OC 2017

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Orange County 2017

2017 has definitely been a time of great challenge for all of us here in Orange County.  The sudden loss of our dear brother, Kevin Mains, reminded all of us of how brief our life is here on this earth and that eternal life with God is why we do what we do in God’s family.  We are so grateful that Kevin was such a great example of faith and love to the very end – what a great legacy he has left us all!

When Daniel desperately needed God’s guidance and direction, we read:

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting…” – Daniel 9:3

After much fasting and prayer, and in consultation with so many of the members of the OC Church; the elders, evangelists, and ministry staff would like to provide this update on how we will be organized moving forward…

3 Geographical Ministries

The Orange County Church will be organized into 3 Geographical Ministries called North OC, Mid-County OC, and South OC.  The Coastline ministry will be fully planted in mid-2018.

Our vision is that each of these geographic ministries will have a Family and Teen Ministry, a Singles Ministry, and a Campus Ministry.  The North and Mid-County Ministries will begin immediately with all of these ministries while the South Ministry will not immediately have a Campus Ministry, but with a vision to start one at Saddleback College.

OC Ministry Full-Time Staff

The Orange County Church of Christ is led by a team of elders and evangelists, along with their wives, the rest of the OC full-time staff and an amazing group of volunteer leaders. Among this team of elders and evangelists, we have designated two senior roles to help guide the overall vision and direction of the OC Church.

Senior Roles

Jaeho and Misook Park will serve in a senior role as full-time Elder and Women’s Ministry Leader and will provide shepherding, administrative training and leadership for the church, in addition to leading the International Ministry.  Jaeho and Misook have led growing ministries in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as in Korea.

Bruce and Robin Williams will serve as Senior Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader and their primary responsibility will be to train the full-time staff in ministry and evangelism. They come with 45 years of full-time ministry experience, having successfully led churches in South Florida, San Diego, Chicago, Orange County, and Los Angeles and raised up many couples into the full-time ministry.

Eldership

We are very blessed to have Dave Eskew and Jaeho Park serve as Elders as they shepherd the flock here in Orange County.  Along with their wives, Deb and Misook, they have served in these roles since 2011.

Full-Time Staff Leadership for the Geographic Ministries

South OC

The South OC ministry will be shepherded by Dave and Deb Eskew and led by Dan and Candice Roditi.  Dave and Deb have done a wonderful job leading the Youth & Family Ministry, helping many families be strengthened spiritually.  Dan and Candice have faithfully led in the campus, teen, singles, marrieds and Latin ministries of OC.  The Roditi’s and Eskew’s will work together in leading the South Family Ministry.  Mary Mains will lead and oversee the women in the South Single’s Ministry, serve as Regional Coordinator for our Kingdom Kids Ministry, and be the Administrator for the Shining Stars Preschool.  The Teen Ministry will be led by an amazing volunteer couple, Scott & Kelly McIntosh, who will work closely with the Eskew’s.  The South OC worship service will be at the Irvine building at 9am on Sundays.

Mid-County OC

The Mid-County OC ministry will be shepherded by Jaeho and Misook Park and led by Steve and Charley Stevenson.  Jaeho and Misook have done a fantastic job leading the International Ministries over the last few years.  Steve and Charley have led ministries in Houston, Long Beach, New Jersey, and Virginia and we are thankful to have them just recently join us here in Orange County.  Also in the Mid-County OC ministry, we are blessed to have Ryan and Virginia Weekley who have led both the teen and campus ministries here in OC over the last few years.  They will now be leading the South OC Campus ministry (UCI & IVC) and the Mid-County Teen Ministry.  There will be 2 part-time campus interns assisting them in the campus work.  The International Ministry will continue to be led by Jaeho and Misook.  The Mid-County OC worship service will be at the Irvine building at 11am on Sundays.

North OC

The North OC ministry will continue to be overseen by Bruce and Robin WilliamsMarcel and Karina Hall will be in training to lead the North Family Ministry.  Marcel and Karina have led campus and teen ministries in LA and the teen ministry here in OC.   The Campus Ministry (CS Fullerton & Fullerton College) will be led by two gifted volunteer couples – Sam & Kari Anderson and Gabe & Nirvana Stroebel.  They will have 2 part-time campus interns assisting them.  The Latin Ministry will have a sermon preached in Spanish on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall.  The Latino Family Ministry will be led by a great volunteer couple – Hector & Jasmine Perez. The Singles will be led by awesome volunteers in Steven Morales and Shannon Wollenburg, who will be guided and assisted by Chris & Gina Galassi.  The North OC worship service will continue to be in Anaheim at 4pm on Sundays.

Specialized Ministry Regional Coordinators

We will have Singles, Campus and Teen Ministry coordinators for the whole OC Church.  Steve & Charley Stevenson will serve as Singles Coordinators, Ryan and Virginia Weekley will serve as Campus Coordinators, and Marcel & Karina will serve as Teen Ministry Coordinators.  In addition, the Kids Kingdom Coordinator will be Mary Mains.  These coordinators will facilitate any regional activities for each of these ministries.

We realize that because of this new staff configuration and areas of responsibility, we will be more reliant on self-supported (volunteer) “staff” than ever before.  We are very grateful that we have been blessed over the years with a tremendous volunteer staff in administration and shepherding and we are faithful that God will work powerfully through our new volunteer staff to lead many of our other numerous ministries as well.

Leadership Retreat

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LeaderSHIFT

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)

LeadersOver Labor Day weekend, the LAICC singles ministry hosted 155 single leaders from all over the West Coast in Big Bear, California for LeaderSHIFT. This was the first weekend entirely devoted to spiritual leadership in the singles ministry.

What was LeaderSHIFT? A weekend devoted to the spiritual inspiration and growth of our leaders. A weekend focused on what God says about leadership. A weekend focused on encouraging and strengthening our leaders. A weekend focused on shifting the perception of singles leadership in God’s church for current and future leaders.

Amazing things happened even before the retreat began. As singles registered for the event, they were asked to complete a DiSC Profile Assessment that was used to each individual get in touch with their leadership strengths and areas of growth opportunities. These results were used throughout the weekend amongst the different lessons and discussion groups to add depth and insight into our personal leadership styles. The lessons focused on different areas of leadership, such as The Call of Leadership, The Gifts of Leadership, and The Cost of Leadership. Mike Rock gave a power and moving lesson on what it means to give up your life for Christ to be a disciple and serve others.

Through lessons, discussion groups, prayer times, hikes, and activities, there was something for each person to help them to connect with God, connect with His Word, and connect with each other.

Overall, the weekend was a great success! Retreat goers were moved to continue in their leadership or to start leading. On a post-weekend survey, one comment that sums up the feeling of those who attended was:

I am so humbled to be a part of such an amazing church! These events really help me look within myself and be strengthened into Christ. All the lessons this weekend focused on the heart of why we do what we do, and that’s key to building other areas.

God is working powerfully in the singles ministry on the West Coast and we look forward to many more events that highlight and strengthen the amazing singles ministry!

2015 Special

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We Made It!

Made ItOn June 7th we collected a “Special Missions Contribution” to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Our goal was $236,000. To date, the church has given $271,000.
What a great victory for our church and for the churches in Mexico and Central America! Thank you for allowing God to use you to help so many disciples and future disciple in our 39 churches south of the border. A portion of the money will be used to teach disciples and their children in our churches in Central America learn English in order to better their chances of supporting their families. Money will be used to begin or support existing campus ministries. Other funds will be used to develop leadership in these churches, other funds will be used to plant new churches and support newer mission teams. What a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with our Latin brothers and sisters to have a dramatic impact on many. I feel very proud of the disciples in Orange County and your generosity. Your hearts to respond to the needs locally and around the world are an inspiration to me and to many who have heard of what you have done not only in this contribution but also in many other expressions of your love for those in need.

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!

Father Son Campout 2014

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“Fishers of Men”

Father & Son Campout 2014

We had an amazing weekend up at Silverwood Lake this year! I was left with the feeling that, “This is what our faith is all about!”…Having fun with our kids, enjoying fellowship, nature and of course the campfire! We had 51 dads and 76 boys join us this year. Steve Berger led an amazing devotional about fishing, and using the right spiritual bait, and persevering in our walks with God. Jesus came to turn parents’ hearts to their children and we got to witness God’s plan and heart for family this weekend. A big thanks to Kevin Mitchell and Aubyn Hines and the food crew, who made some amazing egg burritos, brisket, and a great spread! We look forward to this event continuing to grow in the years to come!

Please check out our Facebook page for all of the candid and individual pictures at “Father Son Campout 2014”.

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Seoul Update

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South Korea – Our New Mission Partner

Seoul Map

by Jaeho Park

The Seoul Church of Christ in Korea was planted in June 1989, right before the Los Angeles Church was started. The Korean mission team was comprised of 15 disciples who were sent out by the San Francisco Church of Christ, as well as churches in Cincinnati, Chicago, New York, Boston and Providence. I, too, was one of the mission team members sent out from Providence Church of Christ and truly honored to have been a part of this team.

Currently, there are about 460 disciples in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, and five other churches in the major cities of Busan (60 disciples), Daegu (40 disciples), Bundang (170 disciples), Ilsan (110 disciples) and Daejeon (4 disciples). Altogether, there are about 840 disciples in Korea.
In January 2014, the churches in Korea expressed their desire to have a deeper fellowship as partners in the mission, as well as requesting for spiritual guidance and help from the Orange County Church of Christ
As the only church in the US that has a Korean Ministry, we believe that this partnership will not only be beneficial to the churches in Korea, but also serve as a stepping-stone in reaching out to many more Koreans who are spread out all over the world.

Please pray for the churches in Korea, our new mission partner, as well as their mission work. It is our hope that Orange County’s good news will overflow and spread to our partner churches in Korea, and that we would also hear of all the great things God is doing in Korea.