For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. -Nelson Mandela


Church Life

February 6, 2018


Week of Compassion



  • A VARIETY SHOW is Coming to FCC Orange!
  • Sign Up for Chancel Flowers
  • Givelify and Fair Trade?!
  • God’s Great Clean Up
  • Chapman University’s Founders Day

Upcoming Events

  • Green Chalice Ministry News
  • Islam 101
  • New Jim Crow: Book Club Discussion


Week of Compassion


Through our sharing, we get a taste of the generosity of God, who does “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” When we look at suffering in the world, we can become discouraged, unable to see past the difficulty. But when we think of the wonders God works. Our imaginations go wild! Just imagine how God is bringing transformation! Look at the picture of Luisa Maria Lopez and imagine the impact of God at work through simple seedlings. Seedlings your gifts to Week of Compassion helped provide and that will offer nourishment and income. The theologian Gustavo Gutierrez described poverty as “death-dealing. [It] denies the basic human right to existence and the reign of life.” Without the burdens of struggle, communities have more time for creativity, learning, and possibilities for life in greater fullness. God is at work doing so much more than we can imagine! And when we contribute to Week of Compassion, we are part of God’s work in the world.


A VARIETY SHOW is Coming to FCC Orange!


Save the date, and get an act together! All ages welcome!

Auditions: Sunday, Feb 25, 2:30 PM (to give the organizers a sense of the acts — and prepare for microphones, props, staging, flow)

Rehearsal: Sunday, March 11, times vary

Show: Sunday, March 18, 6:00 PM

Plan to be there!



Sign Up for Chancel Flowers

The flowers in the front of the sanctuary are often given as a memorial or in honor of someone each Sunday.  That recognition is then printed in the weekly bulletin.  When no one signs up for a Sunday the church ends up paying for the weekly delivery.  The sign-up sheet is in the office with envelopes for your payment of $45.  If it is easier you can call the church office to see if a Sunday you desire is available and you can pay online through Givelify (noting it is for flowers).  You may access online giving through our website at



Unfortunately, Dinner with Friends has been cancelled. Keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities of fellowship to come!




During the month of February Disciple Women will be collecting kitchen items for Ronald Mc Donald house in Orange.  Please pick up an item on the list and bring to church during the month of February.  Look for the shopping cart with the RED HEART.


Single serving breakfast bars                                    Plastic wrap

Granola bars                                                 Paper plates 10” round

Cereal (individual boxes)                               Paper bowls (no Styrofoam)

Single serving cookies                                    Paper towels

Single serving snacks & chips                          Plastic forks & spoons

Fruit snacks (individual packets)                     Paper napkins  (2 ply lunch size)

Bottled water 16 o/z size                               Coffee, regular & decaf

Coffee creamer                                             Coffee cups, (paper no Styrofoam)

Plastic drinking cups


Givelify and Fair Trade?!


Good news! When you buy Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and other goodies from the youth groups you can now pay with Givelify on your mobile device and skip writing a check. Use the category “Youth Fair Trade Products” on the donation page. If you’re not already using Givelify, you can download the app for iPhone from the App Store or for Android from Google Play.


Adult Class: God’s Great Clean Up

The Adult Sunday School Class is in it’s Third week Sunday, February 11, at 8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room. This timely and important study focuses on the core message of Jesus, a message that is relevant today! This class is Jesus 101 and includes solid academic scholarship that is accessible to all. Whatever you believe about Jesus, you are welcome to attend and join in the discussion. If you want to attend and need childcare, please contact the church office and it will be arranged.


Chapman University’s Founders Day

Chapman University will hold our 34th Annual Founders Day, March 10, 2018.  The one day event held on the Orange, CA campus has many strong events for participants to enjoy:

  • Lectures by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt. Levine is an internationally renowned scholar and teacher. Her two lectures will be The Women Who Walked With Jesus and David & Bathsheba: Sex, Lies and Politics.
  • Preaching by the Rev. Dr. LaTaunya Bynum’76, the Disciples Regional Minister for the Northeran California Nevada and a Chapman alum.
  • A luncheon celebrating the two decades of support received from Donna Ford Attallah ’61.
  • Worship featuring DOC students and the Chapman University Singers.

Online registration can be found at You are invited to come for both days, but you may also elect only a single option. Questions or needing assistance with online registration? Please call the Office of Church Relations at 714.997.6760. And we are serious—do not let the cost of registration keep you away. If you need a scholarship, please ask for it!

Register Here:



Wild Women of the West


Disciples Women! Gather with 200+ of your Disciples of Christ sisters from Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. This conference will also include international guests and will feature speakers Daphne Gascot Arias, Vinetta Golphin Wilkerson, Cathy Nicols, and General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens.

Register today! For more information, visit the Disciples Women website.


Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .

Green Your Valentine’s Day with these tips!


Do. Not. Buy. Perfume

Try to find an essential oil that reminds you of them or some other all-natural fragrance.


Instead of a restaurant:

A homemade, homegrown, local and/or organic meal is a great (and more affordable) alternative to eating out. Organic wine is an easy find. Using beeswax candles will add the romantic touch without breathing the fumes.


Upcoming Events


Saturday, February 10, 2018  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Marina Village, Dockside Room, 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego, CA 92109

Sponsored by Beloved Compassion Network A ministry of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Featuring Dr. Alane Daugherty, Author of From Mindfulness to Heartfulness.

Most of us live our lives worn out with stress, anxiety, and emotional chaos. Dr. Alane will show us how we got that way and offer us a blueprint for change. Participants in this experiential workshop will:

  • Explore step-by-step approach to calmness and connection
    •Expand capacity for self-awareness and compassion
    •Engage in de-stressing guided meditation
    •Embody Mindfulness with Heartfulness
    •Experience spiritual practices in the natural beauty of San Diego

Suggested donation $30 Register at



Islam 101

Date: February 10, 2018

Where: Online

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Presenter: Dr. Ihsan Bagby, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Kentucky

Online: $10 per log-in

The first half of this webinar will cover the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, highlighting the similarities and differences with Christianity and Judaism.  The second half will explore present day issues such as terrorism, Shari’ah, Islamophobia and the typical stereotypes of Islam and Muslims.


Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar


New Jim Crow: Book Club Discussion

Hosted by the OC Racial Justice Collaborative

February 27, 2018

For 2018, the OC Racial Justice Collaborative is going to go chapter-by-chapter through The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander for their monthly book club discussion. In February, they will read Chapter 1. They will be using The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action to frame the discussions, which can be downloaded for free here. There is a large free parking lot directly behind the building off of 16th St. Feel free to bring food for yourself or to share!

Time: 7 – 9pm

Location: Youth-on-the-Move, Inc., 1850 E 17th St, #103, Santa Ana