Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — December 11, 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.
- December. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- December 10. At today's worship service, we are treated to a wonderful performance of "The Gift of Christmas" by the Saddleback Valley Chorale, directed by Jan Bryant. Your webservant and his lady are doubly blessed, since, after this morning's service at OUMC, we drive to San Diego county to visit Hope United Methodist Church, where our daughter Alice and the Hope choir present "Christmas Around the World", with Christmas music in more than a half-dozen different languages performed by an 80-voice choir and string quartet, directed by Wendy Kallen.
- December 6. This morning, when we visit the church office, we discover that a young lady who grew up in our church, Carly Tsuda, is back in town, and is filling in for Sharyl Lewis, who is recovering from cataract surgery. Welcome home, Carly!
- December 3. In this morning's service, Parson John uses the story of Barrington Bunny in his first sermon of the Advent season. Afterwards, we take part in "Wise Gifts for Wise Giving", helping to support such ministries as Heifer Project, Pathways of Hope and Orangethorpe Learning Center. Thank you, Christmas shoppers, for your generosity!
- December.This year, Angel Tree gift giving is being replaced by a Pathways of Hope program. It was getting to be difficult to continue the Angel Tree project because of needed shopping, sorting and delivering.
Pathways of Hope will give us an opportunity to give gifts to children, youth and adults living in multi-family shelter homes. Tags and more information will be available at the Alternative Christmas hour after church on Sunday, December 3rd. They will take care of the shopping, wrapping and delivering of the gifts. Call Barbara Johnson if you need more information before that date. Thank you.
- November 29. We hold our annual Charge Conference in the Sanctuary. It is presided over by West District Superintendent, Rev. Mark Nakagawa. After the conference was over, Parson John commented:
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.
- November 26. Parson John is away on vacation and our lay members take charge of the service, including Wendy Lenaburg, Linda Howlett, Janice Fowler, Rusty Powell, and that dynamic duo of twins, Jennifer and Kimberly Morales. Our accompanist, Alice Song, brings her husband Nate Brown to insure that there's a lot of great worship music.
- November 19. This morning, Gospel Whyte, who attends OUMC and is a student at Cal State Long Beach, brings his father, Chiana Otto, who is visitng for several weeks from Nigeria, to church with him. Welcome to Fullerton and the U. S. A., Chiana! We hope you enjoy your stay here.
- November 16:
- It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rev. Don Boger, Pastor and Music Director of Surf City United Methodist Church. Don blessed OUMC with his preaching and musical talents earlier this year. Read about Don at the Surf City web site.
- We learn, via Parson John, that Rev. Sergio Camacho has recovered from his recent injuries.
- November 12. Doug Cotter, the husband of one of our pre-school teachers, who was injured in the Las Vegas shooting last month, has come home and is interviewed on Channel 7 news. Doug seems to be recuperating quite well.
- November 8. This morning we bid farewell to a dear friend, Ginny Hartmann, who blessed OUMC with her presence as a friend, leader and participant for more than fifty years. A Memorial Fund has been set up. Please make checks payable to OUMC and mark Hartmann Memorial in the memo line.
- November 6. The Orangethorpe United Methodist Pre-School now has its own web site. Please visit oumps.org often to find out what's happening there!
- November 4. With the help of a large, enthusiastic group of Scouts and parents from Cub Pack 1294, we provide food from the Second Harvest Food Bank to 115 neighborhood families in our parking lot. This is the most people we've served in nearly two years. Thank you, boys, moms and dads!
- November 2. We receive the following very worrisome message from Edde Lee Camacho via the Southern California Walk to Emmaus prayer chain:
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.
- We urge our parishioners to keep Pastor Sergio Camacho, who served as OUMC's Latino pastor for seven years, in your prayers, also.
- October 26. This morning, a longtime member and dear sister, Ginny Hartmann, passes away. Please keep Ginny's family in your prayers. Ginny's memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, at 11:00am, in our Sanctuary, followed by luncheon in our Fellowship Hall.
- October 22. How wonderful to have Al Fowler back in church with us today, after his cataract surgery!
- October 21. When we distribute groceries to our neighbors this morning, we are blessed by the arrival of a group of enthusiastic volunteers from St. Jude Medical Center. Julie Ditsworth, one of these volunteers, snaps several photos of her colleagues working side-by-side with our own OUMCers. Thank you, Julie and friends!
- October 14. OUMC's own Readiness 360 team begins meeting. It will meet on two Saturday mornings each month for study and inspriation.
- 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.
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.