Dear Church Family,
As you receive this newsletter, our church family has had the opportunity to be informed about April Sharp stepping down from her official duties as our Children’s Ministry Director. First let me say that I support April and her decision even though I will miss her greatly in this role. I am convinced that she has sought God’s will for her and her family so the only right thing to do is support and continue to pray for her, Vern, and the girls. April has invested in the children and families of our church for several years and we should express our thankfulness to her for her faithful service. We will go forward in children’s ministry building on the foundation in which she has helped to lay. Thank you April for everything! The best news in the middle of this change is that April and the family are not going anywhere!! They are still apart of Oakhill, she just no longer has the responsibility of leading our children’s ministry. The Sharps will be a part of our church and will serve where God places upon their heart to serve. As we transition through this change, please know that all our children’s ministries will continue as normal. We will continue to work through our great children’s ministry team members to provide ministry to our children.
When April came to me several weeks ago and shared with me that she may be stepping down, I began to pray and seek God’s face on what it is we should do if she decided to step down. After praying for a few weeks, April came back to me and said she knew that God would have her to step down. In those weeks of prayer God had given me a direction forward for our children’s ministry into the future. As I shared what God had laid on my heart with our elders, staff, and personnel team God confirmed His direction each step of the way as I spoke with others. I will be sharing more about that direction at the proper time, but for now I want to encourage our church family to honor April, and for us not to run past the fact that April has given so much in service to her God, her church, and specifically the children of Oakhill!!
As we go through a time of transition, I am convinced that God has so much good for us as we begin 2019 together!! Ask God to use you like never before in this new year! If you will seek His face and earnestly ask for His leading, He will give it to you! I know from personal experience.
I love you and I love being your pastor