FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH ORANGEFIELD
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We follow the pattern established by the apostles in the early church as revealed by the New Testament.  We try to always, “to do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names.”  We do not follow any creed written by men; our sole guidebook is God’s Word, as revealed in the Bible.  We believe that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and that only through God’s grace can anyone be saved.  Furthermore, the Bible teaches that we must repent of our sins, confess that “Jesus is Lord” with our lips and with our lives, we must be baptized.  We practice baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins and receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
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user The Holy Spirit and the Believer
 
Acts 2:38 teaches us that at their baptism, believers received “the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  We understand this to mean that God’s Spirit comes to live in our hearts as our divine Helper.  He helps us overcome sins in our lives and gives us strength to live for Him.  He helps us in our prayers and equips us for service to meet the needs of the church.
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eye The Communion Service
 
We observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday; we believe that this was the early church’s practice as well.  The Communion is a memorial service honoring Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, and it was Jesus’ commandment that all His followers should share it.  Therefore, we believe that no one has the right to open or close this service to anyone.  We ask only that people follow the words of the Apostle Paul and “examine themselves before they eat and drink.”
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The mission of First Christian Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples,  to connect believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

 

 
 
MIKE SULLIVAN
 
Senior Minister
TAMMIE WILLEY
 
Church Secretary
DON WALLES
 
Elder
AVERY ALFORD
 
Elder, Treasurer
 
 
 
 
JOHN EPPERLY
 
Elder, Sunday School Super
R.C. RUSSELL
 
Elder
GLEN CHILDERS
 
Elder, Youth Activity Coordinator
 

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How Do I Meet People?

Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can connect, grow, and serve at this church.
Small Group (Fall 2018)
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has small Bible studies held in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to twelve people. At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group study.
Student Ministry (6th-12th grade)
Each Sunday morning, night and Wednesday, Jr. High and High School students get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every student fully engaged in God’s Word.  We have activities throughout the year, camps, student conferences and mission trips just for students.
Young Adults
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people.
Children’s Ministry (birth-5th grade)
Each Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The children’s ministry of our church is recognized for their meaningful interaction with kids.
Men’s Ministry
We have a very active ministry to men.  We meet each month for breakfast and a time of studying God’s Word together.  We also have Bible studies for just men and opportunities to study in mixed groups as well.  
Married Couples (Fall 2018)
Even though marriage is one of the most important institutions, it is the one which is under the most attack–internally and externally. The church gives married couples the opportunity to join four month marriage classes including topics such as Marriage and Money, Getting Ready for
Kids, Shepherding Children, and Marriage and Sex.
Women’s Group
Our women’s group is called is called the Ladies’ Circle and they meet each month.  This offers the women of our church special times of interaction. They meet in our community and at our building in Orangefield.  The meetings are times of Bible study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.
 
 
 

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Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.

 

Mission Outreach

First Christian Church Orangefield is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We currently support nine missions:  New Iberia Mission (Guatamala), Colegio Biblico (Acuna, Mexico), International Disaster Emergency Services, Dallas Christian College, Cookson Hills, Sunbelt Youth Ranch, Red Sands School (Winslow, AZ, mission to Navajo), Tanglewood Christian Camp and the Bridge City-Orangefield Ministerial Alliance.  We are very active in each of these missions.  We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

 Music & Drama

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in worship teams. Still others get involved in drama. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook and Twitter feed for additional church communication.

 

Nursing Home Ministry

Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. we have a group of ladies who go and minister at some of the local nursing homes.  There is currently a group that does nails and cleans glasses.  We are always looking for ways to reach out into this vital area and are always open to new ways to minister to this vital part of our local community.  If you would like to join this group or you have ideas on how we can expand this ministry please call the church office.

 

Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, before the morning service, a team of volunteers gets together and prays for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers from our Prayer Warriors team pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study.

Executive Ability

A business manager, in search of talent within his own organization, passed out a list of questions to his younger workers.  One question asked, “What is your chief reason for believing that you possess executive ability?”

Many of the answers were duplications, but one stood out unequaled.

It read, “I think I would make a very successful executive because I seldom get lonesome, and would not mind working in a private office.”



Bible Reading Plan – March 2018, Week 12

Monday, March 19:

The Priest’s & Tithing – The people tithe 10% and the priests tithe 10%

  • Numbers 18
  • Deuteronomy 14:22-29
  • Malachi 3:8-12

Tuesday, March 20:

Striking the Rock Twice – Moses’ anger with Israel and Christ the rock (struck once at the cross)

  • Numbers 20
  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

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Bible Reading Plan – March 2018, Week 11

Monday, March 12:

The Pillar of Cloud & Fire – Relying on human guidance vs. God’s guidance

  • Numbers 9:15-23
  • Numbers 10:29-36
  • Isaiah 48:17-19

Tuesday, March 13:

The People’s Complaining – Israel’s complaining and God’s judgment

  • Numbers 11
  • Numbers 12
  • Philippians 2:14-16

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Abraham Lincoln

My father used to tell me, “When Abraham Lincoln was your age, Abraham Lincoln had a job.  When Abraham Lincoln was your age, he walked twelve miles to get to school.”

I said, “Dad, when Abraham Lincoln was your age, he was President, okay?”



March 2018 Calendar

Mar 3        Church Security Seminar (Beaumont, TX)
Mar 4        Men’s Business Meeting [7 p.m.]
Mar 5-6     Photo Shoot for Church Directory

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Someone is trying to buy us out

The chief executive officer of an electronics company called in his public relations director.  “Listen, Wilson.  Someone is trying to buy us out.  It’s your job to get the price of our stock up so it’ll be too expensive for them.  I don’t care how you do it, just do it.”  And he did.

When asked how, he replied, “I started a rumor Wall Street obviously liked.”

“What was that?”

“I told them you were resigning.”



Bible Reading Plan – March 2018, Week 10

Monday, March 5:

Moses & the Golden Calf – Moses’ absence for 40 days and Israel’s Idolatry

  • Exodus 32
  • Psalms 106:19-23
  • Acts 7:37-43

Tuesday, March 6:

Moses & Seeing God – Moses’ face shines with God’s glory after being in God’s presence

  • Exodus 33
  • Exodus 34
  • 2 Corinthians 3


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Bible Reading Plan – February – March, 2018, Week 9

Monday, February 26:

Moses & Water from the Rock – Moses strikes the rock for live-giving water

  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • Psalms 78:12-25
  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

 

Tuesday, February 27:

Moses & Holding up his Arms – Israel’s warfare & Moses’ prayer (supported by others)

  • Exodus 17:8-15
  • Deuteronomy 25:17-19
  • 1 Timothy 2:8


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Made For Something More

“Identity” is a buzz word in our world – that question of what makes us who we are.  The world tells us our identity is determined by a bunch of different factors, including:

  • How we see ourselves,
  • How we feel, and
  • What others expect us to be.

But if you’ve tried to define yourself based on those factors, you know they’re ultimately hollow; they shift around like sand, leaving us with nothing solid to hold on to.


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They Are Jealous

Pete was telling a friend that he had just lost his job.  “Why did the foreman fire you?” the friend asked in surprise.

 

“Oh,” Pete said, “you know how foremen are.  They stand around with their hands in their pockets watching everyone else work.”

 


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Dec 3, 2017
Authentic or Inauthentic Worship This Christmas
 
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  • Dec 3, 2017Authentic or Inauthentic Worship This Christmas
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  • Nov 26, 2017Step Up for Grace
    Nov 26, 2017
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    Series: Step Up
    "Step Up for Grace" from Step Up by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 4. Genre: Sermons.
  • Nov 19, 2017Step Up for Generosity
    Nov 19, 2017
    Step Up for Generosity
    Series: Step Up
    "Step Up for Generosity" from Step Up by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 3. Genre: Sermons.
  • Nov 12, 2017Step Up for Growth
    Nov 12, 2017
    Step Up for Growth
    Series: Step Up
    "Step Up for Growth" from Step Up by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 2. Genre: Sermons.
  • Nov 5, 2017Morning Glory Christian Academy
    Nov 5, 2017
    Morning Glory Christian Academy
    Series: Misc
    "Morning Glory Christian Academy" by Rob Courtney. Released: 2017. Genre: Sermons.
  • Oct 29, 2017God’s One-Track Mind
    Oct 29, 2017
    God’s One-Track Mind
    Series: Misc
    "God's One-Track Mind" from Misc by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Genre: Sermons.
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  • Oct 15, 2017Wisdom from Above for Living Here Below
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    Series: Misc
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  • Oct 8, 2017Yet
    Oct 8, 2017
    Yet
    "Yet" from Breaking Point: Finding God in a Cold and Dark World by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 3. Genre: Sermons.
  • Oct 1, 2017There Must Be Some Mistake
    Oct 1, 2017
    There Must Be Some Mistake
    "There Must Be Some Mistake" from Breaking Point by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 2. Genre: Sermons.
 
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