetings will occur on May 9 and May 16 (same time/same place).
RSVP to Jordan Grimm, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to have so many educators who call Sanctuary home! We know that education is pivotal in our community and that many of you are asking the same questions and struggling with the same issues. So, let’s do lunch! Join us Sunday, April 30 at 12:30pm at the Wassink’s for food and a chat about current issues relating to education. RSVP to email@example.com.