We all have life storms, and when we get the rough times and we recover from them, we should celebrate that we got through it. No matter how bad it may seem, there’s always something beautiful that you can find.

-Mattie Stepanek


Church Life

January 30, 2018



  • Givelify and Fair Trade?!
  • Souper Bowl! No! Shampoo-per Bowl!
  • Chapman University’s Founders Day
  • Sermons & Scripture


Upcoming Events

  • Green Chalice Ministry News
  • Sign Up for Chancel Flowers
  • UNITE 2018
  • Islam 101
  • New Jim Crow: Book Club Discussion


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!




Please join us for an evening of fun, good food, and fellowship.  This is an opportunity hosted by the Elders to help those who attend FCCO get better acquainted.  We will meet in an Elder’s home and we will send you directions right before the dinner.  If you have food restrictions or need childcare, please let us know.

WHAT: Fun & Food

WHEN: Friday February 9th, 6:30 to 9:00 PM

WHERE: TBD (depends on how many sign-up)

WHY: Get to know each other better in a social setting

HOW: To RSVP email: joecarolq@gmail.com or call the church office at 714-538-9681. Please remember to tell us about food restrictions and childcare needs.






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.






Forgetting something? Can’t remember what you forgot? Well check out our lost and found to see if you can be reunited with the things that have escaped you. We’re housing your items right outside the library so stop by and find what once was lost.















SOUPER BOWL! No! Shampoo-per Bowl!

Sunday, February 4th is the Super Bowl, but also the SOUPer Bowl. This year, the Friendly Center has asked that we collect: HYGIENE PRODUCTS. Please call The CYF Coordinator, Nicole Walker Sundby, with any questions (503) 949-2236.


The Advent of the Messiah

The Adult Sunday School Class is in it’s second week Sunday, February 4, 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 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



Sermons & Scripture

February 4

Sermon Title: Moving On

Scripture: Mark 1:29-39 — Pastor Michelle Harris-Gloyer


February 11

Presentation: “The Better Angels of our Nature” — Dwight Messenger as Abraham Lincoln

Scripture: Galatians 3:23-28


Note: We will NOT be distributing ashes or have an Ash Wednesday Service this year.


2018 LENTEN SERIES: ROAR: Stories of Courage


February 18 (Lent 1)

Sermon: Making Their Case

Scripture: Numbers 27:1-11


February 25 (Lent 2)

Sermon: Diplomacy in Action

Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:2-42



Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .

Green Your Valentine’s Day with these tips!

Skip the card

Opt for a hand-written letter or poem on recycled paper. Or better yet, create a long list of all the things you love about the person. If your kids are obligated to give a Valentine’s Day card to every child in their classroom, help them make their own out of recycled paper. They can even include on the card one genuine thing they like about the person.



Choose potted plants and organic or local whenever possible. Or spend the extra time on origami roses.


Upcoming Events


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



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



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.



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



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