Here are the instructions for the Christmas Peace Boxes many of you lovingly and generously picked up on Sunday at the Irvine Campus patio. We apologize that these instructions were not available.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to let us know! Please email email@example.com.
We look forward to your filled boxes on Sunday, December 2.
I picked up a box, now what?
Step #1: Assemble your box.
Step #2: Decide who you will give the box to: child (gender and age) or family. Then mark it on the box
Step #3: Shop to fill your box (see suggestions on other side for items to purchase)
Step #4: Pray for the person who will receive the box
WHAT TO PUT IN A BOX:
3-5 years old
Age-appropriate toys: Coloring books, crayons, Play-doh, dolls, stuffed animals, books, etc.
Snacks: Fruit Roll ups, raisins, Goldfish, etc.
Clothing: Fun socks, hair clips, sun glasses, beanies, etc.
6-9 years old
Age appropriate toys: Jump ropes, Slinky, hand-held games, books, dolls, small balls, etc.
Snacks: Lollypops, gum, crackers, etc.
School supplies: Pencils, markers, book covers, stamps, etc.
Clothing: T-shirts, caps, socks, hair clips, etc.
Hygiene items: toothbrush
10-12 years old
Age appropriate toys: Hackysack, books, finger skateboard, hand-held or card games, etc.
School supplies: Pencils, Gel pens, book covers, etc.
Snacks: Gum, crackers, hard candy, mints, etc.
Clothing: baseball caps, ankle socks, hair clips/headbands, scarves, beanies, etc.
Hygiene items: Toothbrush, hand sanitizer
Metal water bottle
13-18 years old
Age-appropriate toys: Hackysack, hand-held or card games, gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart), balls, etc.
Snacks: Fast-food gift card, gum, crackers, chips, candy, etc.
School supplies: Locker decorations, book covers, gel pens, sketch pads, journal etc.
Clothing: baseball caps, ankle socks, hair clips, headbands, scarves, beanies, etc.
Hygiene items: Shower gel, toothbrush, hand sanitizer, nail polish, lip gloss,
lip balm, fragrance, etc.
Night out: Movie tickets, restaurant gift card, etc.
Night in: DVDs, popcorn, family game, books, etc.
WHAT NOT TO PUT IN A BOX:
Items that don’t fit in the box
Used or damaged items
Items that have a sharp edge or that might be a choking hazard
Common allergy items (i.e. peanut products)
Medications or vitamins
Military figures or toy guns
Breakable or glass items
Child-specific or parent specific items (box is for the whole family)
Movies rated PG-13 or R
The second annual Irvine Campus Trunk or Treat event is Saturday, October 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It is going to be held at 4769 Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA 92620.
This is NOT our usual Northwood High School campus or our Irvine Ministry Office.
Instead - it's a private park! If you were at church on Sunday, you would have heard (and seen) Pastor Derek do a great job of explaining how to get there. If you missed it, here's the scoop:
From Northwood High School, go EAST on Portola Parkway and turn LEFT at the "Fire Station" signal. You will see signs, banners and balloons that say, "Trunk or Treat." You can't miss it!
Don't forget to grab a friend who you think would love to have fun with our Saddleback Church family.
For more information about this event, please go to http://saddleback.com/irvine/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=54378
See you there!
Do you want to become more like Jesus? This CLASS will help you develop the habits you need to jump-start your spiritual growth. It will give you an overview of the three basic spiritual habits every Christian needs in order to grow: Daily Time with God (prayer and reading), Giving, and Fellowship.
Come join us for this exciting class.
If you and your spouse would like to attend together but you don't have anyone to watch the kids - no problem! We will provide free child care for your children, ages 11 and under that night.
Don't want to miss dinner? No problem! We'll provide you with a light dinner during CLASS.
Haven't taken 101 yet? No problem! You do not have to take the CLASS series sequentially. So jump right in and sign up for this class today.
Check out the event on our website for more information and to register. If you are bringing a child, please also register on the separate childcare event in addition to the event itself. So, you'll sign up in two places.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Derek at DerekR@saddleback.com.
As many of you know, there is just about something for everyone at Saddleback Church. It's a great place to join a group or start something up! So, it should come as no surprise that we have a SADDLEBACK FLAG FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP that meets every Saturday morning in Tustin from 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
This fellowship is intended for anyone with a desire to play 5 vs 5 adult flag football, get some exercise, and make new friends. This group gets together to play "socially competitive" football on Saturday mornings and possibly join a local league.
Anyone is invited to come out and have a great time. They primarily play five-on-five flag football, however, adjustments may be made throughout the year for various leagues, competitions, and such. The main goal of the fellowship is to provide a fun football expeience for Christ-centered individuals in a non-threatening environment for football-oriented people to get involved.
For more information, please email Saddlebackflagfootball@yahoo.com or call Alex Moote at 949-290-6940.
The Saddleback Church Irvine community is built upon the wonderful people that call our campus home. We are blessed with many humble servants who just love Jesus and serve quietly behind the scenes. Their prayer and desire is to fully glorify God through serving and helping people come to know and have a relationship with Christ. These people quietly set up, tear down, recycle bulletins, teach our children, love on our teenagers, pick up the coffee, or wash baptism towels. No glory, no pay ... just love.
One of these people is our Women's Ministry Leader, Ruth Russell. Ruth and her family came to the Irvine campus shortly after we launched, and she knew just what she needed to do. She worked behind the scenes to kick off the Women's Ministry. From the very beginning, she's done it all - from setting up tables, cleaning bathrooms, finding the right curriculum and studies, recruiting other Godly women to be table leaders, pouring into each woman - the list goes on and on. Today, our Women's Ministry is a thriving community of amazing women. Through personal challenges and illness, Ruth has pressed on. Her cheerful "Let's not grow weary in doing good" attitude never fails to encourage all those she reaches.
Our greatest gift to Ruth and all of our loving volunteers is to pray for them and their families every day. And if you see Ruth on the patio this Sunday, please give her a hug and let her know just how much we appreciate her for all she does for the Kingdom.
On Sunday, April 22, Pastor Jake and his sweet wife Erin shared their news that they are moving to Washington State to serve on staff at Eastlake Church in Seattle. Here's a letter Jake sent to the Irvine family:
To all our friends at Saddleback Irvine,
Yesterday was a big day at our campus and I wanted to write to tell you about some exciting, but difficult things happening in the life of the Rutenbar family. We announced at church yesterday that God has been stirring some new things in Erin's and my heart, and that we'll be moving our family to Seattle, WA area to start serving on staff at Eastlake Community Church. It was so fun to have Pastor Rick join us to announce this transition, and explain how Saddleback Irvine will continue to thrive.
This is a HUGE and difficult change for us as Orange County and Saddleback have been home for most of our lives. Besides our two years serving in Irvine, we have served together for almost 9 years at Saddleback. And as many of you know, my family has been highly involved at our church since I was a young kid.
We love Saddleback and this area ... but we also love God, and know that in this season, He is calling us to continue our ministry learning and growth in a different setting.
Pastor Rick has been unvelievably encouraging and affirming, as we've processed during this time. He has challenged us to continue our ministry in a new setting and has personally supported me as we navigate this transition.
Our last Sunday at Saddleback Irvine will be May 6th, and please know that, as always, Saddleback will be on our hearts and minds as we all continue the work that Jesus Christ has called us to.
I love you guys and am so thankful for the many relationships I have from this amazing place.
As most of our church family is aware, sweet Jessie Rees went to be with the Lord on January 5. She is the 12 year old daughter of Erik and Stacey Rees. Erik is one of our awesome pastors at Saddleback Church. Just 10 months ago, Jessie was diagnosed with 2 inoperable brain tumors and in that short time, this little girl didn't waste a minute. She did more in that time than most of us will do in 10+ years. She immediately came up with her motto, NEGU ("Never Ever Give Up"), which inspired and established Joy Jars and The NEGU Foundation, a charity committed to Caring for Courageous Kids. Their goal is to create awareness of pediatric cancer and encourage those kids and parents.
Tonight, we'll be celebrating her life - her amazing, joyful, incredible, loving life. At the same time, we are heartbroken that this has happened to this little girl and her family. Pastor Tom Holladay talks about this ... that we need to pray for comfort and peace, but that we also pray for the hope of Jesus to speak to our hearts. And most importantly, that we pray that some one will be with Jessie in heaven someday because they come to the service tonight.
" ... for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love all of God's people. You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven - as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News." Colossians 1:4-5 (NLT)
" ... you will be encouraged that God still uses flawed human beings to change the world. And if He can use me, He can use you." Katie Davis talks about this in her study, "Kisses from Katie," which the Women's MInistry will study for two weeks beginning January 9. If you'd like to join this study, they will meet on Mondays at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. or on Fridays at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Irvine Ministry Office. You can purchase the book for $15 on Monday or Friday. Childcare is available on Friday morning for a fee.
If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you’ve been hearing on Sundays we are calling this month Small Group September, and we are challenging you to be a part of it. We appreciate you reading through this information and considering.
At Saddleback Church we celebrate the truth that we are Better Together, and the way we live this out is through small groups. This fall, we are making a push at Saddleback Irvine to have everyone who’s committed to our campus to join one of our Irvine Small Groups. This will allow our volunteers and staff in Irvine to know, communicate, and care for our groups in a much better way in the upcoming year. So whether you’ve never joined a group or have been in one for years…if you’re a part of Saddleback Irvine, sign up for an Irvine Small Group! Here’s how:
Tell us who you are
I’m not in a group yet but want to connect with one.
Go to www.saddleback.com/irvinesg and let us know about you and your preferences for a group in the MEMBER section so we can match you with a group.
I’m already connected in a group.
That is great! Let us know that you are on board to be a member of an Irvine Small Group and tell us about the group you attend by completing the MEMBER section www.saddleback.com/irvinesg.
I’m a host of a group.
Whether your group has been meeting for 20 years or only 20 minutes, we want you to register the group at www.saddleback.com/irvinesg. Hosts, we need you to get your small group information input by this Sunday, September 18 so we can build out all of our groups.
What happens next?
As everyone signs up for their Irvine Small Groups, we will be in the process of matching your preferences to existing and new small groups whose hosts attend the Irvine Campus. By October 3, you’ll receive an email with information about the host and group for you.
Dates to put on your calendar
Everyone: Friday, October 7th -
Block out this evening now. We’re hosting a Small Group Rally for everyone that is part of a small group. You won’t want to miss this as we meet our groups, worship together, and gather as the committed community of Saddleback Irvine!
9/27 & 9/28 – We have a mandatory dinner gathering for all Irvine Small Group hosts one of these two nights from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars.
Our newest church planting conference is this coming Nov 2nd-3rd in the Lake Forest Campus Refinery.
Commissioned: Planting Healthy Churches on Purpose
The conference has three very unique tracks for people responding to the call:
• TRACK1- Leaders who are ready to plant a new church
• TRACK 2- Leaders who are ready for their church to plant a new church
• TRACK 3-Leaders who are ready to leave their marketplace job to get started
The number of participants is limited to just 300 people in the Refinery so participants can get up close with our pastors and expert guests -- real hands-on and relevant training and information. This is a very “how to do it” conference.
If you know anyone who is planting a church, thinking about becoming a church planter, or a church that wants to plant churches or start multi-site campuses, tell them about Commissioned.
Hi Saddleback Irvine!
Here's what is happening around our church campus:
Hope that you're doing well and we'll see you Sunday.
Do you have plans for Christmas Eve on Friday?
Come to Christmas @ Saddleback Irvine. Our services will be right here at Northwood High with amazing Christmas music, festive atmosphere, and a great Christmas message. Service times are 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. If you are a Saddleback regular, please consider inviting a neighbor or friend and bring them to our campus. Christmas is such a great opportunity to put out that ask, and we would love to see Irvine and the surrounding area feel welcomed to Saddleback in Irvine.
Please also pray that Christmas @ Saddleback Irvine would reach people in this community to know about and trust Jesus with their lives.
- Pastor Jake