Saddleback Church

OC Social Media Summit Infotained for Social Good

by Lindy

Rick Warren with the Stop Hunger Now and CUI Crew. 
CUI Marketing Team Representing

On May 18th, local social media rock stars Rochelle and Haley Veturis coordinated this entertaining and information-packed Orange County Social Media Summit for those of all levels of expertise. The summit took place at The Refinery at Saddleback Church Here is the OC Social Media Summit Online Catalog showing the complete lineup of the panelists, their credentials and Twitter handles.

There were so many great speakers and presentations! I loved the highly-visual and energetic coffee roasting video presented by Portola Coffee Lab’s barista and social media guru, Jeff Clinard. (If you’re a coffee snob, you will love this video – salivation warning.) 

I’m not one to ‘power network’, but I enjoyed meeting and talking to some new people: Tom Holmberg of Tom’s Foodie Blog, Shou and Sharon Mo of Stop Hunger Now and several more. (I have their business cards around here somewhere.)

What’s great about this event was that the emphasis centered around using social media for social good. There are so many worthy causes to support using the power of combined voices in the social sphere. My chosen cause for this event was Orangewood Children’s Foundation. I also learned of several new charitable organizations that are worthy of support: and The Boot Campaign

Here is video of Pastor Rick Warren’s impromptu visit to the OC Social Media Summit, speaking on his use of social media at Saddleback Church. I always enjoy listening to him speak; he’s relevant, authentic and humorous. Video courtesy of Jason Tucker, Tucker Professional Web Services.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can listen in on the engaging conversations from the OC Social Media Summit on Twitter by reading up on the hashtag #OCSMS. I enjoyed Live Tweeting sporadically from @KreativeHaus and shared a lot of great takeaways and interaction with other attendees. I always enjoying meeting new, interesting people to follow in the social sphere.

It looks like this dynamic group is actively planning another fun social event: Social Media Day 2012 on June 29th at the OC Register. Join in on the conversation on Twitter: #SMDAYOC.

Saddleback Church: Choose Joy

by Lindy

Kay Warren of Saddleback Church led a women’s bible study called, Choose Joy this summer.  1000’s of women showed up to participate in the study, myself included.

In addition to the wonderful lessons on choosing joy (as opposed to fixating on your woes), performance artists amazed the audience with interpretative dance, spoken word poetry and acting.  It really brought the study to life.

The core message throughout the study was:

“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life; the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right; and the determined choice to praise God in all things.” — Kay Warren 

This was my first study like this.  I was hesitant at first to participate, but ultimately was glad that I did.  It’s a very important lesson to learn.  I was surprised to learn that Kay Warren struggles with choosing joy; I always assumed that it came naturally to her.  It makes me like her even more to know that she is so candid and authentic.

Major take-aways:

  • Jesus was a man of joy
  • Joy is a conviction of your mind
  • Joy is a condition of your heart
  • Joy is a choice of your behavior

DVDs of the Choose Joy series will be available this fall.  More information can be found here.

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