Orange UMC is fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8)
through participation in local and international missions.
The Reflection Garden: "Garden at the Foot of the Cross"
In 2014, the decision was made to remove the dying pine trees behind the church. The loggers came with their chain saws and machinery, and left a tangled mess of stumps, broken timber, and red clay. A massive effort was mounted by the men of Orange and the Boy Scout troops, who worked together to clean up the damage left by the logging crew and gradually the shape of things to come was revealed. An now barren hilltop, flanked by two sides with hardwoods and with two sides open to the sun showed promise of great importance!
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A young Eagle Scout candidate named, Tristan Titus, envisioned a large, wooden cross crowning the hill, while other church members developed ideas about a serene, quiet Garden for prayer and reflection. Both ideas were duly approved by the Church Council and work was begun to bring these dreams into reality.
The area was leveled, and an 18' Eastern Red Cedar Cross was erected on the summit and the full clearing of the garden was undertaken. Several small, blooming trees and shrubs were planted by church volunteers to provide a backdrop for the Cross, the weathered, silver gray finish of the Cross will stand out against the greenery. Another Eagle Scout candidate built a stone fire pit in the recreational part of the garden.
In February of 2016 another Eagle Scout project caused the area in front of the Cross to be reworked to provide a seating area. Trees, benches, and small planting beds donated in the memory of loved ones will eventually create a beautiful and restful place to wander, rest and reflect on the changes that mark every lifetime.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Garden, contact the church office at (770) 886-9662 or here.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Serving Meals in the Community
Meals on Wheels is held the second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 am.
Volunteers are welcome! Please let Chris Cayo know if you can volunteer or know of someone who needs a meal delivered. She can be reached at 770-789-2144.
Free Home elementary
Aide to Community Children
We are sponsoring Free Home Elementary School's "Rocket Pack" program.
Non-perishable food, snacks, and other items are collected to be placed in a backpack for the needy children of FHES. Items to be donated should be placed in the 'cupboard' in the church narthex. A more detailed list of needed items is forthcoming. For more information, call Mary Cissell at 770-298-6250.
Local Food Pantry Serving the Community
Housed at Macedonia UMC, Mother’s Cupboard is a food ministry that supplies a box of food to needy families on the first Tuesday of each month. You can help by making a monetary donation for Mother’s Cupboard, donating food items or volunteering.
Volunteers usually meet on the first Tuesday around 3 pm to pack boxes and the boxes are passed out around 5 pm. For more information, call Bob or Carol Koenig at 770-781-6651.