Each summer members of Cypress Church and other Orange County Christians travel to Ecuador to assist residents in the Waodani village of Zancudo. In 1956 five missionaries were killed by this tribe and their story made headlines in Life Magazine. Their story was recently made into a movie called “End of the Spear.”
The Ecuador Missions Team is holding a Silent Auction on Friday April 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be rare, unique and exotic items featured at this event including two (only two!), four foot-long blow guns (and darts) made by the indigenous, Waodani jungle tribe.
The public is invited to attend this free event to be held at Dragonfly Shops and Gardens, an established and classy Victorian shop in the heart of old-town Orange at 260 N. Glassell Street. All profits from the Silent Auction go toward the Ecuador mission trip. The 14 people in the Ecuador Team include high-school students, college students, and adults.
The Ecuador Team Silent Auction will feature live music by jazz musician Jeff Sisil and other artists. There will be hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and, of course, shopping. Some of the items to be auctioned include art work plus tickets to Magic Mountain, Medieval Times, Knott’s Berry Farm, Aquarium of the Pacific, a hotel stay, In-N-Out Burger, horseback riding, Wine Tasting and Making tours, exquisite jewelry, hand-crafted items and much more.
Additional information about the Ecuador Silent Auction is available from Susan Peterson at (562) 867-5223 or email: Susan@funplaces.com. Cypress Church serves communities in northern Orange County. The main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road. Sunday worship is at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. The church office phone is (714) 952-3001.
Photo Caption: The Cypress Church Ecuador Team is sponsoring a Silent Auction on Friday, April 20 to raise funds for their summer mission trip.
Easter is a very special time for Christians everywhere and Worship Leaders Suzanne McElderry and Jericho Almiranez of Cypress Church are planning ten worship services for the community during Easter week. The Easter season celebrations begin Palm Sunday which is on April 1st this year. There will be two services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. The contemporary worship team and praise band will be joined by a horn section in leading the congregation. Palm Sunday will celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Pastor Mike McKay will present a message on the topic of “The Controversy of the Cross.”
This occasion, which occurred on April 6, 32 AD, was the symbol of Christ as Messiah and King. On that day, in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, Jesus rode into the city on a donkey while the people were crying out: “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Cypress Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday, “The Redemption of the Cross,” with an evening Communion Service at 7:00 p.m. on April 5th. The theme will be a journey to the Upper Room the night before Jesus went to the cross. The term Maundy, meaning “mandate” or “command,” refers to the new command Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper. The congregation will sit around tables. The Worship Center will be transformed into a Last Supper-esque scene. Music and narration will lead worshippers on a journey to the “Upper Room.”
On Good Friday, April 6th, the worship service will focus on “The Beauty of the Cross” and Christ’s journey from the Upper Room to the Calvary. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., this powerful evening will tug at worshipper’s hearts as they remember what God did for everyone through the death of Jesus Christ. There will be live music, dramatic presentations and other creative elements.
Holy Saturday is celebrated on April 7th. The focus will be on “The Weight of the Cross.” This is an interactive experience to reflect on the Easter story and its significance as a family. Attendees may arrive at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. for a brief introduction to the various stations, followed by the opportunity to discuss, experience, and worship together or individually at their own pace.
Sunday, April 8th is Easter Sunday and there will be three Easter Sunday Worship Services at Cypress Church at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. This day will a great celebration as the contemporary choir and orchestra, directed by Jeff Sisil, lead the congregation in worshiping the Risen Savior. Senior Pastor Mike McKay will present a message entitled: “At The Crossroads – The Relief of the Cross.” There will be uplifting songs of praise as well as some old-favorites. “He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!” The Cypress Church Children’s Ministry has special activities planned for kids on Easter Sunday including the Easter Story, games and a bounce house.
Cypress Church serves the entire northern Orange County area. The main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is invited to participate in all Easter Passion Week activities. Community residents may follow Cypress Church on Facebook and Twitter. Additional information is available at (714) 952-3001. The Cypress Church website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net/ and the church email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption #1: Pastor Mike McKay of Cypress Church will share an Easter message with the community entitled “At The Crossroads – The Relief of the Cross” on Sunday April 8th.
Photo Caption #2: Musician Jeff Sisil will lead the Cypress Church orchestra during Easter Week worship services at Cypress Church.
Photo Caption #3: The community is invited to Cypress Church on Maundy Thursday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m. to participate in a re-enactment of the Last Supper.
Photo Caption #4: Cypress Church will offer the community 10 services during Easter Week beginning on Palm Sunday (April 1st) and continuing through Easter Sunday on April 8th.