LATEST UPDATE: May 31, 2020
Dear Orchard Family,
We are working diligently to begin limited onsite gatherings on Sunday, June 14, while continuing online worship for the foreseeable future.
As shepherds, we want to care for The Orchard family spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We will be releasing additional details about our phased approach next week. As always, visit the website, subscribe to eNews, and check social media regularly for the most current information.
We recognize that people have differing views on the COVID-19 pandemic, but that should not prevent us from:
Loving each other
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Walking in humility
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Being subject to governing authorities
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
We are working to provide Sunday gatherings that keeps our community's safety in mind. Each family must determine what serves their family best at this time. As a family, encourage and support one another regardless of how they approach gathering onsite. One's spirituality is not measured by whether they gather onsite or online to worship.
Strive to honor each other and “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” –Ephesians 4:1b-3
Please continue to pray for elders, deacons, and staff as we prepare to resume onsite gatherings. Remember, you matter to God and you matter to us.
On behalf of our fellow elders,
Sam and John
May 1, 2020
Dear Orchard Family,
Family Matters. You Matter. You matter to God and you matter to us. If you call The Orchard home, you’re family. The coronavirus may change our circumstances, but it does not change who we are in Christ. We are a family of missionary servants sent to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We do what we always do… Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples.
However, the current pandemic we face does change the locations where we take the Next Steps in this journey of faith. We will continue to meet online until further notice.
By relocating online, we honor the governing authorities over us (Romans 13:1-7) and care for our neighbors (Luke 10:27). While God has not given us a spirit of fear, He has called us to walk in wisdom and tangibly express our love for others.
We encourage you to set aside time on Sunday mornings to watch the service and maintain normal rhythms. As always, you can access our sermon library online anytime.
While people are facing uncertainty, God is sovereign over all things, our ultimate hope is found in Jesus, and our commission remains the same. Be a disciple who makes disciples. Consider creative ways to invest in relationships stay connected to The Orchard family through calls, texts, and online engagement.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
(Psalm 121, ESV)
We will miss being together in person, but we are thankful that God has provided alternative means for gathering in spirit. We hope you’ll join us. Pray for each other, our communities, our nation, and the world as we wait for Christ to return and bring about a day without sickness, suffering, and death.
The ministry and mission efforts of The Orchard continues. Your giving to The Orchard Church helps us support efforts to care for those in need—children, the poor, the homeless, and other vulnerable populations.
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