2013 MLK Day of Service

Written by Ryan Weekley on . Posted in Reporting

2013 MLK Weekend of Service Update

2013 MLK GroupA huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers for this year’s MLK Weekend of Service! We had over 300 volunteers at 8 different projects throughout the weekend for the Orange County Region, and our volunteers served for a total of 636 hours last weekend! As a reminder, our projects in Orange County were part of a much bigger effort all around the Los Angeles area. From the entire LA Church of Christ, we saw over 2,570 volunteers serve for over 12,100 hours during MLK Weekend! See a great slideshow of the day.

2013 MLK Kid PaintingOur OC project locations for this year included the following : Second Harvest Food Bank, Lincoln Elementary School, Think Together – Book Doctors, Grandma’s House of Hope, Orange County Food Bank, a blood drive with the American Red Cross, and serving at two locations of the Mercy House Armory Program in Santa Ana and Fullerton.

2013 MLK Kids FieldWe know God was encouraged as His charge to serve “the least of these” was heeded in an amazing way. We are very proud of our members for giving up their time, their energy, and their hearts to serve those who are less fortunate. We 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!

View the slideshow!

San Clemente Church

Written by Dan Roditi on . Posted in Announcements, Reporting

San Clemente Worship

We are very excited to share about our first San Clemente vision worship service. Over 40 people were in attendance, several of whom had never visited the church. We had a great time singing worship songs with the help of some of our campus students. Also, Mike and Julie Payne and Nick and Sandra Johnson (San Clemente residents) welcomed everyone and led our thoughts for the Lord’s Supper. It was an honor for me personally (Dan Roditi) to be able to preach because I lived in San Clemente for years and went to High School there. Many of us had friends there and we even had someone who was driving by, saw our sign and decided to come in and worship with us. It was a great victory for God and all those who live in San Clemente, San Juan, and Dana Point. Our vision and prayer is to eventually have a service consistently meeting in that part of the county. For the coming year, we would like to have at least 3 more services in San Clemente and neighboring cities. Please pray for us that will continue to move hearts to see many more come to Christ in the southern coast of O.C.

Children’s Play

Written by Dan Roditi on . Posted in Announcements, Reporting

Lost and Found!

The Orange County Church proudly presented the children’s play “Lost at Sea.” It was a fun, inspirational play put on by Michelle Voccola and Charles and Teresa Lennox. They did a fabulous job rehearsing for three months with the children who participated in the play. This production was a musical filled with a spiritual message about seeking Christ in a lost world. Children and adults alike left feeling encouraged to reach out to their friends and family and humming catchy tunes.

Orange County Teen Ministry Camp

Written by Ryan Weekley on . Posted in Events, Reporting

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 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!