Creativity Retreat
Oct
25
to Oct 26

Creativity Retreat

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Creativity Retreat - Oct. 25-26

We are created creative. Creativity shows up in every human culture, every human enterprise: from gardening to drawing, from quilting to parenting, from event planning and client meetings to writing poetry and doing scientific research. Led by Sanctuary member Ali Borger Germann, this immersive retreat experience will give you a chance to nurture your inherent creativity and will give you strategies you can take with you when you leave. We ask that all participants commit to the full session: Oct. 25, 6-9p and Oct. 26, 8:00a - 4:30p. The cost is $30, which will include lunch on Saturday. Scholarships are available—email beth@sanctuaryic.org to ask about them. You can register here. Registration deadline is Oct. 18.

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Hands On Faith at Ronald McDonald House
Oct
28
4:30 PM16:30

Hands On Faith at Ronald McDonald House

One of Sanctuary’s high school students, Madeline Marquardt, has organized a Hands On Faith service opportunity at the Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit that provides housing for hospital patients and families. Volunteers - ages 14 and older - will assist in meal preparation and clean up. To provide food and/or serve, you can sign up on this form. Contact Madeline (madeline329@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you!

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Women in Leadership Lunch
Nov
3
11:20 AM11:20

Women in Leadership Lunch

If you are a woman who leads in some realm of your life and you’d like to connect with other women leaders, join us for lunch at Sanctuary on Sunday, Nov. 3 following the church service. Hosted by Adey, this lunch is an opportunity to meet other women leaders and engage in a dynamic leadership discussion. Childcare is available, but please reserve in advance. RSVP to phyllis@sanctuaryic.org.

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IC Compassion Community Meal - Hands On Faith
Nov
6
4:30 PM16:30

IC Compassion Community Meal - Hands On Faith

Join Sanctuary's Hands on Faith ministry to volunteer at IC Compassion on Wednesday, Nov. 6. 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, or simply hang out and enjoy dinner. You're welcome to do more than one role if you'd like. SIGN UP HERE. Contact stephbell6@hotmail.com for more info. Thank you!

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Couples Seminar
Nov
8
to Nov 9

Couples Seminar

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Seminar Dates: 

Friday, Nov 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m. + Saturday, Nov 9, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location:  Sanctuary Community Church, Coralville, IA

You can find detailed information about the seminar on this HERE.

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 relationships 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 Course brings you proven, practical, and effective strategies for making marriage work.

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Sanctuary 101
Nov
10
11:20 AM11:20

Sanctuary 101

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!

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Membership Class
Oct
13
11:20 AM11:20

Membership Class

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 beth@sanctuaryic.org. 

Snacks will be provided, as well as childcare. 

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Winter Clothing Drive
Oct
13
10:30 AM10:30

Winter Clothing Drive

We’re partnering with dozens of faith communities to collect winter clothing and distribute the items in October to families in need. You can donate the following new or gently used items:

• Coats, snow pants, hats, gloves & mittens, scarves

• Boots, shoes, warm socks

• Sweatpants, sweatshirts, and jeans

• Halloween Costumes for kids

Simply bring the items to church and place them in the collection bin near the Welcome Table in the foyer. Thank you!

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Fall Small Group Fair
Sep
29
11:10 AM11:10

Fall Small Group Fair

Stick around after the service to check out the great Fall Small Groups that will be starting in October. There's something for nearly everyone! Brochures with specific info about groups for the 2019 fall semester will be available soon. If you have an idea for a small group that you’d like to lead, contact Beth@sanctuaryic.org.

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LGBTQ Lunch
Sep
22
11:30 AM11:30

LGBTQ Lunch

We’re hosting a lunch for anyone at Sanctuary who identifies as LGBTQ on Sunday, September 22 after church. It’s a chance to connect with others and share a little of our own stories and how they connect to the mission of Sanctuary. RSVP by emailing phyllis@sanctuaryic.org and please share any dietary preferences and/or childcare needs.

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Kids Wing Offering
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Wing Offering

On Sunday, Sept. 22, we’ll collect a special Kids Wing Offering. Right now, we have about 170 kids who call Sanctuary their church home, and over 70 volunteers and hired workers regularly serve in the Kids Wing.. Our hope is that the Kids Wing can be a fun, safe place where kids can experience God’s love and enter into the wonder of faith. Our goal is to raise $15,000 through this offering, and all of the funds raised will support our ongoing programming in the Kids Wing. Please consider how you might contribute to this special offering. And if you won’t be on church on the 22nd, you can give online. Thank you!

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Sanctuary 101
Sep
8
11:20 AM11:20

Sanctuary 101

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! Light snacks will be served, and childcare is available. 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!

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Party at Sugar Bottom
Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

Party at Sugar Bottom

Join us for an All Church Party at Sugar Bottom Rec Area on Sunday, August 25, 5-7 p.m. Swim, hang out with new and old friends, and join in some group games: water balloon toss (or fight!), outdoor Giant Jenga, cornhole, and more! We’ll kick off the party with baptisms at 5 p.m. and then dinner after. The church will provide sub sandwiches and beverages, and we ask everyone to bring either a side dish or dessert to share. What better way to close out the summer celebrating God’s goodness?! RSVP on this form.

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Baptism & Rededication Opportunity this Summer
Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

Baptism & Rededication Opportunity this Summer

On Sunday, August 25, we’re planning our annual Baptism & Rededication Ceremony at Sugar Bottom. Everyone’s invited to this party which begins at 5 pm, so save the date! Baptism is one of the most meaningful steps anyone makes in connecting with Jesus and following him. If you’ve never been baptized, please consider taking this step. You can read more about baptism (and rededication for those who have already been baptized) on the church’s website. If you’re interested in signing up or have questions, email David (david@sanctuaryic.org).

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Connections: Exploring Consumer Choices and the Environment
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Connections: Exploring Consumer Choices and the Environment

This one-time class, led by Erika Lauer, will use small and large group activities along with meditation exercises to facilitate further awareness on how our consumer choices impact the environment. We’re offering this class in conjunction with our current teaching series The Created World. What and how we buy and consume affects a number of aspects related to human health and social justice. We hope that this class assists us in naming those choices and how we may change some of them to reflect God's values for creation. The class will take place on Thursday, July 25, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Sanctuary. We're requesting RSVP's so we can better plan. Sign up on this form.

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Hands on Faith - Habitat Build
Jun
22
8:00 AM08:00

Hands on Faith - Habitat Build

Join Hands on Faith’s Habitat for Humanity Build on Saturday, June 22. Habitat is a nonprofit organization that assists people with building and owning their home. You can work a morning shift (8-noon) or an afternoon shift (1-5) or both. Lunch is served at noon for anyone who works either shift. Sign up using the form below. Questions? Email david@sanctuaryic.org.  

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Iowa City Pride Parade
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Iowa City Pride Parade

  • 210 South Dubuque Street Iowa City, IA, 52240 United States (map)
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Sanctuary is looking for volunteers to help us celebrate and support the LGBTQ community at Iowa City Pride Fest this year! It will be our first year participating, and we'd love to see a strong church turnout. Help decorate our float, walk in the parade, or do both on Saturday, June 15th. You can sign up on this form to volunteer.

Questions can be directed to Ashley Lindley at ashekae@gmail.com.

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Contemplative Service
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Contemplative Service

Join us for a Contemplative Service on Saturday, May 18 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.

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"Ride Into Summer" at Coralville Central
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

"Ride Into Summer" at Coralville Central

Our Hands on Faith ministry is partnering with Coralville Central to assist with their Ride Into Summer event on May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Volunteers can help with dinner (set up, serve, cleanup) or the bike rodeo for kids. We’re also hoping to provide 400 cookies. If you can serve or provide some cookies (or both!), please sign up on this form or on the clipboard at the welcome table. Contact David (david@sanctuaryic.org) with any questions. Thank you!

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Sanctuary 101
Apr
28
11:20 AM11:20

Sanctuary 101

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!

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Easter at Sanctuary
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Easter at Sanctuary

Join us for worship on Easter Sunday (April 21) as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection! We’ll offer two Sunday services: 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. PLUS: we’ll have a free Easter themed PHOTO BOOTH for family and friend photos.

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Good Friday Service
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Good Friday Service

Please join us for our Good Friday Service on Friday, April 19, 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. Childcare is available for kids ages 0-5, but we ask that you RSVP to Phyllis (phyllis@sanctuaryic.org) to reserve a spot.

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$10,000 Blessing Nominations
Apr
14
to Apr 15

$10,000 Blessing Nominations

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Lent has traditionally been a time of intentional giving, and at Sanctuary, we do that together by giving a $10,000 gift to a local non-profit. Sanctuary members and attenders can nominate a local non-profit to be one of three finalists for receiving a $10,000 donation from Sanctuary. Sanctuary Board and Staff members review all submissions and then pick the three finalists. Then everyone votes to select the winning nonprofit on Easter Sunday (April 21). Email david@sanctuaryic.org to receive the nomination form.

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Annual HOFfering
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Annual HOFfering

Sunday, April 14 is our annual HoFfering (Hands on Faith Offering). Our goal is to raise $20,000, and 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. If you won’t be at church on April. 14, you can give online at www.sanctuaryic.org/give.

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Flipped
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Flipped

We’re excited to launch a new teaching series in Lent called Flipped, which will explore how God flips our worlds upside down. We see the ultimate example in Jesus’ death and resurrection, but there are all kinds of ways that God’s goodness surprises us through radical reversals.  Join us every Sunday in Lent, or catch the live stream or podcast.

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Couple's Seminar:  Gottman's Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Couple's Seminar: Gottman's Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

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Seminar Dates: 

1. Friday, Nov 8, 6:30-10:00 p.m.

2. Saturday, Nov 9, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Sanctuary Community Church, Coralville, IA

After over two decades of marriage, we were looking for some new ways to work through old issues and places we tend to get stuck. The Gottman resources were excellent! We found the exercises to be helpful in starting conversations that moved us forward. We even made a standing Sunday afternoon coffee date to dig deeper into the topics that we found most meaningful.
— one couple's recent experience

Are you:

  • 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.

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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

NOTE:  The seminar is not for couples with severe relationship distress, emotional or domestic violence, active addiction, or other serious mental health problems.

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Ash Wednesday Service
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning Lent, the 40-day period before Easter. Join us for our Ash Wednesday worship service (March 6, 6:30 p.m.) that includes music, prayers, and the symbolic distribution of ashes. Childcare is available (for ages 0-5), but please reserve a spot by emailing phyllis@sanctuaryic.org.

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Women's Breakfast
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Women's Breakfast

Caring for ourselves is vitally important to our well being, but we don't always know what it looks like or how to make time for it.

Speakers Beth Faga and Cory Hutchinson-Reuss will share self-care practices they have benefitted from while going through harder moments of life. There will be time set aside for table discussions and sharing.

Breakfast will be served and childcare is available for $5/child. Payment collected at the door.

Note childcare needs when you register at the link below. Childcare must be reserved in advance of the event.

RSVP for event and childcare here.

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Gender and Sexual Identity Seminar
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Gender and Sexual Identity Seminar

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, 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

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Dr. Katie Imborek is an associate professor of family medicine and co-director of UI Health Care LGBTQ clinic. Together with Dr Nicole Nisly, she created the LGBTQ clinic in 2012. This multidisciplinary clinic has cared for over 800 patients since it opened, with the majority of these patients identifying as 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.


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Contemplative Prayer for Advent
Dec
16
6:15 PM18:15

Contemplative Prayer for Advent

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 beth.faga@gmail.com with any questions and to RSVP.

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Sanctuary's Christmas Party
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Sanctuary's Christmas Party

  • 2301 Jessup Circle Iowa City, IA 52246 (map)
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Join us for Sanctuary’s fun, adults-only Christmas party featuring food, drinks, and a holiday themed photo booth. It will be hosted at the home of Dana and Erik Lehmann, 2301 Jessup Cir. Iowa City 52246, on Friday, December 7, 7:30-10:00 p.m. Bring a dessert or an appetizer to share, and the church will provide beverages. Please note: there’s additional street parking available on MacBride Dr.

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One Sunday Service, beginning Sunday, Nov. 4
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

One Sunday Service, beginning Sunday, Nov. 4

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.  


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Single Parenting Breakfast
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Single Parenting Breakfast

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

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Rally for Immigration Reform, Oct. 27
Oct
27
3:30 PM15:30

Rally for Immigration Reform, Oct. 27

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.

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