The Orchard Blog


We’re Movin’ On Up! by scotthodge
March 14, 2006, 8:44 am
Filed under: The Orchard

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Hey everyone! If you were with us this past Sunday, then you know that we had a great weekend here at The Orchard! There were a bunch of exciting things happening on Sunday.

First of all, we had the grand (re)opening of our new Common Grounds Coffeehouse!

Man………it looks GREAT!! I am blown away at how nice it turned out… (Pictures coming soon!) And, as a part of our new Common Grounds, we also used our brand new espresso machine! Our old one was dying a slow death and only one side of it worked. This new one is TOP NOTCH!

We are SO SO SO excited about creating irresistable environments for our guests – and the new CG is all about that! (And the pastries and muffins!? OH MAN…..!)

This weekend we also wrapped up our series, “Bling! Bling!” We spent four weeks on the subject of our money and what the scriptures have to teach us about how to manage it wisely. It was a great series! And I have to say that it always amazes me how receptive and excited people seem to get when you teach about finances.

I can’t tell you how many pastors I know who avoid this subject like the plague out of fear of what people might think. But when you realize that the Bible has SO much to say about our “stuff” – our money, we would actually be doing a disservice for people by NOT talking about it! (And here’s the thing – this stuff isn’t “Scott Hodge’s” or any other pastor’s opinion or theology. This is the BIBLE! It’s what GOD says.)

Ok…moving on.

Lastly, we had a great turn out for our adult missions trip happening in August. I CANNOT tell you how excited I am that we are sending a team to Brazil! The fact that we get to PHYSICALLY move out of our comfort zone and go to the Amazon and share the love of Jesus with people who need hope – man, that’s awesome… Sending money to a missionary – that’s a good thing to do, but it’s pretty easy! Getting on an airplane and flying to another part of the world? That takes tons of effort and sacrifice! I can’t wait to hear the stories that will come back with that team…

Needless to say, I am so proud of our church community! And I’m honored to lead such a passionate, missional focused and DIVERSE group of people who are excited about being a part of something so much bigger than ourselves as individuals. I get so excited when I start thinking about what this place will look like a year from now. Or two years. Or five years!! I feel like the Jefferson’s – “We’re movin’ on up…!

Have a great day!

Scott Hodge

P.S. – If you missed this past weekend, you can download my interview with John Groleau here. John is a President of Lighthouse Financial here in Aurora. He gave us some GREAT insight on practical money management.

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