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.
International Day of Giving
The International Day of Giving is a day when disciples around the world come together to raise money for HOPE worldwide.
Here in Orange County, we’ve set a goal to raise $52 per member. The money raised will go toward supporting HOPE worldwide’s global efforts. Our special collection will take place on Sunday, November 23.
Please ask your friends, families and co-workers to support this effort. Many employers also match funds donated by employees, so check out your company’s matching gift policy to help your fundraising effort.
Checks should be written directly to HOPE worldwide and will be collected on the International Day of Giving on November 23. HOPE worldwide is also offering a tool to help you build a personal fundraising web page for the International Day of Giving. Visit www.hopeww.org/IDG to learn more.
View the International Day of Giving Flyer.
Singles in Denver
The 2014 International Singles Conference (ISC) entitled “Elevate” was a game changer for the Singles Ministry around the world! The conference was hosted by the Denver Church of Christ over the weekend of September 26-28, and was attended by almost 2,500 singles from around the United States and from 19 countries outside the U.S.
Unique to this year’s conference was the opportunity for single disciples to share “elevaTED TALKS”, rather than keynote speeches for the main evening sessions. Dominic Luu from Orange County kicked it off on Friday night and spoke about courage to overcome our limiting fears. Jacqueline Guthrie from Atlanta spoke vulnerably about her journey as a disciple, specifically in the area of celibacy. On Saturday, Kimba Henderson from Turning Point shared about using your gifts and talents to glorify God. And Cesar Hernandez from Las Vegas shared about finding your purpose and passion – the thing that God created you to do.
As ministry leaders in the Singles Ministry, I urge you to pray for a harvest of open hearts in this critical demographic. Invite your unmarried friends to church! Reach out to those who are single again – it is a fast-growing segment of our community. According to data used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly job-market report, some 124.6 million Americans are single – which represents 50.2 percent of those who were 16 years or older. In 1976, it was 37.4 percent and has been trending upward since. Over half of the adults in the United States are not married. God is using the Singles ministry in our fellowship of churches to share the message of Christ. But we ask you to join the effort, as we all are within arms reach of singles in our workplace, schools, and our neighborhood.
Read the featured article about the 2014 ISC on Disciples Today:
Watch the elevaTED TALKS (and all the other lessons from the 2014 ISC)