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Virtual New Members Class

Orchard will be offering a Virtual New Members Class in November/December.  The class will be led by Pastor Matt and is an opportunity to learn more about faith and our church family.  Sessions will include an opportunity to get to know one another and an introduction to Orchard as well as conversations about things like, the basics of the Christian life, what we believe, and life together in the church.  At the end of the class, you will have the opportunity to join to church if it feels like the right step for you.  We will meet three times for 90 minutes via Zoom, dates to be decided by those who RSVP.  Please RSVP to Pastor Matt at or (805) 647-3757 x 124.

This week we focus on Rejoicing in the Lord always! We have a deeper greater joy from God.

4 Key Points
1. We are not alone! (More on that in Pastor Matt video here)
2. Hand it over to God
3. Focus on the Good
4. Put it into Practice

This Week's Message! 

Nov. 1 - Who Were Those People? 

Guest Preaching - Wes Haystead

Romans 16:1-16

There's a reason why the Bible has numerous lists of the names of people, most of whom we know nothing about. Actually, there are three reasons why it's worthwhile to pay attention to those lists, even the names we can't pronounce. 

Communion Sunday

Please take the time to gather the elements for Communion if you will be joining on Sunday's online Live Stream. Prepackaged elements will be available for those attending in person under the tent. Please stop by the Welcome Table to pick them up. 

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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November 2020 Orchard Life Newsletter
Click here for the 2020 November Orchard Life Issue

Greetings from Romania! 

As the parameters of the worlds in which we usually ramble have shrunken, we've all been given an opportunity to explore with more curious eyes our own backyards, to tend with more energy our own spiritual and relational gardens, and to search more clearly for "water from a deeper well".

The other night our 10-year-old son said: "I miss Americans." With no chance for a visit to family and friends in the States, the sudden exodus of most of our expatriate community, and canceled visits from our annual repertoire of visitors, our year's rhythm has been disrupted. And in this different tune, like you, we have been trying to search for some new melodies. We're looking for the gifts God is giving us in 2020.
Ministry is continuing with IMPACT service-learning youth clubs, mountain bike trail building (with our new excavator), and our Reading Aloud to Children movement.

Thank you for sustaining our ministry here in Romania.
Dana and Brandi Bates
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.

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

Monday (starting back up Nov 2nd) 5:30 - 6:30 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

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

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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