Black History Month 2021: Celebrating African Americans of Faith

Black History Month 2021: Celebrating African Americans of Faith

Week 1: Start the Conversation As we begin Black History Month, start by considering why this month is worth honoring and celebrating. Below is a blog written by Gwen Walker, a long-time CCC member who has contributed so much to our church. We're so grateful for her...

The Gift of Christmas Music

The Gift of Christmas Music

I love Christmas music. Well, maybe it’s more the lyrics of Christmas music that has my affection. My conscience is not offended to hear songs about Santa Claus or reindeer or snowmen or chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But, truth be told, my favorite Christmas...

Even There, God’s Presence Is with You

Even There, God’s Presence Is with You

Psalm 139:10 “Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” After my son was born, I went through an unexpectedly dark season. In a time of immense joy, a dark fog descended on my heart as I battled postpartum depression. I remember feeling...

Moms Together

Moms Together

Hey moms, join us as we hear from Whitney Heitmeyer as she shares for our virtual Moms Together! Moms Together is a monthly gathering where mothers in all stages of life can connect, enjoy some time with other adults, and hear a relevant message. While we wish we...

The Ache and Anticipation of Advent and Why It Matters

The Ache and Anticipation of Advent and Why It Matters

Christmas season is almost here, and with it a new season of Advent. If you are anything like me, you may have found yourself wondering at one time or another: What exactly is Advent? Advent (derived from the Latin word adventus which means “coming” or “arrival”) is...

Simply Christmas

Simply Christmas

In a year that has been anything but normal, I’m finding it difficult to focus on the upcoming holidays. How about you? Does the thought of Christmas coming bring you joy or fear? Let us talk about how to make Christmas a season of joy. Years ago, the Christmas theme...

The Importance of Sabbath Rest for Our Weary Souls

The Importance of Sabbath Rest for Our Weary Souls

We know from the Bible that Sabbath rest is an important discipline for any Christian. But, with busy schedules and stressful mornings, getting to church can sometimes feel like just another thing on an ever-growing to-do list. If you have ever felt this way before,...

Re-Engage Story • Micah + Jessica

Re-Engage Story • Micah + Jessica

If you are struggling to get along with your spouse, feel like your marriage is beyond repair, or just want to grow closer together as a couple, Re-Engage is a safe place for you. Re-Engage is a 16-week experience that offers hope to marriages by helping couples move...

Meet Our New Church Planters

Meet Our New Church Planters

This summer, we had the privilege of welcoming two new church planters to the Orchard NEO team, Josh and Ray. Josh relocated his family from Southern Indiana, and Ray and his family have joined us from the Chicago area. They are both already hard at work learning...

Hope in Hard Times

Hope in Hard Times

Can you imagine hope fulfilled? What about a place where hope is found? I think if we are honest with ourselves, hope in itself is more promising than having it be fulfilled. Am I right? One thing we know for certain about hope is that it will always be there. I guess...