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Spare Change February 2019

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I am writing this article in my new role as the pastor of Children and Missions.  It is an honor to serve in this capacity. I joked the other day that I have served in almost every way on staff except for worship pastor.  Tragically, the only musical ability I have is music appreciation, so that won’t be an option for me; but children’s ministry is something that I have grown to love over the past few years.  I started in youth ministry and have missed working with kids. I love being able to help young people to get to know and love Christ. It is one of the greatest joys of my life, to be able to return to that is really a blessing.

I began working with the Children's Ministry as my kids have grown and become more involved.  Kristi and I have both served in various roles in Upward, AWANA, Kids’ Camp, nursery, VBS, and Kids’ Life Groups.  We have grown to love the kids’ ministry at Oakhill. As I began to pray about this possible transition it felt natural.  I knew the programming, the systems, and the volunteers; however, I did not take this job out of convenience. I took it   because God impressed upon Kristi and I that it was time to return to working with kids in a greater capacity.

My desire is to build upon the foundation of our great children's ministry.  The kids’ ministry at Oakhill has always been a hallmark of the church, and I want to continue that tradition.  I want to continue our great programs that teach and disciple kids. I also want to connect with parents, so I can support and encourage them.  I know, as a parent, how hard it can be to desire to disciple your kid but not knowing how. I want the church to undergird the family. I want to help parents to know how to lead their children in knowing and loving Christ.  It is tougher than ever before out in the world, our kids face challenges that we could never have even dreamed about when we were kids. They need to know Jesus more than ever today. They need to learn to love Him and learn what it means to follow Him.

I am so excited for the future of the kids’ ministry, it's going to be fun and very rewarding.  This great ministry is only possible because of our great volunteer base. We have the best, most loving volunteers.  The last couple of weeks I have been learning the behind the scenes part of the ministry. The volunteers have impressed me immensely.  They really love the ministry. I am so fortunate to be able to work with them and I look forward to serving alongside of them. On that note, we are always looking for people to join the ministry.  Let me know if you have a heart for kids.

I, of course, will continue to oversee the missions ministry of our church.  I love the community outreach that we do with Harwood, our food pantry, and State Hospital.  I am looking forward to expanding our mission trips and partnerships in the coming year. I desire for our church to have a passion for evangelism and missions like never before.

It is clear to me that God has brought me to this place, in my life and in life of the church.  I am so excited about what He will do in and through us as our church family continues to grow. Thank you for your support and love for the past 12 years, I look forward to many more years of ministry together.

 

Posted by Bryan Gotcher with

Kids Happenings January 2019

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Hello church family,
As I write this article, it brings to the surface many emotions.  As you know, this will be my final article to write as a staff member of our church.  With a lot of prayer and thought I have decided that it will be best for me and my family to step away from my position as the Children’s Director at our church.  I am at peace with this decision and am so blessed to have had this opportunity to be Oakhill’s Children’s Director and to love on each of your children.

I would like to share my heart now so you can better understand. Oakhill is my church family, it is where my husband, girls and I call our church home.  I genuinely love the people that make up this amazing church and I love being a servant of our Lord.  Pastor Alan has often told me and most of you that ministering to others can be messy.  This is all so true, with ministry comes the heaviness of carrying each other’s burdens because we have a great love and care for each other.   With the weight of vocational ministry pressing in on my family and me, I know without a doubt that God is wanting me to place more focus on my family and nurture our love for our church.

This change is bitter sweet because with change comes sadness, nervousness, and even fear.  Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind when I think of this change “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do and He will direct your path.” There are no better words for us to go to during this time of change.  When I consider this decision, I am able to look back and see Gods hand moving long before the thoughts even came to mind.  We may not understand His plan but we trust in Him and we seek His will for the path He wants for us.

My family and I have a strong desire to serve alongside each of you and our Pastors at Oakhill.  Do not get discouraged during this time of change. I know God has great plans ahead for our church, allowing us to bring Glory to Him.  I want to encourage each of you to continue serving in your areas of giftedness.  For those of you that are seeking a place to serve, now is the time to consider children’s ministry.  Our pastors have a true love for the people that make up this wonderful church and I have faith in knowing that they will look to God for wisdom during this transition. Our children’s ministry will continue to be a wonderful place for our children to learn of Christ’s love and allowing them to grow in their spiritual walk.  We have amazing teachers that love children and have great passion to see them have a relationship with Christ.  I’m looking forward to serving in a different capacity with these same teachers.  God’s hand is at work and I’m excited to watch His plan unfold and for the future of our children’s ministry.

Thank you for allowing me to love on your kiddos.

God Bless

 

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