Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Students Host Valentine Dinner at Cypress Church

Cypress Church held a Valentine dinner and dance on Saturday, February 13th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The theme was *Vintage Valentine.* The event was sponsored by students from the church.

There was dinner, dancing, and many family activities. The evening was opened in prayer by College Ministry leader Ryan Holleman. He thanked God for loving us enough to send Jesus to the cross and provide the free gift of eternal life to all who will believe in Jesus Christ.

The *Knights of the Holy Grill* prepared a delicious meal. The dinner menu included chicken and tri-tip, sautéed vegetable medley, cheesy potatoes, mixed greens with vinaigrette, French bread, beverage and dessert.

After dinner the students led guests in a game of musical hearts. Men delivered Valentines to their sweethearts and women played a game of traditional graces. The evening was capped off with a limbo contest and dancing. Proceeds from the evening are designated for future student mission trips to spread the *Good News* of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

Cypress Church offers Bible studies and activities for all ages. They also provide many opportunities to be involved in community service and missions. The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Sunday Worship is at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Cypress Church web address is: www.cypresschurch.net. The community can interact with Cypress Church online using Facebook, Twitter and Livestream. Information about the church is available at (714) 952-3001.

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

Photo Caption: Students Kara Matayoshi and Robin Stewart were event coordinators for the *Vintage Valentine* dinner held at Cypress Church on Saturday, February 13th.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cypress Church Offers *Choose The Life* Classes

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.

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. The program rebuilds the concept of the Christian Gospel from the disciple upwards. 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.

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.

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

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

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Song Choir Concert on February 21st at Cypress Church

The California Baptist University's *New Song* Ladies' Choir will perform on Sunday, February 21st at Cypress Church beginning at 6:00 p.m. *New Song* is composed of CBU women under the direction of Music Professor Al Clifft. Their blended repertoire is combined with an engaging presence and inspires all who hear their music. The public is invited to attend this free event.

The *New Song* women's choir is an all-women's performing choir of California Baptist University located in Riverside California. The ensemble provides a fresh and exciting approach to music in a variety of styles. The 70 voice choir combines many different musical styles. They sing a repertoire of Gospel, sacred and patriotic music. This is just one of the many performing music groups from the CBU music education program.

Cypress Church is a loving community of Christians. Their purpose is to worship God, grow closer to Him, serve His purposes in the world and reach out to the surrounding area with the life changing message of Jesus. The church is now celebrating their year of worship. During the past several months Pastor of Worship Arts Steven Brooks has arranged for many different praise and worship groups to share their music with the community. Worship is one of the five primary Biblical purposes of God for man.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Information about the concert is available by calling the church office at (714) 952-3001. The community is invited to worship at Cypress Church every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Information and messages from Pastor Mike McKay are available online at http://www.cypresschurch.net/

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Leadership Conference Held At Cypress Church

Pastors and church leaders from southwestern states held a conference at Cypress Church on Saturday, January 30th. The meeting was sponsored by the western division of the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA). Pastor Mike McKay and the staff of Cypress Church hosted the workshop.

Steve Highfill, the Director of EFCA West, opened the meeting with an overview of his organization’s history and purpose. The EFCA is an association of about 1,300 churches. The individual churches are autonomous but they are united by a mutual commitment to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in obedience to the Word of God.

Highfill was the founding pastor of Cypress Church in 1978. Cypress Church started as a home Bible study and later moved to its current location at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Along with other EFCA churches, Cypress Church is committed to living out the Christian faith with care for others, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. EFCA churches believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of all who will have faith in Him. The atoning death and victorious resurrection of Jesus (celebrated during Easter week) are the only grounds for salvation and entrance into Heaven.

The leadership conference was attended by pastors, staff and lay leaders from many area churches. Presenters came from as far away as Colorado. The theme for the conference was *We’re Better Together.* The all day event included many workshop sessions for participants. Lunch was prepared and served by Dave Austin and his team, *The Knights of the Holy Grill.* Workshop sessions included topics on ministry success, conflict resolution, children’s ministries, legal issues, church health, assimilation of new attendees and theology.

Cypress Church is committed to serving all of northern Orange County and the surrounding area. There are Bible studies, worship services and programs for all age groups. Sunday worship is at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The current message series is focused on the topic of prayer. Information about Cypress Church is available at (714) 952-3001 or Google *Cypress Church Connections* for the online versions of their monthly *Connections* magazine.

Photo Caption: Steve Highfill, the founding Pastor of Cypress Church and Director of EFCA West, spoke at a church leadership conference held in Cypress on Saturday, January 30th.

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