Oak Forest United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 18, 2019
To Know Christ, To Grow in Christ, To Share Christ. All-inclusive, everyone is welcome.

Pastor's Message

August 2019            
     It’s been a busy and exciting summer at Oak Forest. When most churches take a nap over the summer months, we keep moving and engaging in life transforming ministry. Our youth served in mission at the Outer Banks in June, we had our first Annual Men’s Retreat in June which has birthed a new men’s life group, VBS was a huge success with over 70 children (our largest attendance so far), just to name a few. Oak Forest is a happening place for the love and mercy of God! In addition to the great ministry that we have been doing, you all have been incredibly generous this summer so we can continue to live into the call that God has for our church. Thank you for all your tithes and offerings. Every penny goes towards life changing work. Together and only through the help and guidance of God, we can change the world!

            As we move towards the Fall, we will continue to be a place where we can Know Christ, Grow in Christ, and Share Christ. In worship, we are digging into Jonah, that tiny book jam packed full of God’s truth and promises. After Labor Day, we will start a sermon series on Revela-tion called “FEAR Not- Revelation Uncovered.” On Wednesday nights (6:15-6:45PM) in Refuel, our devotions are centered on the statements Jesus makes about himself and what that means for our today: I am the light of the world, I am the vine, I am the Great Shepherd, I am the Resurrection and the Life, I am the Way. Refuel is such a wonderful time to get that important boost in the middle of your week. If you missed church on Sunday, join us in Refuel.
     Genesis Sunday is August 25 and we will have one worship service at 10AM in the FLC and Sunday school will be held at 9AM. This is our 3rd annual celebration of Genesis Sunday, where we give thanks to God for the great ministry we’ve had through our children’s ministry and summer camp. Genesis Sunday is a time for us to get the fall kicked off with a bang. We will have games, a bounce house, cookout on the grounds of the church. Its going to be a lot of fun! Invite your friends and neighbors to Genesis Sunday- 10AM on August 25th in the FLC.      Life Groups will start meeting again (if they took the summer off) so it’s a great time to commit to a life group. Currently we have several life groups. We have three women’s life groups, one men’s life group, two couples life groups, Saturday morning group that creates cards and other items, and middle and high school life groups. Our weekly bowling (men’s and women’s) groups have been going for years and have been an inspiration and example to the impact life groups can have on your life.

The purpose of Life Groups:

Share life together through support in prayer, care, and by showing up for one another

Spiritually grow through studies (bible and spiritual formation studies)

Serve in missions

Socialize together—have fun!

            Life Groups are completely different than Sunday school or a short term Bible study and are not meant to take away from these wonderful and vital ministries. Instead, Life Groups aim to strengthen the ministries that are already going at Oak Forest because the more we are connected to one another and God the stronger our church becomes! My hope is that Oak Forest will be a church OF Life Groups, not just a church with Life Groups. If you want to join a life group, sign up online or talk to Pastor Julie or Stacey Roop for more information.

            Through our visioning process, we have heard God calling us to something new called B.E.A.R (Baby-Equipment-And-Resource) closet. There are so many families in our community in need for the basic supplies needed to care for babies and young children and it will be a great way to reach to those in need around us. We will be open on Mondays 10AM-2PM and we hope to open sometime after the Fall Bazaar. But we can’t do it without your help! We covet your prayers for this new endeavor and we welcome your donations of baby diapers (any size!), baby wipes, clothes, and equipment (please no toys).

            Isn’t all this incredible?! I’ve lost count of the many ways God is blessing us and God is moving among us in a powerful way. Please share the Good News and invite others to come and see what God’s up to at Oak Forest.

Love, Pastor Julie