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Mark Your Calendars For the 10th Annual Strawberry Festival This Saturday

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Jun 072018
 

This Orange Congregational Church will host its 10th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can share in a day of food, fun, and family.

YES, this is the same festival that used to take place on the town green in front of the church, but because of its popularity, it was moved to this larger venue a few years ago.

If you get there early you can look forward to pancakes with homemade strawberry compote and whipped cream or just with strawberries! If you are not an early riser, that is okay, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, chili dog, sausage and peppers, french fries, pulled pork, grilled cheese, veggie burgers and more will be available for sale.

For dessert, you can decide between strawberry shortcake, a slice of strawberry pie or strawberry rhubarb pie, and chocolate covered strawberries! Ask for “to-go” containers!

NOTE: Our suggestion, bring a bit of extra money and bring home a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to share with everyone you know. They’re amazing!

There will be live music, kids games, rides, face painting, a hayride, pie eating contest, Red Car show, and more than 60 different vendors selling all types of goodies.

Admission and parking for this event are FREE.

Remember, The OCC Serves Up Food And Drinks During The Parade

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May 262018
 

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School Bake Sale will take place on Sunday, May 27. 

Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the Orange Town Green during the Memorial Day parade.

This annual fundraiser has become a tradition at the parade and helps to support their faith-based school for three and four-year-olds, which has reached out into the community for more than 50 years.

Obituary: Arline Geane, 92, Beloved Mother Of George Geane, Grandmother, “Amah”

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May 162018
 

Arline Geane, 92, of East Otis, Massachusetts, formerly of Orange, CT, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

She was born on August 21, 1925, to the late Paul Schutt and Freda Brandt.

Arline was predeceased by her husband George A. Geane, her daughter, Jennifer D. Geane and her sisters, Dorothy Macmillan and Phyllis Peatross.

Arline, better known as “Amah,” was the world to her children and grandchildren; she attended every event and loved sharing holidays and special times with her family. Amah was everything they all needed in life and more. Anybody that she would meet immediately called her Amah and would fall in love. She had a heart of gold and touched every single person she came in contact with.

Arline enjoyed spending her time at the senior center, gardening, learning how to create new recipes in the kitchen, doing jigsaw puzzles, and playing Words With Friends on her iPad and spending time with her best cat, Sasha.

Arline leaves behind her children, Geoffrey (Lynne) Geane of East Otis, MA and George (Linda) Geane II of Orange, CT. She also is survived by her six grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Geane, Allison (James) Paturas, Katryn (Tony) Crawford, Elizabeth (James) Lafo, Kimmery (Malcolm) Migel, and Parker (Courtney) Geane and her two great-grandchildren, J. Christopher Geane and Landon Lafo, along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT. Entombment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery on Orange Center Road, in Orange.

Because Multiple Sclerosis has impacted the Geane family tremendously, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arline’s daughter Jennifer’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, online at nationalmssociety.org, or mail to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451

Schedule Of Events For 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection at Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 202018
 

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church 

Here is the 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection schedule of events at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane (at the corner of Orange Center Road) in Orange.

Palm Sunday   
March 25
9:45 a.m.  Palm Processional:
Meet us in the back parking lot to receive your palm and process with bagpiper into the Sanctuary.
If you wish not to process, please go directly into the Sanctuary.

10:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.  Prayer Walk offered by the Confirmation Class:

This will be a lunch theater style dramatization of the last days of Jesus’ life.  For a $5 per person suggested donation, we will offer Middle Eastern fare.  Sign up with the church office at 203-795-9749.

Maundy Thursday   
March 29
Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lights will be extinguished as we hear the passion of Christ in his final hours.
Communion by intinction will be offered.

Good Friday   
March 30
7:00 p.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunday   
April 1st 
6:30 a.m.  Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill outside near the church
A service offered by our Youth to celebrate the risen Christ.
After worship, we will meet at Chip’s Restaurant in Orange for breakfast.

9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Music from our Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs

Obituary: Jeanette P. MacKenzie, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 292018
 

Jeanette P. MacKenzie of Silverbrook Estates, Orange, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018.
She was born on January 26, 1926, daughter of Fritz E. and Jennie Nylander Peterson.
She is survived by her son, Carl Dawson, her stepson-in-law, Charles Judd & four step-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Stanley Dawson and her second husband, Roger MacKenzie as well as her companion of many years, Fred Ross, her daughter, Susan Dawson & her stepdaughter, Jane Judd.
Jeanette enjoyed life at Silverbrook for many years. Director Sue, Nurse Michelle and Aid Lisa were all very kind and took great care of her. She felt fortunate to live there and enjoyed many friends and particularly her card games.
She was a member of the Orange Congregational Church for 22 years.
Jeanette worked as a bookkeeper and was employed for 18 years by Echlin Manufacturing. Interestingly, Echlin sold their property on the Branford River to CT Hospice and that is where Jeanette spent her final days. She was comfortable and peaceful with no pain at the time of her death.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanette’s name to Orange Congregational Church 205 Meeting House Lane Orange, CT. 06477.
For online condolences visit www.westhavenfuneral.com

Obituary: Robert Donald Eichman, 93, Beloved Husband, Father, WWII Veteran

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Oct 242017
 

Robert Donald Eichman, 93, passed peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Carriage Green of Milford.  He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret Eichman, and his daughter Robin Eichman-Swan of Milford.

Mr. Eichman was born in Jersey City, NJ, and grew up in Red Bank, NJ.  He was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and served in the Navy during WWII.  He worked at Robertshaw Controls in Milford from 1965-88.

He was a resident of Orange for many years, but spend the past 4.5 years living in Milford.  He was a proud member of the Orange Congregational Church.  He and his wife traveled throughout the U.S. and to more than 30 countries.  He was an avid athlete and still riding a stationary bicycle until earlier this year.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 4 p.m. at the Orange Congregational Church. Interment with military honors will be private.

The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford. Contributions in his name may be given to the Orange Congregational Church.

A Look Back: Orange Strawberry Festival In Photos

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Jun 202017
 

Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival took place on the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event included an expanded Arts and Craft Fair and Home Show with live music, hayrides, children’s events, a Red Car Show and fabulous food, including sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and chocolate-dipped berries.

Here are a few photos from the event.

 

Annual Community Tag Sale on The Green May 13

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May 052017
 

Church-aerial-viewThe Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups will sponsor the Annual Community Tag Sale on the Orange Town Green, Orange Center Road, Saturday, May 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Space can be rented for $20 (with a table provided — $25) by calling the church office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will take place on May 20.

vendors were setting up their tents this morning.

Orange Congregational Church: Sunday Services, Tag Sale

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Apr 202017
 

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, invites you to come to one of its two weekly Sunday Worship Services:  at 8 a.m. in the Chapel or 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

The 10 a.m. worship service includes Sunday School programming for school age children, as well as a church nursery with a child-care experienced Crib Room Attendant for all birth to Pre-K children whose parents or guardians are attending worship service.

Tag Sale

The annual Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Tag Sale will take place on the Orange Town Green  Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (rain date:  May 20).

If you wish to rent a space, a space without a table is $20, or a space with a table is $25.

To sign up, call Esther in the church office at 203-795-9749.

Donations to the PF Tag Sale are also very welcome and can be dropped off to the church after May 7; call the same number.

Holy Week and Easter Service Schedule at Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 292017
 

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane (at the corner of Orange Center Road) released its schedule of services and events for Holy Week and Resurrection.

Palm Sunday  
April 9
8:00 a.m.  Worship in Chapel
9:45 a.m.  Palm Processional
Meet us in the back parking lot to receive your palm and process with bagpiper into the Sanctuary.
If you wish not to process please go directly into the Sanctuary.

10:00 a.m.  Worship in Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.  Prayer Walk offered by the Confirmation Class
12:00 p.m. Easter Egg hunt (on the Town Green)
Maundy Thursday  
April 13
Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lights will be extinguished as we hear the passion of Christ in his final hours. 
Communion by intinction will be offered.

Good Friday  
April 14
7:00 p.m.  Worship in Sanctuary

Easter Sunday  
April 16
6:00 a.m.  Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill
A service offered by our Youth to celebrate the risen Christ.
After worship meet at Chip’s Restaurant for breakfast

9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.  Worship in Sanctuary

Music from our Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs