Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means that you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back.

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



Moving Forward with Hope


  • Radical Hospitality On the Move!
  • What is in Your Hand?
  • What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support
  • Thanks!
  • Green Chalice Ministry News

 Upcoming Events


Light a Candle for Children & Children’s Sabbath

Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child

This year’s Children’s Sabbath celebration will be Sunday October 22, 2017.

The Light a Candle Prayer Vigil uses a different focus scripture each week related to the overall theme as we prepare for Children’s Sabbath. You may follow along each day with us online as daily reflections are posted. The devotions will begin Monday, September 25, 2017.


 Week of September 25, John 6:9-11, Be an Example of Hope

Week of October 2, Hebrews 13:1-2, Be an Example of Justice

Week of October 9, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-8, Be an Example of Love

Week of October 16, John 21:15, Be an Example for Every Child


Radical Hospitality On the Move!

“The great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. / I awoke and saw that life was service. / I acted and behold, service was joy.”

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

Family Promise is just around the corner! And thanks to several of you hard core volunteers most of the volunteer shifts have been filled. Wahooo! If you are still looking for an opportunity to provide that bit of FCCO radical hospitality, there are 4 spots open for Evening Hosts, 2 spots for Set-up Crew and 2 spots for Overnight Hosts.

How to sign up for a Volunteer Shift

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!”

Please feel free to contact the Church Office with any questions or if you need assistance in signing up. 714.538.9681 or

Thank you in advance for making this outreach program a success!


Dare to Dream

September 24 – What is in Your Hand?

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

 Read Exodus 4:1-17, Exodus 7:14-25, Exodus 14, Exodus 17:1-7

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






What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?

by FCC Discipleship Team

We will be taking a closer look at some of the “clobber” passages of the Bible, and how they have been misused and mistranslated to cause harm to the LGBTQ community. We will be providing tools and resources to better interpret the Bible as a message of love and acceptance for all. Randy Baxter, professor at Cal State Fullerton, and Mandye Yates, minister at First Christian Church Fullerton, will be leading the conversation. Come and join us!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

5:30 – 7:00 pm

First Christian Church Fullerton

109 East Wilshire Avenue

Fullerton, CA 92832

For more information:


Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

First Christian Church of Orange hosts a monthly Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group on the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside room. The next meeting is Tonight September 19. We are a peer support group. Intended solely for the family and friends who are caring for someone with dementia. The meeting is not appropriate for persons with dementia to attend. We help each other with tips on how to best care for our loved ones: such as legal issues, medical issues, personal and/or behavior issues, caregiver issues, etc. The group is led by a trained volunteer facilitator, and the meeting is sanctioned by the Alzheimer’s Orange County. There is no charge to attend, and there is no pre-registration required.



Check out Pastor Dayna’s sermon “Thanks!” from Sunday September 17, 2017.

Go here to get the full text.

(2nd in Series on Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow)


Green Chalice Ministry News . . .

From Blue Theology Mission Station

This fabulous photo by JR Sosky 

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It’s the 25th anniversary of their Marine Sanctuary, designated and protected in 1992. They love it that NOAA calls these large protected ocean waters “Sanctuaries.” Obviously they know their Bible and have studied Leviticus: “You shall keep my sabbaths and revere my sanctuaries. I am the Lord.”

But this lovely bay scene, and those revered Sanctuaries, might become a thing of the past if our Department of Energy has its way: they want to do away with current regulations that outlaw offshore oil and gas drilling in these waters (and the 15 other National Marine Sanctuaries) and they want to rescind new Sanctuary protections from the past ten years. That would include the amazing Davidson Seamount in our Sanctuary, a huge underwater volcano off the Big Sur Coast that they added to protected waters in 2009. The three other California Marine Sanctuaries were also expanded in the past 10 years.

Will they still be revered?

We all have a chance to comment on these proposed changes in ocean protection. (It doesn’t matter where you live – these are “National” Marine Sanctuaries.)

Here’s how:

-National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: has a good letter with background info that you can simply sign and your support will become part of the public comment.

-Monterey Bay Aquarium: has helpful talking points and a link to comments.

-Or you can submit your own comment directly. Personal testimonies are the most effective. In their comment, they wrote that from their personal experience as an ocean volunteer they knew that over 2 million people visit Monterey every year to see a clean safe ocean. That tourism is Monterey County’s second highest economy, after agriculture. That the California economy is thriving on alternative energy, not more fossil fuels. That as Chair of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council they had seen the wide community support and extensive process that had led to designation and expansion. And that as a person of faith they believe God calls us to be good stewards of all of creation. That they revere this Sanctuary. They hope you do too. –Courtesy of Green Chalice News August 2017


Upcoming Events

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, 8515 Costa Verde Blvd, #1635, San Diego, CA 92122

For more information contact: Joyce Miller 714.293.0803