Working together to equip families throughout our community is a way we connect and learn from each other’s backgrounds and traditions. See ways to get involved with families below:
- Fristers – a group of women who meet weekly to support teen moms. Fristers (Friends and Sisters) meets Wednesday nights at The Crossing Church (2115 Newport Blvd).
- Contact Terrilee Stevenson for next steps to volunteer: email@example.com
- Family Nights – an evening for the whole family to learn together hosted by Harbor Christian Fellowship (740 W. Wilson) on Friday nights.
- Contact Olga Parra for next steps to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young Life Club – a weekly gathering for students from TeWinkle Middle School and Estancia High School to explore biblical truths and navigate the teenage years with positive adult role models.
- Contact Sullivan Saunders for next steps to volunteer: email@example.com
- Mika Community Development Corporation – neighborly and educational support is provided through neighborhood leaders in the Shalimar, Center St. and Maple communities. Support includes after-school tutoring and other educational resources.
- Contact Anna Kennedy for next steps to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tech Classes – Computer literacy classes are available from The Crossing Church hosted at Pomona School on Pomona Ave.
- Contact Walter Garcia for next steps to volunteer or participate: email@example.com
- Couples Dinners and Annual Couples Retreat – a time for connection and growing together, these venues are intended to encourage and equip couples for healthy marriages
- Contact Walter Garcia for next steps to volunteer or participate- firstname.lastname@example.org
Building relationships across cultures expands our understanding of the richness of the Body of Christ. See events you can connect to below:
- C3 (Cops, Church, and Community) Basketball Tournament and Community Fair – Sat. April 9 from 11am-4pm at the Downtown Recreation Center (1860 Anaheim Ave). More information.
- Shalimar Neighborhood Weekly Block Party – On Wednesdays 5-8pm in Shalimar Park (782 Shalimar Dr.) you can select and purchase a variety of Mexican dishes and connect with neighbors enjoying music and play in the park.
- Thanksgiving Meals – Several churches and neighborhoods gather multiple cultures around a Thanksgiving meal. Stay tuned for specific dates and locations in Nov. 2016
- Vacation Bible School Collaboration – Does your congregation share a campus with an church of a different ethnic background? What would it look like to team up for this summer’s VBS? Contact Olga Parra for insight into how they have done it at Iglesia Harbor and Palm Harvest Church- email@example.com
Our initiative encourages pastors to build friendships cross-culturally particularly with pastors who share church campuses for the purpose of mutual encouragement and shared learning.
If you’re interested in being connected with another pastor, or another church, please contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org! We love to introduce friends to friends!
Modeling the call to welcome those who are different from ourselves, we desire for Costa Mesa to be known for Biblical hospitality. See ways you can help us resource our immigrant neighbors below:
- Share Your English – Become a conversation partner or English instructor at one of the programs below:
- Bureau of Immigrant Affairs Accreditation – Become accredited to assist immigrant neighbors with legal processes. Contact Andrew Richards if you are interested – email@example.com
- Annual Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Neighbors – stay tuned for 2016 Fall date and details
Nadia Flores attended Newport Harbor High school and then went on to earn a BA in international business from UC Santa Barbara. She then worked in advertising for KMEX Univision Los Angeles before returning to Orange County to work for THINK Together. At THINK Together she developed the organizations first early literacy and parent program. She has worked for Hoag Hospital, City of Costa Mesa and Neosol Marketing. She attends Saddleback Church Costa Mesa and has a 4 year old son named Luke.
You may contact Nadia at firstname.lastname@example.org