Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

 –Maya Angelou



 Creation Calls-Spring Cantata



  • Living the Questions 2.0
  • Teens, Suicide & Social Media
  • Staff Spotlight
  • Master Plan Rollout Follow Up
  • Family Promise Ministry Returns for the Summer
  • Free-Fun-Fellowship-Food
  • Green Chalice Ministry News


Upcoming Events

  • Prayer Collage
  • Call for Graduates
  • Are You Media Capable?
  • Annual FCCO Scholarship


Opening News

Creation Calls—Spring Cantata

Please join us this Sunday, June 11 during 10:00 a.m. worship to experience “Creation Calls.” This collection of contemporary pieces celebrates God’s marvelous creation in all its various forms.

We hope we inspire you to take a fresh look at the magnificent world around us.




Teens, Suicide & Social Media – Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Please join this important discussion around the critical topics that youth are dealing with. Learn key information and warning signs all adults should be aware of and listening for when interacting with teens and tweens. Group discussion followed by Q&A.

Facilitated by Esther Rosales, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. All are welcome.

Childcare available. RSVP to the church office by June 9 with child ages if you need free childcare.

First Christian Church of Orange, Fireside Room

1130 E Walnut Ave, Orange, CA 92867

(714) 538-9681



Staff Spotlight

 Sarah Truax is an active young adult here at First Christian Church of Orange.  She is one of our staff members serving in the Nursery taking care of our infants and toddlers, she volunteers as a media tech on Sunday mornings, and she is a Youth Sponsor for the Young Disciples. Sarah is also a trainer at Panera. When asked what she likes about working with the Young Disciples, she shared that they are super sweet, enthusiastic, learn quickly, and love life.  Sarah is moving to Berlin on June 22 where she will live with family and pursue a 3-year course in Cosmetology.  She loves Germany and is eager to experience the culture again and see the beautiful landscape.  Be sure and stop by the nursery to say hello to Sarah before she leaves us.  She will be missed.



Master Plan Rollout Follow Up

On Sunday June 4 the Draft Master Plan was presented to the congregation.  Many thanks to the 60 folks who stayed to watch the video and begin the conversation about how ministry and improvements to our campus work together to better serve our community.  If you were unable to attend, you can join the conversation by watching the video and taking the survey. Copies of the handouts of drawings and plans. If you are part of a group that would like a personal visit from the committee, or if you have questions or comments, please contact me.



Joe Perring

Master Plan Committee Chairman



Family Promise Ministry Returns for the Summer

We have many reasons to celebrate on this upcoming July 4 holiday, and one of them is…FAMILY PROMISE! Starting on the afternoon of July 2 and ending the morning of July 9, we will be hosting up to four families on our First Christian Church of Orange campus.

During their stay with us, families go about their usual routines during the day, returning in the afternoon for a hot dinner, a quiet place to sleep, and a quick breakfast each morning. After breakfast, everyone leaves our campus to do what they normally do: go to work, attend school, participate in a Family Program training class, maybe even do some laundry. In the afternoon, our host families all return for dinner and the cycle repeats itself. After spending 7 days with us at the First Christian Church of Orange, they leave to spend the following week with their next hosting congregation.

To fulfill our Promise, we will have the opportunity to be of service to our guest families during the course of their stay with us. There are a variety of different volunteer host roles to choose from, and over 30 spots that we need to make the week a success. If you like personal interaction, you could be an Evening Hosts Overnight Host, or a Breakfast Host. If you like to cook or prepare meals, sign up as part of a Dinner Prep Crew. If behind the scenes is your thing, you can be part of the Set-up or Take-down crew, or even help with doing some laundry.

If you would like to know a little more about what each volunteer role involves, we have made up an FAQ page, which should answer most of your questions. You can find that by clicking HERE.FP Jobs_Descriptions

HOW TO SIGN UP – It is pretty easy to view open shifts and sign up for what you want. We are using the web-based “SignUpGenius” to register and track our volunteer shifts. You can do that right off of Church Life by clicking the link below, which will take you straight to the page:

If you would like to use the First Christian Church of Orange web page to register or view your shifts, that is super easy too. The FCCO web site has an active link to our SignUpGenius event page. Start by going to the FCCO home page Scroll almost all the way down the page. On the right hand side, look for the message, “Volunteer or Register here…” Then click on the green box, SIGN UP!

If you are new to this program, fear not! We not only have printed training materials available, but smiling, seasoned veterans ready to offer a tip or two. Please feel free to contact program coordinator Henry DiRocco or call the Church Office with any questions. Thank you in advance for making this outreach program a success!




Interested in getting to know the person sitting next to you in the pew? Come to dinner at “Food with Friends” sponsored by the Elders, happening August 18th in the Fireside room! Click here to sign-up – details to follow.



Green Chalice Ministry News . . .

Monthly Energy Production Report for First Christian Church of Orange

Enphase Energy maximizes your solar energy production and keeps you informed about your system. Your monthly energy report shows how your system performed and how much you contributed to offsetting the global carbon footprint.

Week                                    Peak Power      Energy Produced

05/01/2017 – 05/07/2017         32.2 kW            1.39 MWh

05/08/2017 – 05/14/2017         34.6 kW            1.42 MWh

05/15/2017 – 05/21/2017         35.0 kW            1.47 MWh

05/22/2017 – 05/28/2017         33.5 kW            1.52 MWh

05/29/2017 – 05/31/2017         32.5 kW            476 kWh


May 2017 Total:                                              6.28 MWh

Previous Month Total:                                     6.84 MWh

Year to Date:                                                 24.7 MWh

The Carbon Offset for this month: 4.34 tons

Offset the equivalent of: 111 Trees


Upcoming Events

Prayer Collage

 Tomorrow Evening Wednesday, June 7
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Worship & Wonder Room

Want to pray without words? Find a little inspiration? Experience calm in the midst of life’s whirlwind? It’s easy with prayer collage! Your intuition will guide the way, and you will likely find that you are more creative and capable than you think! Supplies provided. No artsy inclinations needed. Come, breathe, unwind, and pray with your eyes and hands.



Call for Graduates

Have you (or will you) or someone you know graduate(d) this year from high school or above? We would love to recognize FCCO member (and participating non-member) graduates in worship on Sunday, June 18. Please contact the church office with the following info:

  • Name of graduate
  • Degree
  • School
  • A brief next step or goal

Please also indicate if the graduate is able to be present in worship on June 18.




Are You Media Capable?

We are in need of a couple media techs to run the projector and camera once a month for Sunday morning worship. Basic computer skills using PowerPoint preferred, but not necessary. We are willing to train. Experience what it’s like to sit in the loft and run one of the church’s most important ministries. The large screen projection system and digital camera help bring the service to life each Sunday.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Holly in the church office, or Dean Shepherd, Minister of Music.


Annual FCCO Scholarship–Scholarship Applications Now Being Received

Applicants for scholarships must be currently enrolled in or entering any accredited college, university, seminary or trade school and must be either FCCO members or participating non-members.  Applicants and prior recipients may reapply every year in which they become eligible.

The Scholarship Information Brochure and applications may be obtained in the church office.  Completed applications must be received by the FCCO Office -Memorials box, by July 19.