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Hot Summer for the OC Teen Ministry! 

This summer has been an exciting time for the Teen Ministry.  With less than a month left for most students before they return to school, we recap some of the highlights of the 2017 summer.

Summer began in June with the LA Congregational Teen Summer Kick-Off with hundreds of students gathering in Panorama City from the Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Orange County areas to worship together, hear one of their peers preach the word of God, and enjoy great fellowship with one another.  That was only the beginning.

Rounding out the month of June, this year’s Teen Camp titled “Sabotage” was launched at a new location, the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center.  Leaving behind the cabins of Big Bear and entering the air conditioned lodges and luxurious hot springs, Teen Camp was more like Teen “Getaway” this year.  The beauty and refreshing atmosphere however, did nothing to undermine the incredible experience of Teen Camp.  Lessons addressed Satan’s attacks to sabotage God’s connection with us and his plans for our lives.  We also learned that we in turn can sabotage Satan’s plans and choose to have a relationship with God. Teens had an amazing opportunity to connect with God throughout the week during quiet times by the hot springs, daily discussion groups, a moving worship concert and more!

Our summer has continued with over ten teens and parents participating in the HOPE worldwide volunteer signature service program, HOPE Youth Corps.  Teens and families served communities throughout the world in Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Hungary.  A Junior at El Toro High School, Amanda Nakano recounts her time in Dallas, “HYC was an experience that softened my heart completely as I was shown God’s love through the new relationships and connections I was able to make.”  Mattias Franklin who served in Philadelphia concurs, “Youth Corps is life changing… You get closer to God, build relationships and serve with all you heart.” A two week volunteer service has created a lifetime of impact for those served and volunteers alike.

God has certainly used all these wonderful moments to draw our hearts near to him.  A number of teens have chosen to engage in personal Bible studies to further learn about God.  Last week we met at Inspiration Point to witness and celebrate Jayden Pinson’s decision to get baptized and make Jesus Lord of his life.  Several were moved to tears by the love and power of God so clearly displayed in his life.

Please continue to pray for God’s influence in our OC Teen Ministry this summer and throughout the year.

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Family Devotionals

Keys for Kids

Mornings can be hectic in our house. Getting ready, packing lunch, and eating breakfast. When everyone is in the kitchen area, I use the opportunity to open up my iPhone to a bookmark. Kid’s Daily Devotional (Powered by Key’s for Kids Ministry). New lesson updates daily.

I find that this is a great tool with a Bible Reading and a Short Story (a conversation between a parent, child or someone in their life). The story ties back to the scripture. A ‘How About You? section with questions. A Key Thought to take away. Overall it’s 5-10 minutes to start the day.

The first time I started these, my kids were busy doing their own thing and I didn’t get any response. It was discouraging but I continued each day. Whether they were listening or not, I would read it to them. Kids do listen. Slowly I get responses, sometimes they remind me that it is story time.

Today’s Lesson is 1 Corinthian 3:5-10 (Paul plants, Apollos waters but God makes it grow). The story title “The Silent Witness”. The kids went to a pizza place. Later they learned that they had an impact on a man they didn’t even notice. The man visited their pastor’s office. He said he
was annoyed at a large group of kids coming in but was impressed by their behavior, how polite and patience they were with the servers. As he was leaving he saw their church info on the van. That night he thought about how he used to go to church as a kid and he couldn’t stop thinking about God. By their actions, the kids watered the man’s heart.

The Key Thought : Share Jesus through words and action.

Check it out, read it to your children or bookmark it so they can read it for their quiet times.

https://www.keysforkids.org/For-Kids/Keys-for-Kids/Read-Listen

Thanha Laipple

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements

Kevin Dale Patrick Mains
1957-2016

Kevin Dale Patrick Mains, 59, graduated to heaven on February 2, 2017. He was born September 19, 1957 in Cincinnati, OH to his loving parents Bobbie Jo (residing in Cincinnati) and Marvin Mains (passed 1-2-17). Kevin was the youngest of 3 children; his older siblings are his sister Leslie and his brother Michael.

While attending the University of Cincinnati, he became a disciple on July 9, 1980 and later graduated with a degree in marketing. After beginning his career in sales, Kevin was able to realize his dream of going into the full-time ministry on March 1, 1985, and then 3 months later married his best friend Mary in Cincinnati (after pursuing her for 3 years).

Together Kevin and Mary moved around the country, sharing the good news of the gospel. They were able to serve and lead ministries in Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; and in the Los Angeles church in 3 different regions- Central, South and Orange County.

Kevin was a man who loved his wife and his children wholeheartedly! He is survived by his son Stuart and daughter-in-law Ashley who live in Riverside with their 2 children, Elle (3) and Caden (1). His daughter Olivia and son-in-law Chaz Zenteno live in Westwood; both couples serve in the campus ministry.

Kevin was a man who loved God more than anything. He enjoyed hiking, tennis, biking and playing pickle ball with his best friend – his wife. He loved being Papa to his grandchildren and he was an incredible Papa Fox to all the kids at Youth Camp.

There was no one like him. We will be able tell funny stories of experiences together and his memory will live on in everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him and love him. His memorial will be held on at 11am on February 11, 2017 at the Orange County Church of Christ building located at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92617.

If the live stream on this page is not working, please check the Orange County Church Of Christ Facebook Page.

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Men’s Retreat Location Changed

As you know, our Men’s Retreat has been scheduled for this coming weekend in Big Bear. Because of the impending snow storm that is predicted, our Men’s Retreat LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED from Big Bear to IRVINE. We WILL be having it at the Orange County Church Building at 10 Goodyear. The cost of the retreat will be reduced to $50 per person, which will include 2 catered meals, snacks, 2 books, and our guest speaker, Sam Laing, from Florida. Those who have already registered will be refunded the difference. We do hope that this will enable EVEN MORE brothers to be a part of this incredible weekend together!

We will begin our Men’s Retreat Program at 6pm with dinner. Our program will go from 6p-10p Friday night, 9a-Noon on Saturday. We will then encourage the brothers to go to lunch with their small groups, perhaps do something recreationally Saturday afternoon, meet back at the building at 5pm Saturday evening for another great lesson, dinner, and games together; we would then meet back together on Sunday Morning for our closing retreat program that will go from 8:30am-10am.

Because of these changes, the WOMEN’S SERVICE time is adjusted to go from 10:30am-Noon. This will also mean that their will be NO Kingdom Kids Program for either service, which will enable all the men to attend the Sunday Men’s Service and all the women to attend the Women’s Service. The boys pre-teen and older are encouraged to attend the Men’s Service and the girls pre-teen and older are encouraged to attend the Women’s Service. The mothers will be with their children during the Men’s Service and the fathers will be with their children during the Women’s Service. We are asking that each Family Group Leader please make arrangements for those single parents in their groups who would need additional assistance in watching their children.

We appreciate, in advance, everyone’s patience and flexibility with all of these changes. We do believe that God is going to work powerfully through this Men’s Retreat to help all of us men to rise up and be men and leaders of greater spiritual impact!

For those men NOT YET registered for the retreat, please click here: MEN’S RETREAT REGISTRATION to register at the reduced rate. We need every brother who has not already registered but who will now attend the retreat to please register ASAP so that we know how much food to provide for Friday and Saturday. This would also be a great event for the brothers to invite their men friends to come and participate. We look forward to a great weekend together!

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MLK Weekend of Service

HOPE worldwide believes strongly in the spirit of volunteerism and seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to engage in acts of service.

On MLK Day, January 16th, and the weekend prior, volunteers across the U.S. will honor and promote the spirit of Dr. King by serving in their local communities. There are three community service projects lined up for Orange County Church of Christ members, family and friends. Please see details below to sign up for one of these great serving opportunities!

You can sign up today by clicking on the link:

MLK 2017 Signup

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”