MLK Weekend of Service
On MLK Day, January 16th, and the weekend prior, volunteers across the U.S. will honor and promote the spirit of Dr. King by serving in their local communities. There are three community service projects lined up for Orange County Church of Christ members, family and friends. Please see details below to sign up for one of these great serving opportunities!
You can sign up today by clicking on the link:
“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
2017 Prayer and Fasting
“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” – Acts 13:1-3
“’Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’” – Joel 2:12
“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.” – Ezra 8:21
The members of the Orange County Church of Christ will be fasting from January 13th – 15th to begin the year crying out to God for His wisdom, power and direction. The theme of our year is “By Faith”. We realize that all blessings, growth, and transformation come from God. We also realize that our faith, in combination with God’s power, will produce incredible miracles. We have seen so many tremendous miracles here in the church over the years but we also realize that we have just begun to have the impact on our community, campuses, families and marriages that God desires.
Prayer and fasting is a powerful avenue for God’s people to spiritually connect with God as well as grow in our intimacy and our faith. As we give up food for these few days we will realize our weak and fragile state as well as God’s powerful presence. We are also showing God how serious we are about our own spiritual growth and desire to be used by Him as his servants. We can then all look forward to seeing and hearing about all the miracles God will do as we depend on Him.
HOPE Worldwide Academy is a “Hero”!
Last spring, Orange County launched the nationwide HOPE worldwide Saturday Academy program at Heroes Elementary School in Santa Ana, CA. In a city where only 15% of the population is college educated and the crime rate is above the national average, volunteers offered more than a resource, they brought inspiration and hope to a group of young 4th and 5th graders.
The 8 week program aims to build student’s Math and English skills, while also focusing on character development. The students were even taught how to save money in the financial literacy segment from Senior Business Intelligence Developer, Diane Mitchell.
This fall, HOPE Saturday Academy returns to Heroes Elementary School with returning and new volunteers. The students are eager to begin the program again. Previous students showed improvement in academics, a renewed spirit and increased confidence.
Saturday Academy commences Saturday, September 24th. If you are interested in volunteering, please email moc.liamgnull@jonadrd
Parenting: A Sacred Task
Parenting in today’s world is a challenging task because there are so many influences surrounding our children that are contrary to God’s vision for them. However, through God’s word and help from other godly parents, we can be successful in raising our children to be all that God has intended. Please join us as we learn how to be great parents together.
James & Wende Hamann have been disciples of Christ for 32 years and married for 27. They have 3 children; Sorin 23, Travis 19, and Karley 12. Both have served in the ministry for 16 years and for the past 10 years have been educators in High School and Middle School.
James and Wende have done an outstanding job raising their children God’s way and have many varied experiences that will be relatable and helpful in our own parenting.
Child Care Provided
Sat, Aug 13
4:00pm – 6:00pm
10 Goodyear, Irvine, Ca, 92618
HOPE Saturday Academy
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:35-36
Jesus’ ministry and heart for the needy and poor has served as the benchmark for all disciples in making a difference in our local communities. What a privilege it is to continue the legacy of service today. We are excited to finally announce that we are starting our HOPE Saturday Academy this April! Please see the info below as well as the flyer attached for more info. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please contact us today. Thanks.
WHAT: Eight week mentoring program for 4th & 5th graders who are struggling behaviorally and academically. (We do ask that volunteers make a commitment to attend the entire session.)
WHO: All volunteers over the age of 14
WHEN: Saturday mornings from 8:30am – 12noon
WHERE: Heroes Elementary School in Santa Ana
HOW: Mentors will help students in math, literacy and character development
No experience is needed!
CONTACT: Daniel Jimenez at moc.liamgnull@jonadrd
Guatemala Service Brigade
What a beautiful experience being able to serve in Guatemala last month! This was my second community brigade with Hope Worldwide. I have never felt more connected to God than when serving others in need. Children traveling 4-5 hours on bus just to ask for Tylenol. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles asking for reading classes to study the bible. Orphans filled with tears when receiving multi-vitamins, wellness checks, access to medicine and dental care for the very first time. I met farmers in desperate need of pain medication only to subdue their aches in order to continue working in the fields and provide for their families.
It’s mind blowing thinking that I take these trips with the intent of “giving” yet God fills my heart in more ways than you can possibly imagine. My life has changed forever. I no longer want to travel for myself….As disciples we are called to help the less fortunate and spread God’s love.
Whatever you’re able to give: time, talent, medical skills, artistic skills, friendship, donations, or just a faith filled heart, there are hundreds of people that God has allowed us to assist. I truly believe this is how we glorify him and find our place in God’s story.