We Made It!
On June 7th we collected a “Special Missions Contribution” to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Our goal was $236,000. To date, the church has given $271,000.
What a great victory for our church and for the churches in Mexico and Central America! Thank you for allowing God to use you to help so many disciples and future disciple in our 39 churches south of the border. A portion of the money will be used to teach disciples and their children in our churches in Central America learn English in order to better their chances of supporting their families. Money will be used to begin or support existing campus ministries. Other funds will be used to develop leadership in these churches, other funds will be used to plant new churches and support newer mission teams. What a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with our Latin brothers and sisters to have a dramatic impact on many. I feel very proud of the disciples in Orange County and your generosity. Your hearts to respond to the needs locally and around the world are an inspiration to me and to many who have heard of what you have done not only in this contribution but also in many other expressions of your love for those in need.
The Godly Father
The role of the father in a family is critical. God has designed the family to be led by the father. The father provides the children with a loving authority figure who cares for ,provides and protects them. According to the U.S. Census bureau one out of three children in the U.S. live in homes where the biological father is absent. This has left many children without the proper care or role model that God intended. God has a lot to say about how he wants fathers to care for, train and love their children in His word, the Bible. We are starting an 8 week interactive class helping fathers love and lead their families God’s way. It will begin on July 12 and will run for 8 consecutive weeks. It will be held at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, Ca, 92618. The session will begin at 8:00a.m. and end promptly at 9:00a.m. Please join me as we learn and grow together in this vital role by listening to God and helping one another.
North County Worship Change June 21
There will be a change of time and place for the North County Worship Service on Sunday, June 21. The service will take place Sunday at 10 AM at the Cal State Fullerton Campus. Worship will be at the Titan Student Union located at 800 North State College Blvd in Fullerton.
Regional Devotional June 12
On Friday June 12th at 7:30pm the Orange County Church of Christ will be having a Regional Devotional to talk about our future plans. We believe that God’s dream for His people in Orange County has just begun. As a church leadership, we are very grateful for every member who has sacrificed and served to advance the cause of Christ to help the church become what it is today. Now we desire to forge ahead being one in mind and one in heart. Please join us on June 12th as we discuss our future plans and pray that God will work through us to accomplish His dreams for Orange County.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3 | NIV84)”
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. (Acts 4:32 | NIV84)”
OC Church of Christ
10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA, 92618
Friday, June 12, 7:30p.m.
Child Care provided
North OC Mother’s Day Worship Moved to Saturday
We want to announce on our website that the North Orange County Worship Service will move from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening. The location will remain the same.
North Orange County Worship
900 S. Sunkist St, Anaheim, CA 92806
Saturday, May 9 at 5 PM
No Sunday Worship on May 10.
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.