Orangeville Charge UCC

Welcome to the website of the Orangeville Charge of the United Church of Christ! Our charge consists of three churches, each with its own history and identity, serving a common mission in the name of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you know Orangeville United Church for its bake stand at the carnival, or St. James for its ice cream festivals, or Zion for its chicken barbecues. We do like to feed people! But even more than feeding people's bodies, we are committed to feeding people's spirits.


We invite you to join us for worship at any of our churches on Sunday morning. Our worship is traditional, but informal, hope-filled and encouraging. We sing, hear God's word, and lift up our prayers for one another, for the community, and for the world.



We believe that God's intent is for wholeness for all God's children, and that God can use our prayers as pathways for God's healing power. Our Pastor generates two weekly messages shared via e-mail and social media Facebook pages. Sunday morning and special services are being recorded and shared in the same way as the messages. We publish a monthly newsletter with events and news from the congregation. Our doors are open to all who are searching for Bible based messages and a warm welcoming congregation.



Anyone wishing to contact us, please refer to the box below with contacts for Pastor Mark Rowell and secretary Patti Roberts – or just stop by the church at 223 Main Street Orangeville on Sundays at 8:45am. NOTE that in the event we have a special service with our joined congregations at another church in the charge, it will be listed on the sign near the parking lot.


Pastor Mark Rowell   570-683-5104 (office)  570-204-7937 (cell) <><
Patti Roberts  570-387-0532  (home) 570-441-8003 (cell) <><



Orangeville United Church 223 Main Street, Orangeville @ 8:45am

Zion UCC 24 Zion Church Rd., Orangeville @ 9:45am

 St James UCC 443 Zaners Bridge Rd., Bendertown @ 11:00am


Orangeville Charge
Zion UCC
Orangeville UCC
St. James UCC
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Mar 26 2023 - at Zion United Church

Fifth Sunday of Lent: John 4:34-36 – 2pm

Children's Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 01 2023 - at St. James UCC

Children's Easter Egg Hunt Saturday - 10:30 am

Palm Sunday
Apr 02 2023 - at St. James UCC

Palm Sunday, special service at St. James combining congregations from St. James, Orangeville and Zion Matthew 21:1-11  – 10:30 am

Maundy Thursday
Apr 06 2023 - at Orangeville United Church

Maundy Thursday John 12:20-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Meal in the Upper Room – 6pm

Good Friday
Apr 07 2023 - at Orangeville United Church

Good Friday John 18:1 - 19:42 - 7pm

Easter Sunday
Apr 09 2023 - at Orangeville, Zion, St. James

Easter Sunday featuring special music John 20:1-18
Orangeville 8:45am - Zion 9:45am - St James 11:00am

Joint Service
Apr 16 2023 - at Zion United Church

Joint Service Guest pastor Gloria Kramer

Preparing for Chicken BBQ
May 04 2023 - at Zion United Church

Preparing for Chicken BBQ  9am

Chicken BBQ
May 06 2023 - at Zion United Church

Chicken BBQ cooking starting at 9am, serving starting at 4pm takeout only.

Mother’s Day lunch
May 13 2023 - at St. James UCC

Saturday, May 13 – Mother’s Day lunch, 11:30 a.m.

Father’s Day brunch
Jun 17 2023 - at St. James UCC

Saturday, June 17 – Father’s Day brunch, 11 a.m. 

Jun 25 2023 - at Zion United Church


Ice cream festival
Jul 01 2023 - at St. James UCC

Saturday, July 1 – Ice cream festival, 3:30-6 p.m.

60th Wedding Anniversary for Carol and Mel Parks
Aug 13 2023 - at Zion United Church

1-4pm 60th wedding anniversary open house for Carol and Mel Parks.

Ice cream festival
Aug 19 2023 - at St. James UCC

Saturday, August 19 – Ice cream festival, 3:30-6 p.m.

World Communion Sunday
Oct 01 2023 - at Zion United Church

World Communion Sunday

Fall Chicken BBQ
Oct 28 2023 - at Zion United Church

Fall Chicken BBQ

Children’s Halloween party
Oct 28 2023 - at St. James UCC

Saturday, October 28 – Children’s Halloween party, 2-4 p.m.

Pork dinner
Nov 04 2023 - at St. James UCC

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Pork dinner, 3:30-6 p.m.

Annual congregational meeting
Dec 10 2023 - at St. James UCC

Sunday, Dec. 10 – Annual congregational meeting, with Christmas party following the service.

Christmas eve, special service
Dec 24 2023 - at St. James UCC

Sunday, Dec. 24 – Christmas eve, special service, 7 p.m.



Sermon Notes (PDF)