Dear Church Family,
This month I want to share with you two exciting announcements for our church family. First, I want to inform you that on Saturday, October 30th, beginning at 4pm, we will have our church-wide Fall Festival event at our North Campus. This free event is a great opportunity to come and be with church family, but it is also a great opportunity to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to bring their kids out for a great time of fun. We will have live music, inflatables, food, fun, firepits, and of course there will be candy for all the kids as well. I am really looking forward to being together as church family, but also looking forward to meeting new friends as well. Make sure to pick up your invite cards at the Welcome Center to help you invite all those you want to come to this event.
Second, I want you to know that starting on October 17th, I will begin to share exciting news as to the development of our North and South Campuses. Many of you are aware that we purchased our North Campus back in March of 2020 to help to provide for the needs of our growing ministry. We are so thankful that God led us as a church to this strategic piece of property so close to our existing church campus (south campus). Beginning on Sunday, October 17th you will receive important information over the course of the following five weeks that will help you understand the details, scope, and excitement of our plan to develop both campuses.
Over my 15 years of service to Oakhill as your pastor, I have seen God bless as we have come together for the common purpose of investing in and strengthening our church for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have seen God move on the hearts of His people to provide what was needed to build and leave a legacy of Gospel ministry right here on Oak Hill Road. I have seen people saved and discipled. I have seen children born, raised, invested in with the Gospel, baptized, and now serving in the church. I have seen families joined together in the covenant of marriage, and I have seen families attacked and on the verge of divorce, only to see the power of the Gospel restore their marriage for the glory of God. I have seen people sacrifice time, talent, and treasure for the good of others and for the glory of God. God has unmistakably worked through Oakhill throughout the years, and He now has us at the moment to where we have the joy of investing once again in the church to see God continue to do these things for the next fifty years through our church family. I want to be a part of leaving a legacy that will outlive me. I want to be a part of leaving a gospel legacy for my children, and for my grandchildren! Exciting days are right around the corner! I am so thankful to be your pastor! God has so much more for us to do for His glory!
I love you and I love being your pastor!
Dear Church Family,
Dear Church Family,
For some time now we have been living in the middle of unsure and unknown times. Our lives seem to be set with our normal schedules of life, only to be interrupted by situations that are out of our control. We are tempted to let all of this shake our faith in life. But in the middle of it all aren’t you glad that we have a God who is always faithful and never changes?
I came across this story of a college student who walked into a photography studio with a framed picture of his girlfriend. He wanted a copy of the picture. As the studio owner removed the picture from the frame, he noticed an inscription on the back of the picture which read…
My dearest Tom, I love you with all my heart. I love you more and more each day. I will love you forever and ever. I am yours for eternity. Signed, Dianne.
But there was a P.S. as well…. If we ever break up, I want this picture back.
The inscription said more than was even written. It said that faithfulness was not assured. The loved expressed seemed to be conditional. These words were not written with someone who had her heart set on faithfulness. I am so glad that our God is nothing like that!! He is perfectly faithful to us even when we do not understand exactly why life happens the way it does.
We simply need to trust in the perfect faithfulness of our God! Scripture clearly testifies to the faithfulness of our God! Here are just a few examples…
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
1 Peter 4:19
Therefore, let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
These are great reminders for our church family to trust in the faithfulness of God. All around us we face the unknown, confusion, chaos, scary world events, sickness, and financial pressures. But in the middle of it all, we cling to and hope in our good and faithful God to see us through every step of the way.
If you are anything like me, you know through the experiences of your life about the faithfulness of God. He shows himself faithful time and time again!! John Newton reminds us of this reality when he said…
“[ ... ]when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope--and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances[....]”
I am excited for what God has for us in the future. All we need to do is trust in His Word, and the powerful faithful God that He is!!
I love you and I love being your pastor!!