Orangethorpe United Methodist Church:
Latest News — August 12, 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.
- August. Who's celebrating a birthday this month? Please visit our birthdays page.
- August 8. He's back! Today, your webservant goes to John Wayne airport, where he picks up Stephawn Spears. Stephawn is returning from Summer vacation with his family in Fort Worth, Texas, to resume graduate studies at Chapman University. He attends "Then Sings My Soul" the next evening, and we hope he'll be able to continue participating regularly in the life of our church.
- Evening, August 6. We learn that Clark Adams passed away this afternoon after he was rear-ended in his car. Please keep the Adams family in your prayers; it is devastating losing Clark in such a short time after the death of Connie. In Your Mercy, Lord hear our prayers.
- August 6. Pasrson John wraps up his four-part sermon series on the Book of Ruth, with a message entitled "A Legacy of Love: Our Kinsman Redeemer". Be sure to read, and re-read, the wonderful Book which inspired John's messages!
- Today, we are honored by the visit of a Methodist pastor, Adé Ogundimu, from London, England, who also joined us on New Year's Day. She is in town once again to visit her sister, who lives in Fullerton.
- After today's service, we celebrate the 90th birthday of Mary Lou Pemberton with a big birthday cake and other refreshments.
- July 30. When we arrive at church today, we hear the joyous "gathering music" and know that Alice Song and Nate Brown are back from their honeymoon. We hear they had a wonderful time in Hawaii. Welcome home! We thank Sarah Chang for filling in beautifully for Alice as accompanist at our worship services. Our own member Mike Van Ahlers tells us of the work which Pathways of Hope, where he is the food distribution center manager, is doing among the hungry and homeless people of our community and passes out grocery bags for us to take home, fill, and return to the church. Mike will pick them up and insure they are distributed to our needy neighbors.
- July 26. We have a ceremony in the front parking lot for the retiring of the tattered old American and Christian flags, and the raising of the new flags.
The American Flag is being raised in memory of Jim Clark whose passion it was for there to be a lighted American flag on our campus; his family has kept that passion alive since his death. Our Christian flag has always been a symbol of our faith to the community.
Participants include Jim's wife, Zolena Clark, a founding member of our church; their son, Ted; Rusty Powell representing the Marine Corps; Pastor John McFarland and the children of our Pre-School.
What an honor to share this special time with all who can attend, especially to see the children present and to honor Jim Clark's memory! Beth Robinson took some beautiful photos and videos of this event which we highly recommend viewing at her Facebook page.
- July 23. We continue, with Parson John, our four-week journey through the Book of Ruth. John's daughter Micaela tells us about her recent mission trip to Romania and shares some pictures she took while in that country.
- July 22. Today, we bid farewell to Connie Adams in a beautiful memorial service which is well-attended by Connie's family members, plus her many friends in our Church and the community. During the service, we learn that Connie visited, and hiked in, a total of forty (40) countries in all seven continents, including Antarctica.
- July 19. Tonight, and next Wednesday, our "Then Sings My Soul" group does not meet. Its leader, Alice Song, is away on her honeymoon with her husband, Nate Brown.
- July 17. We receive wonderful news from our Church office:
"It is with great pleasure that we announce that our phone and our internet are in full operation and you may contact us by either method. Praise the Lord!!!"
- July 16. This is the time of year when, in the United Methodist Church, Pastors change churches or remain at the one they currently serve. We welcome back Parson John McFarland and his family as they start serving their fourth year with us. John's sermon is entitled "God Will Make a Way: A Tale of Three Widows", and we hear the story of Ruth, Naomi and Orpah, from Chapter 1 of the Book of Ruth.
- July 9. Margaret Class, from Fountain Valley UMC, visits our Sunday service and tells us about her experiences as a missionary. Margaret is in her 80s, and still leads a very active life, having just returned from Fiji, and having also visited, in recent years, Dubai, Oman, Mongolia, Taiwan, Switzerland, Portugal, New Zealand, and the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your story!
- July 7. Sharyl provides a new birthdays page, which we've just converted to HTML and uploaded. Please let your webservant and Sharyl know if you have any questions or corrections.
- July 4. For the first time in several years, we are unable to support our Church and its ministries by selling fireworks on our nation's birthday. Why? Because neither OUMC nor the Orangethorpe Learning Center were drawn in the City of Fullerton's annual fireworks lottery. Proceeds from this year's sale would have helped support Agape Café You can help keep Agape alive by placing a donation in our Sunday offering, or by visiting Elizabeth Mendivil's GoFundMe page.
- July 2. The theme of this morning's service is The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave. We are led in the pledge of allegiance by Cub Pack 1294, recognize all veterans present, then listen to inspiring patriotic and sacred music by the Saddleback Valley Chorale, directed by Jan Bryant. Parson John's sermon is entitled "One Nation Under God", and there is a great fellowship time afterwards.
During this morning's worship, a beautiful backdrop for the service is provided by a painting, also entitled One Nation Under God, by Jon McNaughton. See, and read about this painting, at the artist's interactive page.
- July 1.When we distribute food this morning to 97 neighbor families, we're not exactly overwhelmed by volunteer helpers, but it's interesting that, of the group of faithful OUMC volunteers, we have a variety of international support, including Sandor, from Hungary, Marilyn from Canada (Happy Canada Day, Marilyn!), María from México, and Nedda from Perú, who was filling in for our leader Roberto, from Argentina, who had to work today.
- June 25. An inspiring joint worship service con nuestros hermanos latinos — Parson John's sermon subject is "I Love You Lord! / ¡Oh, Cómo amo a Jesús!", and the service is followed by a wonderful luncheon prepared by Sharyl and Renée, which honors the many volunteers in our church's ministries.
- June 23. It has been a very difficult week in the OUMC office. The phones stop working completely, although our internet connection still seems to be up. We hope this situation will be resolved soon.
- June 21. Connie Adams' journey is complete. Today, she died, surrounded by her family as she finished her long journey with ALS. Please keep her family in your prayers. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, at 11:00 a.m., with a luncheon reception immediately following. Please see Janice Fowler to help with the luncheon arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations go to the ALS Association, Orange County Chapter. Make checks payable to ALSAOC, 3002 Dow Avenue, Unit 204, Tustin, CA 92780.
- June 19. Stacy Germain assumes the duties of Orangethorpe United Methodist Preschool director, succeeding Dianne Harper, who has retired. Stacy was formerly the director of the Covenant Christian School's preschool, in Orange. Read Stacy's biography!
- June 17. This morning, we distribute groceries to 108 neighbor families. We are amazed when a large group of employees from St. Jude's Rehab Center appears, unannounced, to help us. We had recruited an equally large group of OUMC members and friends to pass out food and this was almost like "too much of a good thing". We hope that none of our volunteers will feel that their services weren't needed, but will continue to come and help as often as possible.
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.