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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Elders

 

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.

School Bus

Today we spend $60,000 for a school bus to pick up the kids right at the door so they don’t have to walk.  Then we spend over a million dollars for a gym so the kids can get some exercise.

 



According to Statistics

According to statistics, last year over 23-million American families paid a lot of money for things that looked funny and didn’t work.  Three million of those were antiques, the rest were college students.

 



God’s Got This

Good Friday morning to you!  I know some may be thinking, good, have you watched the news lately, how can we call what is going on good!  But today is good, because God’s Got This!

 

There once was a small boy who sailed his toy boat on a pond.  The boat floated out of his reach, and he appealed to a larger boy to help him.  This boy, without saying a word, picked up rocks and began throwing them out near the boat. 


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You Owe $0.00

A Kansas man received a computerized bill from a store showing that he owed “$00.00.”  He discarded it.

 

The next month he received another bill stating, “This account is now past due.”  He circled the zer …


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You Belong

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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You’d Never Believe It

Have you ever thought about how some of the events in the Bible sounds to those who haven’t heard them before.  

 

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school.  “Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely.  Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements.  They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.”


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I’ll Be Right on Down

One small mountain church is located by a frequently-traveled road.  Sometimes during services, the church PA picks up CB broadcasts from passing motorists.  The CB’ers, of course are unaware that their voices are being heard in a meeting.

 


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Old MacDonald

Three contestants in a television quiz show were down to the last round.  The master of ceremonies explained the final question.  “I’m going to give you a phrase with a word missing at the end.  Come up with the missing word and you’ll win our grand prize – an all-expenses paid two-week trip to Europe.  Ready?  The phrase is, ‘Old MacDonald has a ______.’  And remember, you must not only name the missing word.  You must spell it.”

The first contestant answered: “Old MacDonald had a ranch – r-a-n-c-h.”

The studio audience moaned.

The second contestant tried: “Old MacDonald had a barn – b-a-r-n.

More groaning.

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10 Commandments

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five- and six-year-olds.  After explaining the commandment to honor thy father and thy mother,’ she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”

 

Without missing a beat, one boy (the oldest of a family of seven) answered, “Thou shalt not kill.”

 



Bible Reading Plan August 2017

Read the following at your own pace:

  • Psalms (3 chapters per week)
  • Proverbs (1 chapter per da …

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Nov 13, 2016
We Decided to Quit
 
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  • Nov 13, 2016We Decided to Quit
    Nov 13, 2016
    We Decided to Quit
     
  • Nov 6, 2016God’s Commitment Day
    Nov 6, 2016
    God’s Commitment Day
    "God's Commitment Day" from Stewardship Includes Everything by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2016. Track 1. Genre: Sermon.
  • Oct 30, 2016Temple Run
    Oct 30, 2016
    Temple Run
     
  • Oct 16, 2016For Me
    Oct 16, 2016
    For Me
     
  • Oct 2, 2016For the Lost
    Oct 2, 2016
    For the Lost
    Jesus Changes Everything For the Lost.
  • Sep 25, 2016Authority?
    Sep 25, 2016
    Authority?
     
  • Sep 11, 2016When They Call for Lions
    Sep 11, 2016
    When They Call for Lions
    Sermon 6 of 6 in series "Developing a Daring Faith."
  • Sep 4, 2016When They Call for Your Honor
    Sep 4, 2016
    When They Call for Your Honor
    "When They Call for Your Honor" from Developing a Daring Faith by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2016. Genre: Sermon.
  • Aug 28, 2016When They Call for Truth
    Aug 28, 2016
    When They Call for Truth
    "When They Call for Truth" from Developing a Daring Faith by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2016. Genre: Sermon.
  • Aug 21, 2016When They Call for Open-mindedness
    Aug 21, 2016
    When They Call for Open-mindedness
    "When They Call for Open-mindedness" from Developing a Daring Faith by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2016. Genre: Sermon.
 
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