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2016 Service Brigade

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Guatemala Service Brigade

IMG_0866What a beautiful experience being able to serve in Guatemala last month! This was my second community brigade with Hope Worldwide. I have never felt more connected to God than when serving others in need. Children traveling 4-5 hours on bus just to ask for Tylenol. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles asking for reading classes to study the bible. Orphans filled with tears when receiving multi-vitamins, wellness checks, access to medicine and dental care for the very first time. I met farmers in desperate need of pain medication only to subdue their aches in order to continue working in the fields and provide for their families.

Dental WorkIt’s mind blowing thinking that I take these trips with the intent of “giving” yet God fills my heart in more ways than you can possibly imagine. My life has changed forever. I no longer want to travel for myself….As disciples we are called to help the less fortunate and spread God’s love.

ChandraWhatever you’re able to give: time, talent, medical skills, artistic skills, friendship, donations, or just a faith filled heart, there are hundreds of people that God has allowed us to assist. I truly believe this is how we glorify him and find our place in God’s story.

Path to Forgiveness

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Path to Forgiveness

Path to Forgiveness

Register Here!

We are inviting women to please join us for a workshop based on the the book by Linda Brumley:
“Hand in Hand with God: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness”

Saturday, March 5th, 9am to 12pm
Please join us for light snacks and coffee beginning at 8am.

Dress casually and meet us at the church building at 10 Goodyear, Irvine.

We are honored to have Linda Brumley, the author share her book with us. Linda has served in the women’s ministry for over 30 years. She and her husband Ron have been married for 55 years and have 4 married children and 10 grandchildren. This is Linda’s second book and it has just been published in Spanish. She has led women’s workshops and seminars on many Biblical topics across the country and abroad.

The cost is $20/person & $10/teenagers and full-time college students. This registration price includes receiving the book.

MLK Weekend of Service

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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

Upside Down

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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…
PURCHASE TICKETS
See you in St. Louis!
With love & grace,
The Upside Down Ministry team

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.