We joined Cedar Heights Presbyterian Church in 1971 as new residents of the Cedar Valley. Bob was the minister and his creative style of ministry was appealing to us. We joined the Mariners group and began meeting our new community of friends. We joined a study group with Bob reading and discussing I’m Okay You’re Okay by Thomas Harris.
Over our 44 years as members of the church we have found many examples of how a church IS its people. We have many “families of friends” who have impacted our lives over the years. Our two children received their Christian upbringing through our family of Christian Educators. As adults both our kids have continued being active in a church family.
Two years after we were members Bob was organizing small groups of people within the church to form Topic Groups. These groups would meet once a month in our homes and have a discussion topic for the meetings. We joined a group of six couples and have been meeting for 42 years. Four of the original couples are still meeting together: Ed & Julie, Dave & Ann, Dean & Sherrie, and us. We have had other couples join us and sadly some couples have left. We try to have six couples, so it has been a manageable group to fit in our homes. The relationships we have with these people are what has helped keep us worshipping at Cedar Heights Presbyterian Church. When the church has had its difficult times we knew we would persevere because we could not leave our Cedar Heights Community of friends.
The Community of Music has been fantastic for me (Julian). I certainly enjoy the professional leadership that we have had through the years and have enjoyed singing with talented and professional singers throughout the years.
This Community of Friends have also kept us active over the years serving as deacons, elders, adult Sunday School leaders and attendees, serving on Pastor Seeking Committees and other committees of the church. Friends have helped us understand ourselves and our beliefs about religion and life’s social issues through our discussions together.