The  Sower  
Orchards United Methodist Church Newsletter 
November 2019 - 1st Edition

 Dear Church,

I have become really proud of you. Of course, I really appreciated you stepping out the ways you have over my 4 years here. From taking on Project Transformation to supporting Jenifer Beeks at Orchards Elementary School to Summertime Read & Play you have shown your courage and demonstrated your love for your neighbors. Now we have a cooking class in the works as well as a holiday cooking decorating time for the kids at Orchards Glen. All of this is on top of your ongoing support for the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter and Friends of the Carpenter. Let me repeat what I have said before. I used to say that Orchards UMC was "small but mighty," now I say you are "small but MIGHTY!". One thing I also said to the Summertime Read & Play team was that I want to stretch you to your capacity. I want to see just how mighty you really are.

With that in mind, there are a few irons in the fire for the foreseeable future.

The appointed leaders of 8 area UMC faith communities have begun meeting to determine how we can be stronger together. This is, in part, why we did Charge Conference differently this year. I suspect that in 2020 there will be opportunities for our congregations to at least explore this idea of a United Methodist "Co-op". What that looks like is "to be determined". But I have liked the camaraderie between pastors so far.

Forces from the larger church will affect us. Namely the Traditional Plan adopted at General Conference 2019 goes into effect January 1. General Conference 2020 will take place in Minneapolis in May. Undoubtedly these events will call for action on our part. Your Church Council has discussed this thoroughly, has surveyed you, has adopted a statement of inclusion and will begin the process of implementing that position of inclusion in the coming year.
I have also been exploring new avenues of ministry. I'm not sure where these will lead us, but just know this is work I am doing on behalf of you in accordance with our Mission and Vision.

I have continued to stay connected with our local PFLAG chapters in support of them. You may remember their visit to us in the spring. As they do their work and as we realize our statement of inclusion, there may opportunities to partner with them.  One opportunity is to host a screening of "Lost in Translations" about how the word "homosexual" became part of the Bible in 1959! This is the film version of the story Kathy Baldock shared at our church last spring.

I have revisited a connection with Lynne Prior Samuel, who is Jennifer Beeks' counterpart at Covington Middle School. Since we've envisioned being in care of the kids from Project Transformation for 2-3 years now, some of those kids have moved on to Covington. And since we lost the Covington breakfast group, there is a gap in our schedule as well as our neighborhood.  Lynne has approached us for possible holiday help for the families in her care as well as a possible 'meaningful movie' night for area middle school and high school kids.

Perhaps as we resume Lunch Buddies at Orchards, we can start a "Breakfast Buddies" program for Covington kids.
We have been invited to the new Neighborhood Association meeting next week. Some of you do similar work in your neighborhoods, this one will keep us informed as to the real happenings in our neighborhood.

I know that I just joked with you that I only work one hour a week. In reality, I try to build and maintain community relationships for meaningful partnerships and fruitful ministry. I believe in you as a congregation. I want our whole community to know you and look to you for meaningful support and a godly presence. Please be in prayer for the seeds planted to grow into something good for our community.

 - Pastor Christopher

 Hey Friends,

It's a time to be thankful, and I am thankful for the awesome youth we have and their amazing families. We had a great time the last week in October helping with Trunk or Treat at Vancouver First UMC, taking a district trip to the Haunted Corn Maze, and finally hosting the Harvest Party. November is kicking off with more opportunities to both play and serve.

Sunday, November 10: Service Sunday- Come for the church Thanksgiving potluck after service, stay (or rather leave) for the Drive by Raking.

Sunday, November 17: Meal with Meaning - We'll be sharing a meal at 5:00 along with a chance to talk about where God is working in our lives.

Sunday, November 24: Connectional Event planning- we're going to meet to brainstorm some events we could invite other youth groups to join us for. Movie night? Video game night?

I'm looking forward to trying something new this month as we find ways to keep our group moving and growing. Blessings to you and thanks be to God.

- Tim -
Thursday, Nov. 21st at 6 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7th at 10 am
in the Annex Basement

Do you have Christmas crafts/gifts you need to work on?  Looking for fun fellowship as well?  Then we're the group for you!  Bring your own Craft and join in the fun!  Any questions, please contact Shiloh Olson 541-740-8401
 or Sherry Hibbs 360-518-9988

Friday Nights Out
 Nov. 15th and 22nd, 6-8pm **

in the church basement. Come eat dinner with other families in our  community, and learn to cook it, too! Free and kid-friendly, with nursery care for ages 0-3. Supplies will be also provided so you can cook the meal at home. 

Please RSVP to the church office by the Tuesday prior to each event
 Help with Friday Nights Out -  Please start saving used plastic tubs (margarine, large   yogurt tubs, etc.) so families can easily take home their ingredients. If you'd like to help   provide supplies or ingredients, please contact Deb Burlingame; cash donations also help   us buy ingredients - just write "Friday Nights Out" on the memo line of your check. You   can also help by offering transportation for families.

** PLEASE NOTE - The November 8th night has been canceled **

All Church Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 10th, 11:30 after Worship

Join us as we come together  with our church family to celebrate all 
we are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. 

Turkey is provided, please bring sides and desserts along with your own place setting (plates and silverware). Help is also needed with clean up. If you have not had the  chance to sign- up, just bring whatever you wish. Contact Rhonda Davies with any questions or 
to let her know you will be there. Hope to see you there!
All are invited to a  Reception 

to celebrate the union of 
Erik & Heather Davies 
They were married on October 11th in Pine, Colorado, in a small ceremony. The reception will take place on  November 17th in the fellowship hall  following regular worship
They are registered on  ZOLA.COM

There is also a little of their story on that site, as well as pictures,  how they met, etc.


OUMC will be staffing WHO
November 24-26,
Sunday thru Tuesday morning.

  Please see Deb B. to sign up for shifts. (I'd   like to set up a sign up genius but haven't yet) 


The shifts are:
  • 6-10pm, help welcome guests, serve dinner, set up the gym for sleeping etc.
  • 10-2am. Do laundry from showers and keep an eye over sleeping guests
  • 2-6am, prep lunches and watch over the sleeping guests and wake up early departures. 
  • 6-9am, wake up guests, set up breakfast and had out lunches, finish with clean up. 
 See Sherry if you haven't had a  background check  in the past 2 years.

If there is anyone that has a young one that would like to participate in the pageant please let me know who and what they would like to do. I will try to accommodate any requests but have limited parts. 

Also, if there are any adults (with or without kids) that would be willing to help out with set up, sound, etc please let me know so we can limited the amount of jobs for a single person. 

Email or text is best to reach me. Katie:  -   360-567-8525

Our Annual "Hanging of the Greens" will be Friday, December 6th at 6 pm. Join us as we decorate the church for the Advent Season. Lots of fun and fellowship as we work together. Contact Betsy Clayton with any questions.

Birthdays &

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


    1 Bob Equals
   4 Steven Anderson
   8 Emily Shepard
 12 Carson Hanshew-
 17 Kaitlin Lockhart
      Marilyn Roe
 22 Iris Kelly
 27 Roger Carscallen



  15 Jay & Sue  Kitchin
 30 Gabe Youn & Kaitlin         Lockhart

Pray for Our Military

SFC Patrick Walker

SPC Gus Jeffries
National Guard

1st LT Tom Roller
Air Force
has been deployed


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Calendar items 
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Sunday, Nov. 10th
11:30 am

Finance Team Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 7th
5:30 pm 
Annex Lobby

Lay Leadership Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 14th
6:30 pm

Heart & Soul Crafters
Thursday, Nov. 21st
6:00 pm
Annex Basement

Saturday, Dec. 7th
10 am
Annex Basement

Friday Night Out
Fridays -
Nov. 8th, 15th and 22nd
6 pm
Fellowship Hall

Men's Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 9th
7:30 am
Fellowship Hall

Women's Group
1:00 pm
Annex Lobby


Hanging of the Greens
Friday, Dec. 6th 6 pm

3rd Annual 
Christmas Concert and 
Saturday, Dec. 14th
5 pm - Soup Supper
6 pm - Concert

November 24-26
All Church Retreat
April 24-26


1:00 pm each Wednesday

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Office Hours: Tues.-Thur., 9:00 am - 3:00 pm         Phone: 360-892-5240        

Pastor:  Christopher Gudger-Raines

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