The Sower  
Orchards United Methodist Church Newsletter
September 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,

If the spirit of the Lord lives with you, certain things result. Paul called these "Fruits of the Spirit". Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Kindness and Self-Control. These nine things are what the Holy Spirit produces in the Christian. In what ways are these nine fruits growing in you?

Likewise, if a group of people gather under the auspices of the Holy Spirit, then this group can expect to produce these same nine results. In what ways do you find Orchards producing fruit of this nature?

On the other hand, God is a lover of truth. So in examining our spiritual lives, we have to be real about our fruitfulness. I cannot claim to be very patient right now, and God knows it. I cannot claim kindness and continuously snap at people close to me. When these barren times happen, I can be gentle myself. I can be truthful with myself. I can ask God, who is very gracious, to help me with my unfruitfulness.

Finally, I want to connect this idea of fruitfulness to one of Jesus' parables. A man had a barren fig tree and wanted the gardener to cut it down. The gardener, perhaps more knowledgeable to fig trees, appealed to the man. "Allow me to tend to, spread manure around it and see if it can yet grow." When I feel barren, I go back to this matter of manure. One way to kick start our fruitfulness is to get reacquainted with those around us struggling. It seems counter-intuitive, but struggling people can be a great comfort to other struggling people.

As we get into fall and reopening becomes closer reality, we may need to kick-start our fruitfulness? Let us be brave to responsibly return to loving our neighbors through service to the needy around us.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Christopher
We have a new Mailing Address:

P O Box 821492
Vancouver, WA  98682

The link for each Sunday's ZOOM Worship should be in your email box no later than Saturday night (earlier if at all possible.) If for some reason you should you not have it by Sunday morning at 9 am, please call me right away and I will re-send it to you.  

Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone 360-518-9988 or via the church email if you need anything.
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Office Hours: Tues.-Thur., 9:30 am - 3:30 pm        
Phone: 360-892-5240        
  *Due to Covid-19 Office is temporarily closed*

Pastor:  Christopher Gudger-Raines
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Birthdays &

If we don't have 
your birthday or anniversary date, 
or if it is incorrect,
please call the office,
360-892-5240 or  email

    1 Chris Roller
    2 Lauren Schmick
    6 Danny Roe
    9 Gwendolyn
 10 Bill Hepworth
      Shanise Jordan
 11 Delaney Kelly
 19 Pat Funk
 20 Shannon Roller
 21 Diane Coats
 25 Sue Kitchin
 26 Sharon     
 27 Rhonda Davies
      Stu Lockhart

   4 Bruce & Diane 
 11 Rick & Suzie 
 17 Erik & Rachon 
 18 Josh & Jenna 
Pray for Our Military

SFC Patrick Walker
Colorado Springs

SPC Gus Jeffries
National Guard

1st LT Tom Roller
Air Force
has been deployed


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