Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

For so many people this can be the most wonderful time of the year. A season of singing. Breaking diets without guilt. Ugly sweaters. Office parties. School plays that only a parent or small group leader could love. We will come up with great gifts for our volunteers and décor to enhance our kid and student environments. This is also the season where Christmas wish list might become extravagant. There will be 25 “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant” gift requests. And the demands on our time can... Read More
Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on the days and times of the Christmas Eve service, you’ve reviewed the curriculum, planned your volunteer Christmas party, planned a family Christmas night, scheduled an event to promote your missions emphasis for the month, set the... Read More
A Joyful Christmas

A Joyful Christmas

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. – Luke 2:10-11 There are a handful of passages in the Bible that speak to the Christmas story. Isaiah’s prophecies are rich, powerful, and moving. His words, along with the words of other prophets, give insight to the beautiful story of redemption God was writing. Matthew’s writing highlights... Read More
Loving Others Through Giving

Loving Others Through Giving

Orange teaching revolves around the two greatest commandments: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’” (Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV). As our children and youth learn to follow both of these commands, they more fully honor Christ. That’s why Orange is partnering with Operation Christmas Child to encourage kids to love a child in... Read More
Jingle Jam and the Generosity Challenge

Jingle Jam and the Generosity Challenge

By Mike Clear On a Saturday afternoon, back in 1942, a man wanted something fun to do with his two daughters, so he took them to an amusement park. He was looking forward to a meaningful time and a shared experience with his kids. However, while he was sitting on a bench at this amusement park watching his daughters play, he looked around and noticed how run-down and filthy the small amusement park was. He also observed people’s reactions to the different rides, and he noticed how the parents... Read More