The Sower

Orchards United Methodist Church

October  2019   1st Edition
Dear Church,

Happy Halloween! Are you sick of Pumpkin Spice yet? No really...there are masks for sale at Target if you're ready to be someone else for a while.

Pretending to be a superhero or even a villain can be fun. But many of us walk around with other masks on. We mask fears, sorrows and shames. The masks we wear are pretty, nice, polite and discrete. Then we hear the liberating call..."the truth will set you free". It is too bad that the church wears its own mask. We disguise our fears and prejudices with masks of kindness and politeness.

So it is that we have a practice of confession. It may be the case that we are too cavalier or perfunctory with our confessions. Confession is the ripping off the mask that covers our wrongdoing. (I have the image in my head of the Scooby-Doo gang pulling the mask off the villain to reveal the real criminal.) But imagine that mask also weighs 100 pounds. It's scary to be exposed. But it's freeing to lose the burden of our charades.

This Sunday we will celebrate World Communion Sunday. We will observe a moment of confession as usual. Then...after worship, I will be in the prayer room to hear any other confession anyone wants to share. It is confidential, except those cases where I am a mandatory reporter. Perhaps bringing to voice that which you've kept hidden can bring you a freedom you haven't known in a long time. Let it be.

Pastor Christopher

Celebration of Life Service  for 

Sandy Erickson

will be held on 
Saturday,  October 12th  at  1 pm

Orchards United Methodist Church
11000 NE Fourth Plain
Vancouver, WA

 Now that summer is coming to an end, we will be meeting at our normal times.  It's time to start planning those Fall/Christmas projects!

 (1st Saturday) at 10 am - Annex

(3rd Thursday) at 6 pm - Annex 

  Remember to BYOCraft or just yourself as we enjoy this time of Fellowship and Crafting.   We always have such a  great time when we craft and fellowship together! 

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

OUMC will be staffing WHO
November 7-10, Thursday-Sunday 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.

St. Andrew is having a new training session, please come and see what's new in our processes. It will be a hands on walking training and show the basics of all the shifts and where things are stored. The training is Oct 3rd at 6pm. Deb will be there as part of the task force for St Andrew's WHO. Everyone is welcome to come.

Hi Friends,
There's a lot happening in October. We'll be teaming up with others for a couple things as well. Be ready for a busy month in youth.

Check out the dates below.
  • Sunday, October 6: youth group, 3-5
  • Sunday, October 13: youth group, 3-5
  • Sunday, October 20: youth group, 3-5
  • Saturday, October 26: Trunk or Treat at Vancouver First UMC, 1-4
  • Saturday, October 26: Haunted Maze at Bella Organic with District Youth, right after Trunk or Treat
  • Sunday, October 27: Harvest Party, set up, 12:00, party, 3-5
We also need help from other groups and individuals to set up and run activities for kids during the party. Contact Tim if you're interested in helping out. 
Harvest Party 
Sunday, October 27th, 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.

Orchards Elementary Partnership Update

Our friends at Orchards Elementary have just started the new school year. Here are some opportunities to support and partner with the Orchards Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC):

Join a conversation about next summer's ministry at Orchards Glen, and about how we can continue connecting with folks there throughout the year. Monday, October 7, 6:30pm, annex basement.

Mark your calendar for Friday Nights Out, a new opportunity! We'll eat dinner together and provide ingredients and instruction for cooking another meal. We'll be marketing it to the families served by the FCRC, and especially to the Orchards Glen families. Fridays, November 8, 15, and 22, from 6-8pm, in the church basement. Watch for more opportunities to help.

And some ongoing opportunities:
  • Rapid Response Team - if you'd like to receive notifications when we get requests from the FCRC for urgent needs of families, please let Rachon know.
  • Lunch Buddies and Classroom Volunteers are always needed. Go to for the volunteer handbook and form.
  • Food donations for the FCRC are needed now - especially food that is easy for kids to open and prepare themselves. Drop it off at Orchards Elementary, or coordinate with Rachon to drop off at church.
And, always, please pray for the students, teachers, staff, and families. Pray that they have all they need in order to learn and grow. Pray that we can continue forming relationships between the church and the school, and that God's love may be present in all those relationships.

Thanks for supporting our community!
Rachon Hanson,, (206) 551-5424

Class:  Youth Mental Health First Aid: 
 Gain skills to identify and help youth who may be developing, or   experiencing a Mental Health Crisis. 
 Oct 15 -29 5:00 - 8:30pm (Tues) 
Clark Main Campus $99.00
Class:  From Adversity to Resilience: 
Learn how Childhood Trauma and stress impact health, relationships,   and life choices.  Explore ways to build resilience.   Oct 23 - Nov 6 4:00 - 6:00pm (Wed) 
Columbia Tech Center   $79.00
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.
This year's theme: Growing Together.
Next meeting: Oct. 16. Topic: Suicide Prevention
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 Rd., Vancouver.
This year's theme: Partnering for Action.
Next meeting: Oct. 24. Topic: Domestic Violence. Presenter: YWCA "In Her Shoes". Please join us at 9 am sharp for this powerful discussion.
No meetings in November or December.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect) is looking for caring volunteers.
Lunch and learn event with David Pitonyak, Ph.D.
Register now: Only 12 seats left!
10/16/19 Noon - 2 pm YWCA Community Room
David Pitonyak, renowned speaker and international consultant on human behavior, specializes in the needs of people living with disability. His work informs the message he shares about the important role of inclusion and belonging for people of all ages and abilities.  Join the ACEs Action Alliance and the YWCA CASA program for this informative and inspirational program.  Bring your lunch. Beverages provided.
STAR and Educator Clock hours available
 for class on ACEs and Resilience
Register Here for Class F180
Clark County Public Health and Clark College Economic and Community Development have collaborated to introduce a six-hour orientation to the science of childhood adversity, neurodevelopment, epigenetics and most importantly, resilience. Participants will explore ways to build personal, family, and community resilience and will gain insight into working with others who may have experienced trauma.
Time: 4 - 6 pm Dates: Wednesday evenings Oct. 23 - Nov. 6
Location: Clark College Eastside location at Columbia Tech Center Cost $79 Class number F180
Vancouver Candidate Forum October 9, 5:30-7:30 PM Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver

Battle Ground Candidate Forum October 16, 5:30-7:30 PM Dollars Corner Fire Station, 21609 NE 72nd Ave, Battle Ground

Camas Candidate Forum October 23, 5:30-7:30 PM Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Ave, Camas

Initiative 1000 was passed in the 2019 state legislative session as a way to return affirmative action measures to Washington State, bringing equity to employment, contracting, and education for women, veterans, small businesses, and people of color. Now the vote has been brought to the people, and we are asking folks to look for Referendum 88 and APPROVE I-1000The language around Referendum 88 and I-1000 has been confusing over the past year, so we wanted to show you an example of the language in the ballot (as posted in "The Stand") so you can familiarize yourself with what it is asking:

As it states in the second sentence, I-1000 helps "remedy discrimination...without the use of quotas or preferential treatment." It asks whether I-1000 should be approved or rejected.  We hope you will stand for equity in our state by filling in "APPROVED" this November!

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       
 26 Pat Brownlee
 27 Dee Castleman
 30 Daphne Templet



   1 Norm & Sandy  
   3 Mel & Pat 
 16 Shane & Val 
If we don't have 
your birthday or   anniversary or  if the   information is  incorrect, please 
email  the office at:

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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Heart & Soul 

Oct. 5th
10 am
Oct. 17th
6 pm
Annex Basement

Men's Breakfast

October 12th
7:30 am
Fellowship Hall

Women's Group

October 12th
1:00 pm
Annex Lobby

Adult Sunday School

9 am
Annex Basement

Youth Group

3 pm

Life Groups

6 pm

6:30 pm

1 pm
Annex Lobby


Orchards Glen Meeting
Oct. 7th

Oct. 27
3-5 pm

All Saints
Nov. 3rd

Charge Conference
Nov. 3rd 
Heights UMC

Nights Out
Nov. 8, 15 & 22

All Church Retreat
April 24-26
New Address:

Charles Chandler
1401 N. Alder
Room #208 Ellensburg WA 98926

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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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