St. Mark’s to host Pizza With Santa

St. Mark Lutheran Church has heard from the “Jolly Fat Man in the red suit.” Santa said he will be at St. Mark Church, 945 W. Roundbunch on Wednesday, Dec. 19 around 6 p.m.-depends on “how fast ole Rudolph goes.” He is coming to eat pizza and visit with the Orangefield and Bridge City children up to age 12. He will also pose for a picture with each child and hear their wish list. Santa says he really enjoys the children on his night here and can hardly wait.  He has been coming to visit for the past three years. Please come join him!

Please call Pat Greene at 722-6655 for more information

First UMC of Orange to host Blue Christmas Service

First United Methodist Church of Orange invites you to a Blue Christmas service in the Slade Chapel on Elm Street between 5th and 6th Streets in Orange. The service will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. There are times in our lives when the Christmas spirit is hard to muster. There are times when Christmas just doesn’t seem as cheerful and upbeat as we have experienced for a number of reasons:

• A loved one dies

• Friends/family move away

• We struggle with divorce

• We lose our jobs

• We may face cancer or some other overwhelming disease.

If this is the case for you, we invite you to our first Blue Christmas service.

Even though the title seems melancholy the service is a hopeful and healing way to begin your Christmas. Bring your family and friends. It is our prayer that this will be an uplifting time for you, even at this time, in your life’s journey.

Faith UMC to host Live Nativity Scence

Faith United Methodist, located at 8608  MLK Jr. Dr. in Orange,  is hosting a Live Nativity Scene from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21. The community is invited to come and experience the enactment of Christ’s birth complete with actors portraying Mary, Joseph, the Christ child, wise-men and shepherds as well as stable animals. Drive by to view or park and get a closer look at the scene. Then come inside for refreshments and fellowship with friends and neighbors. All are welcome to participate in this free event. For more information, please contact the Church office number at 409 886-1291.

Cowboy Church to host Christmas Eve service

The Cowboy Church of Orange County will have its annual Christmas Eve Lord’s Supper Service, beginning at 5 p.m. The church is located at 673 FM 1078 in Orange, just off of Hwy. 62, about one mile north of IH-10. The public is invited. For more information, Pastor Dale Lee may be contacted at 409-718-0269.

First UMC to host MOPS 

The local Mothers of Preschoolers group (affectionately known as MOPS) invites you to join them one Tuesday a month 9:30 a.m. to noon September through May in the First United Methodist Church Praise Center located on the corner of 5th and Pine.

MOPS is designed to nurture EVERY mother with children from infancy to kindergarten through guest speakers, mentor moments, creative activities, breakfast, discussion time, play groups and more.

Members come from all walks of life, but share one desire—to be great moms!  You don’t have to be a Methodist, just a mom.  Free childcare is provided during meetings.  For more information and dates, please contact FUMC Orange at 409-886-7466 or find more information on the web at or

St. Paul UMC to sell cookbooks

St. Paul United Methodist Church is selling homegrown, local cookbooks. All of the recipes come from members. The cookbook has tried and true recipes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to our mission funds. Please call the church 735-5546 or come by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up a copy.

Eagles offers activities, pool tournament and hall rental

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering several classes, activities and fundraisers.

The Eagles will be open Christmas Day this year from 4 p.m. to midnight. Patrons will enjoy free pool and popcorn and rink specials will be offered throughout the evening. The community is invited and welcomed to come meet the members and relax for the evening.

Celebrate bringing in the new year with the Eagles on Monday, Dec. 31. Three Legged Dawg will provide the entertainment. Champagne and party favors are included in the reservation at $10 per seat.

Free scrapbook classes are held at 4 p.m. each Tuesday. The community is invited.

Free genealogy classes are offered at 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Eagles will host a pool tournament every Friday beginning at 8 p.m. Prize money will given to first and second place winners. Food will be available.

The Eagles have new hours of operation. The Eagles have new hours of operation. They will now be open on Monday’s at 4pm. The hours for the rest of the week remain the same.

Patrons will now enjoy free pool, free popcorn and drink specials Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during special hours.

As always our community is invited to come meet our members and enjoy our facility.

The 63’ X 39’ hall is available for rent. The hall is suitable for all occasions, with an occupancy of 200. The amenities include a band stand, nice dance floor, tables, chairs, large kitchen, wet bar, pool table, and a large parking lot. A bartender and waitress will be provided as needed. The Fraternal Order of Eagles has an excellent location, one block off MacArthur Drive. For more information on any of the activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.

American Legion Club Room now open

The American Legion Club Room, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange will be open at noon, Monday through Sunday, on a trial basis. The American Legion Post 49 is revised their hours to be serve their members and guest. For this venture to be successful, the American Legion is asking for the support and patronage of the community.

Boy Scouts to host annual flag fundraiser

The Boy Scouts of Troop 62 is now accepting subscriptions for commemorative flag displays in and around North Orange (near Hwy. 87 and Meeks Drive) between IH-10 and South Teal Road. The 3’ by 5’ flags will be displayed on the five flag days of the year (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Patriots Day [9/11] and Veterans Day). The flags will be displayed no later than 9 a.m. on the commemorative day, picked up before dusk and stored until the next flag day.

An initial $75 tax deductible donation ($50 for renewals) is required. Money orders and checks must be received 14 days prior to posting day in order to ensure timely service. All proceeds go to support Scout activities and programs throughout the year.

For subscriptions, contact Bubba Plexico, Troop 62 Scoutmaster, at 214-770-0568; or Chris Wright, Troop 62 Fundraising Chair, at 409-882-9972.

Mauriceville AA meets

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.

Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday

The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.