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Looking to connect with others from OHC? If so, you are invited to a house party at Scott and Carolyn McLucas' house (106 York Drive, Daleville)  Friday, April 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It will be a wonderful evening to make new friends and discover how you can be more connected at OHC. Please bring a snack to share. Childcare will be provided at Orchard Hills Church. Please click here to sign up and register your children today!

Friends, we failed to mention previously that this workshop is totally FREE for members of Orchard Hills! And we believe it will be incredibly beneficial. Do you ever feel like you just don't know how to care for the hurting people in your life? Do you encounter people throughout your day who you long to listen to and help in a way that is healthy and points to Jesus? Well, that's what Stephen Ministry is all about. 

On Saturday, April 21st OHC will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. This half-day, three-session workshop is designed to help congregations catch a vision for strengthening their caring ministry through equipping laypeople as caregivers. During this event, participants will also develop caregiving skills they can use right away. We would ask that you RSVP by emailing Rick at rick@orchardhillschurch.org.

Come on out to Gary Wolfe's house on Catawba Creek on Saturday, April 21st for Fish Day! This is a great time to hang out, have fun, and make friends with other people from OHC. Kids are welcome! Fishing will start at 8 AM on Saturday. Camping will be available on Friday night. Bring your own equipment. A FREE lunch of hotdogs and chips will be provided. The address is 974 Cox Rd. Troutville, VA 24175. Questions? Call or email Gary at 540-309-3276, dewolfes@aol.com.

Have questions about Orchard Hills?  Wondering how to get connected or get more involved? We’d love to help. Join us on Sunday, April 22nd during the 11:00 service in the Large Classroom. No matter where you are in life or how many times you’ve visited, we’re here to answer your questions and guide you toward your next best steps. Register today!
On Sunday, April 22nd  at 3:30 PM at Morning Star Baptist Church (1513 Rorer Ave. SW.) we will be participating in a worship night composed of different churches from all over the Valley, with love offering proceeds going to local charities fighting domestic violence. This will be a sweet time of worshipping Jesus in unity and diversity. Come join us!
 
Wondering about God, Jesus, or the Bible? Foundations is a two week class designed for people who are brand new to Christianity or who just want to learn more about becoming a disciple of Christ. It provides an opportunity to explore faith in a very safe, non-threatening way.  We hope you will join us April 29 and May 6 during the 11:00 service in the large classroom as we explore what it means to live, love and lead like Jesus. Register today!
 
We are very excited to share a Night of Worship with you on April 29th at 6:30 PM here at Orchard Hills. Our team has been rehearsing since February to make this a special night featuring both new and familiar music. We'll be looking at how Jesus is woven throughout Scripture as the center of it all. He is the Alpha and the Omega and we are excited to sing songs of praise to Him that are founded in these different eras of scripture, from Creation to his Return.

Jon Speas
Worship Pastor
The retreat will begin on Friday, May 4th at 5:00 p.m. and end on Sunday, May 6th at 12:00 p.m. The cost is $75.00 per person. Please make checks payable to Orchard Hills Church noting in the memo section "Men's Retreat".  Things to bring: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, camping gear, toiletries, towel, leather gloves, camping chair, bible, journal, (shotgun if interested in shooting). Please contact Kevin Hughes at kevin@orchardhillschurch.org or Scott Felts at gsfelts@gmail.com for more information, or sign up here today!
On May 12th our Student Ministry will be hosting a Yard Sale in the back parking lot from 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM. All proceeds will go to their summer missions trips. If you would like to donate items to be sold for missions, or if you would like to set up and sell items for yourself, please contact Kevin at kevin@orchardhillschurch.org.
If you are interested in becoming a member at Orchard Hills join us on Sunday, May 20 during the 11:00 service in the large classroom to learn more about our vision and mission of people investing in people for eternity.  The class will be followed by lunch with our pastor, Scott McLucas.  Childcare is provided. Register today! 

Every week we'll be posting the scripture that will be preached from on the upcoming Sunday right here. That way, you can study and SOAP through it in advance in order to glean as much as possible from the Scriptures as we learn from Mark about the heart of our King.
 

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Mark 3

1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

~ Mark 2:23-3:6
 

We wish to thank all the folks that have loved on us since Joe’s mom’s passing with their calls, cards, visits, and hugs. The celebration party was a fun remembrance time, just the way she would have wanted it. For those who wish, please make donations to the church building fund placing "in memory of Jane Linn" in the memo. Love to all, Joe and Connie Masching

Continue your prayers for Macy Tyree as she recovers.

Please continue to be in prayer for Josh and Becky Gruber as they face a complicated pregnancy and delivery. To read more of their story and join in supporting them, click here.

Please pray for Jason Christian Bayer as he recovers at Roanoke Memorial from surgery to remove a brain tumor. His caring bridge journal with prayer requests can be found here.
Question 14: Did God create us unable to keep his law?
No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

I hear lots of people talk about free-will as if it is some great gift from God and that because of our free-will we can choose to follow Him or not. Well, I’m not such a fan of free-will. My experience has been and I believe the Bible supports my experience, that free-will does not lead me toward God and making choices that are good and godly but it leads me toward self-centeredness. It was free-will that led Adam and Eve to choose to question God’s goodness and instead believe and follow the lies of Satan and selfishness. Sin has its consequences and because of the sin of selfish disregard for God and His goodness, we are all born with a nature that rebels against God and what is good and godly. We can’t keep His Law perfectly because our hearts are antagonistic toward God.

But there is GOOD NEWS! Jesus offers us new hearts and a new nature and through the indwelling of His Spirit our desires change from selfishness to selflessness. Sure we still struggle with that old rebellious nature but when we succumb to it we feel remorse because we have let God down, gone against our new nature, and aren’t living the life that we want to live. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we really can keep God’s Law but that darn free-will is still there and the reality is that we don’t tend to keep it perfectly. Thanks be to God for grace and mercy. May we immerse ourselves in God to the extent that the ways of this world no longer seem so attractive and may His will become our will!
 
Scott McLucas
Pastor
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