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Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update

We Made It!

Made ItOn June 7th we collected a “Special Missions Contribution” to support our sister churches in Mexico and Central America. Our goal was $236,000. To date, the church has given $271,000.
What a great victory for our church and for the churches in Mexico and Central America! Thank you for allowing God to use you to help so many disciples and future disciple in our 39 churches south of the border. A portion of the money will be used to teach disciples and their children in our churches in Central America learn English in order to better their chances of supporting their families. Money will be used to begin or support existing campus ministries. Other funds will be used to develop leadership in these churches, other funds will be used to plant new churches and support newer mission teams. What a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with our Latin brothers and sisters to have a dramatic impact on many. I feel very proud of the disciples in Orange County and your generosity. Your hearts to respond to the needs locally and around the world are an inspiration to me and to many who have heard of what you have done not only in this contribution but also in many other expressions of your love for those in need.

Written by Ryan Weekley on . Posted in Events, Reporting

MLK Service Report

MLK2015We 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!

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships 3

This is the 3rd and final installment of the Covenant Relationships sermon series. In Part 1 we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. In Part 2 we talked about the tools to work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust when relationships break down. Now let’s talk about the rewards of Covenant Relationships. When you commit to one another and make an emotional investment, you are then able to draw from the benefits of these genuine friendships within the body of Christ. Yes, the Bible calls us to one another relationships and that should be enough motivation for all who strive to live as Christians. However, when we begin to count the rewards we receive when we strive to build and maintain covenant relationships, we would be silly to try to tread down the narrow path without them. We are blessed to have friendships in Christ that make life rich and fulfilling.

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Reporting

Singles in Denver

ISC2014The 2014 International Singles Conference (ISC) entitled “Elevate” was a game changer for the Singles Ministry around the world! The conference was hosted by the Denver Church of Christ over the weekend of September 26-28, and was attended by almost 2,500 singles from around the United States and from 19 countries outside the U.S.

Unique to this year’s conference was the opportunity for single disciples to share “elevaTED TALKS”, rather than keynote speeches for the main evening sessions. Dominic Luu from Orange County kicked it off on Friday night and spoke about courage to overcome our limiting fears. Jacqueline Guthrie from Atlanta spoke vulnerably about her journey as a disciple, specifically in the area of celibacy. On Saturday, Kimba Henderson from Turning Point shared about using your gifts and talents to glorify God. And Cesar Hernandez from Las Vegas shared about finding your purpose and passion – the thing that God created you to do.

As ministry leaders in the Singles Ministry, I urge you to pray for a harvest of open hearts in this critical demographic. Invite your unmarried friends to church! Reach out to those who are single again – it is a fast-growing segment of our community. According to data used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly job-market report, some 124.6 million Americans are single – which represents 50.2 percent of those who were 16 years or older. In 1976, it was 37.4 percent and has been trending upward since. Over half of the adults in the United States are not married. God is using the Singles ministry in our fellowship of churches to share the message of Christ. But we ask you to join the effort, as we all are within arms reach of singles in our workplace, schools, and our neighborhood.

Read the featured article about the 2014 ISC on Disciples Today:

Watch the elevaTED TALKS (and all the other lessons from the 2014 ISC)

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships 2

Reconciling and Repairing Relationships

In part 1 of this series we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. One of the barriers in all such relationships is the inevitability of conflict to arise. The temptation is to withdraw, take a step back, and then protect our hearts from the possibility of being hurt again. Instead, we need to learn how do we work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust. How do we forgive one another from the heart? And how do we become friends again after such periods of disagreement? This is the subject of the 2nd installment of Covenant Relationships.

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships

The New Testament has dozens of “one another” scriptures that bind us together in the body of Christ. What a great and exciting responsibility God has given us to carry them out! Love one another, instruct one another, agree with one another, submit to one another, encourage one another, offer hospitality to one another…and on and on! One way to fulfill these commands is entering into and maintaining one-on-one discipling relationships. Others may call it mentorship. We are not unfamiliar with these terms but we are always trying to improve on the IMPLEMENTATION of such a structure of relationships within the church. This sermon series entitled “Covenant Relationships” embarks on this task: a call to recommit ourselves to one another discipling relationships such that they become an effective device for personal growth and a vehicle in which the church can fulfill these many “one another” commands. The Biblical backdrop of this series is a study on the relationship between David and Jonathan found in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. The hope is that these relationships become even more – that they become deep, rewarding friendships that call us higher in our walk with Christ. And ultimately, we believe it is God’s desire to continually transform those in the church into the image of Christ! Let us pray that our one another relationships continue to serve as a fashioning tool to help achieve that goal.

Covenant Relationships