Welcome to Orchard
We are a Christ-centered, family oriented community located on the east side of Ventura. Our focus is growing personal relationships with Jesus Christ and deepening commitments to others. Find out more on the About Orchard page.
ECO Info Packet
If our congregation votes to leave the PC(USA) denomination,
there are numerous Presbyterian and Reformed denominations which we might
choose to join. Session believes that
the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) is the best fit for Orchard Community Church. It is for this reason the Session, at its
June meeting, unanimously voted to recommend ECO to the congregation. Here is a packet of information provided to
help you become better acquainted with ECO. Pastor Matt and the Session strongly encourage you to read this
information (ECO Info Packet Cover Letter, ECO Introduction to Polity, ECO Essential Tenets Confessions and ECO Vision Values) and to visit the website of
ECO (http://eco-pres.org). Copies are also available in the church
office. There will be an Town Hall meeting on the evening of Thursday August 29th at 6:30 pm in the Worship Building. Childcare will be available!
Santa Barbara Presbytery Gracious Dismissal Policy/GuidelinesAs you read in Pastor Matt's article in the March Orchard Life, we are awaiting contact from the Presbytery team who will lead us through the process of exploring dismissal from the PC(USA). This process in still being developed and is new for both the Presbytery and our church. At this point, the Gracious Dismissal Policy will serve as guidelines since there are still modifications to come and details to be worked out. Remember this is a working document and will be changed by the Presbytery over time. Here is the most recent version of the Santa Barbara Presbytery Gracious Dismissal Policy/Guideline. We encourage you to read it so you will become familiar with the steps we will be taking. If you need a printed copy, please contact the church office. Please feel free to talk to any of our serving elders regarding this policy or other concerns you may have.
In His Service,
Elder of Administration
Exploration of the Gracious Dismissal Policy
Letter to the congregation
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Denominational Changes