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.

Bible Reading Plan January 2018, Week 3

Monday, January 15:

Job & God – Job’s suffering & God’s compassionate mercy

  • Job 38
  • Job 42
  • James 5:9-11

 

Tuesday, January 16:

Abraham & God’s Call – Abraham’s faith to follow God & the promise of the gospel

  • Genesis 12:1-9
  • Hebrews 11:8-10
  • Galatians 3:7-14


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Bible Reading January 2018, Week 2

Monday, January 8:

Noah & the Flood – Noah’s faith & deliverance from the flood

  • Genesis 6
  • Genesis 7
  • Hebrews 11:7

 

Tuesday, January 9:

Noah & the Flood – God’s judgment of sin & Jesus’ second coming

  • Genesis 8
  • Genesis 9
  • Matthew 24:36-44


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Bible Reading January 2018, Week 1

Monday, January 1:

  • Genesis 1:1-5
  • John 1:1-18
  • Colossians 1:15-19

 

Tuesday, January 2:

  • Genesis 1
  • Hebrews 11:1-3
  • Hebrews 1:10-12


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Breaking News

John Franklin, a noted evangelist, was speaking at two different churches in a large city in the same week.  A reporter was present at the first service.  After the sermon the evangelist pleaded with the reporter not to publish in the local paper any of the jokes he had used that night, since he was going to use the same stories the following night at the other church. 


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January 2018 Calendar

Jan 1         New Year’s Day – CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
Jan 3-6      Work Group on our campus
Jan 7         Singing Rally @ Sour Lake  [6:00 p.m.]
Jan 9         Area Men’s Fellowship @ First Christian Church Orangefield  [6:30 p.m.]

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December 2017 Calendar

Dec 6       Pick up shoes for Angel Tree
Dec 6       Area Preacher’s Lunch @ Cafe del Rio  [11:30 a.m.]
Dec 9       Men’s Breakfast  [8 a.m.]
Dec 9       Christmas in Orangefield  [10 a.m.]

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Christmas Cards

Could I get my husband to address the Christmas cards?

 

I wondered.  The family was coming.  There was shopping to do, gifts to wrap, the tree to decorate, cooking, cleaning.  I arranged the cards, stamps, and address book on the table, then hopefully pulled up a chair and said, “Come on, Dear, let’s get these out of the way.” 


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First Grade Class Presents

The first-grade class presented a nativity play shortly before Christmas.  When Joseph came to the inn and asked if there was room at the inn, the little boy playing the innkeeper replied, “You’re lucky.  We just had a cancellation.”


Come Join Us

The cold weather is finally here . . . and on a weekend with the Orangefield Christmas Parade.  Our church will have a float and booth in this year’s Christmas in Orangefield.  We would love for you to help us or come out and support us this year.  The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and the festival opens at 11:30 a.m.  Admission to the festival is $2 for adults and $1 for kids and will be at the football field.  Come join the Christmas fun!


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Christmas Wish List

Small boy giving his Christmas gift wish lists to his parents:  “Fax this list to Santa Claus, e-mail this one to God, and I want to talk directly to Grandma.” 





Jun 25, 2017
Why Your Religion Might Not Save You
"Why Your Religion Might Not Save You" from Walking With God by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 4. Genre: Sermons.
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  • Jun 25, 2017Why Your Religion Might Not Save You
    Jun 25, 2017
    Why Your Religion Might Not Save You
    "Why Your Religion Might Not Save You" from Walking With God by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 4. Genre: Sermons.
  • Jun 18, 2017You May Be Good, But Your Not Good Enough
    Jun 18, 2017
    You May Be Good, But Your Not Good Enough
    "You May Be Good, But Your Not Good Enough" from Walking With God by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 3. Genre: Sermons.
  • Jun 11, 2017When People Turn Their Backs on God
    Jun 11, 2017
    When People Turn Their Backs on God
    When People Turn Their Backs on God in series Walking with God.
  • Jun 4, 2017The Parable of the River
    Jun 4, 2017
    The Parable of the River
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  • May 28, 2017And Now What?
    May 28, 2017
    And Now What?
    Series: Misc
    "And Now What?" by John Boutte. Released: 2017. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • May 21, 2017Forgiving Means Forgetting
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    Forgiving Means Forgetting
     
  • May 14, 2017A Godly Home Guarantees Godly Children
    May 14, 2017
    A Godly Home Guarantees Godly Children
    "A Godly Home Guarantees Godly Children" from Don't Believe It! Dumb Things That Smart People Believe by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 4. Genre: Sermons.
  • May 7, 2017Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
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    Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
     
  • Apr 30, 2017Echo
    Apr 30, 2017
    Echo
    Series: Youth Sunday
     
  • Apr 23, 2017Everything Happens for a Reason
    Apr 23, 2017
    Everything Happens for a Reason
    "Everything Happens for a Reason" from Don't Believe It! by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 2. Genre: Sermons.
 
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