MLK Service Report
We would like to say a huge “thank you” to all of our volunteers for this year’s MLK Weekend of Service! We had over 350 volunteers at 9 different projects throughout the weekend for the Orange County Region, and our volunteers served for a total of over 800 hours in just 4 days! Our projects in Orange County were part of a much larger effort all around the Los Angeles area by the Southern California Chapter of HOPE Worldwide. Our OC Church of Christ is proud to be part of this amazing organization and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve those around us.
Our OC volunteers served in a variety of ways throughout the MLK Weekend of Service. Our projects for this year included the following: Mercy House, Love Community Outreach, Think Together – Book Doctors, Second Harvest Food Bank, Orange County Food Bank (CAPOC), a blood drive with the American Red Cross, and a project with South Junior High School in Anaheim.
We are very proud of our members for giving their time, energy and hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. God gives us the charge to look after “the least of these,” and we’re confident that our efforts during the Weekend of Service will help many individuals and families throughout our community. 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 2016!
“Truth Be Told”
2014 Teen Camp
Each 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!
“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”.
2014 Catalyst Retreat
The 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!
On April 20th we will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A strong case can be made that this is the pinnacle event of all human history. The resurrection of Christ is the hope of all mankind. By Jesus resurrecting from the dead he conquered satan and all of his plans to render mankind doomed. The resurrection gives us victory in every aspect of our lives.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV84)
When Jesus rose from the dead he forever conquered death and the power of death in our lives ( Heb 2:14). To see the figure of a dead Jesus and three days later to see Him alive again by the plan and the power of God gives us hope for our own lives. Jesus’ death and resurrection was a fore runner of the victory that every disciple of Christ will share on judgment day. God proved that He was more powerful than satan and sin. Our victory is over the sin that had once conquered us. Each of us has experienced the emptiness and hopelessness of a life lived outside of Christ.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins – Colossians 2:13 (NIV84)
When we are baptized into Christ we are forgiven of our sins (Acts 2:36-41 , Acts 22:6-16) and at that moment satan lost his grip on us. At that moment we took full advantage of Jesus’ death , burial and resurrection and became one with Him in all of His victories. We have won the victory over sin, death, and our old selves to be the person God has always designed us to become (2 Corinth 5:17).
We will be having a regional devotional on April 11 and 5 worship services on April 20 entitled “ALIVE” to celebrate the victories we share as disciples of Christ. Please join us.
7:30pm , 10 Goodyear Ave, Irvine , Ca, 92618
7:00am , Salt Creek Beach, 3333 S PCH, Dana Point, Ca, 92629
10:00am , 10 Goodyear Ave, Irvine, Ca, 92618: Services in English, Spanish and Korean
5:00pm – North Orange County- 900 S Sunkist Street, Anaheim, Ca, 92806