Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)
Over Labor Day weekend, the LAICC singles ministry hosted 155 single leaders from all over the West Coast in Big Bear, California for LeaderSHIFT. This was the first weekend entirely devoted to spiritual leadership in the singles ministry.
What was LeaderSHIFT? A weekend devoted to the spiritual inspiration and growth of our leaders. A weekend focused on what God says about leadership. A weekend focused on encouraging and strengthening our leaders. A weekend focused on shifting the perception of singles leadership in God’s church for current and future leaders.
Amazing things happened even before the retreat began. As singles registered for the event, they were asked to complete a DiSC Profile Assessment that was used to each individual get in touch with their leadership strengths and areas of growth opportunities. These results were used throughout the weekend amongst the different lessons and discussion groups to add depth and insight into our personal leadership styles. The lessons focused on different areas of leadership, such as The Call of Leadership, The Gifts of Leadership, and The Cost of Leadership. Mike Rock gave a power and moving lesson on what it means to give up your life for Christ to be a disciple and serve others.
Through lessons, discussion groups, prayer times, hikes, and activities, there was something for each person to help them to connect with God, connect with His Word, and connect with each other.
Overall, the weekend was a great success! Retreat goers were moved to continue in their leadership or to start leading. On a post-weekend survey, one comment that sums up the feeling of those who attended was:
I am so humbled to be a part of such an amazing church! These events really help me look within myself and be strengthened into Christ. All the lessons this weekend focused on the heart of why we do what we do, and that’s key to building other areas.
God is working powerfully in the singles ministry on the West Coast and we look forward to many more events that highlight and strengthen the amazing singles ministry!
Guatemala Service Brigade
by Steve McBride
Guatemala is picturesque, a mountainous region with lush green forests and live volcanoes. Unfortunately, the landscape socially is filled with chaos. A few months before our arrival the vice president stepped down amid allegations of defrauding the state out of millions of dollars. Currently, the ex-president is in jail, being ordered to stand trial for taking bribes and customs fraud.
With a very small middle class, there’s a huge disparity between the super wealthy and the majority of people who are extremely poor and lacking the most basic services.
Last month, I had the privilege to serve the people of Guatemala at the Medical Service Brigade where hundreds of people were bussed in from remote areas throughout the region to receive free medical services. Every person, people of all ages, who came for medical attention, were treated to a tooth brush, tooth paste and fluoride treatments. Being that most every person had never seen a toothbrush or toothpaste we took the time to give instructions and demonstrate the basics of dental hygiene. Before brushing their teeth, each person had to learn how to wash their hands with a bar of soap, again, for most, this was a first in their lives as well. Fortunately, there was a dentist and a dental assistant on site providing fillings and extractions to alleviate people who had lived with dental pain for years. One memorable moment was showing an elderly woman how to brush her teeth. Though many of her teeth were missing, she imitated me as I demonstrated proper brushing techniques as toothpaste ran down her chin. Have you ever laughed with a mouth full of toothpaste?
If you ever have the opportunity to take a few days off work and want to make a difference serving those less fortunate, you’ll be greatly rewarded with the joy that follows at the Medical Service Brigades that take place every six months throughout Central America.
We are pleased to welcome Marcel and Karina Hall to the Orange County Church of Christ family as our new Youth Ministry Leaders! Marcel and Karina bring with them many years of full-time youth ministry experience as well as time spent as campus ministry leaders at their alma mater – USC. Marcel and Karina have made their home in the city of Orange which they share with their two beautiful daughters – Sanaiya (age 4) and Desiree (age 2).
In just a short time, the Hall’s have endeared themselves to the youth, the youth ministry volunteers and the parents. One of our youth ministry volunteers shared recently that “It is amazing to see how quickly the teens have warmed-up to the Hall’s. The Hall’s have already made such a great impact on the teens as they have focused on creating an even more loving culture within the youth ministry.” One of the parents commented that “Marcel and Karina bring a great combination of wisdom and experience but also a very humble and partnering spirit.”
Please join us in welcoming them to our family as well as praying for the Hall’s and our entire Youth Ministry.
We’d love to take a moment to brag about the amazing group of college students we have in the OC Church of Christ! Our Campus Ministry, known as Alpha Omega Campus Ministry on campus, is made up of students from schools in the Orange County area including UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College, Fullerton College, and many more. These students meet together both on and off campus throughout the week, striving to be a ministry of young men and women who wholeheartedly follow God.
The last couple weeks has marked an incredible start to this Fall Semester! Our students have been evangelizing at these colleges and holding a number Bible Discussions and Bible studies in efforts to spread the gospel on their campus. God has been blessing their efforts as we’ve seen many friends, some new and some old, attending these events and studying the Bible. Some specific stories include our North JC Ministry seeing 40 friends out to one picnic at Fullerton College, kicking off a new series entitled “ANOMALY” last Friday night at Cal State Fullerton, and even seeing 3 students from Cal State Fullerton be baptized into Christ during the first week of school!
We believe God wants to do incredible, never before seen things on our campuses, and we ask for your prayers that God would provide a fruitful and inspirational school year for the OC Campus Ministry!
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Lead Like Jesus
LEADERSHIP RETREAT NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE!!!
We are excited about our upcoming Family Group Leaders Retreat. It is now open to EVERYONE who aspires to be a leader one day as well as those who are currently leaders. We want this retreat to be an incredible inspiration to everyone who attends. Registration is STILL OPEN. However, you can no longer register on-line. You must call the hotel directly at 800-598-3828 and tell them that you are making a reservation for the Leadership Retreat for September 25-27, 2015. The rate is $139 per night, however, if you stay 2 nights, the 2nd night will be reduced to $47 + tax AT CHECK-OUT.
Our 2015 Orange County Married Leadership Retreat is taking place at the beautiful La Quinta Resort and Club, La Quinta, CA on September 25-27, 2015.
This inspiring Married Leadership Retreat is open to all Married Family Group Leaders and Family Group Leader Assistants, Community Group Leaders, Shepherds, Teen Leaders, PLUS those aspiring to be Assistant or Family Group Leaders. The theme of our retreat is LEAD LIKE JESUS. We are privileged to have ROB and PAM SKINNER, Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader of the Tucson Church as our guest speakers! This will be a great time of training, teaching, and meaningful fellowship!
We will begin our program at 8:30pm on Friday and conclude with a worship service from 10am-11:30am on Sunday, September 27th.
For the first 83 rooms reserved for 2 nights, there is a special discounted rate. If you stay 2 nights, you pay the regular room rate of $139 for one night and the 2nd night would only be just $47 plus tax!. All room reservations must be made NO LATER THAN August 19th. Your 2-night discount will be applied upon your Sunday checkout from the hotel. Click on the HERE to make your reservation online. We look forward to seeing you there!
We Made It!
On June 7th we collected a “Special Missions Contribution” to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Our goal was $236,000. To date, the church has given $271,000.
What a great victory for our church and for the churches in Mexico and Central America! Thank you for allowing God to use you to help so many disciples and future disciple in our 39 churches south of the border. A portion of the money will be used to teach disciples and their children in our churches in Central America learn English in order to better their chances of supporting their families. Money will be used to begin or support existing campus ministries. Other funds will be used to develop leadership in these churches, other funds will be used to plant new churches and support newer mission teams. What a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with our Latin brothers and sisters to have a dramatic impact on many. I feel very proud of the disciples in Orange County and your generosity. Your hearts to respond to the needs locally and around the world are an inspiration to me and to many who have heard of what you have done not only in this contribution but also in many other expressions of your love for those in need.