2013 MLK Weekend of Service Update
A 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.
Our 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.
We 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!
MLK Weekend of Service
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” — Matthew 25:40
Each year, thousands of volunteers around the country participate in a wide range of community service projects for HOPE Worldwide’s MLK Weekend of Service. Last year, our OC Church of Christ had almost 200 volunteers participate, and this year we hope to have 300 volunteers join us for this amazing event!
Here’s how it works – we have selected 7 projects from a number of different organizations that will take place during MLK Weekend (January 19-21, 2013). Our volunteers will be put into service teams and have the chance to serve in one of these incredible programs! We have put information regarding each of our programs on the back of this sheet.
In order to make this our best Weekend of Service yet, we need your help! Each of these programs was created to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the OC – children, families, the elderly, schools with little funding, veterans, the poor, the homeless, and the list goes on. There are many needs in our beautiful Orange County, and as disciples of Christ, we are not only called to love others “with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18). This MLK Weekend of Service gives us an opportunity to show our love for those in need around us.
To register and for Weekend of Service, please visit our registration page. The registration form can be used to sign up as an individual or as a group. For any questions please contact Ryan Weekley at moc.liamgnull@ryelkeew or (775) 225-5728, or visit our website. We look forward to having our best MLK Weekend of Service yet with all of our amazing volunteers!
“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:
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.
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.
Children’s Play Next Sunday!
“L.O.S.T. BUT NOW I’M FOUND!”
We’re Setting Sail, we’re flying high, we’re heading towards the sun….
Come along on this voyage with all the crew of the S.S. Hope as they set sail on a day cruise that gets caught up in a storm and becomes stranded on an island. Come see how the storms of life confront them to evaluate if their faith is built on the shifting sand or the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock”… Jesus
John 6:35, Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The Theater Club consists of boys and girls ranging in age from 5 – 13 years old who love to sing, act, and dance and ultimately give Glory to God. Our Club focuses on teaching theater skills and music while holding biblical devotions that coincide with what our focus for that day’s rehearsal is. We are grateful for the many hearts who devote their time and energy to serve these kids and expose them to the many ways they can use their gifts for God.
One Performance Only!!!
You can watch the play this Sunday, November 4th at 11 AM
10 Goodyear, Irvine CA 92618