Family Ministry Women’s Retreat

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Family Ministry Women’s Retreat

Womens Retreat 1Early Saturday morning on March 15th, 40 women from the Youth and Family Ministry descended upon the Hilton Garden Inn at Carlsbad Beach to enjoy a women’s retreat together. The Hilton Garden Inn is directly across the street from the ocean, so the location was the perfect setting for our theme, “Going Deep”. The path along the ocean is high above the beach which made for a breathtaking view of the endless horizon. On this path new friendships were made and old friendships deepened as we walked and prayed and shared our hearts with each other.
On this beautiful Saturday morning, we gathered in the hotel conference room and began by singing with all our hearts as we were accompanied by Carol Lopez on the guitar. Deb Eskew, our wonderful Youth and Family Ministry women’s leader, gave us two lessons. In the first lesson, “Deep with God”, we read scriptures about how much God desires a relationship with each one of us (Psalm 139), and that in order to know God deeply we have to be willing to draw near to him. In the second lesson, “Deep Friendships”, we learned how we can deepen our relationships with one another. We dug deep into Peter’s character and learned that tension is present in all relationships, and we can learn to love each other despite how different we may be.

Womens Retreat 2After the morning lessons, we were free to spend all afternoon out and about in the town of Carlsbad to eat lunch, enjoy the flower fields or just sit on a blanket on the beach and relax. At 4:30 p.m., all 40 women met on the path across from the hotel that overlooks the ocean to pray with each other. After this inspiring time, we broke into smaller groups to share a meal together. Then at 7:30 p.m. we all came together in the conference room to play Family Feud organized by Angela Hines. We laughed and played for two hours and enjoyed the competition immensely.

On Sunday morning, we all enjoyed homemade muffins by Carol Lopez and Julie Paine outside in the Garden patio. Also, Isabella McBride led a yoga class in our conference room. At 9:30 a.m. we all gathered together for a group quiet time. Kimberly Bosworth and Karen Cantas led us in our thoughts. Suedine Nakano welcomed our guest speaker, Linda Brumley, our sister from the San Diego Church. Linda shared God’s word and her heart with us which prepared us for communion.

As the retreat drew to an end, the theme of the retreat, “Going Deep”, had been accomplished. The hearts of the women were filled with resolve and hope for a deeper walk with God and each other.

Best Christmas Play Ever!

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Best Christmas Play Ever!

IMG_6477Please come watch the play!!! Your heart will be moved!! It is amazing! They have invested alot of time into making it great.

Saturday Night, December 14
Church Service at 5pm
Play at 6:30pm

Sunday Morning, December 15
Church Service at 10 AM
Play at 2 PM

“The Best Christmas Play Ever” is the funny and heartwarming story of the Herdmans, the meanest, most vile kids on the planet who bully their way into the local church Christmas play and learn about the story of Jesus’s birth for the very first time. Everyone thinks the play is destined to be a disaster, and some, in fact, will do whatever is necessary to prevent the performance from happening, but there’s more to the infamous Herdmans than meets the eye. Their fresh take ends up being an important reminder for both adults and children that the story of Christ’s coming is not to be seen as bland and uninteresting, but rather miraculous and wonderful!

Good News from Honduras!

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Good News from Honduras!

Today we bring you a testimonial from a sister in Honduras, Mary Tabora. We hope that her story inspires you to trust that God always works out situations so that we may get to know Him and serve Him…

The Moreno  FamilyMy name is Mary Tabora. I grew up in a religious household; as a child I loved reading the Bible. But I resented our family’s strict religiosity, and I developed a view of God as a punisher. My sister Alma became a Christian in Boston in 1986, but she had to return to Honduras in 1988 when her student visa expired. She shared a few Bible studies with me. But we didn’t have any discipling churches in the area like the one that Alma knew in Boston. In 1995 the San Pedro Sula church was planted. Alma had been in Honduras for 7 years, and now she had a church … 4 ½ hours away! I saw my sister travel each week to San Pedro to worship with the church. Her commitment impacted me: I renewed my Bible studies and was baptized in 1996! And I began to make the weekly trips to San Pedro with Alma and my four children, for midweek and Sunday services; we did that for four years! My husband and the rest of our family were not happy with this. I kept on praying for my family, and I kept inviting my husband to church.

In 2000 the church was planted in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Tegucigalpa is closer to Comayagua, so our weekly trips to church were shorter. God has blessed me with so many answered prayers. My husband was baptized in 2010, after fourteen years of prayers! And two years later, in 2012, the church was officially planted in my city of Comayagua, where we already had 22 disciples! Three of my children are disciples: my two daughters are involved in the worship ministry and my oldest son leads the singles ministry. I am very grateful to God, to my sister Alma, and to those who have sacrificed to help plant our three churches in Honduras!

If you would like to know more about the churches in Honduras, please go to their website. You can also follow the Comayagua Church on Facebook.

J. De Anda

Southwestern Mexico Family of Churches

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The Southwest Mexico Family of Churches

In just a few weeks, the members of the Orange County Church will be collecting the annual Special Missions Contribution. As part of this effort, $275,000 will be allocated to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Today we want to share great news from one of the ministry groups that benefit from our financial and spiritual support: the Southwestern Mexico family of churches.

SW Mexico Map

The 10 churches in the Southwest Family of Churches

The Southwestern Mexico family of churches includes eight regions of the Mexico City Church plus nine other churches in the country. The congregational groups range in membership from 18 (Acapulco) to 315 (Narvarte), for a total membership of almost 2100 disciples. Some of the churches are led by full-time ministers and some are led by volunteer ministry leaders. Mario and Angelica Espinosa oversee the whole group.

The group slogan is: “A Great Family Seeking to Serve a Loving Father”

SW Mexico Leaders

Ministry Leaders of the Churches

Good News:

  • As of April of 2013, over 60 people have been baptized this year.
  • A new HOPE worldwide medical clinic was inaugurated in Mexico City.
  • The campus ministry at the National University of Mexico was launched with an evangelistic conference that brought over 100 visitors.
  • Virtual devotionals are held every month by webconferencing to encourage and help the leaders of the various ministry groups, most of whom are not financially able to travel.
  • The Singles ministry in Mexico City organized a retreat near the Teotihuacan pyramids: over 250 single disciples attended.

Challenges and Dreams:

  • Planning to have our first summer camp for teens and pre-teens of the Mexico City Church.
  • Hosting the 12th National Conference for Single Disciples.
  • Praying for a location and finances to host a Conference for all the churches in Mexico in October. It has been five years since the whole Mexico City Church (3,800 members) has been able to have a full congregational meeting.
  • Praying for explosive growth in our campus ministries.
  • Praying to be able to identify and train future elders.
  • For contact information, please visit our MCA Missions website, MCA Missions.

Brothers and sisters, let’s remember that our missions contribution helps these churches evangelize their respective cities. Let’s continue to pray for the disciples in Mexico!

San Clemente Church

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San Clemente Worship

We are very excited to share about our first San Clemente vision worship service. Over 40 people were in attendance, several of whom had never visited the church. We had a great time singing worship songs with the help of some of our campus students. Also, Mike and Julie Payne and Nick and Sandra Johnson (San Clemente residents) welcomed everyone and led our thoughts for the Lord’s Supper. It was an honor for me personally (Dan Roditi) to be able to preach because I lived in San Clemente for years and went to High School there. Many of us had friends there and we even had someone who was driving by, saw our sign and decided to come in and worship with us. It was a great victory for God and all those who live in San Clemente, San Juan, and Dana Point. Our vision and prayer is to eventually have a service consistently meeting in that part of the county. For the coming year, we would like to have at least 3 more services in San Clemente and neighboring cities. Please pray for us that will continue to move hearts to see many more come to Christ in the southern coast of O.C.

Children’s Play

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Lost and Found!

The Orange County Church proudly presented the children’s play “Lost at Sea.” It was a fun, inspirational play put on by Michelle Voccola and Charles and Teresa Lennox. They did a fabulous job rehearsing for three months with the children who participated in the play. This production was a musical filled with a spiritual message about seeking Christ in a lost world. Children and adults alike left feeling encouraged to reach out to their friends and family and humming catchy tunes.