Artistic View of the Stations of the Cross

I love to be inspired and look for creative ways to be reminded of the journey to the Cross during Holy Week.  Scott Erickson has a great way of merging today’s value in Art and the Spiritual Journey we all take to the Cross.  Hope this inspires you this week as well.

    Pastor Brandon

The Stations of the Cross began as a practice that pilgrims would have when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where he was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to the Holy City, they created these stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. Today, you can find this tradition on the inside of many churches.

This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what he came to do –  the redemption of  humanity through his own willful sacrifice – but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human.  We see him being tempted. Betrayed by a friend. Convicted in an unjust system. Pain.  Mockery.  Public humiliation.  Broken family relationships.

He was one who was not separate from our own pain.

I don’t think our deepest question is “Is there a God?”

IS GOD REALLY IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS?

check out more from artist Scott Erickson here 

Starting Sign Ups and BBQ Plate Fundraiser #1

BBQ  Fundraiser #1

Pick up a Packet starting Wed, March 7, for BBQ Sunday on April 15!!! 

Oakwood Student Ministry Students raise funds out of each ticket to go DIRECTLY TO REGISTRATION COSTS! 

Click Below for Registration Forms

Our Middle School Camp is Sunday, June 3 – Friday, June 8.  Middle School students will be challenged with Personal Assignment Times, Serve Opportunities in the surrounding East Texas area, Engaging Worship, and Relational Leaders that truly show the Love of Jesus.  Not to mention GaGa Ball, Volley Ball, and Camp competition Games + Great CAMP FOOD Every TIME!!!

 

Middle School Mission Trip  is June 25-29.  Our Mission Trip is focused on Serving Hard and Playing Hard as Middle School Students will have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Middle School Students have the opportunity to Intentionally Engage a community dedicated to assisting and extending a loving hand to some of the most disadvantaged children and single-mother families in our culture.

The Journey – Growing in Christ Personally

The Oakwood Student Ministry is launching a Personal Growth Track called JOURNEY for each grade in Middle School and High School.

Are you looking for the next step on growing in your faith on the Journey of following Jesus Christ?

This growth track will meet your student at their level and encourage them to take action.

Cost: $20 for books and materials included.

Find Pastor Brandon or an Oakwood Student Ministry Leader in the Pavilion to pick yours up!

Lets GROW!!!

We had a great time at Believe Weekend 2018!!!

As the Middle School Pastor, here at Oakwood, I have seen many moves of God and have been thankful for lives changed.  This Weekend, my thoughts were “THIS NEVER GETS OLD!”  The ultimate treasure for the Kingdom of God is one more life turning to Jesus Christ.  The ultimate joy here on Earth is to see students that came through the Oakwood Student Ministry return as leaders to invest back into the next group.  The excitement for the upcoming days is to see what steps each student takes as they follow the Lord and walk in His ways.

We saw over 500 students sign up this year.  55 of those students made the decision to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  With the help of over 50 small group leaders and almost 400 volunteers, students heard from the Speaker, gave over 12,000 cans and food items to our Local Salvation Army, built long lasting relationships, and ended with a celebration service on Sunday to see 44 baptized.  God is SO GOOD!  Thanks to all that served to extend the Kingdom of God!