The Orchard Blog

08.26.07 – Setlist by Mike Jones
August 30, 2007, 12:30 pm
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Create The Future – Scott Hodge
Sunday 08.26.07

You Are Good – Lincoln Brewster
Everybody Praise The Lord – Lincoln Brewster
How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
This Is Your Life – Switchfoot
I Give You My Heart – Reuben Morgan

Great to be back leading with you all this week!
Looking forward in the message and talking about the relationship between Moses and Joshua – investing in others. Wow! What a powerful correlation between this biblical leadership example and the story of the Orchard church community.

Are you investing in others?
Are you allowing others to invest in you?

Posted by Mike Jones

08.19.07 by Mike Jones
August 20, 2007, 12:02 pm
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Engage The Present – Scott Hodge
Sunday 08.19.07

Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin
Salvation Is Here – Hillsong United
Unfailing Love – Chris Tomlin
Bring Me To Life – Evanescence

Joni Ruhs led our music team this weekend… I missed being there and getting to see all of you and watch the Arts teams in action. Sounds like things went very well. Great job Joni!

Posted by Mike Jones

This Weekend… UNSTUCK 2 by orchardblog
August 17, 2007, 10:55 pm
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Hey everyone!  This weekend we’ll be diving into week #2 of our series entitled, “UNSTUCK”.  Last weekend we talked about a HUGE subject – the PAST.  This weekend, we’re going to go back to the life of Moses and learn how to engage the present.  THE NOW.

You won’t want to miss it.

If you missed last weekend’s talk, you can download it here.

You can subscribe to The Orchard’s podcast for free by clicking here.

Looking forward to a great weekend ahead!

Posted by Scott Hodge

08.12.07 by Mike Jones
August 12, 2007, 11:57 am
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Leave The Past – Scott Hodge
Sunday 08.12.07

Majestic – Lincoln Brewster
Your Grace Is Enough – Charlie Hall
Surrender – Lincoln Brewster
Stuck In A Moment – U2

Doug Ruhs led our worship segment today… great job Doug!

Posted by Mike Jones

Goodbye Summer, Hello School! by orchardblog
August 10, 2007, 4:05 pm
Filed under: The Orchard

School days are soon approaching! Trading in the flip flops and fun of summer for busy, homework filled school days can be upsetting for anyone. Here are some suggestions for easing your family back into the school routine and avoiding back-to-school blues.

Avoid body-clock shock
Before school begins, have you children go to bed and wake up according to their school year schedule.

Make a Plan
Research shows that children are more accepting of decisions that they helped make! Have a family meeting over pizza to talk about the back-to-school routine. Discuss when homework gets done, what the limits on TV and computer time should be, and discuss the after school drill and chore schedule.

Build Positive Anticipation
Your child may have forgotten that school can be fun! Pull out pictures or a video of last year’s field day or school play. Talk about their school friends, their accomplishments, or about the things they enjoyed. Plan something they can look forward to this fall…the Fall Fun Fest or Small Groups for Kids!!

Arrange for Fall Downtime
Be careful not to fill their schedule with too many after school activities. This might make the transition even more difficult after so much free time your child got to have in the summer.

Stay Upbeat
If you are upset about summer’s end, your child will pick up on that. Try to keep any regrets about summer’s end to a minimum. And make sure to ease not just your kids but yourself into fall’s frenzy, too.

Posted by Kathryn Egly

08.05.07 by Mike Jones
August 8, 2007, 12:41 am
Filed under: The Orchard

Rockin’ The Orchard 2
What I’ve Done – Scott Hodge
Sunday 08.05.07

Everybody Praise The Lord – Lincoln Brewster
Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall
What I’ve Done – Linkin Park *****
I Am Free – Desperation Band

What God has done is greater than what I’ve done.
Who or what defines you? Are you defined but what you’ve done or by Jesus and what He’s done?

What a great way to end this series!! It has been a blast Rockin’ The Orchard this summer!!

Posted by Mike Jones

*****(Please use discretion when previewing or purchasing other songs by this artist as other songs on this album may contain inappropriate lyrical content.)

BBQ and Baptism 2007 -Wow!! by Mike Jones
August 6, 2007, 12:59 pm
Filed under: The Orchard

Words can hardly describe what a fantastic day this was!
Check out what Scott had to say about our 2007 BBQ and Baptism.

BBQ & BAPTISM! by orchardblog
August 5, 2007, 6:53 am
Filed under: The Orchard


Big day at The Orchard today! It’s our annual BBQ & BAPTISM! Over 100 people publicly declaring their faith in Jesus through water baptism. Plus, great food, live bluegrass band and lots of games for kids!

Here is today’s schedule:

9:00am & 10:45am – Regular Sunday services
3:00pm – Family games and events
5:00pm – Dinner served
7:30pm – Baptism at Splash Country
9:00pm – Build your own Ice Cream Sundae back at The Orchard!

We hope you are planning to join us!  We will gather RAIN or SHINE!

God is at work in El Salvador! by orchardblog
August 3, 2007, 8:31 am
Filed under: Glocal, The Orchard

I wanted to share an email that I received a day or two ago from our missions team leader who is in El Salvador right now with a team from our church community doing work in a local orphanage.  Sounds like God is really using these guys in a big way.  Here’s a little bit of what Matt wrote:

Our flights were great, no delays, no crazy landings, half-decent food, the whole works.   And it was THAT night once we got to our ‘dorms’ that I began to realize what an awesome team we have.  This group SCREAMS diversity, yet since we left on Saturday, we have had a blast being with each other and serving.  Even though our team is all adults, we have ages from 18 to fifties.  We have marrieds and singles.  We have parents and non-parents.  We have 5 men and 5 women.  We have Spanish speakers and non-spanish speakers.  I can’t tell you enough that God crafted the team that He wanted to come down here.  We are discovering the talents and abilities that He specifically called us to be down here to use.   

Sunday was a special day for the home.  It was visitor’s day, which means that parents & family could come to the afternoon church service held at the home and then spend some time with their kids.  We were able to play some songs for them during their evening service and our entire team sang How Great Is Our God and Come, Now Is The Time To Worship.  The kids sang along too . . . in Spanish! But it was fantastic!

Today, we started our work projects.  A few people were working on painting some bed frames for the kids’ dorms and a few others helped clean and paint a huge exterior wall of the Benner’s house (the Benners are the ones who founded and run the ministry).  We also had a small team of people working on a very large retaining wall that will surround the medical clinic that the Benners are building.  And after long day at work, we got some great time to spend with the kids. 

Tomorrow, half of our team will be going to one of the surrounding poverty-stricken areas and take part in the feeding ministry (called Oasis).  The other half will go on Thursday.  Our group has said that it is very apparent how blessed we are in the United States, but once the group experiences Oasis, it puts things in an even greater perspective.  

Scott, I am really excited about this experience is changing people already.  You said it after your trip to Thailand and the Gardas said it last Sunday that most of the time the people who are affected most by a mission trip experience are those who went to serve.  We have been here two days and you wouldn’t believe the testimonies, the changed hearts, the self-reflection, and the motivation that people from this team have already developed.   God is certainly doing some work on us, and I pray that it is brought home and shared with more people in our church.   

Would you take some time today to pray for our team in El Salvador?  They will be back this weekend right in time for our BBQ & Baptism.  I can’t wait to hear the stories!

Posted by Scott Hodge