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OCC Holy Week And Easter Services Announced

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Mar 282021
 

Orange Congregational Church, an Open and Affirming congregation, welcomes you to join us for Holy Week and Easter. Online worship services for Sundays and special holy days will be posted on our OCC Youtube page. Here is our schedule:

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Join us for ‘Praying the Bible’ Holy Week Bible Study on Zoom at 8:00 p.m.  This is an exploration of scripture using the ancient spiritual practice of Lectio Divina (‘Sacred Reading’). For a Zoom link, please email occhurch@snet.net.

 

Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021

Join us online on YouTube for Worship at 5 p.m. or anytime after that.

 

Good Friday, April 2, 2021

Join us online for the ‘ART of Scripture’ Prayer Practice & Gathering on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. For a Zoom link, please email occhurch@snet.net.

 

Easter, April 4, 2021

Ways to celebrate:

1) All are invited to come in person to church any time to decorate the Easter Cross outside in front of the Sanctuary with live flowers.

2) Join in person on the Green at 8:00 a.m. for a service of worship led by our youth and lay leaders with all safety precautions including — masks must be worn at all times, family groups should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other (preferably closer to 12 feet), pre-registration and check-in are required should we need to contact trace.

To register, please email occhurch@snet.net and arrive about 10 minutes prior to the start time for check-in. Please do not congregate after the service. If you wish, your family group may place flowers on the cross together. Be sure to maintain distancing from other groups as you do so.

3) Join us for a special zoom “Easter Greeting” coffee hour at 10 a.m. For a Zoom link, please email occhurch@snet.net.

4)  Join us anytime all day online on YouTube for Easter Worship.

Orange Congregational Church Welcomes You

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Jan 262021
 

Orange Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, welcomes you to join them for virtual worship on Sunday mornings.

OCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation, which means it welcomes all people into the full life and leadership of the church regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or family type.  No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

You can worship with the OCC community on YouTube at Orange Congregational Church, UCC.

The Church also offers virtual coffee hour, church school, Bible study, book club, and an anti-racism ministry. Occasionally, there are other special interest groups for art, music, and other topics.

Please e-mail the church at occhurch@snet.net for Zoom links or to be put on the church e-mailing list.

A virtual Ash Wednesday service will take place on February 17, 2021.

For more information about the UCC, visit the website at orangecongregationalchurch.org

All Are Welcome To The OCC Christmas Eve Worship Service

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Dec 102020
 

A Holiday Message from the OCC, United Church of Christ, Orange:

Orange Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes you to join us for virtual worship on Christmas Eve.

We are an Open and Affirming Congregation, which means we welcome all people into the full life and leadership of the church regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or family type.  No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

You can worship with us on YouTube at Orange Congregational Church, UCC.

Our Christmas Eve service will premiere at noon on December 24th.

For more information about us visit www.orangecongregationalchurch.org

Another Casualty Of The Coronavirus — The Strawberry Festival

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May 042020
 

Following is a message from the Orange Strawberry Festival Committee:
Due to the ongoing pandemic and with guidance from government officials, the Orange Strawberry Festival scheduled for June 13, 2020, is CANCELLED. 
We will miss the delicious food, rides, RED car show, entertainment, and especially all of our festival-goers!
Please message the Orange Strawberry Festival page on Facebook or call Jake Noyes at 203-500-7008 with questions.
Please stay safe, stay healthy, and we will persevere.  See you next year!
Editor’s Note and a suggestion:
The Annual Strawberry Festival has been a town treasure for many years from its humble beginning on the town green to the big multi-activity extravaganza that it has been in the past few years since moving to the Orange Fairgrounds.
The folks at the Orange Congregational Church work tirelessly for months preparing for the event from getting the word out, to finding vendors and car enthusiasts to participate, to picking and prepping strawberries for the shortcake and pies.
We want them to know that they are all appreciated for everything they do for the community and how sorry we are that this year’s festival cannot go forward as planned.
Personally, we believe that a pie fundraiser could be held with enough social distancing to help raise money and to make sure everyone gets their fill of the best strawberry and strawberry rhubarb pies on the face of the earth.
Think about it, order and pay in advance online and pick up at specific times. It CAN be done.
Everyone be well. If no pie this year, we’ll see you next year.

Obituary: William Bertram Maxwell, 76, Beloved Husband, Father

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Mar 052020
 

William Bertram Maxwell passed away on February 25, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Sadie Maxwell. He was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 28, 1943 and grew up in Verona, New Jersey.

On April 10, 1999, Bill married Karen Griffith deFur becoming stepfather to daughters Nicole and Katie. Bill and Karen traveled extensively, and he enjoyed gardening, reading, his dogs and sports but was especially fond of his 6 grandchildren. He was an active member of Orange Congregational Church serving on several boards and was active previously with the United Way.

Bill spent his career at Nash Engineering (later Gardner Denver) as a mechanical engineer and in management working with operations in the USA, Sweden, Brazil and China. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at both the University of Connecticut and Cornell University. At Stevens, he was a member of the men’s choir and sang at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. He was a member of Theta Xi fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Karen deFur-Maxwell; stepdaughters, Katie deFur Fallon and Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald); and his grandchildren Kristin, Daxton, Makayla and Savannah Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon. He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce Leck (Bob), Rene Babson and Dorothy Brehm; nieces, Caryn Howard (Dave), Jennifer Pulvino (John), Linda Dill (Ron); nephews, Bill Leck and Doug Brehm; and many cousins in Ireland.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

New Pastor’s Installation Ceremony Planned

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Feb 262020
 

The Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, will celebrate the installation of the Rev. Jennifer L. Campbell as its Settled Senior Pastor.

The service will take place on Sunday, March 1, from 3 – 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Clergy are invited to gather in the Katherine Knight Room at 2:45 p.m. to robe and process.

A reception will follow.

Strawberry Festival At The Fairgrounds June 8

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Jun 062019
 

The Orange Congregational Church will host its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 8 at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Spend the day with family and friends and enjoy food, games, a fabulous vendor fair, pancakes, strawberries, jam, pies, shortcake, entertainment, and the annual Red Car Show!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for June 8th:
  • 8:30 AM – Pancake Breakfast
  • 10 AM – 3 PM – Red Car Show
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30AM – Dimples the Clown
  • 11AM – 12:00 Noon – Hay Rides
  • 12 Noon  – 12:45 PM – Al DeCant – Children’s Entertainment
  • 1 PM – 5 PM – Furious George – classic rock
  • 2 PM – 3:00 PM – Magician – Bryan Lizotte
  • 4 PM – Pie Eating Contest

Author, Historian, Is Guest Speaker At Historical Society Meeting On Wednesday

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Feb 032019
 

The Orange and Milford Historical Societies will host a Joint Meeting at the Orange Congregational Church Community Room on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist at the CT State Museum of Natural History and author of “The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk.”

Bellantoni will tell of  Henry ‘Opukaha’ia, a Native Hawaiian and Itankusun Wanbil, an Oglala Lakota and the circumstances that led them to Connecticut.

Guests are welcome to attend.

Copies of the book will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Obituary: Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Nov 072018
 

Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, died on Thursday, November 1, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Mabelle Perkins Griffith and Franklin D. Griffith; brother, Irving Griffith; sister, Charlotte Griffith Bailey; and two brothers who died in infancy. He was born in Wyoming, New York on October 2, 1924.

Sid was a veteran and very proud to have served his country. In 1942, he was drafted for World War II. Following training in Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Breckinridge, he went overseas aboard the Aquitania unescorted and zig-zagging to Scotland. As a member of the 75th Artillery Division, he took part in the Battle of the Budge, serving under Patton. Discharged in 1946, he attended Alfred Tech, graduating in 1949.

On April 8, 1950, he married Jean K. Green from Florida, NY, having met her while she was attending Geneseo State College. Inseparable, he spoke of his wife as the love of his life and referred to her as his bride. With a degree in heating and air-conditioning, Sid moved to Endicott, NY to work for Northrup Supply where he stayed throughout his career. Before retiring he was in the position of President. He received an award from the PHCC (Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors) and the Lion’s Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.

Sid and Jean lived in Binghamton, NY for 66 years prior to moving to Orange, CT in June of 2018. In Binghamton, he was a member of the Broome County Historical Society, Friends of the BC Library, Binghamton Lions Club, and the Roberson and Phelps Mansion Museums. Sid enjoyed traveling, working on home projects and gardening with Jean. He especially enjoyed times spent with his family at their summer cottage on Yankee Lake, NY. Sid and his wife were fond of their church family at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Vestal, NY and have attended Orange Congregational Church since their move in Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Karen deFur-Maxwell (William) and son Alan Griffith (Lynn Dunn), grandchildren, Katie deFur Fallon, Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald), Leah Griffith and Seth Griffith. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Kristin, Daxton and Makayla Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon, nieces Joy Griffith Cline (Jim) and Sally Griffith Mariage (Duane), great nieces and nephews and cousins Mary Griffith Weber (Kenneth), Dorothy Doran Zehler and Edward (Natalie) Doran.

A celebration of life service will take place at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

The committal service will be held in the Florida, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1900 Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

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.