Community Bulletin Board and Church happenings
Red Hot Flashers to meet March 21
The Red Hot Flashers will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21 at P.K. restaurant on Orange.
Birthday ladies for March are: Lady Dee, Charlene Denman, Lady Evangline, Billie Becker, and Miss Priss, Zella Williams.
February’s birthdays included Lady Frenchie, Marie Browning.
Ladies will bring door prizes and be ready for fun.
All ladies are welcome. For information call 409-886-1609.
VFW Post 2775 to host Desert Storm slide show
VFW Post 2775 will present a slide show commemorating Operation Desert Storm at 6 p.m. on March 21 in the VFW Hall, located at 3503 Hwy 87 North in Orange. The public is invited to attend. For further information, contact John Clark at 883-0264.
Orangefield FFA to host plant sale
The Orangfield FFA will have a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25. They will have several varieties of tomatoes, as well as, banana, jalapeño, and bell pepper plants. For more information please call 735-2034 or email email@example.com.
AARP income tax assistance available
The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 15, 2013 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m.
Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following:
All W-2 and 1099 Forms, including Social Security Benefits statements;
Records of Capital gains and losses;
Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, causality and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents;
A copy of their 2011 tax return to help the volunteers prepare the 2012 return.
Electronic filing will be available. No tax return will be started after 4 p.m.
Orange K of C to host fish fry
St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Orange Council 1680 will sell delicious fried and baked fish dinners, dine in or take out, from 5 to 7 p.m. on all Fridays in Lent, except Good Friday, in the parish hall.
Meals consist of fish, French fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, ketchup, tea, water and dessert. Cost is $8 for 3 pieces of fried or baked filets; $7 for 2 pieces fried. All are invited to experience Council 1680’s renowned fish taste.
VFW to host recognition programs
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 will host veteran recognition programs open to the public.
The Kosovo Campaign will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22 and the Somalia Recognition will be held at 6 p.m. on March 29.
The slide shows will be shown at the VFW Hall at 5303 16th Street (Highway 87 North).
For information, contact John Clark at 883-0264 or Commander John Bagley at 409-779-2919 after 6 p.m.
BC Knights of Columbus to offer fish dinners
Bridge City Knights of Columbus will offer fish dinners (fried catfish, cole slaw, hush puppies, fries) through Friday March 22. Serving between 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. $8 per plate. Dine-in or takeout. Large order delivery is available call 735-5725.
BCHS Project Graduation to host fundraising events
The Bridge City High School Project Graduation will host their annual “Cardinal Cutie Mock Beauty Pageant” at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25 in the BCHS cafeteria. Admission is $5 at the door. The pageant promises to be a good time for all, laughter every minute and is sure to be a jaw dropping experience.
The BCHS Project Graduation will hold a link/boudain sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Walgreens in Bridge City.
They will also be hosting a golf tournament on Monday, April 1 at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. The format is an 18-hole team scramble tournament/four man team. The cost will be $400 per team or $125 per person. Individuals will be placed on a team.
Every player will receive a gift bag and a chance to win door prizes. A silent auction will be held. Drinks, snacks and boiled crawfish will be provided. This interested in participating, sponsoring a team or making a donation are asked to contact Kristy Reese at 409-718-0598.
All proceeds will benefit BCHS Project Graduation.
OC Relay for Life to hold monthly Team Captain meetings
The Orange County Relay for Life will holding monthly Team Captain meetings at the Lamar State College – Orange Wilson Building, Room 101.
Team captain meetings are scheduled for: Monday, March 25 and Monday, April 22.
All Team Captain meetings are directed at planning for the Orange County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., May 3 – 4, 2013 at Bridge City High School. This year’s theme is “A Little Bit of Texas, A Whole Lot of Hope.”
Individuals or teams interested in becoming involved with this event are invited to attend the meeting and register on-line at www.OrangeCountyRelay.org
Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
The Orange County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will take place at Cormier Park on FM 1442, in Orangefield. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and will close at noon on Saturday, April 6. There will be a large variety of plants for your choosing including perennials, bedding, tropical, vegetable, herbs, some trees, houseplants and Texas Super Star plants. An “Ask the Master Gardener” booth will be set up for your questions. For more information please visit their websitehttp://txmg.org/orange.
Lutcher Stark 1953, 1955 class reunion
The Lutcher Stark High School classes of 1953 and 1955 will host a reunion Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at the Sunset Grove Country Club, located at 2200 West Sunset Drive in Orange. Any classmates who graduated in the 1950’s are welcome to attend. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by contacting Wayland Payne at 409-886-2548.
Eagles offer activities, pool tournament and hall rental
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange, will host their monthly barbecue on Thursday, Feb. 28. The menu is brisket, link, potato salad, baked beans, bread, cookie with all the trimmings for $8. The orders may be called in before 5 p.m. Wednesday or picked up at the Eagles Lodge on Thursday. To place an order or for more information contact Sharon Bodin at 735-8662 or cell 719-7793
They are also offering several classes, activities and fundraisers.
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.
Food will be available.
The Eagles will have tables ready to play 31 on Saturdays from 4 p.m. until closing. Enjoy drink specials and meet our members.
The Eagles have new hours of operation. They will now be open on Monday’s at 4 p.m. 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.
For more information on any of the activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.
Weight management classes offered
It’s not too late to join the weight management and diabetes prevention classes offered Wednesdays at Baptist Orange Hospital. The 16 week course that began Jan. 9 will continue through May 8. Afterwards there is a commitment to monthly support group classes for a year.
The cost is $5 per person per class. Scholarships are available.
Classes will educate adults to make healthier choices one day at a time. Look and feel better and learn nutrition for the prevention of diseases.
Call AgriLIFE extension office at 409-882-7010 to pre-register. Classes meet in the fifth floor classroom at the hospital.
Local AAUW to host book drive
The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is beginning their annual book drive to collect “gently used” books for their scholarship fund. All books, fiction, non-fiction, hardbound or paper back are acceptable. Books may be delivered to the Mann Insurance Agency located at 1505 Park Avenue at 15th Street during regular business hours. If unable to deliver the books, you may call 886-5739 or 886-2194 to arrange for pickup.
KOCB sells Litter Button banners
Keep Orange County Beautiful hopes to sell 50 banners to local businesses for $25 each promoting their “Litter Button” on their Website: www.kocb.org. Their hope is that each banner will generate 10 hits of the “Litter Button,” which would mean 500 litterers in the State of Texas would be notified by the Texas Department of Transportation of their illegal activity.
If you see someone littering, take down the time, date and place of the littering and the license plate of the vehicle. Report the activity by going to www.kocb.org and hit the litter button. Fill in the information which is then sent to TxDOT.
The offending litterer will be sent a letter reminding them it is illegal to litter in the State of Texas. They will also receive a litter bag for their car and a Don’t Mess With Texas sticker.
To purchase a banner, contact a member of KOCB or visit their Website.
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.
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.
Faith UMC women to host Lenton Lunch Speaker series
The United Methodist Women of Faith United Methodist Church will host a Lenton Lunch speaker series and devotional time each Wednesday during Lent. A light lunch will be served.
The community is invited to attend from noon to 1 pm as we fellowship with these guest speakers:
March 20 – Rev. Demetrius Moffett, Pastor, First Church of God, Orange
March 27- Rev. Sharon Sabom, Pastor, Mauriceville & Deweyville UMC
Faith UMC is located at 8608 MLK Jr. Dr. in Orange. The pastor is Tony Hoefner
For more information, call the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Wesley UMC to host Easter Egg Hunt
The Wesley United Methodist Church will host an Easter Egg hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the church, located at 401 N. 37th Street in Orange. The egg hunt is open to the public, ages 10 and under. Prizes and refreshments will be provided.
First UMC to host Jerusalem Market
First United Methodist Church in Orange invites everyone to their Jerusalem Market at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24 in the Praise Center located at 503 5th Street in Orange.
There will be a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. in the Praise Center before the market there and after the market there will be a traditional worship service at 11 a.m. in our Sanctuary. At the market there will be booths with foods, perfumes and herbs, artifacts such as dreidels and a weaving loom, early pottery and crafts, astronomy, and even goat herding. The community is invite to attend on Palm Sunday as they prepare their hearts for Holy Week.
Faith UMC to host Easter services
Faith United Methodist Church will host an Easter celebration services beginning with Holy Thursday Communion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. They will host a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29. An Easter Sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 31 with a breakfast to follow. Sunday school for all ages will start at 9:30 a.m. with the Sunday worship service beginning at 10:50 a.m. Other activites include Faith Kidz for children 5 years old to fifth grade from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and STAND25 for sixth through 12th grade from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Faith UMC is located at 8608 MLK Jr. Drive in Orange. For more information, please call 409-866-1291 or log on to www.faithumc-orange.org.
Community Easter service to be held
The Bridge City/Orangefield Ministerial Alliance would like to invite the public to attend a Palm Sunday Community Service 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Family Worship Center, located at 2300 41st Street in Orange.
The Rev. Paul Zoch of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Bridge City will be the speaker and the music will be presented by the Family Worship Center worship team. The Service will be led by ministers of the Ministerial Alliance and an offering will benefit indigent families who seek assistance in time of a crisis.
The BC/OF Ministerial Alliance has served the needy for more than 18 years and relies on the generosity of the community to be able to fulfill their mission. The BC/OF Ministerial Alliance is a Christian volunteer ministry whose purpose is to share compassion and faith. It is a non-profit ecumenical ministry whose purpose is to share compassion and faith while providing services to the indigent families.
The Rev. Scott Story, Minister of Family Worship Center welcomes the community to attend and worship this Easter season. For more information, please call the Ministerial Alliance on Monday or Wednesday at 735-8296 or the Family Worship Center at 886-1100.
Palm Sunday, Easter Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran
The Good Shepard Lutheran Church will be praising Jesus with palms and singing Hosanna in the Highest, while remembering Jesus ride on his humble donkey into the city of Jerusalem on Sunday, March 24. The community is invited to help celebrate and relive Jesus last week on earth as well as learn more about what He taught the people about the Kingdom of God. The traditional service is at 9 a.m. and contemporary at 11 a.m. In remembrance of this wonderful week, a CROSS made from palm branches will be given to all in attendance.
Through the days to follow of Jesus journey, known as Holy Week, we invite you to join us on His journey by worshipingwith us on at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 28. At this service Holy Communion and Anointing of Oil for healing is offered to all of God’s children. Good Friday services will be held at 7 p.m. Because Christ shed his blood for our sins on this day, we will be given an opportunity to write our sins on paper and then nail them on a Cross that resembles the one of which He was nailed.
Upon arriving at the tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning, the three Marys were greeted by an angel who proclaimed that He is Risen! The congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will celebrate Christ victory over death and acknowledge that He is King of Kings during two services on Easter Sunday, traditional at 9 a.m. and contemporary at 11 a.m. Their annual Easter Brunch will follow the first service at 10 a.m., and our community is welcome to share God’s blessing with us.
The church is located at 945 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City, Texas.
“Living Last Supper” to be presented at First UMC
First United Methodist Church of Orange will present their Wesley Player’s production of “The Living Last Supper” at 7 p.m. on Thursday March 28 at in the Praise Center at 503 Fifth Street in Orange.
The public is warmly invited to attend this brief but very moving re-creation of Leonardo DaVinci’s famous fresco, “The Last Supper.” Holy Communion will be served to all believers and followers of Jesus Christ who wish to receive it at the conclusion of the performance. The United Methodist communion is always open to all believers, regardless of denomination or even lack of the same.
The Wesley Players’ cast includes many of the finest dramatic performers in the area such as Rico Vasquez, Kevin Doss, Justin Sanders, Al Vasquez, Doug Rogers, Chris Abshire, James Rogers, Kenneth Wiemers, John Warren, Paul Burch and others.
Each of the disciples will quicken and speak their mind in light of Jesus’ revelation to them, just a moment earlier, that “one of you will betray me.” This was the perspective from which DaVinci painted the original fresco four hundred years ago in Milan, Italy.
The performance is presented free of charge to the public as a Holy Week worship opportunity and is less than an hour in length.
W.O Christian Church to host Easter egg hunt
The West Orange Christian Church, located at 900 Lansing St., will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the church. For more information, please call 409-779-3440 or check out their website at www.westorangechurch.org.
Cowboy Church to host Easter Sunrise Service
The Cowboy Church of Orange County will hold its annual Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31. It will be held outdoors, behind the church, below a hill where a large wooden cross stands. Those who attend are asked to bring lawn chairs. The public is invited to attend. Coffee, juice, and donuts will be available after the service. The church is located at 673 FM 1078, just off of Hwy. 62, about one mile north of IH-10. For more information, contact Pastor Dale Lee at 409-718-0269.
Easter Sunrise Service hosted by Shangri La
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas, will host an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. The service will be led by Pastor Eddie Lee Smith of New Beginnings Church Outreach Ministry with music provided by the New Beginnings Choir of Orange. The public is invited to enjoy free admission for the service and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Following the service, attendees may enjoy a complimentary stroll through the gardens until 9:00 a.m.
Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 409-670-9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
St. Paul UMC selling bricks for Prayer Garden
St. Paul United Methodist Church is continuing plans for its Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Prayer Garden by paving the garden with a brick walkway. The church is selling bricks that will be engraved with a personal note of the buyer’s choice. These bricks would provide a special way honor family and friends with a history at St. Paul’s. Each brick costs $30. Order forms are located in the St. Paul UMC reception area or can be found onstpaulfamily.org. For more information, call the St. Paul office at 409-735-5546.
McDonald Memorial Bapt. to host Easter egg hunt, community picnic
McDonald Memorial Baptist Church would like to invite the community to an Easter Egg Hunt/Community Picnic at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Alford-Seale Park on Western Ave. in West Orange. A free lunch will follow the egg hunt. Bring your lawn chairs, Easter baskets and come enjoy!
Starlight COGIC to host WIND Retreat
Registration is underway for WIND Retreat 2013, sponsored by the Women’s Dept. of Starlight Church of God in Christ. The Retreat is scheduled for April 12-14 at the Omni Houston West Hotel. The theme is Joy! Psalms 16:11. Special Guest include Pastor Elaine Benson of Houston; Evangelist Phyllis Thomas of Sacramento, Calif. and Psalmist Linda Broussard from Starlight. Registration includes two nights stay in a luxury hotel, two full meals, conference bag and material. Registration fees: are Single $325 pp; Double $220 pp; Triple $185 pp; Quad $170 pp; and Teen Girls $99 (based on two adults in room). A deposit of $75 is due by Friday, March 15 and the balance is due no later than Monday, April 1, 2013. For more information call 409-886-4366. Evangelist Josie Lindsey is Director of Women Ministries at Starlight.
St. Francis offers Lenten fish dinners
St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 will sell fish dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. March 22, in the San Damiano Center (behind the Church) located at 4300 Meeks Drive.
Dinner includes two pieces of fish, french fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drink and dessert for $8. Dine in or take out.