Easter Sunday & Egypt

Coptic Christian churches in Egypt have decided to cancel Easter services after bombing attacks killed 49 people and injured more than 100 others at two churches on Palm Sunday. The more than 100 wounded Christians are still in hospitals suffering pain, devastation and the uncertainty of the coming days. For them, the hope of staying alive for another day is uncertain due to their critical conditions.

Christian Today reports that, although Easter celebrations have been called off, the Coptic churches will still hold prayer services.

An Open Doors partner on the ground in Egypt recently shared:

“We expect more attacks… and intense oppression and hatred to impact the daily life of Christians in Egypt, mainly from the large radicalized segment of the Egyptian society, a segment of people who are misled and brainwashed by radical Muslim leaders who speak out their poisonous language against Christians from within and outside Egypt. As much as the state is showing sympathy and support to the Christian community, the embedded spirit of rejection and disrespect to the Christian faith and to Christians can’t be overlooked.”

“Wiping off our tears we reach out and look to the skies, to talk to our Father and accept willingly all that He permits to come to His church in Egypt, confident that He feels for our pains without us having to talk about them to Him.”

“We understand that the Egyptian church is passing through a season of pain and testing in preparation for a great and mighty work of God in Egypt. Although, persecution is not new to Egypt and is also a part of our Christian heritage and journey, the increasing attacks and constant pressures we are facing are shaking the foundations of many within and outside the Christian community.”

“True Christians are putting their hope in the Lord, learning more profoundly how to live the spirit of love and forgiveness, while people outside the Christian community are confused about how such dreadful attacks could be committed in favor of “Allah,” the god of Islam.”

“The more attacks that fall on the church in Egypt, the more martyrs we wave goodbye to as they enter heaven, and the more eyes are being opened and hearts are seeking the truth and searching for it.”

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt, and in other places around the world where persecution is happening.

Pray for ourselves that we would not waste our freedom, that we would make the most of every opportunity.


Easter Week

Thursday | April 13 | 6pm
potluck dinner | communion
maundy thurs








Friday | April 14 | 10:30am
community wide service at Calvary Pentecostal
good friday 2017






Sunday | April 16 | 10am
continental breakfast at 9am
easter 2017

Fully Alive

For seven weeks after Easter we want to unpack together fully alive
what it means to be Fully Alive.

  • Choosing to be Fully Alive
  • Becoming Spiritually Alive
  • Becoming Physically Alive
  • Becoming Relationally Alive
  • Becoming Emotionally Alive
  • Becoming Financially Alive
  • A World That is Fully Alive

Following Jesus in this world is being who God wants us to be.
This impacts all of life.
Join us, not only on Sunday’s, but we encourage you to gather with a few friends to think though what this looks like very practically in your life.

  • You can sign up on Sunday at OCC;
  • or send us an email and we’ll try to get you connected;
  • or let us know, that you are gathering some friends together, so we can encourage you and pass on some additional notes/helps as you facilitate discussion.

Habakkuk 2:4
Look at that man, bloated by self-importance-full of himself but soul-empty. But the person in right standing before God through loyal and steady believing is fully alive, really alive.

Irenaeus, the 2nd century French theologian said:
“The glory of God is man fully alive

What does Fully Alive look like?
We all learn in different ways. So these weeks will help disciple us through:

  • Listening
    Our Sunday sermon series for seven weeks will be centered on God’s desire and plan for us to become Fully Alive.
  • Discussing
    We are producing notes with discussion questions for use in all our small groups. We’re encouraging everyone, to be in a small group or start a small group for these seven weeks. This includes you!
  • Reading and Praying
    We will also have some guided thoughts for personal reflection and prayer during these seven weeks.
  • Writing
    We are encouraging you to journal / write during these weeks.
  • Doing
    We encourage you to set a goal to become more fully alive in various areas of life. We are also committed to making our community more fully alive. We will encourage every small group to look for opportunities to serve.