Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Poor People’s Campaign
- Ordination of Robert Blair
- The Beginning
- God’s Gallery Revisited
- Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration
- Camp Leadership Training
- UNITE 2018
- You Are Not Alone
- Green Chalice Ministry News
On January 7, I introduced the Poor People’s Campaign in my weekly sermon. In that sermon I promised to provide additional resources for those of you wanting to learn more about this movement and one of the main individuals leading it, William Barber II. I encourage you to go beyond this list to learn more about injustice that needs to be righted. This campaign is continuing the work begun by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he launched the Poor People’s Campaign fifty years ago.
In a resolution passed at the most recent General Assembly, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) voted overwhelmingly to endorse the Poor People’s Campaign. Beginning to educate ourselves is only the first step. I hope and pray we can take the next steps together.
Blessings, Dayna Kinkade
Videos of The Rev. Dr. William Barber II
The Daily Show with Trever Noah, June 5, 2017 (A succinct introduction to William Barber.)
“When Silence is not an Option” sermon preached at Riverside Church, NY, April 2, 2017
Rev Dr William J Barber and Rev Jim Wallis / Tavis Smiley PBS
“America Needs a Love, Justice, and Truth, Non-violent Breakthrough!”
August 26, 2017 – Recorded live at Charlottesville First United Methodist Church just two weeks after the protests.
General Assembly Resolution endorsing Poor People’s Campaign
Washington Post Article on Barber and the campaign:
Website for the Poor People’s Campaign
The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy/Militarism, Ecological Devastation and Our National Morality – Preliminary Report
Reading List for upcoming training Pastor Dayna and Pastor Michelle will be attending on February 7 at the Pacific School of Religion.
One Nation Under God, by Kevin Kruse; Democracy in Chains, by Nancy McLean; White Rage, by Carol Anderson; The Third Reconstruction, by William J. Barber, II; Reconstructing the Gospel, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2018 release); and Always With Us?, by Rev. Liz Theoharis.
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.
Check out Pastor Dayna’s sermon from Sunday January 7. Go here to get the full text.
God’s Gallery Revisited
At last October’s Regional Assembly, God’s Gallery featured original art from members of congregations throughout the region and curated by youth and young adult leadership. One of the featured artists was First Christian Church of Orange’s Natasha Corich.
ShaeLyn Row will be singing with the California University Baptist Choir and Orchestra on Sunday January 21 at 4:00 p.m. The concert of Contemporary Christian music features the choir of 100+ voices and 40-piece orchestra. There is no charge.
Location: St. John’s Lutheran, 185 South Center St, Orange, CA
The first duty of love is to listen, and as a loving community we serve best when we know the real concerns of others. That’s why the PSWR Camp and Conference Committee is focusing on the spiritual practice of listening as we prepare for Summer Camp 2018.
Our guest speaker, Dr. Emily Click, is the Assistant Dean for Ministry Studies and Field Education Lecturer on Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Emily is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has a decade of congregational ministry experience. She has served as chair of the steering committee of the Association for Theological Field Education (ATFE), the North American professional association for theological field educators. Emily teaches courses on leadership and administration, mentoring, and religious education.
All 2018 Summer camp counselors are encouraged to attend. We also want to send a special invitation to any youth leaders, pastors, or mentors in our region that might like to hear more about how to strengthen ministry with youth. Much of what is being offered at this camp leadership training is applicable to local youth ministry.
For a sample schedule and more information on registration, please visit: www.disciplespswr.org/camp
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.
The theme of UNITE 2018 is “Tearing Down Walls,” and will focus on equipping young people for the task of leading and uniting the body of Christ in these challenging times. Topics include creative expression, life skills, multi-media, global ministry, and much more. This powerful and exciting weekend includes hands-on training, educational workshops, dynamic worship services, and recreational activities. Best of all, room and board are included in the registration price! So if you are between the ages of 14-25 and looking for an opportunity to increase your skills to effectively serve along with other youth, this transformative experience is designed specifically for you. Welcome to the table!
Send Chaperones with Youth To Unite
All attendees who are still in high school are required to have an accompanying adult chaperone over the age of 25. If a church is unable to send an adult chaperone, a chaperone will be assigned from another church already registered. All adult chaperones will need to agree to a background check to ensure the safety of all minors participating.
Please register your groups by February 1, 2018.
Youth/young adult – $150.00
Church chaperones (over 25 years old) – $100.00
Check-in begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 16
The conference ends at 11:00 am on Monday, February 19
Registration includes hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Redondo Beach and Marina) which is within walking distance of the conference location. All meals (beginning Saturday breakfast – Monday breakfast) and programs are included. An addition fee may apply for those interested in our Sunday Morning Fishing Excursion.
You Are Not Alone
Do you or someone you know live alone? Would you like a safety visit from the Orange Police Department? Orange Police Department volunteers provide free welfare checks to Orange residents who primarily live alone or are bedridden through our “You Are Not Alone” (YANA) Program. Many times their only contact may be through the personal visits of our volunteers, therefore enhancing the life quality of our residents. Please note we do not provide medical assistance, but rather a measure of security with our visits. To enroll in this program, participants must provide authorization by submitting an application form for us to begin our visits. Click here to access the YANA request form. A hard copy is also available at the Church office.
–Courtesy of the Orange City Police Department
Green Chalice Ministry News . . .
Monthly Energy Production Report for First Christian Church of Orange
Week Peak Power Energy Produced
12/01/2017 – 12/07/2017 25.8 kW 986 kWh
12/08/2017 – 12/14/2017 24.5 kW 938 kWh
12/15/2017 – 12/21/2017 25.9 kW 905 kWh
12/22/2017 – 12/28/2017 24.4 kW 815 kWh
12/29/2017 – 12/31/2017 25.5 kW 370 kWh
December 2017 Total: 4.01 MWh
Previous Month Total: 3.76 MWh
Year to Date: 63.1 MWh
Carbon Offset for this month: 2.77 tons
Offseting the equivalent of: 71 Trees
Queer & Affirming • Wednesday, January 10 @ 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.