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November Pastor's Points

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Dear Church Family,

I first want to thank those who expressed words of encouragement and gifts of generosity during the month of October for Pastor Appreciation Month.  It is almost hard to believe that this coming May I will have been pastor at Oakhill for ten years!  I can honestly say that even in the middle of the ups and downs of ministry, these have been the best years of the ministry that God has blessed me with!  And for that, I thank God and you all as well.  It is a joy to serve together for His glory!!

It is also hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here as well.  What a great time to reflect on God’s faithfulness.  This past year we baptized more than we have in the last 3 to 4 years!  God also blessed us financially which has allowed us to exceed our operating budget and to give more to missions than we had planned!  God truly is so good to us!  I am very excited to look into 2016 to see all that God is going to do for His glory!!  Thank you God for who you are and for all you have done!

Along this same theme I want to encourage you to make plans to be at our Thanksgiving Banquet this year.  We are going to have a blessed night of fellowship.  The food will be outstanding, the fellowship will be sweet, and our children are going to bless us this year with a special musical performance!  Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors for a great evening together!!

Finally, I want to ask you to continue to pray for our Worship Pastor search.  I know God is going to bring to us the man that he has prepared for this position at this time. Believe me I am as anxious as anyone to find the man that God has for us, but I also want to do all of this in God’s timing and not my own.  God is leading, we are searching, and soon we will all be worshiping with the one that He has prepared to lead us in corporate worship!

I am excited about the days ahead and I know that God desires to use us in greater measure for the sake of the Gospel!  2016 holds awesome possibilities for us as we look to be on mission for the one true and living God!!  He is going to speak to us personally, strengthen us corporately, and send us out intentionally like never before in 2016!   I cannot wait!!!!

 I love you and I love being your pastor!

 

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November Spare Change

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WANTED: Someone Willing to Give Their Life Away

Opportunities abound at Oakhill to give your life away.  There are opportunities to invest in our students, coach an Upward team, or share your gifts in worship.  There are so many ways to give your life away!  The real question is: are you willing to give it away?

I know life is busy.  I have a wife, four kids, a demanding job, and a great church family that keep me very busy.  Sometimes at the end of the day it’s all I can do to stay awake long enough to make it through Jimmy Fallon’s monologue.  But is that really what life is about…busyness?

No, life should not be about just being busy to better our lives or to be busy for the sake of busyness.  We need to be doing something worthwhile with our time.  We need to use some of it, maybe just a few hours a week, to invest in other people.

According to The Atlantic we spend 8.6 hours working, 7.6 hours sleeping, 1.8 hours on various other activities, 2.6 hours on leisure and sports, 1.2 hours caring for others (family mostly), 1.1 hours eating and drinking, and 1.1 hours on household activities.  How does your typical day compare?  What about spending our time to give ourselves away?  Where does that fit in?

Giving ourselves away is not about spending gobs of time volunteering or doing everything you can possible.  Rather, think of it as taking a relatively small percentage of time every week and focusing on other people.  Everyone should think about doing this, but for the Christian it is vital.  Jesus (Mark 10:45), Paul (Galatians 5:13), and Peter (1 Peter 4:10) are all in agreement that Christians should be serving others.  It is our duty to serve others, but for what purpose?  To make us feel good?  To simply show the world we are good people?  No.  We are to serve so that people can see Christ in us. When we give ourselves away by serving others we show the love of Christ and the true Gospel that we came to proclaim.  We show how Christ has changed our lives by His blood and how others can have the same peace, hope, and joy that is found only in Christ.

So, where does that leave us?  We know we should give ourselves away, we know why, but practically where do we start?  Brace yourself, here comes the shameless ministry plug.  I know of several spiritually rewarding, gospel-driven, serving positions that I need people for right now.  

Food Pantry Ministry:  I need more volunteers at the food pantry.  There are positions making food boxes, hosting our clients, and meeting with clients one-on-one as a Care Giver.  All you need to do is just show up one Saturday and observe what we do to see if it’s for you.  No commitments, just come and observe any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday of the month.  Volunteers arrive at 8:30 a.m.  It is located at 5122 N. Fares Avenue, just off St. George Road.

AIS Ministry:  The partnership we have with the Academy of Innovative Studies on 1st Avenue has been such a great ministry over the past few years.  This year we are continuing to support the faculty and reach out to the students and their families.  We need help with planning events, creating gifts for the teachers, and mentoring students. Just this year, I have been going to the school once a week to work with a student one-on-one.  This is a very rewarding time for me and is a great benefit to this student.  You too can have your own student you meet with once a week to encourage them, work on life skills, and accomplish goals.

Mission Trips:  Another great way to give yourself away is to go on a mission trip.  We have designed great partnerships in both Detroit and Louisville and will be offering a few different trips next year.  We also have a partnership with Culture Waves Global that goes primarily to India and China.  These trips are a great way to give yourself away and share the gospel with the ends of the earth.  Look for more information coming in December.

Various Other Ministries:  Finally, there are so many other things that I don’t have the space to mention.  We have the State Hospital Ministry, Dayspring (after-prison) Ministry, Health Ministry, and Charis House Ministry.  These are all great opportunities to give yourself away.  Please email me at or call me at
812-476-3450 to get involved.

 

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