We recently had the incredible opportunity to serve in the Dominican Republic with our whole family: myself, Tamara, Dakota (13), and Kyle (9). This was our first mission trip as a family and we had no idea what to expect. We were able to meet some wonderful people that showered our team with love and some awesome food. Kyle made an instant connection with another little boy about his age. Although they didn’t speak the same language, they became good friends and related to each other through baseball, chasing each other, and even cat calling (which was quite funny).
We were blessed to meet an older lady of the village, Rita, who often gets pushed away by villagers and sometimes even other mission teams. Rita touched our hearts and became an instant friend of the team. She seemed to look forward to our arrival each day and was especially grateful to have received some clothes from the team. We just heard that this past Sunday Rita went to church and actually walked all the way up front to sit and worship, in addition to volunteering to help take up the church offering! God is moving in amazing ways through Rita!
Everything seemed to fall into place without hesitation. From chipping away concrete for tiling, to painting the church, everyone seemed to always find something they could do to serve, even Kyle at such a young age. Some of the greatest joys were walking into the villages with bags of food for families, and being able to pray with them and visit their homes. They were so grateful for the church and our team.
We fell in love with the Dominican people. We believe that we can continue to serve the community by ministering to the men of the villages, training up the pastors, and continuing to build strong Christian relationships. Having our whole family there to be blessed by this experience of helping and serving for the Lord has meant so much to us! We are greatly looking forward to our future visits with Orchard Hills missions teams.
The Bell Family
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. We do ask that you please sign-up for the class by Thursday April 26th. Register here today!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or Scott Felts at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or sign up here today!
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.
SNL this week is on! See you in the Garage.
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.
UPDATE: We have decided to change things up for our 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!
We will be offering the DISCIPLESHIP ESSENTIALS Bible Study again this summer. Some of us have already completed the first half of the study during this Winter Session and we plan on finishing the book along with YOU Summer Session ladies in the 2018 Fall Session (tentatively scheduled for Sept 13th through Dec 12th). We will meet for 13 weeks starting June 6th and finishing up on August 29th. Classes will be on Wednesdays: 10-12 AM and 6:30-8:30 PM *please note minor time change from past classes. Childcare is available upon request. There will be a signup sheet in the lobby the three weeks prior to the start of classes, and I will be there between services to answer any questions you may have. Books will also be available for $15, or you can purchase them on your own. In addition to participating in an excellent study, you will be growing your relationship with Jesus in a safe, fun environment with other ladies seeking to Live, Love and Lead like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...AND, we may have cake. If you have any questions, please contact me, Kimberly Clay, at 540-793-3793 (sometime after May 6th).
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.
22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”
23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”
30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”
~ Mark 3:22-30
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Question 16: What is idolatry?
Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.
What are our idols? Or, an easier way to think of it is, “What is REALLY important to me?” “In what do I REALLY trust?” “What would I REALLY miss most if it was gone?” “What do I REALLY get my hope and happiness, significance and security from?” Is it my job or position? Is it my income or bank account balance? Is it my home or other material possessions? Is it my hobby? Is it a particular skill or ability? All of these are gifts from God and, when kept in the proper perspective, are fine. But, we are all probably already aware that any of these can also easily become our idol…. what we passionately pursue and trust in place of God.
As I was praying about this question, I was led to another idol that seems to be a little more camouflaged and probably more dangerous than the ones we usually think of. It can take years to quietly develop and can easily permeate every part of our lives... almost naturally. It is one that probably all of us have battled at various points in our life… or, at least I know I have. It is the idol called “Self.”
This idol is fed and grows as we go about our normal activities. It sometimes hides behind accomplishments and even good deeds. It thrives on feelings that it has to be in control and on opportunities to share, what is undoubtedly, the correct answer or solution in any situation. It looks at whatever it does as a time to figure things out on its own and take personal pride in what it perceives as a positive result, or looks for a place to lay blame on a poor one. If left unchecked, it can easily grow to the point that it exudes a false confidence that it is the ultimate thing and that it needs nothing else… not even God.
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… Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… Romans 1: 21-22
On whom or what can we truly trust as our hope and happiness, significance and security?
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit… Jeremiah 17:7-8
I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one… John 10:28-30