Join us as we prepare our hearts and minds for this Advent season through contemplation and meditation, led by Valerie Keffala. We will be learning about and practicing a different faith-based meditation practice over the course of four weeks. You are welcome to come for any or all of these sessions. No previous experience is required. Feel free to come and explore as we learn to draw near to God with these practices. We will meet on Sunday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 November 25 through December 16. Email Beth Faga at email@example.com with any questions and to RSVP.
Sanctuary Upcoming Events
Join Sanctuary's Hands on Faith ministry to volunteer at IC Compassion on Wednesday, Dec. 5. IC Compassion assists immigrants and refugees, and they host regular Community Meals. Our hope is to build connections as we assist with these meals. You can bring food, serve, help with childcare, or simply hang out and enjoy dinner. You're welcome to do more than one role if you'd like. SIGN UP HERE. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Thank you!
Newer to Sanctuary? Wondering what we're about or hoping to meet some of the leadership? This is the class for you and a great place to start! We'll provide lunch and childcare. You can enjoy the food while hearing a bit about Sanctuary -- our history, our leadership, and what we're passionate about. Click HERE to sign up!
Interested in learning more about what membership at Sanctuary looks like? If you've already attended Sanctuary 101, this class is the next step in helping us "throw the party" that is Sanctuary Community Church! RSVP to Beth Faga at email@example.com.
A light lunch will be provided, as well as childcare.
Led by Sanctuary member Dr. Katie Imborek, this seminar will focus on foundational terms, definitions, and concepts around LGBTQ identities. This knowledge is necessary for anyone interested in respectfully engaging with people of all gender and sexual identities whether in the workplace, church, or family and/or social circles.
This seminar is free and open to the public, but we request RSVP’s for space and resource planning. RSVP here.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Dr. Katie Imborek is an associate professor of family medicine, co-director of UI Health Care LGBTQ clinic. Together with Dr Nicole Nisly, created the LGBTQ clinic in 2012. This multidisciplinary clinic has care for over 800 patients since it opened, with the majority of these patients identifying and transgender or gender non-conforming. Dr. Imborek routinely lectures to medical students, residents, faculty and health care staff about providing competent and affirming care to LGBTQ patients.
Sanctuary will transition to only one Sunday service time, at 10 a.m., beginning Sunday, Nov. 4. After looking at attendance numbers, volunteer availability, and Kids Wing capacity, we’ve concluded that one Sunday service will best suit our community’s needs. We recognize only one option may present some challenges, and we’re happy to talk through anything we might do to accommodate.
Single parents! You are invited to join us for a delicious breakfast and casual discussion about single parenting. Although a multiplicity of external factors leads us to be single parents, we will gather and share about our common experience of parenting on our own. Come as you are! We are ready to hear from you and learn from each other. Details: Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sanctuary. Childcare and breakfast provided. Click here to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvVhRo3TQxRmF0G0sYz22Nt7lpRQBBq0_B4uMm4Q-vTSEYJQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Join other community members in a Rally for Immigration Reform on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the UI Pentacrest. Sponsored in part by the Iowa Poor People’s Campaign and the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, this rally is a peaceful, non-partisan gathering to HEAR stories from Iowans most impacted by negative immigration laws and to LEARN what action we can all take. Check out the Facebook event page HERE for more information.
Join Hands on Faith in our next Habitat for Humanity Build on Saturday, Oct. 27. The current project is part of Habitat’s Women Build, a program that encourages women empowerment and engagement in construction. But anyone 16 and over is welcome to volunteer! We have room for 15 volunteers for the 8 am - noon shift. Use the form below to sign up. Email Nick Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
1. Friday, October 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
2. Saturday, October 27, 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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?
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.
Couple Registration Fee: $80
Returning Couple Registration Fee: $40 (for couples who are bringing their own book and workbook)
To Register and Pay: Sign up HERE Registration Deadline: Oct. 19
NOTE: The seminar is not for couples with severe relationship distress, emotional or domestic violence, active addiction, or other serious mental health problems.
Sunday, Nov. 19 is our annual HoFfering (Hands on Faith Offering). All of the money raised through the HoFfering goes towards financial support of organizations beyond our church. This past year, for example, we gave $10,000 to G! WORLD as a part of our Easter $10,000 Blessing. Our church supports many local organizations and relief efforts as well. Financial giving from our church makes a huge impact because it signals so much about Jesus’ goodness and generosity to others. If you won’t be at church on Oct. 14, you can give online at www.sanctuaryic.org/give.
The HoFfering supports all of the following:
-Financial contributions towards local organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Shelter House, Crisis Center, and IC Compassion
- Our $10,000 Blessing at Easter that we’ve been doing since 2013, previous winners listed below:
2013 Coralville Central Elementary
2014 Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
2015 Shelter House Overflow Shelter
2017 IC Compassion
2018 G! World
- Young Life, a Christian outreach ministry to junior high, high school, and college students
- Jess Hanson & the nonprofit Love Does in Uganda
- Disaster relief
- Our Cougar Chow program assisting food insecure families (about $3,000 per year)
at Coralville Central Elementary,
- Assistance to families in need in our community
Please consider how you might contribute towards our $20,000 goal. Thank you!
We’re glad to invite all men to our next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, September 29, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the church. Come enjoy free hot breakfast (and plenty of coffee), an engaging talk, plus lively conversation to follow. RSVP by September 25th to David (email@example.com).
Sanctuary Community Church • 2205 E Grantview Dr, Coralville
Are you the parent of a teen or pre-teen? Wondering why your teen does, says or acts the way they do? Come and find out! Sanctuary is hosting a Parenting Teens Seminar just for you!
Erika Lauer, an Iowa City-based psychiatrist, will be sharing information about the complex teen brain and its development. Additionally, local therapist Michelle Hansen will be offering ideas for how to relate to and communicate more effectively with your teen.
We think you'll walk away with a better understanding of your teen and a few more tools in your belt. Questions? Email Beth Faga at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register using the form below.
Everyone is invited to our summer baptism and rededication party on Sunday, August 19, 5-7 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Rec Area. We will celebrate baptisms right at 5 p.m. (so come on time!). You can also swim, play, or just hang out with friends and enjoy good food. 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!
Newer to Sanctuary? Join us for our Sanctuary 101 Class on Sunday, April 29th, 10:45-11:45 a.m., following the service. This class provides an introduction to Sanctuary and some of our values. A light lunch will be served and childcare will be provided. Use the Sign Up below. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Summer Party by the Pool - July 21, 7-10 p.m.
Grab your friends and join us at an adults-only outdoor party to celebrate summer. So many choices... Will you snack and chat? Splash in the pool? Or grab a glass of wine and sit by the fire? You choose. We’ll provide the venue (Wassink’s home, 4306 Pine Ridge Trl, Iowa City), you bring a dish and drinks to share.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) to reserve a spot.
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
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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.