What does the birth of a baby mean to the world? When that baby is Jesus, the incarnation of God on earth, that birth signifies changed lives.  Congratulations to our friends at Forefront Church in Brooklyn who were recently baptized! New life is yours through Jesus! But the Bethlehem start may lead me To the sight of Him who freed me From the self that I have been. – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Church Planting Joys

Last week, Orchard Group churches: Celebrated baptisms Dedicated families Served cities What a pleasure to see the work these churches are doing in living out the gospel throughout the world!  

Two NY Churches and One BIG Storm

The Nesconset Church of Christ on Long Island was started by Orchard Group in 1955. Two members of the Nesconset youth group during the 1990s are back in New York, leading churches planted by Orchard Group.  Scott Solomine serves with South Nassau Christian Church, started in 1971.  Jonathan Williams is the lead pastor of Forefront Brooklyn, begun 41 years later, in 2012.  Both men had been leading their churches for five weeks when Hurricane Sandy struck New York. The floodwaters from Sandy nearly destroyed South Nassau Christian Church’s building.  Furniture, stage, instruments and flooring were all beyond repair.  Scott was shocked by…