Baptism Sunday

WHEN – Sunday, September 26, 2021

After the 11:00a service at Lazy L & L Campground. Lunch will be provided. Please bring your best dessert and meet at 11699 River Road. If you would like to be baptized in the river, bring a towel and something appropriate to wear in the river.

We are always excited to see students take steps to follow in obedience of Baptism, whether it is in the RIVER or here at OAKWOOD, we make it EASY to help coordinate with Middle School Students and their families. We have the impromptu Baptism time during our Main Worship Services and we are prepared for anyone and everyone to come our to take part in the RIVER BAPTISM Sunday afternoon.

WHERE: Lazy L & L Campgound, 11699 River Road, New Braunfels, TX US 78132

Henry Loftin Legacy

I recall meeting Henry Loftin for the first time at Pacesetters Camp in High School. Some family friends invited me to come to camp, and I found myself with a close family of college students in a ministry called Glowing Heart. It was not by chance that God led me to Pacesetters Camp at Dallas Baptist University my Junior Summer in High School. I had many thoughts about my life in Christ, but for some reason Pacesetters was like the fertilizer to the seeds of passion God had been placing in my heart. I found a camp experience that challenged me and stretched me to not only talk about Jesus, but take action for Jesus. That first night, I remember Henry speaking to our group and challenging us to get our relationship right with Jesus at the front end of camp, so that Jesus could work in us for the rest of the week. I remember that God impressed on me His compassion for the lost and the lowly so much, that I was literally WRECKED for Him. What God had been planting in me had risen up as a Passion to follow Christ. From that point forward, that Passion turned to many steps of action at my church. I saw the vision for my life. I began to understand that God could use me to help the lost and the broken where I lived. He had begun framing me to become a Servant Leader.

DBU Memorial Day Celebration

Little did I know that the Lord had a plan for me to join Glowing Heart Ministries in 1998. Henry became more than a camp director or speaker to me. He invited me and everyone on the team to be his family. That family is one that has experienced many days of traveling from church to church, leading to serve as Christ served, love with all our hearts, and experience the life-changing power of the Name of Jesus across the ends of the Earth.

Israel Trip 2001

Not only that, but Laura and I met at DBU and spent many days learning the same ministry through Glowing Heart Ministries. Henry counseled Laura during our “famous break up.” We worked hard to not let our “love life” interfere with the ministry we were doing. Henry taught us to be above reproach and serve others in all that we did. HOWEVER, when the stuff dropped and Laura and I had that time of separation, Henry said something to the sort of, “Next time, give me a heads up when you are about to do something like this.” Henry was someone safe that Laura could run to in a time of trouble. That is why, when we did realize we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together, we had no doubt that Henry would be the one to officiate our marriage. That was right here in New Braunfels, Tx, by the way! We brought the whole Glowing Heart team to do the music, many were bridesmaids and groomsmen, and we knew Henry would be the right person to share the Gospel to our friends and family attending our Holy Matrimony happening at First Baptist Church that hot day of August 3, 2002.

August 3, 2002

I have personally been thankful to the Lord that my place as the Middle School Pastor at Oakwood has given me the ability to continue to share that same legacy Henry shared with me. The blessing is the legacy of Christ passed down from generation to generation. As we remember Henry’s life, we cannot move far from the Good News of Jesus Christ. That is because he was a remarkable example of what Jesus looks like in today’s time. Here are some clips we had from Middle School Pacesetters Camp this past Summer. #henryloftinlegacy

Middle School Camp – June 2021

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES

RESCUE SERIES BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 @ the STUDENT PAVILION

ARE YOU IN NEED OF RESCUE?

We all like a little RESCUE story. Whether it is a modern day hero, a great story of the past, or, of course, a SUPER HERO in a MARVEL MOVIE, we like that thought of someone coming to our RESCUE just in time.

WHAT IS YOUR RESCUE STORY?

5:30pm – PIZZA AND HANGOUT

6pm – OPENING GAME & WORSHIP

6:30pm – TALK TIME

7pm – SMALL GROUP TIME

7:30pm – DISMISS

6th Grade Retreat at Camp Eagle

Our overnight retreat is designed with your 6th grader in mind. We hop on the Charter Bus after School Friday, enjoy the great outdoors at Camp Eagle, and spend time talking over the basics of following Jesus. This is an opportunity for your 6th grader to get up close and personal with Small Group Leaders, the OSM Band, and Pastor B, along with some ADVENTURES we take at Camp Eagle. Before you know it, we are back at Oakwood Saturday night.

OSM NIGHT – WHO’S YOUR ONE?

What is OSM NIGHT? OSM NIGHT is a large group WEDNESDAY NIGHT event geared for students to invest and invite a friend. The Oakwood Students Ministry combines both Middle School and High School for a night geared toward sharing the Gospel, Worshipping in Unity, and celebrating Jesus as one BIG OSM FAMILY.  We usually kick off Back to School, kick off Summer, kick off Believe Weekend, with OSM Nights.

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL 
5:30 Hangout
6PM Pizza
6:30 Opening Game
OSM Worship Band   
WHO’S YOUR 1 CHALLENGE
ENDING SONG

Step 3 – SHOW

Our MSM THIRD STEP IS SHOW

When we find the goodness and the sweetness of Shipley Do-Nuts, we have a choice to make. We can keep the goodness to ourselves, or, perhaps, we might love those tasty treats so much, that we want to share the goodness with others.

HOW MANY TIMES DO WE THINK THE OPPOSITE WAY ABOUT THE SWEETNESS OF LIVING FOR JESUS?

The truth of the matter is that living the life for JESUS is GOOD NEWS. This is something that we don’t want to keep for ourselves. We’ve got to give it away.

HOW, DO YOU ASK?

WE SHOW THE LOVE OF JESUS

The essence of who God is… IS LOVE! Read what 1 John has to say about it:

1 John 4:7-8

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

The ultimate reality is that GOD IS LOVE. The self-sacrificing love that is displayed in Jesus Christ is something that no human being can offer without the influence of a personal relationship with Him.

In fact, this LOVE can be the single most important evidence of GOD.

1 John 4:9-10

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:11-13

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

The sweetness of following JESUS is that HE LOVED US first, and we get to take part in showing that LOVE to others. The beauty of God’s amazing plan is that when we do SHOW THE LOVE OF JESUS, we put GOD on display. That love can even be “perfected in us.”

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Are you SHOWING THE LOVE OF JESUS?

Second Step – GROW

OUR MSM Second step is GROW.

As we work to connect the amazing SHIPLEY DO-NUT to Spiritual steps in the MSM, we take the second step to think through and realize that this one is a process.

Think about all the brain changes, hormone changes, brace-face changes, school/educational changes, on top of all the cultural and world-wide changes that hover over us on a daily basis. Just the body alone is a growth process and seems to have intentionality within it.

Much like a GOURMET RECIPE for a SHIPLEY DO-NUT, God has a certain WAY of moving in our lives and a PATH for GROWTH spiritually.

1 John Chapter 2 speaks to those who keep HIS WORD as those who find the perfection of GOD’S LOVE. If we live in HIM and walk as JESUS walked, we begin the process of growth.

THIS RECIPE comes with GOD’S WORD or HIS TRUTH. WE GROW WHEN WE KNOW GOD’S TRUTH. In fact, John goes on to say that the “anointing” as reference to the Holy Spirit is what teaches us THE TRUTH.

ARE YOU GROWING IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS?

Growth is a process