An ongoing summary of the things we're talking through together.

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ZOE | THE LIFE OF CHRIST

Jesus is quoted as saying, “I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly.” What does that mean? And, how can we experience it? Join Pastor Sarah Heath for a six-week series on the life of Christ. Beginning with Jesus' baptism and temptation, we'll explore how he lived and how that changes the way we can live in this day and age. 

Jan.07 | baptism & temptation |  Rev. Sarah HEath
Jan.14 | healing ministry |  Rev. Sarah HEath
Jan.21 | calming the waters |  Rev. Sarah HEath
Jan.28 | proclaiming the kingdom |  Rev. Sarah HEath
Feb.04 | outcasts and the poor |  Rev. Sarah HEath
Feb.11 | jesus in the mess |  Rev. Sarah HEath

 
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Balance| A New Year's Revolution

This 5th Sunday is the last one of 2017 and we wanted to make it memorable and encouraging, so we are inviting Dr. Chris Hawley to come prepare us for the New Year. Resolutions are usually tied to making healthy life changes like exercising more or eating healthy, but it may be possible that we are missing out on an opportunity to make more impactful changes to our lives. 
 
As a medical doctor, Chris has seen the power of mindfulness in physical & spiritual health. Being healthy in a holistic way has the power to change your life as well as your entire community. Chris is going to be preaching and offering some helpful ways for us to connect to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

DEC. 28 | Dr. ChRIS Hawley

 
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Light | Advent At First

For centuries, Christians have taken a posture of waiting during Advent. It is a season of preparation as we anticipate the coming birth of the Christ Child. Often, this is marked by the lighting of an Advent wreath. Each week, this lit wreath reminds us of our waiting as God's people.

Waiting is counter-cultural. Naturally, none of us are good at allowing space for things to come to fruition. Yet as believers it is one of the most important practices of our faith.

Waiting forms us in the present and prepares us for the future.

So what are you waiting for? This December, we are going to practice waiting for the Light in our lives and community. 

DEC. 3 | Hope | Rev. Sarah HEath

Grand Reopening From 3-5 pm

DEC. 10 | Love | Rev. Sarah HEath

Painter Scott Erickson In Worship

DEC. 17 | Joy | Rev. Sarah HEath

Nicole Reilley Welcome Workshop at 11:45 AM

DEC. 24* | Peace | Rev. Sarah HEath

Family Wide Candle Service

*Our Christmas Eve Service at 4:30 will be our only service that day. Enjoy the morning with friends and family! 

 

 

Past Series:

 
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MEthodism | Four Elements Of Faith

This November we begin our four-week series on Methodism. Many of us who attend Costa Mesa First did not grow up in the tradition (or any for that matter), so we decided to spend some time as a community to regroup and learn about it.  Specifically, we're going to follow something known as the Quadrilateral. It contains the four elements Methodists use to craft, sustain, and refine their Christian faith.

John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist Church, believed the living core of Christian faith was revealed in scripture, illuminated by tradition, vivified in personal experience and confirmed by reason. As people who are by and large interested in arts, science & history, we often require a faith framework big enough to be informed by those areas of study and wisdom. 

 

Nov. 5* | ScrIPTURE | Rev. Sarah HEath

Nov. 12 | Tradition | Adam Marshall Lopez

Nov. 19 | Experience | JAY Sowell

Nov. 26 | Reason | Mike Mchargue 

*All Saints Day

 

 
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Jesus Said What | The Contentious and Convoluted Sayings Of Christ

Our current series takes an in depth look at the sometimes difficult, challenging and bizarre things Jesus said during his years of ministry. In "Jesus Said What?" we will discuss a few of these, including the unforgivable sin, turning the other cheek, selling all our possessions, and that Jesus did not come to bring peace. Confusing? Yes. Fascinating? We think so.

Join us as we collectively search for the deeper meaning and purpose behind Jesus' most contentious and convoluted sayings. 

 

 

 

Moses | The Reluctant Prophet

This summer, we are going to study the story of Moses while utilizing the scholarship of Rev. Adam Hamilton’s latest book, “Moses: The Reluctant Prophet.”

The story of Moses is such an important part of the Judeo Christian story. Hamilton states that Moses is the most important figure in the Hebrew Bible. The Jewish festivals of Sukkot (Tabernacles), Shavuot (Weeks), Passover, Holy days of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are all rooted in this story. For Christians, Moses is a backdrop to many gospels - Jesus Fleeing to Egypt, the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper are just a few examples. Over 70 times in the New Testament Moses is mentioned by name. Clearly, there is something about this story that captivated the ancient Jews as well as subsequent Christians. But what does it mean for us? Do we too experience miracles in the ordinary and feel reluctance to be a prophet?

If you want to read ahead, our schedule is below:

July 16th | Exodus 1:8 - 2:10 | Birth and Early Childhood

July 23 | Exodus 2:11- 3: 8 | Defining Moments

July 6 | Exodus 8:1-15 | Exodus

August 13 | Exodus 20:1-20 | The Ten Commandments

August 20 | Exodus 16:2-15 | Lessons from The Wilderness and Beyond

 

 

 

Six Generations | One Roof

This Pentecost Sunday we're launching our new series on the six living generations. Contrary to our modern ways of living, intergenerationalism has always been a pillar of human communities. We are fortunate as a church to house all six under one roof. Like any good family this results many colorful interactions. Misunderstandings, joys, times of connection and loneliness exist in the same space. Seeking to understand "the other's" worldview, passions, fears, strengths and faults is one way we are trying to love each other while doing life together. 

Each generation has been influenced by events and cultural settings. This means they understand and communicate the Good News in different ways. The beauty of being intergenerational is we can learn how to embody and integrate each view into our own, leading towards a more holistic understanding of ourselves and our faith.

May 4th | GI Generation 1901-1926 | Joshua 22:1-5

June 11th | Silent Generation 1927-1945 | Deuteronomy 30:8-20  

June 18th | Baby Boom Generation 1946-1964 | Philippians 4:1-8

June 25th | Generation X 1965-1980 | Jeremiah 29:11-14

July 2nd | Generation Y / Millennial 1981-2000 | Mark 6:6-13

July 9th | Generation Z 2001-Present | Acts 10:1-34