I was very, very religious. And of course I wrote about it in ‘Night.’ I questioned God’s silence. So I questioned. I don’t have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.— Elie Wiesel

It’s Showtime!

Happenings

  • LtQ 2.0-Chapter 9 The Prophetic Jesus
  • The 32nd Annual Great American Write In
  • Are YOU Registered for Chapman Founder’s Day?
  • Family Promise Update
  • Did You Know?
  • Church Chat with the Church Ladies
  • Green Chalice Tips

Upcoming Events

  • Ash Wednesday – March 1
  • Call for Delegates
  • Pastor’s Class Retreat
  • Opening News
  • Happenings
  • Upcoming Events

It’s Showtime! – Save the Date
March 19, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

You can find roots of the Variety Show in vaudeville, and even before that in British music hall, and even before that during Shakespeare’s time! It is an evening of acts in a variety of styles – singing, acting, dance, poetry, magic, musicians, and so on. The pace is fast and the mood is light; the aim is to entertain! It’s not all singing, not all funny skits… You’ll be kept on your toes!

An intergenerational Variety Show at First Christian Church of Orange will also support youth and children’s ministries of the church. You might think of this event as being just for kids and parents, but we’re seeking talent of all ages to appeal to an audience of all ages.

We are the whole church together – so, let’s get together for a night of fun to share some talent! Mark your calendar.

Living the Questions 2.0 (LtQ2) | Adult Study Class
Chapter 9 – The Prophetic Jesus
Sundays 8:30 a.m. – Fireside Room

Focus for March 5: Jesus was a troublemaker. He said and did things that were upsetting to agents of the political and religious domination systems that oppressed the weak and downtrodden. In this way, Jesus stood firmly in the tradition of the prophets of Hebrew Scripture – those who offered a clear and challenging “alternative script” to the status quo.

Click here to download a copy of Chapter 9. Or get a copy from the office.


The 32nd Annual Great American Write-In
Sponsored by WOMEN FOR: ORANGE COUNTY
Saturday March 18, 2017 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Delhi Community Center
505 E Central Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707

This year more than ever, Women For: Orange County, a non-partisan women’s group, is pleased to present the 32nd Annual Great American Write-In. This free event is offered to the public every year to provide attendees with the means to influence policy decisions by writing letters to their legislators. It’s also a great opportunity for participants to experience first-hand what informed citizen involvement in government is all about.

More than 50 different organizations and advocacy groups will be represented with information regarding some of today’s most vital issues, including education, health care, human and civil rights and the environment. Attendees are invited to visit the various tables and then voice their opinions by writing letters to government and corporate decision-makers in the hopes of bringing about constructive change. There is no cost for this event; Women For: Orange County will supply the post cards, stationery, postage, refreshments and parking. Last year, 300 attendees generated over 2,200 letters and postcards. Plan to bring return address labels.

For more information: Flyer with more details.
http://www.womenfororangecounty.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/759255800893226/


Are YOU registered for Chapman Founders Day March 11-12, 2016?
Chapman University in Orange, CA is holding its 33nd annual Founders Day.  Come join us for:

  • The featured speaker is Dr. Michael Kinnamon, former head of the National Council of Churches, ecumenical leader and educator. He will do lectures on Friday, March 10 addressing the climate of fear that pervades American culture and how Christianity and all of the major world’s religions call us to resist the power of fear in our lives.
  • The featured preacher on Saturday morning, March 11 is Dr. Frank Thomas, professor of homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He will also do a preaching workshop for ministers that same day.
  • We will honor the Rev. Nora Jacob as Disciples Church Leader of the Year and the Matt Balin and Tracy Halter-Balin as the United Church of Christ Church Leaders of the Year.
  • A Saturday afternoon panel, March 11, of leaders of various world religions to dialogue with Dr. Kinnamon on his topic.
  • Workshops on Saturday morning for prospective students and their parents.
  • A big reunion event—a Saturday late afternoon Chappy Hour for all alumni, Disciples on Campus parents and prospective parents and friends.

Chapman’s Founders Day is a great way to see the exciting campus for the first time or to reconnect with alumni and friends from other churches.  We hope that Founders Day will strengthen your congregation’s knowledge of scripture and your sense of connection to Chapman University and YOUR amazing students here.

Registration closes on March 12. A full schedule and registration is found online at www.chapman.edu/founders-day. If you cannot register online, please call the Office of Church Relations at 714.997.6760 for assistance. And we are serious—do not let the cost of registration keep you away. If you need a scholarship, please ask for it!


Family Promise UpdateFirst Christian Church of Orange

The dates are set for our next three Family Promise host weeks in 2017. Our next host week starts on Sunday, April 2 running through Sunday, April 9. Our third host week starts on Sunday, July 2 running through Sunday July 9. Our fourth and final 2017 host week starts on Sunday, October 1 running through Sunday, October 8.

If you have already volunteered for one of our previous two host weeks, y’all c’mon back! If you have not yet been a Family Promise Volunteer, what are you waiting for? In the next few days all three of these host week events will be on the church’s SignUpGenius website. Feel free to register for any shift that strikes your fancy. All three of our Host Weeks will be open for sign-ups; register for as many as you like!

We have printed training materials and willing volunteers ready to help anyone new to learn the ropes. Also, please feel free to contact program coordinator Henry DiRocco or our meals coordinator Suzanne Vaugine. Thank you in advance for making this outreach program a success!


Did You Know?

Dollar Rows, a discount retailer in Orange is offering a share of sales to First Christian Church of Orange. When you check out, mention “First Christian Church of Orange” and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Sunday Night Together. There is no time limit.

The store is at 1536 East Katella Ave., behind Norm’s in the Tustin Katella shopping center.


Church Chat with the Church Ladies
This Coming Sunday, March 5, 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.


Green Chalice Tips

Stop Your Answering Machine
Answering machines use energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And when they break, they’re just one more thing that goes into the landfill. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were eventually replaced by voice mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt-hours.

Skip the Coffee Stirrer
Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers. But skipping the stirrer doesn’t mean drinking your coffee black. Simply put your sugar and cream in first, and then pour in the coffee, and it should be well mixed.

Determined to stir? Break off a piece of pasta from the cupboard. You can nibble after using it, compost, or throw away with less guilt.

Ash Wednesday – March 1

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent – a season that concludes with the celebration of Easter.  Lent is a time for special attention to our spiritual lives.  This year, Ash Wednesday is March 1.  We will have Drive-Through Blessings in the church parking lot from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and there will be a worship service at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.  Both times will include the imposition of ashes.  Plan to come mark the beginning of a special spiritual journey.


Call for Delegates

The next General Assembly will be July (full in dates and location). FCCO is entitled to 5 voting delegates. If you are interested in serving as a voting delegate, please contact Joe Perring, Moderator no later than March 5, 2017. The 2017 approved budget includes $500 to be divided between the voting delegates as determined by the Leadership Board.

Go here for more information about 2017 General Assembly: http://ga.disciples.org/


Pastor’s Class Retreat
March 3-4 Friday 7:00 p.m. to Saturday 2:30 p.m., FCCO, Fireside Room

For 5th-8th graders interested in baptism and/or learning about foundations of Christian life! This is also open to those who have already been baptized and are interested in this great experience. (Even if you’re in high school, this will be cool – depending on how many people we have in different age groups, we may split into some different workshop tracks.)

Pastors Dayna and Michelle will join with pastors from other area churches and some of their young people to have an engaging and fun overnighter. We’ll explore baptism, communion, spiritual practices, developing a personalized confession of faith, the Bible, Disciples identity, and what it means to be a part of a movement for wholeness in how we live. Plus games, singing, devotions, a movie, and food.