First Church of the Nazarene celebrates 90 years

First Church of the Nazarene is celebrating 90 years of ministry in Orange. A Homecoming celebration with special services and activities are set for Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Rev. Bill Carr, former pastor (1981 to 87) will be the key-note speaker for the weekend. Friday evening the homecoming activities will begin at 7 p.m. with a dessert social following. Saturday, October 8th the day will include a “family reunion picnic“ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The evening service will be at 6 p.m. featuring music, soloist and musicians from across the years. Sunday at 9:45 a.m. former pastors and leaders will be sharing and the Homecoming Celebration Service will began at 10:45 a.m.. The weekend will conclude with a dramatic presentation of ‘The Man From Aldersgate’ at 6 p.m.. Nursery will be provided for all services. Orange First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3806 M.L. King Drive.For more information call 409-883-4674 or visit The public is invited to attend.

First Bapt. Church of Orange to host ‘Friend Fest’

Sunday, Oct. 9, will be the second annual Friend Fest at First Baptist Church of Orange. This family community event will provide an opportunity for church members and friends, both old and new, to share in worship and fellowship. Beginning with the two worship services, the traditional worship service called “Celebration Service” at 8:30 a.m. and the contemporary worship service, “First Journey” at 11 a.m., the congregation will meet together for God-honoring worship. At 9:45 a.m., Connection Groups for all ages will be meeting sharing at time of in-depth Bible study with each other. Friend Fest participants are then invited to attend a picnic and activity time at the church’s property, located on MLK Drive. Food will be provided and includes a BBQ brisket and all its trimmings. For more information about Friend Fest or the church, please contact the church office at 409-886-7461 or visit the website,

First United Methodist to host Wednesday Night Live classes

The community is invited to participate in First United Methodist Church’s Wednesday Night Live classes. Fall classes began Sept. 14 and run through Nov. 16. A light supper will be served at 5 p.m. with classes beginning at 6 p.m.
Programs for the fall include: Prayer Shawl Ministry, “Why?” by Adam Hamilton, “Confronting Controversies” by Adam Hamilton, Beth Moore’s study of Revelation “Here and Now, There and Then,” Dr. Dobson’s “Bringing Up Girls,”and “Disciple III Bible Study.”
Youth will view and discuss “Soul Surfer.” Kindergarten through fifth graders will be participating in “Way to Go “A Guided Tour Through God’s Greatest Commandment.”
A nursery is provided for infants through preschoolers.
FUMC is located at 502 North Sixth Street; the meal is served in the Praise Center located on the corner of Pine and Fifth streets.
For more information, including the cost of materials, please call the church office, 409-886-7466.

Faith United Methodist to host ‘Faithkidz’

The United Methodist Church in Orange will host an action packed mid-week adventure for kindergarten through fifth graders each Wednesday beginning Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 14. Faithkidz will begin at 5:15 p.m. and last until 6:16 pm.
Children will experience new adventures, new friends, and receive large doses of encouragement in a Christian setting! Each evening begins with upbeat music, video, exciting games, crafts, puppets, singing, Bible stories, and snacks.
This is free to the public, but those interested must register. For more information contact Martha Hoefner 409-346-4017, O’Clair Vaughn 409-201-4208 or 409-769-0230
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Cowboy Church to celebrate fourth anniversary

The Cowboy Church of Orange county will celebrate their fourth anniversary on Sunday Oct. 23. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Cowboy Cross band will be performing as well as a variety of events will be scheduled in the arena. The newly purchased replica of an 1800s style chuck wagon will be on display. After the service they will be serving a traditional dinner on the ground. Everybody is welcome and all events are free to the public. The church is located at 673 FM 1078 in Orange. For more information, please contact Pastor Dale Lee at 409-718-0269, or Pam Scales Crew at 409-313-7779.

Cowboy Church to host last Buckle Series Playdays

The community is invited to join the Cowboy Church of Orange County for their last Buckle Series Playdays of 2011, the last playday is Oct. 29. Events include barrels, poles, flag race, baton race and speed race. Buckles will be awarded for overall high point for each age group. Special classes are lead line, mutton bustin’ and stick horse race with special awards also given at end of series. Western attire required; hat, sleeved shirt, jeans and boots. Current negative coggins and signed release form required. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Debbie Vance at 409-745-0656.

McDonald Memorial Bapt. to host Halloween Festival

McDonald Memorial Baptist Church will host a Community Halloween Festival on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Burton gym building. There will be a moonwalk, games and prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located on the corner of South and Broad Streets, across the bridge from Lions Den Park. The church can be contacted at 409-883-3974.