All Middle School Families are invited to a night of laughs and celebration to start off the Christmas Season.
Oakwood Middle School Family Movie Night WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 @ Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre.
Are We Having Believe Weekend?
Yes, Yes We Are.
Will it look a bit different this year?
Believe Weekend is January 28-30, 2021.
This is our Retreat/Disciple Now Event geared for Middle School and High School Students.
Rather than cancelling one more event, we have decided to ask the question,
WHAT CAN WE DO?
#1 WE CAN meet on the Oakwood Campus with regular Covid gathering guidelines for main sessions geared for Oakwood Students as they grow in their faith in Jesus.
#2 WE CAN break out into small groups after each session for real life discussion.
#3 WE CAN provide FUN ACTIVITIES during the weekend that may happen both inside and outside the Oakwood Campus.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT?
#1 WE ARE NOT coordinating HOST HOMES or any overnight activities. Due to the Oakwood Policy during Covid, we have held back from overnight retreats, camps, events, in order to walk wisely in the midst of the pandemic spread.
#2 WE ARE meeting THURSDAY NIGHT, FRIDAY NIGHT, and SATURDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING. This will include main sessions with Speaker, Stuart Hall and the Gladsome Light Band + a few random games and surprises.
#3 WE ARE thinking creative about outside HANGOUTS and FUN EVENTS that look like AFTER PARTIES EACH DAY. So if you are looking to hang with your friends and enjoy outside games, we are working to make them cautiously FUN.
#4 WE ARE thinking about what snacks and food may be appropriate for the AFTER PARIES and a DINNER SATURDAY.
WE BELIEVE GOD has a word for this generation, and that is based out of John 15. He calls us to BEAR FRUIT and prove to be disciples of Jesus. …Somehow that looked like a Panda in a Pineapple suit, but you get the point. No matter the circumstance, we have the ability to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit and Love like Jesus calls us to Love.
THIS WEDNESDAY – NOVEMBER 18 – THE OSM IS KICKING OFF BELIEVE WEEKEND WITH A ONE DAY, SUPER DUPER, LOW PRICE ONLINE SIGN UP FOR BELIEVE WEEKEND.
Middle School and High School will gather together in the Student Pavilion to hang out, worship with the Gladsome Light Band, and hear about what Believe Weekend will look like in January.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE A FAILURE TODAY?
As Paul writes to his younger companion, he relays various “trustworthy sayings” to Timothy.
2 Timothy 2
11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.
Trying to paint the picture in my mind, I envision a wise champion of the faith relaying simple truths that may have carried him on his faith journey. We find Paul bringing understanding through strong statements of faith. The certainty of Christ with us and living in His resurrection power. The endurance gained as the eternal perspective of the Kingdom of God will come to reign. Then, right smack in the middle, the divide between our humanity and a Holy God gives comfort in a different way. Our confession with or without Christ results in denial, as we deny Him.
Lastly, a paradox of sorts. “IF WE ARE FAITHLESS,” if WE FAIL, if WE RENIG on our side of the bargain, if WE LOSE SIGHT and miss the mark, WE DO NOT IMPACT THE CONSISTENT, SOLID, BEDROCK of our FAITHFUL CREATOR.
“FOR HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF.”
As you look at your past, as you remember your failures, put your hope in the one that REMAINS FAITHFUL. Find the same qualities in the Savior that gifted you eternal life from the start. Receive GRACE and REDEMPTION once again. Walk in newness of life, and find confidence again. Don’t worry, He’s got it.
TAKE THE PRAYER AND CARE DARE
For the next 2 weeks we are talking about three things on Wednesday Nights – PRAYER, CARE, & SHARE.
Greg Stier with DARE 2 SHARE encourages us to reach out to those around us during this pandemic by starting with PRAYER. Are there any people that come to your mind in your circle of influence that need hear the GOSPEL?
The DARE is to think of 3 names, download the app, enter them into the CAUSE CIRCLE and start with prayer.
Click on the Small Group Guide Below for more details or watch Greg Stier’s first video of his “YOU CAN’T QUARANTINE THE GOSPEL” series.
The Life in 6 Words App is an excellent tool to help your Middle Schooler think about SHARING the GOSPEL to their friends. It also provides amazing videos, helps you create a digital GOSPEL story, and connects you with others taking the same steps.