Join us at noon tomorrow at the Read Mountain Fire Department (in front of OHC) as we unite with believers from the community for a brief time of prayer for our nation and its leaders. The following is a list of other locations holding prayer gatherings:
St. Marks United Methodist
Troutville Town Park
Fincastle Library Parking Lot
Eagle Rock Library
Valley View Baptist Parking Lot
Ville Heights Baptist Parking Lot
Student Ministry News
On May 12th our Student Ministry will be hosting a Yard Sale in the front 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 email@example.com.
We have two remaining spots available for the middle school mission trip to Virginia Beach, June 10-16! Cost is $550. Message Kevin@orchardhillschurch.org for details. If you are interested, we need to know as soon as possible.
Join us May 13th during the 11:00 service for the OHC Worship Experience! This will be a time of worshiping God through song, prayer, and Scripture as we follow the gospel thread from Creation to the return of Christ. We hope you can join us! The 9:00 service will proceed in the usual format.
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!
Children's Ministry News
We are getting ready for VBS June 25-29, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM! If you would like to volunteer as a classroom leader, prep team, snack team, crafts, or in any other capacity please email Stephanie Browning at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the last week to turn in your banks for the Kid's Church Building Campaign. It's a competition between girls and boys. We will have a surprise treat for the team that raises the most money!
Exciting opportunity: we are building a Special Needs Team in the OHC children's ministry. We are creating an environment where ALL children and families can come to church and worship. If you are interested in becoming part of our team please contact Stephanie Browning at email@example.com
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.
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers[c] are outside, seeking you.”33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
~ Mark 3:31-35
Continue your pryaers for Josh and Becky Gruber and their new daughter Adelaide. She is currently at Boston Children's Hospital. It's looking like they will be inserting a pacemaker and closing her chest soon. To read more of their story and join in supporting them, click here. For live updates, check out her Facebook page.
Pray for Connie Masching's cousin Rene Joyce, who is at Roanoke Memorial having complications recovering from heart surgery. Pray also her husband Brad, who is scared and deeply concerned.
Please pray for Jason Christian Bayer as he continues to recover from surgical removal of a brain tumor. He is now in rehab in Atlanta. His caring bridge journal with prayer requests can be found here.
Question 18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?
No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.
People are constantly crying out for justice. We want to see the guilty party “pay” for the injustice they committed. Some people riot in the streets when they feel that justice has not been served while others riot against God and question His sense of justice. “How can God allow this injustice to occur”, we demand? “it’s not fair!” we exclaim. And yet when confronted with our own injustice and the myriad of times we have chosen to turn our backs on God, gone our own way and done our own thing we cry out for “mercy”. We fail to recognize that JUSTICE demands that all of us suffer eternal punishment that results in our separation from God.
God is just. The penalty is death. But thankfully there is one who has endured the punishment and paid the price for our disobedience and idolatry. That person is Jesus Christ and if we will turn our lives over to Him we will be spared the punishment we JUSTLY deserve. Thanks be to God that He is both JUST and the JUSTIFIER for all who follow Jesus! (Rom. 3:26)