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Church Launch and Loneliness

By Lindsay Kuhl Mosaic Church, Elkridge, Maryland Mother Teresa says “loneliness… is the most terrible poverty.” When we launched Mosaic nearly 10 years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the deep loneliness that came with it. In 2008, my husband Carl and I moved from Louisville, KY to Baltimore, MD with our only child at the time, a 6-month-old baby girl. We moved in January. It was cold, dreary, and dark. Little did I know that the weather would mimic my mood for several months to come. We had 6 months to get settled before our launch team meetings would start. We…

Connection Brings Strength

The Redwood groves in California are one of nature’s wonders. These trees can grow to 275 feet high and 25 feet in diameter – large enough to drive a car through! Some of these trees are over a thousand years old, withstanding floods, fires, and strong winds.  With the tops of the trees reaching into the sky, one might assume that the roots go down hundreds of feet into the ground to support their height.  Surprisingly, the redwoods have very shallow root systems, sometimes only 12 feet deep. Unusually, the trees’ roots reach out towards each other, interweaving to create a strong…

Meet Courtney from Mosaic

Meet Courtney, from Mosaic Christian Church in Baltimore (right, with Louis and Yolandi Scheepers, lead planters of Pro Deo Church in Cape Town, South Africa). After college, Courtney found herself in a toxic relationship and drowning in credit card debt.  She was unhappy, but didn’t know where to turn.  Her sister invited her to Mosaic Christian Church, and Courtney started to attend.  Repeatedly, the sermons were relevant to the issues that she was dealing with that week.  The Biblical messages were providing hope for change. “God would even use the music to speak to my issues.  What I was hearing and learning…

Fighting Human Trafficking

Mosaic, Revolution, and The Foundry are partners in the fight against human trafficking in Baltimore. Their presence has been vital to the work of The Samaritan Women, a home for the restoration and care of survivors of sexual abuse. Amanda Weikel, a member of Mosaic and Manager at the home, states, “Churches like Mosaic and Foundry are the hands and feet of Jesus to these women. One of our first groups of volunteers came from Mosaic. The Foundry was here doing physical work on the property before we even opened. Three years ago the property looked like a garbage dump.”…

Cord Of 3 Strands

Orchard Group began planting churches in New York City in 1948. Over the past 25 years, our church planting efforts expanded into the northeast region. Decades of work are now bearing fruit, as new churches become mature churches and in turn help more new churches start. Individual churches become a network that branch out to change the spiritual landscape of cities.   This growth is especially visible in the Baltimore/Annapolis area where three churches started in the past six years are growing rapidly and supporting each other, even partnering together in gospel-oriented projects in the city. Mosaic Christian Church, led by…

One Family, Three Church Plants

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 Joe Wilson, pastor at Fork Christian Church in Maryland (FCC), has long been a champion of missions and new churches.  At 120 years old, FCC is a well-established presence in its own community.  But Joe has challenged the people to think globally as well.  FCC currently supports three Orchard Group church plants: Village Church in Buffalo, Revolution Church in Annapolis and The Foundry Church in Baltimore.  Joe states, “As a pastor, if you’re not going to be a planter, then you need…