september 26th @ 10:45am

“A Good Example”

Come and bring a friend.

We invite you to join us Sunday morning at 10:45 am at our location on Stevens Ave. across from the Quality Shop. 

We will be live here on Facebook and on our website. 

Live-Stream will begin here this Sunday morning at 10:45 and on Facebook.


Mail: 4 Brentwood St., Portland, ME 04103

Online: please click here

Jonah Kingdom Message

“A Good Example”      

Training Believers to Transform the World

  • Message Scripture:  Jonah 1:1-9 NLT

  • This scripture is broken out under each point.


  • The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

    3 But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.


  •      2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV  Deuteronomy 32:8-9 ESV  Psalm 139:7 NIV


  • 4 But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. 5 Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship. But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. 6 So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

  •    Acts 20:24 NIV  Jeremiah 1:9-10 NLT Ephesians 5:13-14 NLT


  • 7 Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit. 8 “Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”

    9 Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

  • Call to Action:

  •          DECISION:  JOSHUA 24:15
  •          GOOD EXAMPLE:  1 THESSSALONIANS 1:8-10

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  • New Sermon Series JONAH: KINGDOM MESSAGE begins next Sunday
  •                               with 6 part Small Group Study.  Click here to open study material for Part 1

Next Step:

Jonah:  Kingdom Message

Tune in Sunday morning at 10:45am

Training Believers to Transform the World


jonah: kingdom message

sermon series with small group study

Sermon Series to begin on September 26th at 10:45am.

Small Group Study begins now

       Click Here to download the instructions and Part 1 of the Jonah Study.

The theme of this study of Jonah is, “Kingdom Message.” Jonah is usually called “the reluctant prophet.” He would be better called the “rebellious prophet.” We will see that God gives him a specific task; Jonah responds by running from God. The goal of our study is to understand the “Kingdom Message” Jesus has given us. It is found in Mark 8:35; “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel will save it” (NIV). We will have a heart’s desire for revival, and a heart’s desire to more passionately follow Jesus, when we are more willing to lose our lives for Jesus’ sake and the gospel. Consequently, Jonah becomes “a good example of a bad example.” Jonah was called by God for a specific task. Jonah preferred to die rather than obey God. He chose to die by himself, rather than live for God and others. That was not the Kingdom Message!

Thank you. Thank you for joining us in our small group study of the Prophet Jonah. Jesus has given us our primary task; “make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18). Your participation in this small group study is a testimony to your willingness to obey Jesus, and thereby help grow and mature our church family. Thank you for that.  


Throughout the year we fill and collect items for the Samaritan's Purse. The children that receive boxes would love to have you take part in creating a shoebox filled with fun and necessity items. Below is a list of items that we collect and that can be placed in a shoebox.  We have boxes at the church that you can fill or bring in your items and we will pack them into a shoebox on November 13th at 3-5pm during our packing party.

Here is a great video:  click here

What a joy to spreading the love of Jesus to the children all around the world. Join us in collecting items, filling boxes and helping us meet our

Goal of 200 boxes.

So far this year we have 34 boxes completed and have received $200 for postage and $150 for supplies.

Here is the current list of supplies we have to put into boxes (remember our goal is 200 for each item below)

20 dolls                                         53 bracelets

21 necklaces                                 56 coloring books/activity books

132 boxes of crayons                 200 erasers

100 soccer balls and pumps       100 mics toys and instruments

18 stuffed animals

500 + pencils                                10 pens       1 box of colored pencils

29 prs of socks                             88 dresses

50 Combs                                     12 headbands

12 soap  & washcloth packets      16 washcloths

16 mini notepads

We desperately need notebooks, soap, washcloths, and fun filler items.

If you would please remove as much packaging as possible. Soaps can remain in their plastic wrap and toy/game instructions need to stay attached, but I would appreciate tags and packaging on other items to be removed.

We accept money donations. Click here to make a donation. Scroll down to "Donation Button". For the supplies, use the OCC Supplies Fund and for to help with the $9 postage, use the OCC Postage Fund.

Spreading love to the children all around the world. 

Homeless outreach

We have begun a ministry to the homeless on Park Ave in Portland. Once a week we provide sandwiches to the homeless in Deering Oaks. It is a remarkable ministry. 

This fall we began a ministry to the homeless in Deering Oaks near Park Ave. The COVID outbreak has made it difficult for the City to meet all the needs of the homeless. We have been taking food and basic needs to the homeless each Friday.  We have the opportunity to serve and pray for those in need. They welcome people praying for them.

Needless to say, during these cold winter months their needs are acute. For those of you who would like to continue supporting and assisting us, here are some items that are in great demand:


Cookies (individually wrapped cookies or packages)

Single packages of chips

Hot chocolate (powder)

Waters (individual bottles)

Peanut butter and jelly

Brown lunch bags

These items are a great help to us. If you would like to drop off items, we receive them at our office at 4 Brentwood St. Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm. 

Currently, we are not taking clothes because we don’t have storage space. Also, right now, we can’t take non perishables because the need is sporadic. 

If you would like to make a donation for the homeless it will make it possible for us to purchase items like paper cups with lids, plastic food ware, paper soup cups etc. Click here to donate---click on the drop down box "fund", scroll down and you'll see "homeless outreach" as an option.

Deering Center Community continues to demonstrate generosity and compassion. We are making a difference together. 

kitchen starter kit Project

All kitchen item donations are welcome, but we are really in need of the following items;

Medium & large size pots (with covers)

Medium & large size frying pans,

Glass baking dishes

Medium & large size mixing bowls.

Also if people could spread the word to family & friends for donations.

Donations can be brought in Sunday mornings, and the office is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.