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.

Mike’s Funny

After the family sang some carols, four-year-old Kevin Kneeland commented “Wasn’t it good of the shepherds to put on clean clothes when they went to see baby Jesus?”

 

His mother asked, “What do you mean?”

 

Kevin explained, “We just sang, ‘While Shepherds Washed Their Socks by Night.’”



Do As I Do

Pat Riley (NBA coach) wrote about the “danger of me.”  He said, “The most difficult thing for individuals to do when they’re part of the team is to sacrifice.  It’s so easy to become selfish in a team environment.  To play for me.  It’s very vulnerable to drop your guard and say, ‘This is who I am and I’m gonna open up and give of myself to you.’ But that exactly what you’ve got to do. Willingness to sacrifice is the great paradox.  You must give up something in the immediate present – comfort, ease, recognition, quick rewards – to attract something even better in the future.” (Riley, The Winner Within, 53)


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Ethiopia

There are over sixty references to Ethiopia in the Bible, and Christianity there goes back to the days of Philip in Acts 8.  But the modern story of the Ethiopian church also sounds like readings from the book of Acts, especially among the Wallamos.  In 1927, the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) sent missionaries to evangelize this wild tribe, worshipers of Satan.  During its annual “Passover” the Wallamos sacrificed a bull to Satan, sprinkling its blood on the doorposts of their houses and serving its raw flesh to every member of their families.  The atmosphere smelled of demons.


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Eggs

Teacher:  If I laid four eggs over there, and four eggs over here, how many eggs would I have?

 

Student:  I don’t think you can do it, teacher.



Bible Reading Plan October 2017

Read the following during the month of October at your own pace:

  • Psalms (3 chapters per week)
  • Proverbs (1 chapter per day)

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Thank You

Hello everyone and recovery is continuing!  I am so thankful for all those who have brought so many supplies that we needed.  To all those volunteers who have gave countless hours rescuing, unloading supplies, working in homes, housing those displaced, and many other things that are not coming to my mind right now.  You all have truly been Jesus to our community.  Thank you again!


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How Do You Spell Puma

Teacher:  How do you spell puma?

 

Student:  P-O-O-M-A.


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Bible Reading Plan September 2017

Read the following at your own pace for September:

  • Psalms (3 chapters per week)
  • Proverbs (1 chapter per day)

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I Got a 100 Today

Boy:  I got a hundred in school today.

Father:  That’s great!  What did you get a hundred in?

Boy:  Two things.  I got 50 in spelling and 50 in arithmetic.



Back to Church Sunday

Back to Church Sunday is coming up on September 17. We’re having a special service specifically designed to welcome people back to church, so now is a good time to start praying about who you will invite. Eight out of ten people say they are open to visiting church if invited. That’s powerful! Imagine how our community can be transformed if everyone here invited at least one person to come to church.


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Feb 5, 2017
Dare to Go
 
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  • Feb 5, 2017Dare to Go
    Feb 5, 2017
    Dare to Go
     
  • Jan 29, 2017Dare to Grow
    Jan 29, 2017
    Dare to Grow
    "Dare to Grow" from Dare to Be Great by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 4. Genre: Sermons.
  • Jan 22, 2017Dare to Serve
    Jan 22, 2017
    Dare to Serve
    "Dare to Serve" from Dare to Be Great by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 3. Genre: Sermons.
  • Jan 15, 2017Dare to Care
    Jan 15, 2017
    Dare to Care
    "Dare to Care" from Dare to Be Great by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 2. Genre: Sermons.
  • Jan 8, 2017Dare to Follow
    Jan 8, 2017
    Dare to Follow
    "Dare to Follow" from Dare to Be Great by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • Jan 1, 2017The New, the Pew, and the Few
    Jan 1, 2017
    The New, the Pew, and the Few
    "The New, the Pew, and the Few" from Special Days by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2017. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • Dec 11, 2016Jesus’ Birth Announcement
    Dec 11, 2016
    Jesus’ Birth Announcement
    "Jesus' Birth Announcement" from Come Let Us Adore Him by Mike Sullivan.
  • Dec 4, 2016John’s Birth Announcement
    Dec 4, 2016
    John’s Birth Announcement
    "John's Birth Announcement" from Come Let Us Adore Him by Mike Sullivan.
  • Nov 28, 2016The Time of Christmas
    Nov 28, 2016
    The Time of Christmas
    "The Time of Christmas" from Come Let Us Adore Him by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2016. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • Nov 20, 2016The Secret of Thanksgiving
    Nov 20, 2016
    The Secret of Thanksgiving
    "The Secret of Thanksgiving" from Stewardship Includes Everything by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2016. Track 3. Genre: Sermon.
 
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