Orange County Teen Ministry Camp

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2012 Teen Camp: “All In”

My wife Virginia and I have the pleasure of serving in this amazing youth ministry, and we’re excited to bring you news from our annual LAICC Summer Teen Camp! During the week of August 6-10, over 350 students from all over Los Angeles gathered together at Pine Summit Christian camp for our summer camp entitled “ALL IN.” We had a great turnout from our teenagers in Orange County, with almost 50 of our students attending camp!

2012 LA Teen CampIt is clear that through the powerful message of the cross, God has gone ALL IN for us. In planning the camp, our hope and prayer was that the young members of our church would be moved by Jesus’ sacrifice and in turn, be inspired to go ALL IN themselves for God. Each night the camp would come together for a time of worship and for a message that expanded on the ALL IN theme of the camp. After these lessons, each cabin would get together for a time to discuss the keynote lessons, which would allow them to apply these lessons to their own personal lives. Each day also consisted of amazing workshops with topics ranging from “Family Drama” to Apologetics. These times, combined with intense team competitions and challenges, created a fun, exciting, and unforgettable environment for the teens. Not only did the teens have an amazing time at camp, but it was clear God was moving in order to call each of them higher in their spiritual lives!

2012 LA Teen Camp GirlsAs with any conference or summer program, the impact of our Teen Camp not only lies in the week of camp itself, but also on the follow-up that consists once the campers return home. For some, camp challenged the students to take ownership of their ministry and to lead their families and their peers. For others, Teen Camp inspired them to be more vulnerable and sacrificial in their friendships within the ministry. Additionally, many of the teens that attended camp have returned home with an intention to study the Bible to gain a better understanding of what God wants for their lives! We ask that you pray for God to continue to move in our the hearts of our teenagers, and God willing, we will have many of our students become committed disciples of Christ in the weeks and months following this amazing camp!

Church in Orange County

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The Mountain of the Lord

“There before me was a great multitude…from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9

When we first drove into San Antonio, we were looking for the mountain of the Lord, and the whole landscape was flat! We found the Alamo, we found the beautiful Riverwalk and as we entered the AT&T Center, where the San Antonio Spurs play, we found what John was writing about in Revelation, the Mountain of the Lord – 18,000 disciples from 90 nations were worshipping God with all their hearts! It was overwhelming to watch all of the disciples from outside of the U.S. enter on Thursday night wearing native costumes and dancing with joy to their native music. We were seeing the answer to many of our prayers and gifts joyfully given to see the gospel spread around the world!

Personally, I was inspired to have more faith and to devote myself even more to training other disciples who will in turn train other disciples. It touched my heart to have our kids there and to see them be moved, excited and having fun with their friends. They are the legacy of my faith and with God’s help they will continue to advance His Kingdom on earth! My son even got a vision of going to China and being jailed for his faith! He may not be aware of all that his dream means, but one thing is clear – God is giving all of us a new vision and fresh faith.

Here are some highlights of the conference from the North Men’s Midweek, as some of the men shared what they were taking away from the weekend personally:

Rusty Alexander. Rusty was inspired and filled with vision. He decided to become a Proverbs 31 husband to help his wife be the Proverbs 31 Woman. Check out this website for and awesome marriage resources from John Louie.

Ryan Weekley. He was impacted by the zeal and wants to make Christianity radical for the teens in the teen ministry!

Kevin Mabry. Kevin came away seeing the need to spend quality time with his kids and that that kind of time is a spiritual necessity for them.

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

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!

An Extraordinary Day

Written by Diane Mitchell on . Posted in Events, Reporting

Torrential rain falling on the afternoon of Saturday, March 17th did not prevent more than 350 women from attending the Orange County Church of Christ women’s event.  The theme, “Extraordinary” transformed a very ordinary day into an extraordinary experience for all who attended.    I walked into the lobby of the Orange County Church of Christ and immediately felt the buzz of excitement.   From that first moment in the lobby to the last raffle prize that ended the event, I was filled with gratitude that I was able to join so many women in an inspirational and life-changing event.

After I picked up my name tag and started making my way down the hallway to submit my cupcakes in the cupcake contest, I saw tables lined up where vendors displayed beautiful clothes, studded jeans, elegant jewelry, colorful purses, hand-made cards and children’s hair pins.  The cupcake holding area was filled with trays of delicately decorated cupcakes from 30 participants.  A stand-up picture frame displayed on the front table showed a picture of the four cupcake judges.  Several women were busy tagging the cupcakes and preparing them for the judges as well as sorting them for servers to deliver to the tables for dessert.

I walked into the main auditorium and was handed a schedule by my friend’s husband who was dressed in white

Beyond Obedience

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A Bible-centered Parenting Approach

Teaching Children to Honor Their Parents

March 22, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Shining Stars Christian Preschool
Orange County Church of Christ
10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92618
Childcare will be provided
Cost: Free, RSVP with Stacy Williams

Beyond Obedience

The special guest speaker will be Dr. Mike Messina, Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Here’s what Dr. Mike has to say about the day.

I am excited to present this special parenting class.  With two children of my own, I am very passionate about the topic of parenting.  Being a parent is not easy, but I consider my job as a parent the most important job that I have.  As a Christian, I want nothing more than for my children to love God and obey His Word.  It is for these reasons that I strive in prayer and hard work for my own kids, and strive to teach Bible Centered Parenting to other parents, so that they too can know the joy of their own children loving God and obeying His commands.

You may find it surprising that children are only specifically addressed once in the entire New Testament: Ephesians 6: 1-3 says,