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Guatemala Service Brigade

IMG_0866What a beautiful experience being able to serve in Guatemala last month! This was my second community brigade with Hope Worldwide. I have never felt more connected to God than when serving others in need. Children traveling 4-5 hours on bus just to ask for Tylenol. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles asking for reading classes to study the bible. Orphans filled with tears when receiving multi-vitamins, wellness checks, access to medicine and dental care for the very first time. I met farmers in desperate need of pain medication only to subdue their aches in order to continue working in the fields and provide for their families.

Dental WorkIt’s mind blowing thinking that I take these trips with the intent of “giving” yet God fills my heart in more ways than you can possibly imagine. My life has changed forever. I no longer want to travel for myself….As disciples we are called to help the less fortunate and spread God’s love.

ChandraWhatever you’re able to give: time, talent, medical skills, artistic skills, friendship, donations, or just a faith filled heart, there are hundreds of people that God has allowed us to assist. I truly believe this is how we glorify him and find our place in God’s story.

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Path to Forgiveness

Path to Forgiveness

Register Here!

We are inviting women to please join us for a workshop based on the the book by Linda Brumley:
“Hand in Hand with God: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness”

Saturday, March 5th, 9am to 12pm
Please join us for light snacks and coffee beginning at 8am.

Dress casually and meet us at the church building at 10 Goodyear, Irvine.

We are honored to have Linda Brumley, the author share her book with us. Linda has served in the women’s ministry for over 30 years. She and her husband Ron have been married for 55 years and have 4 married children and 10 grandchildren. This is Linda’s second book and it has just been published in Spanish. She has led women’s workshops and seminars on many Biblical topics across the country and abroad.

The cost is $20/person & $10/teenagers and full-time college students. This registration price includes receiving the book.

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Fasting and Praying 2016

2016FandP2As has been shared a few times over the last few weeks, we will be fasting as a congregation beginning on Thursday, January 21st after dinner and concluding with lunch on Sunday, January 24th.

This fast is part of our theme for the year – “Just Jesus”. We read in Matthew 4 that when Jesus began His ministry He started it with a 40-day fast. Jesus wanted to be completely focused on God’s will and free from His own. He used this time to pray and focus on God and what He would be doing for God in His ministry. As we begin our year we want to call upon God to cleanse us, purify our hearts, focus us and empower us so that we can become exactly who He has designed us to be as well as accomplish all that He has in store for us. We are very excited to go on this spiritual journey together and can’t wait to see what God will do as we cry out to Him. Below are some ideas of what you can pray for as we fast together as well as passages to read about fasting.

Scriptures

• Isaiah 58
• Matthew 4:1-11
• Matthew 6:17-18
• Mark 2:18-20
• Mark 9:28-29

Prayer Ideas

• Pray for those with health issues within the church
• Pray for our youth to become strong disciples
• Pray for our marriages and families to be a light to all of Orange County
• Pray for everyone within your small group
• Pray for God to bless our 2020 Vision (planting churches in San Clemente & Newport Beach
• Pray for the elders and their families and the staff and their families
• Pray for all of our Family Group Leaders and their families
• Pray for the Reach Conference in St. Louis to be a huge success

Regional Goals

• Pray to see over 100 people become disciples in 2016
• Pray for the opening of our Saturday Academy for under-privileged youth
• Pray for us to exceed our Special Missions Offering for Mexico and Central America

Pray for our sister churches in:

• Fresno
• Tucson
• 39 churches in Mexico and Central America
• 5 churches in Korea (Seoul, Ilsan, Bundang, Daegu, Busan)
• Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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MLK Weekend of Service

MLK 16HOPE worldwide believes strongly in the spirit of volunteerism and seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to engage in acts of service.

On MLK Day, January 18th, and the weekend prior, volunteers across the U.S. will honor and promote the spirit of Dr. King by serving in their local communities. There are four community service projects lined up for Orange County Church of Christ members, family and friends. Please see details below to sign up for one of these great serving opportunities!

You can sign up today by clicking on the link:

Weekend of Service

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
Please contact Marcel Hall with any additional/specific questions: ude.csu.inmulanull@llahlecram

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“Love Is…” Devotionals

LOVE IS ImageLove is at the core of everything we are as followers of God and His Son. God gave the world an example of perfect, unconditional love through Jesus’ death on the cross, and it is our calling as disciples of Jesus to reciprocate that love to God and to have this same love for others. But how do we do this? What does a love like this look like in us? As we live in a world with a shallow, provisional and selfish definition of love, we must look to God’s Word for an explanation of what love truly is.

In the letter of 1 Corinthians, Paul paints a practical yet challenging picture of the love we must have as God’s people. LOVE IS… Devotional Series includes 15 devotionals from 1 Corinthians 13, each expanding on a different aspect of true love. Each devotional has scriptures for study, meditation and action. The verses for study are those that introduce the concepts of the day and can be expanded upon with cross-references, commentaries and other study tools. Those for mediation are great scriptures to pray through, and those for action provide practicals we can apply to ourselves as we move forward in our day. We hope this study series on 1 Corinthians 13 will help teach our OC Campus Ministry what it means to truly love God and one another!

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Upside Down Play in 2016

Early-Bird Tickets Available!

UDownFor the first time in almost 2 decades, a new production of Upside Down will be held in St. Louis adjacent to the 2016 Conference.

Many of us remember Upside Down with tears, laughter and excitement as the book of Acts was brought to life in an astonishing way. (and, who can forget Claudius, Abby and Simon the Sorcerer?!)

Link to Trailer:
Upside Down Trailer

Even Better
Upside Down 2016 will include many of the great songs, scenes and moments from the original. PLUS it will include innovative new wizardry and music in a terrific venue alongside the conference. We’ll even see Upside Down merchandise!

The Catch
Almost 60% of all tickets to Upside Down 2016 has been sold. With almost 16,000 expected, there won’t be enough seats for even half the registrants to attend. (sorry, we tried – 5 shows in 4 days is a lot!)

Early Bird Pricing Until December 31st
We have decided to offer early bird pricing to all early registrants — who register by December 31st.

There Are Seats Left, But They Won’t Last
The best seats are left (box and orchestra), but they won’t last. General ticket sales opened in early October – but in the meantime enjoy your exclusive opportunity to get in and see Upside Down 2016 before all the seats sell out!!!!

Buy Now
The best seats are left – just CLICK BELOW to purchase…
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See you in St. Louis!
With love & grace,
The Upside Down Ministry team