Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

-Charles Spurgeon


Church Life

January 23, 2018


Ordination of Robert Allan Blair, Jr. at First Christian Church of Orange 

You are invited to attend the ordination of Robert Blair, on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  Rob is a member of First Christian Church of Orange, served as a student intern during the 2015-16 academic year, and a Timothy (individual pursuing ministry) of our congregation. Rob graduated from Claremont School of Theology in May of 2017 and was approved for ordination in October of last year. It is an honor for FCCO to host this event and share this moment with Rob, his family, and those who have encouraged him along the way. Save the date and plan to attend.  A reception will follow in the Fireside Room.

All ordination participants are asked to gather in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.  Clergy are asked to wear robes and stoles of any color.  All participants and additional clergy will process in during the opening hymn.  Gifts for presentation will also be carried in the procession



What is Jesus all About?

The Adult Sunday School Class is beginning a new study this Sunday, January 28, 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.

Click on the link to read the first week’s lesson and discussion guide:

First Light 1 28 18




Sunday, February 4th is the Super Bowl, but also the SOUPer Bowl. This year, the Friendly Center has asked that we collect something a little out of the ordinary for needs in our community: hygiene products. Next Sunday, your youth will have a special announcement detailing what we will be collecting. Please call The CYF Coordinator, Nicole Walker Sundby, with any questions (503) 949-2236.


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 fccorange.com Click on the Donate Now/Givelify box. Type 45.00 in the other box and use the “click here when done” button.  The option for flowers will appear.


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 www.chapman.edu/founders-day. 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: https://secure.touchnet.com/C27377_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=10&SINGLESTORE=true


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




SCRIPTURE AS THEATRE – Workshop Opportunity

Beginning January 20, 2018 at 10AM, Gateway Christian Church will host weekly workshops devoted to the exploration and development of original theatre works based on or reflective of Holy Scripture.  These workshops will be led by Gateway’s Associate Pastor and Artist-in-Residence Jim McGrath, a past winner of L.A. Theatre’s Ovation Award for playwriting, whose plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The Director’s Company in New York, the Passage Theatre in Trenton, and the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.

The workshops are open to clergy and lay members of DOC churches in the Pacific Southwest Region, as well as area theatre artists, and anyone else who may be interested in participating in the creation of original theatre works inspired by scripture.  They are not sequential, so that workshops may be attended individually on a one-time basis or weekly.  The goal of the workshops will be to forge a creative alliance to develop original theatre works inspired by and communicative of scripture.  There will be an exploration of all possible aspects of the theatre arts, including drama, music, dance, stage design, and the visual arts.

There have been many popular and successful theatrical adaptations of scripture, from the old-time Christmas pageant or passion play to Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Whatever may be said of the Holiness of the Bible, the literary quality is equal to Shakespeare.  The Bible’s unforgettable character and characters, the sheer power of its poetry, the depth of the human drama within its narrative, the cathartic force of its tragedies, the ironic humor in its metaphors, and the healing mystery of spirit throughout, all cry out for further creative expression through the theatre arts.  The source is as limitless as the possibilities.

Working creatively in the theatre arts in tandem with others, sharing ideas and complementary talents, and pushing concepts outside of the box to find modern, innovative, and experimental ways to convey eternal truths are all joyous experiences.  The initial goals of this workshop would be to (1.) form an alliance between art and spirit and (2.) to explore unlimited possibilities


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.

Register: https://www.lextheo.edu/webinar-series/

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


UNITE 2018

UNITE is an annual youth and young adult conference that empowers leaders across the PSWR for Christian service in their local church and all over the world, and is open to all youth and young adults in high school to 25 years old.

Please register your groups by February 1, 2018.

Youth/young adult – $150.00

Church chaperones (over 25 years old) – $100.00

Register Online

Check-in begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 16

The conference ends at 11:00 am on Monday, February 19



Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .


Personalize Gift Wrapping

Gift wrap is a major waste of paper and resources. Re-use gift wrap, bows and tags. Or why not be really creative and make your own gift wrap – use old newspapers, maps or magazines and create your own design.


Re-Think Your Water Consumption

Bottled water is handy when you’re on the go, but why not buy one bottle and then refill it from the tap or your work’s water cooler. Around 90% of water bottles end up decomposing in landfills rather than being recycled.


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 www.belovedsandiego.org/event-registration.