SUMMER AT THE ORCHARD
Summer has come and gone and it was a whirlwind of activity at Orchard Church. In June and July our Adventure Camp with its theme of “Walk this Way” took place on Sunday mornings for six weeks. Children from first to fifth grades gained skills in woodworking, cooking, sports and sewing. Of course the most important part of the program was helping them learn to walk God’s way.
In July David Cortez led the church in a special worship evening as we praised the Lord together for all He has done for us this year. At another much appreciated event, Orchard’s men enjoyed a yummy breakfast and time of fellowship at the Shapiro’s.
Catalina Island was the setting for our middle-schoolers’ summer camp in August. Hiking, swimming, games, fishing, singing and snorkeling were just part of the activities. The main thrust of the camp was to help the campers develop a relationship with Christ that will give their lives a foundation of trust in his love and care.
We finished off the summer with a bang as we did a backpack event. Partnering with Emmanuel Faith Community Church we filled 800 backpacks with supplies and gave them out to students at Glen View Elementary School and the Bridge, EFCC’s after-school tutoring center.
Now we are looking with anticipation to all the Lord has for Orchard Church in this last quarter of 2016.
PHOTOS FROM OUR
Wednesday, December 16th
We had a great time at our first Cookie Decorating event Wed. 12/16. 100 women, men and children joined us in celebrating the Christmas season by playing games, drinking hot chocolate and decorating some festive cookies.
This past week we've witnessed another atrocity... It so saddens me to see evil people take the lives of others. It also inpires me to be amongst the people of God, because in us Jesus reigns and the bible says in John 1:5 " The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.""
We are those who belong to Jesus . I take comfort in that because in it there is the hope that is the wonder of Christmas. I will begin a sermon series tomorrow speaking about "The Wonder of Christmas". This month we will be teaching on four different wonders of Christmas. I hope you can make it, it's going to be great!
I hope to see you there. We are in a season of growth at the Orchard. We have many new visitors showing up and that is why I need you at church. Planting a church is not the work of one Pastor, or two or even three. Planting a church is the work of a church.
I need you to keep helping me plant this church. You may have a gift or service, or you may like to help with the children's program. You may not have much time right now but you can attend church regularly. Whatever you can give, I'm asking you to join me in planting this church and partnering with me to advance the gospel where the light shines and darkness does not prevail.
God bless you!
This past month Orchard Community Church celebrated its first annual meeting. The purpose was to begin to redevelop a core group of people who would be interested in helping OCC go from "where we are" to "where we sense the Lord calling us to go". We changed our services around that morning from having an 9am & 10:30am service to having one service that went from 10am-11:30am. Following this we had a baptism, served lunch, and began our annual meeting at 12:30pm. We had 150 people join us for our services, baptized three people, and had 75 people stay for the annual meeting. It was amazing to hear the ministry leaders share the reports of their different ministries. OCC has an emphasis on celebrating our volunteers and working to connect people. Werner Jacobsen, chairman of Emmanuel Faith Community Church's elder board (sending church), shared an encouragement from EFCC to our OCC family. Dave Hall, EFCC missions pastor, then shared a prayer of blessing for our next year of ministry.
- To double the number of our children's ministry volunteers. We currently have 26 different children's ministry partners and we need 52 so that we can be ready for growth in our children's ministry.
- To grow our junior high and high school programs in order to minister to the young people who call OCC their church home.
- For more people to be involved in all of our setup teams.
- That people continue to give generously so that we can become financially self-sustaining.
The Christmas season is full of many kinds of blessings!
At the Orchard we celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season by baptizing two men – two men who had come to know Jesus as their Savior at the Orchard in the past 10 months. This year has been an amazing journey of seeing lives changed and people become part of God’s family. And we’re just getting started.
With a total of seven people baptized this year, this truly is the beginning of what we hope to be a great ministry to the people in North East Escondido. There are many churches in Escondido but none with the express purpose of reaching the North East part of town. This is an area where many elementary, junior high and high school students call home and day after day, without bus transportation, walk (in many cases) almost a mile to and from school. After school, many of the high school students in the area watch their younger siblings until a parent comes home from work.
Our vision at OCC is to invite people to find hope and experience love through faith in Christ. One of the ways we hope to do this is by reaching the families in our area. We want to be a church that loves our community by loving our neighbors and striving to develop real relationships one by one with people.
Friends, our hope is to be a church made up of people who are whole heartedly trusting Jesus. This means reaching out to those in need of a relationship with Jesus and teaching new followers of Christ foundational truths of what it means to be part of Christ’s body.
Christmas is a time marked by joy, love, generosity, kindness and … hope. The joy comes from knowing our security in Christ. The love comes from God whose love exceeds our understanding. The generosity we find in God our Father who gave His son. The kindness we see in the way Jesus laid down His life. The hope is in the power of the Spirit of the Lord at work in His people. At OCC our hope is for the Lord to continue to provide for our ministry in a variety of ways. My encouragement to you is to consider how you can 1) pray 2) give and 3) serve this year at OCC.
We have a great ministry ahead of us, and the Lord knows we need your help to get us there. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the past few months of doing ministry at OCC it is that we are dependent on the Lord to move in the hearts of His people to accomplish great and powerful acts of faith. Will you join us?
Will you consider financially supporting Orchard Community Church this Christmas season?
In order to do that please click on this link here which will lead you to the online donation page, or go to the website at www.orchardcc.org and click the donate tab. Remember all contributions are tax deductible, and 100% of what you give will be applied towards the ministry of launching this new church.
Thanks for allowing me to share this opportunity with you. Should you have any questions, please call.
Sincerely in Christ,