Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — April 3, 2019
This is an informal collection of recent news items about people and events in the life of our church. Your contributions are always welcome.
- April 2019. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- March 17. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Quite a few OUMCers come to church this morning "wearing the Green"!
- March 16. We could easily repeat our February 16 news item to describe this morning's food distribution. On another "beautiful sunny day", we distribute food once again to 95 neighborhood families, but this time from our parking lot, where a truck full of groceries from the Second Harvest Food Bank arrives by 8:30 a.m. With the help of an enthusiastic group of volunteers from St. Jude's Food Services Department, all goes well!
- March 10. The young men of Cub Pack 1294, plus their parents and other family members, join us at our Sunday morning service. We are pleasantly surprised to discover that the sanctuary audio-visual equipment is working once again.
- During the first days of March, we learn that two very dear friends have just passed away...
Edna Olney, who was like an aunt to many of us. She will be missed very much for her beautiful spirit, and her words of wisdom, common sense, love and support. Please keep her daughters, Carolyn Olney, and Linda Wilshire and family, in your prayers. Edna's memorial service will be Saturday, March 30th, at 10:00 a.m., in Redlands.
Lyle Sorensen, who served our church with enthusiasm for many years, departed to rejoin his wife Mary, who passed away four months ago. Please keep Lyle and Mary's children, Amy Rivas and Ian Sorensen, in your prayers.
- March 2. This Saturday is a very cold and rainy day, just like a month ago. We're fortunate to be able to distribute Second Harvest groceries inside the Fellowship Hall again. We're also fortunate that there's a very large and enthusiastic group of volunteers from Cub Pack 1294 with us to pass out the food to our neighbors. The number of neighbors is slightly greater that it was on February 2nd, with "only" 61 families receiving food this time.
- February 16. Today is a beautiful sunny day, and 95 heads of neighborhood families show up to receive groceries inside our fellowhip hall. All goes smoothly, as our leader Nedda Soriano is joined by more than a dozen volunteers, including Roberto Navarro, María Jiménez, María Cruz, Sandor Dobos, Beth Robinson, Dave Pemberton, and Jeanette Carey.
- February 14. We receive a special Thursday delivery of groceries from Second Harvest in the OUMC fellowship hall. With the warehouse being closed Saturday for the Presidents Day weekend, we are fortunate that we're able to get an earlier delivery. It has been raining throughout the night, and the parking lot is 6 inches to a foot deep in water. Your webservant, with a whole lot of help from Becky Barnes, and Second Harvest driver David, stashes the food along the inside wall of our fellowship hall.
- February 2. Home from the Hospitals! We give thanks that our lay leader and dear sister Sharyl Lewis is home from St. Jude Hospital after open heart surgery. Her daughter Michele will be caring for her. And Chuck and Jeanette Carey's daughter Alice Davies is home from the Palomar Medical Center hospital after a bout with a very worrisome form of pneumonia. Her husband Gwyn plans to work from home so that he can help with her recovery.
- February 2. It's a very cold, rainy, and windy, Saturday morning, and we distribute groceries from Second Harvest Food Bank to "only" 59 of our neighbors' families inside our Fellowship Hall. We are helped greatly by volunteers from Cub Pack 1294, Lion's Heart, and by Veritas homeschoolers, including Chad McFarland.
- January 25. Chuck and Jeanette Carey's daughter, Alice Carey Davies, enters the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center's hospital in Escondido during the night with symptoms of pneumonia, plus diabetic ketoacidosis. She is soon moved to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Alice grew up in our church and moved away to San Diego county after graduating from Chapman University. Prayers for Alice, and for her husband Gwyn Davies, will be much appreciated.
- January 13. This morning, we rejoice when we learn that our dear sister Sharyl Lewis' open heart surgery at St. Jude Medical Center was successful, and that she is now recovering.
- January 5. Our Second Harvest food distribution ministry moves into the new year on an extremely cold Saturday morning. It's a dark gray day, and it looks like it'll rain or snow any minute, so we distribute the groceries inside our Fellowship Hall. The weather doesn't deter 88 of our neighbors from coming to receive food, or a couple of dozen enthusiastic volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 1294 and Lion's Heart from distributing it.
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.