Believe Weekend is Next Week

The Regular Registration Deadline is TODAY, WEDNESDAY, JAN 15.

Believe Weekend is NEXT WEEK! Don’t Miss Out on the BEST weekend of the YEAR!

BELIEVE REGISTRATION FORM

EVERYONE IS INVITED WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 FOR THE BELIEVE KICK-OFF

Middle School and High School will come together from 6 to 8 to kick it off for Believe.

Next Wednesday starts with Pizza around 6pm in the Main Worship Foyer

6:35pm the Doors Open

Worship with Ty Barrett

Believe Weekend Guest Speaker, Robert Parrish Kicks it off with us.

8pm Students are dismissed

How can you help invest in students during believe weekend? Click on the links below for Serve Opportunities.

SIGN UP TO BE A HOST HOME

BELIEVE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

 PRINTABLE BELIEVE REGISTRATION FORM

Believe Weekend Highlights 2019

Believe Weekend is January 24-26

January 24-26

An exciting event where students spend the weekend in trusted host homes, worship with a dynamic band, hear from an outstanding speaker, have spiritual discussions in small groups, and of course enjoy tons of food and fun with their friends all weekend long! 

Register TODAY to get the REGULAR PRICE that goes up after January 15

Below are Links for Online Registration and Serve Opportunities for the Weekend:

BELIEVE REGISTRATION FORM

SIGN UP TO BE A HOST HOME

BELIEVE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

Clear Vision for the New Year

We are BACK IN ACTION for MIDDLE SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 at 9:15am

We are challenging our students to Own Their Faith and take steps to spend time with God. Have you taken the Oakwood Challenge as a Middle School Parent?

Oakwood is taking the entire year to read God’s Word and ask Him for a CLEAR VISION for our personal lives, our relationships, and our community.

Our one goal is to READ MORE THAN YOU HAVE READ BEFORE

Here are TWO OPTIONS to get STARTED:

The YouVersion Bible App is set up with the Chronological Bible Study

Click The Image Above for a direct link to the Bible Plan

Pick Up in an Adult Small Group

Oakwood Passed out the One Year Chronological Bible during our Christmas Eve Services and in Oakwood Small Groups.

Here is an AMAZON Link to the Physical Copy as well

BELIEVE WEEKEND 2020

Are Your EYES CLEAR to SEE what lies ahead of you? We are challenging our Middle School and High School students to FOCUS IN on the direction JESUS is calling this generation to go. In a world where so many things pass across our eyes and enter into our minds, we look to JESUS for His TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING in the coming days.

January 24-26

Sign Up Today Online!

CLICK HERE FOR THE BELIEVE REGISTRATION FORM

An exciting event where students spend the weekend in trusted host homes, worship with a dynamic band, hear from an outstanding speaker, have spiritual discussions in small groups, and of course enjoy tons of food and fun with their friends all weekend long! 

January 24-26 SCHEDULE OVERVIEW:
Friday: Check In @ 7pm for Pizza and Session 1 in the Main Worship Center
Saturday: Sessions 2 & 3 and SPECIAL EVENT
Sunday: Session 4 – Family Worship Service 10:45am in Main Worship Center – Pick up at NOON from Oakwood Church

Joy for Christmas

How is your JOY this Christmas? When I think about being a kid and anticipating the Christmas Season, I had an excitement that seemed to grow more and more as the big day headed my way. I was all about getting those presents, and all those hopes and dreams seemed to wrap me up with a Christmas spirit that energized me and brought happiness. As I grew, however, I realized I was getting in sort of a routine. Excitement for a gift, unwrapping the gift, playing with the gift… for about a day or two, and then forgetting I even owned the gift. This buzz I felt in anticipating a wrapped, unknown gift, did not sustain my happiness for very long.

These days, as I have now entered into the DAD ZONE, I find that there is more to Christmas than just receiving the gift. There is something about giving a gift to my kids and family that makes it special. I have realized that the relationships I have around me are the true gift. The ministry here at Oakwood, the family I share the holidays with, the lives that have been impacted, turn into things that bring me joy, and little, by little, I think I am getting closer to relating to what the Wise Men must have experienced as they approached the Messiah as a baby boy.

It says this in Matthew 2

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Matthew 2:10-12 ESV

Where do YOU find your JOY this CHRISTMAS? My hope and prayer is that I might somehow join the Wise Men in anticipation of meeting baby Jesus. I hope to find a place where I too can “rejoice exceedingly with great joy.”

Merry Chrismas!!!

Pastor Brandon

Heart of Hope is THIS SUNDAY

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Location: New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX US 78130

As our mission is to Intentionally Engage Our Community with the Love of Jesus Christ, I would have to say that Heart of Hope has become one of my favorite ways Oakwood does that. The generosity of so many in our congregation comes together in a way that channels the Love of Christ into meeting needs and getting to know families, while partnering with a dynamic organization, Communities in Schools. On top of that, I enjoy seeing our students serve along with their families. Somehow things like this seem to fill up my personal “God Bucket” each year. It’s like we were made for something like this!

God Bless you and Merry Christmas!

Pastor B.

Here is the info for the Youth Servers. If you have not signed up during the services, email Tiffany.Lenz@oakwoodnb.com and she can put your student on the list for Lunch or Dinner.

Parent Cue: The Good Life Series

Right now, in our culture, students have a great opportunity to absorb a great amount of knowledge at their fingertips. They have the ability to ask Google or Siri for life advice, what a word means, or dive into deeper aspects of a subject they are learning at school. However, in the world of vast knowledge, a question arises. “What is the right WAY to use all this?” Even with all the knowledge in the world, the human race still needs direction on how to use it properly. How can we make right choices with all our knowledge? This only comes from God. It is called WISDOM.

The Good Life is a four-week series that focuses on the book of Proverbs. It covers the wisdom that can help middle schoolers take a step toward living the good life—God’s best life for them! Real wisdom is hard to come by, but so very important in directing students’ steps. Pointing them to the truth in the book of Proverbs will give them the foundational pieces of wisdom they can not only understand, but also begin to apply to their lives and faith.

THINK ABOUT THIS

“In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.”
PROVERBS 16:9, NIV

DO THIS

 MORNING TIME


Take time to share what you personally think is the good life with your kid this week. Then, ask them to tell you what the good life looks like to them, too.

 MEAL TIME


Take turns sharing with each other about areas in your life where you could use some wisdom right now. Then, share some ideas about where you could find the wisdom you need.  

 DRIVE TIME


Ask your kid where they see you being the least patient with them. Listen to their response and try to exercise more patience the next time you find yourself in that specific situation with your kid.

 BED TIME


Watch the movie, Eighth Grade, to learn about what middle school is like these days. (Watch it without your kid as the content may not be age appropriate yet!) Take note of what middle schoolers are dealing with and talk to your kid about some of the things that stuck out to you from the film.

November Middle School Series

This Month’s Series is based on Micah 6:8

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us to wander through life without any directions. He has given us a set of expectations to show us clearly which paths will take us where we need to go. These expectations aren’t arbitrary rules imposed on us just to make our lives harder. Quite the opposite—God’s expectations exist to give our lives meaning and direction. One important thing to know about God’s expectations: they can’t be faked. They have to start with serious heart transformation that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ.

Act. Love. Walk.

Three signs that we are being transformed from the inside out by Jesus. Three signs to point your students squarely in the direction that God wants them to go.

Nov. 6 Week 1 – ACT JUSTLY

Nov. 13 Week 2 – LOVE MERCY

Nov. 20 Week 3 – ALL ACCESS BELIEVE WEEKEND LAUNCH

Our annual Thanksgiving service is Tuesday, November 26 at 6:30p in the Main Worship Center. If you would like to participate in the Thanksgiving Cook-off, bring your award-winning CHILI or PIE/DESSERT to the Branch at 6p.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 – NO FUSION HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Can Science Help Point to the Existence of God?

Scientific Evidences of the Existence of God

Hey Parents,

This Series has created a safe place for our Middle Schoolers to ask BIG QUESTIONS and think about how Science and Faith can actually work together, rather than being AT ODDS with one another.

THINK ABOUT THIS:

At Odds is a three-week series designed to navigate the relationship between two important subjects: science and faith. 

A conversation like this is so important at this point in your middle schooler’s development. They’re just now learning to think for themselves and ask deeper questions, and this series will help them exercise both of those skills regarding science and faith.

 DRIVE TIME:


Your kids are learning that asking questions about God can actually grow their faith. So this week, make a point to share a question you’ve had about God with your middle schooler. Talk to them about how that specific question actually strengthened your relationship with Him, even if you didn’t find the answer!