“Our dream is for our church to be able to impact our city, our county, and other countries of the world for Jesus Christ,” says Lead Pastor Gary Tangeman.
That dream is becoming a reality.
Celebration Church has developed several local outreach ministries-many of them taking place off-site in the community. One ministry is Laundry Love, where each month a group from the church goes to a local laundrymat and pays for low income families to wash and dry their laundry. “Last month we were able to help thirty families with their laundry. And of course, while they do their clothes, we have a great relationship building opportunity, especially when they begin asking who we are and why we are doing this for them,” says Associate Pastor Fred Chambers.
Another ministry is the Neighborhood Family Film Night the church began last summer. Church members noticed that several Hispanic children were playing in a nearby city parking lot on the weekends. The church responded by setting up speakers and a big screen and showing family friendly films on Saturday nights. Before long, families from the surrounding homes began attending. On the very first night one parent told them, “Next time, if you’ll give us some flyers we’ll pass them around and help get the word out in our neighborhood.”
Celebration also has a vision to impact Orange County (their Judea and Samaria) as aGreenhouse Church, a church that “helps plants grow.” This church is currently launching a new Spanish speaking service on site to reach the large Hispanic population in the area. They plan to become a thriving Greenhouse Church where church planters can receive training, gather resources, and use the church facilities to launch new Alliance congregations that extend into other cities of the county. The church’s goal is to launch two new church plants every year beginning in 2016.
Celebration looks to impact people from “the ends of the earth” with the gospel in several new and exciting ways. Each month, seniors from the church travel to a local community college where they spend an hour helping international students with conversational English. Through this opportunity the Fall semester began with the church hosting a welcome dinner for the school’s international students and practice partners.
Celebration is also reaching out and touching the local Cambodian Community. Under the leadership of Associate Pastor Sonly Goy, who started a Cambodian congregation at Celebration last Spring, the church is ministering in a Cambodian neighborhood in Santa Ana and has now baptized fifteen believers!
The Lord has blessed in a variety of ways in a short period of time. One Sunday after celebrating the new birth of a 90 year-old senior, one retired missionary commented,
“Never in all my days did I ever imagine
that I would see all of this happen in our church.”