“So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you. What religion ever had a god that wanted such intimacy with us that He came with such vulnerability to us? What God ever came so tender we could touch Him? So fragile that we could break Him? So vulnerable that His bare, beating heart could be hurt? Only the One who loves you to death.” –

— Ann Voskamp

  

Congregational Meeting Report

 Happenings

  • How Thoughtful of You!
  • Cantata Redux
  • Christmas Eve Happenings
  • Family Promise Host Week Begins Soon!
  • It’s Back! Prayer Collage Returns
  • Benedictus
  • The Refugee Crisis is a Test of Our Character (2017)
  • Green Chalice Ministry News

 

Upcoming Events

 

Congregational Meeting Report

Elder Emeritus

At the Congregational Meeting held on December 17, Joe and Carol Quartucci, Elder Co-Chairs presented Ray Harper as FCCO’s most recent Elder Emeritus.  Ray is a retired Disciples Pastor and it’s been FCCO’s blessing to have him in our congregation for the last 5 years.  Next time you see Ray, give him your personal congratulations.

Nominating Committee Report

Joe Quartucci, Nominating Committee Chairman presented the slate of officers and diaconate for 2018 and the congregation approved unanimously.

Master Plan

Cathy Perring and Joe Perring presented the final report from the Master Plan Committee and brought motions for approval of the Master Plan and the formation of Implementation and Financing Committees to move the plan into the implementation phase.  The motions were approved unanimously.  The final Master Plan Report is available.

Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report is available here FCCO Annual Report 2017.  If you want a paper copy, let the Office know and one will be printed for you.

 

How Thoughtful of You!

I am very appreciative of the action taken at the Annual Congregational Meeting held last Sunday conferring on me the title of Elder Emeritus. Thank you very much.

Clyde Barton said following the service that someone said that the literal meaning of the word “emeritus” is “over the hill.” I can concur with that feeling.

–Ray Harper

 

Cantata Redux

If you missed the glorious Christmas Cantata wonderfully performed by the First Christian Church of Orange Chancel Choir this past Sunday or simply wish to enjoy it again, click on the link below.

 

Christmas Eve Happenings

Morning Worship

10:00 a.m.

Scripture: Luke 2:29-32

Sermon: Nunc Dimittis

 

“Hey! Unto you a child is born!”

5:30 p.m.

Christmas Pageant

“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.” Join First Christian Church of Orange on Christmas Eve December 24 at 5:30 p.m. as our youth present the story of the how the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story, end up taking over the Christmas pageant. Come and hear the good news.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

December 24 10:00 p.m.

Celebrate the joy of the advent of the birth of Jesus. Join our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service, one of First Christian Church of Orange’s cherished traditions. Enjoy singing time-honored Christmas hymns, a special Christmas message, celebratory music, prayer and a loving, open community. Finally, the lights dim, and the lighting of the candles as the choir and congregation fill the air with Silent Night and Peace, Peace, Peace.

 

Family Promise Host Week Begins Soon!

Our next host week for Family Promise at the First Christian Church of Orange is coming up fast! Family Promise of Orange County is part of a nationwide program that helps families get into housing and work through other life challenges. Starting Monday afternoon on January 1 and ending Sunday morning on January 7, our campus will have up to four families as overnight guests. Here’s how interested persons can help these families achieve their goal: a place to live of their own!

To be successful, our Host Week has several types of roles for volunteers, with many different time slots to be filled. Most of these interact directly with our guests in some way and are fun and easy: are Evening Hosts, Overnight/Breakfast Hosts, and Dinner Prep Crew. A few other roles instead focus on supporting the week’s activities: Set-up and Tear-down Crews, and Laundry Crew.

These are the volunteer jobs available

There are open volunteer shifts every day of the week from January 1 to January 7. We need volunteers to sign up and fill these positions to make our Hosting Week a success. Positions include Evening Hosts, Overnight Hosts, Breakfast Hosts, Dinner Prep Crews and Set-up and Tear Down crews. If you would like to know what each of these volunteer positions involves, you can read all about them by clicking FP Jobs_Descriptions. You can also find brief shift descriptions and the shift times when you go to register at the SignUpGenius website.

How to sign up for a Volunteer Shift

Folks can register for the shifts of their choice by using the internet and going to the SignUpGenius website. You can do that in one of two ways. You can use this Church Life newsletter edition, and by clicking on the following link, you will be taken straight to the event registration page. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa4a72eabfe3-family5

You may also use the First Christian Church of Orange website, which has a link for the SignUpGenius page. Scroll all the way down on the FCCO home page. The link is on the lower right hand side of the page, “Volunteer or Register here…SIGN UP!”

Please feel free to contact the Church Office with any questions or if you need assistance in signing up. Thank you in advance for making this outreach program a success!

 

It’s Back!  Prayer Collage Sessions

Monday January 8   6:00-7:30 p.m., Worship/Wonder Rm

Gather in community for space to engage spiritual practice through art, with collage as the primary medium. You’ll be given some simple suggestions to guide the process, yet you are welcome to create “outside of the lines.” You’ll be given a brief devotional prompt at the beginning which might shape your prayer focus for the evening – or you may focus on something different. Supplies provided. No artsy inclinations needed.

 

Benedictus

Check out Pastor Dayna’s 3rd Sunday of Advent sermon “Benedictus” from Sunday December 17, 2017. Go here to get the full text.

Benedictus

 

The Refugee Crisis is a Test of Our Character (2017)

David Miliband

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

Gather with the Adult Study Class to watch the TED Talk and join in the follow up conversation.

 

Green Chalice Ministry News . . .

I’ll Have a Green Christmas

 And with just a little planning, you can have a green Christmas too!

 

A few ideas:

  1. Buy from Small Businesses
  2. Buy locally made artisan items
  3. Choose gifts made from recycled materials.
  4. Purchase battery-free gifs
  5. Purchase Services instead of Goods
  6. Create Memories and Traditions
  7. Give Environmental Games to Kids HERE
  8. Give Homemade Items – Edibles, Crafts, Accessories
  9. Purchase Antiques, Collectibles, & Used Items
  10. Give to Charities like Week of Compassion in someone’s honor.

Amazon Smile

The holidays are almost over and your supporters will be busy doing their last minute shopping. By reminding them to shop at smile.amazon.com you can increase First Christian Church’s AmazonSmile donations.
Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2005833 and Amazon donates to First Christian Church.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Queer & Affirming Wednesday, December 20 @ 6:30 p.m. Chapel

Q & A, or Queer and Affirming is a new ministry filled with worship, music, fellowship, Bible study, A safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQA+ community and allies to explore spirituality and worship together. Designed to be healing and affirming wherever you are on your spiritual journey.

For more information contact Robert Blair: rblair1a@gmail.com