Apr 132014
 

We the Chuang family have a tradition of multi-churching during the 2 biggest Christian holidays of the year, Easter and Christmas. Here’s a schedule of church worship services around Orange County, California, that I charted out with 18 churches that had multiple service times for Easter weekend::

This is our proposed agenda for the Chuang Family 2014 OC Easter Tour (with 8 stops):

  • 4/17 Thurs 7pm @ An Easter Together
  • 4/18 Fri 12pm @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Irvine + 2pm @ ROCKHARBOR Costa Mesa + 6pm @ Ev Free Fullerton
  • 4/19 Sat 4pm @ Saddleback Lake Forest + 6pm @ Mariners Irvine
  • 4/20 Sun 7am @ Saddleback Rancho Capistrano + 11am @ Saddleback Church UCI Venue

Please join us on this special tour if you’re in the area, we’d love to meet you! (I’ll provide color commentary, for free, upon request.) Or build your own schedule using the spreadsheet.

An overview map of the 2014 OC Easter Tour
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Aside: wondering what percentage of Southern Baptist Churches have Good Friday services. Can anyone help me find the answer?

Apr 212011
 

Easter Sunday is a few days away, on Sunday, that’s the day after Saturday, which is the day after Friday. Easter services on Sunday 4/24 at 9:00am and 11:00am – at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.

A most beautiful thing they’ve done in preparation is the invitational website at www.oceaster.com. For web-savvy users who can appreciate great content & beautiful design as well as web developers who can appreciate lightweight design (without requiring Flash Player), this one is destined to be award-winning, if not already.

Sometimes a community Easter service is done collaboratively by a handful of churches. This isn’t that kind, per se. This un-branded event is hosted by a megachurch called ROCKHARBOR, doing the heavy-lifting with programming and production and the making-it-happen part. (disclosure: it’s my home church.)

Any other megachurch you know of that’d do a public worship service at an 8,500-seat venue without branding it? [update] plus, the event’s printed bulletin lists a dozen or so great churches in Orange and Los Angeles Counties for people to get connected to after Easter.

Apr 112009
 

You’re invited to the celebrate Easter with me and 1,000s of others tomorrow — there’s a huge Easter Celebration tomorrow (Sun 4/12) at the Pacific Amphitheater (OC Fair & Event Center) in Costa Mesa, California. 9:00am and 11:15am. It’s a big deal — the amphitheater has 8,500 seats! Of course the event is free, and hospitality will overflow with donuts, coffee, and bottled water.

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The incognito church is Rock Harbor. The church has estimated weekend attendance of around 5,000 (according to Wikipedia). This un-branding approach does fit their value for “giving ourselves away.”

It is common practice for churches (or any other organization) to host a community event as a way of attracting and inviting people to their church (or organization). At this Easter Celebration, the event website lists more than a dozen churches in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Yet, far as I know, only this one church is (primarily?) running the event.

Do you know of any other (large-ish) churches that would do a large-ish event, yet without advertising their church?

I’d be curious what Dawn Nicole Baldwin thinks of this.

[disclosure: Rock Harbor is my home church.]

Mar 202008
 

As Holy Week wraps up and culminates with thousands of worship celebrations for Easter, I’ll hit the ground running with a whole slew of conference-attending on my itinerary:

Do say hello if you’re there too!