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Guatemala 2015

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Guatemala Service Brigade

by Steve McBride
Guatemala1Guatemala is picturesque, a mountainous region with lush green forests and live volcanoes. Unfortunately, the landscape socially is filled with chaos. A few months before our arrival the vice president stepped down amid allegations of defrauding the state out of millions of dollars. Currently, the ex-president is in jail, being ordered to stand trial for taking bribes and customs fraud.
With a very small middle class, there’s a huge disparity between the super wealthy and the majority of people who are extremely poor and lacking the most basic services.
Last month, I had the privilege to serve the people of Guatemala at the Medical Service Brigade where hundreds of people were bussed in from remote areas throughout the region to receive free medical services. Every person, people of all ages, who came for medical attention, were treated to a tooth brush, tooth paste and fluoride treatments. Being that most every person had never seen a toothbrush or toothpaste we took the time to give instructions and demonstrate the basics of dental hygiene. Before brushing their teeth, each person had to learn how to wash their hands with a bar of soap, again, for most, this was a first in their lives as well. Fortunately, there was a dentist and a dental assistant on site providing fillings and extractions to alleviate people who had lived with dental pain for years. One memorable moment was showing an elderly woman how to brush her teeth. Though many of her teeth were missing, she imitated me as I demonstrated proper brushing techniques as Guatemala2toothpaste ran down her chin. Have you ever laughed with a mouth full of toothpaste?
If you ever have the opportunity to take a few days off work and want to make a difference serving those less fortunate, you’ll be greatly rewarded with the joy that follows at the Medical Service Brigades that take place every six months throughout Central America.

Welcome to the Halls!

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Welcome!

Halls1We are pleased to welcome Marcel and Karina Hall to the Orange County Church of Christ family as our new Youth Ministry Leaders! Marcel and Karina bring with them many years of full-time youth ministry experience as well as time spent as campus ministry leaders at their alma mater – USC. Marcel and Karina have made their home in the city of Orange which they share with their two beautiful daughters – Sanaiya (age 4) and Desiree (age 2).

In just a short time, the Hall’s have endeared themselves to the youth, the youth ministry volunteers and the parents. One of our youth ministry volunteers shared recently that “It is amazing to see how quickly the teens have warmed-up to the Hall’s. The Hall’s have already made such a great impact on the teens as they have focused on creating an even more loving culture within the youth ministry.” One of the parents commented that “Marcel and Karina bring a great combination of wisdom and experience but also a very humble and partnering spirit.”

Please join us in welcoming them to our family as well as praying for the Hall’s and our entire Youth Ministry.

Lead Like Jesus

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Lead Like Jesus

OCLeaders

LEADERSHIP RETREAT NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE!!!

We are excited about our upcoming Family Group Leaders Retreat. It is now open to EVERYONE who aspires to be a leader one day as well as those who are currently leaders. We want this retreat to be an incredible inspiration to everyone who attends. Registration is STILL OPEN. However, you can no longer register on-line. You must call the hotel directly at 800-598-3828 and tell them that you are making a reservation for the Leadership Retreat for September 25-27, 2015. The rate is $139 per night, however, if you stay 2 nights, the 2nd night will be reduced to $47 + tax AT CHECK-OUT.

Our 2015 Orange County Married Leadership Retreat is taking place at the beautiful La Quinta Resort and Club, La Quinta, CA on September 25-27, 2015.

This inspiring Married Leadership Retreat is open to all Married Family Group Leaders and Family Group Leader Assistants, Community Group Leaders, Shepherds, Teen Leaders, PLUS those aspiring to be Assistant or Family Group Leaders. The theme of our retreat is LEAD LIKE JESUS. We are privileged to have ROB and PAM SKINNER, Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader of the Tucson Church as our guest speakers! This will be a great time of training, teaching, and meaningful fellowship!

We will begin our program at 8:30pm on Friday and conclude with a worship service from 10am-11:30am on Sunday, September 27th.

For the first 83 rooms reserved for 2 nights, there is a special discounted rate. If you stay 2 nights, you pay the regular room rate of $139 for one night and the 2nd night would only be just $47 plus tax!. All room reservations must be made NO LATER THAN August 19th. Your 2-night discount will be applied upon your Sunday checkout from the hotel. Click on the HERE to make your reservation online. We look forward to seeing you there!

Church in Orange County Blueprint

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Blueprint

BuildingBlocksThe Orange County Church of Christ invites you to join us after Easter as we examine a step by step guide to establishing a biblical foundation for our daily lives. Many people have a heart for God, but may not be familiar with His Word. So where do you start? For the next four weeks, we will try to provide you with the fundamental building blocks of the Christian Faith.
Seeking God and using the Bible as your standard.

  • Walking with Christ daily as a disciple
  • Dealing with sin and making actual change!
  • Entering into a covenant with Christ at baptism

We hope you join us and build on a solid foundation that will outlast all of life’s storms!

APRIL 12:   THE FOUNDATION – GOD & HIS WORD
APRIL 19:  THE BLUEPRINT – DISCIPLESHIP STUDY
APRIL 26:  THE FRAMEWORK – SIN & REPENTANCE
MAY 3:  THE COST – UNITED W/ CHRIST IN BAPTISM

Sunday Mornings at 10:00am at 10 Goodyear, Irvine CA (Services in English, Spanish, and Korean)
Sunday Evenings at 5:00pm at 900 S Sunkist, Anaheim CA
Children’s Program Provided