We'd like to extend our congratulations to our very own Kevin Hughes for winning the Chubbies "Man Model" search this past week. Thank you to all who contributed to the voting contest and who helped support him through this excursion. Don't worry, even though he's a big shot model now, he'll still lead our youth and family ministry just the same... though maybe with a little more swag.
Our Prayer and Praise Night will take place at 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 3rd. This will be a time of soaking worship and receiving prayer from our prayer ministers. We like to think of this as a "spiritual massage," a time to simply rest in the presence of the Father and receive prayer from his people. Don't hesitate to come and be blessed by this unique ministry of Orchard Hills. We will have childcare available upon request. Please email Brenda Simmons (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
CALLING ALL WOMEN OF ORCHARD HILLS:
Are you craving some quality Girl Time? Need a break from the kids (and the hubs)? Want to connect with kingdom-minded women to walk alongside you in our quest for lives of descipleship?
Join us on Sunday June 3, between the 9 and 11 AM services in the back right classroom so we can chat! We've got some amazing ideas for retreats and after church activities that might be just up your alley!
We know that we have an amazingly diverse group of women in this church, many of which have never had time to get together and have some good, kingdom-minded girl time. So we’re having a brainstorming session and YOU are invited!! We want to get input from as many women as possible so that we can plan some really great activities and retreats for this summer! We look forward to seeing everyone June 3rd!
Please note that if you are unable to make the meeting, information will be forthcoming about where you can voice your opinions on what you'd like to be a part of this summer.
Ladies, due to lack of sign ups, we will NOT be doing the first half of the Discipleship Essentials study this summer, HOWEVER we WILL be meeting once a month for fellowship, encouragement, prayer, devotions and perhaps some chocolate cake. Please bring your Bible and a journal (or pad of paper).
We will meet on the THIRD Wednesdays of June, July and August (6-20, 7-18 and 8-15) from 10-12 AND 6-8 PM in the Women's Room. (Down first hall on the left - first room on right.) If you are interested in bringing your children YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE with Brenda Simmons (977-5690) so we can have a worker available.
IF you were still thinking of reading through the first 13 chapters of Discipleship Essentials and want to meet to discuss, please please please whip out a text to 540-793-3793 and I would love to set up a prearranged time/place to meet up with you at your convenience. I highly recommend this wonderful book. As a group we will be finishing the second half of the book in the fall, both during the day and in the evening and we would love to have anyone join us who is interested. Hope to see all of you this Summer! If you have any questions, please contact me.
We are getting ready for VBS June 25-29, from 6:30 - 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 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.
21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
- Mark 4:21-25
Please continue your prayers for Josh and Becky Gruber and their new daughter Adelaide. She continues to be in the CICU, fighting for life. Continue your prayers, friends! To read more of their story and join in supporting them, click here. For live updates, check out her Facebook page.
Continue to pray for Jason Christian Bayer as he recovers from surgical removal of a brain tumor. He and his mother are now being moved to an apartment in the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for "outpatient" therapy. His recovery is slow, but he has come a long way! His caring bridge journal with prayer requests can be found here.
Question 20: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
One who is truly human and also truly God.
When I read this question, my thoughts are pulled to the stories of adventure and heroism that we all love. Whether it’s Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, or The Avengers, the stories that tug at our hearts and capture our attention usually revolve around ordinary people sacrificing everything so that evil can be defeated, good can prevail, and people can have life. I believe that we love those stories because they capture something of the Story, the Story that is being told in our everyday lives, and has been told from the beginning of time.
Most of us know this story well, but I think the sheer genius of it can get lost in the familiarity. We forget that before Christ came, no one expected God himself to come to earth as a human. When he came and lived in 1st century Israel, most people, even those closest to him, had trouble believing that he was God with skin on. The Apostle Paul refers to God’s plan to come to rescue us in Jesus as a mystery (Eph. 1:9, Col 1:27), a secret plan that he was waiting to reveal and that he implemented at just the right time.
The Scriptures also lead us to believe that though Satan knew that Jesus was God, even he did not understand the fullness of the plan that God had formulated. In the crucifixion, the very act that appears to be the Enemy’s victory over Christ, God pulls the biggest reversal of all time and uses the death blow dealt against him as the very means to save humanity. What a move! What glory! What a magnificent plan to defeat evil, uphold justice, and rescue us all from the death that we deserve. And no one could have accomplished this except Jesus, the Messiah, fully God and fully man.
Friends, this is the mystery of our faith, this is the glory of God, this is our hope, and our life, and our freedom. This is the Story that satisfies the deep longings of our soul. This is our Redeemer. Hallelujah!
“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.” – Eph. 1:7-10, the Message