The Sower
Orchards United Methodist Church Newsletter
October 2020 - 1st Edition
Our mission is to Love God, Love People and Serve Both! 
"Orchards United Methodist Church welcomes and affirms people of 
all sexual orientations and gender identities and supports full inclusion in every aspect of church life."  
Dear Church,

I have a personal request. I hope you don't mind me making it here.

On Sunday November 1st, All Saints Day, I will be running a personal 5K in memory of David Neal. I will also make a modest symbolic donation to his church, Dallas Indian United Methodist Church.

David died in July from COVID 19. His wife Jennifer and I have been friends for almost 20 years. Among many interests and talents, David was a runner, having completed the NYC Marathon twice. You can read David's obituary at

I am running to deepen my awareness of those suffering. If you would like to 'sponsor' this endeavor, you can send a contribution to our church office earmarked "David Neal". The first week of November those contributions will be forwarded to Dallas Indian United Methodist Church in loving memory of David Neal.

Thank you for any support you would like to give.

Pastor Christopher
WHO will be done a little differently this year, we will continue with more staff from Share and not as many (if any) volunteer staff, at least to start. We are starting on Nov 1st with 30 guests. There will
be opportunities to sign up using a signup genius link that will be sent out on Oct 15th.  

As we are unable to do the Applebee's breakfast fundraiser that you all have supported for so many years, there will be a link on the WHO website to donate- and other fundraising opportunities throughout the year.  

The first will be a MOD Pizza dinner night on Oct 15.
The way this works is you go to the link below and register in advance (this month by 10/12) then when you order your pizza online use the code given. This month is GR159169W I think you can also go in and order and say you are there for WHO. If anyone wants to register but has technical challenges I’ll be happy to do it for you. WHO gets 20%! Looking forward to this month's meal! 

Commit to Eat at WHO - Homeless Shelter's GroupRaise Meal @ MOD Pizza
click on the link to register

FAN joins Equity in Education and a broad coalition to make sure everyone has the tools they need to succeed in this virtual reality we're living. 285,000 students do not have access to the internet, for reasons of lacking internet connection, lacking hardware (laptops, hotspot, modem), or lacking digital literacy.

Connect WA Coalition is requesting $6.1M from the state budget for:
- affordable, robust broadband internet service;
- internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user via a Digital Navigator Model;
- access to digital literacy training to our students, elders, and adults;
- quality technical support and a workforce development pipeline from within our BIPOC communities; and
- applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration.

Download their statement and sign the petition to Gov. Inslee today to make sure students in your community have the internet resources they need.
Please join us on Oct. 22 for a combined virtual Faith-Based Coffee meeting for BOTH Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts. Please email Cyndie Meyer  if you wish to make an announcement at the meeting. We would like to hear how faith partners have been coping, adapting and supporting the community during the past six months. If you have a story to share, please let Cyndie know.

NEXT meeting: Thursday, October 22, 9 - 10:30 am

  • YOU WILL NEED THE MEETING ID AND PASSCODE TO JOIN whether online or by phone.
  • Meeting ID: 847 0848 2664 - Passcode: 860466

Connect ONLINE

Connect by PHONE
1 253 215 8782
1 346 248 7799 
Attend! Embrace Health Equity 2020 - Free Online Symposium

EMBRACE (stands for: Educating Myself for Better Racial Awareness and Cultural Empowerment)
is sponsoring a full-day symposium presented by the Washington State Healthcare Authority and Exelsior.

Hear amazing speakers inspire excellence, transformation and authenticity
as they teach us about cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusion.

Thursday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 am to 5 pm. FREE. Register here.
Office Hours: *Due to Covid-19 Office is temporarily closed*
Phone: 360-892-5240 Email:

Pastor: Christopher Gudger-Raines

Located at: 11000 NE 4th Plain Rd., Vancouver, WA

Mailing Address: P O Box 821492
Vancouver, WA 98682