Today's Puzzle: Find the Duck
Hidden somewhere in this collection of hand-made potholders is a duck. If you have trouble spotting it, you'll have another chance.
All of these will be on sale at our OPC Christmas Bazaar. You can examine them closely then. But only if you show up early. We don't expect these to remain unsold long!
A Renewable Gift
Oh Christmas Trees!
On Saturday, October 15, OPC held another Christmas Bazaar workshop. And it turned out to be doubly productive.
The primary goal was to decorate the wooden Christmas trees Jennie Hill Robinson had made for the bazaar. She crafted them out of old pallets, both recycling and keeping bazaar costs low (can't get much lower than free).
While some of the participants worked on decorations, others started another project. This year we'll be offering magnolia wreaths. Saturday the second crew got the straw wreath forms wrapped in gold foil, ready for the magnolia leaves.
That will be a workshop for another day.
At the end of just a few hours, work was done. And more importantly, members of our church family spent time together talking, laughing, and doing God's work.
Coffee Hour Returns (again)
This past Sunday, folks who attended worship heard a great sermon by Wayne Bernardo. And afterwards, they enjoyed fun and fellowship.
The church hosted an old-fashioned Coffee Hour in the East Room -- just like the good old days.
Where you there? If not, know that we missed you.
And we're sorry we couldn't save you an Oreo or two. 😊
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ Isaiah 6:8
This scripture is part of our foundation; a pillar of who we are and want to be. It is part of our vision.
We, the members of Orange Presbyterian Church, give our time and our talents to our community to make a difference in other lives. We hear the call and show up, again and again.
God asks, Who shall care for the hungry, the sick, the needy?
Here am I, Lord, respond those who stock the Blessing Box and volunteer at the Food Pantry.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who serve in free clinics, both in Orange and elsewhere.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who prepare communion, work yard sales, and bazaars.
God asks, Who shall tend my flock?
Here am I, Lord, respond those who keep Sunday worship going after our pastor left.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who serve on session and committees.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who write letters and give rides to shut-ins.
God asks, Who shall be stewards of this place?
Here am I, Lord, respond those who mow the grass, tend the garden, and clean the church.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who serve on the Presbyterian Weekday School Board.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who serve on the Finance and Endowment Committees.
God asks, Who shall support this work?
Here am I, Lord, respond those who tithe regularly.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who donate to support our mission work.
Here am I, Lord, respond those who contribute quietly but faithfully.
How will you answer the call?
Fill out your stewardship packet today. Or, simply contact the church.
When you say Here am I, Lord, let us know what you’re here for. Will it be regular church attendance? Service on committees or session? Work in the community? Faithful tithing? All of the above?
The pandemic has dispersed our church family. It is time to return. Time to answer God’s call and say
Here am I, Lord.
Answering the Call
YOUR CHURCH FAMILY NEEDS YOU!
Will you answer the call?
For OPC to continue, we need your active participation. Listen to God’s call and consider becoming more active.
The Nominating Committee will begin calling this week, looking for folks willing to serve on the session. Every member of this year's Session is rotating off at the end of the year.
Without a session, OPC simply can’t continue as an organization.
Will you answer the call to lead?
If it's been a while since you served, know that some things have changed. First, Session members are no longer required to be committee chairs. So you don't have to do double duty.
Second, Session members no longer have to commit to a full three-year term. You can agree to serve for two years. Or if you're on the fence, you can even volunteer for just one year as a trial.
The Pastor Nominating Committee is progressing in their work, and we may soon have a new pastor. If you've been unhappy with the direction OPC has gone, this is a great opportunity to "right the ship."
Will you answer the call to serve?
Don't consider yourself a leadership type? There's still lots to do. Every committee needs more support. Even if you can commit to doing one small thing, that still lightens the burden for others. So when the Nominating Committee calls, consider volunteering to help with a committee.
How will the Spirit move you to answer?
With a small congregation, an individual's participation -- or lack of participation -- has a huge impact on the health of the church.
What will your impact be?
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I, Lord. Send me!” - Isaiah 6:8
- Ralph Graves
Communications Team Leader
Come to the Garden
Come to the garden alone (like it says in the hymn), or come with others. But be sure to come visit our Memorial Garden soon. Flowers continue to bloom, and butterflies and bees flit from plant to plant. Come witness God’s creation!
Buckshot celebrated a major milestone on Saturday, August 7. The next day, his church family threw him a surprise birthday party.
According to Buckshot, he turned 49 -- again. It's actually his ninetieth birthday, and he's still going strong.
After worship everyone enjoyed all kinds of goodies and balloons outdoors.