Weekly Happenings at 
Orchards UMC   
This Week's
Church Schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 12th

Visioning & Alignment Team Meeting
6:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 14th

Men's Breakfast
7:30 pm
Fellowship Hall

Worship Team 
10 am - 1:30 pm

Children's Pageant Practice
12:30 pm
Fellowship Hall

Women's Group
1:00 pm
Annex Lobby

Soup Supper
5:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

6:00 pm

Sun., Dec. 15th

Adult Sunday
 9 am

Service and
Christmas Pageant
10 am

Advent Celebration
After Worship

Youth Group
3 pm

Mon., Dec. 16th

Tai Chi
6:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Life Group
6:00 pm
Fireside Room

Wed., Dec. 18th

Worship Team 
7:00 pm

Thurs., Dec. 19th

Heart & Soul
6 pm
Annex Basement

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The January
Sower will be going out the first week
 of January.

Please email your January Sower articles!
If you have an 
article for the 
please submit your article or announcement
to  Sherry by 
December 31st.

Click  here  to submit.


Children's Pageant
Dec. 15th

Advent Celebration
Dec. 15th

All Church Retreat
April 24th-26th

  Community Connections

  There will be practice for the Pageant, Saturday, Dec. 14th at 10 am in   the Fellowship Hall.


 Email or text is best to reach Katie:  katieanndehler@gmail.com    360-567-8525


Advent Celebration 
 December 15th 

 We will have the Children's Pageant, cards for our shut-ins and   friends, and   special "potluck" fellowship where everyone is invited to   bring  favorite holiday   treat/tradition savory or sweet (labeled with   name and item is always   appreciated)

Christmas and New Years:

Christmas - Closed 12/24-12/26  
New Years - Closed 12/31-1/1
Open 1/2 - 9 am - noon 
(back to normal weekly hours 1/7)
 Interested in trying something   new and   being in fellowship   with all generations   in a Christ-like setting? A team is being   assembled for starting Messy Church, a   once-a-month service that involves food,   fun, and families. To participate in Messy   Church, though, our church needs a team   and that means you.

 Watch on YouTube: "Introducing Messy   Church Please contact  Shiloh Olson   by email, text, call or in person. This is going to be good!! Shiloh Olson 
 jashy.olson@gmail.com 541-740-8401

Coming in January in the Tuesday Evening Life Group
 The Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer Life Group will be starting up   again on   Tuesday January 7th. We'll spend the four Tuesdays in   January discussing the   four chapters of  What Do We Do With The   Bible? by Richard Rohr. This short   little book (58 pages) is about how   to read the Bible. Richard Rohr suggests we   should read and interpret   our Scriptures the way Jesus read and interpreted the   Hebrew   Scriptures (the Old Testament). We expect some great discussions!
 Then we'll take three weeks off to line up with the Easter Season.   We'll start up   again on February 25th (the day before Ash Wed.) and   read Wondrous   Encounters Scripture for Lent, also by Richard Rohr   (143 pages). This is a book   of daily meditations for Lent.
 Both books are available at Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com ) and   at the   Center for Action and Contemplation bookstore   ( https://store.cac.org ).
 We also keep a focus on Centering Prayer in our Tuesday Evening Life   Group.   However, Centering Prayer is something you can do whether you participate in  a   Life Group or not. For more information on Centering Prayer come join us for an   evening, or check it out at
 We meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. We'll be meeting January 7,   14, 21, & 28. We'll take a three-week break and then meet each Tuesday starting   February 25 and ending March 31 or April 7. Easter is April 12 th .

  Would you like a way to help during worship on Sundays?  Help behind the      
  scenes at OUMC? If you aren't sure where the needs are, here are a just a few    
  and feel free to contact Sherry with new ideas or skills you'd like to share.

  • We could use a few more Greeters/Ushers added to our list.  Normally a schedule goes out quarterly.  We are always looking for regular additions or people who can fill in on occassion.  Contact Sherry and she will get you on the list.  email
  • Scripture Readers - Each week we have someone volunteer to be our scripture reader during worship.  There is a sign up sheet for this located in the Narthex.  
  • Do you like to write? Sherry is looking for someone who would be interested in writing an article for the Sower - something along the lines of "Getting to Know You" interviews with our church family. Please contact Sherry if that's something you'd be interested in doing.
Homeless Memorial Service
 A Memorial Service for those from our homeless community,  who have been   lost to us this year will be held  Dec.20th   5:45  pm .  

 The service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309  Franklin   St.,   Vancouver, WA.

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Phone:     360-892-5240      

Address:   11000 NE Fourth Plain Rd.
             Vancouver, WA  98662

Office Hours:  Tuesday thru Thursday 
                           9:00 am - 3:00 pm