United Methodist Women
"The Orchard Circle"
Our unit of the UMW called the Orchard Circle, is an organized community of women purposefully growing with God. We passionately meet to develop supportive fellowship and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Orchard Circle is a group of women of all ages who support missions both locally and nationally. As members we strive to grow spiritually through Mission Studies supported by our District UMW and by offering supportive fellowship for all women. Sponsoring various day trips offers time with other women to build new relationships with focus on Christian principles. The Orchard also
hosts various fund raisers each year in order to support other church and local missions.
WHEn / Where
Typically, the Orchard Circle meets the 3rd Monday evening of the month (but not every month). The meeting begins at 7:00pm with light refreshments and time to socialize beginning at 6:30.
We meet in Fellowship Hall of Orange UMC, unless otherwise noted.
CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND newS:
At our March 26 meeting, we had a guest speaker: Mrs. Jane Lathem, who spoke to us about the critical needs of the people and the church in Venezuela. Jane and her husband Dr. Warren Lathem have done mission work in Venezuela for many years. They established the Wesleyan Seminary there to train new pastors and help establish new churches. Unfortunately, their work was interrupted by the current dictorial government which banned outside missionaries. However, through God's Grace, the Seminary is still in operation and is now expanded to include a much needed medical center. Jane told us of the inhumane treatment of the working class by the current regime. With 500% inflation, their salaries have been cut so low they cannot buy food to feed their families. Children are dying from starvation and simple diseases. She asked that we consider supporting Venezuela Now which operates through the seminary and distributes food and medical supplies to the people. Find out more at www.facebook.com/VZNOW and www.VenezuelaNow.org.
On June 7, we had a visit from our local missionary to South Africa, Jodi Stancil Deetlefs. She gave us an awesome and inspiring report on her family's work there. This included a very precious, and informative, video made by her 8-yr old daughter, Emi. She also brought beautiful crafts hand made by the South African people to whom they are ministering. We have given support to the Deetlef's mission work for several years. Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jodi.deetlefs
In October, we got together and put together 100 jars of Cookie & Brownie mix for a fundraiser.
We had a blast putting them together:
Orange United Methodist Women continue their mission work both locally and internationally. Through our pledges and fund-raisers, we have been able to give financial support to the following: Murphy Harpst Children’s Home, Must Ministries of Canton, GA, Gideon’s Bible Society, Cherokee Family Violence Center, Free Home Elementary School, and Hope Ministries of Free Home.
In addition, we give support to our church through purchasing UPPER ROOM magazines, contributing to the Children, Youth and Boy Scout programs, sending cards to home-bound members, and purchasing Christmas decorations for the sanctuary.
In December, for Blessed Hope's annual Santa's Workshop, we again provided “helpers” -including a high style arrival for Santa in a mule-drawn wagon! This event allows parents or grandparents have free shopping for new and gently used toys, games, and beautiful free gift wrapping.
But we’re not just about hard work! We have fun fellowship times like our High Tea Party held in January and our fun weekend retreat at Callaway Gardens and the Little White House. Come and join the fun!.
It is a joy and a blessing to be a part of this group of loving, caring, fun-loving, Christian ladies.