The Southwest Mexico Family of Churches
In just a few weeks, the members of the Orange County Church will be collecting the annual Special Missions Contribution. As part of this effort, $275,000 will be allocated to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Today we want to share great news from one of the ministry groups that benefit from our financial and spiritual support: the Southwestern Mexico family of churches.
The Southwestern Mexico family of churches includes eight regions of the Mexico City Church plus nine other churches in the country. The congregational groups range in membership from 18 (Acapulco) to 315 (Narvarte), for a total membership of almost 2100 disciples. Some of the churches are led by full-time ministers and some are led by volunteer ministry leaders. Mario and Angelica Espinosa oversee the whole group.
The group slogan is: “A Great Family Seeking to Serve a Loving Father”
- As of April of 2013, over 60 people have been baptized this year.
- A new HOPE worldwide medical clinic was inaugurated in Mexico City.
- The campus ministry at the National University of Mexico was launched with an evangelistic conference that brought over 100 visitors.
- Virtual devotionals are held every month by webconferencing to encourage and help the leaders of the various ministry groups, most of whom are not financially able to travel.
- The Singles ministry in Mexico City organized a retreat near the Teotihuacan pyramids: over 250 single disciples attended.
Challenges and Dreams:
- Planning to have our first summer camp for teens and pre-teens of the Mexico City Church.
- Hosting the 12th National Conference for Single Disciples.
- Praying for a location and finances to host a Conference for all the churches in Mexico in October. It has been five years since the whole Mexico City Church (3,800 members) has been able to have a full congregational meeting.
- Praying for explosive growth in our campus ministries.
- Praying to be able to identify and train future elders.
- For contact information, please visit our MCA Missions website, MCA Missions.
Brothers and sisters, let’s remember that our missions contribution helps these churches evangelize their respective cities. Let’s continue to pray for the disciples in Mexico!
New Worship in Fullerton on Easter Sunday
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18,19)
Announcing a new worship service in Fullerton on Easter Sunday at 10 AM!
Fresh Start, Clean Slate, Do-Over, No Worries, New Man, Turn Around, New Beginnings…These words describe the good news and the hope of change that Jesus brought into our world! Everywhere he went there were lives that were changed and touched both spiritually and physically. As a church we have the same vision to bring this good news to all of Orange County and to the world!
We are excited to begin a new church in Fullerton on Easter Sunday of 2013! What an appropriate day to start as we focus on the glory of the resurrected Jesus and the life and vision that he brought to the church that he established. God has arranged a large team of about 300 disciples for this mission northward – from the marrieds, EDGE, campus and teen ministries. He is calling us higher and sending us out with faith into his harvest field.
Over two years ago, we prayed and fasted that God would give us a dream and vision for Orange County. We believe he answered this prayer by showing us the physical and spiritual needs in the over 3 million people here in the OC. Our prayer and vision, as the leadership team of the Orange County Church of Christ, is to have at least 7 worship services throughout Orange County and a church of over 2,500 disciples by the year 2020! They will consist of 4 English speaking services and 3 services in our International Ministry – in Spanish, Korean & Vietnamese.
Please be praying for our new Fullerton worship Center and our future worship centers by the year 2020. Our current target areas are: Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, San Clemente, and Anaheim, as well in our International Ministry – Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese!
Special Note: Starting on March 31st at our services will begin at the new time of 10 a.m. also!
Location of our new service:
2013 MLK Weekend of Service Update
A huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers for this year’s MLK Weekend of Service! We had over 300 volunteers at 8 different projects throughout the weekend for the Orange County Region, and our volunteers served for a total of 636 hours last weekend! As a reminder, our projects in Orange County were part of a much bigger effort all around the Los Angeles area. From the entire LA Church of Christ, we saw over 2,570 volunteers serve for over 12,100 hours during MLK Weekend! See a great slideshow of the day.
Our OC project locations for this year included the following : Second Harvest Food Bank, Lincoln Elementary School, Think Together – Book Doctors, Grandma’s House of Hope, Orange County Food Bank, a blood drive with the American Red Cross, and serving at two locations of the Mercy House Armory Program in Santa Ana and Fullerton.
We know God was encouraged as His charge to serve “the least of these” was heeded in an amazing way. We are very proud of our members for giving up their time, their energy, and their hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. We want to encourage everyone involved to keep it up – continue to find ways to serve those in need through our church programs, Non-Profit projects, and by meeting simple needs you and your family notice from week to week. Thank you again for your hearts for the poor and willingness to serve, and we hope to see all of our volunteers again next year!
MLK Weekend of Service
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” — Matthew 25:40
Each year, thousands of volunteers around the country participate in a wide range of community service projects for HOPE Worldwide’s MLK Weekend of Service. Last year, our OC Church of Christ had almost 200 volunteers participate, and this year we hope to have 300 volunteers join us for this amazing event!
Here’s how it works – we have selected 7 projects from a number of different organizations that will take place during MLK Weekend (January 19-21, 2013). Our volunteers will be put into service teams and have the chance to serve in one of these incredible programs! We have put information regarding each of our programs on the back of this sheet.
In order to make this our best Weekend of Service yet, we need your help! Each of these programs was created to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the OC – children, families, the elderly, schools with little funding, veterans, the poor, the homeless, and the list goes on. There are many needs in our beautiful Orange County, and as disciples of Christ, we are not only called to love others “with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18). This MLK Weekend of Service gives us an opportunity to show our love for those in need around us.
To register and for Weekend of Service, please visit our registration page. The registration form can be used to sign up as an individual or as a group. For any questions please contact Ryan Weekley at moc.liamgnull@ryelkeew or (775) 225-5728, or visit our website. We look forward to having our best MLK Weekend of Service yet with all of our amazing volunteers!
“Our God is Greater”
Vision Service for 2013
November 25, 2012
What an amazing Sunday as we got together with all the disciples in OC in order to worship God and gain faith and inspiration for 2013! The worship was electric (sometimes literally with Makoto on the guitar)! The message delivered by Kevin Mains is a “must listen to” as we focussed on Caleb and Joshua in Numbers 13 & 14. As the 12 spies scouted out the exceedingly good land, we are reminded that God has the best plan for each of our lives. Caleb had the faith to silence the nay-sayers and have the faith that “God is greater” than anything in the way of God’s people. When God makes a promise he delivers. The challenge for all of us was to be like Caleb, and have a different spirit, or to be like Joshua, who may not have silenced the people then, but he got his heart there. As we enter 2013, God has great plans for the OC Church of Christ, and we believe that when God is for us, nothing can stand against us!
We also had an extended contribution message by Jack Middlebrooks that encouraged us to give God our best, and to have the faith that God will find a way for each of us. He also briefly discussed the faith of the Israelites in the Old Testament to offer burnt offerings, where your very best was burnt up for God. His scriptures included: Leviticus 27:30, Psalm 51:16 and 1 Timothy 6:6-10. As we head into 2013, God needs desires us to be living sacrifices – for each one of us to faithfully offer our mind, body, soul, strength, and our financial resources to be offered to Him.
As we get closer to the new year we are asking every disciple to ask themselves, “Who does God want me to be in heart and action for 2013?”
We love an appreciate everyone in the OC family and the staff feels so grateful that God has put us here!
Here are some of our goals for 2012, and some good news of what God has done:
San Clemente Worship
We are very excited to share about our first San Clemente vision worship service. Over 40 people were in attendance, several of whom had never visited the church. We had a great time singing worship songs with the help of some of our campus students. Also, Mike and Julie Payne and Nick and Sandra Johnson (San Clemente residents) welcomed everyone and led our thoughts for the Lord’s Supper. It was an honor for me personally (Dan Roditi) to be able to preach because I lived in San Clemente for years and went to High School there. Many of us had friends there and we even had someone who was driving by, saw our sign and decided to come in and worship with us. It was a great victory for God and all those who live in San Clemente, San Juan, and Dana Point. Our vision and prayer is to eventually have a service consistently meeting in that part of the county. For the coming year, we would like to have at least 3 more services in San Clemente and neighboring cities. Please pray for us that will continue to move hearts to see many more come to Christ in the southern coast of O.C.