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Love Is Devotionals

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“Love Is…” Devotionals

LOVE IS ImageLove is at the core of everything we are as followers of God and His Son. God gave the world an example of perfect, unconditional love through Jesus’ death on the cross, and it is our calling as disciples of Jesus to reciprocate that love to God and to have this same love for others. But how do we do this? What does a love like this look like in us? As we live in a world with a shallow, provisional and selfish definition of love, we must look to God’s Word for an explanation of what love truly is.

In the letter of 1 Corinthians, Paul paints a practical yet challenging picture of the love we must have as God’s people. LOVE IS… Devotional Series includes 15 devotionals from 1 Corinthians 13, each expanding on a different aspect of true love. Each devotional has scriptures for study, meditation and action. The verses for study are those that introduce the concepts of the day and can be expanded upon with cross-references, commentaries and other study tools. Those for mediation are great scriptures to pray through, and those for action provide practicals we can apply to ourselves as we move forward in our day. We hope this study series on 1 Corinthians 13 will help teach our OC Campus Ministry what it means to truly love God and one another!

2015 MLK Report

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MLK Service Report

MLK2015We 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!

2014 Teen Camp

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“Truth Be Told”

2014 Teen Camp

2014 Teen CampEach summer our Orange County Teen Ministry, along with other high school ministries from all over the Los Angeles area, travel to Big Bear for what we call “Teen Camp.” This year we took 43 students to camp from Orange County!

Some of the camps most exciting moments occurred during the intense competitions. All of our students were split up into 6 “Tribes,” and tribes competed throughout the week in various competitions: Dodgeball, Handball, Lip Sync, Glow-in-the-Dark Ultimate Frisbee, and more. There were points given out in each competition for sportsmanship, spirit and performance, and the Tribe of Zechariah took away the trophy with the most points this year!

Apart from these competitions, students also were able to attend workshops on various subjects ranging from Family Drama, Studying the Bible, Hot Topics, and Social Media. This year’s camp also included two specialized tracks for specific campers: a Drop Zone track for our incoming 9th Grade campers, and a Senior Leadership Track for all incoming Senior students.

The theme of this year’s camp was “Truth be Told.” The first lesson discussed “The Truth About God,” and how God is not only real but also a Father who would desperately search for us, His children. The second lesson was entitled “The Truth About Freedom,” which taught the students the realities of how sin traps and ensnares us and how “microscopic honesty” about our lives can lead to freedom. For the first time at camp, the students were split up by gender on Monday for more classes and lessons. The girls had an opportunity to learn about God as their perfect Father and what it means to truly be beautiful, while the men were taught about authentic manhood and the need for real brotherhood in their lives. Lastly we were taught about the need to take the truths that we had learned throughout the week down the mountain, and how God needs us to share those truths with the world around us.

Overall, our Teen Ministry has returned from camp fired up and ready to tell the truth for God as they transition back into their schools for the Fall Semester. We ask that you continue to pray for our Teen Ministry, and we thank all of those amazing staff and counselors who spent their week up at camp with our students!

Teen Winter Retreat

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Teen Winter Retreat

Winter Camp 2014Last month during President’s Day Weekend, over 20 students from our Teen Ministry traveled to Winter Camp 2014. The theme of this year’s camp was “Catching Fire,” a theme created to inspire our kids to be passionate and on fire in their relationships with God. Through various lessons, classes, activities, small groups and a ton of fellowship with counselors and other students, our Orange County Teens felt very encouraged and inspired to move forward in their personal walks with God!

There were three main segments of the “Catching Fire” theme – “A Symbol of Hope,” “A Greater Purpose,” and “The Revolution.” Each of these lessons inspired the students to look beyond the world around them and see the spiritual battle that’s before them. These lessons were followed by small groups, which gave the students a chance to discuss the material and how to practically apply it to their own lives. On top of the lesson material, the students met and bonded with kids from all over the Southwest, including teens from Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas to name a few.

Furthermore, a couple of our kids received sponsorship this year in order to attend, and we want to thank those who provided the funds which allowed these kids to take part in camp. Our youth ministry is very grateful to be a part of a church family that truly loves and looks out for one another. Please keep our students in your prayers and we know that this amazing camp experience will turn into lasting conviction in many our students lives!

2014 MLK Day Report

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HOPEww2014 MLK Day Report

Our OC volunteers served in a variety of ways throughout the Weekend of Service. Our projects for this year included the following: Love Community Outreach, a trip to Tecate, MX, Operation Feed the Homeless in Santa Ana, another feeding the homeless program in Newport, Think Together – Book Doctors, Grandma’s House of Hope, Veterans First, the Orange County Food Bank, and a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

mlk photo1mlk photo 2We are very proud of our members for giving up their time, their energy, and their hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. God calls us to look after “the least of these,” and we’re confident that our efforts during the Weekend of Service will help many in the areas we served. 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 2015!

2013 Teen Camp Report

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2013 Teen Camp Report

Teen Camp 1Each summer our Orange County Teen Ministry, along with other high school ministries from all over the Los Angeles area, travel to Big Bear for what we call “Teen Camp.” This year we took 43 students to camp from Orange County, with the total number of teens being approximately 400. We were also able to award 13 of those students with partial scholarships due to some donations from our members.

Some of the camps most exciting moments occurred during the intense competitions! All 400 students were split up into 6 “Tribes,” and tribes competed throughout the week in various competitions: Monster Ball, Lip Sync, Zombie Run, Glow-in-the-Dark Ultimate Frisbee, etc. There were points given out in each competition for sportsmanship and performance, and the Tribe of Daniel took away the trophy with the most points this year!

Apart from these competitions, students also were able to attend workshops on various subjects ranging from Family Drama, Studying the Bible, Hot Topics, and Leadership. This year’s camp also included two specialized tracks for specific campers: a Drop Zone track for our incoming 9th Grade campers, and a Senior Track for all incoming Senior students.

Teen Camp 2The theme of this year’s camp was “Speak Up.” The first lesson of camp discussed how God originally spoke up for us, creating us in his image. The second took that theme further and described how, due to our sin and disobedience, God needed to speak up again for our sake and sent his son to die as a sacrifice for us. These lessons helped the campers gain a better perspective of who God is and what He has done for us through Jesus. In small groups following those lessons, campers shared their thoughts and beliefs regarding God with each, and many openly confessed their sin in the safety of those small groups as well.

Teen Camp 3Later in the week, the students heard lessons on our need to speak up for God. We were taught the importance of allying ourselves with relationships that will take us closer to God, and to be willing to be vulnerable with others about how we’re really doing spiritually. The students were also challenged to “do work” as they went home from the mountain, making sure to put the lessons into practice and not letting the amazing camp experience go to waste!

Overall, our Teen Ministry has returned from camp fired up and ready to speak up for God as they transition back into their schools for the Fall Semester. We ask that you continue to pray for our Teen Ministry, and we thank all of those amazing staff and counselors who spent their week up at camp with our students! `