This coming Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is the most powerful single act in all of history. There have been many battles won and many inventions that have advanced mankind, however there has never been a victory that has had and will have so many far reaching eternal effects. The resurrection proved beyond any doubt that Jesus was God in the flesh. The resurrection was the ultimate victory of God over satan’s forces of evil. The resurrection opened the door for all of mankind to be able to conquer sin as we participate in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection at baptism (Romans 6:4-7).
As disciples of Christ we walk around in victory no matter what we face, because we know that ultimately Christ has won the victory at His resurrection (2 Corinth 2:14). God has proven that He has all power over all evil. We can overcome any sin no matter how strong its hold may be in our lives because of Jesus’ victory at the resurrection . We can know that no matter how difficult our situation in life may be, Christ has the answer (John 16:33). We know that even when we face death, we have no reason to fear (1 Corith 15:55-56).
What an incredible gift God has given us as disciples so that we can be confident in this life as we face all of life’s difficulties and trials. What a powerful weapon God gives us as we face attacks from satan and his schemes. We don’t know what we will face this year. We don’t know how everything will work out in our lives. We also don’t know how to battle the spiritual forces of evil that wage against our souls. All of this is far beyond our realm and our abilities. However, we belong to a God that is more powerful than all we will face. We serve a God who has proven that he can defeat the most ferocious attacks of the evil one. Because of this we have a joy, a peace and a confidence that surpasses any logic that this world can comprehend. We are following a resurrected Lord.
Come celebrate this incredible victory with us this year by worshiping with us at one of our services.
7:00 a.m. – Sunrise Service, Salt Creek Beach – 33333 PCH , Dana Point, Ca, 92629
(Grassy Hill Area)
10:00 a.m. – Irvine , Ca – 10 Goodyear, Irvine, Ca, 92618 (Children’s Classes Provided)
Services in English, Spanish and Korean
10:00 a.m. – Fullerton , Ca – 800 N State College, Fullerton , Ca, 92831 (Children’s Classes Provided)
In the Pavilion of the Titan Student Union.
2015 Special Contribution
Our 2015 Special Missions Contribution will be June 7th. This is an exciting time for our church as we participate in supporting our brothers and sisters in Mexico and Central America in their efforts to make disciples! Jesus’ heart is to see as many people as possible saved throughout the world. As a family of churches we have planted over 500 churches all over the world. Thousands of people are getting baptized each year in these churches. This is to fulfill Jesus’ command with Jesus’ heart.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned…….19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:15-20)
The church in Orange County specifically has taken on the responsibility and the joy of supporting the churches in Mexico and Central America. In 1987 the church in Mexico City was planted with just 13 disciples of Christ. Now, 28 years later, from that single church planting there are 39 churches throughout Mexico and Central America with a membership of close to 10,000.
Each year we take up a collection to help support the work of these 39 churches. 85% of this money goes towards planting new churches, developing and supporting campus ministries in these churches, as well as leadership development. The rest is divided up among administration, fund raising, and program development. We have been support-ing this great work for over twenty years.
This year we have added a new program, the ESL program. The ESL (English as a Second Language) program started about two years ago. This program is in three countries: Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The goal of this program is to be able to teach disciples and their children in our churches English. This will increase their in-come so that they can have a better standard of living, reach the opinion leaders of their communities, and eventually help the churches become self-supporting. There are currently 283 students enrolled in this program. There are 9 teachers, one of which is our very own Ana Cuevas. Once a disciple learns English, their earning potential will double, triple or even quadruple. Walter Kokowski, the director of this program, is scheduled to come to Orange County and speak to the our church May 17 about this great work.
Our goal this year, when you include our weekly contribution, is $236,000.00. Please be making plans to give generously to this great work. Remember that in 1988 the church in Boston took up a Special Missions Contribution that helped plant the church in Los Angeles in 1989. Because of the Los Angeles church planting many of us were able to hear the gospel and become baptized disciples of Jesus. Now it is our turn to return the favor to our future brothers and sisters in Latin America.
MLK Service Report
We would like to say a huge “thank you” to all of our volunteers for this year’s MLK Weekend of Service! We had over 350 volunteers at 9 different projects throughout the weekend for the Orange County Region, and our volunteers served for a total of over 800 hours in just 4 days! Our projects in Orange County were part of a much larger effort all around the Los Angeles area by the Southern California Chapter of HOPE Worldwide. Our OC Church of Christ is proud to be part of this amazing organization and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve those around us.
Our OC volunteers served in a variety of ways throughout the MLK Weekend of Service. Our projects for this year included the following: Mercy House, Love Community Outreach, Think Together – Book Doctors, Second Harvest Food Bank, Orange County Food Bank (CAPOC), a blood drive with the American Red Cross, and a project with South Junior High School in Anaheim.
We are very proud of our members for giving their time, energy and hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. God gives us the charge to look after “the least of these,” and we’re confident that our efforts during the Weekend of Service will help many individuals and families throughout our community. We also 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 in 2016!
MLK Days 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 over 340 volunteers participate in 9 service projects, and this year we hope to have even more volunteers join us for this amazing weekend!
We are currently searching for service projects from a number of individuals and organizations that will take place during MLK Weekend (January 16 – 19, 2015). To find out about available service projects visit our 2015 MLK page.
New Years Eve!
Count down the New Year with your family. The AMEN ministry will be hosting a family friendly New Years eve party. It will be held at the Pacific Coast Community for the Arts facility in Mission Viejo
$10 per family before Dec 24th
$20 per family after Dec 24th
$30 per family at the door New Year’s Eve
Click here to RSVP and pay for you tickets
The sooner you sign up the more you’ll save!
Any questions you can contact Mitch @ 949-354-3743 or moc.oidutsgnidrocergtmnull@hctim
Covenant Relationships 3
This is the 3rd and final installment of the Covenant Relationships sermon series. In Part 1 we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. In Part 2 we talked about the tools to work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust when relationships break down. Now let’s talk about the rewards of Covenant Relationships. When you commit to one another and make an emotional investment, you are then able to draw from the benefits of these genuine friendships within the body of Christ. Yes, the Bible calls us to one another relationships and that should be enough motivation for all who strive to live as Christians. However, when we begin to count the rewards we receive when we strive to build and maintain covenant relationships, we would be silly to try to tread down the narrow path without them. We are blessed to have friendships in Christ that make life rich and fulfilling.