Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — February 18, 2019
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This is an informal collection of recent news items about people and events in the life of our church. Your contributions are always welcome.
- February 2019. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- 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.
- December 24. At a very special Christmas Eve service this afternoon, we are joined by many friends and family members we haven't seen for a while, such as Marcelo and Nedda Soriano's daughter's family, who came back all the way from Wyoming to be with their parents.
- December 23. We (the Anglo and Latino congregations of Orangethorpe UMC) have our traditional combined Christmas service today, along with our brothers and sisters from Grace River Korean United Methodist Church, followed by a wonderful time of food and fellowship.
- December 9. Our accompanist, Alice Song, is out sick, so we have an a capella service this morning. But Lambert is back to help deliver the message, and the Speckman family — Blanca and Joe, plus Logan and Chris — lights the Advent candle.
- December 2. One of the highlights of today's service is the Christmas music — "Mary Did You Know?" — so beautifully sung by Mikaela McFarland Curtis.
- And, speaking of "PK's", Stephawn Spears is back among us today to teach Sunday School. Stephawn tells us of an interesting article about his brother, Marcel Spears, who is one of the stars of the TV show, "The Neighborhood". Be sure to read the article, at the Backstage web site.
- December 1. At today's food distribution, we are joined once again by members of our own Cub Pack 1294, and their parents, who wish to continue to serve regularly as our first-Saturday volunteer group. We welcome their participation, and hope they'll be able to do so.
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.