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Christmas Eve Service - December 24 at 7 pm. Join us under the tent or on the live stream.

Happening this week at Orchard!

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A Blue Christmas - Thoughts with Pastor Matt

This time of year can be hard. many experience pain, loss, and grief. But the good news is... The hope of Jesus will carry us through!

Pastor Matt acknowledges that this time of the year is not joyful for everyone. In 1 Thessalonians we are called not to morn like the rest of the world who do not have Hope. We as Christians have Hope. Hope has a name - Jesus - and He will carry us through the pain and grief that we are experiencing.

Christmas Shoppe Recap

We appreciated your continued support for this annual event that makes an impact on so many in our local community. Not only did the participants take home gifts, they experienced the Love of Christ which is the best gift anyone could receive.

173 Families served (250 invited were produced, however 77 were either no show, or not distributed)

Approximately 560 children will received gifts.

86 volunteers onsite the day of, plus the Boy Scouts from Friday night, so probably shy of 100 volunteers total.

Current Message Series

Prepare Him Room

In the story of Jesus’ birth, we’re told that he was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn. The Bible doesn’t actually mention an innkeeper, but the poor guy gets a pretty bad wrap for someone we’re not even sure existed because of this. Yet, it didn’t end there, Jesus often found that people didn’t have room for Him. The Jewish leaders didn’t have room for Jesus, neither did King Herod or the Romans, they all saw Him as a threat or problem. Most of the people didn’t have room for Jesus either because He wasn’t what they expected or wanted Him to be. Today many people still don’t have room for Jesus because inviting him into their lives and hearts would mean real change. Yet despite all of our reservations, the great Christmas carol Joy to the World proclaims, “Let every heart prepare Him room.” So can we make room? Are we too busy? Too afraid? Too proud? Are we closed to Jesus or can we make room for Him and all He wants to bring to and do in us?

This Week's Message!

“Make Room for Joy” (The Angels)

Luke 2:8-14 & Philippians 4:4

The angels announce the world changing news that Jesus the messiah had been born, who would bring with Him the gift of joy. Can we make room for Him and the joy He brings?

Digital Bulletin

Use our digital bulletin
With the digital bulletin you can view the lyrics for the song, view Pastor Matt's message notes and as well as add your own. The weekly scripture can be found here too! AND just like our paper bulletin, you will see important upcoming church announcements to keep up to date on all that is happening. Check it out!!

A printed version of the lyrics and scripture will be available for for those who are worshiping under the tent found at the Welcome Table. 

Did you miss a service? Want to watch the service again? Find it on our YouTube Channel

Giving

Special Christmas Offering

Each Christmas we collect a special Christmas offing that is divided to support a Local Mission and a Global Mission. You can use the Christmas Offering envelops, make a note of it on the memo line of your check or select the Christmas Offering option when making your online donation.

Local Missions Christmas Offering:

The Local Missions portion of the Christmas offering will be to meet needs of the winter shelter plan and the warming packs. For more information on the Warming Packs and other shelter needs see the Local Missions article in this newsletter.

Global Missions Christmas Offering:

This year the Global Missions portion of the Christmas Offering will be designated to help our ministry partner in Honduras, Orlando Japas. He leads Union Biblica and is among the leadership of the community church Sala Evangelica. Our support will help deliver food and medicine to people in Seguatepeque, Honduras with reduced incomes caused by Covid-19. It will also assist a variety of Union Biblica ministries that have been affected by Covid, such as teaching school youth character traits, leadership, and how to develop healthy relationships. You can experience this ministry first hand by participating in IMPACT and joining the Honduras team.

Way to Give

GIVE ONLINE

Giving online is safe and easy with Pushpay. Use the link below, download the app, or text orchardventura to 77977.

Give with Pushpay

BANK BILL PAY

Your bank most likely offers a bill pay service. Go to your bank’s website and log on to your account. Find the “Bill Pay” tab and set up a one time or recurring payment(s). Your check will be mailed to the church office.

CHECK

Make your check payable to “Orchard Community Church” and drop it by or mail it to the church office.

Orchard Directory - We are updating the Orchard Directory. Please submit your listing and photo now! Email to Lisa@Orchardventura.org
Story Teller Sunday - Please contact Pastor Matt if you are willing to share your story of how you have seen God at work. This annual service will be Dec 27 at 10:30 am

Donation items can also be brought to the Church Office M-F 10 am to Noon, or on Sunday mornings look for the blue bins!

December Issue of the Orchard Life
Click here to read this months issue!
Women's Staycation Retreat - March 19 & 20, 2021

Mark Your Calendars!

We will be meeting at Orchard starting after dinner on Friday, March 19, and will have speakers, worship, small group discussions, crafts, meals together, and some other fun activities through about 4 pm on Saturday, March 20. You can head home to sleep on Friday night or treat yourself to a local hotel if you need some time away! $30 will cover the Orchard events. Mark your calendars and look out for information on how to register soon! Questions or if you would like to help, contact Deya Jacob atDeya@orchardventura.org

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