Hot Meal Ministry. In 1993, the late Paula Todd, a neighbor at Orangethorpe Christian Church, persuaded her pastor to start a ministry that would serve a hot, nourishing meal once a week at her church to anybody who might be hungry. She invited other churches such as OUMC to cooperate by serving the meal on a different Monday night each month. Since the very beginning of the ministry, a team of OUMC volunteers has been proud to serve a great Methodist meal on the fourth Monday night of the month. Sometimes more than 200 people join us for dinner. See the latest photos of Team OUMC in action!
Food Distribution. Ever since 2002, OUMC's Latino Ministry has distributed food from the Second Harvest Food Bank to the people of our neighborhood. We usually gather on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 8:00 a.m. in our back parking lot to unload the mobile pantry truck and give a variety of fresh and packaged food to our neighbors in need. Often, volunteers from St. Jude Medical Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or other community groups join us. Sometimes the people who are going to receive the food pitch in and help. On each Saturday we usually serve more than 100 families, or a total of several hundred individuals. Read more about this ministry!
Agape Café. In January 2012, Pastor Sergio Camacho and several members of OUMC's Latino Ministry started serving breakfast every Sunday morning to homeless people in the area around our church. Since Easter 2012, we've served breakfast in OUMC's Fellowship Hall at 7:30am every Sunday. Those who come aren't just homeless people, but include residents of our neighborhood. If you would like to participate by preparing, serving or donating food, please see Sharyl Lewis!
Orangethorpe United Methodist Preschool was founded in 1973. It serves as a bridge between the church and the community. This link is reinforced by providing an educational experience for children and is a support group for parents within a Christian environment. The preschool provides an opportunity for the church to work with state and local agencies. It is licensed by the State Department of Social Services for a maximum of 69 children per day. OUMPS is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
Pack 1294. OUMC is proud to be the Charter Organization for Cub Scout Pack 1294, affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, which meets on our premises.
Angel Tree. For more than twenty years, OUMC has cooperated with Prison Fellowship to provide gifts to children of people who were incarcerated. In recent years, we've also distributed Christmas presents to our own Latino Ministry children, as well as to other boys and girls who live in our neighborhood. Read about recent Project Angel Tree events at OUMC.
Orangethorpe Learning Center was founded in 1995, when a group of OUMC parishioners, along with friends in the community and at neighbor churches, determined that the children of our neighborhood needed extra help with their homework after school if they were to succeed academically. OLC is now a "California non-profit public benefit corporation" with federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Its volunteers and leaders include not only members of our own congregation, but members of other churches, former OLC students, and our children's parents. Some of our earliest students are now attending college and looking forward to rewarding careers. OLC is open in the Fellowship Hall Mondays through Thursdays, 2:45-5:00pm, throughout the school year, except on Fullerton school holidays.
Pathways of Hope For many years, OUMC and its members have supported this organization, formerly known as Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service (F. I. E. S.). We participate in its mission, which is to provide emergency food, transitional housing and other support services to the hungry and homeless people of our community.