My belief is that when you’re telling the truth, you’re close to God. If you say to God, “I am exhausted and depressed beyond words, and I don’t like You at all right now, and I recoil from most people who believe in You,” that might be the most honest thing you’ve ever said. If you told me you had said to God, “It is all hopeless, and I don’t have a clue if You exist, but I could use a hand,” it would almost bring tears to my eyes, tears of pride in you, for the courage it takes to get real-really real.

 —Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers


Radical Hospitality


  • Dare to Dream
  • Equal Exchange Coffee Sales
  • Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
  • Ancient Christian Texts Inspiring New Spiritual Practices
  • Green Chalice Ministry Tips

 Upcoming Events


Radical Hospitality

Radical means “out of the ordinary,” “revolutionary,” even. So what would it mean to receive someone—a stranger—with a presence that was not just polite, but to receive them with revolutionary generosity?– Marilyn J Sewell

Family Promise is the outreach ministry that First Christian Church of Orange engages in to help families in Orange County get out of homelessness and back onto their feet.

Family Promise is coming up fast!

Our next host week at First Christian Church of Orange starts on October 1 and goes for one week. Starting on that first Sunday afternoon, our campus will host anywhere from one to four families as our overnight guests. On the following Sunday, October 8, the families depart to go on to their next hosting congregation, or even better, into their own housing if that has been arranged!

These are the volunteer jobs available

There are open volunteer shifts every day of the week from October 1 to October 8. We need volunteers to sign up and fill these positions to make our Hosting Week a success. Positions include Evening Hosts, Overnight Hosts, Breakfast Hosts, Dinner Prep Crews and Set-up and Tear Down crews. If you would like to know what each of these volunteer positions involves, you can read all about them by clicking FP Jobs_Descriptions. You can also find brief shift descriptions and the shift times when you go to register at the SignUpGenius website.

How to sign up for a Volunteer Shift

Folks can register for the shifts of their choice by using the internet and going to the SignUpGenius website. You can do that in one of two ways. You can use this Church Life newsletter edition, and by clicking on the following link, you will be taken straight to the event registration page.

You may also use the First Christian Church of Orange website, which has a link for the SignUpGenius page. Scroll all the way down on the FCCO home page. The link is on the lower right hand side of the page, “Volunteer or Register here…SIGN UP!”

About Family Promise of Orange County

Part of a nationwide network, Family Promise of Orange County started in 2012 helping families face the challenge of homelessness. To find out more about how the program works, please visit their website at

Please feel free to contact the Church Office with any questions or if you need assistance in signing up. Thank you in advance for making this outreach program a success!


Dare to Dream

September 17 – Lose Your Big Buts

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

 Read Exodus 3:1-10

Remember that you can drop in to any session of the Adult Study class at any time.


Equal Exchange Coffee Sales

From the very beginning, Equal Exchange has worked to put more profit into the hands of the farmers who grow our coffee and food. One way we make this happen is by trading directly with small-scale farmers and cutting out the middlemen who reduce their income.  Equal Exchange coffee comes to us from small farmers through their co-ops to Equal Exchange and then to your cup. Four simple steps.

Equal Exchange is committed to reducing their environmental impact at home and working to maximize their resources locally, wherever possible. This includes using recyclable or compostable packaging when possible, minimizing their energy use, and composting coffee waste.

In addition to what our purchases do for farmers and the environment, when you realize the profit we make at FCCO comes back to the Youth Fund to subsidize Summer Camp and Winter Retreat registrations and Work Tour costs, we are making a difference in lives around the world from something as simple as a cup of coffee and a chocolate bar.

The Youth will be selling coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts and olive oil this Sunday, September 17 in the Courtyard.  Thank you for your continued support of this social justice project.

From the very beginning, Equal Exchange has worked to put more profit into the hands of the farmers who grow our coffee and food. One way we make this happen is by trading directly with small-scale farmers and cutting out the middlemen who reduce their income.


Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

When: Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: McCarty Memorial Christian Church, 4101 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90018

Join co-chairs Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis for a Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 PM at McCarty Memorial Christian Church in Los Angeles, CA to learn about the inspiration, vision and strategy of the PPC. The Campaign will build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor and dispossessed as moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.

For more information and to RSVP, click here. Sign an online pledge card to join the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival here.

Ancient Christian Texts Inspiring New Spiritual Practices

October 6–7, 2017

In 1945, a collection of early Christian texts was discovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Many were written at the same time as the more familiar texts of the New Testament, but ultimately were excluded from it. As scholarship makes these ancient texts increasingly accessible to the public, they are inspiring new art, music, spiritual practices and more. In this Jesus Seminar on the Road, Celene Lillie and Natalie Renee Perkins will introduce the Gospel of Mary and Thunder: Perfect Mind both in their ancient context and creative, modern expressions.

Celene Lillie (Ph.D. Union Theological Seminar) is the Director of the Tanho Center and on the pastoral staff at Boulder First United Methodist Church in Colorado. She is the author of The Rape of Eve: The Transformation of Roman Ideology in Three Early Christian Retellings of Genesis (2017).







Natalie Renee Perkins (M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) is a writer, lecturer, preacher, chaplain and composer who intertwines early Christian material with contemporary society through a social justice lens. She has performed professionally with cruise lines, national tours, symphony orchestras, and the USO.


All Sessions

Individual Rate $75

Pre-registration Rate (by September 22) $60

Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions

Friday Evening Lecture $20

Saturday Morning Workshop $30

Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.


Irvine United Congregational Church ,4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604

(949) 733-0220,


For local information, contact: Rev. Steven Swope, Director of Adult Programs,

Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .

 Using a dishwasher, could save 100s of gallon of water a month.

1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into one pound of beef. Go meatless 2x a week.



Upcoming Events

Church Chat with the Church Ladies

Sunday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. Fireside Room

 An informal gathering for those who are new to First Christian Church of Orange with our pastors, Dayna and Michelle.  Light snacks provided.



Mini Golf Tournament – All Ages Welcome!

Sunday, September 17, 4:00-8:00 PM

Camelot Golfland – Anaheim

This is a Pacific Southwest Region (PSWR) church event sponsored by Young Adult Ministries to raise money to help support leadership/camp scholarships. Registration is $25/person. It includes mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, arcade tokens, go-kart racing, and dinner!!! Invite your friends!

Kids, parents, grandparents, families, all ages are welcome! Register yourselves online (golf teams of 4) by Sept 11:

Contact Pastor Michelle for help connecting to a team.

FCCO is a sponsor for this great event – would love to see you there!

Youth grades 6-12: Chi Rho and CYF from First Christian Church of Orange will go together to this event!

We’ll provide transportation to and from FCCO (meet at 3:00 for some FCCO group intro, pick-up at 8:30). Bring your $25 on the day of the event. No one turned away for lack of funds.



Opportunity Drawing—2017 PSWR Golf Classic

 1st Prize: Pantages Theater Package (two tickets for 2017-2018 Broadway shows)
2nd Prize: Apple iPad Mini
3rd Prize: Two tickets to the Rose Bowl Parade

Ticket prices: 1/$1.00; 6/$5.00; 12/$10.00; 25/$20.00.

Look for Lura Harper or Lary Row on Sunday mornings.


It’s BBQ Time!

Nothing is better than a good old Church Bar-B-Que with all the fixin’s! Mark your calendars and save the date! On Sunday September 24 the Disciples Women are hosting a fall BBQ Fundraiser. Join in the fun and fellowship!

Tickets will be available on the patio before and after church each week and on the morning of the BBQ!













For more information and to register online:



 “The Best is Yet to Be” PSWR Disciples 5th Annual Senior Retreat October 26-27

The previous Retreat was so successful that the decision was made to return this year to the same idyllic setting—all on one level—with another set of presentations by our leader, Rev. Karen Berns.

Packed into our two day event will be stimulating, biblically grounded, relevant talks, discussions, fun times and fellowship with persons from throughout the Pacific Southwest Region.

Cost: $85 (each registrant is subsidized by $35 from the Older Adult Ministries Committee)

Location: Prince of Peace Abbey, 650 Benet Hill Road, Oceanside CA 92058

Include name, address, phone, email and congregation, make checks payable to PSWR Disciples of Christ to:  Darwin Mann

For more information contact: Joyce Miller