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

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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.

HOPE Nicaragua

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Our Family’s HOPE Trip to Nicaragua

4.19.14 PhotoHola Hermanos y Hermanas!

For several years I have been dreaming of going to Latin America to serve on a CSB (medical brigade). I finally got the opportunity last week to serve in Managua, Nicaragua. It is so hard to express in just a few words what it was like. Not only did God bless me with this dream come true but he gave me a bonus by sending my husband and two teens as well. The people of Nicaragua are the most loving, kind, and generous I have ever met in my life. From the moment we arrived till the moment we left they poured out there hearts to us all. I really did not want to leave and my kids were really sad when they woke up after the brigade was over and wished there was another day to go out and be with the people (despite the 3 large earthquakes and hot conditions)….It just goes to show love conquers all. Jesus was present every corner we turned. Thank you Nicaragua for your out pouring of love… The Gasparians will be back!

– Jen Gasparian

2014 Catalyst Retreat

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2014 Catalyst Retreat

Singles2014The 2014 Catalyst Singles retreat was an overwhelming success! Over 640 singles from the Greater Los Angeles area, Orange County, San Diego, Las Vegas, Arizona and many other churches came together in San Diego from March 7-9. The retreat’s theme “Catching Fire” focused on helping singles to catch a fire for God and catch a fire for the church.

The event started off on Friday night with a Hunger Games improv activity coordinated by the Turning Point ministry and ended with an inspiring message from our guest speakers, Elias and Rachel Deleault from Ashland, Oregon. Saturday started off with a morning quiet time, then men/women separate lessons, and then breakout classes taught by singles and some by ministry staff. There was a long fellowship break for lunch and dinner and activities in and around beautiful San Diego. Saturday night kicked off with a spirit-led worship night featuring many meaningful songs, spoken word performances, videos, and a testimony. The night was not complete without some speed-dating and a dance with DJ Joe Villasenor. The Sunday service was overflowing with retreat goers, more disciples from the San Diego church, and friends we had met along the way. Chairs were set up in the foyer because we exceeded the capacity of the facility!

“This was my first time attending and I can’t wait for next year. It was so inspiring, encouraging and spiritually uplifting!” – Catalyst Survey result

God definitely moved mountains to make this retreat a success (and for some…they are thankful we were not actually “in” the mountains this year!). Four weeks before the retreat, less than 100 people were signed up to attend. The committee prayed for God to move in the hearts of the singles and for the registration to exceed 300. By the time online registration ended, over 470 people had registered. And then another 170 people walked in and signed up on-site!

The Catalyst retreat started 6 years ago as an informal get-away for the Coastal and Orange County ministries in the LAICC. Over the last few years, other ministries were invited and eventually the retreat outgrew the original location. Who knows how we are going to top that for 2015? God always finds a way!

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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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!