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

Thurs., Dec. 19th

Heart & Soul
6 pm
Annex Basement

Sun., Dec. 22nd

Adult Sunday
 9 am

10 am

Mon., Dec. 23rd

Tai Chi
6:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Life Group
6:00 pm
Fireside Room

Tues., Dec. 24th

Christmas Eve Service

6:30 pm

Wed., Dec. 25th

For  unto   you   is   born  
this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is 
Christ the Lord....
Merry Christmas!

Sun., Dec. 29th

Worship will be in the Fellowship Hall 
10 am

Mon., Dec. 30th

Tai Chi
6:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Wed., Jan. 1st


Sat., Jan. 4th

Heart & Soul
10 am
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.


All Church Retreat
April 24th-26th

  Community Connections

  Please Join us for our 

Christmas Eve Service!

Tuesday, December 24th at 6:30 pm

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    https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/centering-   prayer-1  .
 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 .

Our Worship Service on 
December 29th will be at  10 am
 in the Fellowship Hall.  We hope you will join us for this  enjoy this relaxed service and feel free to bring leftover Christmas treats to share.

Gayle Hoffman:  

  Men's breakfast will be on 
January 25th at 9:00 am 
     It will be an informal memorial for 
Gayle Hoffman. 
All are invited to celebrate her life, 
especially those that were in her choirs.

  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.

EVERGREEN Faith-Based Coffee

 Meets from 8:30 to 10:30 am on the third Wednesday of each   month at Cascade Park Baptist Church, 1201 SE 136th Ave,   Vancouver.

 No meetings in December, June, July, or August .

 This year's theme: Growing Together.

  Wednesday, Jan.15: The Annual Celebration Breakfast will be held in place of the   regular January meeting. Invitations will be sent in December (reservation required).   Check in begins at 7:15 a.m.  Cascade Park Baptist Church, 1201 SE 136th Avenue
 Vancouver, WA 98683  RSVP Here

  Future meetings in 2020: Feb. 19, March 18, April 15, May 20

 At our last meeting: Katie Benzel and Tanisha Harris from the YWCA Clark County   CASA program, discussed the important role of Court Appointed Special Advocates   (CASA volunteers) for children who have been abused or neglected. Training and   support is provided for these generous folks who provide an incredible service for   children who need a caring adult to represent their needs. CASA volunteers are   needed! For more information, scroll down to the announcement   about upcoming   CASA orientation sessions.
VANCOUVER Faith-Based Coffee

 Meets from 9 to 11 am on the fourth Thursday of each month at  Adventist Community   Church, 9711 NE St. Johns Road, Vancouver. 

 No meetings in June, July, August, November & December.

  Monday, Jan. 13, 2020: The Annual Celebration Breakfast will be held in place of   the regular meeting for January. Invitations will be sent in December (reservation   required). Check in will begin at 7:00 am.   **Note***- If you want to attend: 
 please register at RSVP - Jan. 13th Event and then contact    Beverly Olson so she will   know to expect you.

  Future meetings in 2020: Feb. 27, March 26, April 23, May 28 

Save the Date for an Interfaith Advocacy Day near you! Registration links coming soon.

Protecting Immigrants at our Doors

As you may have heard, two reports of immigration enforcement-related activities were reported at the end of November by programs serving people experiencing homelessness. A social worker at the family shelter hosted by Redmond United Methodist Church reported a suspicious woman who posed as someone seeking shelter, proceeded to ask detailed questions about the space, and attempted to interview other families about a family she was seeking. She was seen hours later talking with someone in a Customs and Border Patrol vehicle. This woman then appeared at the New Bethlehem Day Center for homeless families the next day. For more information, see the press statement issued by Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN), Redmond UMC, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Muslim Association of Puget Sound - American Muslim Empowerment Network (MAPS-AMEN), and Centro Cultural Mexicano.

In response to these frightening tactics, we wanted to share with you some resources suggested by WAISN to keep your communities safe:
  • Share the sensitive location protocol from FOOD LIFELINE and El Centro De La Raza. View the webinar on Sensitive Locations sponsored by El Centro de la Raza, Anti-Defamation League, and FAN.
  • Train your team in Deportation Defense (waisn.org/deportation-defense) and post a WAISN Workplace Audit & Raids Protocol at your site: English & Spanish 
  • Remind our broader immigrant and refugee communities that #WeHaveRights and to create their Deportation Defense plan and team by downloading on their mobile phones Notifica (https://notifica.us/).
  • If you or your family are directly contacted by any immigration enforcement agencies and/or are directly impacted in any other way, call the WAISN Hotline (1-844-724-3737) for assistance.
  • If you or your organization, facility, institution and/or group witness any immigration activity by ICE or CBP, report it as soon as possible to the WAISN Hotline (1-844-724-3737). Please exercise your rights to take pictures and/or video recordings, and we highly recommend NOT to post on social media or other platforms until the reports have been verified by WAISN through our rapid response teams across the state.
  • If any community member witnessed either of the two incidents at Redmond UMC or the Day Center in Kirkland, and/or has any pictures, video recordings, or further information, please reach out as soon as possible to info@waisn.org.
For more resources, including Know Your Rights flyers, see the FAN Advocacy Toolkit.

Take Action: Climate Change

Climate change is an ever-pressing issue for today and is a top concern for FAN's network. This week, we encourage you to take action on one of these three opportunities to heal our physical world:
  • Advocate: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is working on a Clean Fuel Standard to address the issue of pollution caused by transportation, which is the largest source of climate pollution in Washington state. This proposal would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 25% by 2030 by setting a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. You can take action by signing the Washington Environmental Council's letter to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, voicing your support for a Clean Fuel Standard!
  • Educate: Learn about the impact of climate change on your local area (or anywhere in the world!) with this interactive map that projects the rise of sea levels across decades, and share it with your community. This website allows you to change different scenarios to consider how our action or inaction towards this crisis may affect our future. A detailed explanation of these results can be found in this article from climatecentral.org.
  • Strike: Join the ongoing Friday Climate Strikes this Friday, December 6, which is focused on the banks and financial institutions that fund coal, oil, and gas industries. Many of these financial institutions also fund the for-profit detention system which inflicts suffering on immigrants, some of whom were forced to migrate due to climate change. Click here to find a climate strike near you.

Events & Opportunities
Crossroads Trade: Fair Trade Pop-up Store December 5-22 or by appointment 3244 35th Ave SW, Seattle

Racial Disproportionality in TANF and Human Service Programs December 6, 10:30 AM - 12 PM Cafe on Fourth, 124 4th Ave S, Kent

20th Anniversary of the WTO Protests December 7, 10 AM - 9 PM Rally at Occidental Park (117 S Washington St, Seattle), then workshops at Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave, Seattle)

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández: Migrating to Prison December 9, 7:30-9 PM $5 The Forum, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle

Film - Ancestral Waters: A Fight for Treaty Rights, Water, and Way of Life December 10, 7-9 PM El Centro Centilia, 1660 Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle

Duwamish Native Gift Fair & Art Market December 13-15, 10 AM - 5 PM Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle

Associated Ministries Holiday Open House December 13, 11 AM - 1 PM Associated Ministries of Tacoma Pierce County, 901 S 13th St, Tacoma

Census Forum and Panel December 16, 6-7:30 PM Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, 1528 Valentine Pl S, Seattle

Memorial Service for the Homeless December 20, 5:45-7:45 PM St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St, Vancouver

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

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