Oaks Church

      Our tall white steeple and red doors call out to the community that all are welcome to come and feel the love of Christ and the love of our church family. Our worship services are on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. For our youth, we have #OAKZ. Our mission statements are Extending God’s Call – Empowering God’s People – Easing Human Need. We are located at 1576 Chantilly Lane, and our telephone number is 713-682-2556.

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       For the month of August we are still on vacation with our Bible studies and Eat, Pray, Read! We will begin meeting again in September. Please check out Saints Under Construction and Eat, Pray, Read! categories found under the Ministries tab for what we will be doing in September.

        We are also starting two new groups in September. First, we now have a community outreach group called Older Adults Konnecting Socially. Beginning in September on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 9:30 am until 1 pm we will be hosting a senior adult game day in our fellowship hall. We will be setting up various game tables that will include bridge, coloring pages, dominoes, jigsaw puzzles, Skip Bo, Scrabble, Train, Uno, and Yahtzee. We will be serving a light breakfast and a light lunch. All adults 50 and over are invited to attend. This can be found under Ministries – Senior Adult Programs – Older Adults Konnecting Socially. Second, beginning Saturday, September 12th, we will be starting a community-wide prayer group from 8:30 – 10 am. Not only will we be praying for one another we will also be learning about contemplative prayer. At our first meeting we will decide how often we would like to meet. Please look under Ministries – Community Mission Projects – Community Contemplative Prayer Group.



       IT’S HERE!!!The anchor cross sculpted by James Phillips is now on display in our prayer garden!!


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bell choir piano


       
Bell choir practice:
We will meet again beginning in September

AUGUST 2015

NOELIE’S NOTION
“OUR ATTITUDE ABOUT OUR CHURCH”

       I am currently reading Thom S. Rainer’s latest book entitled I Will! – Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian. Through the process of New Beginnings, we have decided as a church to be outwardly focused rather than focusing on ourselves. Because we have been inwardly focused for such a long time, it is time to learn what an outwardly focused Christian looks like. According to Rainer, the first thing an outwardly focused Christian needs to have is the right attitude toward his/her church. There are four components to this right attitude, and we will take a brief look at each one.
        First, a person believes “I am a unifying church member.” The health of any group is connected to its sense of unity. This is true for sports teams, businesses, families, and churches. Each individual in the group must decide to put the good of the group before his or her own needs. In Ephesians, Paul writes, “Therefore, I the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” In other words, we view others as better than ourselves; we put up with a lot even if we are frustrated and perplexed at the behavior and attitude of others; we remember how much Christ loves us so that we can love others.
        Second, a person believes “I am a sacrificial church member.” In Philippians Paul says that each of us needs to have the same attitude toward others as Christ has of us. Christ modeled for us what an attitude of sacrifice looks like, and we should have that same attitude toward others.
        The third component of a right attitude is that each of us prays for the church and each other. After Paul tells the church to put on the full armor of God, he tells us that we must pray at all times in the Spirit and persevere in this for all the saints.
        The final component is that each of us is a joyful member. Paul commands us to rejoice, and he ties this spirit of joy to an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude. A grumpy church member is one who views the church as an organization where he/she pays his/her dues to get his/her perks and privileges. A joyous church member is grateful for the opportunity to worship with others and is a source of encouragement to all.
        Christ is calling all church members to forsake self and to serve others for Christ’s sake. Listen carefully to this call of God. When you begin to understand the action plans Christ sets before you, be prepared to respond with “I will.”

Something to think about and pray about.
In God’s love and joy,
Pastor Noelie

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