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Celebrating 133 years of Lincoln Center


Today, many will gather at Lincoln Center to celebrate the life and ministries of the church. Their story began in 1884 when German immigrants settled the area and started the church.

In the early 1900s, several members wanted to reach their neighbors, so they stepped out in faith to start an English service. This was controversial at the time because many felt to be a true worship service, it must be in German.

“Lincoln Center’s heart for reaching next generations has been a common thread woven throughout their story,” said Brad Hillebrand, Grundy County staff. In addition, in 2000s this congregation reached out to Orchard Hill’s leadership for help in continuing services. After a couple years of praying, Lincoln Center became part of Orchard Hill in 2011.

“Lincoln Center had a pattern of doing unconventional things to reach people for Jesus,” continued Hillebrand. “Sometimes very hard and always coming with a sacrifice, but throughout their story, they’ve always had a way reaching their neighbors for Christ.”

In August, Sunday morning worship was moved to the new Orchard facility in Grundy Center. “This afternoon, at the Lincoln Center location, we will gather, share stories, remember the past while looking forward to the future,” said Dave Bartlett. “Everyone is welcome to come.”

“We hope people leave feeling encouraged and inspired. We want to honor the people who called Lincoln Center their home, and the long legacy of the Church,” said Hillebrand.

Everyone is invited to come this afternoon at 2:00pm at Lincoln Center for a powerful worship service combining scripture, hymns and stories.

Daily Scriptures Celebrates 7 Years


Engaging in the Bible is one of Orchard Hill’s strategic ways of accomplishing our mission: To help next generations encounter and follow Jesus to bless a broken world. One of the primary ways we reflect regularly on God’s Word is through Daily Scriptures.

August 29 marked the 7th anniversary of Daily Scriptures, which started back on the day of the 2010 Gathering. The Daily Scriptures arrive via email to the computers and phones of well over 1,500 subscribers every day, reaching even more people through Orchard Hill’s website.

Each daily entry contains a short passage from the Bible accompanied by questions and observations that encourage readers to reflect on what’s being said – and to respond through their actions and thoughts.

“We've posted a Daily Scriptures entry for every day since the 2010 Gathering, a total of 2,605 entries,” said Clint Wrede, who along with Alice Shirey, leads the Daily Scripture effort. “We've read scriptures from 23 of the 27 New Testament books and 26 of the 39 Old Testament books. Several of the New Testament books we’ve read through 2 to 3 times. We've also read at least part of all 150 Psalms (And in perhaps another year or so, we'll have read all of all of them.)”

The entries often track along with the Sunday-morning teaching series, and sometimes they guide the readers straight through a particular book of the Bible. Weekend entries are often taken from the Psalms and the Gospels. Along with Clint and Alice, the team of writers also includes Ed & Sally Baker, Maribeth Boelts, Jessi Brogan, Andrea Pingel and Michelle Meyer.

To read or subscribe to the Daily Scriptures, visit our website: orchardhillchurch.org/scripture.


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