Brian Steenhoek, Jeff Mickey, Doug Tensen
"...And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:47)
Acts 2 records some pretty amazing events where the early church is born and experiencing the presence and power of the Spirit of God. It is here that the prevailing church is born and experiences waves of growth as it launches into mission in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Coming out of this Easter season, it feels like we too have experienced a fresh breeze of the Spirit as new people and faces graced all of our Holy Week and Easter services and we opened a new facility in Grundy County! Over the last 8 weeks or so, the opening of our new building in Grundy Center has exceeded our expectations and created a wave of ministry momentum. We have had many new families and children! And in a positive way, we believe we have captured the attention of the region and helped begin a whole new season of ministry in Grundy County.
Special thanks to those of you who attended, volunteered and welcomed people at the new facility in the last several weeks. There is no question this new space has fostered stronger community within our church family and served as a catalytic tool for outreach. In just a few weeks we have used the facility in multiple ways: Bible studies, a birthday party, a community open house, our first funeral service, and even an “after prom” party! Stef Rohler, a current Board Member, wrote these words after last weekend’s events:
“I wanted to thank you all for allowing the use of the new GC facility for after prom last Saturday night. I also wanted to share a few things that affirm why we use our facilities the way we do, even though it creates extra work and maybe some anxiety! We housed bubble soccer, human foosball, sumo suit wrestling, bungee run, a carnival, a photo booth, and food & prizes. Tons of activity! Here are some things that I saw happen:
1. At set up the night before, parents took the opportunity to ask me about OHC, and were very interested in our values, and seemed to be sincere about trying us out.
2. At tear down on Saturday night (3AM), I heard the comment that not many churches would have allowed this in their church, let alone a brand new facility.
3. Close to 100 kids plus parents had the chance to be inside a church. When they are searching for God someday, it may be the place they come because it is familiar!
4. It was a first step to being a place that is integral to our community activities, for everyone, not just for OHC members.
5. Everyone was comfortable and felt welcomed to be there!”
As we enter the 3rd year of our Let’s Go Campaign, we have lots to celebrate! The impact is much more than a new building! It is a powerful tool to accomplish our mission. “Thank you!” for your strong support and partnership in in this campaign. We believe that together God has given the families of Orchard Hill Church the financial resources to complete this project and lay a foundation for the next. We hope every family that calls Orchard home, will prayerfully consider a financial commitment to our Building Fund by filling out a pledge card and returning it by Sunday, June 4. Your gifts will help us build on our current momentum to pursue the mission God has called us to in the Cedar Valley and ‘to the ends of the earth!’
We are one church on three campuses. We can do this -- Let’s Go!