The  Sower  
Orchards United Methodist Church Newsletter
February 2019 -
1st Edition     
 Hi Friends,

 I really enjoyed   exploring ways of   finding God as a   response to the      Christmas season. We   are moving into a busy month with lots of  "extras", but we   will still make time to talk about other ways of  seeking God.   Let's take a look at the schedule to see what is in store  for us.

 February 3- No youth group (Super Bowl Sunday)

 February 10- Youth Coffee Hour, then Youth Group 1-3

 February 16-18- Crest to Coast District Retreat @ Ocean   Park

 February 23- Sweethearts' Dinner (setup at 1, dinner 5-8,   clean up til 9)

 February 24- No Youth Group (take a break after a long   day of fundraising)



This month:

February 13th 
and 27th
Summer Camp Registration 
is open for all four PNW camps
Twinlow, Lazy F, Indianola, and Ocean Park

All four camps offer unique ways to encounter God
and have a great summer camp experience. 

Ocean Park is the site of our all church retreat,
 and also  the site where many in our congregation 
either attend   or volunteer as leaders. 

Dates for summer camp at Ocean Park this summer are:
Primary/intermediate (entering 1st - 6th grade) July 14-19
Mid/high (entering 7th - just graduated) July 14-19
Family/Kite camp (all ages) August 22-26

You can find details and registration information 
for all four camps at or 
for Ocean Park specifically at
If you have questions about camping ministries, I am always happy to answer questions or find answers with you - feel free to contact me at, (360)608-0976, 
or at church on Sunday morning.

- Betsy Hemphill

Little Lending Library
  You may have noticed that we have our Little Lending Library back    
  out in front of the annex! Thank you to Mel Brownlee for fixing it! 

  So  if you have any books that you want to share just bring them with     you to church and put them inside the box. If you find a book that 
  you are interested in reading, take it with you and bring it back when 
  you are finished!

All Church Retreat Movie Night Fundraiser
February 16th

Taco Bar dinner at  5:30 pm

Movie "Ferdinand" at  6:00 pm

Popcorn and movie snacks provided.

There will be a sign up if you would like
 to help bring Taco Bar items.

Mark your calendars

Being your friends, kids, 
grand kids, neighbor's kids!

Hope to see you there!

Sweethearts Dinner
February 23rd

Couples, Singles, or Groups
Bring a Friend!

Seating times available:
5:00 pm - 6:50 pm
10 min. intervals beginning at 5 pm, ending at 6:50 pm

Entrée Choices are:

Vegetarian Lasagna
Chicken Enchiladas
Pulled Pork
Curry Chicken over rice (gluten free)


Call office with names, time and choice(s) of entree or
you can sign up at Sundays at church downstairs during fellowship time.

The following to go items available to order as well in large and small options:

$16/$8 for Lasagna
$15/$7 Chicken Enchiladas

Faith Action Network Advocacy Day AND Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

This year I am encouraging people to advocate as much as possible. I can't possibly advise people of every event, but here are two opportunities in areas our congregation is already involved with. 

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance has invited  Faith Partners for Affordable Housing to join them for the  Housing and Homelessness Advocacy day, Thursday, February 28th 
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
 You can register at

Last year I think they took a bus, 
so if you need transportation, for more information on transportation,  you can contact Denny Scott at

The Interfaith Advocacy Day is February 14th. 
Here is the link to the flier. 

Click Here for Flier

Social Justice Team

Birthdays &

If we don't have your
birthday or anniversary date,  or if it is incorrect,
please call the office,
892-5240 or   email


   2  Dawn Deacon
    6  Allissa Flood
   7  Emily Hibbs
       Betsy Clayton
   8  Merle Lockhart
 12  Charlotte Schill
 15  Brenda Hall
 21   Betty Morrow
 26 Josh Boruff
       Shiloh Olson


 10  Walt & Jan      
 22  Kevin &  
        Rhonda  Davies


To View all current Calendar items 
use this link:


Covington Breakfasts

Feb. 13th & 27th
7:00 am

Men's Breakfast

Saturday, Feb. 9th
7:30 am

Women's Group

Saturday,  Feb. 9th
10 am 
Annex Lobby

Heart & Soul Crafters

Saturday, Feb. 2nd
10 am - Annex

Thurs., Feb. 21st
Fellowship Hall

Sweetheart's Dinner

Saturday, Feb. 23rd
Dinner Times - 5-8
Contact Tim or
 the Office



Adult Sunday School 
9 am

10 am

Life Group
11:15 am

Youth Group
1-3 pm

Life Group
3 pm


Life Group
6:30 pm


Life Group 
1 pm 
Annex Lobby

Pray for Our Military

PFC Patrick Walker
Fort Carson, CO

SPC Gus Jeffries
National Guard

1st LT Tom Roller
Air Force
has been deployed

James Major
Biomedical School
San Antonio,Texas

SGT Ben Major
Camp Pendleton
San Diego, CA


Women's Retreat
March 23rd
All Church Retreat
April 26-28

10:00 am each Wednesday
Sower Articles:

25th of 
Each Month

Contact Information

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Office Hours: Tues.-Thur., 9:30 am - 3:30 pm         Phone: 360-892-5240        

Pastor:  Christopher Gudger-Raines
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