Six years ago, The Orchard helped plant a non-denominational women’s Bible study called SonRise. Most of the women from The Orchard participate, as well as women from all over Northern Door County. Here are our offerings for the winter/spring of 2019:
Each year the women of The Orchard and other churches have a Christmas tea to kick-off our January SonRise studies. Here are some pictures from our tea of 2018 at the Kress Center in Egg Harbor.
Twila Quenzer’s Testimony of Overcoming Depression
MISSIONS THE ORCHARD IS SUPPORTING
Our board has voted to support two new missions. Due to the increased persecution of Christians around the world, we long to support these brothers and sisters in distress. Open Door Missions says this is the worst year in modern history for the persecution of Christians. It is due not only to ISIS, but three fourths of the world’s Christian population is suffering displacement, imprisonment, closed doors for employment, and martyrdom. For this reason we are supporting an unnamed family working undercover and also Voice of the Martyrs. You can read more about Voice of the Martyrs at their website and also offer to get on their e-mail list for specific prayer requests:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Our pastor told us after we read through this, and talked about different gifts within the church, than he doesn’t like being called a “minister.” His reason was that his role is to equip all of the Christians he teaches to be ministers. It is the job of the whole body of Christ to minister to one another, not just for the pastor to minister to them. As soon as he said that, I recognized that this is the way The Orchard operates. I had been seeing it all of the previous weeks I attended, and all of the weeks I continued to attend. Some of the people there were facing serious trials, and they were able to be vulnerable and open about it to the church. The others in the church responded with such genuine love and compassion, and did all they could to help. They truly were an example of a community that continually ministered to its members and to others that were outside of the group. They were constantly praying for people they knew and talking about ways to invite others to share in what they had. I had never seen a group of people so clearly live out what their mission was, and being able to witness that gives me so much hope!
I haven’t thought much about community after college (when it’s so easy), and especially not after work or retirement, but this church has shown me that community is possible at any age and for all ages together. People from so many walks of life – different ages, different lengths of time following Christ, different careers – form such a genuine group that cares for all of its members! It was so uplifting to be a part of, even in the short time I was able to be with them. It was definitely a memorable experience, a highlight of my summer, and something I am very grateful to have been a part of.