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BBQ & BAPTISM! by orchardblog
July 31, 2006, 6:53 pm
Filed under: The Orchard


In case you’re not on the Orchard E-List, I wanted to post this email I sent out to everyone today:

Dear Summer Rockers,

All I can say is WOW!!! I just got off the phone with one of our staff who informed me that we have over 77 people signed up to be water baptized this coming weekend at our annual BBQ & Baptism!

Now if that didn’t excite you, you better go back and re-read that again! 77 people! Wow!
I’m excited for a couple of reasons. First of all, this is historic! We have never had the privilege of baptizing this many people at one time! Typically, we have around 30 or 40 people get baptized every year (which is still huge!), but we’ve NEVER had a water baptism of this magnitude at The Orchard!

Secondly, I’m excited because every name on our baptism roster represents a story of someone’s journey from doing life “their way” to now doing life “God’s way!” Without a doubt, this is God’s power at work in these people’s lives!

In fact, as a part of the baptism process, I have asked each person to share their story of how they have become followers of Christ. And believe me when I say this, I can’t tell you how AWESOME it has been reading story after story of how God has used this church community to help these people make some radical decisions to serve and follow Jesus. It just reminds me of the significance of God’s work that WE (you and I) get to be a part. That’s HUGE!

I hope you are planning on joining us this Sunday for the BBQ & Baptism. This event is open to EVERYONE and we hope that you will be a part of it as we celebrate the 77 people who have decided to “go public” with their faith in Jesus. The day begins at 4pm with a great dinner followed by the baptism at Splash Country (next to The Orchard) at 7pm.

If you have not yet purchased your BBQ tickets, PLEASE contact us immediately! The deadline for ordering tickets was this past Sunday, but we were able to extend it until Tuesday at noon. Contact Terri Casey at 630-897-8888 or via email at: Again, the deadline for ordering tickets is TOMORROW (Aug. 1st) at 12:00pm. If you wait until after that, you might be sackin’ it!

We have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we? What an awesome summer this has been! And in case you haven’t noticed, we’ve actually seen numerical GROWTH since the beginning of summer! No summer slump for us, thank God!

Momentum is high. People are excited and GREAT things are happening at The Orchard!

Have a great week ahead, see you Sunday!

Scott Hodge

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that’s incredible!

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