Our God is Greater

Written by Scott Sweeney on . Posted in Church Update

“Our God is Greater”

Vision Service for 2013

November 25, 2012

What an amazing Sunday as we got together with all the disciples in OC in order to worship God and gain faith and inspiration for 2013! The worship was electric (sometimes literally with Makoto on the guitar)! The message delivered by Kevin Mains is a “must listen to” as we focussed on Caleb and Joshua in Numbers 13 & 14. As the 12 spies scouted out the exceedingly good land, we are reminded that God has the best plan for each of our lives. Caleb had the faith to silence the nay-sayers and have the faith that “God is greater” than anything in the way of God’s people. When God makes a promise he delivers. The challenge for all of us was to be like Caleb, and have a different spirit, or to be like Joshua, who may not have silenced the people then, but he got his heart there. As we enter 2013, God has great plans for the OC Church of Christ, and we believe that when God is for us, nothing can stand against us!

We also had an extended contribution message by Jack Middlebrooks that encouraged us to give God our best, and to have the faith that God will find a way for each of us. He also briefly discussed the faith of the Israelites in the Old Testament to offer burnt offerings, where your very best was burnt up for God. His scriptures included: Leviticus 27:30, Psalm 51:16 and 1 Timothy 6:6-10. As we head into 2013, God needs desires us to be living sacrifices – for each one of us to faithfully offer our mind, body, soul, strength, and our financial resources to be offered to Him.

As we get closer to the new year we are asking every disciple to ask themselves, “Who does God want me to be in heart and action for 2013?”

We love an appreciate everyone in the OC family and the staff feels so grateful that God has put us here!

Here are some of our goals for 2012, and some good news of what God has done:

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 kids ministry

Written by Candice Roditi on . Posted in Church Update, Reporting

Kids Rule!
OC Kids Ministry

The Orange County Church of Christ is full of love and devotion for one another. We especially adore the youth. The children’s ministry is always striving to find new, fun and innovative ways to reach our youth. We value our children and invest in their spiritual education because they are our future. We are very thankful for all of the volunteer coordinators, teachers, and new curriculum.

Each rotation we have a new set of coordinators who serve many hours to help make the teachers and children experience excellent. We are lucky to have such dedicated volunteers who have a passion for the youth. The teachers in each Sunday school grade are devoted to helping every individual child in their class learn and grow spiritually. The teachers are very involved in making the Sunday school experience for the children interesting, educational, and a lot of fun! We have also are appreciative of what our preschool had done to the classrooms to make them special.  

We have recently switched to a new curriculum. We are currently using a curriculum from a company called “Group” and the curriculum is named, “Buzz.” We absolutely love it! It is teacher-friendly and exciting for the children. Preschool through fifth grade are enjoying this new curriculum. Each grade has special activities, games and crafts that are age appropriate for their grade level. Each class also has a CD with their memory verses on them. The children have a great time singing along while they learn their Bible verses.It has been fun to see each class have different special parties to celebrate good behavior, memory of scripture, and working as a team. This has really added to the unity of the children’s ministry.

One awesome highlight of this new curriculum is the take-home family devotionals. Each child receives a small packet containing thirteen cards. Each card provides a short, interactive family devotional that coincides with the Bible lesson from the previous Sunday school lesson. At the OC Church of Christ we highly value our regular family times where we are learning about the Bible together. We want our children to know how amazing God is and how powerful He is when we seek him. These weekly family devotionals that supplement the Sunday curriculum allow families to have this connection to each other and be involved in what their children are learning. We love the children’s ministry!

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.

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