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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sanctuary Upcoming Events
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.
Join Sanctuary's Hands on Faith ministry to volunteer at IC Compassion on Wednesday, Sept. 4. 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 email@example.com 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! 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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and please share any dietary preferences and/or childcare needs.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about them. You can register here. Registration deadline is Oct. 18.
One of Sanctuary’s high school students, Madeline Marquardt, has organized three Hands On Faith service opportunities this summer at the Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit that provides housing for hospital patients and families. Volunteers - ages 14 and older welcome! - will assist in meal preparation and clean up. Sign up to serve at our final night: August 13. Contact Madeline (email@example.com) with any questions. Thank you!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. 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!
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 (email@example.com) to reserve a spot.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the nomination form.
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.
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.
1. Friday, March 8, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
2. Saturday, March 9, 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: Feb. 24, 2019
NOTE: The seminar is not for couples with severe relationship distress, emotional or domestic violence, active addiction, or other serious mental health problems.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to RSVP.
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.
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.
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.