MCA Update

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OC Reaches Missions Goal!

Since the year 2000, the Orange County Church of Christ has partnered with churches in Latin America to ensure that people in the rest of the continent have the opportunity to receive the Word of God. The church here has donated millions of dollars toward that mission field, and this year was no exception. As announced a few weeks ago by evangelist Kevin Mains, this year the Orange County Church of Christ has raised $275,000 to support churches in Mexico and Central America!

As President of MCA Missions, which is in charge of distributing funds, I want to thank each and every member of the OC Church for your generosity. I am very aware of the sacrifices that many of you had to make this year, especially during a difficult time in our economy. You have chosen to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matthew 6:19-21). Please believe with all your heart that your gift will be blessed by God. On behalf of our brothers and sisters in Mexico and Central America, thank you!

Exciting things that have happened this year

  • The brothers and sisters in Honduras welcomed the newest addition to the family: the planting of a church in the city of Comayagua!
  • The church in Guadalajara (Mexico) celebrated the appointment of Francisco and Angelica Botello as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader, respectively!
  • Led by Marcelo and Maria Gema Carcamo from San Salvador, the campus ministry in Central America is experiencing a great revival, with Bible Talks in major universities and many students being baptized and trained to impact the next generation!
  • In spite of the wave of violence that has struck fear in the hearts of citizens of many cities in Northern Mexico, the churches there continue to preach the gospel boldly and to make disciples.

We still face major challenges, but the churches in the region are praying and preparing to meet the needs. One of our greatest challenges is to build a powerful campus ministry at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). This huge campus that instructs tens of thousands of young men and women was the main mission field when the Mexico City Church was planted in 1987; however, due to lack of resources this ministry has decreased in its impact. Thanks to the missions contributions of the Orange County Church and of other ministries in the larger fellowship of the Los Angeles International Church of Christ, we hope to be able to hire a full-time ministry couple to re-launch this very important ministry at UNAM!

You can visit us at The Mission Diaries for more news and testimonials. Thanks for your partnership in the gospel of Christ!

 

Orange County Parenting Workshop

Written by Scott Sweeney on . Posted in Announcements, Events

Raising Hope

The Orange County Church of Christ is hosting our 2nd Annual Family Day and Carnival on September, 30, 2012 at 10 AM at our building on 10 Goodyear, Irvine. The theme this year is “Raising Hope”. Raising children in our world today can be a scary undertaking given the moral decay of our society. Just listening to the news each day can produce feelings of concern and fear as we think about what the future holds for our children. How can we have hope for a brighter future and hope that our families can shine like stars in this world? During the worship service, Mike and Libby Rock, our guest speakers, will answer this question by sharing God’s Word and their lives. Their story and message is not only for those who are married but also for teens, campus students and singles because every generation needs hope that they too can build an incredible family for future generations. Register for the carnival by clicking here: Orange County Family Carnival.

Mike & Libby Rock have been married 31 years and have raised two awesome boys – Jake, 25 who is married to Kelsey, and Scott, 21. The Rocks have undergone many spiritual tests that they have allowed to refine their characters, unite them as a family and bring them all closer to God. Mike and Libby have spent many years of their lives serving families in churches all over the world, so they are very aware and in tune to the needs and challenges of family life. They have served in the ministry all around the U.S. – including California, Colorado, Arizona and Florida and have been courageously involved with churches in the Middle East, and have helped to plant

orange county church outreach

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Events

Sharing our Faith Together
Jesus commands us to go and make disciples in Matt 28:18-20. Often we need help to have the courage to share the good news of Christ with this world that so desperately needs Him. To this end we are planning four different times during the week of July 21-28 for the disciples in our church to come together and share our faith with the people of Orange County.

We are having a regional “Summer Fest” Service at 10:00a.m. on Sunday, July 29th that will include a picnic and sports day at Mason Park site #6 immediately afterwards . Invitations to the “Summer Fest” service and picnic will be available this Sunday July 15th at church.

Several of the ministry staff will be organizing the different evangelistic sessions . Below is the schedule of when we will be going and who will be organizing. Please email the staff member of the appropriate session that you can attend to get more detailed information.

Times and Places for Outreach

Saturday, July 21, 11:00am-2:00pm 

Sunday, July 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, July 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, July 28, 11:00am-2:00pm

KM 6.20.2012

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update, Missions

Special Missions Contribution

Almost There

On June 10th we took up our Special Missions Contribution for the churches in Mexico and Central America and the church planting in Tucson, Arizona. We needed to collect $329,500.00 in order to meet all of the needs; $275,000 for the churches in Mexico and Central America, $18,000 for the Tucson, Arizona church planting and $36,500 for our weekly contribution. As of Sunday June 17th we have collected $292,500. I would like to thank everyone who sacrificed so much for our brothers and sisters in Latin America and for those that will become disciples through your generous sacrifice. We are close to meeting our goal and the needs. The Elders and I have set aside Sunday, July 15th as a day when we will give anything above our weekly contribution towards completing our Special Missions Contribution. I feel it is important for us to meet these needs. The difference between our current contribution of $292,500 and our $329,500 goal would be the salary of one ministry couple for a year. This is critical when in some cities they have one ministry couple for 400 disciples. Thanks again for all of the faith and love that so many of you have shown not just this year, but year after year, as we hold out the word of life to people all over the world.

Revelation

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Separating Fact from Fiction

A Responsible Approach to the Book of Revelation

Revelation is the last book of the New Testament and for centuries it has been perhaps the most controversial book in the Bible. The book has been interpreted and reinterpreted from numerous perspectives. The most widely held idea, popularized by the “Left Behind” novels and movies, is that the Book of Revelation is about the events that will happen at the end of the world when Jesus returns. This is called Futurism. Most people are unaware that this was not the traditional interpretation of the Catholic or the Protestant Church. Would you like to know how this idea, and others, came into being?

As disciples of Christ, we should always strive to approach Bible study in a responsible manner. On Sunday June 24, Dr. Jaime De Anda will begin a series of studies on the Book of Revelation. The series will begin with a survey of the various systems of interpretation and their respective origins. We will then study the historical background of the book and the symbology used by its author. As we go through each chapter we will be careful to ask: What did this mean to the original audience, the Christians in the Roman province of Asia during the late First Century? In this manner we will avoid many of the anachronisms that plague the Futurist and other interpretations. Hopefully, from our study we will be able to extract principles that we can apply to our Christian life in contemporary society.

The study series begins on June 24, 2012 at the Orange County Church of Christ (10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92618) Classes will go from 7:00- 8:00 PM and continue to meet for 8 weeks (with the exception of July 8). Admission is free. Come and join us!

Missions Contribution 6/10/12!

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update, Missions

Missions Contribution 6/10/12

Our special mission contribution for Mexico and Central America is coming up in 3 weeks on June 10th. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice of so many disciples over the years supporting world missions. Hundreds of churches have been planted and tens of thousands of souls have been saved. However, our job is just beginning. There are still millions of souls yet to be saved and many more churches yet to be planted. Mexico has a population of 112,000,000 and Central America has a population of 42,000,000. Since our first church planting in 1987 in Mexico City with 13 disciples, the work in Latin America has grown to 37 churches with 8157 disciples.

We are asking every disciple to give 10 times their normal weekly contribution on our Missions Sunday. We will take our weekly contribution out of that amount and the rest will go directly to the Mexican and Central American churches.

Recently the campus ministries are seeing a revival in Latin America. In Central America the campus ministries collectively are called “Student Action.” Recently campus ministries have started in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; San Salvador, El Salvador and Xela, Guatemala . The largest university in Mexico is in Mexico City, it is called UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). It has 260,000 students registered. Plans are in the works to start a campus ministry there this year. Much of this work depends on the success of our missions contribution.

In the last two months the church in Costa Rica hosted a Women’s Day and the 67 women disciples in that church brought 100 eager visitors to learn about God. Also the San Salvador Church hosted a Men’s Day called “Courageous.” The 54 men in the church brought 104 visitors! Wilfredo Coello from the Tegucigalpa, Honduras church was the guest speaker. Additionally, many church planting are scheduled for this new year throughout Latin America.