Our Prayer and Praise Night will take place at 6:30 PM THIS 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. You are free to stay as long as like, and you may leave at your leisure. 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.
There will be a half day of healing prayer on the morning of June 16th at Orchard Hills. Trained prayer ministers will be available to pray with you for emotional, spiritual and physical healing. This is a sweet time, and a valuable service that is offered by our Prayer Team. If you would like to make an appointment for prayer, please contact Donna Cudworth at email@example.com or (540) 353-0751.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to serve more children through the Orchard Hills Achievement Center and our Day School we need another bus or two. We are looking for safe, well-maintained, 14-passenger (plus driver) buses for under $12,000. Ideally, we would like them to be from another church or program; not worn out, just no longer needed. Please text or call Jerry Altieri (540-966-4766) if you see one you feel may work.
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.
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
- Mark 4:26-29
Please continue your prayers for Josh and Becky Gruber and their new daughter Adelaide. She is in the CICU, fighting for life, and struggling to recover from her recent surgery. Please, please, 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 staying in Atlanta at the Shepherd Center as he undergoes therapy. His recovery continues to progress slowly but surely. They are looking at a discharge date of 7/14/18, praise Jesus! His caring bridge journal with prayer requests can be found here.
Question 22: Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
What does it mean to be “truly human?” What do you think of when you hear “humanity”? Some may think of present humanity’s flaws, our weaknesses. “How could I resist? I’m only human,” is an excuse often rendered. I know I think of my flaws, my pride, and my mistakes. Even when I think of human nature as a whole, I sometimes think of the hurt, the selfishness, and the evil. But Jesus became fully human and showed us what humanity was supposed to be. He was the perfect version of humanity.
Jesus in his humanity also knows every weakness we have- the tiredness, the hunger, the emotional struggles. And yet, he remained perfect. He didn’t give in to the weaknesses of humanity. It would have been easy for Christ to have stayed perfect at the right hand of the Father and only been fully God. But he didn’t – he came to Earth.
Jesus had to be fully human, in order to be the appropriate substitute for us on the cross. This question brings to mind Philippians 2:3-8: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very naturea God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very natureb of a servant,
being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
We can’t be the perfect human that Jesus was, but our humanity can’t be our excuse. Because our Redeemer was truly human AND truly God, his Spirit lives inside of us as believers. And that’s the point - we need his Spirit in us to live like he did and to love like he did. We know we won’t be perfect which is our necessity for a Savior in the first place. But by his grace we can strive to become more and more like Him.