OSM Video Announcement for NEXT WEEK

The Oakwood Student Ministry is BACK ON CAMPUS next Wednesday Night, June 3 at 6:30pm for both Middle School and High School.

OSM Video Announcement

Click on the Middle School or High School Links Below for June 3 Sign In.

(We have not graduated up yet. If you just finished 8th grade, you are still in 8th grade for now.)

MSM   www.oakwoodnb.com/msmconnect

HSM    www.oakwoodnb.com/hsmconnect

Oakwood Middle School Gatherings On Campus

Hey Middle School Parents!

As the beginnings of Sunday Services are rolling out, we are also giving Middle School students a time to gather on Wednesday Nights during this new normal.

Wedneday, June 3 will be our first gathering.

Our Goal is to provide a safe environment where students can fellowship with one another and hear a brief message geared for them. 

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

Location: Student Pavilion

Let us know you are coming by signing up through EVENTBRITE at the link below:

EVENTBRITE MIDDLE SCHOOL SIGN UP

What to Expect:

  • No Food – Sorry, but right now, we are taking baby steps for safety and will not be serving Pizza.
  • No Basketball or Gaga Ball
  • Garage Doors will be open for Air Flow
  • We encourage wearing a mask – it’s the new fashion rage!
  • We will encourage social distance practices, along with Oakwood Church Service Guidelines.

God Bless You and Your Family,

Brandon Best

Middle School Pastor

MUSIC ARTIST – PEABOD

Isaac Peabody, who goes by the stage name Peabod, brings to the Centricity label  (which is home to Lauren Daigle, Jordan Feliz and many more great artists) exciting talent and a unique sound: hip-hop. The 24-year old caught the label’s attention with his independently produced music, an assortment of meticulously crafted rap songs. Peabod puts a new spin on the genre, yielding infectious positivity and wordplay that connect with audiences of all ages.  He is a fun middle school-high school kind of guy that your students will love!

The Secret Weapon to Handling Mental Health Issues

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I saw something last week that absolutely fascinated me. I don’t know if I would have believed it had I not seen it. Four university students were in the parking lot at our local grocery store just north of Atlanta. I heard them talking about how nervous they were about going inside to shop and how anxious they were about their future prospects. They all returned home early from their college campuses, three would not get an in-person graduation ceremony, and all of their job plans had evaporated.

The conversation shifted when one of the students said, “Maybe we need to get our minds off our own problems.” There was a pause. Then she continued, “I’m going to look for the next person I see in this parking lot who looks like they need help, and I’m going to help them.”

Moments later, the magic happened. 

An elderly couple drove slowly into a parking spot and sat in their car with the engine running. She approached the driver and said, “Are you OK? Do you need anything?” The driver, a man in his 80s, replied, “You must be an angel. My wife and I are terrified to go into the supermarket to shop. Could you help us?”

The young lady smiled and said, “Of course! Give me your list, and you stay right here.” The man handed her a hundred dollar bill and his shopping list, and she was off to serve as a personal shopper. 

As I watched, I eventually realized both sides had just won.

The Best Part of the Story

In essence, this young woman was saying, “I think the secret to beating my anxiety is to get busy helping other people.” I think she’s right. I am certainly not claiming that this is a comprehensive remedy for all anxiety or mental health issues. There is a place for counseling, management, and even medication at times. But so much of our anxiety during this COVID-19 pandemic stems from the fact that we’re isolated in our homes, watching the news, and feeling very uncertain about our futures. We’re consumed with “me.”

Greta Thunberg is another example. While I recognize she’s a controversial teen from Sweden, protesting climate change, she has openly admitted that she’s struggled with depression in the past. She acknowledged, however, that getting involved in her cause has helped her beat that depression. Service and involvement are saving her.

My own son made this discovery as a young man. He had his own battle with depressive moods yet told me one day, “I have much better days when I lose myself in using my gifts to serve others. What I focus on can make me or break me.”

Bingo.

Using This Secret Weapon

Especially during this season of self-quarantine, what if we all discovered this “secret weapon” and used it. It is crucial during times of uncertainty to focus on something outside of ourselves and invest our time and energy in the service of others. It’s what our world celebrates on TV these days as we cheer on medical staff and first responders, people serving on the front lines of this battle with COVID-19. So, here’s the secret:

  • Find something or someone you care about.
  • Discover if there is a need to be met or a problem to be solved. 
  • Determine what resources you have to offer.
  • Begin small and start focusing on meeting that need.
  • Watch to see if it morphs into something bigger. 
  • Enjoy the endorphins, those happy chemicals inside you, as you serve.

My wife and I have made our own fresh discovery of this simple, secret weapon. We’ve been able to find places to donate funds; she has found neighbors for whom she can deliver groceries, and we have called people we haven’t spoken to in years to check up on them and encourage them. This secret weapon should not be a secret.

FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD.

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Take a Listen to FEAR NO MORE and Read a short word below.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  
2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV

I’ll never forget this verse as long as I live because it was the FIRST scripture I remember my mom teaching me when I was a child.  I don’t know why it was the first, but today I would guess that mom knew what I didn’t… that Satan would attack my heart with fear more than anything else in my lifetime.  She would be right even to this day.  I still hear all of the same voices today that I did when I was a child, but thankfully today I understand how to fight the lies so much better.  

  • Nobody loves you
  • Nobody wants you to win
  • They’re all laughing at you
  • God is ashamed of you
  • You’ll never make your parents proud
  • You’ll never be successful at anything

I still hear the same voices, but as my mother used to say: “Sometime’s you’ve got to tell the devil to SHUT UP.” I don’t know what fear you are facing today but this scripture has become bedrock principle in my personal fight with fear. When you feel fear, you can know that it is not God speaking those words into your ears. The mind God has promised you is clear, strong, and more than able to deal with whatever He allows into your life. You can claim that sound mind today. You can do this…. why? Because He said you could. So today choose to walk with the spirit of POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND.

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Road to Reunion Survey

Dear Church Family,

We realize this time is difficult and stressful for many of you. We continue to pray the Lord’s care and provision for your family.  We are looking forward to May 31st, when we plan to gather again in corporate worship. Until that Sunday, we will continue to host our services and small group lessons online.  Please know your church leadership has tremendous gratitude and appreciation for your love and support of Oakwood’s ministry. You truly are a wonderful church. 

As we begin to pray and prepare for May 31st, would you please take a few moments to fill out our Road to Reunion survey?  We desire your feedback as we plan for May 31st.  Be assured, this survey is totally anonymous and there are no wrong or right answers.  It is possible that you will get this email more than once, please only fill out one survey per adult family member.  The link to the survey is below. Please submit the survey by May 18.

Thanks again for your feedback. We eagerly anticipate meeting again. 

In Him,

Rusty

Link to survey:

www.oakwoodnb.com/roadtoreunion