I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.— Anne Lamott
Out into the World
- Helping the Environment through Equal Exchange
- Ash Wednesday
- Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support
- Pastor’s Class Retreat
- Family Promise News
- Variety Show Sign Up Forms
- World War II Buff
- Green Chalice News-Lenten Carbon Fast
- Your Talent is Needed – It’s Showtime! – Sign Ups & Auditions
- Chapman University’s Founders Day
- Opening News
- Upcoming Events
Living the Questions 2.0 (LtQ2) | Adult Study Class
Chapter 7 – Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
Sundays 8:30 a.m. – Fireside Room
Focus for February 19: There is a reformation afoot in Christianity – a re-visioning of the traditional understandings of Jesus, the virgin birth, substitutionary atonement, and the Christian life as a whole. Long held ideas of divinity and of faith are changing and evolving to reflect 21st century thought and spirituality. Inspired by these fresh insights, progressive Christians can claim a distinctive voice by being in solidarity with the poor, countering the idolatry of wealth, practicing nonviolence, and by seeking justice and inclusivity in a culture dominated by fear.
Click here to download a copy of Chapter 7. Or get a copy from the office.
Helping the Environment through Equal Exchange
Sunday, February 19, Coffee and Chocolate Sunday in the Courtyard
Did you know that by purchasing Equal Exchange products you are helping protect, preserve and improve our planet and its resources? EE promotes and supports sustainable, innovative agricultural practices, restoration and diversification projects, organic farming and shade grown coffee. They provide critical support to farmers whose land is in transition as they adopt more environmentally friendly ways of growing and processing their crops. Equal Exchange farmer partners are equally committed to taking on the challenges of preservation and resiliency, and they work hard to ensure the health of their land, year after year. Through Fair Trade premiums and with support from Equal Exchange, this essential work is made possible. Your support is appreciated.
Ash Wednesday – March 1
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent – a season that concludes with the celebration of Easter. Lent is a time for special attention to our spiritual lives. This year, Ash Wednesday is March 1. We will have Drive-Through Blessings in the church parking lot from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and there will be a worship service at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Both times will include the imposition of ashes. Plan to come mark the beginning of a special spiritual journey.
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 Tuesday November 17. 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 Association. There is no charge to attend, and there is no pre-registration required.
Pastor’s Class Retreat
March 3-4 (Friday-Saturday)
Friday 7:00 p.m. to Saturday 2:30 p.m., FCCO, Fireside Room
For 5th-8th graders interested in baptism and/or learning about foundations of Christian life! This is also open to those who have already been baptized and are interested in this great experience. (Even if you’re in high school, this will be cool – depending on how many people we have in different age groups, we may split into some different workshop tracks.)
Pastors Dayna and Michelle will join with pastors from other area churches and some of their young people to have an engaging and fun overnighter. We’ll explore baptism, communion, spiritual practices, developing a personalized confession of faith, the Bible, Disciples identity, and what it means to be a part of a movement for wholeness in how we live. Plus games, singing, devotions, a movie, and food. RSVP by Sunday, February 19 to Pastor Michelle
Family Promise News
Thanks and appreciation go out to all of the First Christian Church of Orange volunteers who helped make our first Family Promise host week of 2017 a success. Starting on January 1 and going for 7 days, 28 intrepid volunteer hosts gave almost 300 combined hours of their time and talents to help two families in need. Kudos to all of those folks who were able to participate!
Family Promise is a wonderful outreach program that assists families overcome homelessness and the challenges that go with that as well. Our January host week was the first of our four hosting weeks for 2017. Please take a moment to consider if you have the time or talent and the enthusiasm to be a part of our next hosting experience. The different host positions include Breakfast Hosts, Evening Hosts, Dinner Prep Crews, and Overnight Hosts.
Our second host week will start on Sunday, April 2 and run through Sunday, April 9. Our third host week will start on Sunday, July 2 and run through Sunday July 9. Our fourth and final 2017 host week will start on Sunday, October 1 and run through Sunday, October 8.
We will have all of those three host week shifts posted on the church’s SignUpGenius website by the end of this month. You will be able to sign up for any shift for any of the three different weeks of hosting.
For further information, please feel free to contact program coordinator Henry DiRocco, meals coordinator Suzanne Vaugine, or by calling the Church Office. And thank you in advance for making this wonderful ministry such a great event!
Variety Show Sign Up Forms
Act sign up forms can be found in the church office or by clicking here.
World War II Buff
If that’s you—read on. A 39 volume time Life series on World War II is available free to the first responder. Contact Ray Harper if you are interested.
Green Chalice News
Lenten Carbon Fast
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1st.Traditionally, Lent is a season of penitence, a time of asking God’s forgiveness for our sins, and seeking a new way of life in Christ, day by day, as we approach the death of Jesus and look forward to his resurrection. Lent provides an opportunity to make a covenant to faith action through daily study, reflection, prayer, alms giving and fasting.
Consider participating in a Carbon Fast – initiated years ago by the United Church of Christ and endorsed by other denominations and faith groups, thousands of people representing all fifty states and at least twelve other countries have benefited from this opportunity to become more conscious and conscientious in their daily lives.
The activities range from the very simple (e.g. eliminate “vampire” electrical use) to the moderately challenging (e.g. take “military” showers) to more long term (e.g. buy local produce). We consider all of the activities a form of spiritual practice, a concrete way of participating in the stewardship of God’s creation. The intention is to provide do-able actions which can make a difference; not to overwhelm people, or make them feel bad about themselves, or cause them to feel that the situation is hopeless. We want people to empower people so they can challenge themselves to do more.
Sign up by texting CARBONFAST to 22828
–Courtesy of Green Chalice News February 2017
Your Talent is Needed – It’s Showtime! – Sign Ups & Auditions
Act sign up forms: Available in the church office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due by Wednesday, February 22.
Auditions: February 26 & March 5 – 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Fireside Room
You will be assigned a 15-minute timeframe in which to audition on your chosen date
Video submissions also accepted by February 26 – Send to email@example.com
Chapman University’s Founders Day
Chapman University will hold our 33nd Annual Founders Day, March 10-11, 2017. The two day event held on the Orange, CA campus has many strong options for participants to enjoy.
Online registration can be found at www.chapman.edu/founders-day. You are invited to come for both days, but you may also elect only a single option. Questions or needing assistance with online registration? Please call the Office of Church Relations at 714.997.6760. And we are serious—do not let the cost of registration keep you away. If you need a scholarship, please ask for it!