The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.— John Schaar
What is Lent and why should I observe it?
- LtQ 2.0-Chapter 8 Restoring Relationships
- Sermons & Scripture
- Disciples Women March Schedule
- Call for Delegates
- Sunday Night Together
- Church Chat with the Church Ladies
- You are Here
- Green Chalice Tips
- Your Talent is Needed – It’s Showtime! – Sign Ups & Auditions
- Ash Wednesday – March 1
- Pastor’s Class Retreat | March 3-4
- Chapman University’s Founders Day
- Opening News
- Upcoming Events
What is Lent and why should I observe it?
by Deborah Arca, Chalice Press
Lent is the 40-day season between Ash Wednesday and Easter in the Christian liturgical calendar. Representing the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, Lent is traditionally a season of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. Once a season observed primarily by Catholics, Lent has increasing become popular with Protestants and is now anticipated as an opportunity for an annual “spiritual check-in;” a time to look inward and reflect on our relationship with God.
“Lent is a great opportunity for us to go deep,” says Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “In a world where everybody is busy, busy, busy, Lent encourages us to slow down just a bit and get more attentive to our own spirit, and to the spirit of God working in and through us, and that is a healthy, healthy thing for our spirit and for our life all together.”
Traditionally, many people choose to give up something tangible for Lent, such as chocolate or caffeine, but there are many ways to observe Lent. “What’s important is going personal with it; finding our own way to observe Lent,” Watkins says. Instead of giving something up this year, Watkins plans to take something on. She will be reading through the Psalms – a psalm a day – and letting that guide her own personal discernment and reflection and slowing down.
Resources such as a daily devotional can help guide the Lent journey by offering daily meditations followed by a prayer. Watkins and her husband, Rick Lowery, co-wrote the Fellowship of Prayer 2017 Lent Devotional (CBP), focusing on the theme of humility.
“My hope for this Lenten season is that we’ll find a little bit more of the same spirit that is in these texts,” says Watkins. “That humility will begin to be something that we all can reach for. Especially after this recent election season, I think a little bit more humility on all of our parts, a little more Christ-likeness on all of our parts, would be helpful. ”
Order Fellowship of Prayer 2017 Lenten Devotional and other new resources including Coloring Lent: An Adult Coloring Book for the Journey to Resurrection from Chalice Press by March 1 and be ready to begin your own spiritual journey through Lent.
“Especially after this recent election season, I think a little more humility on all of our parts — a little more Christ-likeness on all of our parts — would be helpful. My hope for this Lent is that we will find the humility that lets God speak through us and that when we’re ready to celebrate the Resurrection, we’ll be good and ready and know that Christ rose for us, and that we needed that to happen, and will welcome that with humility and joy.” –
Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Living the Questions 2.0 (LtQ2) | Adult Study Class
Chapter 8 – Restoring Relationships
Sundays 8:30 a.m. – Fireside Room
Focus for February 26: There are three Biblical “macro-stories” that shape the whole of the Biblical narrative: Bondage and Liberation, Exile and Return, Sin and Forgiveness. Each representing a different facet of the human condition, they demonstrate what is necessary for the restoration of relationships on a variety of levels.
Click here to download a copy of Chapter 8. Or get a copy from the office.
Sermons & Scripture
Lenten Series – The Questions: Answering to Jesus
Ash Wednesday March 1
Scripture: Luke 6:46-49
Question: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?”
Scripture: John 14:1-14
Sermon: Incarnation—Pastor Dayna”
Question: “Have I been with you all this time and you still do not know me?
Scripture: Mark 7:1-23
Sermon: Hypocrisy —Pastor Dayna
Question: “Then do you also fail to understand?”
Scripture: Mark 8:14-21
Sermon: Missing the Metaphor—Pastor Dayna
Question: “Do you not yet understand?”
Scripture: Mark 5:24-34
Sermon: Welcome Interruption—Pastor Dayna
Question: “Who touched my clothes?”
Disciples Women March Schedule
Long Group meets Wednesday March 1 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room, with Pat Messenger and Barbara Dreger as hostesses.
PAL Group meets Thursday March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the home of Shannon Harper.
Koinonia Group meets Wednesday March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.
Nita Walker is the study leader for March.
Disciples Women Luncheon and Program is Thursday March 9 at 12:00 p.m. in the Fireside room. Program will feature Dr. Gail Stearns, The Irvin C. and Edy Chapman Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University, discussing “The Challenge of Diversity.”
Disciples Women Board Meeting is Thursday March 23, at 10:00 a.m., in the Fireside room.
Call for Delegates
The next General Assembly will be July (full in dates and location). FCCO is entitled to 5 voting delegates. If you are interested in serving as a voting delegate, please contact Joe Perring, Moderator no later than March 5, 2017. The 2017 approved budget includes $500 to be divided between the voting delegates as determined by the Leadership Board.
Go here for more information about 2017 General Assembly: http://ga.disciples.org/
Sunday Night Together
This caring ministry provides meals for homeless and hungry people on the 4th Sunday of each month. This is a “hands-on” direct ministry that requires no training!
How can I help?
Bring 2 pieces of fruit to church on Sunday.
Come to prepare and serve the meat at the Grand Street Center, 146 N Grand Street, one block north of Chapman Avenue.
Volunteers meet at 3:45 p.m. at the kitchen door on the south side of the building. Questions? Contact Shami Espinoza.
Church Chat with the Church Ladies
Sunday, March 5, 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.
You are Here
From time to time we meet individuals or families who have experienced a disaster. Maybe they lost their home in a tornado, or a flood, or a fire, or a winter storm. The events are unique, but the stories are similar. We hear a recurring refrain: “Week of Compassion was here for us, during our time of need.”
Week of Compassion was here.
For my family.
For my church.
For my community.
In the next several weeks, Disciples congregations across the United States and Canada will be taking up the special offering to support Week of Compassion. This year’s theme is “You are here” and represents the way that your partnership puts you on the ground when Week of Compassion is called. By giving to Week of Compassion, you are present with communities and families when they go through a disaster that changes their life completely. You are here, in the heart of the work being done every day in Jesus’s name.
You are here. You are here with the refugees, with families building schools for their children, with communities rebuilding after hurricanes and earthquakes, with women becoming economically independent for the first time. You are here.
Even when the world has moved on, when the press has left, when the story has been written, it is easy to say “we were there.” But, the work of sustainability, empowerment, and justice-building is not complete. So, we are here, still doing the long-term work.
Through your support to Week of Compassion, in 2016 alone, we were present in many places where communities were impacted by disaster, such as:
Papua New Guinea
Through Week of Compassion, YOU are on the ground, making a difference at the moment of greatest need. YOU are offering clean water, or shelter, or food. YOU are standing alongside the most vulnerable and scared, telling them that they are not alone. YOU are in all of these places, through your partnership with WOC.
We invite you to continue to join us in the ministry of compassion. During the Special Offering, you can find additional resources on our website www.weekofcompassion.org/special-offering.
On behalf of the Week of Compassion Committee, staff and volunteers, our many global partners, and the people we serve, thank you.
Rev. Vy T. Nguyen
Green Chalice Tips
Fly with an E-Ticket
The cost of processing a paper ticket is approximately $10, while processing an e-ticket costs only $1. In the near future, e-tickets will be the only option, saving the airline industry $3 billion a year. In addition to financial savings, the sheer amount of paper eliminated by this process is commendable.
Download Your Software
Most software comes on a compact disc, and more than thirty billion compact discs of all types are sold annually. That’s a huge amount of waste, not to mention the associated packaging. Another bonus to downloading your software is that it’s often available for download at a later date when you upgrade to a new computer or are attempting to recover from a crash.
Your Talent is Needed – It’s Showtime! – Sign Ups & Auditions
Act sign up forms: Available in the church office 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: Michelle Harris-Gloyer.
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.
Pastor’s Class Retreat
March 3-4 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.
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!