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Psalm 46:1 — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Kim Morales is back from Lazy W and thanks our parishioners for their support, which enabled her and Jen to participate in their tenth United Methodist summer camp.
Psalm 103:13 — Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Rev. John MacFarland models his study of the Bible on how Jesus uses Scripture in the Gospel of Luke. In times of spiritual revival, God brings people back to the Word. United Methodists are trying to find the way forward, which is to return to the Word of God. Rev. McFarland is passionate about the foundational role of Scripture, and said his friendship with an LGBTQI seminary roommate eased his fears and prejudices. The Word of God, he said, will help us move forward.
A BIG THANK YOU!We might have a small congregation, but we have the biggest hearts! Your staff wants to thank you for your generous Christmas gifts!
Love in Christ
God sent so many people to make this event happen, and I thank you all for your support. Five beautiful scripture readers - one was Latino and one was Jewish, one awesome Czech soloist, one very talented Korean pianist/accompanist. Three Kings - one Latino, one Nigerian, and one white guy, lol. Two male shepherds and one female shepherdess dressed in pink, lol. A Latino Mary and Joseph. One Caucasian angel and one Latino angel. The Good Lord sent them all to bless our 50+ guests in the stable (Chapel). A Christmas Pageant celebrating so many cultures - what a true blessing. Thanks to all who participated and to all who came to receive. Let God write His Story on your hearts during the coming days, weeks, months and years. Merry Christmas Everyone.
My number one prayer was answered tonight. I prayed that our DS Mark Nakagawa would see the life of Christ among us and want to invest in that life. That he would experience a ministry worthy of continued investment by the annual conference. WE KNOW there is hope and vision and possibilities among us, but not every one can see it. TONIGHT it was visible and tangible in your presence and the ongoing life giving ministries that OUMC has practiced for years and years and NOW can experience more re-vival.
I want to ask for prayers for my husband, Sergio. He was trying to trim branches on one of our very tall trees when he fell 20 feet and hit his lower back on the fence. I wasn't home at the time, but he said he thinks he passed out for a while.
He somehow made his way back into the house and into bed. I took him to the ER last night, and they admitted him for observation. He didn't break any spinal bones, but the discs in his lower back are crushed and protruding. They gave him pain meds and meds to reduce the swelling. The ER doc said he doesn't think he'll need surgery now, but a spinal surgeon will be evaluating him hopefully today. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my former church family for thinking of me and putting me on the prayer list these past few weeks. I am happy to say that after two surgeries I am considered cancer free. I appreciate your prayers and well wishes and I know they helped in my recovery!
God is good!
Sharyl also discussed in some detail how our Romani brothers and sisters are bearing a large share of the cost of this cleaning. Thank you for this wonderful news, Sharyl! We feel blessed that our new guest congregation is taking such a great interest in the environment which we share with them.
We have some exciting news. As you may remember, at our last meeting when the Romani leaders met with us, they offered to clean the carpet in the Sanctuary. After that they offered to clean the carpet in the Chapel.
Last Sunday, they approached me and said that the carpet cleaner would like to come on a day when there wasn't much going on, so we settled on Tuesday, which was today.
They also suggested that they noticed that the pews in the Sanctuary were quite dirty, the Narthex, the Conference Room, The Heritage Room are in need of cleaning. We also talked about the offices in general...
Pastor John and I fully believe that this new relationship will be a tremendous experience and of great benefit for all concerned. Even though, at times — as we learned at the last meeting — the little (t)raditions might be misunderstood, the big (T)raditions of God, Gospel and Jesus Christ remain the continual golden heavenly thread between all the congregations what worship at 2351 W. Orangethorpe.
This, along with the generous offer from Orangethorpe United Methodist Pre-School to redo the two bathrooms near the education rooms, and at some point in the near future, repairing and painting wooden eaves, expresses to God our great joy and commitment in the care of His House.
To God be the glory for the joining of these resources and love; and all that with which we are to be blessed in the future.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6Spacibo, Natalie!
My boss sent me an email this morning asking me to join him in the break room at noon. When I got there, I was greeted with a large gift basket and an envelope. The two Cast Members presenting these to me are from Disney Commuter Assistance, and they told me that they have a Summer Incentive for Cast Members who carpool, bike, walk, or take public transportation to work. I am the "very first" winner! Among other Captain America items (phone cover, tsum tsums, water bottle, etc.), was a 360° video camera! In the envelope was a $100 gift card and a letter that explained that the items in the basket were valued at $700 - and that Disney is also paying the income tax on the prize.
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your support while I was sick. It meant so much to me all your calls, kind words, get well soon cards, company, and prayers really made a difference. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and your friendship.
Pastor Greg Douglass from Native American UMC wanted to inform us of Sandra "Sandy" Baird's memorial service:
Wednesday, June 1, 10:00am
Native American UMC
800 S. Lemon St.
I received word Saturday that Jean McKee passed away on Friday evening. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27 at 9:00am at Forest Lawn Cypress at Church of Our Father. Jean, who is survived by her husband, Bob, were former members of Orangethorpe UMC; very active on the church bowling league for many years. Jean was the former Secretary for many of the District Superintendents of the Santa Ana District Office. She will be greatly missed by many friends and pastors.
Christopher's Eagle Scout Project benefited Orangethorpe United Methodist Church's Agape Kitchen ministry. He planned and led a team that crocheted 9 sleeping mats to benefit the homeless that are served breakfast every Sunday morning. Over a period of five months, his team of 30 persons spent approximately 368 hours cutting up plastic bags, weaving them into "plyarn" and crocheting mats that measured about 3' x 6'.Your webservant has frequently worked with Chris at food distributions and at Orangethorpe Learning Center and has the good fortune of attending BSA Troop 1201's court of honor today. We congratulate Chris, and also his parents Rob and Gina and his brother Kevin, upon his great achievement.
We want to thank our church family for all the cards and calls we received after losing Rick. He mentioned many times how thankful he was that I had such a support group here.
Mom always loved Orangethorpe UMC for the many friends she made over the years in the congregation. She knew she could depend on them for their love and support through difficult times. Thank you Pastor John and members of Orangethorpe for all your prayers, care and encouragement during her long illness. And, then, thanks for making the celebration of mom's life memorable. The service, the meal, and all the compassionate help we experienced gave us strength and the feeling that we were indeed surrounded by the love of Christ's church. Thank you so very much.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I hope you are enjoying the new look in the Fellowship Hall. In order to preserve the beauty of our new floor, I would like to suggest, if you aren't able to pick up the chairs, there will be rags in the hall for you to use. Just put one down and put the two legs on it, and drag the chair wherever you want!
This will save the floor for years to come, and also give us another reason to think of Jesus, and how he took care of those things he cared about.
Love in Christ,
Our fundraising continues, for the flooring in our Fellowship Hall. We have been very blessed by generous contributions from our congregation. So far, we have sold 120 square yards. The campaign will continue, so if you have not bought your square yard yet, please feel free to do it now. Please make our your checks to OUMC and put "Fellowship Hall flooring" in the memo line. "May God bless you all!"
We rejoice that OUMC is doing its part in carrying out the mission of the United Methodist Church!
Dear Partners in Ministry,
I just finished my October 2015 Cabinet meeting. I was beaming with joy as a result of your leadership and church commitment to apportionment giving. As a district we are 2.75% ahead of last year. YES! Way to go! It is my prayer that we will finish at least 2.75% more than we finished last year.
As a district we are also moving forward with our share of the Imagine No Malaria goal of $3 million. As a conference we have $1.7 million to go but with confidence I know the West will make a "wild finish."
Thank you for your leadership and ministry together.
|Welcome to our church!||¡Bienvenidos a nuestra iglesia!|
By the Grace of God and a very generous friend, Pastor John and his whole family are making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. They will be touring Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, the Dead Sea and all the major archeological sites of Biblical History.
Pastor John said, "I was privileged to go in 2000 with a group of pastors. It was as if the Bible went from black & white to 3-D full color panorama. I can't believe I'm getting to go again and this time with my whole family."
They will have a short stop in Ireland on their way home to experience the roots of the McFarland Clan.
Please pray for wonderful opportunity for Education/Vacation and growth.
Dear Partners In Ministry,
I wanted to pause and take this opportunity to thank you for your leadership in bringing your congregations into 100 % apportionment giving. As we embark on this yearly celebration of faithful partnership I wanted to pause and say "thank you."
In partnership for United Methodist mission locally and world wide,
Needless to say, your webservant doesn't waste any time adding the St. Jude employees to our volunteer schedule. Barry, and St. Jude in general, are very supportive of our food distribution ministry, not only sending us groups of hard-working, enthusiastic volunteers, but also paying for a truckload of groceries each month from the Second Harvest Food Bank.
I have volunteers signed up for the third Saturday of the month from Feb thru Dec except for August which I will work on. I had a request from one of our Executives to see if the first Saturday of Feb was available. Please let me know.
Linda and I were happy to be in worship with all of you in June. It was good seeing everyone. The sanctuary and all surroundings looked "well and cared for".
Come and visit me if you are up in Redlands!
The time for singing has come,
The time for singing has come,
The time for singing a joyful song to God, the Lord, has come!
The time for praising is here,
The time for praising is here,
The time for praising the Lord above with songs of love is here!
For lo, the winter is past,
The cold is over and done,
The flowers appear on the earth, the world's awakening begun!
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The Biblical story of the Walk to Emmaus provides the image for the Walk to Emmaus, an Upper Room program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Like its predecessor, Cursillo de Cristiandad (Spanish for "short course in Christianity"), the Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience which takes the New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and, through them, their families, congregations, and the world in which they live. Walk to Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church.We congratulate Alex on being chosen for this great responsibility. Your webservant participated in a Walk to Emmaus several years ago and found it to be a great inspiration. He highly recommends participating in it, if you haven't already done so.
Friday night was an awesome night. Videos and clips about name calling; Hedda and her pink curly wig interviewing Iliana who shared her experiences of name calling while living in México as a child. Hedda passed out golden rulers = The Golden Rule and suggested the kids might consider helping others to understand that they should treat others like they would like to be treated themselves. Great feedback and sharing from everyone.
Donna had an icebreaker called Bingo where you must go around and gather information from others to put on your bingo card and try to get the straight line one way or the other. Well, Trieu got it almost immediately!!!! He was pretty clever.This ministry continues every Friday at 7:00pm in the OUMC Fellowship Hall. You are invited to come and ¡¡¡ INVITE! EXPLORE! IGNITE! EXPLODE !!! with us.
Next, Pastor Tom did games and that just brought the whole evening to a new level. All the kids wanted to continue to play the first game. It was awesome. We saw Pastor Tom in a whole new playful way. Then he asked them what they would like to do for activities, programs, etc. It ranged from game board night to Bible Study to Magic Mountain, etc., along with some relevant ideas on topics such as bullying and name calling. I was stoked, since that is what my program will be on on the 24th. Funny thing I just learned is that the week after the 24th is the 10th snniversary of No Name-Calling Week. Isn't that fortunate?
We will also be celebrating January birthdays that night – one of their suggestions. One of the young men even suggested getting more people to come – WHAT AN IDEA! When asked how they would do that, they said they could invite their friends!!!
We are off to a great start, please continue to pray for the group, our program, and youth/young adults; and of course, its leaders.
Thank you all so much for your prayers, cards, phone calls and visits, while I was recovering from my broken leg. It meant so much.
PRAISE GOD, it was an awesome day. Pastor Tom took pictures for sure. The congregants were handsomely dressed. WOW!! Everyone who took part did an amazing job and most of them were new to the task they performed. AMAZING! Donna's message was very appropriate for the day, and a personal testimony to her journey. VERY UPLIFTING!!Our theme was "a walk down memory lane". Please take a look at the photos which Pastor Tom took of some of us wearing what we used to call our Sunday Best, or Sunday go to meetin' clothes!
Trieu is an incoming 5th year student in the Accounting major at Cal State Long Beach. Within the study he enjoys and focuses most on Intermediate Accounting, which includes equity, bond, and inventory investments, and financial statement preparation. After graduation, he aims to gain CPA certification and begin work at a private accounting firm. In his free time, he enjoys reading English literature and comic books, and practicing a wide range of musical genres on his guitar.We wish both Minh and Trieu much success at two fine local universities from which your webservant and his lady graduated just a few years ago.
I am an incoming 4th year student in the Mathematics-Economics major at UCLA. My interest lies in managing risks for individual and corporate accounts through the use of stock options, futures, and interest rate instruments. After graduation, I hope to begin working at a trading desk to help hedge risks against large movements in the markets. In my free time, I enjoy reading financial literature, studying statistics, and exploring American and Japanese comics.
Chair of Church Council
We at LIFT are praising God for the blessings poured out through the Holy Spirit over Orangethorpe UMC this past weekend! Our God is so faithful and gave his favor in abundance to all who worked so diligently to facilitate your Renewal Experience. And the Lord blessed those who attended with grace and healings, renewed commitments to a devoted life in Christ, and refreshment for their spirits.
From the moment we stepped onto the campus at OUMC, the LIFT Team felt the welcome that flowed from the prayers that have been made over the past few months. Our prayer for you all is that you find a fresh focus for your mission in Christ together and that you seek the Lord's will for your next steps for your congregations.
Pastor Tom and Pastor Sergio, "Thank-you" from the LIFT Team for trusting the Holy Spirit through the weekend. Your passion and love for your congregations and the Lord is evident, and we believe that God has you all firmly in his hand. And thank-you, too, for allowing LIFT to be in ministry with your people. We were truly blessed.
To each and every Team Leader and to those who pitched in and helped in other capacities – We know how hard you all worked, we know your challenges, we know how many other things fill your calendars. To you all, LIFT says – Thank-You! Now, breathe, celebrate, and follow up. This experience of the power of the Holy Spirit will sustain you and lead you to the "next thing" for your congregations. We heard of many great visions and plans for the future ministries at OUMC from both congregations – may God guide you all in those endeavors.
I miss you guys and my old job. Things are going good here. I still haven't found a job but interviewed for a city clerk job. The kids and I may move 80 miles east of Ogallala to Gothenburg. James already has a job there. If I do not get the city clerk job, then we'll move. If I do get the job, I'll stay in Ogallala and James and Lindsay will move to Gothenburg.
I'm making a few friends and begun going to a non denominational church. I haven't tried the Methodist church in town yet but will soon.
There's been a lot of work to be done unpacking and cleaning. We had 2 days of snow but it melted a few days later. Lately it's been in the high 60's. It's a little chilly in the morning and evening but during the day it's really nice.
Again, I miss you all and hope you are doing well.
As of last Monday which was the 989th Monday without a miss, HMM had served 157,896 people a complete free, sit down, dinner meal.
Additionally HMM has provided tons of used clothing, shoes and toys and free annual on-site flu shots for the past 10 or more years in cooperation with St. Jude Hospital community outreach.
HMM is currently operating as a 5 church Collaborative with help from a 6th church.
Two independent outgrowths of this ministry are: The Hot Meal Ministry at Fullerton 1st Christian Church, a multi-church collaborative, and Orangethorpe Learning Center at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church, Fullerton (an after-school homework center).
One of the joys of having regular food distributions is that we get to know better the people in our neighborhood. Roberto was one of many needy people who lined up to receive food whenever the Second Harvest mobile pantry truck visited our church in Fullerton. One Saturday, we were short of volunteers and Roberto offered to help us unload the truck. We accepted his offer and put him to work getting the produce ready to hand out. He demonstrated his organizational skills that morning, and also later on when a rainstorm forced us to distribute food inside our fellowship hall. Roberto set up tables and directed traffic smoothly through the cramped space of this building. Not only does Roberto play an important role in distributing food, but he also has begun attending our church's worship services and other activities regularly and has become a very welcome part of our congregation.
We are in the final negotiation stages related to leasing space to our new (additional) cell phone company Metro PCS.
Negotiated "curb appeal" improvements to the property paid entirely by Metro PCS include:
- Demolition & reconstruction of the existing steeple/tower increasing height 7 feet
- New Cross & Flame with improved lighting (south facing side of tower)
- Relocation of existing Cross & Flame to the rear of the church
- Reconstruction & expansion of the existing walls surrounding the cell tower equipment
- New and enhanced lighting in and around the new construction areas
- Relocation and new cypress trees to camouflage the walls surrounding the cell tower equipment
Lease payments to Parish will commence August 2012.
Construction is tentatively set to begin late 3rd Quarter 2012.
Carol & Gregg Roberts and families
God bless you,
The Borris/Morenc Families
Darlene, Tom, Gary & Cheryl
Lois Stoughton & Family
New Appointment for OUMC
Bishop Swenson has announced that our new pastor will be the Rev. Tanh Thien (Tom) Tran, who currently serves as pastor at South Pasadena United Methodist Church. He has been a pastor for 20 years, in this country, speaks English fluently and well, and is a very loving and caring person. He will be sharing his duties between our church and the Bellflower UMC.
Please make out a check to UMCOR and mark it "Spring Storms 2011". Place it in the offering Sunday morning!Thank you, Barb! Let's show that we can be as generous helping disaster victims in our own country as we were in donating for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. At least 14 different UM annual conferences have been affected by tornados or storms this spring. Some churches were destroyed while others suffered extensive damage. Even though one of the churches in Joplin, MO, was without water and power, it was still set up as an emergical medical response center. What is happening in Joplin? Read a message from somebody who has been there recently.
Love, Dean & Rosary
Henry D & Gatha Tobler,
7 Heatherbrooke Lane,
Bella Vista, AR 72715-4306
Vernon and Barbara Story
Chuck, I know you will be pleased to know that when I left Salt and Pepper on Sunday morning, there were thirty-four of our members there for breakfast. This was wonderful, I thought...Thank you! Watch for more dining for dollars opportunities in the very near future.
Chuck & Jeanette Carey
Parish Board of Trustees
It was Bob's wishes that his body be cremated and buried in Riverside National Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at the church Friday, August 13, at 2:00pm.
It was fortunate that almost all of Bob's and Margaret's family were able to be there with Margaret and Wendy, around Bob's bedside, as he passed. Please remember them not only in your prayers, but in doing what you can to help them meet their needs as they go through this time of grief.
Tom Griffith, Lead Pastor