The  Sower  
Orchards United Methodist Church Newsletter 
October 2018 - 1st Edition

We used to sing a chorus in school that went "You are the strength when I am weak, you are the treasure that I seek, You are my All in All." It is a moving refrain of God's commitment to us. We would sing this repeatedly, prayerfully with nearly ecstatic fervor.
These days I prefer Here I am, Lord. "Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord, I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart." This is perhaps due to the high level of privilege my life enjoys. This awareness of my privilege contrasts what I see Jesus calling his people to. "Take up thy cross and follow me." That is a lot harder.
This fall, we will encounter several teachings of Jesus where he calls out the false god of privilege and calls his followers to high standards of service and integrity. In one episode, while his disciples were jockeying for position within Jesus' administration he asks "Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?" In other words, the sacrifice that Jesus will endure for the sake of humanity's good...are we as his followers willing to go that far for the glory of God? This fall, we examine this "cup" of Jesus'.
For the longest time, I have eschewed wearing a cross around my neck. I used to think it strange that people would wear an instrument of execution as jewelry. Now I am beginning to rediscover the 'scandal of the cross,' that something so vile could be so important.
In our world, I see privilege rear its ugly head in many ways. I see a world that values the rich and actively devalues the poor. I see the valuing of the powerful and the devaluing of the weak. We know that the kingdom of God that Jesus envisions is not like that. We know that in God's kingdom, the meek inherent the earth. For me, the scourge of privilege places me outside that kingdom. The invitation for me is much like that of the rich young ruler...give it all away, then follow Jesus. We'll see about that.
Let us explore this cup together and encourage each other along the way.
 - Pastor Christopher

 Hi Friends,

October is here and filled with events. I hope the school year has (finally) gotten off to a great start for you all. Here are some things coming up in October.

Sunday, October 7th - Live Action CLUE in Salem, OR. Meet at OUMC at 12:30 to drive to Salem First UMC for CLUE from 2-5. Plan to arrive back to OUMC by 6:30. Admission is $3.00 and 1 can of food.

Sunday, October 14th- Youth Group 3-5

Sunday, October 21st- Transition Group (Sr. High Youth plus young adults in a transition stage of life) lunch immediately following worship. Meet in the fellowship hall (basement) after service and we'll walk somewhere to grab a bite to eat.

Friday, October 26th- Haunted Corn Maze on Sauvie Island. Meet at the church at 6pm (dinner before you come is a good idea). We'll drive down to Bella Organic for their mazes and a treat afterward. It is $20 per person to do both mazes. You can pay online or with cash at the maze. Don't forget some cash for something yummy when we're done being scared.

October 28th- the Harvest Party is happening again this year. We're going to get some extra support for games this year so we only have to do the maze, decorations, and food. I'll be looking for folks who want to chip in some good eats, like spaghetti and eyeballs. The party is 3-5, but we'll start setting up by 1:00. Don't forget your costumes and to invite family and friends.

See you for all the fun this month.
- Tim

Harvest Party Sunday, October 28th, 3-5

Come one, come all to the Orchards UMC annual Harvest Party. 

We'll have some spooky eats for all, plus games, crafts, and treats for the kids. (I guess grown ups can get treats too). 
Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. 

Looking for Volunteers

In order to help our youth and their families focus on quality food, decorations, and a maze for the Harvest Party, we are once again looking for volunteers who could "sponsor" a game, craft, or activity for an hour of the party. We'll have game bins put together, but could really use help setting them up, helping kids at them, and taking down afterward. If anyone wants to bring treats to share, that would be great too (think cookie decorating or cupcake walk). 

Thanks in advance for making this an awesome event for our kids and community!
   October 18th (3rd Thursday) 
at 6 pm -     Fellowship Hall 
October 27th (4th Saturday) 
  at 10 am - Annex

Shiloh 541-740-8401 or Sherry 360-518-9988
  if you have any questions.


Hide it under a bushel? NO! 
But under one of Bev Buffington's beautiful lampshades? YES! 
Come learn from Bev how to create your very own lampshade! 
Watch how it's done on Thur. Oct 25 at 6pm at our 
Heart & Soul Crafters group gathering in the fellowship hall. 

You'll then get your own supplies and return to make your very own lampshade at our November meeting time.
This is a unique opportunity we hope you will join us in!

Trustee Work Party
Saturday October 13
9am - 1pm
Let's get ready for Winter!
Touch up paint   *  Clean closets *  Organize shed 
Texture and paint annex ceiling 
  Power wash porches 
Join us for work and fellowship!
Words fail to express the measure of support, encouragement and overwhelming love we feel from our amazing church family at Orchards! Thank you all for being there for us in thought, word, deed and prayer. Wow! We are blessed!

In His love,
Jason, Shiloh, Megan, Cody, Carson, Charles, Joshua, Saffiere and Alarick

Applebee's Pancake breakfast 
October 27th from 8am-10
Tickets will be available soon. 
If you can't make it consider buying a ticket 
and donating it to a family in a shelter!

OUMC will be helping St. Andrews staff the WHO the first week of November. Check your calendar to see if you can be free to sign up for a shift or help donate food.

The dates for OUMC to fully staff WHO will be Jan 27-Jan 30th, Mark you calendars now.

Talk to Deb Burlingame if you want more info.
Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway sponsored by Protect Our Kids/Safe Kids Clark County. Sportman's Warehouse 11505 NE Fourth Plain Rd.  - Saturday October 6th 10:00 am - 1 pm. Learn about safe storage, and receive hands on training. One Free Lock Box, or Trigger Lock per person (maximum 2 items per family.) Must be 18 or older. First Come, first served. Supplies limited.  For more on safe storage visit or    Questions (206) 987-6197

Volunteers needed for the same event. Shift 9:00 am - 1:15 pm
Education/Demonstration Table: Pair with a Partner to demonstrate correct use. Training provided morning of the event.
Ticket Distribution/Liability Release Form, and Pre-Event Survey Distribution: Release form must be completed in order to receive a lock box or trigger lock.
Line Management/Traffic Flow:
Kid's Station: Entertain Kinds while parents/caregivers receive training.
Runners: Replenish Supplies, and act as go between for volunteers inside and outside of the store.
Lock Box/Trigger Lock Distribution: Collect release forms and tickets, and Dispense locks.
Donation Table/Survey Collection: Collect Surveys and encourage donations to Gun Safety Fund. Distribute Educational Materials.
Exit Survey/End of Event Greeter: Ask Attendees follow up questions, and thank them for attending.

Russian and Spanish speaking bilingual volunteers needed. For info: Jan Dolph, Clark County Public Health at

Oct 3rd 5:30 - 7:30 pm Free Clinic of SW Washington 4100 Plomondon St. Back to School Immunization Clinic for uninsured children.


Oct 3rd 11:00 - 1:00 Invitation to the Salvation Army Ground Breaking for new facility at 1500 NE 112th Ave. The Salvation Army has been a partner in providing 1,000 sandwiches for distribution, during the delayed start to the school year. Their new facility will have a shopping style pantry for food distribution, a meal prep kitchern, and they will be able to expand their after school program which provides 3.5 hours of activities from 30 to 60 children and their families.

Birthdays &


   7 Shane Chandler II
   9 Ashley Roe
  11 Walt Brewer
       Ray Dehler
  12 Ernie Schnabler
  15 Zachary DeMoss
  17 John Brenteson
       Leah Gallegos
       Tim Kelly
  19 Wendee Shuell
  20 Kaitlin Prichard
  25 Duncan Hartshorn
  26 Pat Brownlee
  27 Dee Castleman
  30 Daphne Templet



    1 Norm & Sandy Brenteson
    3 Mel & Pat Brownlee
  16 Shane & Val Chandler

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

Pray for Our Military

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


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Lay Leadership Team
Thursday, Oct. 11th
6:30 am

Covington Breakfasts
Oct. 9th and 23rd
7:00 am

Men's Breakfast
Saturday,  Oct. 13th
7:30 am

Trustee's Work Party
Saturday, Oct. 13th
9 am - 1 pm

Women's Group
Saturday, Oct. 13th 
10 am
Annex Lobby
Heart & Soul Crafters
Thursday, Oct. 18th 
6:00 pm
Fellowship Hall
Saturday, Oct. 27th
10:00 am


Jan. 27th - 30th

All Church Retreat
April 26-28


1:00 pm each Wednesday


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  9:30 am - 3:30 pm 
 Phone: 360-892-5240 

Christopher Gudger-Raines

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Pastor:  Christopher Gudger-Raines
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