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Annual Community Tag Sale on The Green May 7

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May 062016
 

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 7, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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 be held on May 14.

vendors were setting up their tents this morning.

vendors were setting up their tents this morning.

This Month’s Events At the Orange Congregational Church

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May 022016
 

orange congregational churchOrange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, announces the following events planned for this month.

Everyone is welcome to come to worship the regular Sunday worship services taking place at 8 a.m. in the Chapel or 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

The annual Tag Sale, sponsored by the youth of the Pilgrim Fellowship, will be held on Sat, May 7, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the Orange Town Green.

On Sunday, May 15 there will be only one worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, where we will welcome this year’s Confirmation Class as members of our church community.

On Wednesday May 18, please join us for a midweek service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, in the Taize style which uses meditative chants and periods of silence to create an atmosphere of contemplative worship.

Children’s Sunday will take place on May 22 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, hosted by our Church School children and their leaders.

On Sunday May 29, there will be only one worship service at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will also have their annual Bake Sale.  Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the green during the Memorial Day parade.

Join The “Scholar In Residence” Discussion Group On April 17

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Apr 132016
 

126716967The Rev. Suzanne Wagner announced this upcoming program at the Orange Congregational Church:

Come, hear and discuss our religious leaders’ perceptions concerning religion’s role in the public sphere.

The Orange Clergy Association welcomes you to the 2016 “Scholar in Residence”  program to take place at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane on Sunday, April 17.  A reception will begin at 4 p.m., with the program beginning at 4:30 p.m.

This year, our program will be a clergy forum on the topic, “Mixing Religion and Politics:  When Should Religious Leaders Speak out about Political issues?” Are religious organizations best “seen but not heard” in the public sphere? Is there a place for a religious voice in a presidential election?

Holy Week At The Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 252016
 

orange congregational church Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 205 Meeting House Lane, released the following Holy Week schedule:

On Maundy Thursday, in observance of the night in which Jesus had his last meal with his disciples we will gather at7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for “A Service of Darkness”.  We will hear seven choral meditations on the Last Words of Christ, as composed by Dale Wood and adapted from the ancient Tenebrae.   Lights will be extinguished as we hear the Passion of Christ in song and words. Communion by intinction will be offered.

Good Friday service will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  This will be a somber service and we will have readings from the Gospel of John.

On Easter Sunday, join us for a Festival of Resurrection:  At 6:30 a.m. the youth of Orange Congregational Church will offer their traditional Easter Sunrise service at Hannah’s Hill, by the church.  Come to hear their music and meditation.  At the conclusion of the service everyone meets at Chip’s Restaurant in Orange for pancakes.

At 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary we will celebrate and worship together.  Rev. Suzanne’s meditation is entitled, “Today’s Good News”. The Senior Choir will sing at both services, joined by the Handbell Choir at the 9:00 a.m. service and the Junior Choir at the 11:00 a.m. service. Both services in the Sanctuary will conclude with the choir and congregation singing the “Hallelujah” Chorus from The Messiah by G.F. Handel.

 

Maundy Thursday  

March 24

7:00 p.m.  Service of Communion & Tenebrae

“A Service of Darkness” as composed by Dale Wood

7 choral meditations on the Last Words of Christ

Good Friday  

March 25

7:00 p.m.  Worship in Sanctuary

Easter Sunday  

March 27

Festival of Resurrection

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill

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

An Ideal Night for Orange Youth to Freeze Out

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Jan 242016
 

This is the perfect overnight weather for the town’s youth to Freeze Out and see what it’s like to be homeless and living in a cardboard box.

This year's Freeze Out participants with Officer Bernegger and Trent. (Photo by Stewart )

This year’s Freeze Out participants with Officer Bernegger and Trent.
(Photo by Stuart King )

The Orange Congregational Church began its annual Habitat for Humanity event on Saturday evening as the snow continued to fall on the shanty town in front of the church.

During the evening, both of the Orange Police Department’s K9s, Loki and Trent and their handlers, Officers Chris Brown and Mary Bernegger paid a visit and provided demonstrations of their special skills — Loki (Tracking) and Trent (drug sniffing) — for the enthusiastic participants.

The teens and their adult chaperones took shifts spending time outside in the cardboard shanty town, while others participated in activities, like the hammering contest.

The event will end Sunday morning and everyone will go home and get some badly needed sleep in the warmth of their own beds, but the memory of being out in the cold will stay with them for a long time.

Each year the youth group dedicates time during the spring/summer building a home for a worthy recipient in the Habitat for Humanity program.

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Obituary: Robert H. Kelly, 85, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 262015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 12.57.56 PMRobert H. Kelly, 85, died on July 23, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of Orange, her son Rick and wife Susan, and daughters Paige and Brooke of Atlanta, GA.

He is survived by his son, Robert and his wife Frances, and their children Ryan, Kevin and Corinne of Branford, CT; he is survived by his daughter, Barbara “Kelly” and her husband Jeff, and their children Caroline and Ian of Atlanta.

He also is survived by a sister, Bette, of Minneapolis, MN.

Robert was born on November 1, 1929, the son of Herbert and Margaret Kelly of Milford.

He was an avid golfer and lifelong member of Race Brook Country Club, where he was a former board member. He enjoyed his time as an assistant coach in both Pop Warner football and his son’s high school track and field team. He was an original member of the Orange Players’ Theater Group and acted in several productions.

He was president of the New England Oven & Furnace Co, of Orange, CT., where he worked until his retirement in 1995. He also served on the improvement committee for the town of Orange.

He traveled extensively with his wife and especially enjoyed visiting his extended family and friends in Atlanta.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, July 28, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church. Interment to follow at the Orange Center Cemetery. Memorial donations in his name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Don’t Miss This Musical Tribute To Alice Parker on Sunday

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Apr 212015
 

Alice Parker

Alice Parker

The choirs of the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, will perform a musical tribute to the composer Alice Parker on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

The compositions of Alice Parker are classics in the choral music genre.  Her pieces are performed by church, high school, and college choirs throughout the country.  Numerous recordings of her music by the Robert Shaw Chorale, Chanticleer, and Melodious Accord are available on ITunes.  Examples of  many fine choirs performing her music also may be found on YouTube.
The choirs of the church will offer a rich sampling of her works at this afternoon concert and Alice Parker will be present at this event. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
Come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful singing, and acknowledge this American woman for her significant contribution to the art of choral music.

Jan 242015
 

K9 Trent and handler/partner Officer Mary Bernegger

K9 Trent and handler/partner Officer Mary Bernegger

On Friday night, Orange Police Officer Mary Bernegger and her K9 partner Trent visited the Orange Congregational Church where the youth group was taking part in the annual fundraising Freeze Out to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Trent is a trained drug-sniffing dog.

Bernegger hid small amounts of drugs inside the building and told Trent to get to work. The kids and their chaperones watched as he found one item and then another within a few minutes.

Since going into service last June, Trent has done an excellent job at getting illegal drugs off the streets. So far his nose has sniffed out around 20 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.

After he was done impressing his audience, Trent visited with the kids, gave kisses and got plenty of belly rubs while Bernegger answered questions.

 

 

 

 

Jan 242015
 

IMG_2356On Friday night into Saturday, the Youth of the Orange Congregational Church participated in the “Freeze Out,” fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Some residents drove by and handed the kids donations for the cause.

A shanty town of cardboard boxes in front of the church provided them a little shelter from the elements. Tarps kept the snow and rain from soaking and weakening the structure.

The event began at 6 p.m. with a pizza dinner for the participants and ended around 8 a.m. on Saturday.

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones rotated every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who were inside the church hall participated in activities and listened to guest speakers.

This year, Orange police officer Mary Bernegger’s drug-sniffing K9, laborador “Trent” impressed his audience with his amazing ability to find even trace amounts of drugs that his partner hid inside the church building prior to the demonstration.

At 6 a.m., before breakfast, two chaperones, Karen and Stuart were shoveling snow and already had built a snowman.

Snow expected for The 2015 Freeze Out

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Jan 232015
 

unnamedIt’s been done in the snow, in sub-freezing temperatures, mild drizzle and above average temperatures.

 No matter what the weather, the youth of the Orange Congregational Church have participated in the “Freeze Out,” an important fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity for the past several years.

You will notice a shanty town of cardboard boxes out in front of the church this weekend. Each year the structure takes on a more elaborate style as those who construct it learn from the previous year’s design.

The 2015 Freeze Out begins at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 23 with a pizza dinner for the participants and ends around 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Snow is expected to fall right after midnight, so, bundle up kids!

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones will rotate every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who are inside the church hall will participate in activities and listen to guest speakers — often an Orange Police Officer and/or a Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 11.02.43 PMrepresentative from Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Residents are welcome and encouraged to drive by anytime during the Freeze Out, see the shanty town and make a donation if you’d like.

The sponsor sheets will be available by contacting Beth Rafferty at 203-430-2145 or [email protected]