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.