Belong in Community is a value of Orchard Hill Church. Accomplishing this value outside of Sunday mornings has been a challenge for the Grundy County Campus until recent-ly. Without a space to call their own, opportunities to experi-ence community have been limited.
With the launch of the new building, the Grundy County Women’s Ministry hosted a Spring Start-up Event. On April 3, women were invited to meet, craft, and get to know each other.
The night started with time at round tables answering questions such as, “What is your dream vacation?”, “As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?”, and “Who was the biggest influence in your life?”
Karen Freed challenged the women to work at building community. She shared from Hebrews 10, encouraging them to continue to meet together and “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
The women also enjoyed a time of crafting. They painted flower pots and crafted crosses using wood, old picture frames, burlap, and fabric.
“The worship center was covered in plastic,” explained Jenn Venenga, Grundy County staff member. “Everyone was so careful not to spill in the new space. However, I am glad it is there to use in this way.”
Other fun details of the night included fresh flower door prizes and appealing appetizers. Over 55 women came to experience a fun night of getting to know each other through conversation and crafting.
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan. At least that is what some found out on Easter morning when circumstances kept them away from Orchard Hill’s Easter service. Whether traveling to visit family or staying home because of illness, many were able to participate in the service because of live streaming.
One user shared via Instagram, “Not really how I saw our Easter morning working out. But I am so glad that @ohchurch streams the services so that we can still participate. Reminded of a verse to the early church ‘For where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them.’”
For the past several years, Orchard Hill has been live streaming both their Christmas Eve and Easter services. “At Christmas, two families who were at Covenant on Christmas Eve thanked us for doing the important work of streaming,” commented Dave Bartlett. “Watching a service live helped them stay connected even when in the hospital.”
Numbers of those who logged on to watch the feed have continued to grow each year. It is another way technology has helped us to reach beyond our walls.
“I'm struck by the number, giftedness, and enthusiasm of the staff, leaders and volunteers who, because of Jesus' resurrection, devote hours and energy to share the good news with so many in our church family, community, and online,” shared Jeff Mickey, one of Orchard Hill’s three Senior Leaders. “I just feel compelled to say thank you.
I am so grateful to be part of this church.”
To watch the teaching from Easter, please visit orchardhillchurch.org/media.