Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cypress Church Women Plan Honduras Trip


On January 14, 2011 seven women from Cypress Church will be on their way to the South American country of Honduras. During their stay in Honduras they will be cooking food and serving meals at a Christian conference for about 200 Honduran women, many of whom have never attended this type of event before.

During the past several months they have been raising support and gathering supplies. Many community residents from the Cypress area have donated funds to make this journey possible.

The members of the Cypress Church Honduras team are Cindy Pearson, Charlotte Lewis, Susan Lorenz, Dorrie Takazawa, Ashley Theodore, Christine Theodore and Susan VanderWal. They are looking forward to many opportunities to serve, equip and encourage other women as they live out God's unique call on their lives.

During 2011 Cypress Church Global Outreach Ministries will also send teams to Ecuador, Mexico, Kenya, India and New Orleans. In Orange County the Cypress Church Community Service Team will be assisting at the Senior Center and also at the Cypress Community Festival. The Knights of the Holy Grill plan to feed hundreds of meals to those in need.

Information about service opportunities is available at (714) 952-3001. The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Sunday Worship and Bible studies are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to discover more about this unique fellowship online at http://www.cypresschurch.net/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cypresschurch/

Photo Caption: Cypress Church members Cindy Pearson, Dorrie Takazawa, Christine Theodore, Susan VanderWal, Ashley Theodore, Susan Lorenz, and Charlotte Lewis will be serving other Christian women in Honduras from January 17th through 24th.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Bible Classes Beginning at Cypress Church


Starting January 9th, Cypress Church is offering a 4 week class where you can learn methods of praying. Discover ways of thinking, speaking and being with God plus so much more. This class is designed for beginners and for those who need someone to come along side them in prayer. Please contact Richard Horne at 714.995.5858 for further information or questions.

Beginning on January 11th, Cypress Church will be starting a Beth Moore Bible Study on Esther. This class is open to women of all ages. This class meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7pm – 9pm in Room 4. Cost of the book is $20. You may contact Mary Edwards at 714.527.9073 for more information.

You may also sign up for either of these classes in the church lobby. Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress, just east of Valley View. More information is available at www.cypresschurch.net or by contacting the church office at 714.952.3001.


Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cypress Residents Enjoy Holiday Party at Senior Center


The Cypress Senior Center held their annual Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 17th. The staff at the Cypress Senior Center and volunteers from the community provided a festive atmosphere with many beautiful decorations. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were on hand for photos opportunities. One of Santa’s Elves was also in attendance.

About 200 Cypress area residents enjoyed the event. Recreation Specialists from the Cypress Recreation Department and the Senior Center staff organized the party. Holiday entertainment was provided by vocalist Russell Nakaoka. He sang many Frank Sinatra tunes as well as traditional Christmas carols. Party participants received candy canes from Santa. More than 50 gifts and door prizes were given away to party goers by the Senior Center staff.

Event sponsors included the Alamitos West Health Care Center and Katella Senior Living Community. The Senior Center staff was assisted by a group of volunteers from the Cypress Church Community Service Team.

The kitchen crew and volunteers prepared and served a delicious meal that included chicken Cordon Bleu, fruit, potatoes and beverages. The meal was topped off with a dessert of strawberry cheese cake. The Cypress Senior Center is located at 9031 Grindlay just south of Lincoln. The Center provides a wide range of services and activities for local residents. Information is available at (714) 229-2005. Cypress Church volunteers assist with Senior Center events throughout the year, Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Road. Information about the Cypress Church Community Service Team is available at (714) 952-3001.

Photo Caption: Cypress Church volunteers Clayton Slagle, Dot Slagle, Norm Edds, Susan VanderWal and Pat Edwards assisted the Senior Center staff at the annual Holiday Party for seniors held on Friday, December 17th at the Cypress Senior Center.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cypress Church Hosting "Making God Known” Class


Cypress Church will be hosting a class on learning how to share the Gospel with others and bringing others to faith. Learn how to encourage meaningful conversations about Jesus in a way that doesn’t make you feel defensive. Discover how to answer questions and concerns that will help people grow closer to Jesus.

Uncover guidelines for conversational evangelism and find a purposeful way of sharing your "God Story" with others. Classes begin January 2nd and take place at Cypress Church on Sunday’s at 10:30 a.m. in Room 2.

Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress, just east of Valley View. More information is available at http://www.cypresschurch.net or by contacting Bob Koehler at 310.508.7909 or by email at captboblb@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cypress Church Reaching for Christmas


With Christmas comes certain questions: Did I get the right gift for my daughter? Do I need to buy another set of clear twinkle lights? Am I going to gain another five pounds if I eat that box of See’s candies?

How often, though, is the question asked, "How do I make this Christmas more meaningful?" It may not be asked very often, but that doesn't mean there's not an answer.

Throughout December, Cypress Church will be seeking to help all who ask that question find ways to make this a meaningful, and memorable, Christmas Season. Through a series of planned events, the way to a meaningful Christmas may be found simply by reaching for it.

"We reach for the decorations to adorn our homes, offices, churches," says Mike McKay, Senior Pastor. "We also reach out relationally with cards, family letters, gifts and such."

But, as Pastor Mike explains, there may be something else for which to reach. "To reach Christmas is to reach out and gain a greater understanding of who Jesus is, what is significant about Him, and what knowing Him in a personal way can allow us to reach – hope, peace, joy, and love."

On Sunday, December 19th at 4:30 and 7 p.m., a "Community Christmas Worship Concert" is planned. A total of four churches, as well as others from the community including choir and orchestra, will combine to lead those attending in worshiping the newborn King. On Christmas Eve, at 4:30 and 7 p.m., the birth of Jesus will be celebrated at a candlelight service.

Through these and other events, including providing meals for homeless and needy people on Christmas day, the Church hopes to restore and preserve the true meaning of Christmas.

For many, experiencing a meaningful Christmas is hard because of its commercialization. Shopping sprees and the much-anticipated gift exchange on December 25 are as intertwined with Christmas as much as Jesus' birth. In other words, it has become a day about ourselves, though few would like to think of it that way.

Nonetheless, Pastor Mike points out, "We know that at this time of year, people are a little more open to explore and consider the Christ in Christmas." "Our series, 'Reach Christmas' (and studying the gospel of Luke) will remind us to center our Christmas on Christ as we connect and reconnect to a deeper relationship with Jesus," adds Pastor Mike.

If you would like to find out more about these events, call the Cypress Church office at (714) 952-3001. Child care will be available at both the concert and candlelight service for infants through 6th grade. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week. Visit http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Photo caption – Never too young to learn what the spirit of Christmas is all about, a group of children from Cypress Church reaching out to their community through Christmas caroling.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Concert and Christmas Eve Services at Cypress Church



Christmas Concert at Cypress Church:

Break through all the holiday clutter and reach for a meaningful Christmas this year! The community is invited to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at an uplifting Christmas Concert. Cypress Church will be hosting an inspiring evening full of traditional Christmas carols as well as contemporary worship music. Joined by musicians from local churches and the community, the combined choirs and orchestra will celebrate the awe and wonder of the birth of Jesus Christ. The evening will also include Scripture reading and multi-media presentations. A phenomenal arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” will be performed by a violin soloist. Worship Pastor Steven Brooks will lead the celebration and Instrumental Music Director Jeff Sisil will conduct the orchestra and choir.

Two performances will be held on Sunday, December, 19, 2010, beginning at 4:30 pm and at 7:00 pm. Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress, just east of Valley View. More information is available at www.cypresschurch.net or by contacting Steven Brooks at (714) 952-3001.


Two Christmas Eve Services at Cypress Church:

Residents in the community are invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas Eve at Cypress Church. The two candlelight services will be held at 4:30p.m. and 7p.m. Jesus Christ came as the “Light of the World” and candles will be lit as a symbol of His mission to humanity. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas through worship and Scripture.

Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress, just east of Valley View. More information is available at www.cypresschurch.net or by contacting the church office at (714) 952-3001.


Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Volunteers Provide a Reason for Thanks . . . through Giving


Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the kitchens . . . No, Santa was nowhere in sight, but volunteers all over the Los Angeles area were just as busy as the elves up north, maybe even more so. There were thousands of homeless to feed and even more pounds of turkey to prepare. And these volunteers, including adults and children from Orange County, were happy to do it (some would say they appeared downright jolly).

Between families and other individuals, there were over 75 people from Cypress Church who joined with Faith in Christ Ministries, a Los Angeles based-ministry led by Pastor Joe Browne to serve meals on Thanksgiving in MacArthur Park. That location was only one of several sites where food was provided by the ministry’s volunteers, many of whom have made it an annual tradition to help Pastor Browne feed thousands of LA's homeless and poor on this special day of thanks . . . and giving.

Along with families looking for a way to give to those less fortunate, there were others wishing to do the same. Students from Cypress Church's youth ministry participated, as well as the "Knights from the Holy Grill," a group of volunteers who travel with a portable barbeque that is used at charitable functions all over the Southland throughout the year.

During the wee hours of the morning volunteers of all ages prepared turkeys, potatoes, dressing, gravy, beverages, desserts and more. After a time of praise and thanksgiving to God, they spread out to their appointed locations where those in need received a hearty meal. The majority of volunteers went through the food line and, after collecting a plate of food, handed it to those in need, providing a personal touch and thanksgiving greeting.

Even for some of the volunteers, life has gotten much harder in the last year – lost jobs, lost homes and health issues are just some of the hardships that they have endured. "But what has not changed," says Pastor Browne, "is the gratifying experience of briefly sharing in a time when people from different communities and ethnic backgrounds come together to celebrate Thanksgiving together."
"We believe everyone deserves a meal," he adds.

In addition to serving dinner, the volunteers provided special activities for the children of the homeless and poor, passed out donated clothing and picked up trash, making sure they left the park cleaner than it was before they came.

Cypress Church cooperates with many other churches, ministries and missionary organizations to serve the needs of the local community as well as Los Angeles, New Orleans and other locations around the world. During Christmas week the "Knights of the Holy Grill" will prepare food for other needy families. In addition, there are many opportunities for the public to become involved in serving others.

The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Information about volunteer opportunities is available at (714) 952-3001. Sunday Worship Services are held at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net

Photo caption – Volunteers preparing part of the Thanksgiving meal that was served at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Cypress Church was one of many churches in Orange County and Los Angeles that participated in the event that feeds several thousand people every year.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Food Drive at Cypress Church


With Thanksgiving approaching, many of us reflect on what we are most thankful for. While we spend Thanksgiving Day surrounded by loved ones at a table with turkey and all the trimmings, many families in our community are not as fortunate. Cypress Church is partnering with We Care of Los Alamitos to provide a Thanksgiving meal to the needy families in our community. We Care is reporting they are very low on food, so here’s how YOU can help:

Cypress Church will be collecting food items in the church office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A donation table will be set up this Sunday (November 21st) in the Worship Center Lobby from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon. All donations for the Thanksgiving food drive must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23rd. We need: turkeys, potatoes, yams, cranberries, stuffing, gravy and desserts. For more information, please contact Clayton Slagle: (714) 952-3001 x 209.

Cypress Church is also partnering with Faith in Christ Ministries to serve hot meals to more than 1000 people in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning. If you are interesting in taking part in this wonderful event, please contact Danny Kugelberg in our Student Ministries Department: (714) 952-3001 x 207.

Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to bring joy to families in need. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Photo caption: Members of the Cypress Church Community Service Team packing donated food to deliver to the We Care agency for distribution to needy families.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net

Christmas Season Begins with "Project Joy" at Cypress Church


The holiday season is based on and filled with tradition. For some, it doesn't feel like Christmas until the lights on the house have been strung. For others it's picking out the perfect tree or hitting one of our many Orange County malls to find the hottest new toy on the market. For Cindy Pearson of Cypress, though, it's the annual trek across the US - Mexico border to a village near Tijuana on the first Saturday of every December.

For over a decade, Cindy has been traveling with a group from Cypress Church to deliver gifts to children who otherwise would probably not receive any. When they arrive in Mexico and greet the children, the group unloads shoeboxes filled by caring strangers from another nation. The gifts they deliver are not necessarily the ones that would be found under the tree in the typical OC home, but the smiles they induce are enough to bring people like Cindy back to the same Mexican community year after year.

"I absolutely love watching the kids open their gifts," Cindy says. "They look at each item and share their excitement with their friends as they examine what everyone received."

"Project Joy" is a cooperative effort between Cypress Church and Grace Bible Church in Mexico. Participants on the Cypress end do one of two things, or sometimes both: They fill a shoebox with toiletries and small gifts for children in Mexico and/or they commit to delivering them to the children who live in the community that Grace Bible Church serves.

In addition to delivering the gifts, those who travel to Mexico tell the Christmas story to the children, lead craft activities, break a piƱata and serve snacks to the children.

"Project Joy is a great activity to show the love of Jesus for others in a tangible way," says Bob Koehler, a Reach Ministries Team Member at Cypress Church.

Starting in early November, Cindy and a group of volunteers keep a Christmas tree in the church foyer covered with paper ornaments that lists a child's age and whether the shoebox should be filled with "boy" or "girl" items. Their goal is to hand out as many ornaments as possible. This year, there were 310 ornaments made for the tree.

By early December, they should have an exact number of how many shoeboxes are filled. At that point, Pastor Martin Castro from Grace Bible Church will know how many children from the community to invite.

Dan and Lori Punkay and their three children have been part of the traveling team for the last eight years. They are a bilingual family and the kids are able to interact with the kids in Mexico with no language barrier.

"It is a great opportunity to serve together as a family since we speak Spanish and everyone can have a part in the Christmas play or story," says Dan, whose children are now ages 17, 16 and 15. "We have made it an annual tradition since it is something that we feel like we are equipped to do and we want our kids to experience the joy of giving to others without expecting anything in return," he adds.

The total time spent in the village is about three hours. But while the event (and especially the present opening) seems to be over quickly, the effects of the love the Mexican children are shown can last through Christmas.

Cindy remembers staying late one year with Pastor Martin to visit the home of some of the children, three brothers between the ages of 4 and 7. Their mom suffered from AIDS and had no husband. Cindy says their house was "very, very small and sparsely furnished."

"I will never forget it," she continues. "They had an artificial tree (about a foot high) and their three gifts surrounding it. They had carefully placed everything back into the boxes and reattached the lids because they knew this was their Christmas."

Cindy says the positive effects of being involved with Project Joy often remain with the volunteers as well. "Many families who volunteer want to teach their children to be thankful and try to come up with ways that can really help demonstrate how fortunate they are. This is a hands-on opportunity to really experience this up close and personal and yet return to their own home the same day."

Anyone interested in either filling a shoebox or helping to deliver the gifts to Mexico on Saturday, December 4th is encouraged to call the Cypress Church office at (714) 952-3001. Passports are required to deliver gifts in Mexico.

In addition to Project Joy, several other events are scheduled throughout the Christmas Season:

The Christmas Extravaganza is on Sunday, December 5th starting at 5:45 p.m. The community is invited to join groups from Cypress Church and go caroling around the neighborhood sharing joy with neighbors and inviting them to Cypress Church. Following the caroling, groups will return to Cypress Church for dessert, fun, and fellowship.

The Community Christmas Worship Concert is on Sunday, December 19th at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Cypress Church will be joined by two other churches in the community. The choir and orchestra will lead worship to the newborn King.

The public is also invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve. There will be two Candlelight Services on Friday, December 24th at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Those interested in learning more about any of the above events may contact Cypress Church at (714) 952-3001 or online at http://www.cypresschurch.net/ The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, and Twitter. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Everyone is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week.

Photo 1 Caption - Boys in the Tijuana, Mexico area are excited about the candy canes they received from "Project Joy" volunteers.

Photo 2 Caption - Children at Grace Bible Church in Tijuana holding up their "Project Joy" presents delivered by Cypress Church.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cypress Church To Feed Hundreds On Thanksgiving Day


On Thanksgiving Day students and adults from Cypress Church will join together with many area churches to serve Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of needy area residents. Early in the morning on November 25th a group of about 75 volunteers from the Cypress Church Student Ministries and the "Knights of the Holy Grill" will head for South Central Los Angeles.

The annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration is organized by Pastor Joe Browne of "Faith in Christ Ministries." Pastor Joe has tremendous compassion for people in need. “Not only is this an opportunity for organizations to unite by responding to the needs of the poor,” he says, “It’s an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.

Several hundred volunteers of all ages will prepare turkey, potatoes, dressing, gravy, beverages, dessert and more. After a time of praise and thanksgiving to God they will spread out to many different locations where almost 5,000 people will receive a hearty meal.

The Cypress Church team plans to serve at MacArthur Park near Wilshire and Alvarado Streets in Los Angeles. They expect hundreds of hungry homeless people waiting to be fed. The buffet line will open at noon the volunteers will keep serving as long as supplies last.

Cypress Church cooperates with many other churches, ministries and missionary organizations to serve the needs of the local community as well as India, Mexico, New Orleans, Ecuador and other locations around the world. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. More volunteers are needed and information about Thanksgiving Day service opportunities is available at (714) 952-3001 or email: danny@cypresschurch.net. Sunday Worship Services are held at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Photo Caption: Cypress Church Student Ministries and the Knights of the Holy Grill will feed hundreds of homeless at MacArthur Park on Thanksgiving Day.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"To Save A Life" Film at Cypress Church


It's movie-time! On Tuesday evening, November 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cypress Church will be transformed into a movie theatre. Plan on bringing a group of friends and enjoy "To Save A Life," complete with popcorn and red vines.

This groundbreaking film deals with many of the issues and temptations that teens face head-on in today's world (we promise it's not cheesy). The LA Times calls the movie: "…appealing, poignant and inspiring…"

Young people in the community are invited to come and hear about the hope that Jesus offers. Parents who wish to screen the film are invited to a preview showing on Sunday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m.

In the movie the main character, Jake Taylor, has it all: friends, fame, a scholarship and the hottest girl in school. What could be better? Enter Roger Dawson who has nothing. No friends, no hope, putdowns and getting pushed aside. These two used to be best friends but high school politics quickly pulled them apart. The movie seeks to answer the question: "What do I want my life to be about?"

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Youth groups meet weekly on Tuesday evenings and Sunday services are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Information about activities for teens is available from Student Ministries Pastor Danny Kugelberg at (714) 952-3001 or email: danny@cypresschurch.net. Cypress Church and Cypress Student Ministries have Facebook pages and the church is also on the web at http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Monday, November 8, 2010

Surviving the Holiday Potluck at Cypress Church


Cypress Church is holding a special "Surviving the Holiday" potluck on Thursday, November 11, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by GriefShare Ministries. Anyone age 16 and up is welcome to attend.

GriefShare Coordinator Kerry Couch says: "No matter how long it's been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there is hope! Join us for a potluck and encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again."

The potluck dinner will be held at the Cypress Church campus located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. GriefShare also holds weekly meetings on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Information is available at the church office or contact Kerry at (714) 609-6445. The public is invited to visit the church website located at http://www.cypresschurch.net/ Sunday worship is at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cypress Teens Capture Great Pumpkin


Teens from Cypress Church found *The Great Pumpkin* on Friday evening, October 29th. The Great Pumpkin Hunt was jointly sponsored by Long Beach Alliance Church, Bethany Church of Westminster, First Baptist Church of Los Alamitos and Cypress Church. There were more than 225 participants in this annual event.

40 adult drivers helped to transport excited junior high and high school students to various mystery locations in the surrounding area, each car attempted to be the first to solve the clues and locate the Great Pumpkin. Student Ministries Pastor Danny Kugelberg stated that the whole group had *a rockin’ good time.* Students were encouraged to bring their friends and everyone had an opportunity to learn about the life changing message of Jesus during the evening and more than 35 youth made a commitment to follow Christ.
Cypress Church Student Ministries has many exciting activities for Junior High and High School youth. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings. Upcoming events include the screening of the film *To Save a Life* on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Cypress Church students will also travel to Los Angeles to feed Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and needy on Thursday, November 25th.

Information about activities for students in the Cypress and Buena Park area is available by phone at (714) 952-3001. The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Sunday worship and Bible studies are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to interact with the church on Facebook or visit the website located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Photo Caption: Students from the Cypress, Westminster, Los Alamitos and Long Beach areas participated in the Great Pumpkin Hunt with youth from Cypress Church on Friday, October 29th.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OC Residents Help to Build Water Well for Indian Leper Colony


Easy access to fresh water is something we here in Southern California can take for granted. For a small monthly fee, we have it at our disposal for everything from brushing our teeth to washing our cars, and even for cooking and drinking. But for those living in remote parts of the world, fresh water is often not easy to come by, fee or no fee.

For mothers living in a village in Southeast India, they can only wish they could relieve their children’s thirst and wash their babies' blankets or clean the wounds on their leprosy-inflicted bodies with fresh water. But thanks to some generous people who live on the other side of the world, this yearned-for amenity is about to become a reality.

Over a year ago, pastors at Cypress Church were told of the need for a fresh-water well in a leper colony to which a fellow pastor in India ministers. They, in turn, passed the details on to church members, most of who live in Cypress and the surrounding cities, of how the previously displaced Indian residents receive water only a few hours a day from a small hose.

During last year's holiday season, the church taught a series called "Simply Christmas," in which members were challenged to give more of their time and/or finances, particularly to the poor. It was this challenge that inspired many to contribute funds to this well in southeastern India.

Today, not only is one well being about to be drilled, partly through the generous contributions of people from a community on the other side of the world, but a second will break ground before the end of the year, as well.

Cypress Church Pastors Mike McKay and Takeshi Takazawa visited this past month the part of India where the leper colony is located. While there they visited those who will be recipients of the well. "Lepers today in this area of India are shunned and looked down on and no one wants them anywhere near them," explains Pastor McKay. "They are seen as bad luck or having done something very bad for the gods to have punished them with this disease."

"There is a fear their leprosy is contagious," he adds. "Because of these stigmas no one will hire them or buy anything from them. The lepers are left to beg and do their best to live off the land and fend for themselves."

In addition to Cypress Church financially committing to help the wells be built, it also is partnering with the Indian pastor who first told of the need. He and the church where he serves will oversee the work and continue to care for the people in that community. "This church, like Cypress Church, seeks to show the grace and help of God by meeting needs of the poor," says McKay.

A portion of the funds raised by church members was through an event that was held last December at Campus Billiards in Cypress. Nick Stonoha, who works at the establishment and attends Cypress Church, was given permission by the owner for Nick's small group Bible study to hold a fundraiser. After almost 100 rounds of pool later, patrons and employees helped raise approximately $1,200.

There were several reasons why Nick says he and his Bible study group chose to contribute to the well's construction. Reducing disease was one of them, but also because the results of helping would be something tangible. "Because we knew we could get reports on its progress, results could be seen," he says. "We take for granted having fresh water. For these people [who live in the leper colony] it is an every-day dilemma where they will get fresh water," Nick adds.

This coming holiday season those who attend Cypress Church will again be encouraged to generously give both financially and of their time in ways closer to home. People who do not attend the church but want to help are encouraged to volunteer.

On Thanksgiving, the church's youth ministry will be serving meals in South Los Angeles. At the same time, a separate group will be disbursing close to 600 meals at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, as well, via "The Holy Grill," a traveling barbeque. Making and distributing blankets and hats to the homeless are more ways that the public is welcome to participate.

"We are seeking out ways to help the needs in Cypress and the eleven cities that surround it," says Pastor McKay of 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."

If you are interested in learning more about any of the above service projects, contact Cypress Church at (714) 952-3001 or online at www.cypresschurch.net. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, and Twitter. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week.

Photo Caption – Pastors Mike McKay and Takeshi Takazawa with Leper colony residents at the future site of the fresh-water well.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Living God’s Unique Call at Cypress Church


*The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it,* stated Ray Kroc, American pioneer of the fast-food industry and founder of the McDonalds restaurants chain. Many people attribute being at the right place at the right time as *luck.* But have you ever wondered if it was more than that? Like thinking about an old friend and then just happening to run into him the next day at Disneyland? It’s almost as though someone had to arrange it…almost as though it was meant to be.

Through the months of October and November, Cypress Church will be investigating the idea of living our lives as if we were always in the right place at the right time. *Living God’s Unique Call* (every Sunday through November 14) is a series that will help those interested in discovering what their calling is, and how to respond.

*God has made everything for a purpose and His purposes are always right,* says Senior Pastor Mike McKay, who will be presenting a majority of the series. *When our life journey is lived His way, we are in the right place at the right time.*

*But stress, busyness and the general sense of being overwhelmed can often pull people away from experiencing what could be a purposeful life,* says Justin McElderry, Pastor of Adult Ministries at the church. *Many of us have become so busy doing ‘all kinds of stuff’ that we have lost the ability to effectively achieve what God has specifically intended for us to do. We miss so many opportunities.*

*Identifying how God has created and equipped individuals for a specific part of His plan is what the series is all about,* Pastor McElderry explains. In addition to understanding God’s plan for each individual’s life, the series will also invest time into understanding the surrounding community and how each person is gifted with abilities that contribute to the people and needs around us.

*This plan for each of us has been laid out before we were even born,* adds McElderry. *Similarly, each church, or body of believers, has a specific part to play in God’s plan to impact people for him in the surrounding areas and around the world.*

Those interested in learning more about this series may contact Cypress church at (714) 952-3001 or online at www.cypresschurch.net. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week.

Photo Caption: *God has made everything for a purpose and His purposes are always right,* says Senior Pastor Mike McKay of Cypress Church.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Community Invited to *Discover God in America*


When Jane Whitney traveled from her home in Los Alamitos to Washington D.C. recently, she was on a quest to further discover and investigate how God shaped America and its Capitol. What she found was, for her, nothing short of remarkable. On Friday, October 1, Jane will present evidence that America is, as she asserts, *The Great Experiment in a Great God-given Republic.* The event, titled, *Discovering God in America,* is free of charge.

At 7 pm at Cypress Church, Jane will share her journey through the halls of the Library of Congress, Lincoln and Washington Memorials, and a host of other D.C. landmarks. She will present inscriptions and artwork inspired by America’s Founding Fathers that were meant to discreetly yet definitively remind Americans what their view and intentions of our country was. Tied into the presentation are recounts of historical events that, according to her, helped develop our nation’s Christian heritage.

*They designed the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights to be run by those who had faith in Him,* says Jane, who earned a BA from Long Beach State and Masters Degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. *They realized that without a moral compass, provided by Judeo-Christian values, our country would not survive.*

When Jane left for D.C., she had one goal in mind – to investigate the Biblical scripture, godly sayings and other Christian references within the artwork and monuments. But what she found amazed even her, a self-professed American history buff.

*Inside the Washington Monument there are scriptures and religious references that very few know are even there. They are carved inside the blocks that make up the monument.* In addition, Jane photographed many other visible inscriptions of faith that she will display in her presentation. *It’s really fascinating to study and see these things before your very eyes.*

While she firmly believes these inscriptions were used to help represent the Founding Fathers’ views and to establish a nation of faith, Jane also believes there has been a slow erosion of the values that are imbedded within this faith. One example she gives is the U.S. judicial system and how she believes it has not been true to the Constitution.

*People need to know the Constitution* she says, and specifically, the First Amendment and its protection of free exercise of religion. To provide evidence that this protection is failing, she recounted an event that occurred shortly after she returned home in which a group of students were stopped by police from praying together on the steps of the Supreme Court. *They had to step into the street gutter to pray!* Pocket-size booklets that contain the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will be available for purchase at the presentation.

By giving attendees a taste of what she discovered on her trip, Jane has two goals she hopes to accomplish through her presentation. The first is to help people realize *the great gift God has given us in our godly heritage and the freedoms we have in the USA.* Secondly, she hopes to encourage others to do what they can to help keep those freedoms, including their own research. *Each person can make a difference,* Jane concluded.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend this educational and inspirational event. Refreshments will be served and there will be a special appearance by George Washington and Abigail Adams. Childcare will be provided for children age 3 and under. Jane Whitney and her husband, Jim, are co-Directors of the Prayer Ministry at Cypress Church, where they have attended for 22 years.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week. More information about this event or about the church is available at (714) 952-3001 or online at http://www.cypresschurch.net/. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cypress Church Invites Community To National Back To Church Sunday on September 12th


Cypress Church is participating in National Back to Church Sunday, a movement of churches throughout the country to encourage community members to discover or re-discover church. According to LifeWay Research, 38 percent of individuals in the United States are receptive or highly receptive to attending church and 82 percent say that they would be open to attending church if a friend invited them. Cypress Church is joining with thousands of other churches to help change those statistics by inviting everyone to Sunday worship services on September 12th at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.

In addition to Sunday Bible studies Cypress Church has many activities of interest to residents of the northern Orange County area. There is a grief support and recovery group called *GriefShare* that meets on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. The Men’s Bible Study Fellowship meets every Monday at 6:55 p.m. This fall the men will be studying the Bible book of Isaiah. There are two weekly Bible studies for women on Thursday mornings. *Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman* meets at 9:00 a.m. and there is a special Bible study and fellowship group for mothers of young children that meets at 9:15 a.m.

Junior High and High School students from Cypress High, Lexington, Oxford and other area schools get together on Tuesday evenings for exciting activities. The Junior High group meets at 6:00 p.m. and High School meets at 7:00 p.m. College students have their group meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. There are many opportunities for students and adults to serve those in other countries such as Ecuador, India, Mexico and Kenya. Children from 3 years old through 6th grade are welcome at the weekly Awana and Amazing Journeys Club meetings every Wednesday starting at 6:45 p.m.

On Friday October 1st at 7:00 p.m. there will be a special patriotic program of interest to all. Prayer Team Leader Jane Whitney will show her slides of the nation’s capitol and share a message entitled *Discovering God in America.*

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The community is invited to interact with Cypress Church on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream web TV. Information about activities and events is available from the church office by phone at (714) 952-3001. The website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net.

Photo Caption: Cypress Church invites the community to join them on September 12th at 8:45 & 10:30 a.m. for National Back to Church Sunday. The Ecuador Missions Team (pictured here) recently returned from the village of Zancudo in the jungles of South America.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Monday, August 30, 2010

Awana Clubs Give Kids Chance To Be Well-balanced Men And Women


When Rob and Abril Walshe’s 3-year-old son Baruch was invited to be part of Awana, they hadn’t heard much about the church sponsoring it. They knew Cypress Church was close by and that it was a Christian church, but that was about it. The woman who invited them, someone Abril met in a local park, encouraged Abril to give it a try. She practically guaranteed Baruch would love it even though he was on the shy side. Weeks went by and with a little more encouragement from her new friend, Abril knew sending Baruch to a place where he could make new friends and learn about God would be a good thing.

Three years later, Baruch is excited about starting his third year of Awana. He embraced the program from the first night, enjoying the time spent with his friends and Small Group Leader. *It was the first place we could leave him by himself and he wouldn’t cry,* Abril says.

More than 12,000 U.S. churches have Awana programs and they can be found in all 50 states. Cypress Church’s Awana will be starting up again on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:45 p.m. and will meet on a weekly basis through June. Children from Cypress, Buena Park and neighboring cities 3 years old through 2nd grade are welcome. As a chapter of Awana Clubs International, its goal is to build children into men and women who are well-balanced spiritually, mentally, physically and socially.

Awana *Cubbies* club for preschoolers is built on the premise that very young children can and should receive spiritual training. Games, puppets, crafts, awards and other activities transform this preschool program into a lively experience where fun and learning go hand in hand. *Sparks* club meeting (for children Kindergarten through 2nd grade) combine learning with fun to create an atmosphere of excitement for kids. The children enjoy Bible teaching, worship, award presentations and games.

For children who are in 3rd through 6th grade, Cypress Church offers a program called *Amazing Journeys* (a separate curriculum from Awana). This year, teaching and equipping children to spend time in God’s Word will be the focus. The Amazing Journeys program consists of four parts: game time, small group time, big group time and Bible reading (homework).

Mike Haugland, Director of Children’s Ministry at Cypress Church, has seen many kids come through the Awana and Amazing Journeys, children from all sorts of backgrounds. He believes whether or not children come from a Christian family, they gain benefits from being part of the programs. *Children will be in a positive environment where they can feel safe to ask questions about life, God and their purpose for being here,* says Mike.

Abril agrees, since there were still questions the Walshe family had about if and where they would worship even before Baruch started in Awana. Though Abril was a Christian, Rob was not. But they believe Awana has helped Baruch learn universal values like respect, kindness, integrity and responsibility. *We saw changes right away,* says Abril, who was surprised when after just a couple of weeks, Baruch had a new sense of gratefulness and asked the rest of his family to pray with him before they ate. *He has learned values that should exist in every religion.* Between wanting to support Baruch’s newly gained knowledge and a desire to learn more themselves, Rob and Abril started attending on Sundays at Cypress Church. They joined a small group Bible Study and this past December, Rob was baptized. *Awana ushered us into a community,* says Abril, whose younger son Jeshua will begin his first full year of Awana in September.

Each group of six children is placed with a Small Group Leader (girls with a female leader, boys with a male leader). Each Christian leader is interviewed and background checked. While leaders are trained in the material and aim to be positive role models in the children’s lives, their primary goal is to work with the parents to help in both discipleship and training of the children. *We do not replace mom and dad,* says Haugland, *but partner with them.*

For more information, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Mike Haugland at (714) 952-3001, ext 217 or email him at: mikehaugland@cypresschurch.net. For a downloadable application visit: http://www.cypresschurch.net. Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Road. Sunday school and Worship are at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Caption: A member of *Sparks* having fun with a Small Group Leader at last year’s Awana Pie Throwing Night.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lively Luau Entertainment Captivates Cypress Seniors


The Cypress Senior Center held their annual Luau on Friday, August 13, 2010. More than 200 attended the event which was sponsored by AssistaLife Home Care. The gala celebration included entertainment by ukulele and guitar players from Cypress Church. The musical group included J. P. Del Mundo, Matthew Chai and Mike Chai. There were also three hula dancers who performed many traditional Polynesian routines including the Rope Dance.

The Luau event was planned and coordinated by the staff of the Cypress Senior Center. The Cypress Church Community Service Team assisted with decorations, serving and clearing. Guests were treated to an exotic menu that included Teriyaki chicken, Hawaiian rice, chef cut veggies and tropical fruit salad. Unique suckers with cake on the inside provided an unexpected treat. Many special gifts were awarded to event participants during the door prize drawing.

The Cypress Senior Center is located at 9031 Grindlay Street and provides many activities and services for area residents. The next special event is the Country Hoedown planned for Friday, September 10th. Recreation Coordinator Teena Tomlinson reports that the Hoe Down is already 50% sold out. Information about activities for seniors is available at (714) 229-2005. Information about AssistaLife non-medical home care for those with special needs is available from Jeannie Gann at (310) 337-7095.

Cypress Church serves the northern Orange County area including the cities of Cypress, Buena Park, Los Alamitos, Anaheim, Seal Beach and La Palma. Volunteers are available to assist local non-profit organizations. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Sunday worship is at 8:45 am and 10:30 am. More information is available at (714) 952-3001 or on the internet at http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Photo Caption #1: Musicians Matthew Chai, Mike Chai and J. P. Del Mundo from Cypress Church entertained guests at the Cypress Senior Center Luau held on Friday, August 13th.

Photo Caption #2: Cypress Church members (Left to Right) Duane Walker, Dot Slagle, Janice Doe, Clayton Slagle, Mary Beth Walker, Victoria Jereza and Norman Edds served meals at the annual Luau Celebration held at the Cypress Senior Center.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Cypress Church Youth Return From Sierra Adventure


During the second week of August teens and youth from the Cypress, Los Alamitos and Buena Park areas spent six days in the Sierras at Hume Lake Christian Camps. These camps have been providing life changing programs for Christian students and families for 64 years. This summer more than 100 youth, teens and adult counselors from Cypress Church participated in the camp program.

The summer theme for 2010 at Hume Lake is “Excusez-Mwa!?...” The program addresses the "me-centered culture" of today's youth by challenging students to understand that, as Christians, they were bought with a price by the death of Christ and the life they live belongs to Him. Each person is called daily to selflessly submit to Christ and excuse themselves out of the way so that God gets the glory for life’s accomplishments.

Camp activities during the week of August 8th through 14th included competitive sporting events, swimming, tug-of war, obstacle courses, Frisbee toss, bicycle riding and more. There were times for spiritual reflection and mental refreshment in the beautiful pine forest. Students also engaged in group singing, Bible study and worship.

This annual summer camp program is just one part of a wide range of activities for youth and teens offered by Cypress Church throughout the year. The Awana and Amazing Journeys clubs for kids will begin meeting in September. Beach days, field trips and missions opportunities are also offered as well as weekly High School and Junior High group get togethers.

Information about these activities is available from Student Ministry leader Danny Kugelberg or Children’s Ministry leader Mike Haugland at (714) 952-3001. The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Sunday Bible study, Sunday School and worship services are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The church website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net or discover more on the church Facebook page.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eating, Praying, and (definitely) Loving in India


In Julia Roberts' latest movie, *Eat, Pray, Love,* her character, Liz Gilbert, discovers the power of prayer while visiting India, and learns to eat well and love in two other countries. For a group of Southern California residents who recently visited India themselves, all three necessities of life were experienced there. They did eat (though their diet was limited), they definitely prayed (though to a different God than most Indian residents believe in), but most of all they loved.

The recipients of that love were a group of 34 orphan children. They are a few of the fortunate ones who have a place to call home after losing their parents and being left for destitute. They are part part of Jane's House, a non-profit organization that aims to help care for some of the millions of orphans in India. In early July, the group of seven (most of whom are from Cypress and attend Cypress Church) left LAX and took a 30-hour trip to a village in Southeast India where Jane's House cares for orphan youth of all ages. There, they met and connected with the children and the five widows who care for them.

According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 25 million orphans in India. By comparison, there are about 2.5 million in America. AIDS, poverty, famine, natural disasters and a caste system are some of the primary reasons why India has the heartbreaking distinction of being at the top of the list of countries with the highest number of orphans. Girls especially are hit hard because of the belief that dowries will place an unbearable financial burden on thier parents.

Jane and Tony Rodriguez started Jane's House in 2004, just a few years after Tony returned to the U.S. from a short-term mission trip to India where he witnessed this plight of the country's orphans. With the help of several Christian Indian pastors and others they befriended who worked at local railroad stations, Jane's House opened its doors and took in the first of the orphans they encountered. Many of them had been abandoned by their parents and had no other alternative but to live on the streets.

“It is a common occurrence to see children at a bus or train station who have fallen asleep alongside their parents only to wake up alone and abandoned,” says Tony Rodriguez, a former Pastor to Students at Cypress Church. “Each child has a heartbreaking story when they arrive. After we find them - or they find us - they receive a full medical check-up, three meals a day, new clothes and an education that help them to reach their fullest academic potential.”

Since Jane's House began, Jane and Tony have seen three girls finish their schooling, one becoming a nurse and returning to her native village where she was celebrated. Two others recently graduated from a design school and are seeking employment. All of what Jane's House does is funded through donations. About four times a year, they are visited from various church groups that are on short-term mission trips. Like the Cypress Church team, these groups bring gifts for the children, visit with them and try to provide a joyful atmosphere; most of all, they bring the message of God's love and let them know that they are not forgotten.

*The orphans seem to have a blast when the Americans come,* says Jo Anne, a Cypress Church member and one of the seven team members who visited. *They love to play soccer, cricket, throw frisbees and balls. They sing for us, we sing for them.* Occasionally, they will explain how they came to live at Jane's House: *Some of them share their stories of being left in the train station or parents dying,* says Jo Anne. *We share our stories of how Jesus fills our lives.*

In addition to spending time at Jane's House, the group also ventured into nearby villages and leper colonies. They brought rice and household materials and shared their faith with these villagers who are amongst, as Joanne says, *the poorest of the poor in our world.* Most of the people they encountered were Hindu, believing in many gods and reincarnation. They also met Muslims and a few Christians.

*These truly outcast people embrace the news of Jesus the Savior and love to welcome the visiting teams,* says Jo Anne. *People gather and bring out plastic chairs for us to sit in. They often ask for prayer, even if they are wearing Hindu thread bracelets or did not accept Christ.* To prepare for the trip, the group spent parts of five months meeting and learning about the Indian culture. For Jo Anne, who had been on three prior mission trips to India, watching her first-time teammates react to the culture was a highlight of the trip. *They came to love India,* she says. *I was touched by the way they embraced the differences and the passion in their hearts to see souls saved,* she says.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week. Information about the church is available at (714) 952-3001 or online at http://www.cypresschurch.net/. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream.

Photo #1 Caption: A group of children and adults from a leper colony greeted the team from Cypress Church with a song.

Photo #2 Caption: A young girl from an Indian village is presented with a beaded bracelet by a college student and member of Cypress Church's short term mission team.

Photo #3 Caption: Three of the girls who live at *Jane's House,*an orphanage in India run by former Orange County residents Tony and Jane Rodriguez.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cypress Church Serves Southland


*East side, West side, all around the town…* Cypress Church volunteers have been busy serving all over the Southland this summer. On July 4th about 50 members of the congregation assisted with operating the Fun Zone at the Fireworks Extravaganza held in Los Alamitos at the Joint Forces Training Base. In addition they distributed free bottled water to hundreds for community residents.

During June the Cypress Church Knights of the Holy Grill served meals at an appreciation luncheon for Jordan High School teachers in Long Beach. They also grilled burgers and tri tip at the Garden Park School Carnival in Garden Grove.

On July 17th the Knights served meals at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Anaheim. On July 23rd they travelled to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside and joined members of Knott Avenue Christian Church of Anaheim to serve meals to more than 1,500 Marines returning from Afghanistan at an event organized by the Patriots Ministry.

*One of our primary objectives is to follow Jesus* teachings,* said Outreach Director Bob Koehler. *He showed us the importance of serving others and caring for people who are hungry and thirsty. We want to live out God’s unique call for us here in Southern California.*

During the recent Cypress Community Festival Cypress, volunteers from Cypress Church assisted vendors with finding their spots and helped staff the information booth. The church also distributed more than 900 free bottles of water to thirsty Festival guests as well as free family activity guides. The Cypress Church Band played music for the community on Saturday July 24th at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Community Bible studies, Sunday school for kids and worship services are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Information is available on line at http://www.cypresschurch.net by phone at (714) 952-3001.

Photo Caption: Cypress Church members Nancy Day and Janet Balben were part of a group of 40 volunteers that served at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday July 24th at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Local Churches Team Up to Serve Children in Ecuador


Even in the midst of the greatest recession our country has seen in over 70 years, local residents from the Cypress area are still finding the compassion and means to help out those far less fortunate. This summer, members of Cypress Church have teamed up with organizations in Ecuador, India and New Orleans to help bring the message of love and hope to children who could easily feel they are forgotten, but who are finding out they are not.

In late June, members of Cypress Church and Calvary Church in Santa Ana teamed up with others from Canada, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador to spend time with the children of Zancudo, an Ecuadorian village of 400 people. While there, the group of 90 used English, Spanish and sign language to communicate to the children the message of Christ's love. Over 100 high school age students from Zancudo and neighboring villages came to five-day Bible camps, while a separate camp was held for the younger children of Zancudo. At the same time, some of the 90 volunteers traveled to two other villages teaching the same lessons.

The camps are the realized dreams of two men from Zancudo who started the ministry of the camps. It is through the help of people who have traveled from not only outside the village but from outside the country that the men hope to become established as missionaries in their own home towns.

Excessive heat, thunder storms and bathing in a river used for waste and garbage were just some of the challenges the group faced, but they were inconveniences willingly accepted. One of the group's leaders, Susan Peterson says: “It is a life-changing experience for all who are blessed to go and participate.”

Upon arriving in Zancudo (after a plane ride and seven-hour bus trip), Peterson and the rest of her group canoed for three hours through the jungle to their destination. As their canoes traveled along the rivers of South America, they passed wood huts with thatched roofs that were immersed in a variety of green plants. With people waving at them, Peterson says she was thinking in amazement, “I get to do this!”

While the main objective was teaching the children about God's love through songs, crafts and games, essentials such as a hot meals were also offered to the children. Over 300 breakfasts, lunches and dinners were prepared by team members every day. In addition, a small number of volunteers carried water from the river to the camp where it was filtered for safer drinking. “After dinner and hand-washing all the dishes, our North American group would usually walk up the muddy hill to the block-cement building where we stayed, debriefed about our day and slept soundly on our sleeping pads covered by mosquito nets,” Peterson says.

As the week progressed, the group found themselves making friends in some unexpected places, in ways they could not have planned. For Peterson, a highlight of the trip was making a connection with a villager who was washing, scrubbing and beating her family's clothes with a wooden paddle in the river. With her limited Spanish, Peterson was able to ask the woman about her children and life in the village while the woman was able to ask a few questions of her own.

“She asked if I liked bananas,” says Peterson, who answered positively. “She carried up a basket of her clothing and came back with a tray of bananas. She, who had so very little, shared some of her very best freshly-picked bananas. That act really touched my heart.”

Along with her husband, Lance, Peterson states that she definitely plans on returning to Ecuador next year, which will be her 5th and Cypress Church's 6th year of working with Adventure Missions, a branch of an organization called Youth World. Though she says she doesn't know what the group will be doing, whether it will involve working with children again or carting lumber to help build a new church in the village, she knows the work they will be doing will be just as meaningful.

"Each year has brought a new experience and a different place in the jungle to visit and work in,” says Peterson. “Yet we are also able to see most of the same people each year, creating some precious, eternal relationships.”

In addition to the Ecuador trip, Cypress Church has planned two other journeys this summer, attempting to carry their message to children around the world. Earlier this month, a separate group left for India and hosted a day camp for a group of orphans from Jane's House, a non-profit organization that cares for children whose parents have either died or abandoned them. And this past Saturday a group of teens, along with their pastor and chaperones, left for New Orleans where they will present a similar type of Vacation Bible School for the children of New Orleans, most of whom are still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The team from Cypress Church that went to Ecuador is planning to share their experiences with the public on Sunday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week. Information about the church is available at (714) 952-3001 or online at www.cypresschurch.net. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream.

Photo Caption: A group of North American volunteers spending time playing jump rope with children from the Ecuadorian village of Zancudo.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cypress Church Spartans Squeak By Bulldogs


The Cypress Church Spartans squeaked by their rivals, the Bulldogs, 18 to 15 in Men’s Softball League play on Wednesday July 14th. The game was held at Arnold Cypress Park. Spartans fan Susan VanderWal commented: “It was a back and forth, see-saw kind of game. Team effort by the Spartans was the key to our win but it was a real nail biter.”

The game was part of a Cypress Recreation & Community Services Department sponsored softball league. Men’s games are played on Wednesday evenings and coed teams play on Sunday evenings. Information about league play is available at (714) 229 6780.

Cypress Church sponsors activities for all ages. Team Cypress Church Cycling has rides on Saturdays and Wednesdays. There is a “pick up” basketball game in the church gym at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and also at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Teens can learn how to surf at Bolsa Chica Beach on Thursdays starting at 10:00 a.m. Vacation Bible School for kids begins on July 26th.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Sunday Bible study and worship services are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Information about activities is available at (714) 952-3001 or on the internet at: www.cypresschurch.net.

Photo Caption: Cypress Church Spartans team member Steven Brooks is happy about the team’s recent 18 to 15 win over the Bulldogs.

Photo Caption: Cypress Church Spartans Ryan Holleman and Brian Bujarski get set to take the field in Men’s Softball League play at Arnold Cypress Park.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

*Choose the Life* Classes Begin August 1st at Cypress Church


Cypress Church is offering a series of classes entitled *Choose The Life.* This 10 week Bible study course, written by Bill Hull and Paul Mascarella, is being used in many churches throughout the world. The classes and activities challenge traditional thinking about what it means to be a follower of Christ.

The community is invited to join Bible teacher and author Paul Mascarella as he leads this interactive seminar. The classes are held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at Cypress Church located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The course is designed to rebuild the concept of the Christian Gospel from the disciple upwards.

Paul Mascarella has served in local church ministry for more than twenty-five years as an Associate Pastor, Minister of Music, and Worship Director while holding an executive management position at a daily newspaper in Los Angeles. He is currently an Instructor at the Londen Institute Graduate School of Ministry. He holds degrees as Bachelor of Philosophy, Master of Theological Studies and is the author of six books.

The *Choose The Life* journey is a clear and well marked path to spiritual transformation. It asks what is wrong with the Gospel as it is taught in contemporary Western Culture and then suggests some changes in the way it is communicated by the Church. Each participant is called to rethink what it means to be follower of Jesus. The $20 fee for the class includes the book *Choose the Life: Exploring a Faith That Embraces Discipleship* as well as a study guide and all additional course materials

Cypress Church has Bible studies available almost every day of the week. Some are held at the church campus and others in homes throughout the community. Sunday worship services are at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Watch Bible teaching from Cypress Church on the internet at: www.Livestream.com/CypressChurch. Information about *Choose The Life* and other church activities is available at (714) 952-3001 or email: paulmascarella@att.net

Photo Caption: Author and Bible teacher Paul Mascarella is leading *Choose The Life* classes on Sunday mornings at Cypress Church.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net

Friday, July 9, 2010

Making God Known Bible Study at Cypress Church:


Cypress Church will be offering a special six week Bible study series called *Making God Known.* The classes will be held each Wednesday starting on July 28th and will continue until September 1st. The evening will begin with a potluck supper followed by interactive teaching sessions. There is no charge and the public is welcome to attend any of the classes.

The classes will cover 1st Century Principles for reaching the 21st Century including the *Who, Where & Why* of evangelism, how to *cross over* or bridge the gap with the iGeneration and the practical effects of salvation. There will be discussions about how each person can prepare to share their own personal "God story" with others in a loving and conversational manner and how to deal with common questions and concerns that might come up during a discussion about Christianity.

*Everyone worships something or someone,* stated Outreach Director Bob Koehler. *All of us are born with an emptiness that can only be filled when we are in a loving relationship with our Creator and these classes will help participants learn how to share the truth about God’s love with others who may express an interest.*

The classes will be held at the Cypress Church campus located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Information is available at (714) 952-3001. Sunday Bible studies and worship services are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The public may connect with Cypress Church on Facebook or visit the website located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net

Photo Caption: Cypress Church will offer a new Bible teaching series called *Making God Known* on Wednesday evenings beginning on July 28th at 6:30 p.m. The classes will be taught by Outreach Director Bob Koehler.Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net - Email: info@cypresschurch.net

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Fun Night for Ladies at Cypress Church


On Friday August 6th Cypress Church will be sponsoring a *Summer Fun Night* for ladies of all ages. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Cypress Church Gym located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View.

There will be lots of time for fun and fellowship, floor games and table games. The menu for the evening will be a summer Super Salad Supper and a build your own Ice Cream Sundae Bar for a cost of just $2.

Ladies from high school age and up are encouraged to bring their best girl friends and join in the fun. Cypress Church has many activities for all ages. There are Bible studies and family beach days as well as M.O.M.S Group picnics and pool parties.

Information about family friendly activities in the north Orange County area is available at (714) 952-3001. Sunday Bible study and worship services are at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to visit Cypress Church online at http://www.cypresschurch.net.

Photo Caption: Ladies of all ages will enjoy games and meet new friends at the *Summer Fun Night* to be held on Friday, August 6th at Cypress Church.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

There IS a Cure for the Summertime Blues at Cypress Church


With summer jobs for teens harder and harder to come by, many parents are desperate for activities to keep those teens busy. Video games are rarely socially stimulating and hanging out at the mall can cost too much. Cypress Church is offering an alternative where teens from junior high and high school can make lasting relationships and parents can rest easy knowing they are keeping busy in a safe and stimulating environment. All summer long, planned activities are open to local youth.

For starters, every Thursday is *Beach Day* at Bolsa Chica State Beach (Warner Ave entrance, near Tower #28). There, teens will find other kids having fun in the sun, sand and surf. They may recognize someone from school or may meet someone who, like them, is looking for a way to get involved in a group activity. There are adults to supervise and facilitate volleyball and touch football games, make sure everyone is staying safe, and usually one or two adult chaperones who can give basic surf lessons. The group meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday each week (except July 29).

The fun doesn’t end at the beach. An outing to Magic Mountain is planned for Monday, July12. Six Flags offers 16 of some of the best roller coasters in the world. Admission is $40 and additional monies will be needed for food but the transportation is free.

Some other planned events include:

* Pool Party – Tuesday, July 27 at a private residence in La Palma.

* Week-long camp at Hume Lake – August 8 thru 14. Nestled in beautiful Kings Canyon, Hume Lake is considered a “can’t miss” annual trip. From boating to hiking to stargazing, Hume Lake offers an exciting summer camp experience.

* Battle of the Ages – Saturday, August 22. In a multi-sport day that will pit teens against adults, participants will compete in events like softball, dodge ball, Wii and trivia.

* End of Summer Bonfire – Tuesday, August 31. All good things must come to an end and summer is no exception. Teens will have one last chance to hang out with the friends they made during the summer and reflect on great times they shared.

While teens are given special attention during the summer months, Cypress Church is also offering a chance for younger children and their parents to take part in planned activities. For elementary aged children, a highlight of the summer will be a week-long Vacation Bible School. With a *High Seas Expedition* theme, VBS will run Monday through Friday beginning July 26 during the morning hours. At VBS, kids join a *crew* of five elementary-age children. Each crew has an adult or teenage Crew Leader. Crews rotate through seven stations each day and the daily Bible message is reinforced at each station throughout High Seas Expedition in creative ways.

Younger siblings of all ages can take part in the same beach days at Bolsa Chica as the teens. It is also a chance for moms to get to know each other while their children take part in building sand castles and digging for sand crabs.

Other weekly activities for moms and young children include pool parties, park days and outings such as the Santa Ana Zoo. Moms and kids meet very Wednesday midday to participate and to welcome new guests interested in building relationships and sharing the joys and frustrations of motherhood… and having fun while doing so.

Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Road (just east of Valley View) in Cypress. For more information regarding events planned for teens, contact Student Ministries Pastor Danny Kugelberg at danny@cypresschurch.net. For planned children’s events like Vacation Bible School, contact the Children’s Pastor Mike Haugland at mikehaugland@cypresschurch.net or by calling (714) 952-3001. Moms interested in finding out more about planned events for them and their young children contact Lori Fieger at ldfieger@yahoo.com. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week.

Photo Caption: Teens, children and their moms in and around the Cypress area are invited every Thursday to Bolsa Chica State Beach for fun in the sun, sand and surf. In photo, L to R, are Kevin Sticht, Danny Kugelberg (Pastor of Student Ministries), Jim Ferm, Mike Haugland (Pastor of Children’s Ministries), AJ Hanania, Sean Loon, and Josh Tiffany.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net/

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Iraq Veteran Honored For Service To Community


With his long-term military tour of duty in southern California coming to a close, a Seal Beach resident and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army was honored recently for his service to the country and the local community. With hugs of appreciation and prayers for their safety, members of Cypress Church said goodbye to Steve and Laura Matayoshi who are moving on to their next assignment in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where Steve will be attending the Army War College.

For the last six years, the Matayoshi family, including daughters Cassie and Kara, have called the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station home. During that time Steve has had varied assignments in the local area and he just returned in June from a year long deployment to Iraq. He served there as the S4 Supply Officer with the 244th Aviation Brigade, Det.15.

Laura, who was formerly on active duty in the Army, served the community through teaching dance at the church and sharing her love of duty, God and country through weekly devotional emails. In addition both Steve and Laura served as the leaders of the Community Life Group home Bible study ministry at Cypress Church.

Their daughter Cassie is an active member of the U.S. Air Force and is currently serving in Germany as an Airman First Class in the computer and communications security field. Kara, who graduated in June from Los Alamitos High School, will be studying at the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois in the Fall.

"Cypress Church will really miss the entire Matayoshi family," said Outreach Director Bob Koehler. "They have been very active by opening their home for Bible studies and fellowship groups. Steve and Laura did an excellent job as leaders of our 40 Days of Community campaign in 2008 and Kara organized our Valentine Dinner Dance just a few months ago. They are true servant leaders and we have always been able to count on them to reach out to others in the name of Jesus."

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week. Information about the church is available at (714) 952-3001 or online at http://www.cypresschurch.net. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream.

Photo Caption: L to R: Lt. Col. Steve Matayoshi, his daughter Kara and wife Laura at the June 10 “farewell” dinner Cypress Church held in their honor.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Monday, June 14, 2010

Epicenter Conference 2010 Live Webcast at Cypress Church


The eyes of the world are focused on the events in the Middle East, the epicenter of the dramatic events that are shaping our world and shaking our future. Epicenter Conference 2010 will address today’s global crises in the light of Bible prophecy. Cypress Church will host the live webcast of this important conference on June 25th and 26th.

Why does the world refuse to take decisive action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons? Is the United Nations likely to become an increasingly anti-Israel organization? Why do only 4% of Israelis now believe that President Obama is pro-Israel, when 88% of Israelis believed President Bush was on their side? These are just a few of the many significant questions that will be addressed at the Epicenter Conference.

Conference organizer Joel C. Rosenberg has invited many well known authors, teachers, pastors and experts on the Middle East to share their views. Speakers include: Southern California Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie, Bible teacher Kay Arthur, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Lieutenant General William Boykin (retired), the former Under-Secretary of Defense for intelligence.

Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option and The Copper Scroll. His book entitled *Epicenter: How the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your World* has more than one million copies in print. He is also the founder and president of the Joshua Fund, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that provides humanitarian relief for victims of war and terrorism in Israel and the Muslim world.

The Epicenter Conference 2010 will be held in Philadelphia. The webcast may be viewed live and free of charge at Cypress Church. The first session of the conference will be on Friday June 25th from 6:45 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Additional sessions will be broadcast on Saturday, June 26th from 8:30 a.m. until noon, from 1:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and from 7:00 pm until 9:00 p.m. Cypress Church offers Bible studies and activities for all ages. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Information is available at (714) 952-3001 or email: jswgroup@aol.com. The public is invited to connect with Cypress Church on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo Caption: Best selling author Joel C. Rosenberg will be one of the featured speakers at Epicenter Conference 2010 on June 25th and 26th. Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Buena Park, Anaheim and Cypress area residents will have an opportunity to view the live webcast of this event free of charge at Cypress Church located at 6143 Ball Road.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ladies Book Club Forming at Cypress Church


Ladies from the Cypress, Buena Park and Los Alamitos area are invited to join others in the community for a cup of coffee or tea and lively interaction in a fun environment at *The Book Club*forming at Cypress Church. The club’s first monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, July 29th, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The book for the month of June is: *I*ll have What She*s Having* by Christian author Bobbie Houston. In this book, Bobbie speaks openly, honestly and warmly of her conviction that all women, including those in leadership and ministry, ought to live lives that are the ultimate example of Christ-influenced character. Bobbie and her husband Brian are the founders of Australia’s largest Christian fellowship, Hillsong Church in Sydney.

The first book club discussion group will be led by Jill Olsen. Women from college age and up are encouraged to come to the meeting prepared for same educational and entertaining conversations. Coffee, tea and water will provided. The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Information about *The Book Club* is available from Mary Edwards by email at: marydata@pacbell.net. Cypress Church offers Bible studies for women on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m., Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Information is available at church office at: (714) 952-3001, on Facebook or on the internet at: http://www.cypresschurch.net/.

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Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001