Somewhere someone needs help.

If you cant get there yourself.

Take a deep breath,

Breathe in.

Hold that someone in your heart.

Lighten the weight of their troubles,

Breathe out.

Open your heart.

Release what you cannot change.

Send calm and courage

And human connection.

For the nights can be filled with shadows,

And sometimes the waters rise.

Someone Somewhere needs help.

Send love.

It matters.

–Carrie Newcomer

Church Life

August 29, 2017

 

Faithful in the Tension

 Happenings

  • New Young Adult Group Kick-Off!
  • Lose Your Big Buts
  • Sermons & Scripture
  • Mini Golf Tournament–All Ages Welcome
  • Disciples Women September Schedule
  • Church Chat with Church Ladies
  • When Strangers Become Friends
  • Seventh Story Experience
  • Square Dance Lessons
  • Green Chalice Ministry Tips

 Upcoming Events

 

 

Hello PSWR Disciples family and friends!

The PSWR Regional Gathering 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21 at the First Christian Church of Pomona.

The theme for this gathering is “Faithful in the Tension.” If the committees and teams at your church are struggling to give vocabulary to, and find solutions for, the disconnect between an increasingly distrustful society and what Jesus would do, this is a Regional Gathering that you don’t want to miss.

The Reverend Dr. Jonathon Hall is coordinating worship. He and the worship team are working to receive our separatist cries and move us toward God’s wholeness.  There will be contemporary music at this event, as well as plenty of chances to sing the great hymns of tradition.

Workshops will be offered that reflect the sense of disconnect that many Christians and even many churches are feeling in this anxious and apprehensive society. The workshops will be locating where we are, and how we can, with prayer, plan to be more effective, during this time of such confusion.

The speaker for the 2017 Gathering will be the Reverend April Lewton. April is the Vice President of Development and Marketing for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her work focuses on fostering and strengthening relationships among Disciples–local congregations, lay leaders, pastors, volunteers–as well as connecting through partnerships Disciples-related health and social service ministries. Before earning her Masters of Divinity Degree at the University of Chicago, April earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religious Studies at Chapman University here in Southern California.

October 21 will be a day for prayer, planning, partnering, and implementing. Let’s plan to gather as a region, as we look and listen for what God calls us to be!

Blessings,

Bill Thomas, Doctor of Ministry

1st Vice Moderator and Regional Gathering Chair

Pastor, Little White Chapel, Burbank

For more information and to register online: http://www.disciplespswr.org/rg2017

 

New Young Adult Group Kick-Off! 

 Friday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.

We will have a BBQ, mingling, a devotional, and good conversation about scripture and topical study ideas and future gatherings! Feel free to bring friends!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 6

Child care provided. Let us know if you want child care or a ride!

RSVP/Contact Us: orange1st@fccorange.com   714.538.9681

Leah

Michelle

The party will be at Leah’s house:

RSVP for address in Orange

 

Dare to Dream

September 10 – Lose Your Big Buts

Adult Study Class   Sundays 8:30 a.m. – Fireside Room

 Read Exodus 3:1-10

Remember that you can drop in to any session of the Adult Study class at any time.

  

 

Sermons & Scripture

 September 3

Scripture:  Isaiah 48:6-7

Sermon: God’s Creativity — Pastor Michelle

 September 10

Scripture:  Proverbs 3:5-6

Sermon: Help! — Pastor Dayna

September 17

Scripture: 1 Thessolonians 5:16-18

Sermon: Thanks! — Pastor Dayna

September 24

Scripture: Psalm 65

Sermon: Wow! — Pastor Dayna

 

Disciples Women September Schedule

Long Group meets Wednesday September 6 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room.

PAL Group meets Thursday September 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room.

Koinonia Group meets Wednesday September 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.

Hazel Stover is the study leader for September.

Disciples Women Luncheon and Program is Thursday September 14 at 12:00 p.m. in the Fireside room.  This event is open to all the women in the church.

Disciples Women Board Meeting is Thursday September 28, at 10:00 a.m., in the Fireside room.

Disciples Women are hosting a BBQ following worship on Sunday September 24.

 

Church Chat with the Church Ladies

Sunday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. Fireside Room

 An informal gathering for those who are new to First Christian Church of Orange with our pastors, Dayna and Michelle.  Light snacks provided.

 

When Strangers Become Friends

Check out Pastor Dayna’s sermon “When Strangers Become Friends” from Sunday August 27.

Go here to get the full text.

Go here to hear the story of What Was I Scared Of

The Seventh Story Experience

27 hours in a new world

October 13-14, 2017 Los Angeles, CA

Human beings are storytellers. It’s how we make sense of everything around us, from whether or not we want to get up in the morning, to how we can contribute to world peace. So if you want to change your life, and if you want to change the world, you have to begin with stories.

Currently, six primary stories shape our lives as individuals and as societies. They give our lives meaning, direction, and drive, even though many of us have never given them a name. As soon as we name them – domination, revolution, purification, isolation, victimization, accumulation – we start to notice something: these stories do not work.

Instead, they drive us apart, create more suffering, and fail to answer the question of how to make a better world. The sun is setting on our old stories.

But there is a Seventh Story, misunderstood and hidden, but available to everyone … a story that upends what we think we know about religion, politics, economics, art, and even storytelling itself.

Brian McLaren and Gareth Higgins have been thinking and talking for many years about how to tell better stories to make a better world. Now we want to invite you a brand new experience: the first public event exploring, experimenting with, and embodying the idea of the Seventh Story.

It’s a conversation about a different way of living that could change the way you see yourself.

It’s an exploration of how humans relate to each other that could end war.

It’s an inner journey that could transform how we experience meaning and love, and turn our contemporary anxiety into a thrilling hope for our own participation in making a better world.

It’s 27 hours in Los Angeles, in October 2017, with up to 250 people talking, listening, working, playing, and celebrating together. A new community imagining a new story. (There’ll be an open air ritual with a fire too, but we’ll tell you more about that later.)

Hearing the Seventh Story changes your mind. Stepping into it will change your life.

More information and registration are available here: http://m.bpt.me/event/2991062

Please consider joining us, and please spread the word. At a time of political strife, cultural anxiety, and when so many of us are feeling disheartened, we believe this will be a significant and helpful event, that has the potential to change our minds and our lives for the better.

Hope to see you there,

Spencer Burke, Executive Director, HatcheryLA

 

Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .

 

Wash hair less, limiting PCPP chemicals into waterways.

Stir coffee with dry pasts sticks instead of plastic that gets tossed after 1 use.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Opportunity Drawing—2017 PSWR Golf Classic

 1st Prize: Pantages Theater Package (two tickets for 2017-2018 Broadway shows)
2nd Prize: Apple iPad Mini
3rd Prize: Two tickets to the Rose Bowl Parade

Ticket prices: 1/$1.00; 6/$5.00; 12/$10.00; 25/$20.00.

Look for Lura Harper or Lary Row on Sunday mornings.

 

It’s BBQ Time!

Nothing is better than a good old Church Bar-B-Que with all the fixin’s! Mark your calendars and save the date! On Sunday September 24 the Disciples Women are hosting a fall BBQ Fundraiser. Join in the fun and fellowship!

Tickets will be available on the patio before and after church each week and on the morning of the BBQ!

 

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.

Registration no later than Friday September 1. Brochures available here or in the office.

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

 

 Denial, film screening, lecture and book signing

Chapman University Event

Screening, Monday September 11, 7:00 p.m., Memorial Hall

Author lecture, Thursday September 14, 7:00 p.m., Fish Interfaith Center

On September 11, the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education invites you to a screen of the feature film based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocuast Denier by historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., a professor at Emory University. On September 14, enjoy a unique opportunity to hear Lipstadt discuss her work. Books will be available for sale and signing followi9ng Lipstadt’s lecture. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information call 714.532.7760.