The Orchard Blog

Family Skate Night! by orchardblog
January 27, 2005, 11:01 pm
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Here’s some pics from tonight’s Family Skate Night @ Funway in Batavia.


Family Skate Night by orchardblog
January 26, 2005, 4:32 pm
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Everyone is invited to a fun night at Funway Skate Center in Batavia on THURSDAY NIGHT, January 27th from 6:30-9:00pm. Five dollars will pay for skating, roller skates, and four tokens or a drink. Hope to see you there!

Missional Church Forum by orchardblog
January 20, 2005, 1:09 am
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If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a missional church or how to better connect our emerging culture to Christ, check out the Allelon Missional Church Forum. Great ideas/thoughts/discussions.

On the front of the page it has some “key ideas for the conversation”:

    1. What does it mean to be missional?
    2. How does the church hear the voice of God?
    3. How do I help an existing church to begin to think missionally?
    4. How do we impact the consumerism of our culture?
    5. What does it mean to participate in the Kingdom of God?
    6. How does the gospel speak to our culture?
    7. What does leadership look like in a missional context?
    8. What skills do I need to possess? How do leaders become cultivators of communities?
    9. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of ordinary men and women within congregations/communities?


I’m different by orchardblog
January 14, 2005, 3:27 pm
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I’ve been studying the last couple of weeks along the lines of “transformation.” How it seems that each person grows in God differently.

I like what Ortberg says, “We need the freedom to discover how God wants us to grow, for his design will not look quite the same for everyone. Our primary taks is not to calculate how many verses of Scirpture we read or how many minutes we spend in prayer. Our task is to use these activities to create opportunities for God to WORK. Then what happens is up to him. We just put up sails: The wind blows where it chooses.”

C.S. Lewis once surmised that each person is created to see a different facet of God’s beauty — something no one else can see in quite the same way — and then to bless all worshipers through all eternity with an aspect of God they could not otherwise see

SUNDAY by orchardblog
January 14, 2005, 2:18 pm
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I’m pumped about this coming weekend!

In fact, as I sit here putting the finishing touches on my talk for Sunday, I can hardly sit still. I’m going to be talking about the mission of The Orchard and what it really means to “lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”

You’re going to hear a conversation with a gentleman in our church community and how God used YOU – The Orchard community to helped lead HIM into a relationship with Christ. It’s going to be good!

Then, on Sunday, January 23rd, we will be beginning our new series entitled, “Multiple Choices”, which is going to be a series about…….can you guess…..choices! And since everyone of us are faced with choices every day, this should be a relevant series for all of us.

WHO WILL YOU BRING? Think now about inviting someone. Do your part and invite. We’ll do our best to create a worship environment where they’ll walk away challenged and hopefully one step farther along in their spiritual journey.

See you Sunday!

Good site… by orchardblog
January 13, 2005, 1:51 am
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I skimmed around this site tonight and found myself intrigued by several of the video clips here – especially the talk by Rose Swetman who is a “missional pastor” in Seattle.

The Brian McLaren clips are great too. McLaren is a forward thinking pastor from Virginia who has led the way in writing some great books about connecting with our emerging culture. Check out Brian’s site here.

To bed I go…

Garda, 101, etc… by orchardblog
January 10, 2005, 10:07 am
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What a great weekend! Dave Garda was our special guest and shared a great talk about how big God is. If you missed it, you can download it here. Dave and Rennie are a part of Cadre International and they travel all over the US and world equipping churches. Thanks Dave & Rennie for being a part of what God is doing at The Orchard!

Also – in case you weren’t at our worship gathering this weekend, you need to know that we have extended the registration for Orchard 101. Over 50 people have already signed up for the class, which makes this the largest 101 we’ve ever had! How exciting!!

101 is sort of the “all you need to know” about The Orchard – where we’ve been, where we’re going, etc… If you haven’t signed up, click here and let us know you’re coming. If you need childcare, email Kathryn Egly by Sunday, July January (thanks Kerri…) 16th with the names and ages of your kids.

Keep your eye out for some pics from the last First Wednesday, we’re hoping to post a couple here on the blog in the next few days.

Have a great day!!