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Spare Change - June 2019

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Summer is here!!  School's out!! It's time to party!! Here are a few things I'm excited about this summer:

Zoo Day:
Everyone is invited to participate in this fun event on June 14th.  

  • Sign up at the Welcome Desk or call the church office.
  • Pay for however many in your family via check or PushPay app.  The group rate is $7.50 per adult (13 &up), $6.50 per child (3-12), and Free for children 2 and under.  Zoo members do not pay.
  • Meet at the front gate of the Mesker Park Zoo at 9:30 am on June 14th.  We must enter together to get the group rate. If you have a season pass for the zoo we still need you to  sign-up at the Welcome Desk and get a copy of your membership card.

In the Wild VBS 2019:

  • Sunday, June 23rd - Thursday, June 27th from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  Register your child today! www.oakhillbc.org/ministries/kids.
  • VBS is a week long activity for all children ages 4 yrs thru 5th grade (completed grades). They will have so much fun learning about Jesus, doing crafts, playing games, and much more!
  • This years theme is really "WILD". Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seat belt for Amazing Encounters with Jesus. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get In The Wild at this summer’s VBS.

Crossings Kids Camp:

  • Wednesday, July 24 - Saturday, July 27.
  • Crossings Camp is a fun, high energy overnight camp for kids that have graduated 2nd - 5th grade.  Kids will have a blast at this all out camp experience.
  • Located at Camp Cedarmore in Bagdad, KY (near Shelbyville).  Cost is $250 (includes lodging, transportation, and food).
  • Register your child today! www.oakhillbc.org/ministries/kids/

I hope your family will be a part of these events and activities. They are all designed to spiritually encourage your children and draw our families closer together.


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Student Ministry - June 2019

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Dear Church Family,

This Summer is going to be a fun-filled, mission-minded, disciple-making whirlwind! There are so many things to do during the Summer, and that is no different in the life of the church. Sports camps, church camps, mission trips, VBS, family vacation… it can all be a little overwhelming. It’s not like any of these things are bad though. They all serve a really good   purpose. But if we have to make a choice between one or the other, which way would our priorities push us?

At this point you’re likely expecting me to talk about how important Student Camp, Mission Trip, and Mission Week are, and you’ve already started to tune me out. While those things are very important to the Christian walk of our students, that is not what I want to emphasize in this article. (Besides, we’ve advertised and emphasized those things just about everywhere else imaginable!) What I really want to advise you to do this Summer is to maintain your own personal Bible study and serve wherever the Lord leads you to serve.

It’s great to take a break from some things in order to get a breath of fresh air or refocus yourself. But taking a break from reading God’s Word is like taking a break from breathing   itself… you don’t end up refreshed; you end up gasping, weak, and confused. Many people think that the Summer break is a good excuse to stop reading the Bible and stop serving God as He would have them serve. It might be true that you need a vacation very much, but God may actually have a plan for you to share the gospel while you are away. And He certainly doesn’t want you to neglect spending time with Him while you’re sitting on the beach. Taking a break, going on a vacation, and serving God are not mutually exclusive things. So look for all the ways God wants you to serve while you relax. Let your Bible study be the most refreshing thing you enjoy this Summer.

For our students, we have lots of ways lined up for them to serve the Lord and grow in their relationship with Him this Summer. I hope that many of them will join us in those things. But above that, I hope that the parents, grandparents, and friends of our students would encourage them to seek the Lord in personal Bible study, and to jump in and serve wherever they feel called.


Brian Van Doren


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