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Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements

Fasting and Praying 2016

2016FandP2As has been shared a few times over the last few weeks, we will be fasting as a congregation beginning on Thursday, January 21st after dinner and concluding with lunch on Sunday, January 24th.

This fast is part of our theme for the year – “Just Jesus”. We read in Matthew 4 that when Jesus began His ministry He started it with a 40-day fast. Jesus wanted to be completely focused on God’s will and free from His own. He used this time to pray and focus on God and what He would be doing for God in His ministry. As we begin our year we want to call upon God to cleanse us, purify our hearts, focus us and empower us so that we can become exactly who He has designed us to be as well as accomplish all that He has in store for us. We are very excited to go on this spiritual journey together and can’t wait to see what God will do as we cry out to Him. Below are some ideas of what you can pray for as we fast together as well as passages to read about fasting.

Scriptures

• Isaiah 58
• Matthew 4:1-11
• Matthew 6:17-18
• Mark 2:18-20
• Mark 9:28-29

Prayer Ideas

• Pray for those with health issues within the church
• Pray for our youth to become strong disciples
• Pray for our marriages and families to be a light to all of Orange County
• Pray for everyone within your small group
• Pray for God to bless our 2020 Vision (planting churches in San Clemente & Newport Beach
• Pray for the elders and their families and the staff and their families
• Pray for all of our Family Group Leaders and their families
• Pray for the Reach Conference in St. Louis to be a huge success

Regional Goals

• Pray to see over 100 people become disciples in 2016
• Pray for the opening of our Saturday Academy for under-privileged youth
• Pray for us to exceed our Special Missions Offering for Mexico and Central America

Pray for our sister churches in:

• Fresno
• Tucson
• 39 churches in Mexico and Central America
• 5 churches in Korea (Seoul, Ilsan, Bundang, Daegu, Busan)
• Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements

MLK Weekend of Service

MLK 16HOPE worldwide believes strongly in the spirit of volunteerism and seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to engage in acts of service.

On MLK Day, January 18th, 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 four 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:

Weekend of Service

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
Please contact Marcel Hall with any additional/specific questions: ude.csu.inmulanull@llahlecram

Written by Ryan Weekley on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

“Love Is…” Devotionals

LOVE IS ImageLove is at the core of everything we are as followers of God and His Son. God gave the world an example of perfect, unconditional love through Jesus’ death on the cross, and it is our calling as disciples of Jesus to reciprocate that love to God and to have this same love for others. But how do we do this? What does a love like this look like in us? As we live in a world with a shallow, provisional and selfish definition of love, we must look to God’s Word for an explanation of what love truly is.

In the letter of 1 Corinthians, Paul paints a practical yet challenging picture of the love we must have as God’s people. LOVE IS… Devotional Series includes 15 devotionals from 1 Corinthians 13, each expanding on a different aspect of true love. Each devotional has scriptures for study, meditation and action. The verses for study are those that introduce the concepts of the day and can be expanded upon with cross-references, commentaries and other study tools. Those for mediation are great scriptures to pray through, and those for action provide practicals we can apply to ourselves as we move forward in our day. We hope this study series on 1 Corinthians 13 will help teach our OC Campus Ministry what it means to truly love God and one another!

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements

Upside Down Play in 2016

Early-Bird Tickets Available!

UDownFor the first time in almost 2 decades, a new production of Upside Down will be held in St. Louis adjacent to the 2016 Conference.

Many of us remember Upside Down with tears, laughter and excitement as the book of Acts was brought to life in an astonishing way. (and, who can forget Claudius, Abby and Simon the Sorcerer?!)

Link to Trailer:
Upside Down Trailer

Even Better
Upside Down 2016 will include many of the great songs, scenes and moments from the original. PLUS it will include innovative new wizardry and music in a terrific venue alongside the conference. We’ll even see Upside Down merchandise!

The Catch
Almost 60% of all tickets to Upside Down 2016 has been sold. With almost 16,000 expected, there won’t be enough seats for even half the registrants to attend. (sorry, we tried – 5 shows in 4 days is a lot!)

Early Bird Pricing Until December 31st
We have decided to offer early bird pricing to all early registrants — who register by December 31st.

There Are Seats Left, But They Won’t Last
The best seats are left (box and orchestra), but they won’t last. General ticket sales opened in early October – but in the meantime enjoy your exclusive opportunity to get in and see Upside Down 2016 before all the seats sell out!!!!

Buy Now
The best seats are left – just CLICK BELOW to purchase…
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See you in St. Louis!
With love & grace,
The Upside Down Ministry team

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements

Just Jesus

JustJesusOur theme for 2016 is “Just Jesus”. In our busy lives and even in the church it is easy to get caught up in the fast paced life that we live. In fact at times we can get so caught up in all we have to do and accomplish we can lose the whole reason we are here, who we are living for and how does He want to go about our lives. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfected of our faith.” This verse tells us that Jesus authored our faith. In other words, He created it. It also tells us that He lived it perfectly. Wow! That is an upward call. Because of these things, God wants us to fix our eyes on Jesus. There are so many different aspects of Jesus life that are important for us to examine. We could focus on His love, His power, the saving element of His blood, or His dependence on God. We could focus on His sinless life or His words of truth. The list is endless and each aspect of Jesus life and character that we examine will bring about tremendous growth in different areas of our own lives. In 2 Corinth 3:17-18 God teaches us whenever anyone turns to the Lord there is freedom from ourselves and our sin so that we can be transformed into His image with ever increasing glory. So as we begin 2016 with our attention fixed on Jesus we can be assured that we are in for an exciting journey of transformation. We will be transformed into Jesus’ image. 2016 will be filled with sermons about Christ. Our family group lessons during the week will take those sermons and make them very practical for our daily lives. We will have a three day fast together at the beginning of the year imitating Christ’s fast at the beginning of His ministry. We will have scripture memory as well as a Bible reading plan in the gospels so we are all on the same page spiritually. Each ministry will also be adding their own touches to the “Just Jesus” theme. I can’t wait to see what God will do as we examine, worship, imitate and honor Christ in 2016. Here is the link to the Reading Plan and Scripture Memory: Just Jesus Memory.

Kevin Mains

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Church Update

LeaderSHIFT

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)

LeadersOver 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!