Welcome to The Orchard Park Community Church. Founded in 1986, we are an independent, ecumenical congregation affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches. Our members come from many backgrounds and traditions, gathering around a common mission to worship God in Christian unity without uniformity, to embrace diversity without divisiveness, and to embody the teachings of Christ with relevance to the needs of our world today. Our mission is to build and be an inclusive community of Christian love and faith to work toward healing in ourselves and our world.
NEWS & NOTES
Help sponsor a chair! In order to better accommodate the physical needs of some members and guests during worship, we would like to order ten (10) new chairs with higher backs and arm rests from the same company that makes the current chairs in our sanctuary. These chairs will be the same style as the current chairs, with color to match or complement the current color and would likely be placed at the ends of the aisles. If you are interested in helping out with this project, please contact Pastor Ted or Council Chair Karen Myers-Hackem. The chairs cost about $80 each. Donations of any size are welcomed. Thank you.
Help make our auction successful: the church is holding an auction and outreach event on Nov. 12, at 7:30 PM. You can help now by 1) donating items to auctioned (art, fine furniture, toys, antiques, collectibles, services, gift baskets, etc.); and 2) contacting or connecting us with others who might donate auction items. Particularly popular items include sports, music, or theater tickets or peraphernalia, golf outings, vacation home usage, gift certificates, special services. Contact Sherry Schroeder or Karen Myers-Hackem for details.
The deadline for the next newsletter is next Sunday, Oct. 30. Please send or give information, articles, announcements, reports, photos to Linda Lanning: firstname.lastname@example.org, 3487 Heatherwood Drive, Hamburg, NY 14075.
The knitting group will begin gathering again on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at Nancie Saville’s house at 7:00. All are invited to come and help with this wonderful prayer shawl fellowship and ministry.
We are having a photo church directory made this year in celebration of our 30th anniversary. Please see information and sign up in the narthex or online for a time to be photographed. Each family photographed will get a free 8x10 portrait and a directory, with no purchase required. The Dates are Nov. 14 & 15, with time slots from 2:00-9:00 PM
The church council has decided to create a paid position for Christian Education coordinator for a 4 month trial period at $50/week. This person will teach Sunday school each week with a church volunteer assisting. If you know of anyone who might be good for this please let Ted know, or have them contact the church directly: email@example.com.
Squeaky clean to sustain our beautiful, clean church home, we would appreciate a couple volunteers for some help with light touch-ups in between the regular cleaning service such as sweeping or vacuuming and making sure there are paper towels and tissue in the bathrooms, etc. prior to worship and events. Please see Hank Meyer, Trustee, if you are able to help.
Youth community service opportunity For any youth looking for community service projects for school credit, the Orchard Park Community Church would be happy to have your help. Please contact Pastor Ted for more information.
Selected recent sermons are available on the website in pdf and a hard copy in the rack near the narthex bulletin board.