Community Invited to celebrate Easter Week at Cypress Church:
Easter is a special time for Christians around the globe and the Pastors and Staff at Cypress Church are planning seven worship services for the community during Easter week 2014.
Easter season celebrations at Cypress Church begin on Palm Sunday, April 13th at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with a message entitled “Challenged by the Cross.” There will be a Maundy Thursday service on April 17th at 6:30 p.m. on the topic “Connected by the Cross.” On Good Friday, April 18th there will be a special service at 7:00 p.m. with a message called: “Troubled by the Cross.”
Three worship services will be available on Easter Sunday, April 20th at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. We invite you to come prepared for some inspiring music and a message of hope, “Refreshed by the Cross.”
Pastor Mike McKay says: “The cross is an interesting symbol for though it was an instrument of execution, Christians around the world for centuries have held it as a high holy symbol of faith. It has adorned paintings, been in graven into wood, carved out of stone, pounded into armor, and crafted into jewelry, because of the powerful meaning of the cross.”
“The Cross of Christ has and can have a great impact and influence in our lives,” Mike continues. “This Easter week we will be talking about the cross of Christ as we are: Challenged by the Cross” on Palm Sunday… Connected by the Cross on Maundy Thursday… “Troubled by the Cross” on Good Friday…and Refreshed by the Cross Easter Sunday April 20.”
Throughout Easter Week Cypress Church will be following the path of a fairly unknown disciple of Jesus. This particular disciple was not a shining star or one who was revered as a big hero of the faith in The Bible. He actually kept his faith more to himself; some even called him a secret disciple.
This “secret” disciple was growing in his belief of Jesus as the Christ and was seeking to follow Jesus’ teachings and way of life, yet he did not jump right in and use his gifts of leadership, knowledge, and resources right away. He did not come forward until after he was changed by the powerful cross of Jesus. When you visit Cypress Church this Easter Week you will “meet” this disciple and you may even be inspired by his faith.
The Cypress Church main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road in Cypress, CA just east of Valley View. More information is available by calling (714) 952-3001 or online at http://www.cypresschurch.net.
Photo Caption #1 (top): “The Cross of Christ has and can have a great impact and influence in our lives.” Pastor Mike McKay. The community is invited to celebrate Easter Week at Cypress Church.
Photo Caption #2: Cypress Church Worship Pastor Nathan Baldwin and Worship Team member Gabriel Fieger will lead the community in songs of praise during Easter Week at Cypress Church.
Students from High Schools and Junior High Schools in the Cypress area held their first ever “Yule Ball” at Cypress Church this year. The event was complete with a “white elephant” gift exchange and a display of awkward family photos. Some students wore fancy dress-up attire and others came dressed in their favorite “ugly” sweater.
The event was organized by a committee of students under the leadership of Pastor Stan Markowski. It marked the culmination of an exciting year of service, fun, fellowship and growth.
The Cypress Church Student Ministries meet weekly on Tuesday evenings and also hold many special events. All Jr. High and High School students are welcome to join in the fun. Service activities include helping feed homeless area residents in partnership with the Cypress Church Knights of the Holy Grill.
The Church also sponsors camping trips to Hume Lake in the Sierras, dodge ball tournaments, scavenger hunts and much more. Students study the Bible and learn about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Information about Cypress Student Ministries is available on Facebook or call (714) 952-3001. The Cypress Church website is located at: http://www.cyprresschurch.net/
Photo Caption #1 (top): Students from local area High Schools and Jr. Highs held their 1st annual Yule Ball at Cypress Church complete with an ugly sweater contest and white elephant gift exchange.
Photo Caption #2: The 1st Annual Cypress Student Ministries Yule Ball was held during December at Cypress Church. The students meet regularly on Tuesday evenings throughout the year and are involved in community service, Bible study, camping trips and many other exciting activities.
The Holiday season is a time for giving thanks and the Cypress Church family is very thankful that Nathan Baldwin has come on board as their new Pastor of Worship Arts. Nathan was officially welcomed by the congregation on November 25th when he led Sunday worship for the first time at Cypress.
Nathan joins the Cypress Church leadership team along with his wife Kim and their daughters Alison and Emily. As a worship leader, song writer, studio musician and church consultant, Nathan has more than ten years experience in full-time ministry. He has led worship for camps and conferences with the praise/worship band “The Bronco Project” as well as with his new band “Grace Exchange.”
Baldwin has college level training at both Hope International University. He has previously served in ministry positions at High Desert Church in Victorville, Oasis Church in Redlands and Olive Drive Church in Bakersfield
“December Hymns – EP” is Nathan Baldwin’s latest album and it is available on iTunes. When asked what he would name his autobiography Nathan replied: “Grace can change anyone!”
Jesus is “the reason for the season” and Cypress Church invites the entire community to join them for Christmas Eve services on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Cypress Church main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View Street. Information is available by phone at (714) 952-3001 or online at www.cypresschurch.net/. Cypress Church serves the cities of Cypress, Buena Park, Los Alamitos, Anaheim, Seal Beach, La Palma and the surrounding area. Sunday services are held at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Photo Caption #1: Nathan Baldwin has recently been selected as the new Pastor of Worship Arts for Cypress Church.
Photo Caption #2: Pastor Mike McKay of Cypress Church (far left) welcomed Worship Leader Nathan Baldwin and his family on Sunday November 25th.
Photo Caption #3: Pastor of Worship Arts Nathan Baldwin led the congregation in singing “Our God is Greater” at Cypress Church.
For more information about Nathan Baldwin’s album “December Hymns – EP” visit this iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/december-hymns-ep/id576447784
Early this summer a team of volunteers from Cypress Church travelled on a six day mission trip to serve disadvantaged residents in the Ensenada, Mexico area. There were ten Orange County residents in the group from three different families. The mission trip was led by Dan Punkay and Justin McElderry. Other participants included Lori, Andrew and Natalie Punkay; Suzanne, Eliana, Vivian and Cael McElderry; and Tom Frank. All age groups from elementary school to adults were represented.
This is the sixth year that volunteers from Cypress Church have partnered with YUGO Ministries to assist the community of Lomas Bonitas. This neighborhood is located in the mountains on the edge of Ensenada.
The community of Lomas Bonitas is unique in that the residents are immigrants from southern Mexico. There is no running water or natural gas service. The local wage is about $6.00 for a full day of labor. The roads are dirt and in very poor condition. While the parents are working, local pastors Juan and Karina Ambrocio provide programs for the children in town.
Most families do not own homes, but live in one room structures provided for them by the local church, “Centro Cristiano Jehova Jire,” and Yugo Ministries. This year the Cypress Church team partnered with a family of three who were in need, helping them build a small home, complete with a full roof. The family’s previous home was particle board with a tarp over the top. In addition to building, the volunteers also assisted with a neighborhood feeding center for children.
Andrew Punkay gave the Wednesday evening sermon in Spanish at “Centro Cristiano Jehova Jire.” When asked to describe the focus of this trip, Cypress Church Associate Pastor Takeshi Takazawa stated: “This ministry effort is specially designed for volunteers to work together as a family unit to serve people in need and develop relationships.”
Yugo Ministries has been taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Mexico since 1964. They train and host youth, adult and family teams from the U.S. and Canada to work in cross-cultural evangelistic, construction, and mercy ministry efforts.
Cypress Church partners with missions organizations around the globe to spread the Good News about Jesus Christ to the world with actions as well as words. This summer other teams from the Cypress area have traveled to Ecuador, India and New Orleans to assist needy individuals and families.
Information about global mission opportunities is available at (714) 952-3001 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Worship services are held on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bible studies and activities for all ages are available. The church website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net/
God has a life-journey mapped out for each one of us us and He has custom built into us abilities, talents, gifts, passions, desires, dreams, and interests to engage as part of His specific plans. “We are seeking out ways to help the needs in Cypress and the eleven cities that surround it,” says Pastor Mike McKay about the church’s desire to help the poor. “We have also looked beyond our borders, connecting with local churches and organizations in different countries to give some tangible expressions of God*s love.”
The theme at Cypress Church for 2012 is: “It’s Your Serve.” This summer members of the Cypress Church congregation are fanning out to serve others around the globe. Chante Longshore is training in Indiana during June and will then tour the East Coast with an evangelistic singing team. J.P. Delmundo has recently gone to Hawaii and will be serving with the The University of Nations (also known as YWAM – Kona). Our Mexico team, which includes the McElderry and Punkay families are building a home for a needy family in Mexico this June.
In early July, Jessica Bujarski will be serving as an intern in Ecuador. On July 16th she will be joined by a team of 15 including the Peterson family and volunteers from four Orange County churches to assist the Waodani Tribe by holding a jungle style Vacation Bible School.
Cypress Church Senior Pastor Mike McKay and his wife Kristi will lead this year’s India team. They will travel to the Andhra Pradesh region to minister to orphans and take food to a leper colony. 25 high school students from the congregation will travel to New Orleans starting on July 21 to work with Urban Impact Ministries and Castle Rock Church.
Cypress Church is committed to serving people all around the globe and in our local area in the name of Jesus and the community is invited to participate. There are many opportunities available to volunteer for projects overseas, in other parts of the U.S.A. and also in Cypress and the surrounding cities.
If you want to learn more about missions, receive training in cross-cultural ministry, or desire to get involved in Cypress Church Global Outreach Ministries, please call (714) 952-3001. Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress, just east of Valley View. Sunday worship services are held at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Photo Caption #1: A team of 15 volunteers from Cypress Church and three other congregations will depart for Ecuador on July 16th to assist the Waodani Tribe by holding a jungle style Vacation Bible School.
Photo Caption #2: Cypress Church has teams serving others all over the globe. J. P. Delmundo is working with the University of Nations in Hawaii.
Photo Caption #3: 25 high school students from Cypress Church will travel to New Orleans starting on July 21 to work with Urban Impact Ministries and Castle Rock Church.