april 18th @ 10:45am

Crisis Becomes Opportunity

Training Believers to Transform the World

We are "God's Kingdom People" and we are bringing His goodness and grace to a fallen world.

Join us through this spiritual journey. The theme for our church family in 2021 is "Kingdom People: God's People Living in a Fallen World." We will be exploring this theme throughout 2021. Our goal is to become more passionate followers of Jesus and help others enter the Kingdom of God.

This Sunday we will be talking about how crisis becomes opportunity. Crisis in life can overwhelm us and discourage us. This Sunday we are going to learn how God can take our crisis and turn it into an opportunity.


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.



Give:  

Mail: 4 Brentwood St., Portland, ME 04103

Online: please click here


To download Sermon File:  click here


Scripture Reading during the opening song set:

Hebrews 10:39  NIV  

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, 

but to those who have faith and are saved.



Kingdom Living: “Crisis Becomes Opportunity”

Training Believers to Transform the World


1 Peter 3:13-17 NLT

Scripture verses are under each point below.


1. MAKE US BOLD: v13

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?

           Proverbs 1:7 ESV     Hebrews 10:39 NIV     Proverbs 28:1 ESV


2. PREPARE US: v14-16a

But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.

         Ephesians 6:19-20 NIV     2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NLT     John 3:16 NIV


3. LIVE A GOOD LIFE: v16b-17

Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

         Romans 5:17 NIV     Romans 2:15-16 NLT     John 3:19-21 NLT     Colossians 1:27 NIV


Call to Action: "CRISIS BCOMES OPPORTUNITY"

  • STABLE:  Colossians 3:1-2 NIV,  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV
  • CONFIDENCE:  John 16:33 NIV
  • OPPORTUNITIES:  Ephesians 5:16-17 NLT



Next Step:


Here is this Sunday's theme:

"Crisis Becomes Opportunity"

Training Believers to Transform the World


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



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freedom 4 me seminar

May 6th, 7th + 8th

Freedom4Me is a two night and ½ day seminar that is for believers and non-believers who find themselves “stuck” in life, or stuck in their walk with God. Many Christians desperately want to do the assignment that God has given them but need help getting free to do His will. The Holy Spirit uses the focused teachings and small group setting to reveal areas in people's lives that need Freedom.


The seminar consists of 4 live teaching sessions. After each session, attendees gather in a small group lead by trained facilitators. The facilitators do not speak into peoples lives but are there to help a person hear directly from God. Truth will come directly from God. Jesus said in John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”


Here are the areas that this seminar will cover:

1. Healing the Heart

2. Identifying and removing lies that have been embedded in the heart

3. How to forgive, really forgive

4. Strongholds: What's really going on


The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday night: 6-9:30
  • Friday night: 6-9:30
  • Saturday: 9am-12:30


There is no cost for this seminar.

Because attendance is limited , attendees must register


An attendee at a Freedom4Me seminar can expect to hear directly from God and receive Freedom in several areas of their life. 


For more information please contact Pastor Frank Siciliano at pastorfranksic@gmail.com or you may call or text at     207 807-5443


 Registration Required: Click on this link  https://buytickets.at/freedom4me/510967

You need to register by contacting Pastor Frank Siciliano as soon as possible: pastorfranksic@gmail.com. 

oPERATION cHRISTMAS cHILD

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 in November during our packing party.


This year our goal is 200 boxes.

So far this year we have 31 boxes completed and have received $100 for postage and $150 for supplies.


We have in stock the following item, and need around 200 of each.

20 dolls                                                53 bracelets

30 coloring books                                50 Combs

122 boxes of crayons                         200 erasers

100 soccer balls and pumps               100 mics toys and instruments

38 dresses                                           500+ pencils

10 pens                                                  25 socks

too many toothbrushes to count

We are especially in need of: clothes (boys and girls), pens, soap and washcloths, notebooks, activity books, colored pencils/crayons, appropriate wow 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.


Be a part of 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:

Socks

Hand warmers (these can be purchased at Wal Mart, Amazon, Bed, Bath and Beyond)

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.