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The winds took the top of the tent off! However, there was very minimal damage to the canvas! There is a possibility that we will not be able to get the canvas back up before Sunday. So you might want to bring a sun hat and some sunscreen and enjoy the service in the beautiful warmth of the sun. 

In-Person Service & Weather
At this time of year, we occasionally get rain or inclement weather that would make running the service under the tent difficult or unsafe with all the electronic elements. If weather conditions force us inside, we will provide that morning's service via our Live Stream Only. We will put a notification on the home page of our website letting you know, so if you awake to unfriendly weather on a Sunday morning please check our website before coming to Orchard. 
If you missed the Tree Lighting or would like to rewatch it click the button below! It was as always a great way to kick-off the Advent Season. 
Watch the Lighting! Click Here
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? - Luke 6:46

This week Pastor Matt encourages us to follow Jesus' example, live as He did, and be people of character!
Our very own Children's Ministry Director, Melinda Hoyt, invites everyone to join us this year and make an Advent Wreath for your home.

We would also love to see pictures of you with your wreath! Please feel free to email them to or tag us (OrchardVentura) in them on your social media posts!

Readings for Advent Candle Lighting can be found in our December issue of the Orchard Life.
Healthcare for Justice Holiday Soiree. Join us for a virtual concert to enjoy the musical stylings of Gary Lee. Friday, December 2, 2020 at 8 pm. Visit
Our Mission is to provide comprehensive direct primary care to victims and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Click here for more information about this Non-Profit that provides free healthcare to victims and survivors of human trafficking. 

Click here for more information about the Holiday Soiree
Women's Ministry Christmas Recipe Swap - Dec 6 at 2:30 pm at Orchard
Easy and fun Christmas themed recipe swap. Women of all ages are invited to bring copies of your favorite Christmas Recipe (breakfast, appetizer, or dessert) along with a picture if possible. We will all have the opportunity to grab those that sound delicious to add to our holiday repertoire.

Please RSVP with Deya at (or just catch her in person on a Sunday)! Attendees will receive a little treat from the Women's Ministries Committee, and we want to be sure we have enough! Hope to see you there for a fun way to celebrate Christmas together during this weird time!
Community Christmas Shoppe Toy Drive now through December 10th.

Toy Drive has begun! 

You can bring your donations of new unwrapped toys to the church office during office hours (M-F 10 am to Noon, or call to schedule a time) or bring them with you to Church on Sunday mornings. Look for the big white collection boxes. Toy Suggestion List

Volunteers Sign Ups

Click here to sign up to make Christmas a little brighter for hundreds of local families. 

Virtual Volunteer Training

Community Christmas Shoppes will function this year with volunteer and guest safety as the first priority. In this 30 minute virtual volunteer training, we will go over the COVID-19 Protocols that are mandatory for each shoppe, and answer any question regarding safety you may have. If you would like to learn more, please download our Training Manual. Thank you so much for volunteering with us! The ZOOM Link will be provided upon sign up. CLICK HERE to pick your training date. 

New 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! 

December 6, 2020
“Make Room for Peace” (The Shepherds)      

Luke 2:8-15 & Romans 5:1-2
An angel appeared to the shepherds with the news that Jesus the Messiah had been born who would bring with Him the gift of peace.  Can we make room for Him and the peace He brings?

Communion Sunday

Digital Bulletin

Use our digital bulletin
You can view the lyrics for the song. You can 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 you at the Welcome Table to pick up a paper copy.

Last weeks Service

Missed the service last week?
No worries, you can watch it on our YouTube Channel! 



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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.


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

We are updating the Orchard Church Directory, please submit your listing and photo now! email it to
December Orchard Life Newsletter
Click here for the 2020 December Orchard Life Issue
We invite you to share a story of how God is working in your life on December 27 at our 10:30 am service. Please contact Pastor Matt if you are interested in sharing.
Women's Ministry hosts a 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 at
Get plugged in at Orchard

Are you looking for opportunities to connect with each other in new or deeper ways now and in the coming months? 

There are several options for all ages! 

Some groups are low commitment with no homework and each meeting is a stand-alone study, so you don't have to worry if you can't make it each time. Some are more in-depth and encourage digging deeper on your own time and then coming back to discuss more! 

Most are still meeting on Zoom, however, there are a few in-person options! 

Pastor’s Bible Study

Tuesday at 10 am via Zoom

Join Pastor Matt for a Bible Study and discussion about a book of the Bible. No homework or study ahead required.
The class is open to everyone and it is a fantastic time to learn from and discuss the Bible, theology, and life application with our Pastor

Email Pastor Matt for the meeting link at

Youth Groups

(Middle and High School Students)

  • High School Girls Group 1:00 - 3:00 pm - This group meets in-person at Orchard. 
  • High School Guys Group 5:00 - 7:00 pm - This group meets in-person at Orchard. 
Thursdays - (open to all middle and high school students)
  • 1:30-2:30 pm via Zoom – Take a break from School and Studying and join us for some fun games and hang out time!
Sunday - (open to all middle and high school students)
  • 4-6 pm in person at Orchard

College Group

Wednesdays at 8 pm via Zoom

Email Cody Schulze for more info at

Parent Life Group

Sunday Mornings at 9 am (via Zoom)

Enjoy the company of other parents discussing what God says about life as a family. Make life more enjoyable and less frustrating by strengthening your relationship with God. Find life filled with opportunities. We will be following the children's curriculum, using stories from throughout the bible, taking some from unusual perspectives. No homework, pop in any time! 

This group is facilitated by Rich & LuAnn Smith. Please email Rich to get the Zoom Link and password at

Women’s Small Groups

These small groups dive into a more in-depth study in the Fall and Spring. Most groups are still meeting via Zoom on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings, although there is a group meeting in-person. Please contact Linda Young at to get plugged into the right group for you! 

Mom's Life

Sundays at 4 pm (in-person)
Sharing the ups and downs of motherhood. This is a great group for moms because we know it takes a village! Open to all moms with kids of all ages.

Text Melinda Hoyt (805-901-4714) for the location. 

Men’s Small Group 

Sunday mornings at 9 am (via Zoom)

Spend time in the Bible and walking together through our faith. Email Lon Herrera for the meeting link at

Wednesday Night at 7 pm (Via Zoom) 

Open to all men. Great time digging deep and walking together in faith. Email Rich Smith for the meeting link at

Do you need some prayer? 

Prayer doesn't stop because we can not come together. 

If you have a prayer request or praise report please email us at  and we will continue to lift those up to God. 

Worship Options 

At Orchard
We are excited to be able to worship under the tent together. 
While we understand that some may not feel comfortable coming back in person or having to wear masks while on the Orchard campus, we encourage you to stay home and join us online with our Live Stream. 
  • Masks must be worn while on the Orchard Campus (both inside and out)
  • Drive-Up Church - Please leave the first row in the parking lot for handicapped and those who want to worship in their car. TUNE IN ON YOUR RADIO TO 100.1 FM

    Need WIFI? for those who need free WIFI to view and participate in the Live Stream, please feel free to come park in the church's main parking lot as well! (Try to park close to the buildings) PASSWORD: community

  • Please maintain the Social Distance 
  • Sunday Morning Children's programs.
    Children are always welcome in the service and we do not mind the noises that come with children. Children are a healthy sign of a healthy congregation.
Orchard Kids Sunday School (For preschool through 5th grade) 
We encourage families to bring your own blanket and beach chairs and distance on the lawn as much as you like. Children will worship with their families and be dismissed following the kids’ message, escorted by our Orchard Kids’ Leaders to our beautiful outdoor classroom space in the children’s play yard. We will have our Bible story, activities, crafts, and games in a specially designed format following current health and safety guidelines. Parents, please come to the children’s area immediately following the worship service and find all of your children in one place. Each family will receive a “My Church Bag” to be brought each week with basic supplies already included plus items from home: water bottle and mask for each child and a blanket for all siblings. Our team is so excited to see your family! See you Sunday!

Nursery care for children birth to 3 years old is available by RSVP only to Melinda Hoyt at

From Home Live Stream


Join us online at OrchardCommunity.Online.Church at 10 am for a time to check-in and chatting with one another, just like our time on the patio. The service will begin at 10:30 am.

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