Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.

–Joseph Campbell

 

 

Complex Ministry—Work Tour on the Move

 Happenings

“We Will Guard Each One’s Dignity and Save Each One’s Pride”

National Night Out Against Crime

13th Annual PSWR Golf Classic

Staff Spotlight

Blurring the Divide

Missionary Support for Paul Turner

Green Chalice Ministry Tips

 Upcoming Events

    Complex Ministry—Work Tour on the Move

    Last week, our First Christian Church of Orange youth Work Tour participants spent a morning at Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.  In cooperation with an organization called Project Hope Alliance, Second Harvest has an educational installation in one corner of its massive facility. The installation is a model of a 214 sq. ft. hotel room with all the belongings of a family.  The model is there to provide an idea of what it is like for a family to live in a hotel room. Writing on the sheets describes the scourge of bedbugs.  Every thirty days the family has to move out.

     

    According to Project Hope Alliance, 28,000 homeless children and youth are registered in Orange County’s public school system.  Many families live in and out of hotels and cars.  Others double and triple up in housing with other families.

    Our youth had the opportunity to visit and learn about a few of the ministries that FCCO supports that serve people who are homeless.  They helped prepare and serve a meal at Sunday Night Together at the Grand Street Center in Orange.  This ministry provides a nutritious meal on Sunday nights (FCCO does this once a month) because no other agencies provide food on Sunday nights.  Our youth did a project at Skyview School, a school that serves homeless children grades K-8 .  Last Spring, FCCO provided a meal and cake to celebrate 8th-grade graduates.  Our youth also learned about Family Promise, a ministry that works with congregations to provide housing for homeless families while the Family Promise organization works to rapidly re-house them.

    Charity, like providing a free meal is one way to respond.  Accompanying by coming along side and helping to equip people with tools and resources to live is another way to respond.  “Give a person a fish and she’ll eat for a day.  Teach that person to fish and she’ll eat for a lifetime.” Many of us grew up hearing this well-worn adage.  The problem is that you can teach a person to fish, but if she doesn’t have access to water, what good does it do? That is where the work of justice comes into play.

    Our youth are learning that complexity is not an excuse to do nothing.  It is an important lesson for all of us.

    Blessings, Dayna

    “We Will Guard Each One’s Dignity and Save Each One’s Pride”

    Worship at the General Assembly Monday July 10, 2017

     Rev. Dr. Serene Jones Click S.-Jones-Sermon-General-Assembly-July-2017 to download Rev. Jones’s sermon.

    The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and the first woman to head the 174-year-old nondenominational seminary.

    “I deeply know that our God, the creator of all that is, is a God of love, a God who freely chooses to pour that love out upon the whole world, equally given in full

    measure to all God’s children and to our earth. “–Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

    Click here to watch the video.

     

    National Night Out Against Crime

    Tonight August 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    The Orange Police Department invites you to a free family event

     

    Police K-9 Demo

    Child DNA Services

    Hourly Raffles

    McGruff the Crime Dog

    Free Refreshments

    Face Painting

     

    Home Depot Parking Lot

    1855 N Tustin Street

    Orange, CA

     

     

    13th Annual PSWR Golf Classic

    The 13th Annual PSWR Golf Classic, better known as the Don Shelton Memorial Golf Classic, is around the corner and we are seeking sponsors for this year’s event on September 18. With the help of our sponsors, last year’s golf tournament generated gifts in the amount of $3,500 for each of the six participating ministries, All Peoples Community Center, Disciples Seminary Foundation, DOC Students Program, Chapman University, Eastmont Community Center, Project IMPACT and the Camp and Conference Scholarship Fund of the PSW Regional Church.

    Click here to register

    Registration no later than Friday September 1. Brochures available 13th GOLF TOURNAMENT or in the office.

    2016 was our best year ever, and we hope to make 2017’s event even more successful.

     

     

    Staff Spotlight

    You have probably seen Raymond Franco around the First Christian Church of Orange campus. He is our Part-time Custodian. Raymond grew up in San Pedro, then joined the U.S. Army and became a “lifer” for twenty years. He was a Supply Sargent, a veteran of Desert Storm, and has lived in many different states and several countries around the world. In his leisure time he enjoys antiques, day trips with his wife around scenic Southern California, museums and casinos. He is well known around his Anaheim neighborhood for his beautiful cactus and succulent garden. Say Hi! to Raymond and thank him for his hard work keeping our campus beautiful!

     

    Blurring the Divide

    Check out Rev. Dayna’s sermon “Blurring the Divide” from Sunday July 30.

    Go here to get the full text.

    Go here to hear the story of The Sneetches

     

    Missionary Support for Paul Turner

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    Global Ministries has been in partnership with the Community of Disciples of Christ of the Congo (CDCC) since 1899.  The Disciples of Christ Community (CDCC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is actively engaged in equipping pastors and teachers, edifying believers, and responding to the challenges facing the Congolese people through a broad array of ministries. The CDCC is a dynamic missional church, centered in the city of Mbandaka, with more members than the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.  Throughout periods of colonial domination, dictatorial suppression, and now violent conflict among a series of parties from the DRC itself as well as groups from neighboring countries, the CDCC has lived out a prophetic voice of justice and peace and developed significant diaconal ministries in areas of health, education, women’s microcredit, agricultural development, and clean water.

    Paul Turner of Los Angeles, California, is invited to serve a term of four years with the Disciples of Christ Community in Congo.  Paul has many gifts to offer in ministries in two CDCC priority areas, community and economic development.  Paul has spent many years working with community-based organizations and internationally-focused non-profits.  He is committed to using his skills and experience to help the CDCC in its community and economic development programs.  The vital mission life of the CDCC will be enriched by having Paul assist them in their ministries.

    Global Ministries is blessed with many invitations from partner churches such as the CDCC for mission personnel to serve alongside them in their ministries globally.  However, with its current level of funding, Global Ministries already has reached the maximum number of missionaries we are able to support without additional funds – and there remain many unfilled invitations from global partner churches for mission personnel to serve overseas such as this one.  Therefore, the Common Global Ministries Board decided to endorse missionary appointments contingent on funding as a new funding mechanism in order to increase the number of individuals serving in mission alongside global partners around the world.

    Global Ministries is raising designated gifts and commitments in the amount of $90,000 each year for four years in order for Paul to serve with the Disciples of Christ Community in Congo for a four-year term.  This is the third personalized fundraising effort for missionary support carried out by Global Ministries; the first two successfully placed missionaries serving in Mozambique and Thailand.

    Paul Turner’s home Region, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Pacific Southwest, is very pleased with Paul’s appointment and is contributing generously toward this goal, along with local Disciple and UCC congregations and individuals who have either a mission connection with the Democratic Republic of the Congo or with Paul himself as his friends and family.  Global Ministries is confident that the goal of raising $90,000 for each year of the appointment can be reached soon.

    You may read more about Paul Turner and the work of the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo (CDCC) on Paul’s missionary webpage or the CDCC page.

     

    Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .

     

    Stop using virgin paper. Recycled paper takes 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.

     

    Paint your roof white. It shaves 20 to 40% off annual energy bill.

    August Gathering with Disciples Women

    Hankering to connect with other ladies in the church? Disciples Women are gathering for lunch on Thursday August 10 at 11:30 a.m. They are meeting at Ruby’s by the Train Depot, 186 N Atchison St (off Chapman Avenue), Orange. Please RSVP with Hazel Stover

     

    Back to School Supplies

    It’s that time again when students get ready for a new school year. Many local schools now begin in August so we would like to get a start on collecting backpacks and school supplies for students served through the Friendly Center. Beginning Sunday and through August, please donate whatever you can. Look for the bulletin board in the Courtyard Sunday mornings.

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Christian Action & Outreach

     

    Food with Friends

    August 18, August 26

    The members of the Board of Elders are here to serve you.  So, let them serve you dinner while you become fully acquainted with other members of your church!

    You—the community of First Christian Church of Orange—are invited to a free dinner of gourmet food and fine fellowship with the Elders (do not let the title scare you—the “Elders” are not all old people) as your hosts and hostesses.  Called “Food with Friends,” the event will happen Friday August 18 and/or Saturday August 26 depending on the number of guests we will serve.

    Where?  The Fireside Room at FCCO

    When?  6:30 pm on August 18 and/or August 26 dates to be confirmed with you

    How Do I/We Sign Up?   Just follow this weblink or sign up at the table in the patio on Sunday to tells us which date is best for you.

    Older Adults Ministry Committee (OAMC)

    The Older Adults Ministry Committee (OAMC) was established to provide financial assistance and other services for Disciples Seniors. OAMC is a committee of the Disciples Pacific Southwest Region comprised of volunteers from various PSWR congregations.

    Financial Assistance Available

    For more information from the First Christian Church of Orange community, contact Joyce Miller or Dayna Kinkade. For further information, please contact the Regional Office at 626.296.0385 or speak with your Pastor.