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)
Covenant Relationships 2
Reconciling and Repairing Relationships
In part 1 of this series 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. One of the barriers in all such relationships is the inevitability of conflict to arise. The temptation is to withdraw, take a step back, and then protect our hearts from the possibility of being hurt again. Instead, we need to learn how do we work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust. How do we forgive one another from the heart? And how do we become friends again after such periods of disagreement? This is the subject of the 2nd installment of Covenant Relationships.
The Orange County Church of Christ will be participating in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) as a congregation starting in February 2015. Prior to that, we will be hosting some trial runs of FPU in a small group format. To participate in these groups you must
Click on the class specific link to register for the class and order your FPU membership materials ($93 plus S&H). Please order soon so you can have materials by the start of your class. You can send a quick email to the Group Host to notify them of your enrollment.
Attend the 9 week program and complete the required homework assignments
Week 10 – CELEBRATION TIME!
NORTH ORANGE COUNTY FPU CLASS
Location: 900 South Sunkist Street Anaheim, CA, 92806
Contact:John Varughese at ten.ngisedccenull@nhoj
Dates: Tuesdays at 7:30pm starting Tuesday Sept. 23
Order Materials for NORTH OC CLASS
SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY FPU CLASS
Location: 10 Goodyear Irvine, CA, 92618
Contact: Michael Messina at moc.liamgnull@anissemleahcimrd
Dates: Fridays at 7:00pm starting Friday Sept. 26
Order Materials for SOUTH OC CLASS
Our FPU Stewardship Advisor for OC Church of Christ:
Joshua Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 10 Goodyear Irvine, CA, 92618
Dates: Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Starting October 5th (6 weeks)
Contact: Mauricio Mairena at moc.oohaynull@maneriam
Cost: $59.00, will be collected per Family or Individual
Materials will be ordered together at the same time.
Q. What if we have to miss a week or two?
A. Please try not to miss; the class participation cannot be replaced. However if you have a previous conflict, you will be given the AUDIO CD’s of every lesson with your FPU Membership and so if you miss a class session: Please just listen to the audio CD and complete the required assignments for that week.
Q. If we are married, should we both go through FPU together?
A. YES! The effectiveness of the class is dependent on the unity of husband and wife committing to prayer and the application of these financial principles together. If at all possible, don’t go at this alone; bring along your spouse at no additional cost!
Q. Is Childcare provided?
A. We are trying to ensure that childcare will be provided for both classes. This will take some creativity so stay tuned. If you can take care of childcare through outside means, please do so. However, we don’t want this to be the reason why you cannot participate. We may try to “hire” some teens or others to help out, so maybe we can all pitch in a few bucks each week for some entrepreneurial teens! We will likely be showing videos from the Financial Peace Junior program while the parents are in class. We haven’t finalized all of the details yet, but please know that we will. So don’t let that keep you from signing up! To see information about FPU Junior click here.
Q. Will we have to attend FPU in the Spring 2015 if we go thru this trial group?
A. Yes, we will all be going through it together. However, you will NOT have to pay any additional cost. And you will probably be in a much better place financially and with your budget – so you may not have to complete the homework that everyone else is doing. But MORE IMPORTANTLY – when we go through FPU as a church we will need many helpers to form the necessary “teams” to lead the church through this process. So you can help behind the scenes as part of one of the various teams – Promotions team, Prayer team, Celebration team, etc. You will be a great help during the corporate FPU experience!
Q. What if we’ve already done FPU or have an FPU membership? Do we have to pay to go through it again?
A. Anyone with previous FPU Membership is welcome to participate in the class for no additional charge. FPU Central online is a new tool that was added to the 9 week FPU. Members who have the 13-week material do not have a Membership ID so they won’t have access to FPU Central. To get access to FPU Central a returning Member can upgrade their entire FPU Membership ($49) or workbook only ($19.95) A Member ID will be included with either option. If you would like to upgrade, please have them contact Kelli 877-378-2667 Ext: 5700 and mention your Name/Class Location and she will gladly assist you.
If you would like to watch a video from Dave Ramsey – there are plenty on Youtube. Here’s an introduction video of Dave Ramsey explaining the origins of Financial Peace University.
How We Got the Bible
We are going to take a look at one of the most amazing journeys of all time: the Preservation of the Scriptures! Join us as we discover the origins of the Old and New Testament and determine the accuracy by which these texts were passed down for thousands of years. This information is critical to the faith of all Christians, and at the same time one of the most faith-building areas of study! Hosted by the OC EDGE Ministry.
Location: 10 Goodyear, Irvine CA.
Date: Tuesday Sept 9 and Tuesday Sept 16
Time: 7:30pm until 9:00pm
Speaker: Marshall Mead
The New Testament has dozens of “one another” scriptures that bind us together in the body of Christ. What a great and exciting responsibility God has given us to carry them out! Love one another, instruct one another, agree with one another, submit to one another, encourage one another, offer hospitality to one another…and on and on! One way to fulfill these commands is entering into and maintaining one-on-one discipling relationships. Others may call it mentorship. We are not unfamiliar with these terms but we are always trying to improve on the IMPLEMENTATION of such a structure of relationships within the church. This sermon series entitled “Covenant Relationships” embarks on this task: a call to recommit ourselves to one another discipling relationships such that they become an effective device for personal growth and a vehicle in which the church can fulfill these many “one another” commands. The Biblical backdrop of this series is a study on the relationship between David and Jonathan found in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. The hope is that these relationships become even more – that they become deep, rewarding friendships that call us higher in our walk with Christ. And ultimately, we believe it is God’s desire to continually transform those in the church into the image of Christ! Let us pray that our one another relationships continue to serve as a fashioning tool to help achieve that goal.