Sunday, Jan 22
Series: Rooted at The Orchard
Title: Grow
Passage: 2 Timothy 2:1-13

Thank you for taking the time to read Orchard's weekly news bulletin.  It is our hope that the information in this communication will enable you to get plugged in, get to know your brothers and sisters in Christ, and come together in fellowship as Christ followers with the goal of "inviting people to experience Hope through Faith in Christ." 

If you missed last Sunday, you can listen to last week's sermon "Truth" by clicking here.

Weekly Memory Verse: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness"  1 John 1:9



Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Our Children's Ministry program continues to grow and is in need of help.  If you are not yet serving and looking for a place to serve, we could use your help serving once a month in the following areas:

-Check-in our kiddos at the 9:00 or 10:30 services (this is a simple task requiring some computer skills to take attendance) .  The Check-in process takes about 15-20 minutes.
-Children's Church at 9:00  One more teacher and 2 more helpers to assist the teacher once a month for ages K-5  
K-1st Class at 10:30 - 2 or 3 people to serve once a month that can assist the teacher in the K-1st (Sprouts) class.
-  We also need people that would be willing to be placed on a substitution list to fill in where needed.  This is a critical need when a volunteer becomes sick or is unable to make it to church and would need someone to fill in.  

At the Orchard, our Children's Ministry program is one of our top priorities in 2017.  We believe God has called OCC to provide a safe place for our kids to learn and experience the love of Jesus.  We can't do this without the support of people like you.  I pray that you would consider serving in this ministry.

We will have a sign-up sheet this Sunday, Jan  22 at the kid's check-in table.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our Children's Ministry, please contact Tonya Pinkerton @ or call 760-975-1877.


Please join us at 9am in the Choir Room for a four week Adult Education Class beginning tomorrow, Jan 8 taught by Pete Turner.

Topics Include:

Your Identity in Christ:
How does the outlook of your identity in Christ effect your spiritual growth?  How does identity in Christ shape your outlook on the way you deal with others, and how see yourself.  What identifies you?

Learning to share your Story:
Your life matters and is useful in helping others find a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Learn how to write and share your testimony of being a Christ follower.  Why is this important?

Discipleship 101
Learn an easy but effective way to lead a Discovery Bible study.  It will surprise you how simple this is and easy to do.  Once you’ve learned this lesson, you can begin to involve those around you to discover God and His plan of salvation.

Forgiveness is a profound concept.  It is a blessing to receive it, yet hard to grasp and fully appreciate.  Do you fully grasp that you have been fully forgiven?  Do you have a hard time forgiving yourself?  Other?  Come and learn some lessons on forgiveness.


Please sign up for a life group today! Life Groups meet at people’s homes either once a week or every other week, depending on the group. During this time you will pray for one another, study through the Bible together, and get to know one another in a different setting. It is a great way to meaningfully get connected with one another. Please email Natalie Boyd with any questions or if interested:


Come enjoy a hearty breakfast and get to know the other men at Orchard Community Church.  We'll be challenged from God's Word, have a good time of fellowship, and time for prayer.

When: Saturday, Jan 28
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Where: J&M's Family Restaurant
Location: 1215 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido

RSVP to:
Pete Turner
Ph: 760-519-5624


Ready to slide down a snow-covered tube run? Encounter Jesus? Deepen friendships with students in your youth group?

Junior High Winter Camp is THE place for your 6th, 7th, and  8th grade campers to get away from the academic and  social pressures of Junior High and instead focus on their  identity in Christ and place in God’s family of believers.  During a 3-day weekend of camp, running Friday through  Sunday, students will discover who God has made them to  be through teaching from God’s Word, small group  discussions, and relevant worship.

 Of course, no Winter Camp is complete without the fun! Creative games and interactive team challenges ensure there is never a dull moment. Campers have the freedom to explore the many seasonal recreation options at Forest Home all weekend long. (Hot chocolate at Stagecoach, Zip lining through the trees, or Phase Ten by the fireplace, anyone?) Campers will enjoy living in community, making new friends, and creating memories that will give them confidence as they navigate the changes and challenges that middle school so often brings.

To Register click here.


If you have made a decision to follow Jesus and have not been baptized, please sign up for our upcoming baptism service at 9am on Sunday, Feb. 12. Please write “baptism” on the back of your communication card or email


Would you like to take part in the planning and presenting of one of Orchard’s most fun events?  If so, we have the right spot for you.  We will be having another of our great chili cool-offs in early March and are in the process of building a team to handle this event.  Contact Jan Bittner for more information or to let us know this interests you.  (760) 743-3172


Attention all campers: Save the dates of May 26 – May 29, 2017 for Orchard’s third annual camping weekend.  Watch for more details.

If you would be interested in helping organize and facilitate the camping weekend, please contact Jan Bittner at (760) 743-3172 or





CAGE - Free to first caller: large, sturdy, two-level cage, suitable for guinea pigs, rats, or dwarf rabbits. Call the Bittners' at (760) 743-3172  



Jan 20