The Orchard Blog

Great Weekend! by orchardblog
September 29, 2005, 10:07 pm
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This is going to be a great weekend at The Orchard – for two reasons…

On Saturday, we are hosting FUEL – which is our leadership gathering for the Orchard leadership community. We’re going to gather to celebrate, share stories and talk about the future. Every time I’m a part of leadership gatherings like these I am reminded that I am a part of something much larger than myself! It will be a great morning.

Then on Sunday I will be continuing our Desperate Households series. We’re in our fourth week and this weekend I’ll be talking about household parenting priorities. Grandparents, parents, future parents, singles and aunts & uncles – don’t miss it!

See you this weekend!


Daniel Groves & Band at The Orchard by orchardblog
September 26, 2005, 8:02 pm
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I am so excited about our upcoming First Wednesday featuring Daniel Groves and Band! In case you aren’t familiar with Daniel Groves, go to his website and take a listen.

I don’t know of anyone I connect with better in worship than Daniel. I’m serious… There are times that I will be out on the trails on my bike and I’ll have him blastin’ through my iPod and I just fly through the woods experiencing the presence of God in a big way.

I really hope that you are planning on joining us on Wednesday, October 7th as we welcome Daniel and his band. I have no doubt that it will be a very impacting night in the life of our church community.

Hurricane Fundraiser by orchardblog
September 26, 2005, 3:42 pm
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We just got word of a great opporunity to get involved with the hurricane relief efforts AND have fun at the same time! Here’s the info:

Hurricane Fundraiser Extravaganza with food, music, silent auction, raffle items, moonwalk and activities for kids. There will also be a car and bike show!

Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:00am – 3:00pm at Core Fitness Club (located south of JC Penny’s at Westfield’s Fox Valley Mall off McCoy Dr.)

For more info, contact 630.499.2565.

All proceeds to Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund.

Hurricane Rita Links by orchardblog
September 23, 2005, 2:22 pm
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Andrew Jones (tallskinnikiwi) has some excellent links on Hurricane Rita. The more informed we all stay on what’s happening in the Gulf Region, the more prepared we can be to respond and continually pray for those impacted.


See you this weekend!


My favorite part of Sunday morning by orchardblog
September 20, 2005, 2:42 pm
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One of my favorite parts of Sunday morning is the time between our two worship services when everyone gathers in the lobby to greet each other and catch up. I see children, students, young families, and seniors socializing together. This is the time when the Orchard looks like a biblical community.

This Sunday, stay for awhile after 1st service or tell yourself that 2nd service starts at 10:00 (so you can be there by 10:15). Take time to get to know your church community.

Who knows, maybe it will become one of your favorite parts of the morning as well.

Quick Saturday Post… by orchardblog
September 17, 2005, 12:35 pm
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Happy Saturday! Hope you plan on joining us tomorrow for the 2nd week of our Desperate Households series. It’s going to be a great day!

See you tomorrow! (And sorry, no Beatles songs tomorrow…) 🙂


Bestseller by orchardblog
September 16, 2005, 11:30 am
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Think about the bible for a moment. Do you realize that the bible is on the bestsellers list year after year? It isn’t published as such, but it is. It is so predictable – they don’t even put it on the list. In fact, the library of congress has 17,239 separate books that are devoted to Jesus and his life – wow!

Think about how Jesus is threaded through the fabric of our history, our culture, and our present world. Maybe the Apostle Paul was right when he said that Jesus was ever present, that he is in this very moment. That maybe every moment is an encounter with him and his realities.

Ralph Waldo Emerson made an accurate assessment when he said, “The name of Jesus is not so much written as it is ploughed into the history of the world.”

Jesus is not static – he is dynamic, moving, living and in this very moment.