Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — March 17, 2018
This is an informal collection of recent news items about people and events in the life of our church. Your contributions are always welcome.
- March 2018. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- March 17. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day by distributing food to 92 of our neighbor families, with the help of a big group of wonderful, hard-working volunteeers from the St. Jude Medical Center's pharmacy (see photo below), and of our own members, such as Marian, Wolf, Gospel and Sandor.
- March 11. Parson John explores, in his Sunday morning message, Why Was Jesus Baptised?, and in the absence of our usual accompanist, Alice Song, her place at the piano bench is taken by Jared Hughes, who plays beautifully and powerfully to accompany our Sunday worship. We rejoice that sister Beth Robinson is back among us today after some worrisome health problems.
- February 28. The little group which normally meets in our Patio Lounge — Then Sings My Soul! — gathers this evening next door at Fullerton Villa (formerly Fullerton Residential Manor) and is joined by about a dozen residents of that retirement home for a joyous evening of praise and singing. We will continue to meet there in the future! You are welcome to come join us and meet our neighbors.
- February 20. Dunsetta Harris has joined us as our new Office Manager. Let's all welcome Dunsetta to our churchfamily and give her all the help she needs in finding her way around our old churchyard! This week, in the Orangethorpe Learning Center, three new employees start work:
- Becky Barnes,
- Dalia Villa, and
- Luis Chávez
- February 18. Parson John's sermon themes return to the Book of Jonah, and we learn about what happened when Jonah arrived in the ancient city of Nineveh.
- February 17. The Second Harvest Food Bank is closed for Presidents Day weekend, but that doesn't deter us from distributing food to our neighbors. We arranged for a "dry drop" yesterday, when we received a truckload of food, which Mike, the Food Bank truck driver, lined up very neatly inside the north wall of our Fellowship Hall. This morning, the reparto goes very smoothly indoors, with the help of more than a dozen volunteers from St. Jude Medical Center.
- February 11. It's Scout Sunday and, as they do every year, the Scouts, parents and leaders from Pack 1294 join us and contribute to our service with their own unique enthusiasm.
- February 4. With help once again from little Christopher, and from a "fish puppet", Parson John takes us into the second chapter of the Book of Jonah. This message could have been entitled "Crying Out to God".
- January 28. Parson John starts a sermon series on the Book of Jonah. Today he covers the first chapter, and what happened when Jonah tried to disobey God's command to go to Nineveh. Was that a "great fish", or a whale, which swallowed him? Also this morning, we receive a beautiful 4-month Calendar of Events which Sharyl prepared for us!
- January 20 and 27. At memorial services on consecutive Saturdays, we celebrate the lives of two dear friends who have recently departed our company:
- Jean Sahr, and
- Pat Manson
Thank you to all who helped with Jean's and Pat's memorial services and refreshment times! We are Churchfamily, and we are blessed to care for each other.
- January 14. Although several of our brothers and sisters have come down with winter colds and are unable to attend this morning's service, we're glad to see that Marilyn Haverstock is back, and that she helps bring our neighbor, Dolly Love, to join us. Our accompanist, Alice Song, and her husband Nate Brown, provide some beautiful and inspirational music, including "What a Beautiful Name" by the Australian praise group Hillsong Worship. Then Parson John, with some help from his little friend Christoper (age 7), presents the message of the day, "Praying With Jesus", which is based on Luke 11:1-8. All in all, a very inspirational Sunday morning!
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
- January 6, 2018. As is our custom on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, we distribute food to our neighbors. This time, we are joined by a big group of hard-working volunteers from the Fullerton chapter of the National Charity League. See our photos!
The news, in print. A number of copies of an up-to-date printed version of this web page are placed on the table in the narthex nearly every Sunday for the benefit of those persons who do not access the internet regularly. When you come to church, please pick up a copy for your own use, or to share with your friends. We urge you, however, to visit the OUMC web site regularly, to get the full benefit of the information which is available there for you.