A Hearty Welcome To Our Newest Members

“But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.”
— 1 Cor. 12:18

God saves people and then joins them to a local church — a community of brothers and sisters who labor alongside them as they follow Jesus. This past Sunday, we received two new members at Sovereign Grace Church: Natalie and Daniel. Both shared how God brought them in. Below is a brief snippet from each of them.

Natalie:

I visited Sovereign Grace Church of Orange about four years ago when I was visiting my extended family down here in Southern California. I remember how we were warmly greeted and also asked out for lunch by Jordan Gillstrom and David Christensen.

I remember, looking back and thinking, “The music is loud, but I could get used to it and if I were to ever attend a church other than my home church, it would be here.” Time passed and I got the opportunity to move down to OC to attend UC Irvine.

I was pleased to find the church still here and as on fire for the Lord as ever. I’m really thankful to have a church family for however long the Lord has me here.

Daniel:

I  didn’t come to Orange primarily looking for a church. I came to study screenwriting in a graduate program at Chapman University. My thoughts at the time were: "Yes!  Surely God is setting me up to be hired in Hollywood right after graduation!” 

Yeah right. God had some surprises in store for me. The main one had to do with Center Street. And I'm not talking about the Public Library. I'm talking about you, Sovereign Grace Church.

God has used you to show me what magnifying Christ is all about. You revel in the grace of God. I’m still learning how, and that’s why I’m here.

Amen! Praise God for building His church here in Orange.

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Your Pastors Love Serving You

1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
— 1 Peter 5:1-4

Every month your pastors meet twice: once to discuss a range of items related to leading the church and another with their wives for fellowship, care, and growth.

With busy lives and bi-vocational pastors, these meetings are crucial. We want God to use their time together to strengthen our pastors so that they can effectively serve us.

Wednesday is the pastors and wives meeting. Friday is just the pastors. Join us in praying for them and their families this week.

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True Freedom

The Freedom to Obey God Rather Than Our Passions

On Sunday church member Israel Carbajal preached from 1 Peter 2:11-12. He reminded us that true liberty is found in obeying God — a liberty won for us by Jesus’ death and resurrection. We are not window-shopping the world. Rather, we joyfully obey God’s commands in order to experience peace, produce holiness, and give God the glory.

Listen to the sermon.

A Meeting You Want To Attend

Church Member Meeting
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Immediately following our service

Twice a year we host church member meetings. These are the pastoral team's way to equip you to be Sovereign Grace Church of Orange. They're short and sweet but packed with exciting updates and plans for the future.

If you are a member or regular attender who considers Sovereign Grace Church your home church then this is for you. It's a working lunch, the pastors talk and you eat. Make sure to bring a lunch or a few dollars for Buck-O-Slice pizza.

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November Bible Memory Verse
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Your 2019 Challenge

This year we’ve challenged you to the 12 Bible Verses Every Californian Needs to Know challenge. Each month we provide a Bible verse and you commit it to memory. For those who complete all 12 months, we will throw a party celebrating the ways God has strengthened you through His word.

November’s Verse: Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

How to Participate

For memorizing, we recommend you read the verse 10 times then recite it 10 times. Do this each day and within a few days it will stick. Learn more about how to memorize Scripture here and here.

Once you have it memorized, recite it for us before the month is over. You have two options:

  1. Record a video and send it to info@sovgraceoc.org. You’re on the honor system. We trust you.
    OR

  2. Head to our Welcome Desk on a Sunday morning and recite it to one of the Connect Team members. After you do, send an email to info@sovgraceoc.org letting us know which Connect Team member you recited it to.

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Mark Your Calendar For Christmas Eve

Carols, Candles, and Cookies

We know it feels early to be talking about Christmas, but it’s coming quick. Our 7th Annual Christmas Eve Service is happening next month. We will be singing traditional Christmas carols, reading Scripture, playing with fire, and eating cookies. 

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Pray that God would meet us as we preach the light of the gospel to our city.

Get all the details.

Also, consider adding your voice to our choir.

Pastors Being Pastored

This week your pastors are off to Orlando for our denomination’s annual pastors conference. A few days to learn, listen, sing, and be refreshed. Leading our church is their privilege and every year this conference better equips them to serve us.

Here are a few ways you can be praying:

  1. Pray for unity, joy, and progress in our shared mission with Sovereign Grace Churches.

  2. Pray for the speakers’ messages to have a lasting impact.

  3. Pray that weary pastors and ministry leaders would be encouraged.

  4. Pray for those traveling, especially internationally, that God would meet them in their time at the conference.

  5. Pray for family members and church members back home who are sending their loved ones to the conference.

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