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) THIS 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!
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.
THISSaturday,April 21st OHC will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM that is totally FREE for members of Orchard Hills!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 care-giving skills they can use right away. We would ask that you RSVP by emailing Rick at email@example.com.
Come on out to Gary Wolfe's house on Catawba Creek THIS 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have questions about Orchard Hills? Wondering how to get connected or get more involved? We’d love to help. Join us THIS 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!
THIS Sunday, April 22nd at 3:30 PM at Morning Star Baptist Church (1513 Rorer Ave. SW.) we will be participating in a worship time 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!
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Felts at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKING NEWS: We have decided to change things up with our Spring Night of Worship. Our worship team has been working long and hard on their set, and we would like as many people as possible to experience it. So we are bringing the whole thing to you on May 13th during the 11:00 service. The 9:00 service will proceed as usual, but the 11:00 will be a time devoted purely to enjoying the Lord through song. We hope you can join us!
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!
Mark your calendars: VBS is June 25-29, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM!
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.
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot,[b]19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
~ Mark 3:7-21
Praise Jesus! On April 17th, Josh and Becky Gruber's new daughter Adelaide was born! She weighed 8lbs. 7oz. and was 20 3/4 in. She is currently at Boston Children's Hospital awaiting tests. To read more of their story and join in supporting them, click here.
Please pray for Brian Pennel and family as they mourn the passing of his mother.
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 16: What is sin?
Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.
According to my son, Joshua (at age 6), the answer was, “Sin is the opposite of obedience; also called sodium alginate mixed with potassium chloride.” He was really into his chemistry set at the time.
On a more serious note, a little disobedience here and there may not seem like such a big deal but it results in death, destruction, disintegration, and eternal torment. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome:
"For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened... Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen... And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:21-32)
We often think about sin in terms of specific actions - lying or stealing, for example. But sin is more than just individual acts of disobedience; it is an attitude of the heart - a result of our fallen nature. The heart of sin is loving something more than we love God Himself. We may love money or fame or family or autonomy or self or the earth or humanity or any number of things more than we love God. This love of other things leads us to ignore or rebel against God and to violate His laws.
There is good news, though. Jesus, God in the flesh, bore the wrath of God on behalf of those who trust Him.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
When we begin to trust God in our lives - as we come to know and experience God more and our desires shift from other things to God Himself – sin begins to lose its grip on us. We cease being slaves to sin and become slaves to God. Instead of the death and destruction that is the result of sin, we are blessed with life, peace, and – best of all – God Himself.