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Cedar Falls
United Church of Christ
9204 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Every Sunday our worship service begins at 10:15 a.m.

Workshops 2018-2019

These workshops are free.  We will be taking a free will offering to cover the costs of food.  All are welcome to join us.

All workshops are held at Cedar Falls United Church of Christ 9204 University Avenue Cedar Falls IA.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rev. Janice Jean Springer will be leading these workshops.

Workshop Schedule

Questions???  Call      319-266-9686

      There is No charge for these workshops. However, Pre-Registration Strongly Requested for preparation of food.

E-mail: [email protected] [email protected]
or call at 319-266-9686

We will be taking a free-will offering to cover the cost of food.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch Provided

2018 - 2019

October 13, 2018
Christianity in an Inter-spiritual World
November 10, 2018
December 8, 2018
The Gospel of Luke
January 12, 2018
Help.  Thanks.  Wow.
February 9, 2018
The Tao Te Ching
March? (To Be Determined)
Four and More
April 13, 2018
The Easter Story
May ?  (To be determined)
A Respectful Introduction to Islam

Workshops descriptions in pdf format


These workshops are free.  We do take a free will offering to cover the costs of food.  We welcome all.

We schedule the workshops on a school year basis.  Our 2018 - 2019 workshop schedule will be added in August.

We invite all who are interested in any of these topics to come and check it out.

led by Rev. Janice Jean Springer

2018 Schedule
January 9 - Fresh and Faithful Resources for Lent and Easter Worship Workshop     9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

February 3 - "Learning to Read the Bible"  9:30am - 2:30pm
     The Bible is a very strange book!  How can we read it faithfully but expansively?  What assumptions do we hold, often unconsciously, that influence how we read?  There are various ways to read scripture:  how can we move beyond labeling some right and some wrong?  How does this book relate to our 21st century lives?  What do we do with some of the uglier verses, like Leviticus 20:9 (If your children talk back to you, stone them)?

March 3 - "Poetry as Prayer" - 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

April 7 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Reframing Illness and Wellness:  A Broader Perspective

Fresh and Faithful Resources
Music Time
Each day we had music time.  Cynthia led the youth in learning a few songs that may stay with them throughout their life.
Craft time
The participants made craft items that they could keep and share with others.
Colleen and Melissa
Peace Camp 2018
Our leaders of craft time gave time each day to help these young people have items they made to remind them that they are Peace makers.
These participants enjoyed peace camp 2018.  This was after drawing with side walk chalk messages of peace.

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.  [email protected] 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. 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
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
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
Link to workshop listing and description
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.  
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.

  1. Sunday Service
    10:15 a.m. worship Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Theological Forums 1st - Easter/with Easter Egg Hunt following worship 7th -Workshop 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 21st - Kaden's Closet 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 28th - Poetry part 2 - 9:30 a.m. - Noon 30th - Council 3:30 p.m.
  2. Gospel Brunch on Father's Day June 17th
  3. Sunday Service - 10:15 a.m. Worship
    4th - Faith Retreat on Prayer for older children and youth 6:30 p.m. congregation is invited to join us for a time of exploring ways to pray and activities with the youth
  4. July

​We support other ministries hosted in our church.

Waterloo Mothers' Chorus

The Waterloo Mothers' Chorus held their spring concert on April 8th here at the UCC.  It ended up being there last one. 

Later that fall they decided to disband.  Congratualations to all those who sang in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Mother's Chorus  throughout your 80 years!

Singing is good for the heart and the soul!  Keep on singing.
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 Camp 2017 - 2018
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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.
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

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!
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.