orange county church outreach

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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

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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!

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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.

Church News May 2012

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Church News May 2012

God is continuing to work in the church in many wonderful ways. We have now seen more than 40 people baptized and restored to the Lord since the beginning of the year. This past week Mike Hill was baptized into Christ. Mike was met by the Sweeney family a year ago when they shared their faith with him near a retail store that he owns. Many have been involved in helping Mike come to a strong faith, especially those in the Newport Beach Family Group. Also in the Korean ministry Sung Min Cho was baptized into Christ on Sunday. Sung Min is a professional golfer and has been studying the bible for many weeks. Please keep praying for all of the people God is bringing to us.

We are now half way through our “Rise Up and Build” leadership training series. We have been averaging 120 disciples that have been participating in the sessions to learn how to become Family Group Leaders and Shepherds. The next session will take place on May 20th at 1:30p.m. at the church building. The class will be  “A Fruitful Family Group”. Come and join us.

Our Special Missions Contribution is coming up on June 10th. This contribution will go to support the 37 churches that have been planted since 1987 in Mexico and Central America. These funds will also help to continue to plant more churches in Latin America. We are asking that each member gives ten times their normal weekly contribution. Nine times will go to missions and one times will be used for our normal weekly contribution. This will insure that $275,000 will be given to the churches in Mexico and Central America.

We have a new curriculum we are trying out in our Kid’s Kingdom classes. We are excited that part of the curriculum are take home family devotionals. These are for school age children. Please use the devotionals with your family and let us know what you think about them. I would also like to thank all of the teachers and Kid’s Kingdom coordinators that have worked so hard to help our children learn about and fall in love with our great God.

The World Discipleship Summit called, “The Mountain of the Lord” will be held on July 5-8 in San Antonio Texas. Over 17,000 people have registered for the conference so far. There will be many different tracks depending on your responsibility in the church and your stage in life. Please make plans to attend this historic event as disciples from all over the world will come to learn and fellowship with one another.

Finally, make sure you check out our Scripture Memory Page.  Each day you will get a new passage of Scripture to memorize.  What a great way to draw closer to the Lord!

Thanks for all you do,

Kevin

Church Update

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Church Update March 2012

This has been a very exciting time in the Orange County church of Christ. God has blessed us in incredible ways. In the past 8 weeks we have seen 23 people baptized and restored to Christ. These new disciples have come from the Married, Singles (Edge), Campus, and Teen ministries. The married women hosted a women’s day that was spectacular with over 350 in attendance. The Internet Ministry has introduced many people to the church who are now studying the Bible to become disciples. Starting this Sunday at 1:30 PM at the 10 Goodyear building we will begin our new Family Group Leader and Shepherd training. These training sessions are so important in order for us to be able to raise up new leadership to care for and mature the new disciples as well as our existing disciples in the church. There are also other needs in the church as we grow. We are asking each disciple to consider how they can best be used by God to advance His kingdom here in Orange County. Here are a list of needs we have as a church. If you are able to fill these needs please contact your ministry leader.

  • Empty Nest Coordinator
  • Hospital Visitation Coordinator
  • People to help write articles for the website
  • Volunteer Administrators
  • Mentoring the Youth
  • Mexico and Central America Trip Coordinators
  • Bible Give away for new visitors Volunteers
  • Greeters to Church
  • Ushers
  • Teen Workers
  • Community Connection Volunteers for the poor and other various needs

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10 NIV84) 

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:4-8 NIV84)