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October 20, 2019: Welcome Home - Grand Opening Celebration @ Society 57
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This weekend, the Orchard Community gathered for the official Grand Opening Celebration at Society 57! We took time to look back on our journey from the Barnes Road campus to our interim space and, finally, to downtown Aurora, as well as all the excitement, expectations, frustrations, and opportunities that have come with this season of change.  

October 13, 2019: Welcome Home
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This weekend, the Orchard gathers for the first time at Society 57 in downtown Aurora, IL. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge reflects on what makes a space a home, what makes a good home, and what kind of home the Orchard strives to be for all people.

September 22, 2019: Journey Reflections
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

On what was our second to last gathering at Oak Street, Pastor Scott Hodge shared some personal insights and reflections on The Orchard’s journey over these past couple of years. Sunday, September 29th, will be our final gathering at Oak Street. Our first gathering at Society 57 will be on Sunday, October 6th at 10:00AM. Mark your calendars and plain to join us!

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September 8, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 10
Teaching by Ben Hammond .

This week, we wrap up our series, "The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus," by hearing a reading from John chapter 9 and Ben Hammond challenges the way we think about who's right and who's wrong. 

September 1, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 9
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

It’s Labor Day Weekend - a time of year that always seems to bring change. Whether it’s a change in our rhythms as our kids go back to school, job changes or even the actual change in seasons as we begin to start our journey away from summer and into fall - these changes are inevitable, and sometimes quite stressful. This weekend, we have a “catch your breath” Sunday as we take some extended time to pray and seek God’s peace as we make our way into a new season.

August 25, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 8
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues the series "The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus" by exploring the themes of scarcity and abundance in the story of Jesus multiplying loaves of bread and fish to feed the crowd. 

August 18, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 7
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Continuing our series, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge takes us into Matthew chapter 5, where our assumptions about true power are flipped upside down by Jesus.

August 11, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 6
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This Sunday, Pastor Scott Hodge continued our summer series, “The Upside Teachings of Jesus” by taking us into the story of Jesus’ arrest found in Matthew chapter 26. Contrasting Peter’s (reactive) response and Jesus’ (non-reactive) response, Scott explored how we can deal with and face times of tension in our lives in a way that generates insight, energy, and new life.

August 4, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 5
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This Sunday, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge takes us into Matthew chapters 6 and 7, where Jesus challenges us to stop worrying about our lives and start entrusting them into the hands of a God who knows what we need before we even ask.

July 28, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 4
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

This Sunday, Anna Hammond encourages us to see Jesus' upside down teaching about the Kingdom of God and how it is brought about by small deeds by ordinary people in ordinary places, in relationships, and in everyday life. 

July 21, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 3
Teaching by Mark Miller.

This Sunday, friend of The Orchard, Mark Miller reminds us about Jesus' counter-cultural teachings that tell us to love our enemies. 

July 14, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 2
Teaching by Jason Feffer.

This Sunday, friend of The Orchard, Jason Feffer invites us to see the upside down nature of recognizing Jesus' constant presence in our lives and reminds us how spiritual practices help us connect with the presence of God in each moment and throughout everyday life.

July 7, 2019: The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus - Week 1
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Jesus has a way of flipping hearts and minds upside down - especially when it comes to so many of the assumptions and ideas we have about life, relationships, religion, politics, and even God. This Sunday, we explore one of Jesus' most upside down teachings, the Beatitudes and, more specifically, those Jesus calls "the pure in heart."

 

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June 30, 2019: NEXT - Week 3
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

On this final Sunday of our “NEXT” series, our Lead Pastor, Scott Hodge, shares some very practical ways we can all work together to help activate the exciting vision of Society 57! You can access the form Scott mentions by going to theorchardcommunity.com/activate.

June 23, 2019: NEXT - Week 2
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

We are literally weeks away from the start of an exciting new chapter in The Orchard’s story! We continue our series, "NEXT", by looking at specific details and design elements of our new space in downtown Aurora. 

June 16, 2019: NEXT - Week 1
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

We are literally weeks away from the start of an exciting new chapter in The Orchard’s story! This week, we begin a new three-week series entitled, “NEXT.” We begin our series by looking back at where we have been as our Lead Pastor, Scott Hodge, takes us deeper into our dream of being a unique and creative presence in our city that contributes culturally, economically, and relationally.

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June 9, 2019: Easter - Pentecost Sunday
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

The Orchard Community celebrates Pentecost Sunday by hearing from Lead Pastor Scott Hodge and the gospel reading from Acts 2:1-21, in which Jesus' apostles receive the Holy Spirit and speak in other languages of the wonderful things God had done. Through this reading, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit moves in unexpected ways, breaks down barriers, and energizes our own spirit. 

June 2, 2019: Easter - Ascension Sunday
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

The Orchard Community nears the conclusion of the Easter season by hearing from Lead Pastor Scott Hodge about the liminal space experienced by the disciples as they witnessed the ascension of Jesus. We are reminded that, as uncomfortable as liminal spaces are, in those spaces the ordinary gives way to the extraordinary and possibility is given to those things that can only exist between endings and beginnings. In those spaces there is room for transformation, healing, renewal, and new life.

May 26, 2019: Easter - Week 6
Teaching by Tammy Helfrich.

This week, the Orchard Community continues our celebration of the Easter season by hearing the gospel of John 14:23-29, and how Jesus tells us that the peace He gives is a peace that the world cannot give.

May 19, 2019: Easter - Week 5
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, the Orchard Community continues the Easter season by diving into the gospel reading from John 13:31-35, in which Jesus tells his followers to "remember the ways that I have loved you and demonstrate your love for others." Lead Pastor Scott Hodge asks the powerful question "what is keeping you from loving how Jesus loved?" 

May 12, 2019: Easter - Week 4
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

In honor of Mother's Day, one of our Orchard mothers, Anna Hammond, gives a powerfully relevant talk about how the symbols and words our faith community chooses to use when speaking about God shape our values and our presence in the world.

May 5, 2019: Easter - Week 3
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week at The Orchard, we read John 21:1-19 and see Jesus asking Simon Peter three times if he loves him. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge reminds us that, in this moment, Jesus is drawing Simon Peter back into a community and giving him purpose, and we are also reminded how Jesus calls each of us into that same life-giving, purpose-driven community.

April 28, 2019: Easter - Week 2 - Scott Hodge
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

As the Orchard tribe continues the season of Easter, we look at the words of John 20:19-31 about the disciple Thomas and his doubts about Jesus' resurrection. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge reminds us that the point of this story isn't that we shouldn't doubt, but that we should yearn for an encounter with Jesus and a personal experience of His resurrection. In this story, we see that faith needs the freedom of doubt in order to spring forth and take hold in our lives.

April 21, 2019: Easter - Week 1
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This weekend the Orchard tribe celebrates Easter and Lead Pastor Scott Hodge reminds us that resurrection is God's plan for everything and that we are called to be people of hope.

 

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April 14, 2019: Lent - Palm Sunday
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

As Lent draws to a close and Holy Week begins, we look at the words of Luke 19:28-40 that tell about Jesus' procession into Jerusalem. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge encourages us to recognize the small, daily deaths we experience, and to surrender to our reality and trust that God is present and God is good.

April 7, 2019: Lent - Week 5
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

As we continue the season of Lent, we look at the gospel reading of John 12:1-8 and are reminded that God is constantly doing unexpected things WITH unexpected people, FOR unexpected people, and THROUGH unexpected people. 

March 31, 2019: Lent - Week 4
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

This week, we look at the Gospel reading from Luke 15:1-3, 11-32; the story of the Prodigal Son. Anna Hammond reminds us that we can trust that God is with us as we seek to restore the lost things in our lives. We are also reminded that, as "Easter people," we know death and loss are not the end, love wins, and soon we will celebrate our renewal and the grace of God. 

March 24, 2019: Lent - Week 3
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, we look at the Gospel reading from Luke 13:1-9 and find Jesus' invitations to ask better questions and turn to God. And through these invitations we can see that easy answers, assumptions, and cheap cliques keep us from solidarity, empathy, and compassion. 

March 17, 2019: Lent - Week 2
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Lent is the forty day season that acts as a liminal space for us to open ourselves up to transformation, and leads us into the celebration of new life and Easter. This week, we look at the Gospel reading from Luke 13:31-35, and we are reminded of both God's promise to protect us from the dangers of life as well as our stubborn refusal to allow God to protect us.

March 10, 2019: Lent - Week 1
Teaching by Ben Hammond .

This weekend marks the beginning of Lent - the forty day season that acts as a liminal space for us to open ourselves up to transformation, and leads us into the celebration of new life and Easter. We begin this season by taking a closer look at Paul's words in Romans 10:8-13, in which Paul calls on Christ's followers to eliminate distinctions between all people and live inclusively.

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March 3, 2019: Epiphany - Transfiguration Sunday
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This Sunday, known in the Church calendar as "Transfiguration Sunday" is a day that bridges the Church seasons of Epiphany and Lent. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge takes us into this week's Gospel reading (Luke 9:28-36) and shares how we can open ourselves up to a truly transformative experience this Lenten season.

February 24, 2019: Epiphany - Week 8
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, as we continue the Epiphany season, we look at chapter 6 of Luke's gospel and the subversive message of Jesus which invites us to contemplate what it means to be blessed as well as the relationship between our financial status and our spiritual vitality.

February 17, 2019: Aurora Strong
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

In the wake of Friday's tragic shooting in Aurora, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge and The Orchard Community take time to recognize the love and hope found in the midst of brokenness and pain, and take time together to pray for our city, as well as for the victim's families and loved ones.

February 10, 2019: Epiphany - Week 6
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues our Epiphany season by sharing his thoughts on the themes of failure, trust, abundance, and following that we see in Luke 5:1-11. In this passage, we see Jesus telling a reluctant Simon to cast his nets and when he does, he catches an unexpected abundance of fish and Jesus tells him "from now on you'll be fishing for people." 

February 3, 2019: Epiphany - Week 5
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues our journey of Epiphany by taking a look at Luke 4:21-30 and reminds us that God does not belong to us, we belong to God.

January 20, 2019: Epiphany - Week 3
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues our journey through Epiphany by taking us into the story of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. In this story, Jesus confronts the sharp social boundaries of His time and shows us how the Kingdom of God is about shifting from divisiveness to unity, hostility to solidarity, and ultimately shifting from a world of scarcity and intolerance toward a world of love and abundance that would bless and include all people.

January 13, 2019: Epiphany - Week 2
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

Anna Hammond continues our Epiphany season with an in-depth look at readings from Luke and Isaiah. These readings remind us that Jesus came to show us a love that reveals who God created us to be, and they remind us that we are all God's beloved, just as we are.

January 6, 2019: Epiphany - Week 1
Teaching by Troy Medlin.

Epiphany is a season when the church recognizes the manifestation of God in Jesus, and of the risen Christ in our world. To begin the season, friend of The Orchard, Troy Medlin speaks about the Magi who visited Jesus after His birth and what their visit means in this season of Epiphany.

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December 16, 2018: Advent - Week 3
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues our Advent season with a message of joy and living out radical, holy peace now in all parts of our lives.

December 9, 2018: Advent - Week 2
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Scott Hodge continues our journey through Advent by posing introspective questions about the liminal, or in-between, spaces that we are invited to reflect on during this season.

December 2, 2018: Advent - Week 1
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Advent is a time for us to pause and consider how we are facing the struggles in our lives and the world around us. During this season, we are invited to give up the usual sources of knowing, question our typical ways of seeing, and open ourselves to more honest and hopeful ways of waiting. 

 

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November 25, 2018: Gratitude - Week 3
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

This week, Anna Hammond concludes our "Gratitude" series. Anna invites us to learn from the subversiveness of Jesus in the story of Jesus meeting Zacchaeus, the tax collector, found in Luke 19. Through this story, we see the true good-news gospel is a message of abundance and grace for everyone, and that when we are grateful in all things we can build communities and lives founded in generosity, wholeness, and grace.

November 18, 2018: Gratitude - Week 2
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues our series "Gratitude" by looking at the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers found in Luke chapter 17, and the relationship between happiness and gratefulness.

November 11, 2018: Gratitude - Week 1
Teaching by Tammy Helfrich.

Autumn is in full swing and with the holidays approaching, Tammy Helfrich begins our short series reflecting on gratitude and living a grateful life. This weekend, we are invited to take time to recognize the gifts around us and cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude.

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November 4, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 9
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This weekend, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge brings our "Not Like Me" series to a close, and explores how we can continue our journey of truly becoming people who honor differences and celebrate our oneness.

October 28, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 8
Teaching by Scott Hodge & Anna Hammond.

Over the past 7 weeks we have covered a lot of ground in our "Not Like Me" series. This week we invited our Orchard tribe to ask the questions that have been stirred up throughout the series. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge and Anna Hammond collaborate to respond to these questions as we attempt to dive deeper still into understanding how to become compassionate stewards of the Kingdom of God to everyone around us.

October 21, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 7
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

In the seventh week of the series “Not Like Me”, Pastor Scott Hodge tackles the divisive topic of politics, and explains how a dualistic and polarized political system hinders wholeness and, in turn, the Kingdom of God. Through this exploration of our differences as well as our shared vision, we are challenged to let our politics be shaped by Jesus, not our Jesus be reshaped by our politics.

October 14, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 6
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Pastor Scott Hodge continues our “Not Like Me” series by exploring what it means to be a generous listener towards those with differing opinions, beliefs and perspectives.

October 7, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 5
Teaching by Daniel White Hodge.

We continue our “Not Like Me” series by welcoming author, professor, and speaker, Dr. Daniel White Hodge. With 25 years of multi-ethnic & intercultural youth work experience, Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D., is a recognized urban youth culture expert & cultural literacy scholar. Dr. Hodge is the Associate Professor of Intercultural Communications at North Park University in Chicago where he chairs the Department of Communication Arts & is research lead for the Catalyst 606 program. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult ethnic-minority emerging generations. Daniel shares his powerful life story that is sure to challenge and inspire our hearts.

September 30, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 4
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

In this fourth week of the series, “Not Like Me”, Anna Hammond gives us an insightful look at our minds and the biological origins of biases as well as practical steps for how we can celebrate and foster the differences of those around us.

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September 16, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 2
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues our series, "Not Like Me", by taking us into one of the most well known, yet least understood parables of Jesus: The Parable of The Good Samaritan.

September 9, 2018: Not Like Me - Week 1
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge begins a new series called "Not Like Me", exploring how we can move beyond the tendency to defend, dehumanize and distance ourselves from those “not like us” and instead live a life that honors our differences & celebrates our oneness.

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September 2, 2018: Catch Our Breath
Teaching by Tammy Helfrich.

September is here! Which, for most of us, means a change in rhythms - school rhythms, work rhythms, family rhythms and more. This week, we take some time to open our hearts, catch our breath, and move into this next season with a greater awareness of God's presence in our lives.

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August 19, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 9
Teaching by Scott Hodge & Aaron Niequist.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge and friend of The Orchard, Aaron Niequist, conclude the "Summer Voices" series with a conversation about Jesus' invitation to embrace our role as a part of the Kingdom of God, found in Matthew 11: 28-30.

August 12, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 8
Teaching by Jenna Perrine.

This week, guest speaker Jenna Perrine enlightens the Orchard Community on the brain science behind three aspects of liturgical and spiritual practices: repetition, embodiment, and silence. 

August 5, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 7
Teaching by Samuel Marks.

Our "Summer Voices" series continues with friends of the Orchard, Samuel and Lindsey Marks visiting to lead us in worship and Samuel sharing about the paradox of God being for us by being against us, as seen in this week's Lectionary readings from 2 Samuel 11:11-13 and John 6:24-35.

July 29, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 6
Teaching by Jason Feffer.

This week, guest speaker Jason Feffer continues our "Summer Voices" series by showing us the power of letting go, like we see in the Genesis story of Abraham being called on by God to sacrifice his only son. Jason also guides us through a meditative spiritual practice that invites us release what we may be clinging to.

July 22, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 5
Teaching by Anna Hammond.

This summer, we've been hearing from some great voices, and this week is no exception as we hear from our very own Anna Hammond. Anna talks about the radical love of hesed found in the story of Ruth and how we can draw inspiration from the spiritual imagination and love used to right a broken situation. When we read these stories and experience them with open hearts, our perspectives can shift about the broken situations in our lives too.

July 15, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 4
Teaching by David Wenzel.

This week, guest speaker David Wenzel continues our "Summer Voices" series and shares his riveting journey of being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 27 and how, through the unexpected ups and downs, he has found that faith is confidence in what we do not see.

July 8, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 3
Teaching by Jim & Judy Larson.

Our "Summer Voices" series continues with friends of the Orchard, Jim and Judy Larson, sharing their story of mission work in Thailand. Jim and Judy share some of the lessons they have learned as well as stories of the power of the Gospel and compassion. 

July 1, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 2
Teaching by Tammy Helfrich.

This week, Tammy Helfrich continues our "Summer Voices" series with reflections on freedom and what it means to find freedom in becoming who God created us to be.

June 24, 2018: Summer Voices - Week 1
Teaching by Mark Miller.

This weekend, friend of the Orchard, Mark Miller, kicks off our Summer Voices series with a message about courage, resolve, and strength of character, also known as GRIT, and how the power of passion and perseverance is vital to our faith.

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June 17, 2018: Becoming - Week 5
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, we conclude the series "Becoming," which explores some of the ways God is continuing to shape us - both as individuals and as a community - into becoming a unique and beautiful presence in our city. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge wraps up the series by talking about the value of "story" and shares part of his own story and how it has shaped him.

June 10, 2018: Becoming - Week 4
Teaching by Scott Hodge, Heatherlyn, Ben G.

This week, special guests Ben Grace and Heatherlyn join Lead Pastor Scott Hodge for an insightful conversation about one of the Orchard Community's core values, wholeness. In this conversation, they discuss how acknowledging the source of pain allows for inner transformation, and how, by pursuing what gives us life, we can bring wholeness to the world.

June 3, 2018: Becoming - Week 3
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues the series "Becoming" by exploring what it looks like for The Orchard Community and its individuals to choose the narrative of abundance over scarcity and to live out the value of generosity in our world.

May 27, 2018: Becoming - Week 2
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, Lead Pastor Scott Hodge continues the series "Becoming" by exploring what it looks like for The Orchard Community and its individuals to live out the value of goodness and beauty in our world.

May 20, 2018: Becoming - Week 1
Teaching by Scott Hodge.

This week, we begin the new series "Becoming", which explores some of the ways God is continuing to shape us - both as individuals and as a community - into becoming a unique and beautiful presence in our city. Lead Pastor Scott Hodge kicks off the series by talking about grace and how being a grace-filled community means we are accepting, authentic, and believe in second chances.

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