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P. O. Box 135  Orlean, VA  20128

church phone:  540-364-4736

church website:  http://orlean-umc.org

church e-mail:  1931karma@gmail.com


Mission Statement

Love God. . .Love Others. . . Reach Out to the Community and the World

January 2018


Map to Orlean UMC

About the UMC


Prayer Chain

Related Links


Worship Schedule

Sunday Worship

10 to 11 a.m.


Holy Communion

First Sunday of

the Month


[Click here for a PDF Version of this newsletter]

Meeting Schedules

Potluck After Service

Fifth Sunday

UM Women Meet Second Thursday Evenings


Message from Pastor JimA new year is upon us, yet again … and no matter how much we may resist, no matter our intentions or our wishes, time marches on.  One of my annual traditions is to find that elusive, “can’t miss” daily devotional or Bible reading that will inspire and motivate me during the new year, while also helping me to find peace and to grow spiritually.  Some years I am more successful than others and my devotional library continues to grow. 

This year, however, I seem to have found a “keeper.”  Jack Countryman has written a wonderful devotional entitled:  The Red Letter Words of Jesus.   As you might expect from the title, Countryman has visited a Bible where the words of Jesus are in red and he expounds on what he finds there.  His work is very thought provoking as a devotional should be. Here is a sample of what you will find in this work:

This then is how you should pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.  (Matthew 6:9-13)

In Matthew 6, Jesus taught His disciples a model prayer to aid their prayer time with God.  The Lord’s Prayer is a wonderful example for all disciples to follow when they find themselves struggling to pray. The Lord’s Prayer starts by your giving honor to God as well as praying for His perfect will to be done on earth.  After this, pray for your personal needs, asking God to provide the essentials for your existence (food, shelter, and clothing).  Your heart is important to God, too, which is why you also must ask Him to forgive your sins and enable you to forgive those who have hurt you.  Next, ask God to protect you from temptation and from the deceit of the evil one. 

Communicating with the Lord is not about speaking the right words or finding the most effective formula to please God.  Prayer is about communicating from the heart and being open and honest with the God of the universe.  If you follow the Lord’s Prayer, then you will be able to deepen your communication with Him.”

Not a sermon … just some thoughts. 

Blessings to all

             And Grace and Peace

Pastor Jim   


Birthdays and Special Occasions 

Oct. 2     Tom S.

Oct 6      Susan B.      

Oct. 15   Ryland J.

Oct. 18   Jim J.

Oct. 22   Paul H.

Oct. 24   Libby B.

Oct. 24   Scott P.

Oct. 26   Randy H.

Oct. 27   Jason P.

Oct. 31   Norma H.

Nov. 4    Bobby T.

Nov. 6    Steven H.

Nov. 13  Mack B.                                                                                            

Nov. 17  James L.                                             

Nov. 24  Harry R.

Nov. 24  Hannah & Nick Baer (anniv.)

Nov. 25  Mary T.

Nov. 27  Nick B

Dec. 5      Jesse R.

Dec. 15    Larry P.

Dec. 19    Sharon S.

Dec. 19    Sandra & Larry Payne (anniv.)

Dec. 20    Lorraine & R.O. Updike (anniv.)

Dec. 27    Sandy G.

 Jan. 7      Ann T.

Jan. 13     Gus C.

Jan. 17     Caye N.      

Jan. 21     Mary Kathleen & Thomas Carter (anniv.)

Jan. 22     Randen J.

Jan. 29     Tanya W.

Jan. 31     Joan B.

Feb. 6    Joan & Ken Poole (anniv.)                  

Feb 10   Sharon H.                                

Feb. 15  Erin M.                                   

Feb. 16  Della S.

Feb. 18  Bill D. 

Feb. 26 Shaw M.                             

Feb. 28 Julie T.       

March 3     Peggy & Mack Baer (anniversary)

March 12  R. O. U.                               

March 14  Bob T.                              

March 15  Peggy B.                                

March 16  Rose R.                         

March 17  Alyssa G.                                

March 19  Mary & Bobby Tarr (anniversary)         

March 26  Sandra P. 


Food Pantry

The Food Pantry provided food for one person in both the third and fourth quarters of the year. The Food Pantry also received a large donation of food from the Orlean Trail Society in December. The PDF helped three people in the third quarter of 2017 and one person in the fourth quarter.

Tip of the Halo to:

~~ Shaw, for developing and distributing the church newsletter for the last 13 years

~~ Ellie, for hosting a fall picnic at her home in October, coinciding with the 5th Sunday Potluck

~~ Sandy Payne, for her leadership and good nature in chairing the UMW and the PDF fund

~~ Daryl & Ellie, for setting up video equipment for the Charge Conference

~~ Kaitlyn Buzzi and Lynn Francis, for joining our choir

~~ everyone who donated Campbell’s and Tyson’s labels and Box Tops

~~ Sharon Stanberry and Joan Poole, for baking cookies for the volunteers at the firehouse

~~ all who contributed to the snacks after the Charge Conference and the 5th Sunday Potluck

~~ all who sent cancelled stamps to help UMCOR

~~ everyone who contributed time and items for shelter in Linden (Methodist Outreach Mission)

~~ Joan and Kenny Poole for all they do for our church, especially at Christmas

~~ Sharon Stanberry for the lovely church decorations

~~ Lorraine & R.O. Updike and Mack & Peggy Baer for putting up the outside nativity scene 

~~ Juanita, for hosting the UMW lunch/gift exchange at Overlook Fauquier Health Rehab/Nursing Center

~~ Tanya, for the flower arrangement set on the organ

~~ all those providing special musical at the Christmas Eve service

~~ the Leamon family, for giving Lindt chocolates and wood carvings

Outreach Accomplishments

Our church has joined other regional United Methodist churches in “MOM” – Methodist Outreach Mission – an effort that provides home repairs for underprivileged families in Fauquier County. Major repairs are currently being made to a home in Orlean. 

The United Methodist Women have been quite active, as usual. Examples include: sharing/providing lunch and gift exchange (an annual affair) with residents of the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation Nursing Center; making donations to FISH, Orlean Volunteer Fire Department, UMCOR, Fauquier Family Shelter, Samaritan's Purse, Fauquier Free Clinic, Christian Appalachian Project and Fauquier Hospice; hosting various receptions and potluck meals at our church, filling backpacks for school children; giving Christmas gifts to local children and providing transportation for church members.

Calendar of Events (First Quarter, 2018)

January 7             Resume normal worship schedule; resume Sunday school

February 13        Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

February 14        Ash Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

February 18        First Sunday in Lent, worship at 10:00 a.m.

February 25        Second Sunday in Lent, worship at 10:00 a.m.

February 25        Meeting of Administrative Council, after Sunday worship

March 4                Third Sunday in Lent, worship at 10:00 a.m.

March 11             Fourth Sunday in Lent, worship at 10:00 a.m.

March 18             Fifth Sunday in Lent, worship at 10:00 a.m.

March 25             Palm/Passion Sunday, worship at 10:00 a.m.

March 29             Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m.     

March 30             Good Friday, 7:00 p.m.

April 1                   Easter Sunrise, 6:30 a.m. Service held at Orlean Cemetery; worship followed by light breakfast

                              hosted by Orlean United Methodist Church (UMC). In inclement weather, Sunrise service will be held at UMC.


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