Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — October 21, 2017
This is an informal collection of recent news items about people and events in the life of our church. Your contributions are always welcome.
- October. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- Disasters continue! Hurricanes devastate Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, mudslides hit Sierra Leone, and earthquakes hit México. To read about these disasters and how you might help, please visit the United Methodist Church's UMCOR site.
- From Lois Stoughton and her family:
Thanks so much for all the lovely cards
for myself and when my sister passed away.
Such a wonderful Churchfamily.
- October 9. We rejoice that Carol Frank was back in church with us yesterday, but today we hear that Ginny Hartmann has entered hospice.
- October 8. As an introduction to Parson John's sermon entitled "Who Is My Shepherd?", we are treated to a beautiful musical rendition of The 23rd Psalm by tenor Nate Clark, accompanied by Alice Song.
"Pathways of Hope would like to thank the OUMC congregation for the amazing donations that we received. It is through your love and support that our organizaiton is able to help so many families in need." — Mike van Ahlers
- October 2. We learn this morning that a horrific shooting occurred last night in Las Vegas. More than 50 people were killed, and another 500 injured. One of our pre-school teachers, Cherise Cotter, was there with her husband, Doug, who was seriously wounded. After surgery, Doug is recuperating. We urge you to pray for Cherise and Doug, and all the other people who were affected by these events.
- September 30. Today, along with several other Methodist churches in our area, we participate in Readiness 360 in our fellowship hall. Ten OUMC members, plus Parson John, attend this all-day session, under the leadership of the Rev. Nicole Reilley, Cal-Pac Director of New Ministries, which just might make a difference in the future of our church.
- September 25. Tonight, Team OUMC serves dinner for the last time as a part of Hot Meal Ministry at Orangethorpe Christian Church. We have decided to withdraw from this ministry, due to the difficulty of finding enough volunteers to prepare, serve and clean up after the meal each month. We thank all those members and friends who have been a part of this ministry over the past 24 years. See the certificate which HMM director Christina Campbell presented us after our last evening.
- September 24. We learn of the health issues of several dear sisters. Val Moore is now recuperating from surgery for kidney cancer. Virginia Berch is moving away to live with relatives. Lois Stoughton will be going home tomorrow from the Gordon Lane Care Center, where she was recuperating from surgery, while Carol Frank is now recuperating from surgery at:
Brookdale Yorba Skilled Nursing
178903 Imperial Highway, Room #179
Yorba Linda, CA
- September 17. In this morning's message, "But If Not", Parson John focuses on three words from the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and from a 20th century event — the miracle of Dunkirk.
- Hard on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, we learn of another hurricane, Irma, which just blew in from the Atlantic Ocean, hitting the West Indies, Puerto Rico and Cuba, before devastating Florida. Read about the United Methodist Church's response to Irma here:
- September 10. We are blessed to have our own Cub Pack 1294 leading us in worship today, as a part of our church's Patriot Day celebration, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Jeff Millard. Our pack has a great history of service to this church and the families of our community. Pray for their work in developing young men as successful leaders.
- 9 Septiembre. Celebramos la fiesta quinceañera de una mujer joven que ha sido parte de nuestra familia para muchos años — Valeria Zúñiga — We celebrate the fifteenth birthday of a young woman who has been part of our family for many years.
- September 3. This morning, Dave Hoffman brings the message. His theme is "Why Does God Pay Attention To Us?", and we are inspired by Dave's insights on this subject.
- September 2. Pastor Adé is "leaving on a jet plane" this afternoon, with Chelsea, but she still has time to come help us distribute food inside our fellowship hall to 90 neighborhood families at 8:00am. Adé not only asks the blessing, but also works very hard, helping our shorthanded crew pass out groceries. We hope it won't be too long until she returns from England to visit us once again! On a warm summer day, we distribute food indoors because, with the Second Harvest warehouse closed for Labor Day weekend, we had to obtain a "dry drop" the day before.
- The biggest news stories in August 2017 have to do with the incredible damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. Read about what the United Methodist Church is doing to help victims.
- It was almost exactly a dozen years ago that Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area. One of our members, Stephawn Spears, lived through that hurricane. His father, the Rev. Edward Spears, who now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, was interviewed by his local TV station. Read Pastor Edward's recollections of what it was like to live through a major hurricane, and of the painful memories which Harvey brings back for him.
- August 27. Pastor Adé preaches, giving us a British Methodist's perspectives on Prayer.
- August 25. Once again, we bid farewell to a dear friend — Clark Adams. During his memorial service, we learn much about Clark's career as an automotive designer. This very modest brother never let on to us just how talented he was!
- August 20. In this morning's sermon, Parson John discusses the story of another very important female Bible personage, Dorcas. To see who Dorcas was, read Acts 9:36-42!
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.