Weekly Happenings at 
Orchards UMC   
The February
Sower will be going out January 30th.

Please email your February Sower articles as soon as possible!
If you have an 
article for the 
February  Sower
please submit your article or announcement
to  Sherry by 
Monday, Jan. 27th.

Click  here  to submit.

This Week's
Church Schedule:

Sat., Jan. 25th

Breakfast honoring
Gayle Hoffman
9:00 am
Fellowship Hall

Sun., Jan. 26th

Adult Sunday
 9 am

10 am

Youth Group
3 pm

Mon., Jan. 27th

Tai Chi
6:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Life Group
6:00 pm
Fireside Room

Tues., Jan. 28th

Life Group
6:30 pm

Wed., Jan. 29th

Worship Team Practice
7:00 pm

Thurs., Jan. 30th

Life Group
1:00 pm
Annex Lobby

Sat., Feb. 1st

Heart & Soul Crafters
10:00 am
Annex Basement

Soup Supper & 
Movie Night
5:00 pm 
Fellowship Hall


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Family Soup Supper and Movie Night
Sat., Feb. 1st

Annual Sweetheart Dinner
Sat., Feb. 15th

All Church Retreat
April 24th-26th

  Community Connections

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.
 2019 Giving Statements are in the Narthex and ready to pick up.  Please review your   statement as soon as possible and let Sherry know if you have any questions.  If you   would like yours dropped in the mail, just drop Sherry an email

Soup Supper 
and Movie Night
Saturday, Feb. 1st at 5 pm

Please plan to join us on Saturday, February 1 at 5 PM for a soup supper and movie night. We will be watching Wonder Park. It is a really fun movie and a great one for the family. If you don't have kids, come anyway. It will be a time of fellowship and fun for all of us. We will have soup and then start the movie. Papa Jay will be making his famous popcorn and there will be goodies to share. If you would like to bring something, feel free to contact me or look for a sign up at church on Sunday the 26th.  A big thank you to those that I've already signed up. Events like this only happen because we all work together. If you have any questions, contact me and I will be happy to answer anything you need.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 1 at 5 pm at
Orchard United Methodist Church for family movie night!

We will be taking a free will donation. All money will go to the all church retreat fund. This enables us to keep the costs  down so that more families can join us at the retreat in April. 

If you are unable to attend the movie but would like to donate to the all church retreat fund, we would except any and all donations.

See you at the  �� !

  Summer Ministry 
Orchards Glen 

 We're getting ready for our summer ministry   again! Here's how you can help:
  • Mark your calendar. We'll be there Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16-August 20. Watch for opportunities to help with food and to volunteer!
  • Plan an activity - we're hoping to expand activities this year, and especially to include more community partners.
  • Help with the planning team - we meet the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm, in the annex basement.
  • Donate funds to help purchase food and supplies.
 Talk to Pastor Christopher or Rachon Hanson for more information!


Week one of the legislative session included over 100 committee hearings, the official seating of new members, the Governor's annual State of the State address, and the collection of co-sponsors before proposals become official bills. Both the House and the Senate passed bills this week, a highlight of which was a success for   FAN's Legislative Agenda - the Agriculture Carbon Sequestration bill (SB 5947) which   passed the Senate at 32 yeas, 17 nays!

 FAN was part of four important policy partner meetings to help identify and call for   equitable and just policies in our state: the WA Anti-Poverty Advocates Group, the   Open Courts to All stakeholders, a Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network   (WAISN) policy call facilitated by Paul Benz, and the Racial Equity Team. A Driving   While License Suspended (DWLS-3) meeting was facilitated by the two prime   sponsors, Rep. Goodman and Sen. Salomon, bringing together criminal and economic   justice advocates and debt collectors.

 Be sure to follow our Bill Tracker for updates on bills FAN is following this session.

Looking Ahead to Week Two

 We look forward to movement on some key FAN bills next week. Tune into any of   these meetings on TVW.


In the House:
  • HB 2441 (Rep. Entenman) Creating more racial equity in our state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program - Public hearing on Wednesday 1/22 at 1:30 PM in the Human Services & Early Learning Committee.
  • HB 2240 (Rep. Valdez) Regulating high capacity magazines, and HB 2241 (Rep. Peterson) Banning assault weapons - Public hearing with other gun violence-related bills on Tuesday 1/21 at 10 AM in the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee.

In the Senate:

  • SB 6091 (Sen. Warnick) Instituting the Food Policy forum and SB 6306 (Sen. Liias) Creating the Washington soil health initiative - Scheduled for a vote in the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks on Thursday 1/23 at 1:30 PM.
  • SB 6255 (Sen. C. Wilson) Creating access to childcare for parents attending high school (GRADS program) - Public hearing on Friday 1/24 at 8:30 AM in the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
  • SB 6261 (Sen. McCoy) Strengthening the farmworker/H-2A labor contract system - Public hearing on Tuesday 1/21 at 8:00 AM in the Labor & Commerce Committee.
  • SB 6228 (Sen. Kuderer) Restoring voting rights to certain people convicted of felonies - Scheduled for a vote on Friday 1/24 at 1:30 PM in the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee.
Take Action For Justice!
 This week, we encourage you to advocate for the Open Courts to All Act (HB 2567 Rep.   Thai). This bill is a follow-up to the Keep Washington Working bill that was passed   last session, and it prohibits communications with and arrests by ICE/Customs and   Border Patrol agents within and outside county courthouses. This bill will reduce   detentions and deportations, providing protection and reduce fear for our   undocumented neighbors, who like all of us utilize the courthouse for certain   transactions. Please send a message to your Representatives to support this bill,   especially if they sit on the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee. Click here to see House   Committees and members. This bill will be up for public hearing on Wednesday 1/22   at 8 AM.

 For any other bills on our agenda, contact your legislators using the email formula   firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov, or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000   between 8 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. To find out who your legislators   are,  click here. You can also check out the Seattle/King County League of Women   Voters' 2020 They Represent You online directory of Washington legislators.

Come to Interfaith Advocacy Day!
 Each Winter, FAN hosts three Interfaith Advocacy Day opportunities to bring voices of   compassion and justice to our elected officials. In Olympia, we gather at The United   Churches of Olympia for workshops, strategy meetings in legislative districts, and   meetings with our legislators. IFAD was unfortunately snowed out last year, so we are   hoping to be a bold presence in Olympia in 2020! To register for IFAD in   Olympia,  RSVP here. Registering early is important this year because there are new   regulations limiting attendance to only 250 participants at the church, so the sooner   you sign up the better! Please pay ahead of time, either when you register online or by   phone or mail, so that we can guarantee you a spot. We are also seeking volunteers for   registration and caucus leaders to convene your legislative district before meeting with   your elected officials. Email FAN if you can help in either of these capacities.


Please contact Terry Eaton if you are planning 
to go  and would like to carpool!

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