Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.

— KT Witten


Notice of Congregational Meeting


  • Welcome New Lead Custodian

  • An Evolving Spirituality

  • I Know You Need a Breath….

  • Multicultural Thanksgiving Potluck…Yum!

  • Youth Representative 2018

  • Young Adult Peeps

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance

  • Green Chalice Ministry Tips

  • Older Adult Ministry Committee

 Upcoming Events

Notice of Congregational Meeting

The 2017 Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday December 17, 2017 immediately following worship.  The agenda for the meeting will be to approve the 2018 budget, vote on the slate of nominees for elected office and approve the master plan.

Notice of Nominees

Attached is the slate of nominees for 2018 elected office as proposed by the nominating committee.


Welcome New Lead Custodian

We welcome Randy Stout as the new Lead Custodian of FCCO.  Randy began his duties November 14 and is excited to get started.  He is looking forward to working with everyone as he learns the ins and outs of the job.  If you see Randy, introduce yourself!  He is anxious to meet you.







Painting the Stars

November 19 – An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism

Adult Study Class   Sundays 8:30 a.m. – Fireside Room

 “The essential spiritual practice of evolutionary spirituality is to be able to tell the story of the universe as one’s own story…”

Weekly course materials will be available in Church Life, emailed each Tuesday. Doubters welcome!  If you need childcare, please contact the church office.

Click here to download Chapter 7. PtS 7 An Evolving Spirituality


Hey there, Parents…I know you need a breath…

Wanna come hang out over dinner with adults? Childcare at the church. These gatherings are for any parents of babies through high school!

Friday, November 17, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 Are you game? Dinner rotates to different host homes. Another key piece — we need a host house for Friday! (Main course is already covered!)

At the church nursery, child care will be offered from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m. for babies through not-old-enough-to-leave-home-alone (whatever that is for you). There will be some activities for older kids as well. Please ensure your kids have eaten before dropping them off.

RSVP here on this Google sign-up to indicate whether you are coming, how many kiddos you need child care for, and whether you can contribute to the dinner. (Even if you can’t bring a dish, we still want you there.) Enter your information on the appropriate tab if you’re interested in hosting — this Friday or for a future meet-up. Please RSVP on the Google sign-up by Wednesday EOD, so we can make sure to have appropriate child care staffing for the kids!

Upcoming Events:

Progressive Dinner

Nursery care is provided (5:30-10:00 p.m.) as you travel from home to home, first for shared appetizers, then to a scrumptious dinner, and lastly all back together for dessert. The fun begins at 5:30 and lasts to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per person with your choice of salmon or pork tenderloin. Sign-ups are being taken in the courtyard on Sundays now through November 26.  Contact Bonnie Kamp ( with any questions or to volunteer to host a portion of this event.

Next parent dinners:

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

May 18

June 22

Mark your calendar now…

Multicultural Thanksgiving Potluck

Saturday, November 18

2:00 p.m. – Meet at FCCO

8:00 p.m.  – Approximate pickup time at FCCO

YIM (Youth Immersion Ministry) will be the hosts of this delicious event, including FCCO’s Katie and Marcus! CYF and Chi Rho will venture together to Abundant Life Christian Church in LA for this. You are welcome to bring a food dish or beverage to share of something that is a tradition for your family. (If you can’t bring anything, you’re still welcome to come!) We’ll hear stories about food, learn more about YIM, and eat until we are delightfully happy!

RSVP by Wednesday November 15 to Pastor Michelle for transportation.


Youth Representative 2018

Leadership Opportunity: First Christian Church of Orange Leadership Board

Now is the time when the leadership positions of the church are getting set for the 2018 year. Katie Thomas is your current Youth Representative to the Leadership Board of the congregation. In June, Katie will graduate! We are looking for another youth to join Katie as an additional Youth Representative through the spring and to continue on for all of 2018! Are you interested in serving the church and building your leadership experience?

As a Youth Representative on the Leadership Board, you are expected to:

  • Attend Leadership Board meetings, 2nd Monday evening of each month
  • Give a brief spoken update at meetings about what is happening with youth
  • Be involved with youth group meetings and activities
  • Represent your fellow youth
  • Be in high school (or entering high school by fall 2018)

Boards are a reality not only for churches but for pretty much any organization or business. Serving on FCCO’s Leadership Board will give you deeper insight into your church and how organizations work, a stronger voice of influence in the church, and leadership experience.

Interested? Or have questions? Contact me or Katie Thomas!




Young Adult Peeps!

Sunday November 26, 2017

We’ll meet at FCC Orange at 12:30 p.m. and then head over to Hart Park to cook out and hang out!

701 South Glassell Street, Orange

We’ll talk about different ways we can deal with stress and “negative” emotions.

No childcare this time – kids welcome!

Please let either Michelle or Leah know if you will be attending either event!

Thank you!


Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .

Don’t Pre-Rinse the Dishes

If you can’t live without your dishwasher, then at least cut the pre-rinse. With a decent detergent, your dishes will be just as clean and you can save an average of twenty gallons of water per load.

Don’t Pre-Heat Your Oven

Unless it’s absolutely essential, for example if you’re making bread, you don’t need to pre-heat the oven. You can just set it away when you are ready to start cooking. Bonus tip: When checking the food, look through the door rather than opening it until the final check.


Older Adults Ministry Committee (OAMC)

The Older Adults Ministry Committee (OAMC) was established to provide financial assistance and other services for Disciples Seniors. OAMC is a committee of the Disciples Pacific Southwest Region comprised of volunteers from various PSWR congregations.

Financial Assistance

  • Must be a member in good standing of a Disciples of Christ Church
  • Must be age sixty two or older
  • One time funding amount up to $2000
  • Ongoing financial assistance up to $600 monthly for one year (renewable)
  • Assistance with housing at beautiful Westminster Gardens located in Duarte, California.


  • Silver Linings Newsletter
  • Annual Retreat

For more information from the First Christian Church of Orange community, contact Joyce Miller or Dayna Kinkade.

For further information, please contact the Regional Office at 626.296.0385 or speak with your Pastor.


Upcoming Events

Queer & Affirming Wednesday, November 15 @ 6:30 p.m. Fireside Room

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.

For more information contact Robert Blair:


Come One, Come All!  

Make a date to join us for our all-church Progressive Dinner on Saturday, December 2nd!  It’s a festive way to celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season with fine food and fabulous fellowship!  Nursery care is provided as you travel from home to home first for shared appetizers, then to a scrumptious dinner and lastly all back together for dessert.  The fun begins at 5:30 and lasts to 10 pm.  Cost is $15 per person with your choice of salmon or pork tenderloin.  Sign-ups are being taken in the courtyard on Sundays now through November 26.  Contact Bonnie Kamp with any questions or to volunteer to host a portion of this event.


The Hot New Fad Everyone Is Talking About (Spoiler: It’s Singing)

For decades, the First Christian Church of Orange Chancel Choir has provided inspiring music to enrich our worship. We’ve been fortunate to have such wonderful and talented singers all these years.

The Chancel Choir has enjoyed a long period of prosperity, but has recently lost many members. Some have moved, others have taken new jobs, while a few have sadly passed on from this big, blue planet.

During this period of rebuilding, we ask those who are musically inclined to join us on Thursday evenings for rehearsal from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Chapel. Like many other church groups, the Chancel Choir has become a family. Not only do we sing together, but we laugh, share, cry, hug, and support each other as we face the ups and downs of life. Please consider joining the Chancel Choir and becoming part of this inspiring group of people.

Blessings and thanks,

Dean Shepherd, Minister of Music


All-Church Work Day

Saturday November 18 – 8:30 a.m. to noon

Come and give your time to this place that gives so much to you. Let’s spruce it up before Thanksgiving and Christmas!  There will be projects for all skill levels and all ages. Snacks provided.

(If you need nursery care, please notify the church office.)

Call Cathy Perring, Buildings and Grounds Chair, if you have questions or ideas.


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