You Are Invited to Celebrate Our 170th Anniversary

April 14 and 15, 2018
Who is invited: Everyone who attends our church, who attended any time ago, friends of our church, folks who like to celebrate, and especially YOU!

April 14, 5pm
Tickets for our fully catered sit-down dinner, with program and concert, are just $15.00 per person, or $40.00 per family, and can be purchased by sending your request and check to the church office, or
see John Howell.

April 15, 11am
Celebration Worship
With Rev. Howard Burgoyne
East Coast Conference Superintendent

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week and Easter

March 25 Palm Sunday

9:45am Sunday School
11am Worship

March 29 Maundy Thursday

6pm Soup and Bread Supper
7pm Worship with Holy Communion

Easter Sunday April 1

Celebrate the Death and Resurrection
of Jesus Christ at Orchard Covenant
9:30am Easter Breakfast
bring friends and family; donations accepted for our music fund
11am Resurrection Worship
With Holy Communion
Sermon: “April Fools”
Rev. Nancy Ebner

March Birthdays and Anniversaries



March 7 – Mie Piner (Robinson)
March 9- Bill Bromage
March 13- Margaret Johnson
March 19- Karen Ebner
March 22- Sean Mullins
March 25- Nancy Spaman
March 31- Martha Bromage Whelan


March 11- Mark and Tammy Thomas



Small groups at Orchard Covenant have been reading through the Bible, 8 weeks at a time. Fall of 2016, we read the entire New Testament.  Fall of 2017, we read the first 5 books of the Old Testament. For Lent 2018, we’ll read, “Kingdoms” using a special readers’ edition of the New Living Translation of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel and Kings.  Groups will meet from around Ash Wednesday (February 14) to Easter (April 1) on

Sundays at 6:30 pm, beginning Feb. 11, in Pastor Nancy’s study, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, beginning Feb 13, in Pastor Nancy’s Study, and Tuesdays at 6:45 pm, at Hokanson’s. Invite friends and neighbors to come to this eight week conversation group!

Please tell Pastor Nancy if you want to order a book ($10.00) and/or join a group.


March Dates to Remember


March 4 – All-church choir rehearsal
March 5– Council Meeting; 6:30 pm
March 11 – Daylight Savings begins
March 11 – Cookies and Love
March 17 – Men’s Prayer Breakfast
March 20 – First Day of Spring
March 25 – Palm Sunday
March 29 – Maundy Thursday
Bread and Soup supper – 6:00 pm
Worship and Communion – 7:00 pm

March 30 – Good Friday

April 1 – Easter Sunday – Breakfast at
9:30 am, worship at 11 am



CHIC Fundraiser

Help support CHIC without selling anything!! You purchase gift cards at face value (these are the same gift cards you get at the store), and we get a percentage. Use the gift cards as another way to pay for everyday purchases in place of cash, checks, and credit cards. Or give them as gifts. The list of retailers includes grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. See Danusia Pringle for details.


Save the Dates for Our 170th Anniversary



April 14 and 15


That’s only about 73 days from February 1.

Tickets for our dinner, catered by Tony and Penny’s, will be available soon.


The napkins will be burgundy;

dress appropriately.


Let’s really celebrate our church’s 170 years of ministry!





Bilingual Bible Study

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to learn what folks from a different culture understand about a passage of scripture?  Fascinating, what?

Well come to our adult Sunday School class each Sunday morning at 9:45 am and bring along your favorite English or Swahili Bible.  I think we all will have something to learn.


A Covenant of Holy Manners for Orchard Covenant Church

Dear Orchard Covenant,

Generally we review the following “Covenant of Holy Manners,” written and approved by the congregation, at the first of each year. The challenges to unity among Christians continue to be strong and numerous. I encourage you to open your bibles, read the scripture references, let God speak to your heart, and pray for unity and growth in our church ministry in 2018 as we keep doing our best to joyfully conform ourselves to the way of Jesus.
This covenant answers the question: “How will we behave (how will we live together) when we don’t understand each other and when we don’t agree?” – Gil Rendle, Behavioral Covenants in Congregations
With God’s help, we will commit ourselves to Jesus’ call for unity among His people. We will order our lives by prayer, study of scripture, and encouraging one another. We will “clothe ourselves above all in love” (Colossians 3:14), practicing confession, repentance, and forgiveness, as Christ forgave us.

These are ways we will aspire, with God’s help, to love one another as Jesus has loved us (John 13:34-35) and live in peace with one another (1 Thessalonians: 5:12-26). We will:

1. recognize that disagreements and conflict will sometimes occur in the church, even among people sincerely and prayerfully seeking God’s way. Philippians 4:2-3
be humble, gentle and patient with one another. Ephesians 4:1-6
3. look for the best in each person. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-26
4. look to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
5. respect our servant leaders. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-26
6. in humility, consider others better than ourselves. Philippians 2:3-4
7. not become conceited or provoke or envy each other. Galatians 5:19-26
listen to one another and be slow to speak and slow to anger.
James 1:2-4, 19
keep our tongues from evil and our lips from deceitful speech.
1 Peter 3:10-17
refrain from quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 2 Corinthians 12:20
11. seek reconciliation at the first opportunity. Matthew 5:23-24 forgive whatever grievances we have with one another. Colossians 3:12-17

As followers of Jesus, we believe the Bible is the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct.
Lent – the season before Easter – is upon us! Perhaps we should call this season “Love and Fools,” as Ash Wednesday is on February 14, Valentines’ Day, and Easter is on April 1, April Fool’s Day. Not to mix sacred and secular celebrations but… our faith about the unconditional love of God, and being, as Paul said, “Fools for Christ.”
1 John 4:7,8: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love…
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God!
Ash Wednesday service: February 14, 6pm