Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — June 23, 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.
- June. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- June 21. Connie Adams' journey is complete. Today, she died, surrounded by her family as she finished her long journey with ALS. Services will be held in the latter part of the month of July. Please keep her family in your prayers.
- June 11. At this morning's worship service, we recognize and celebrate the graduates in the Class of 2017. We also bid farewell to Donna Daniels. Donna is moving away to Kentucky, after more than 20 wonderful years of involvement in the life of our church, having served as a choir director, committee chair, fireworks sale organizer, Sunday school teacher, and, most recently as a member of Then Sings My Soul!, our prayer, praise and worship group, which meets every Wednesday evening. To the right is a photo which Beth Robinson posted to her Facebook page of that group's farewell dinner for Donna last week. We'll miss you, Donna!
P. S. — Donna Daniels' new address is:
1734 Girkin Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Cell phone: 714-702-0822
- June 4. This morning's opening hymn is "Jesus Loves the Little Children" and the theme of Parson John's message is "Let the Little Children Come to Me". We are joined by various parents and children from Orangethorpe United Methodist Pre-School as we celebrate the retirements of Pre-School director Dianne Harper and teacher Sylvia Thorne, and of chairman of the OUMPS Board Joe Manson. Dianne is presented a quilt made by the pre-school kids, with a little help from the Board. Our accompanist Alice Song, enlivens the occasion with her swinging rendition of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", and our closing hymn is "Grab Another Hand".
- June 1. With his semester of studies at Chapman U. out of the way, Stephawn Spears is winging his way home to Fort Worth, where his father is the Pastor at Faith and Love Church of God in Christ. We look forward to Stephawn's return to our midst, later this summer.
- May 29. While celebrating Memorial Day, we hear about a beautiful web site with a video celebrating the "Common Soldier" who has served our country down through the years. Check it out!
- May 21. This morning we receive news about Kathleen McFarland's health. According to Parson John, her latest tests indicate that her cancer has "progressed in her bone and is in her bone marrow." John and Kathleen's daughter, Kendall K McFarland has started a Facebook group called "Kathleen McFarland's Cancer Updates" where she will keep us up to date on Kathleen's condition. Let us all pray for Kathleen's healing!
- May 20. It's a beautiful sunny day in the OUMC parking lot and we are joined by a big group of St. Jude Medical Center Cultural Transformation employees, and their spouses, children and friends. When the Second Harvest truck rolls in and unloads its groceries, the food distribution to our neighbors in need goes very smoothly. A big thank you to all those who participated!
- May 14. We celebrate Mother's Day with many beautiful gifts prepared by Wendy Lenaburg and an inspiring sermon from Parson John. We wish a very happy Mother's Day to all our moms, grandmas, and great-grandmas!
- May 12. Today, on his 97th birthday, we celebrate the life of Dean Sowell. His son, Wayne, plays a major role in the memorial service, delivering a eulogy and playing alto sax on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing". Dean's buddies from the Orange Empire Chorus sing "I Believe" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". Our old friend Vern Nelson plays the piano, and we learn that Dean was not only a singer, but also a sailor and woodworker.
- May 11. Several Orangethorpe Learning center moms are busy in the OUMC kitchen, cooking dozens of sabrosos tamales to sell in support of nuestra escuelita. The tamales will be distributed during the next few days. OLC thanks its friends for their continuing generous support!
- May 7. We rejoice that Beth Robinson is back in church with us today for the second Sunday in a row. She tells us that her work schedule may change frequently, but that she will continue to attend OUMC whenever possible.
- Sunday, April 30. This morning's sermon theme is "Need Prayer? Ask Me!", and several of us receive T-shirts with this message embroidered on them. We pick up the learning center's latest Fun Times, in English and Spanish, from the table in the narthex. Afterwards, seven of us participate in the annual CROP Walk in downtown Fullerton. We learn that this event raised over $24,000 to fight hunger globally and locally.
- Sunday, April 23. Bill Jeynes preaches, telling us of his life journey from atheism to belief, and describing the need for permitting study of the Bible, as literature, in the schools. A noticeable "sign of life" during this service is baby Lucas, attending with his parents Patrick and Genevieve. The little guy doesn't interrupt, or disturb, the service but cries out several times to let us know he's with us. Come back soon, Lucas!
- April 20. Dean Sowell passes away at his home this evening. Wayne and Rosary and Parson John are with him. "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants." — Psalm 116:15.
- April 16. It is Easter Sunday, and, with many more worshippers in attendance than usual, after we all sing "Christ the Lord is Risen Today!", and the Then Sings My Soul singers sing "For What Earthly Reason", we are inspired by Parson John's sermon, entitled "God loves each of us, as if there were only one of us!" Then, after the service is over, we go outside and release dozens of butterflies into the sky.
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.