First Step – KNOW

The Oakwood Student Ministry has taken the Do-Nut theme to the NEXT LEVEL!!!
First Step – KNOW

Step 1 – KNOW

We started off this Promotion Sunday in the Middle School Ministry (MSM) casting vision in a creative way for our three main steps we take in Middle School.

Here you go – KNOW, GROW, SHOW.

Yea, it’s simple, but I believe these are thoughts we need to have as we walk toward making Jesus #1 in our lives.

‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:11-13‬ ‭Speaks to one aspect of the KNOW step…

“And this is the testimony, that 

that God gave us eternal life, 

and this life is in his Son. 

Whoever has the Son has life; 

whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.”

Just like the void of a Do-Nut, we have a GOD-Sized Hole in our hearts that can only be filled with Eternal Life. According to 1 John, it is super simple. JESUS fills that HOLE with ETERNAL LIFE!!!! What I enjoy about John is that he decided to write 1John so that everyone can truly KNOW how to have ETERNAL LIFE.

Do YOU KNOW that you have ETERNAL LIFE?

Great, that is the first step to KNOW, GROW, SHOW.

By the way, we have to give a shout out to Theresa at the Shipley Do-Nut shop on Loop 337. She totally gave us the run of the place and allowed us to take clips to show on Sunday Mornings for this series. I even found myself taking an “impromptu” order for two Kolaches at the window!!!


Here are a few FIRST TIMER TIPS:

Promotion Sunday is August 8.
See you at 9:30am in the Student Pavilion
  • WE MEET DURING THE 9:30am SERVICE If you come at 11:00am, we suggest that your student serves with Oakwood Kids or attends Main Service with the family. 
  • You Don’t Check Your Student In.   Just send them to the Pavillion!
  • You Don’t Check Your Student Out.  When our time is over, around 10:40am, students are dismissed and find their parents ON THEIR OWN.
  • Plan a MEETING PLACE after MSM Time. Take a moment ahead of time and plan a place to meet up.  For example… “Meet us in the Mission Hall” or “We will probably be picking up little Johnny from the Children’s building, so meet us in the foyer” or “Meet us at the car, but don’t get hit by another church member’s car” or “Go ahead and just go home with another loving church family that will feed you and house you and take you to school” (maybe not the last one)
  • We have loving Adult Leaders. Every Adult Leader present is happy to help you and your student.  We are a team and LOVE YOUR KID TOO!
  • During the School Year we break out into Small Groups by Grade and Gender: These Small Groups are Relationally Oriented for group discussion that relates to the Talk Time with Pastor Brandon (Pastor B).
  • LASTLY WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR KID: I know this transition is different and can seem overwhelming as a parent or as a new Middle Schooler.  With all the stress and Chaos or change, we want to help your student make Jesus #1 in their lives.  The truth is… I have seen great movements of God in our Student Ministry and I KNOW without a doubt that He has way more investment in the life or your kid than even You or I do!                                                                                                                                                       PASTOR B



Time is beginning to count down. The School Year is just around the corner. We are finishing Vacation Bible School out strong… BUT IT IS NOT OVER YET!

August 8 is Promotion Sunday. New 6th graders join us on Sunday Morning at 9:30am in the Student Pavilion.

August 13-14 is LOCKAPALOOZA!!! We end the last quarter of Summer with a BANG! Friday Night at 7pm begins in the Student Pavilion with guest speaker, Duncan Campbell, some games and hang out time, and we hop on the charter bus to transport to BLAZER TAG ALL NIGHT LONG. Don’t worry, we make it back safe and sound 7am on Saturday Morning.

Need Wisdom… JUST ASK

As we hit the MID-SUMMER mark, we stand with one foot in the laid back, vacation mode, and another foot leaning toward the start-up mode for the new school year. School practices of various kinds begin, sales for school supplies remind us that new times are coming (even if we try REALLY HARD to put that thought off). As I look forward to meeting new faces that enter into the Oakwood Student Ministry for the first time as well as seeing everyone back home after trips and adventures of the Summer, I come back to something that is BASIC, yet easy to look over.


We seem to run to Google or ask Siri what time the game is, how the weather might be, or how to spell that SAT word that we keep forgetting. We tune into the 24 hour news and gain insight on world happenings and wonder how we can live our lives in reaction to the circumstances around us. We choose to find what works best for our kids and ourselves when it comes to education. That might be working on study habits, worrying over getting a certain teacher that seems to be a great match for our kid, or choosing to take a whole new adventure of learning (didn’t we do that during the shut down?). The point I am all too easily revealing is that we have so much information at our disposal, that we may forget the need for the most simple ASK.


With all the information at our fingertips, we still find ourselves stepping in holes, repeating mistakes or even offenses, and wonder how such an educated mind of a human being that we are can slip down the slippery slope of life as fast as we can. Again, WISDOM is from GOD and the key is, that we must take time in our daily comings and goings to ASK FOR IT. Maybe it takes some time for you and me to realize that WE LACK WISDOM. Quite possibly, those repeated circles you are running in remind you of something. ALL OF US LACK WISDOM. WHY? WISDOM IS FROM GOD.


God is no device that we must subscribe to. He is not a podcast to listen to. He is not a news anchor on location somewhere, waiting for the next chaotic storm. He is the Maker of Heaven and Earth, and He contains this stuff called WISDOM. Wait a minute? He holds it, but does not desire to keep it! He GENEROUSLY GIVES without the added disapproval for asking. He is ready and willing to pour out WISDOM on YOU if you just ASK.

Of all the things this world has to offer, and you have sought after, HAVE YOU ASKED FOR WISDOM?

No matter how much society changes, the container of WISDOM is still GOD. He helps us know what to do with the overload of information and chaos we consume on a daily basis. The simple fact is IF YOU NEED WISDOM, JUST ASK.

Middle School Inside Out Sunday AM Series

Our Middle School Inside Out Sunday AM series will focus on what Christlike character is, why it’s needed, and how to have it. Each lesson gives your student the opportunity to study Scripture and apply it to their own life. Below are the passages we are studying and the main takeaway from each lesson. We also have a key verse for each week.

Week 1 – July 11 – Good Fruit

Galatians 5:22–26

THE TAKEAWAY When the Holy Spirit takes root, Christlike character grows in our lives.

Week 2 – July 18 – Be Wise

James 1:2–8

THE TAKEAWAY To be truly wise, you need to be on board with what God wants to do with your life.

Week 3 – July 25 – Thankful

Psalm 107:1–9

THE TAKEAWAY Christ-followers are thankful for the way God satisfies our needs.

Week 4 – Aug 1 – New Clothes, New Me

Colossians 3:1–17

THE TAKEAWAY God’s work on our insides should show change on our outsides.

A Word To Our Incoming 6th Graders


Promotion Sunday is August 8!!!

We want to welcome you all to the Middle School Ministry (aka MSM) and get you “in the know” on a few upcoming events for your student.

Sunday August 8th is Promotion Sunday– We look forward to seeing your student in the Pavilion at 9:30am.

Also, we have a Summer Sunday Big 3 OSM Night on August 15th, 6-8 pm. in the Pavilion.

Wednesday nights (we call it Fusion) will start up August 25th in the Pavilion 6-7:30pm.


You definitely do not want to miss these FUN EVENTS your middle schooler will want to attend

*August 13-14 – Lockapalooza – this is a middle school FAVORITE. We begin at 7 pm on Friday and end on Saturday morning at 7am. Yup it is an all-nighter! Cost for event is $65  

Register Here for Lockapalooza

Looking ahead there will be a

6th grade retreat at Camp Eagle October 8-9 (registration coming soon).

Looking forward to a great year,

MSM Team