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  • 1. May News from Orchard Group file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/May%20News%20from%20Orchard%20Group.htm[5/7/2014 8:43:48 AM] The Easter After- Party Continues! View this email in your browser What does it feel like when the big party is over? After the cleanup of the streamers and the leftover food, when the wedding guests have returned home or the graduating senior has left for college, and the laughter of friends no longer echoes through the halls? Do you have moments when you replay the conversations, chuckle at a funny memory, smile with surprise that someone unexpected came? The days after Easter feel a bit like that at Orchard Group. Even as the “big party” celebration of Easter winds down, we still rejoice as good news pours in. Many of our churches reported record attendance, and we celebrate with news of every baptism. Behind each number is a story of God at work in a person’s life - to renew and restore hope to His people. Subscribe Share Past Issues RSSTranslate
  • 2. May News from Orchard Group file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/May%20News%20from%20Orchard%20Group.htm[5/7/2014 8:43:48 AM] This Easter thirty-three people were baptized into Christ at one of our churches. Sixteen of those people made decisions at Mosaic Christian Church near Baltimore, MD, including Rick, pictured above. A growing network of Christ-following communities is being established in cities across our nation and in global cities. The excitement of Kingdom growth in the book of Acts is still happening today. Attendance at Orchard Group church plants has doubled in the past four years! Over 18,500 people attended a service at one of our churches on Easter Sunday. Revolution Christian Church in Annapolis, three years old, celebrated the baptisms of six new believers. The staff responded to a record number of first time guests with hand-written postcards.
  • 3. May News from Orchard Group file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/May%20News%20from%20Orchard%20Group.htm[5/7/2014 8:43:48 AM] Greg Hubbard, Orchard Group Director of Operations, marveled, “When I was on the Princeton church team in the early 90’s, we barely had 100 people on a Sunday and none of the other churches had been planted. That doesn’t seem that long ago. So to think that there were 18,000 people attending churches planted since then is really incredible.” New City Church in Phoenix held one large gathering outdoors and 1,175 came to hear the good news of the resurrection. New City is growing rapidly and recently purchased a building to renovate for worship space. Before the church started lead planter Brian Kruckenberg prayed over this empty building just north of downtown - centrally located to the places where people work, live and play. Four years later, God has answered that prayer!
  • 4. May News from Orchard Group file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/May%20News%20from%20Orchard%20Group.htm[5/7/2014 8:43:48 AM] 100 people came to each of the Mustard Seed Churches in Nagoya & Osaka Japan. Each month at these churches, people are committing their lives to Jesus and, in turn, reaching out to friends and family. While the Easter party may be over, the celebration continues. Many of our churches show the life, health and vibrancy that makes the gospel evident in their cities. They are growing numerically, but also developing future leaders. Our churches are reproducing by supporting new churches. New churches will start later this year in Chicago, Philadelphia, Harlem and Miami, and we are blessed to be a part of the work God is doing in these great cities. Bill Hybels recently shared, “Nothing in this world compares to witnessing the power of our God transforming a human life.” We agree! Church planting is beautiful work, and Orchard Group is privileged to play a part. Thank you for the part you play in making this possible. Each one of these churches, and the individual lives that are changed, are a direct result of your prayers, support, and the power of God at work. From Our Blog: Training Your People To Be "On Mission" New churches are one of the most effective ways to
  • 5. May News from Orchard Group file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/May%20News%20from%20Orchard%20Group.htm[5/7/2014 8:43:48 AM] reach people with the gospel. However, we should not assume that evangelism will automatically happen in every church plant. We’ve asked some of our lead planters how their churches are living missionally and how they are training their people to think missionally. Featuring: Kyle Costello, Missio Dei Community Aaron Thomas, Restore Church Chris Travis, Everyday Christian Church Justin Anderson, Redemption Church Share Tweet Forward to Friend Copyright © 2014 Orchard Group, All rights reserved. unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences

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